Enjoy rhubarb season with some easy recipes

May 27, 2015

Rhubarb season is finally upon us, and this year as in most years, I often run out of recipes for using rhubarb before I actually run out of my desire to consume it.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

Pies, of course, are always the go-to vehicle for rhubarb around our house, and lately along with them, I’ve taken to lightly pickling rhubarb to add as a savory component to salads and savory cocktails. There are few things as delicious or complex than a vodka martini with a sliver of pickled rhubarb for garnish.

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State photo contest seeks submissions for 75th anniversary

May 27, 2015

The Northwest International Exhibition of Photography celebrates its 75th year at the Washington State Fair from Sept. 11-27.

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‘Cabaret’ performances will draw you in, universal message will bring you back

May 20, 2015

Simply put, “Cabaret” is one of the best productions I’ve ever seen at Village Theatre.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre The cast of ‘Cabaret,’ led by the Emcee (Jason Collins, center), welcomes the audience to the Kit Kat Klub in the opening number ‘Wilkommen.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
The cast of ‘Cabaret,’ led by the Emcee (Jason Collins, center), welcomes the audience to the Kit Kat Klub in the opening number ‘Wilkommen.’

However, your enjoyment of the musical will directly correlate with your ability to handle an uncomfortable truth.

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Feel like family when Uncle Si serves up a slice of that pie

May 20, 2015

When the owner of Uncle Si’s Pizza was looking to open a second location outside Snoqualmie Ridge, he chose a curious spot.

By David Hayes The barbecue chicken (front) and the Old Standard are two good choices for pizzas at Uncle Si’s.

By David Hayes
The barbecue chicken (front) and the Old Standard are two good choices for pizzas at Uncle Si’s.

A few months back, he opened that second location in the Sammamish Lakeside Plaza on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Commuters to and from Issaquah drive past it daily, while schools are all up the hill in Sammamish and businesses are south, closer to downtown Issaquah. So it’s not very conveniently located for the typical lunch crowd, unless you live in the nearby apartment complexes.

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Artists invited to enter state fair contest

May 20, 2015

The Fine Art Contest at the 2015 Washington State Fair seeks contributions.

The deadline to register online is 10 p.m. Aug. 9.

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Brian Yorkey returns to direct ‘Cabaret’

May 12, 2015

He’s won a Tony award, not to mention a Pulitzer Prize.

By Greg Farrar Award winning director Brian Yorkey discusses his return to Village Theatre to helm the musical ‘Cabaret.’

By Greg Farrar
Award winning director Brian Yorkey discusses his return to Village Theatre to helm the musical ‘Cabaret.’

Still, virtually every year he makes a return to where it literally all started for him, Village Theatre.

“Not to get mushy, but this is home,” Brian Yorkey said, explaining why he keeps coming back to Issaquah despite a full plate of movie scripts, other plays and projects of various kinds.

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Recipe Box — Fresh, homemade cookies and milk are never out of season

April 28, 2015

After a few months of kale and Brussels sprouts, I thought it only fitting that I share with you this recipe for these delectable Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

Healthy is all well and good, but really this is the kind of recipe that makes my heart and stomach most happy. With spring and summer on the horizon, I will no doubt feature plenty of fruit and vegetable recipes here, so it’s only appropriate that we deviate into the world of sweets a bit before the seasonal tide shifts to healthier fare.

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Lyceum Players stroll back to jolly ol’ England in ‘Mary Poppins’

April 28, 2015

Fans of the famous 1964 Walt Disney-produced “Mary Poppins” will have a lot to smile about if they attend Skyline High School’s upcoming production, but the student cast is trying to put their own spin on the familiar tale, too.

By Neil Pierson Starring in Skyline High School’s musical production of ‘Mary Poppins’ are (from left) Lucas Lindberg as Michael Banks, Jenna Bellavia as Mary Poppins and Madison Willis as Bert.

By Neil Pierson
Starring in Skyline High School’s musical production of ‘Mary Poppins’ are (from left) Lucas Lindberg as Michael Banks, Jenna Bellavia as Mary Poppins and Madison Willis as Bert.

Skyline’s spring musical, under the direction of Hannah Fry, opens a four-night, five-show run April 29. The 35-member cast has a treasure trove of beloved songs to perform, such as “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” and “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag).”

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Public invited to Mostly Americana fundraising concert

April 21, 2015

The eighth annual Mostly Americana Dessert Concert will be at 7 p.m. May 2 at Issaquah High School.

The concert features hundreds of the top choir singers from Issaquah High, Pacific Cascade Middle and Issaquah Middle schools.

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Tickets on sale now for ‘Cabaret’ at Village Theatre

April 21, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for Village Theatre’s musical production “Cabaret.”

Tickets for the musical, which runs from May 14 through July 3 at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., are $39 to $67.

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