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Art History with Rebecca Albiani | John James Audubon

Wednesday, May 12 at 11:30am Proceeds benefit habitat restoration in the Heron Meadow Tickets no longer available online. Some tickets will be available at the door.  

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TALK on the Rock | Martin Criminale

Endurance athlete, Martin Criminale came to athletics relatively late in life.  "In college some guys I looked up to rode bicycles. Since they were cool, by association cycling was cool and I gave it shot. Soon I was all in and racing in every cycling discipline there was back in the early 90s (road, track, mountain bike, and cyclocross)." After about 20 years of total emersion in cycling, he had a bad mountain bike accident and separated his shoulder. While…

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Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Partnership in Jazz | Music History Lecture/Performance with Michael Tracy

In the 1920s out of segregated Washington DC, a self-taught Afro-American pianist, composer and band leader, Edward Kennedy Ellington, embarked on a career that would last into the 1970s. By the late 1920s Duke Ellington was performing in Manhattan’s Cotton Club, by the 1930s playing to sold out crowds in Paris, London, and cities throughout the US. In 1938 Ellington met a 23 year old, gay Afro-American musical prodigy, Billy Strayhorn. For the next 30 years Ellington and Strayhorn formed Jazz’s…

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Shaping Movement: An Embodied Conversation on Dance and Body Image

Body image. Body shaming. Eating disorders. These are difficult issues commonly experienced by dancers and athletes pressured to conform to particular physical and aesthetic standards, and often affecting others who live in a culture focused on appearances. Yet open and public conversations about the sensitive topics are not so prevalent nor so common.  Vashon Center for the Arts has collaborated with former professional ballerina Connie Flachs to present Shaping Movement: An Embodied Conversation on Dance and Body Image, a panel…

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