High schools host spring productions

March 31, 2015

Liberty’s Patriot Players: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

The public is invited to transport itself back to the 1920’s Jazz Age when Liberty High School’s award-winning Patriot Players perform “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

The performance is a parody of American musical comedies of the 1920s. Showtimes at Liberty’s Landback Auditorium are at 7:30 p.m. April 24, 25, 30 and May 2, and at 2:30 p.m. May 2.

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Lady killers — How two men handle the women in their lives delivers the laughs in ‘No Way to Treat a Lady’

March 25, 2015

Audiences will be excited that Village Theatre veteran director Steve Tomkins was able to cross off another production from his bucket list — this time, one of the first productions in the Village Originals program in 1999, “No Way to Treat a Lady.”

Adapted from a William Goldman novel, Douglas J. Cohen penned a tale of Christopher “Kit” Gill and Morris Brummel, who are both having mommy issues. How they approach their problems is at the core of the musical.

By Tracy Martin/Property of Village Theatre Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill (Nick DeSantis) tries to seduce the frustratingly flamboyant Carmella (Bobbi Kotula) in an attempt to make her one of his strangled victims in Village Theatre’s newest musical ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

By Tracy Martin/Property of Village Theatre
Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill (Nick DeSantis) tries to seduce the frustratingly flamboyant Carmella (Bobbi Kotula) in an attempt to make her one of his strangled victims in Village Theatre’s newest musical ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

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Everything is better with bacon, even kale

March 25, 2015

There is just something infinitely lovely about recipes that can be prepared in advance.

Make-ahead meals have a way of allowing us to feel just a bit more in control of our often hectic daily existence, and the simple fact that some food simply tastes better prepared this way makes those recipes all the more wonderful.

By Maria Nelson This kale and bacon casserole is easily prepared the night before it’s required.

By Maria Nelson
This kale and bacon casserole is easily prepared the night before it’s required.

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artEAST celebrates its first 10 years, unveils its next at SWIRL

March 25, 2015

A decade ago, Issaquah was surrounded by other communities — from Seattle to Kirkland — with a strong support for the arts.

A core group of about 40 artists from the Eastside, from Sammamish and Bellevue to Snoqualmie and Maple Hills, tired of the dominance, met over a beer at the Issaquah Brewhouse to create a vision that would keep their involvement within the local community.

By Greg Farrar A ceramic piece on a glass shelf display of artist Kerstin McKee’s works is featured in the artEAST Art Center on Front Street, as feather painting artist and downtown resident Judy Salas manages a shift as an eight-year veteran volunteer at the sales desk for the artist collective.

By Greg Farrar
A ceramic piece on a glass shelf display of artist Kerstin McKee’s works is featured in the artEAST Art Center on Front Street, as feather painting artist and downtown resident Judy Salas manages a shift as an eight-year veteran volunteer at the sales desk for the artist collective.

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Village Theatre gets away with murder in new musical ‘No Way To Treat A Lady’

March 17, 2015

“No Way To Treat A Lady,” the theatrically charged new musical about a cunning yet charming serial killer, makes its mainstage Village Theatre debut March 19. (It ends April 26.)

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Nick DeSantis plays Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill and Bobbi Kotula is Carmella in Village Theatre’s musical production ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Nick DeSantis plays Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill and Bobbi Kotula is Carmella in Village Theatre’s musical production ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

The cat-and-mouse detective thriller is rounded out with a little romance, a lot of laughs, and an upbeat score full of catchy melodies and quick-witted lyrics.

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Village Theatre announces 2015-2016 season lineup

March 17, 2015

Village Theatre recently announced its productions for the 2015-16 season.

The lineup includes “Snapshots,” a new musical scrapbook featuring the music of Stephen Schwartz, creator of “Wicked”; “My Fair Lady,” the glamorous Lerner-Loewe musical classic; “Crimes of the Heart,” a southern, gothic comedy; “My Heart Is the Drum,” a spirited, new coming-of-age musical set in Ghana; and “Billy Elliot,” the smash Broadway hit with music by Elton John.

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It’s a ‘Beast’ to bring classic Disney tale to the high school stage

March 3, 2015

Between its Golden Globe-winning turn on the silver screen and its 13-year run on Broadway, the story of “Beauty and the Beast” is familiar to audiences around the world.

By Neil Pierson Issaquah High School seniors Mark Olsen, as Beast, and Elizabeth Moore, as Belle, star in the musical version of the Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

By Neil Pierson
Issaquah High School seniors Mark Olsen, as Beast, and Elizabeth Moore, as Belle, star in the musical version of the Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

That’s the challenge for the Issaquah High School performing arts department when it brings the musical version of “Beauty and the Beast” to the stage five times in four days this week.

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Issaquah Wine Walk has live music, lively boutiques

March 3, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s first Friday Wine Walk returns for its second week of 2015 on March 6.

Support the local community with live music, art happenings, snacks and local boutique wines poured in several destinations along Front Street.

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Learn to love your Brussels sprouts again

February 24, 2015

This lovely recipe is the epitome of healthy and simple goodness.

By Maria Nelson Shaved Brussels sprouts salad, with walnuts and Pecorino cheese, will alleviate your fear of the sprouts’ bitter taste.

By Maria Nelson
Shaved Brussels sprouts salad, with walnuts and Pecorino cheese, will alleviate your fear of the sprouts’ bitter taste.

Crunchy shaved Brussels sprouts, combined with salty and delicious, hard Pecorino and whole walnut halves are the basis for this easy-to-prepare salad that goes well as a starter, or on it’s own for a smaller meal.

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FISH offers Feb. 20 free screening of Elwha River film

February 17, 2015

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will offer a screening of the film “Return of the River” (The Elwha) on Feb. 20 in the Watershed Science Center at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

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