Introducing: Talks on the Rock!

Because we know that Vashon Islanders have an enormous appetite for learning, we are thrilled to present a new series called TALKS on the Rock—a group of stimulating programs lovingly curated by Gerry and Mike Feinstein with a little help from their friends Tom Devries, Molly Purrington, Kathryn Stout, Steve Scher, and Ron and Mary Thomas.

Learn about art with everyone’s favorite art historian Rebecca Albiani and about music with Vashon’s very own musicologist Michael Tracy. Whether you are interested in climate science, documentary film, birds, wine, feminism, journalism, photography, food science, North Korea, earthquakes, or the pleasures of reading, TALKS on the Rock will give you something to think about. Each speaker has something to teach us and an interesting story to tell.

Seating for the talks is unreserved, with priority seating for VCA members and TALKS on the Rock Pass holders.

Tickets for all Talks: $10 in advance, $15 at the door  |  $5 for youth

All Seating is unreserved general admission

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Art History Talk: Documenting the Dust Bowl:  Dorothea Lange and Marion Post Wolcott

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, Rebecca’s first five lectures this season will feature the work of women artists, some well-known, others nearly forgotten.  Frida Kahlo has become a feminist icon, but how many people know that the sculptor of Lincoln in the US Capitol was the work of Vinnie (Lavinia) Ream?  Or that women photographers were crisscrossing Depression-era America making photographs of dignity amidst squalor?  A final lecture on Impressionist Gardens will serve to whet our appetite…

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Peter Rinearson & Steve Scher – Journalism Today—Polarizing Force or the Backbone of Democracy. . .or Both?

Join two seasoned journalists for a wide-ranging discussion of the news media, and in particular its role in polarizing society—today and historically. Fractious voices on the web bring news, rumors, lies and propaganda into civic discourse with alarming efficiency. Today Facebook, Twitter, Fox News, and even the New York Times contribute to the polarization of society. Vashon resident Peter Rinearson is a Pulitzer Prize winner who wrote a book with Bill Gates, an entrepreneur who developed web-publishing systems for community content, and a former vice president of both Microsoft and a cable network. Steve Scher was a popular host and interviewer at local radio’s KUOW for almost 30 years. He is a podcaster, interviewer, and instructor in the UW Communications Department.

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Laura Bialis – Documenting the Untold Story of Roman Vishniac

Documentary filmmakers are always on the lookout for a good, multi-faceted story—preferably one that has never been told. Some 20 years ago, at a lecture by the late Elie Wiesel, documentary filmmaker Laura Bialis met Mara Vishniac Kohn, daughter of the legendary photographer Roman Vishniac. Following his death in 1990, Kohn became the sole custodian of her father’s legacy, including 10,000 images. Bialis’ and Kohn’s chance meeting developed into a close friendship between the two women during which Bialis would…

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Art History Talk – Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo took up painting after a devastating streetcar accident and wed Diego Rivera a few years later. She adopted a flamboyant persona, slugging tequila and taking lovers of both sexes, and used art as a way of combating her physical and emotional pain.

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David Guterson – The Ambulatory Art: On Walking and Writing

David Guterson is a novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, and essayist who is best known for his 1994 novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award and was made into a major motion picture. A Seattle native and longtime resident of Bainbridge Island, he is an avid and inveterate outdoor walker with a half century of experience in the Olympics and Cascades. Guterson's appearance at Vashon Center for the Arts coincides with the publication of a new book, Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest. His talk will ponder the symbiosis between walking and writing, the myriad ways in which they resonate with one another, and their longstanding association in literature.

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Nancy Pearl & Steve Scher – Book Lust—A Conversation

Nancy Pearl is a voracious reader, a best-selling author, a librarian, a literary critic, and a well-known promoter of the pleasure and importance of reading. We can hear her on NPR’s Morning Edition or on her monthly television show in Seattle. She often speaks at libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups about her favorite books and the benefits of reading. She received the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association and is the creator of the internationally recognized program “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” She and old friend Steve Scher will discuss all things books and bookish.

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