Tickets on sale for ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

January 13, 2015

If you couldn’t afford a vacation of your own this holiday season, then let Village Theatre take you away from it all with its latest production, “Around the World in 80 Days.”

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Tinseltown Talks — co-stars remember Elvis the actor

January 8, 2015

NEW — 10:33 a.m. Jan. 8, 2015

For many, the title “King of Rock and Roll” is reserved for one man: Elvis Presley. Had he lived, Elvis would have celebrated his 80th birthday today, Jan. 8.

In addition to his music, Elvis lives on through a phenomenal number of appearances in scripted motion pictures — 31 in all — beginning with “Love Me Tender” in 1956 and ending 13 years later with “Change of Habit.”

Although his films are often dismissed due to weak and predictable scripts, critics generally regarded Elvis as a surprisingly good actor. But what did his costars think?

Provided by Donna Butterworth Donna Butterworth hugs Elvis in 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style.'

Provided by Donna Butterworth
Donna Butterworth hugs Elvis in ‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style.’

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Illustrating hunger — Local children’s book brings light to national problem

January 6, 2015

If you tell your best friend you’ll keep something secret, when is it OK to break the promise?

Photos by Greg Farrar Lois Brandt is teaching children about hunger with her book ‘Maddi’s Fridge.’ The book, published in September, is a big hit with fourth-graders.

By Greg Farrar
Lois Brandt is teaching children about hunger with her book ‘Maddi’s Fridge.’ The book, published in September, is a big hit with fourth-graders.

Sofia struggles with the promise and the knowledge that her best friend, Maddi, doesn’t get enough to eat.

Lois Brandt, of Issaquah, wrote a book, “Maddi’s Fridge,” that poses that dilemma.

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Kansas City ’cue — During the winter, leave the barbecuing to Stan’s

December 23, 2014

Buyer beware — you really can get too much of a good thing.

By Greg Farrar An order of Who’s Your Daddy? at Stan’s Bar-B-Q comes with three ribs, a half-pound of beef brisket, a half-pound of pulled pork, two sausage links and two sides, all for just $25.99.

By Greg Farrar
An order of Who’s Your Daddy? at Stan’s Bar-B-Q comes with three ribs, a half-pound of beef brisket, a half-pound of pulled pork, two sausage links and two sides, all for just $25.99.

Take Stan’s Bar-B-Q, for instance. Just don’t take it all at once like I did. After downing just half of the “Who’s Your Daddy” sampler platter, I was ready for a meat nap.

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With a fire in the hearth, down a gløgg

December 23, 2014

There’s something about living in the Northwest that makes our winter weather seem a bit colder than what the thermometer says it should be.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

I’ve always thought that it had to do with the persistent and ever-present wet that seeps into the bones and refuses to leave. Dryer, colder temperatures often fail to affect me in the way wetter and slightly warmer ones typically do.

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Free ‘Celtic Christmas’ show is Dec. 21

December 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 19, 2014

Enjoy an evening of free Irish music at the ‘Celtic Christmas’ show with The Fire Inside from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 21, at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

The Fire Inside has been playing family friendly concerts in the Northwest with jigs, reels and hornpipes for more than five years.

Learn more about the band here.

Ballet’s last run of ‘Nutcracker’ features local children dancers

December 3, 2014

Pacific Northwest Ballet is celebrating the last year of its one-of-a-kind Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak “Nutcracker” that has been dazzling Northwest audiences for the past 31 years and nine Issaquah kids are in the production.

The local kids and their roles are Joscelynn Barbee, Teenager; Kendra Ko, Little Girl; Makena Lung, Toy Theater Girl; Emma McIntosh, Small Servant; Anna Montgomery, Party Girl; Vincent Bennett, Nutcracker; Alyssa Collister, Fighting Mice Woman; Natalie Folts, Scrim Mouse; and Jade Wimberly, Small Servant.

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Let eggnog provide relief from pumpkins

November 26, 2014

Without fail, every year after Thanksgiving, our family has reached its pumpkin saturation point.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

While growing up, it was fairly routine for my family to continue to serve pumpkin pie for the remainder of our holiday celebrations, and seeing how there were very few other pumpkin-flavored options available to us at the time, we were all thrilled to partake. It’s hard to believe it sometimes, but there was life before pumpkin-flavored lattes, pumpkin brittle and pumpkin-flavored mochi. Shocking, I know.

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Practically Perfect — Village Theatre’s ‘Mary Poppins’ is a visual, technical tour de force

November 18, 2014

Village Theatre knows spectacle.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre The cast of ‘Mary Poppins’ use letters to help spell out the mouthful that is the song ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
The cast of ‘Mary Poppins’ use letters to help spell out the mouthful that is the song ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’

Once again, the Issaquah company has unveiled a visually stunning production in its latest musical, “Mary Poppins.” Every aspect proved to be a feast for the eyes and ears, as Village Theatre spared no expense to bring the magic of the Disney production to the stage.

Installation of a flight system to help a nanny fly? Check. Countless, colorful costume changes? Check. Magical props that prove to have a life of their own? Check. Impressive choreography helping bring memorable Disney classic songs to life? Check.

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High schools revive ‘Almost, Maine’ that almost wasn’t

November 18, 2014

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity.

By David Hayes Junior Joey Askew (left) and sophomore Lindsey Guajardo rehearse a scene from Issaquah High School’s Performing Arts Department’s production of ‘Almost, Maine.’

By David Hayes
Junior Joey Askew (left) and sophomore Lindsey Guajardo rehearse a scene from Issaquah High School’s Performing Arts Department’s production of ‘Almost, Maine.’

Issaquah High School has joined the bandwagon of other secondary drama programs across the United States that are producing the hot property “Almost, Maine.”

The play by John Cariani features several short vignettes about ordinary people finding relationships in unexpected places of one small town.

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