Free film series features ‘Cincinnati Kid’

June 10, 2014

The city’s free film series continues June 14 with the presentation of “The Cincinnati Kid.”

Presented with support from the city of Issaquah Arts Commission and 4Culture, the screening is at 7 p.m. in City Hall Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way.

“The Cincinnati Kid” stars Steve McQueen as an up-and-coming poker player who tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game, played by Edward G. Robinson.

Waving the baton

June 3, 2014

Dorothy Hay completes 25 years with Issaquah Singers

When Dorothy Hay takes the director’s stand at the Issaquah Singers annual concert for the public June 7, it will mark 25 years of directing the choir.

The concert at Sammamish Presbyterian Church is free, though donations for support of the group will be accepted.

By David M. Boss Bob Quindt (left), on the trumpet, and the Issaquah Singers crack up as conductor Dorothy Hay makes a joke during a concert in a previous year to celebrate the Fourth of July.

By David M. Boss
Bob Quindt (left), on the trumpet, and the Issaquah Singers crack up as conductor Dorothy Hay makes a joke during a concert in a previous year to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Hay said the concert title, “Snapshots,” comes from the hope that songs will bring back pictures for the audience from their past: pictures from the likes of “Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” “Crawdad Hole,” “In The Garden” and others.

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ArtWalk returns June 6 to downtown

June 3, 2014

Who says 13 is unlucky?

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns June 6 for its 13th season, after having successfully transformed the city’s main corridor into the Eastside’s premier arts destination.

Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said ArtWalk remains as popular as ever after 13 years.

By Greg Farrar A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

“It’s just a great place for families to come down to check out the art and the live music, and kids activities with painting,” she said.

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ArtEAST presents new exhibition of crows/ravens

May 27, 2014

Issaquah’s most intriguing murder of crows invites you to two art exhibitions and five public lectures celebrating all things corvid.

ArtEAST presents the “Crow/Raven: Magic and Mystery” opening reception from 6-8 p.m. May 30 at the artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., and from 4-6 p.m. June 8 at Blakley Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

The art exhibits run through July 12.

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Herbed chicken skewers are a summertime favorite

May 27, 2014

Herbed chicken skewers are an easy, grilled summer favorite to serve at parties this season. By Maria Nelson

Herbed chicken skewers are an easy, grilled summer favorite to serve at parties this season.
By Maria Nelson

With warmer, longer days comes the return of meals eaten al fresco. The highlight of our summertime dinner routine is eating outside as much as possible. Regardless of where we eat, on our deck, in the park or on the porch, the thrill of being outside relaxing and enjoying time together in the rarefied Northwest sun is wonderful.

There’s something about eating outside that just lowers the blood pressure, inviting us to slow down, be more present and enjoy the world around us in a way we don’t often have opportunity to do.

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Local students nominated for Emmy Awards

May 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 2014

Music videos are a form of storytelling, and four Skyline High School students decided to weave a story of their own around a well-known song.

Students Damian Banki, Jeremy Millar, Langston Nichols and Andrea Gomez acted in, filmed and edited a three-minute, 46-second video set to the background of Coldplay’s “Paradise.”

Their work was recently nominated for a student Emmy Award by the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Their adaptation of “Paradise” is one of six nominations in the music video category, and they’ll have a chance to win the award at the 51st annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards on June 7 in Seattle.

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Village Theatre digs deep into its bag of tricks for its latest musical

May 20, 2014

The cast enacts the showstopper from a musical number in the Village Theatre production of ‘Funny Girl’ showing at the Fraancis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah.

The cast enacts the showstopper from a musical number in the Village Theatre production of ‘Funny Girl’ showing at the Fraancis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah. By Tracy Martin/Village Theatre

 

No cloud rains on Village Theatre’s latest parade.

In its last production of the 2014-2015 season, the regional theater brings “Funny Girl” to the stage in all its roaring glory. Recounting the life of vaudeville and Broadway star Fanny Brice, the 1964 musical (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart) takes the audience on a whirlwind, rags-to-riches journey of Brice’s life.

The classic story, with Brice famously portrayed by Barbra Streisand on stage and screen, is well-known and I should note immediately that I find it lackluster. Struggling, gutsy girl meets boy. Gutsy girl struggles less, and then weds boy. Boy turns rotten. Girl stays gutsy.

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Providence Marianwood celebrates 445 years of artistic experience

May 20, 2014

‘Bouquet,’ by 87-year-old Elsie Johnston, is one of the paintings in the Providence Marianwood show ‘Ageless,’ on display until May 31. Contributed

‘Bouquet,’ by 87-year-old Elsie Johnston, is one of the paintings in the Providence Marianwood show ‘Ageless,’ on display until May 31. Contributed

Providence Marianwood has a new show hanging in its gallery. “Ageless” features five local artists ranging in age from 87 to 92. Between them, the artists have 445 years of creative living.

The artists are all women. Their media include collage and oils, and their subjects include animals, nature and whimsy.

The oldest is Mary Tanji, 92. She came to love art late in life and began painting only five years ago.

“I love the freedom of creating or representing an object,” she said.

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Common Ground Choir invited to Folklife Festival

May 20, 2014

The Common Ground Choir, Issaquah’s own contemporary “Glee”-style gospel choir, led by Dan Hegelund, has been invited to perform at this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival.

Hegelund moved to Issaquah from Sweden last year, and his wife and two kids finally joined him April 18 after some Green Card delays.

Hegelund opened Common Ground Choir Academy on Gilman Boulevard in September, and now six months later the music school has private students, three contemporary children choirs and a contemporary adult choir.

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‘Funny Girl’ returns to Village Theatre 20 years later

May 13, 2014

The May 15 return of “Funny Girl” to Village Theatre brings milestones behind the scenes.

Issaquah’s regional professional theater has kept much of the same talent since 1993, the last time it put on the musical featuring the life and career of a Broadway star set in the early 20th century.

But those people at the helm of the lavishly involved show bring decades more experience to this year’s production. Both the costume designer and the master scenic artist worked on the show 20 years ago, and for everything that has stayed the same, they have seen many things change.

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