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 Live-Stream with Rebecca Albiani

Gardens were an important motif of early Impressionist art, featuring prominently in the works of Monet, Renoir, Morisot and Cassatt. Several Impressionists were also passionate gardeners. Much later in his career, Monet would create a garden at his home in Giverny, which gave him the glorious waterlily theme of his final decades. Ms. Albiani graduated with highest honors in Italian and Art History from UC Berkeley. For the last 15 years or so she given the monthly Art History Lecture…

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Beethoven’s early years – Livestream with Michael Tracy and pianist Mark Salman

Michael Tracy will be joined by pianist, Mark Salman and his son, cellist, Jonathan Salman. Part lecture, part performance, we will livestream from the Kay White Hall, discussing and performing masterpieces from Beethoven's early years: 1770-1802. Beethoven's formative years were spent in Bonn, Germany until 1791 when he left for Vienna, Austria, then the leading musical and cultural capital of the world. Soon this young virtuoso pianist, who was the heir to Haydn and Mozart, dazzled the salons of aristocrats.…

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Mouse Reusch Lecture – Earthquake Warning System LIVESTREAM

New Earthquake Warning System Coming Our Way What would you do if you knew that the shaking from an earthquake was about to rock your location in 15 seconds? Mouse Reusch, regional ShakeAlert coordinator with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington, will discuss the development and future public release of the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning program. After earning her doctorate from Penn State University, Reusch worked for a lending library of seismometers. During that period…

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