Join the band on Make Music Day June 21

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.

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, David Harris (left) plays a bongo drum with Emma Erhardt (left) and Bella Evans, during an all-instrument flash mob performance of ‘Louie Louie’ in 2013 on the City Hall steps for Issaquah Make Music Day in honor of International Music day

Photos by Greg Farrar
Above, David Harris (left) plays a bongo drum with Emma Erhardt (left) and Bella Evans, during an all-instrument flash mob performance of ‘Louie Louie’ in 2013 on the City Hall steps for Issaquah Make Music Day in honor of International Music day

“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.”

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Purple ribbon winner

June 10, 2014

This portrait of Issaquah High School senior Jack Lambert’s brother standing in a torrential rain at the family cabin was part of his entry that was judged one of 10 statewide finalists, in the Professional Photographers of Washington Scholarship competition for 2014 Student Photographer of the Year. Finalists were singled out for their high achievement in the photographic field, scholastic studies and the wish to further their studies in the photographic arts.

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This photograph of a woman doing a jumping ‘sailor’ style dive into a lake at the Lambert family cabin was part of Jack Lambert’s entry. Students applying for a $2,000 scholarship presented an application including a portfolio of their work, a personal essay and two recommendations from teachers or mentors in photography. Members of the Professional Photographers of Washington juried the applicants.

 

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Master Chorus Eastside concert celebrates Independence Day

June 10, 2014

Include Master Chorus Eastside in your pre-Fourth of July plans.

The vocal ensemble comprised largely of local residents returns to Issaquah for its annual Celebrate America concert.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. June 29 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

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Free film series features ‘Cincinnati Kid’

June 10, 2014

The city’s free film series continues June 14 with the presentation of “The Cincinnati Kid.”

Presented with support from the city of Issaquah Arts Commission and 4Culture, the screening is at 7 p.m. in City Hall Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way.

“The Cincinnati Kid” stars Steve McQueen as an up-and-coming poker player who tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game, played by Edward G. Robinson.

Waving the baton

June 3, 2014

Dorothy Hay completes 25 years with Issaquah Singers

When Dorothy Hay takes the director’s stand at the Issaquah Singers annual concert for the public June 7, it will mark 25 years of directing the choir.

The concert at Sammamish Presbyterian Church is free, though donations for support of the group will be accepted.

By David M. Boss Bob Quindt (left), on the trumpet, and the Issaquah Singers crack up as conductor Dorothy Hay makes a joke during a concert in a previous year to celebrate the Fourth of July.

By David M. Boss
Bob Quindt (left), on the trumpet, and the Issaquah Singers crack up as conductor Dorothy Hay makes a joke during a concert in a previous year to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Hay said the concert title, “Snapshots,” comes from the hope that songs will bring back pictures for the audience from their past: pictures from the likes of “Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” “Crawdad Hole,” “In The Garden” and others.

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ArtWalk returns June 6 to downtown

June 3, 2014

Who says 13 is unlucky?

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns June 6 for its 13th season, after having successfully transformed the city’s main corridor into the Eastside’s premier arts destination.

Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said ArtWalk remains as popular as ever after 13 years.

By Greg Farrar A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

“It’s just a great place for families to come down to check out the art and the live music, and kids activities with painting,” she said.

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Local students nominated for Emmy Awards

May 22, 2014

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Music videos are a form of storytelling, and four Skyline High School students decided to weave a story of their own around a well-known song.

Students Damian Banki, Jeremy Millar, Langston Nichols and Andrea Gomez acted in, filmed and edited a three-minute, 46-second video set to the background of Coldplay’s “Paradise.”

Their work was recently nominated for a student Emmy Award by the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Their adaptation of “Paradise” is one of six nominations in the music video category, and they’ll have a chance to win the award at the 51st annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards on June 7 in Seattle.

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Providence Marianwood celebrates 445 years of artistic experience

May 20, 2014

‘Bouquet,’ by 87-year-old Elsie Johnston, is one of the paintings in the Providence Marianwood show ‘Ageless,’ on display until May 31. Contributed

‘Bouquet,’ by 87-year-old Elsie Johnston, is one of the paintings in the Providence Marianwood show ‘Ageless,’ on display until May 31. Contributed

Providence Marianwood has a new show hanging in its gallery. “Ageless” features five local artists ranging in age from 87 to 92. Between them, the artists have 445 years of creative living.

The artists are all women. Their media include collage and oils, and their subjects include animals, nature and whimsy.

The oldest is Mary Tanji, 92. She came to love art late in life and began painting only five years ago.

“I love the freedom of creating or representing an object,” she said.

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Common Ground Choir invited to Folklife Festival

May 20, 2014

The Common Ground Choir, Issaquah’s own contemporary “Glee”-style gospel choir, led by Dan Hegelund, has been invited to perform at this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival.

Hegelund moved to Issaquah from Sweden last year, and his wife and two kids finally joined him April 18 after some Green Card delays.

Hegelund opened Common Ground Choir Academy on Gilman Boulevard in September, and now six months later the music school has private students, three contemporary children choirs and a contemporary adult choir.

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‘Funny Girl’ returns to Village Theatre 20 years later

May 13, 2014

The May 15 return of “Funny Girl” to Village Theatre brings milestones behind the scenes.

Issaquah’s regional professional theater has kept much of the same talent since 1993, the last time it put on the musical featuring the life and career of a Broadway star set in the early 20th century.

But those people at the helm of the lavishly involved show bring decades more experience to this year’s production. Both the costume designer and the master scenic artist worked on the show 20 years ago, and for everything that has stayed the same, they have seen many things change.

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