Amateur musicians enjoy intimate setting of Open Mic Night

August 25, 2015

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Not everyone can walk on-stage before a crowd of thousands to perform their favorite songs.

For those musicians who wish to start smaller, limiting their jitters to a more intimate audience, there’s Issaquah’s Open Mic Night.

“It’s a different concept, especially for some people who have never performed in public before or younger people who get nervous, have a desire to see if they have what it takes to go down the road to perform in a nonthreatening environment,” said Bob Brock, who heads up the event after taking over for founding members Doug Browning and Fred Hopkins.

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Ladies Musical Club’s Awards Tour coming to Sammamish

August 25, 2015

NEW — 6:13 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

The Ladies Musical Club of Seattle is bringing its Awards Tour, featuring the 2015 Frances Walton Competition solo and small ensemble winners, to Sammamish at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E.

All competition winners will also be featured live on Classical KING FM 98.1’s NW Focus Live programs at 8 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18.

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Berry bonanza bodes well for blueberry crumble

August 25, 2015

NEW — 6:08 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

For as long as I can recall, I’ve been a fan of a good berry crumble. Easy to assemble and equally easy to consume, it has stood the test of time in our household.

I think the thing that makes it so appealing, in addition to the delicious flavor, is the simplistic, no-nonsense nature. Less fiddly or time-consuming than a pie, you can quite literally have one in all it’s steaming, bubbly glory on your table in less than an hour.

By Maria Nelson A blueberry ginger crumble is just the right recipe for the height of berry season.

By Maria Nelson
A blueberry ginger crumble is just the right recipe for the height of berry season.

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ArtEAST presents parallel identity exhibits

August 22, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015 

“I Am,” an exhibit of art quilts by the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters, will be on display from Sept. 9 through Nov. 18 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

Presented by artEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council, with support from 4Culture and the Issaquah Arts Commission, “I Am” explores the concepts of individual and community identity. The exhibition is curated by quilt artists Gwen Maxwell-Williams and Janice King. In addition to Maxwell-Williams, quilt artists represented in the exhibition include LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, Lynn Hambie, Annie Harper, Oneda Harris, Cheryl Haskins, Erma Hill, Sheila Holmes, Luana Langford, Amy Pierce, Sharon Sobers and Kintisha Williams.

The exhibition will open with a day of free programming from 1-9 p.m. Sept. 12, with the following activities: Read more

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Sammamish Symphony announces 2015/2016 concert season

August 21, 2015

NEW — 1:40 p.m. Aug. 21, 2015

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 24th concert season with a musical romp across the world.

“Expanding Horizons,” the first in the group’s nine-concert lineup, features music crafted in celebration of countries other than the writers’ own homelands.

The program includes George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances,” which the orchestra describes as “musical picture-postcards of their composers’ travels.”

Audiences have two chances to catch “Expanding Horizons,” which is also set to feature a guest appearance by regionally renowned violinist Jae-In Shin. Read more

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Tickets now on sale for Village Theatre’s ‘Snapshots’

August 13, 2015

NEW — 1:41 p.m. Aug. 13, 2015

Tickets are now available for Stephen Schwartz’s newest musical to come to Village Theatre, “Snapshots.”

The Issaquah run of “Snapshots” is from Sept. 10 to Oct. 18. Tickets are $36-$68 and are available by calling the Village Theatre box office at 392-2202 or in person from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 303 Front St. N.

Snapshots, conceived by David Stern and Michael Scheman, is a romantic comedy that tells the story of one couple’s changing relationship, from their childhood friendship to their waning marriage decades later.

In an innovative new musical format, the show features a score comprised of Schwartz’s work , with 26 songs from 12 shows throughout his career. Songs featured include “Popular” (“Wicked”), “All Good Gifts” (“Godspell”), “Meadowlark” (“The Baker’s Wife”) and “That’s How You Know” (Disney’s “Enchanted”). Read more

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Levitate elevates pub grub from the mundane to the sublime

August 11, 2015

UPDATED — 9:25 a.m. Aug. 13, 2015

*Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Levitate Gastropub was located in the former H&H Tavern. The H&H Saloon is still open and located at 91 Front St. N.

Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

There are plenty of options for “pub grub” in Issaquah, consisting of your typical bar food, from burgers to salads.

However, there’s only one eatery in town touting itself as a “gastropub” — Levitate.

By Greg Farrar The wild boar pulled pork sandwich (top) and the fish taco with mahi mahi are two upscaled pub grub menu items featured on the Levitate Gastropub menu.

By Greg Farrar
The wild boar pulled pork sandwich (top) and the fish taco with mahi mahi are two upscaled pub grub menu items featured on the Levitate Gastropub menu.

The basic definition of a gastropub is a pub that elevates its menu fare with high-end ingredients. Read more

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Between the Lines’ to play for last time at ArtWalk

August 5, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

The Kaleidoscope School of Music presents the last performance by longtime teen group Between the Lines at 6:40 p.m. Aug. 7 at the train depot.

The performance is part of the school’s ArtWalk lineup from 4:45-9:30 p.m. that also features youth groups Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs, Alternate Universe, Pineapple Massacre, Melancholy Maniacs and Parallel Dimensions.

The train depot museum is at 78 First Ave. N.E.

Learn more about the Kaleidoscope School of Music at http://kaleidoscopeschoolofmusic.com.

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Village Theatre unveils Festival of New Musicals lineup

August 5, 2015

NEW — 12:27 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Village Theatre recently announced the lineup for its 15th annual Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 7-9.

By Sam Freeman/Village Theatre Actors perform stripped-down scenes during the deveopmental process of the musical ‘Deadly Beloved’ during the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals.

By Sam Freeman/Village Theatre
Actors perform stripped-down scenes during the deveopmental process of the musical ‘Deadly Beloved’ during the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals.

Started in 2000, the festival is the nationally renowned birthplace of new musicals and the foundation of the theater’s commitment to new work. This year’s festival features six new musicals with the collaboration of more than 100 artists, performed and directed by the theater professionals and guest artists from across the country. Read more

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A music career on cruise control

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. July 29, 2015

Heather Sullivan has performed from Carnegie Hall to the community center, and around the world aboard luxury liners

By Daniel Durick

By Daniel Durick

Although Heather Sullivan is a regular performer for years in Issaquah, thanks to a fan vote, she got her first chance to headline the Concerts on the Green series July 14.

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