July 29, 2014
The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park continues July 31 with The Calaca Kings.
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. There will be barbecue dinners and ice cream for sale. No alcohol is allowed.
Three generations of Doughtys (Fred, son Andrew and grandson Jordan) bring together a smart compilation of perfectly mixed genres that appeals to all ages. They feature some of the Northwest’s top performers in their lineups. Performing with them July 31 is Tiffiny Theis, a prolific writer and guitarist with “a sweet and silky voice of an angel.”
Pine Lake Park, 2401 228th Ave. S.E., has limited parking. Parking is also available at Discovery Elementary School and at the Pine Lake Park & Ride. A free shuttle is available to and from the park & ride. No dogs are allowed on the shuttle.
Learn more at www.sammamish.us/events/concertsinthepark.aspx.
July 29, 2014
The Seattle Shakespeare Co. continues its summer Wooden O Shakespeare in the Park Series July 31 with “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the Issaquah Community Center.
The performance is from 7-9 p.m. at 301 Rainier Blvd. S.
In “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” best pals Valentine and Proteus find themselves rivals for the affections of the beautiful Silvia while Julia, Proteus’ forgotten gal, hatches a plan to win back her man. As the two gents play out their foolish ideas of love, their servants Speed and Launce create a comic contest of their own in a hilarious battle of wits.
While blankets and picnic baskets are welcome on the lawn during performances, organizers ask that pets and alcohol be left at home.
Wooden O, founded in 1994, started with annual summer Shakespeare performances at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Amphitheater. Demand for the free summer Shakespeare performances grew, and over the years, park venues from Lynnwood to Auburn were added to the schedule. In spring 2008, Seattle Shakespeare Co. merged with Wooden O.
Learn more at www.seattleshakespeare.org/woodeno.
July 29, 2014
Proof of Seattle’s diverse music scene makes its way east when The Georgetown Orbits swing hit the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 5 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.
The Georgetown Orbits boast a heavy regimen of traditional ska and upbeat, roots-influenced reggae. The band has garnered much attention in the Northwest as one of the few to pay tribute to the old sounds of Jamaican ska, a style that has gained notable popularity in Seattle since the band’s conception in late 2004.
The concerts, at 301 Rainier Blvd., are presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hotdogs and hamburgers.
July 29, 2014
Issaquah ArtWalk is from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 1.
ArtWalk features up to 50 talented artists in media ranging from jewelry and photography to paintings and metal work.
There’s also the following live music:Singer/songwriter Nolan Garret, Issaquah Library (rock ’n roll, sophisticated pop, blues and grunge/garage rock)
- Kaleidoscope School of Music, Historic Train Depot (rock)
- Larry Murante, 6-7 p.m. and 8-9 p.m., Hailstone Feed Store (folk rock)
- Elemental Belly Dancers, 7-8 p.m., Hailstone Feed Store
- Gauche, Issaquah Bicycle Shop parking lot (melodic rock)
- Jim Thompson, Coho Computer (music of The Doors)
- Open Mic, Music and Arts (call 392-1000)
Participants can find event maps at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., or online at www.downtownissaquah.com.
July 15, 2014
ArtEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council have separately done their parts to support and enliven the local arts community. Now, the two groups have combined efforts to present the area’s first ever Art Outside festival.
The weeklong festival that started July 11. It combines five events from the two organizations and lasts through July 20. ArtEAST Executive Director Karen Abel said combining forces with the Issaquah Highlands Council for the festival is a match made in heaven.
“ArtEAST has always been about supporting artists getting involved with the community and the Highlands Council wanted a way to get the community involved with art at their annual festival,” Abel said.
July 1, 2014
After 18 years, David Harris feels he’s got a pretty good feel for the pulse of Issaquah when it comes to the city’s music scene.
As the scheduler of musical talent for the annual Concerts on the Green series, Harris knows it takes more than a bar band to draw a large crowd to the lawn in front of the community center on a Tuesday night.
“We’ve got a broad, variety of music, most of it danceable,” he said. “I’ve found, over the years, Issaquah likes to dance, to get their feet tapping.”
June 24, 2014
Need to indulge in a guilty pleasure? Issaquah comedian Erez Benari is producing and hosting the Jewish-themed comedy show Guilty Giggle at the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue on June 29.
“The show is about being Jewish in America,” Benari said. “Jewish people have certain cultural traditions, which are passed down through the generations, and the show highlights the ridiculousness of things we encounter in daily life.
“A classic example is the stereotype of the Jewish mothers who always want their sons to be doctors or lawyers, and the inevitable eye rolling when she hears that her son wants to be, say, a comic.”
June 24, 2014
Now that summer fruits are in season, if you are at all like me, you are clamoring to enjoy them any way you can.
Fruit consumption goes way up for us this time of year. We try to cram as much delicious fruit into each meal at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with fruit for snacks in between. In years past, I’ve always felt a little guilty about all the fruit we consume. It’s just so simple, so fresh and so incredibly delicious that I get a little lazy on the rest of the food options available to us.
June 24, 2014
Skyline High School’s drama department was recognized for its outstanding work in several categories at the 12th annual 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater.
The awards ceremony, June 9 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, is a high-school version of the Tony Awards. More than 2,000 theater students dressed in costumes were in attendance to receive awards in 21 categories.
June 10, 2014
Someone has to make music and it might as well be the whole community.
For the second year in a row, the Downtown Issaquah Association will lead the city to join the rest of the world in International Music Day on June 21. With festivities highlighting the talents of the community, the day will offer plenty of opportunities to listen to and make music.
“It’s going to be pretty significant,” DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said. “We’re going to have over 25 bands in seven outdoor locations, four regular venues and six nontraditional spots.”