Get your tickets now for fun, fresh ‘In The Heights’ at Village Theatre

August 19, 2014

The rhythm takes over in “In The Heights,” a Broadway dance spectacular that brings the passion and power of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood to Village Theatre.

Set in a community where everyone knows your business, things are about to shake up as romances bloom, dreams are challenged and one winning lottery ticket threatens to change everything.

Nominated for 13 Tony awards, winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “In The Heights” is a fun and fresh hip-hop musical with an infectious salsa beat.

Two members of the national “In the Heights” touring cast will be a part of this regional production: Perry Young as Usnavi and Kyle Robert Carter as Benny.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre The Broadway hit ‘In the Heights’ comes to Village Theatre Sept. 18, staring two members of the national touring cast, Perry Young as Usnavi and Kyle Robert Carter as Benny.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
The Broadway hit ‘In the Heights’ comes to Village Theatre Sept. 18, staring two members of the national touring cast, Perry Young as Usnavi and Kyle Robert Carter as Benny.

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Young Issaquah violinist to play in Pioneer Square

August 19, 2014

Issaquah teen Alena Hove will perform in a Pioneer Square pop-up concert Aug. 26.

Hove, a student at Eastside Catholic High School, will play the violin, an instrument that helped her win the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division of ages 6-15.

The 15-year-old performs from noon to 1 p.m. at Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park at the corner of South Main Street and Occidental Avenue South in Seattle.

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Sammamish Symphony to play Concerts in the Park on Aug. 21

August 19, 2014

The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park continues Aug. 21 with the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra.

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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Wally & The Beaves perform, costume contest at tonight’s Concert on the Green

August 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 19, 2014

Wally & The Beaves bring back the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll to the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 19 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.

Wally & The Beaves, six of the most respected artists and musicians in the Pacific Northwest, formed in spring 2011. The band’s unique show has been gaining a loyal following since.

Each member of the band brings a bit of humor by dressing like well-known iconic characters from the era, from Buddy Holly to Susie Q.

In honor of the decade known for poodle skirts and leather jackets, Rowley Properties Inc. is sponsoring a 1950’s fashion contest during the concert.

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Train Depot brings railroad history to life Aug. 16-17

August 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 15, 2014

The history of railroads in America will literally come to life Aug. 16-17 in a unique, free event at the Issaquah Depot Museum.

The Suitcases Project, directed by artist Joan Laage, presents alternating scenes throughout the depot and on the passenger trolley that include text, movement and local references to the history of Issaquah.

Erica Maniez, director of Issaquah History Museums, likened the project to a form of performance art or a living, breathing museum.

A cast will continuously perform scenes in and around the depot from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Spectators are free to walk around and observe the cast of railroad workers, passengers, conductors and more.

“It’s really about capturing the mood of an era when railroads ruled,” Maniez said.

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Petty Fever brings Tom Petty’s rock to Concerts in the Park tonight

August 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2014

The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park continues Aug. 14 with Tom Petty tribute band Petty Fever.

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.

Petty Fever was named the 2013 Tribute Band of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. The band’s salute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is known for its high-energy performances.

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Pick up tickets Aug. 8 for POPs! Goes Issaquah

August 5, 2014

Sammamish Symphony orchestra photo The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra brings its ‘In Flight’ performance to Rowley Properties sponsored concert Pops! Goes Issaquah Aug. 22 at Village Theatre.

Sammamish Symphony orchestra photo
The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra brings its ‘In Flight’ performance to Rowley Properties sponsored concert Pops! Goes Issaquah Aug. 22 at Village Theatre.

Rowley Properties is once again supporting arts on the Eastside by sponsoring the free annual POPs! Goes Issaquah concert.

POPs! is at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N. The concert features the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra and conductor R. Joseph Scott.

Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis, while they last, and must be obtained prior to the concert. There are no reservations.

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Shelley and the Curves plans trio of shows at Issaquah Amante

August 5, 2014

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Western Washington’s favorite party band is returning to perform a trio of shows in Issaquah at Amante’s.

Named Best in Western Washington by King 5 TV’s Evening Magazine multiple times, Shelly and the Curves have opened for the Beach Boys, shared the stage with Carole King and played for nearly every major corporation and charity in the region.

Shelly and the Curves, led by powerhouse singing trio of Shelley Tomberg, Sally Annabella and Karen Ford, rock the stage with classics from AC/DC to ZZ Top with some danceable R&B thrown in the set list.

Plan ahead, as Shelly and the Curves scheduled shows are from 8-11 p.m. Aug. 8, Oct. 10 and Nov. 8 at Amante’s, located at 131 Front St. N.

To learn more, call 313-9600 or go to www.curvesband.com.

Award-winning director presents follow-up project, ‘Burkholder’

August 5, 2014

A&E BurkholderMovie 2014 copy Taylor Guterson knew he captured lightning in a bottle with his 2011 film, “Old Goats.”

He wanted to work with his cast of cantankerous old timers again, not really caring if a follow-on project didn’t win as many accolades as the audience favorite on the film festival circuit.

A former University of Washington student now living in Issaquah, Guterson debuted his latest effort, “Burkholder,” at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival. The movie returns Aug. 8-9 for another showing at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.

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5 Johnsons bring one good time to Concerts on the Green

August 5, 2014

The 5 Johnsons plan to bring one big play list of rockin’ classics to the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 12 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.

Members of one of the 1990s top party bands, The Machine, reunited to from The 5 Johnsons. To keep you dancing, The 5 Johnsons cover tunes from Act Naturally by the Beatles to Wipeout by the Surfaries.

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