‘Chicago’

May 7, 2013

Village Theatre hopes to slay with killer musical,

Taryn Darr stars as Roxie Hart in Village Theatre’s musical production of ‘Chicago.’ By Mike Hipple

Taryn Darr stars as Roxie Hart in Village Theatre’s musical production of ‘Chicago.’
By Mike Hipple

How do you turn a story about murder in the 1920s into something sexy, modern and entertaining? That’s the question Village Theatre does not  have any trouble answering as the musical “Chicago” opens May 9.

After six weeks of production design and only four or five weeks of rehearsal time, the John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse musical will play through June 29 and then move out for an Everett run from July 5 through July 28. The traditionally dazzling show follows a murderer-turned-celebrity in prohibition-era Chicago with a satirical, darkly comedic eye.

When asked why Village Theatre decided to put on “Chicago,” Director Steve Tomkins had an easy answer.

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The Magical Stranger’ author comes to library

May 7, 2013

On Nov. 28, 1979, accomplished Navy pilot Peter Rodrick died when his plane crashed in the Indian Ocean, leaving behind a devastated wife, two daughters, and a 13-year-old son.

In “The Magical Stranger,” author Stephen Rodrick explores the life and death of the man who indelibly shaped his life, even as he remained a mystery.

Rodrick will present his book at 7 p.m. May 15 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way.

A blend of memoir and reportage, the book is a reflection on the meaning of service and the power of a father’s legacy, according to a press release from the Issaquah Library.

 

 

Ballard blanks Skyline, 5-0

May 7, 2013

Spartans retain third rank despite loss

Winter Ridgeway, Skyline High School sophomore, delivers a pitch April 30 against Ballard. By Lillian O’Rorke

Winter Ridgeway, Skyline High School sophomore, delivers a pitch April 30 against Ballard. By Lillian O’Rorke

After suffering a 6-5 loss at home to Skyline High School April 3, Ballard turned the tide April 30 by pulling a 5-0 win over the No. 3 ranked plateau softball team.

“It’s softball, and that’s part of the game,” said Ken Brooks, coach of the Skyline Spartans. “We expected ups and downs with only having 12 kids turn out.”

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Issaquah High School places at state Solo and Ensemble Contest

May 7, 2013

On April 26 and 27, Issaquah High School won several awards at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Hi Tones won first place in the women’s large ensemble category. Led by Savannah Young, other first-place singers are Maddy Bennett, Alita Campbell, Samantha Cook, Annika Dybevik, Caroline Hamblin, Melina Jones, Tali Magidson, Mackenzie Minehan, Elizabeth Moore, Julianne Nienhuis, Areesa Somani, Maryn Spangler, Rache Strand, Makenna Thomas and Ashley Young.

Other state winners are Andy Able, who took second place playing tuba, and Gregory Ketron taking second place on his trombone.

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Issaquah student wins top honor award

May 7, 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Issaquah High School sophomore Hannah Balducci has won an award in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition.

Balducci won the gold medal for Best in Grade in the 2013 contest.

For the past three years, Balducci has won for either photography or writing in the competition. Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath and Andy Warhol have all been recognized. This year, Balducci is a Gold Key winner, the top honor at the regional level. This is a global competition and more than 230,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only about 15,000 submissions received Gold Keys and only 1,950 medals were awarded.

Balducci has been invited to attend the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Police & Fire

May 7, 2013

Three’s company

The police were called to the 24200th block of Southeast 28th Street in Sammamish a little before 9 a.m. April 13 after a man got in a verbal fight with his sister’s boyfriend. The three live together at the house, where trouble began the day before when the boyfriend claimed he saw naked people in the back yard and accused his pregnant girlfriend of lying about her whereabouts. During the heated discussion, the girlfriend reached to take the boyfriend’s phone away from him and scratched his face. The argument picked up again the next morning, but this time the brother intervened and began exchanging heated words with the boyfriend. The brother told police the boyfriend abuses prescription painkillers and that he has, over the last year, heard his sister’s boyfriend yell at her and threaten her. The girlfriend admitted her boyfriend occasionally took pain pills to “take the edge off” but downplayed his drug use. The boyfriend asked the police to arrest his girlfriend for the scratch he had on his face. He got angry with the officers when they didn’t and drove away.

 

Vandalism

Someone broke into the city’s old operations and maintenance facility in the 2000 block of 228th Avenue Southeast. Police noticed a damaged garage door at about 11:51 p.m. April 14. The nature of the damage would give people access to the building.

 

Burglary

A homeowner in the 2900 block of 252nd Avenue Southeast called police to report a burglary between 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. April 16. Someone gained access through a rear window that may not have been locked. The homeowners were missing a laptop computer and jewelry worth about $3,970.

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Liberty limps into postseason

May 7, 2013

Darren Peterson (left), Liberty High School senior, gets the applause of Patriot parents in the fourth inning and celebrates the first of his two home runs against Mount Si by sharing a high-five with teammate Kyler Rose. Photo By Greg Farrar

Darren Peterson (left), Liberty High School senior, gets the applause of Patriot parents in the fourth inning and celebrates the first of his two home runs against Mount Si by sharing a high-five with teammate Kyler Rose. Photo By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School baseball team scored six runs in its May 2 regular season loss to Mount Si, and senior Darren Peterson was responsible for all of them.

The Liberty first baseman had an impressive day at the plate, going 3-4 with two homeruns and six RBIs.

“It felt pretty good,” he said after the team’s regular season finale. “Yesterday, we had a nice batting practice that got us loose and ready for today’s game.”

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Issaquah track teams close out season with win against Newport

May 7, 2013

The weather has not always been ideal during this spring sports season, but it was nearly perfect as the Issaquah High School track team closed out its regular season with a win against Newport on May 2.

Issaquah was a double winner, with the boys securing a 76-69 victory, while the girls continued their strong season with an 87-63 win against the Knights.

Personal records were falling all over the place, as many Issaquah athletes put together their best performances of the season.

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Paddling Festival is May 1

May 7, 2013

Lake Sammamish hosts the third annual Northwest Paddling Festival this weekend.

Experienced kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders will descend on Issaquah to celebrate all-things paddle sports, with a daylong festival May 11.

The event will feature paddling industry vendors, product demonstrations, kayak tours, stand-up paddleboarding lessons and a 6-mile paddle-craft race.

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Issaquah track teams close out season with win against Newport

May 7, 2013

49ers sign former Skyline player as free agent

Former Skyline High School football player Luke Marquardt signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent April 27.

The 6-foot 8 1/2-inch, 317-pound left tackle played 30 games for Azusa Pacific University before a foot injury caused him to sit out his senior season and limited his participation at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year.

Marquardt was named to the 2013 Senior Bowl Watch List and, according to NFL.com, had coaches from several pro teams, include the 49ers, attend his pro day workout.

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