Critic’s Picks: Celtic music on Vashon, “Driving Miss Daisy” at Dukesbay, ARC Dance and Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado”

Staff writerJuly 10, 2014 

Syra Beth Puett, Robert Puett and Malcolm J. West, from left, in Dukesbay Productions' "Driving Miss Daisy," opening this weekend at Dukesbay Theater.

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Celtic music on Vashon

Four Shillings Short, a husband-wife musical duo from Ireland and California, brings some 30 world music instruments and a wealth of stories to Vashon’s Church of the Holy Spirit this weekend in a concert of Celtic, folk and world music. Expect everything from Indian ragas to Scottish reels, from bouzoukis to banjos. 7 p.m. July 12. $10 suggested donation. Church of the Holy Spirit, 15420 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon. 206-985-9916, holyspiritvashon.org

"Driving Miss Daisy" returns at Dukesbay

If you saw Dukesbay Productions’ version of "Driving Miss Daisy" last fall, you’ll know it was worth seeing twice. Now the company brings back the beloved Alfred Uhry tale of a grumpy Atlanta widow and the proud but gentle African American man who is hired as her chauffeur but becomes her best friend. Syra Beth Puett returns as Daisy, her real-life son Robert plays Daisy’s son Boolie, and Malcolm J. West returns as the impeccable Hoke. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays July 11-27. $15. Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave. #10, Tacomal, brownpapertickets.com, dukesbay.org

ARC dance in Seattle

Tacoma native and former Cirque du Soleil choreographer Marie Chong brings new work onstage with her Seattle company ARC dance, combining contemporary with ballet and even some aerial dance in Summer Dance at the Center. 8 p.m. July 17-19. $25 advance, $35 at door/students and seniors $15 advance, $25 at door. Leo Kreielsheimer Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-352-0798, arcdance.org, brownpapertickets.com

Seattle G&S celebrates 60 with "The Mikado"

Sixty years of Gilbert and Sullivan operetta silliness in Seattle – that’s about the same age as Katisha, the conniving hag with her marital eyes on the Emperor’s son, so it’s a punishment fitting the crime that Seattle G&S Society celebrates with a production of "The Mikado," complete with wandering minstrels, three little maids and a full cast and orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays July 11-13, 18-20, 25-26. $40 adults/$16 under-18. Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Discounts on Fridays. 800-838-3006, themikado.brownpapertickets.com

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com @rose_ponnekanti

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