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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Patriot Players present ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

November 18, 2014

The award-winning Liberty High School drama program will present Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic play “You Can’t Take It With You” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-22 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22.

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Wine Walk returns to Gilman Village on Nov. 20

November 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 18, 2014

The second annual Gilman Village Wine Walk is from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20.

Enjoy the live music of the Dave Card Trio, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations at Gilman Village retail shops. Tickets to this event are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event.

New this year is a local author meet and greet at various merchant locations throughout the village. The Writers Cottage, home of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association is partnering with Barnes & Noble, which will sell signed copies of each author’s work.

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ParentMap hosts ‘Glee’ actress at special-needs event Nov. 15

November 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 13, 2014

ParentMap will host an event geared toward those with special needs and their families, Living A Glee-ful Life: Possibilities and Potential for Every Child, from 2-5 p.m. Nov. 15 at Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue.

The event features “Glee” actress Lauren Potter, who plays Becky Jackson. Potter, an anti-bullying activist and Special Olympics ambassador, will give a presentation from 4-5 p.m.

A resource fair for special-needs families and speakers Steven Ferreira and Ben Wahl is from 2-4 p.m.

Tickets for this all-ages, open-to-the-public event is $10 per individual or $20 per family. Purchase tickets here.

Learn more here.

Skyline High School’s Lyceum Players to perform ‘Noises Off’

November 11, 2014

The Skyline High School drama department opens its 2014-15 season this week with performances of “Noises Off,” an energetic and humorous farce from English playwright Michael Frayn.

Show times are at 7 p.m. Nov. 12-14, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 15. at Skyline’s Lyceum’s Theatre, 1122 228th Ave. S.E. General-admission tickets are $8; Skyline students and staff tickets are $4. Tickets are available at the door only with cash or check payments.

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