Plug in to Larry the Cable Guy at Snoqualmie Casino

September 30, 2014

Dan Whitney never misses a Larry the Cable Guy show.

Larry the Cable Guy

Larry the Cable Guy

Larry, the stand-up comedian dressed in a shirt with cutoff sleeves and camouflage Huskers baseball cap who delivers one-liners in a Southern good-ol’ boy accent, makes him laugh from the minute he gets onstage to the minute he leaves.

Whitney knows Larry the Cable Guy well.

He is Larry.

“I think everyone has it figured out that the Cable Guy is a character I’ve created,” Whitney said in a telephone interview from Nebraska. “He’s probably America’s longest running piece of performance art around.”

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ArtEAST brings visual arts to Salmon Days

September 30, 2014

ArtEAST Art Center wants to get Eastside residents hooked on art through a variety of free activities at this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Hands-on activities will happen and innovative displays have been set up at the artEAST gallery, 95 Front St. N.

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‘In the Heights’ elevates Village Theatre’s new season

September 23, 2014

Village Theatre begins its season at the top.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Perry Young as Usnavi, leads the ensemble cast through the opening number in Village Theatre’s season opener ‘In the Heights.’ Many of the production’s varied musical stylings and dance routines are previewed during the impressive song.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Perry Young as Usnavi, leads the ensemble cast through the opening number in Village Theatre’s season opener ‘In the Heights.’ Many of the production’s varied musical stylings and dance routines are previewed during the impressive song.

“In the Heights,” a rousing, energetic feature about a largely Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City, opened the 2014-2015 season with a raucous performance Sept. 18.

Though the story itself relies heavily on old “gotta-get-outta-here” tropes and steers well clear of anything approaching the gritty reality of living in an urban environment, the spirit of the music, the talent of the cast and exuberance of the dance brightly shines.

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Recipe Box — It’s the best time of year for soup

September 23, 2014

September seems always to be a time of change and contradiction, not quite fall, not quite summer.

Coconut Curry Soup

Coconut Curry Soup

Warm and sunny days are often juxtaposed with cool and ever quickly-arriving evenings. This change is evidenced in my kitchen as well. I find myself reaching for recipes that feature more squash, potatoes, beets and other root vegetables. All of my dishes seem to be touched with these ingredients lately.

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Pabla Veggie Cuisine has good food, is good value

September 16, 2014

Let’s talk about Indian buffets.

By Peter Clark Pabla Veggie Cuisine has all the standards of most Indian buffets.

By Peter Clark
Pabla Veggie Cuisine has all the standards of most Indian buffets.

When I first started eating this divine cuisine oh so many years ago, I treated buffets like the Holy Grail of exotic dining. Every buffet gave so many choices and so much of them. But as years and restaurants pass, a palette refines and buffets disappoint.

While I looked forward to my experience at Pabla Veggie Cuisine in the Meadows Shopping Center, I was skeptical of the buffet. While it did present a good representation of what the vegetarian restaurant can provide hungry customers, it also fell to many of the same bland faults as other Indian buffets.

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Life is fair in Puyallup

September 9, 2014

Fried food, animal smells, concert music and carnival rides — yep, the Washington State Fair has returned.

By Peter Clark Beautiful late summer weather brings the crowd out to the 2014 Washington State Fair in Puyallup Sept. 7 and the array of activities, food and attractions kept them there.

By Peter Clark
Beautiful late summer weather brings the crowd out to the 2014 Washington State Fair in Puyallup Sept. 7 and the array of activities, food and attractions kept them there.

Until Sept. 21, you can find the best livestock, agriculture, horticulture and crafts the state has to offer in Puyallup. This year’s fair packs a whopping punch with a slew of high-profile music acts and the usual, if no less impressive, bunch of Washingtonian achievements.

Walking in the gate, you might feel overwhelmed at the sheer number of things to do in the fairgrounds. Should you immediately head over and dive into a basket of fried butter? Head over to the livestock barn and hear which rooster crows the loudest? Visit one of the many crafts buildings and spot all the nuance and detail in the dollhouses? These are big decisions that a hardy fairgoer will have to make. Rest assured that if you get your fill of one type of entertainment, plenty more is right around the corner for the whole family.

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Author patrols the sky in new book

September 9, 2014

There is a certain mystique surrounding federal air marshals.

Contributed Madison Doherty, a 2006 graduate of Issaquah High School, recently debuted her new book, ‘When the Sky was Protected.’

Contributed
Madison Doherty, a 2006 graduate of Issaquah High School, recently debuted her new book, ‘When the Sky was Protected.’

Not much is known about these men and women who patrol the skies, relying on extensive training to keep the civil aviation system safe from attacks on airports, passengers and crews.

They work independently, travel extensively, possess impressive skills with handguns and, most importantly, blend in with the flying masses. That man sitting next to you in seat 4B, reading the in-flight magazine, could be one of them, but you’d never know.

Issaquah author Madison Doherty hopes questions about and intrigue surrounding the profession will entice readers to pick up her new book, “When The Sky Was Protected.”

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Second Saturday Film Series returns Sept. 13

September 9, 2014

The Second Saturday Film Series returns for a fall season run through November.

All movies start at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, and are free, although donations will be accepted for snacks.

Kicking off the series at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 is the 1963 comedy “The Wheeler Dealers,” starring the late James Garner and Lee Remick. Garner plays a loveable Wall Street millionaire who locks horns with astute and attractive stockbroker Lee Remick.

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Final ArtWalk of the season is tonight

September 5, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 5, 2014

Don’t miss the final ArtWalk of the season Sept. 5.

The Downtown Issaquah Association event is from 6-9 p.m. downtown. Meet business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah.

Held the first Friday of the month from June to September, the season finale features fine art photographer Dinah Satterwhite presenting a special exhibit at the Christian Science Reading Room, 415 Rainier Blvd. N.

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Kentucky Derby film with Issaquah connections debuts Sept. 5

September 2, 2014

Longtime Issaquah resident Serena Blach remembers the 2009 Kentucky Derby like it was yesterday.

It was the day Mine That Bird, a horse co-owned by her father Leonard Blach, stunned observers, coming out of nowhere to win the Kentucky Derby.

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