September 23, 2014
Village Theatre begins its season at the top.
“In the Heights,” a rousing, energetic feature about a largely Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City, opened the 2014-2015 season with a raucous performance Sept. 18.
Though the story itself relies heavily on old “gotta-get-outta-here” tropes and steers well clear of anything approaching the gritty reality of living in an urban environment, the spirit of the music, the talent of the cast and exuberance of the dance brightly shines.
September 23, 2014
September seems always to be a time of change and contradiction, not quite fall, not quite summer.
Warm and sunny days are often juxtaposed with cool and ever quickly-arriving evenings. This change is evidenced in my kitchen as well. I find myself reaching for recipes that feature more squash, potatoes, beets and other root vegetables. All of my dishes seem to be touched with these ingredients lately.
September 16, 2014
Let’s talk about Indian buffets.
When I first started eating this divine cuisine oh so many years ago, I treated buffets like the Holy Grail of exotic dining. Every buffet gave so many choices and so much of them. But as years and restaurants pass, a palette refines and buffets disappoint.
While I looked forward to my experience at Pabla Veggie Cuisine in the Meadows Shopping Center, I was skeptical of the buffet. While it did present a good representation of what the vegetarian restaurant can provide hungry customers, it also fell to many of the same bland faults as other Indian buffets.
September 9, 2014
Fried food, animal smells, concert music and carnival rides — yep, the Washington State Fair has returned.
Until Sept. 21, you can find the best livestock, agriculture, horticulture and crafts the state has to offer in Puyallup. This year’s fair packs a whopping punch with a slew of high-profile music acts and the usual, if no less impressive, bunch of Washingtonian achievements.
Walking in the gate, you might feel overwhelmed at the sheer number of things to do in the fairgrounds. Should you immediately head over and dive into a basket of fried butter? Head over to the livestock barn and hear which rooster crows the loudest? Visit one of the many crafts buildings and spot all the nuance and detail in the dollhouses? These are big decisions that a hardy fairgoer will have to make. Rest assured that if you get your fill of one type of entertainment, plenty more is right around the corner for the whole family.
September 9, 2014
There is a certain mystique surrounding federal air marshals.
Not much is known about these men and women who patrol the skies, relying on extensive training to keep the civil aviation system safe from attacks on airports, passengers and crews.
They work independently, travel extensively, possess impressive skills with handguns and, most importantly, blend in with the flying masses. That man sitting next to you in seat 4B, reading the in-flight magazine, could be one of them, but you’d never know.
Issaquah author Madison Doherty hopes questions about and intrigue surrounding the profession will entice readers to pick up her new book, “When The Sky Was Protected.”
September 9, 2014
The Second Saturday Film Series returns for a fall season run through November.
All movies start at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, and are free, although donations will be accepted for snacks.
Kicking off the series at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 is the 1963 comedy “The Wheeler Dealers,” starring the late James Garner and Lee Remick. Garner plays a loveable Wall Street millionaire who locks horns with astute and attractive stockbroker Lee Remick.
September 5, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 5, 2014
Don’t miss the final ArtWalk of the season Sept. 5.
The Downtown Issaquah Association event is from 6-9 p.m. downtown. Meet business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah.
Held the first Friday of the month from June to September, the season finale features fine art photographer Dinah Satterwhite presenting a special exhibit at the Christian Science Reading Room, 415 Rainier Blvd. N.
September 2, 2014
Longtime Issaquah resident Serena Blach remembers the 2009 Kentucky Derby like it was yesterday.
It was the day Mine That Bird, a horse co-owned by her father Leonard Blach, stunned observers, coming out of nowhere to win the Kentucky Derby.
August 28, 2014
The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park concludes Aug. 28 with Remnanz.
The concert is from 6:30-8 p.m. at Pine Lake Park, 2401 228th Ave. S.E.
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.
August 26, 2014
Back-to-school time almost always means busy, manic schedules.
To make it easier each year, I gravitate toward easy-to-throw-together meals originating with a slow-cooked main, so leftovers easily morph later in the week into quickly prepared meals using few, simple and delicious ingredients.
Kalua Pork is a family favorite and an absolutely wonderful way to make many great meals fast. Below are some recipes to help you answer that endlessly asked and panic-inducing question, “What’s for dinner?”