Art goes outdoors for new weeklong festival

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.

One of the artists participating in the Plein Air Paint Out is Arlon Rosenoff, who painted this painting, ‘Sun dress.’

One of the artists participating in the Plein Air Paint Out is Arlon Rosenoff, who painted this painting, ‘Sun dress.’

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Wooden O brings ‘Julius Caesar’ to Issaquah Community Center

July 15, 2014

The Seattle Shakespeare Co.’s summer Wooden O Shakespeare in the Park Series continues July 19 with “Julius Caesar” at Pine Lake Park, in Sammamish.

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.

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Village Theatre announces Festival of New Musicals

July 15, 2014

Village Theatre presents its 14th annual Festival of New Musicals Aug. 8-17.

The festival invites Village Originals members to help critique the theater’s upcoming original musical productions. For example, the musicals “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet” got their start through the Village Originals program and went on to win multiple Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize between them.

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North Country plays Concerts in Pine Lake Park on July 17

July 15, 2014

The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park continues July 17 with the bluegrass sounds of North Country.

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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Aaron Crawford rocks Concerts on the Green tonight

July 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 15, 2014

Aaron Crawford, one of the Pacific Northwest’s fastest rising country singers, hits the stage July 15 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, so come early to stake out your spot.

Crawford, a solo artist from the Northwest, is bringing a new sound to the music scene, blending country with melodic rock. He released his debut album, “Modern Day American Dream,” in October.

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ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah tonight

July 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 11, 2014

The next Downtown Issaquah Association ArtWalk is tonight from 6-9 p.m.

Visitors are invited to meet local business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, and shop and dine downtown.

ArtWalk features up 50 artists working their wares in such genres as jewelry, photography, paintings, glass and metal work, sculpture and books.

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WingsNThings kicks off Concerts in the Park tonight

July 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 10, 2014

The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park kicks off the 2014 season July 10 by welcoming Paul McCartney tribute band WingsNThings.

The concerts 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

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Wooden O brings ‘Julius Caesar’ to community center July 10

July 9, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. July 9, 2014

The Seattle Shakespeare Co. kicks off its summer Wooden O Shakespeare in the Park Series July 10 with “Julius Ceasar” at the Issaquah Community Center.

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.

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In Woodinville Wine Country, vino, veritas

July 8, 2014

Does winding through Woodinville’s wine country sound like a fantastic way to spend a day? You’re right — it is.

A number of wineries have bloomed in the bursting local industry along the northwestern tip of Lake Washington. When world-famous Chateau Ste. Michelle winery settled in the area in 1976, it brought with it a gradual wave of other wineries and, of course, wine lovers.

Currently, more than 100 wineries call the Woodinville area home. Now, you can experience those on the Woodinville Wine Country shuttle, every first and third Saturday from July 5 to Sept. 20.

By Peter Clark Above, John Bigelow, JM Cellars co-owner, stands on the bocce ball court that doubles as a wedding venue.

By Peter Clark
John Bigelow, JM Cellars co-owner, stands on the bocce ball court that doubles as a wedding venue.

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‘I Walk the Line’ on July 12 is next feature in free film series

July 8, 2014

The city’s free film series continues July 12 with the presentation of “I Walk the Line.”

The show is at 7 p.m. in City Hall Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way.

“I Walk the Line” stars Gregory Peck as Sheriff Henry Tawes, a small Tennessee town man of strong moral fiber who is quick to judge others and follows the law zealously. Tawes’ world is turned upside down when he meets Alma, played by Tuesday Weld.

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