Tinseltown Talks — co-stars remember Elvis the actor

January 8, 2015

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For many, the title “King of Rock and Roll” is reserved for one man: Elvis Presley. Had he lived, Elvis would have celebrated his 80th birthday today, Jan. 8.

In addition to his music, Elvis lives on through a phenomenal number of appearances in scripted motion pictures — 31 in all — beginning with “Love Me Tender” in 1956 and ending 13 years later with “Change of Habit.”

Although his films are often dismissed due to weak and predictable scripts, critics generally regarded Elvis as a surprisingly good actor. But what did his costars think?

Provided by Donna Butterworth Donna Butterworth hugs Elvis in 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style.'

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Donna Butterworth hugs Elvis in ‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style.’

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Illustrating hunger — Local children’s book brings light to national problem

January 6, 2015

If you tell your best friend you’ll keep something secret, when is it OK to break the promise?

Photos by Greg Farrar Lois Brandt is teaching children about hunger with her book ‘Maddi’s Fridge.’ The book, published in September, is a big hit with fourth-graders.

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Lois Brandt is teaching children about hunger with her book ‘Maddi’s Fridge.’ The book, published in September, is a big hit with fourth-graders.

Sofia struggles with the promise and the knowledge that her best friend, Maddi, doesn’t get enough to eat.

Lois Brandt, of Issaquah, wrote a book, “Maddi’s Fridge,” that poses that dilemma.

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Plug in to Larry the Cable Guy at Snoqualmie Casino

September 30, 2014

Dan Whitney never misses a Larry the Cable Guy show.

Larry the Cable Guy

Larry the Cable Guy

Larry, the stand-up comedian dressed in a shirt with cutoff sleeves and camouflage Huskers baseball cap who delivers one-liners in a Southern good-ol’ boy accent, makes him laugh from the minute he gets onstage to the minute he leaves.

Whitney knows Larry the Cable Guy well.

He is Larry.

“I think everyone has it figured out that the Cable Guy is a character I’ve created,” Whitney said in a telephone interview from Nebraska. “He’s probably America’s longest running piece of performance art around.”

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Local artist perpetrates acts of creativity, hosts discussion

August 19, 2014

“Perpetrating Acts of Creativity” is the theme for Issaquah artist Pamela K. Beer’s fine art show from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22 in the offices of Northstone Real Estate.

Beer will give a short talk about the inspiration for her work at 6 p.m. The public is invited to the show and reception at 1495 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 16.

Beer’s art has been exhibited at Northstone Real Estate since late June and will be on display for the public through the end of September. “Perpetrating Acts of Creativity” is Beer’s first solo exhibition. Beer describes her work as, “abstract acrylic on canvas art.”

Contributed Pamela K. Beer will give a talk at the exhibition ‘Perpetrating Acts of Creativity’ at 6 p.m. Aug. 22. The public is invited to the reception from 5-7 p.m.

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Pamela K. Beer will give a talk at the exhibition ‘Perpetrating Acts of Creativity’ at 6 p.m. Aug. 22. The public is invited to the reception from 5-7 p.m.

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Pick up tickets Aug. 8 for POPs! Goes Issaquah

August 5, 2014

Sammamish Symphony orchestra photo The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra brings its ‘In Flight’ performance to Rowley Properties sponsored concert Pops! Goes Issaquah Aug. 22 at Village Theatre.

Sammamish Symphony orchestra photo
The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra brings its ‘In Flight’ performance to Rowley Properties sponsored concert Pops! Goes Issaquah Aug. 22 at Village Theatre.

Rowley Properties is once again supporting arts on the Eastside by sponsoring the free annual POPs! Goes Issaquah concert.

POPs! is at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N. The concert features the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra and conductor R. Joseph Scott.

Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis, while they last, and must be obtained prior to the concert. There are no reservations.

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Shelley and the Curves plans trio of shows at Issaquah Amante

August 5, 2014

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Western Washington’s favorite party band is returning to perform a trio of shows in Issaquah at Amante’s.

Named Best in Western Washington by King 5 TV’s Evening Magazine multiple times, Shelly and the Curves have opened for the Beach Boys, shared the stage with Carole King and played for nearly every major corporation and charity in the region.

Shelly and the Curves, led by powerhouse singing trio of Shelley Tomberg, Sally Annabella and Karen Ford, rock the stage with classics from AC/DC to ZZ Top with some danceable R&B thrown in the set list.

Plan ahead, as Shelly and the Curves scheduled shows are from 8-11 p.m. Aug. 8, Oct. 10 and Nov. 8 at Amante’s, located at 131 Front St. N.

To learn more, call 313-9600 or go to www.curvesband.com.

Award-winning director presents follow-up project, ‘Burkholder’

August 5, 2014

A&E BurkholderMovie 2014 copy Taylor Guterson knew he captured lightning in a bottle with his 2011 film, “Old Goats.”

He wanted to work with his cast of cantankerous old timers again, not really caring if a follow-on project didn’t win as many accolades as the audience favorite on the film festival circuit.

A former University of Washington student now living in Issaquah, Guterson debuted his latest effort, “Burkholder,” at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival. The movie returns Aug. 8-9 for another showing at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.

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5 Johnsons bring one good time to Concerts on the Green

August 5, 2014

The 5 Johnsons plan to bring one big play list of rockin’ classics to the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 12 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, come early to stake out your spot.

Members of one of the 1990s top party bands, The Machine, reunited to from The 5 Johnsons. To keep you dancing, The 5 Johnsons cover tunes from Act Naturally by the Beatles to Wipeout by the Surfaries.

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Junkyard Jane brings swampabilly to Concerts in the Park series

August 5, 2014

The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park continues Aug. 7 with Junkyard Jane introducing swampabilly blues to local crowds.

The concerts in the park are from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28.

There is plenty of lawn space, so you can bring your own picnic basket. The Rotary Club of Sammamish will sell barbecue dinners and the Kiwanis Club of Sammamish will sell ice cream. No alcohol is allowed in the park.

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Teen makes ‘Unbreakable’ music debut

July 29, 2014

 

Fifteen-year-old Issaquah resident Sam Foster invites you to join him at the release party for his upcoming album, “Unbreakable.”

“I really want people to enjoy the music and the story it tells. Hopefully, people can relate to the songs and it strikes a chord,” Foster said. “I hope people realize there is more to a person than meets the eye.

“Although you may think that someone is doing fine from the outside, there are things you don’t know about them that they have to deal with.”

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