‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘Cabaret’ headline Village Theatre’s 2014-15 season

March 4, 2014

Village Theatre continues its passion for creating art with a 2014-2015 season that includes the Bob Fosse classic “Cabaret,” the Disney family favorite “Mary Poppins,” the contemporary Broadway hit “In the Heights,” brand new musical comedy thriller “No Way to Treat a Lady” and a straight play based on the Jules Verne book “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Village Theatre’s own Steve Tomkins will direct “Mary Poppins” and “No Way to Treat a Lady.” The theater will welcome Eric Ankrim (director) and Daniel Cruz (choreographer) for “In the Heights.”

Earlier start times (7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings) launched last season will continue, and four- and three-show subscription packages will be available for purchase just before and just after the holiday season.

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Issaquah schools seeking student art for calendars

March 4, 2014

Issaquah School District students are invited to submit their artwork for possible publication in the district’s 2014-15 student art calendar.

The calendar is distributed free of charge to every family and staff member in the district. All current students are eligible to submit up to three pieces.

Art should be submitted in a high-resolution digital format through email attachments, and can be sent to Lorraine Michelle at MichelleL@issaquah.wednet.edu with the words “Art Calendar” in the subject line.

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Wine walk returns March 7

March 4, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s Wine Walk series continues from 6-9 p.m. March 7.

Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk is a first Friday evening event that is fun and supports the community. Enjoy live music, art displays and demonstrations, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations up and down Front Street. The shops and restaurants there are open to the general public during Wine Walk and all ages are welcome.

Tickets for the wine walk, for adults only, are $25 in advance or $30 at the event and includes 10 one-ounce drink tokens. Be sure to bring your own glass. Check-in is at 6 p.m. at Hailstone Feed Store, 323 Front St. N.

The wineries featured March 7 are: Amelia Bleu, Convergence Zone, Dubindil, Liquid Xpressions, NHV, Open Road, Queen Anne Winery, Robert Ramsay, Upland, William Church and Cedar River Cellars.

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Fabulous Facsimile

February 18, 2014

Beatles tribute band nears third decade performing

You might, like me, envy people who were able to see The Beatles live. We lost that option Dec. 8, 1980, when John Lennon was killed.

Contributed Beatlemania are (from left) John Perry (as Paul McCartney), David Brighton (as Goerge Harrison) John Preston (as Ringo Starr) and Jon Fickes (as John Lennon).

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Beatlemania are (from left) John Perry (as Paul McCartney), David Brighton (as Goerge Harrison) John Preston (as Ringo Starr) and Jon Fickes (as John Lennon).

But if you really love the Fab Four, you can see the next best thing at a BeatleMania Live concert.

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Recipe shows eggs aren’t just for breakfast anymore

February 18, 2014

When I was growing up, my mother often served eggs for dinner. The idea that we could have what was usually a breakfast food for dinner was a fun and unique thing for us. For my mother, it was a great way to get a nutritious dinner on the table fast.

Baked Eggs with Polenta, Prosciutto and Swiss Chard

Baked Eggs with Polenta, Prosciutto and Swiss Chard

We had our fair share of waffles and pancakes for dinner, too, but for some reason, I remember the egg dishes the most. Most frequently, we had eggs in omelets, scrambled or my personal favorite, pan-fried in toad in the hole.

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XXX showcases the classics — old and new

February 11, 2014

José Enciso has owned The XXX Rootbeer Drive-in since 1999, and it has turned out to be one of the most popular destinations for car buffs to gather.

Even though his growing schedule of shows is filled throughout the year with classic car clubs, and his own garage is packed with a variety of classic rides, Enciso knows the future of car clubs belongs to the newest aficionados who drive imports.

C0ntributed The 2013 NWCCC meetup  featured 150 classic 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys. The Tri-Five, as it’s known, is the longest-running car show on the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in’s schedule.

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The 2013 NWCCC meetup featured 150 classic 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys. The Tri-Five, as it’s known, is the longest-running car show on the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in’s schedule.

Enciso said The XXX became a destination for spontaneous meetups, or flash mobs, of like car owners, especially car clubs for imports, like Hondas and Subarus.

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Let Tikka Masala take your tastebuds on a culinary tour of India

February 11, 2014

As a regular patron of Indian restaurants, I felt very comfortable in Tikka Masala.

Walking into the clean and tidy restaurant in Gilman Village, you smell a unique blend of exotic aromas and hear the rhythmic sounds of Indian music. While these sensory triggers are more or less standard for most Indian restaurants, I still find them welcoming.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tikka Masala offers a lunch buffet. It features a standard selection of dishes. Aloo masala (spiced potatoes and vegetables), chana masala (spiced chickpeas and vegetables) and tandoori chicken all make an appearance with many other assorted selections, including appetizers and desserts.

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Perambulation of the oenophiles

February 4, 2014

Downtown wine walk returns for third season

One of the Downtown Issaquah Association’s main goals is getting more people to enjoy activities in the downtown corridor.

The association hit upon an idea that has grown in popularity and returns for its third season Feb. 7 — the Wine Walk Series.

By Greg Farrar Wine steward Troy Etley (left) pours a Columbia Valley merlot from Lodmell Cellars for local Issaquah resident Dan Menser in 2012, as visitors on Front Street enjoyed wine tastings, snacks and live music during the Downtown Issaquah Association’s inaugural Wine Walk. The annual event is now in its third year.

By Greg Farrar
Wine steward Troy Etley (left) pours a Columbia Valley merlot from Lodmell Cellars for local Issaquah resident Dan Menser in 2012, as visitors on Front Street enjoyed wine tastings, snacks and live music during the Downtown Issaquah Association’s inaugural Wine Walk. The annual event is now in its third year.

The formula takes equal parts wine tastings, arts and crafts demonstrations and live music and blends them together for an adults-only crowd. DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said the combination has proven to be a success, filling a need in a section of the calendar left neglected in the past.

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Enjoy a meal with your movie at Cinebarre

February 4, 2014

Who wouldn’t like to sit in a big, comfy recliner in their own living room and watch a movie on a movie theater-sized screen?

Well, you can do that at Cinebarre — but with waiters and waitresses.

Won’t those people going back and forth interrupt the movie? Not nearly as much as you would think.

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International Film Festival comes to Issaquah Feb. 1-2

January 28, 2014

The Issaquah Arts Commission, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival, presents the Issaquah International Film Festival Feb. 1 and 2 at the Issaquah High School Performing Arts Center.

Six films will be shown, starting at noon each day. SIFF selected the films after being asked by the arts commission to curate the festival. The films being shown Saturday are “Khumba” at noon, “Ghost Graduation” at 3 p.m. and “The Best Offer” at 6 p.m.

“If You Build It” will screen at noon Sunday, followed by “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” at 3 p.m. and “Populaire” at 6 p.m.

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