Skyline grad adds Grammy nomination to résumé

May 6, 2014

Josh Rawlings has had a solid foothold in the Seattle music scene for several years, but the past year has seen his stock soar to unprecedented levels.

Rawlings, a 2001 graduate of Skyline High School, is an accomplished pianist who dabbles in a rainbow of genres, from classic jazz and rock to hip-hop and soul.

A serendipitous connection shot Rawlings into the national limelight. His jazz trio, The Teaching — including bassist Evan Flory-Barnes and drummer Jeremy Jones — earned a 2014 Grammy Award nomination for their collaboration on “BomBom,” part of rapper Macklemore’s and producer Ryan Lewis’ award-winning album, “The Heist.”

By Neil Pierson Jazz trio The Teaching (clockwise from left) Evan Flory-Barnes, Jeremy Jones and Skyline High School alumnus Josh Rawlings, received a Grammy Award nomination this year for a collaboration with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

By Neil Pierson
Jazz trio The Teaching (clockwise from left) Evan Flory-Barnes, Jeremy Jones and Skyline High School alumnus Josh Rawlings, received a Grammy Award nomination this year for a collaboration with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

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Paddling festival expands

May 6, 2014

The Northwest Paddling Festival is expanding its operations, increasing its celebration of all things paddle sports from one to two days.

Lake Sammamish State Park will host the fourth annual festival, featuring paddling industry vendors, product demonstrations, kayak tours, stand-up paddleboarding lessons and a 6-mile paddle-craft race, May 9-10.

Certified guides and experts will be on hand to introduce novices to the world of paddle sports through 45-minute kayak tours or 30-minute stand-up paddleboarding classes.

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Tulip festival offers fun daytime getaway

May 6, 2014

WEEKEND WANDERER

I’m not a gardener.

You most certainly won’t find me in the yard cutting grass, or crouched near a patch of soil pulling weeds and planting flowers.

Imagine my parents’ surprise then, when I suggested we head north for the final weekend of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

By Christina Corrales-Toy A line of still-blooming purple tulips is bordered by the stems of now fallen blooms of the Tulip Town garden during the last weekend of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival on April 26.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A line of still-blooming purple tulips is bordered by the stems of now fallen blooms of the Tulip Town garden during the last weekend of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival on April 26.

Flowers have never really been my thing, but after my April 26 exploration of the blooming tulip fields, I certainly have a new appreciation for the beauty of all things flora.

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Improve your chocolate chip cookies with browned butter

April 29, 2014

It’s hard to argue that few things are not improved by the addition of browned butter.

Over the course of the past few years, browned butter has pretty much taken over the world of baking. The thinking goes that any recipe that calls for butter can definitely be improved by the addition of butter that’s been melted, and milk solids that have been browned and caramelized. In my view, it’s pretty sound thinking. The alchemy that occurs when browning butter is nothing short of magical.

By Maria Nelson Kick your chocolate chip cookies up a notch by using browned butter.

By Maria Nelson
Kick your chocolate chip cookies up a notch by using browned butter.

Browned butter adds a salty complexity to baked goods and leaves the uninitiated wondering just what makes that cookie or that banana bread they’ve just devoured more amazing than anything they’ve ever had before.

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Don’t miss the season’s last Wine Walk May 2

April 29, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, is from 6-9 p.m. May 2.

Enjoy live music, art displays and demonstrations, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations on Front Street. The shops and restaurants are open to the general public during Wine Walk and all ages are welcome.

Tickets for the wine walk, for adults only, are $25 in advance or $30 at the event and include 10 one-ounce drink tokens. Bring your own glass. Check-in is at 6 p.m. at Hailstone Feed Store, 323 Front St. N.

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ArtEAST auction offers original artwork

April 29, 2014

Online bidding and affordable pricing have made artEAST Art Center’s annual 150 Feet of Art Auction and Fundraiser a popular annual event.

This year’s 150 Feet auction, the eighth annual, begins May 2, and culminates with a celebration at the Art Center, 95 Front St. N., from 5-8 p.m. May 17.

The 150 Feet of Art auction is juried art donated by artEAST members and guest artists. Bidding and purchases help raise art programming funds for artEAST, a nonprofit art center that brings art exhibitions, hands-on workshops and public events to residents of Issaquah and surrounding communities.

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Master Chorus Eastside presents ‘Out of Africa’

April 29, 2014

Master Chorus Eastside presents “Out of Africa,” a celebration of the infectious choral music of Africa and the music of the Americas that grew out of the unique marriage of African and European music.

Revel in the contagious rhythms and percussive beat of South African freedom songs and other numbers, as well as African-inspired music: jazz, gospel, spirituals, samba and more, with a percussion ensemble.

The concert is at 3 p.m. May 18, at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

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Chan’s is the place for fine food

April 15, 2014

Chan’s Place is extremely unassuming, given its location. Its name is lit up in neon running over the strip mall exterior. A banner touting Chinese food and decrying MSG hangs over the neon sign.

There is no way you would expect its interior by walking past it. It is light and open and airy inside. The decor is filled with warm to neutral colors encouraging a calming meal.

A dinner in the first part of the week is nothing to hurry for; a Tuesday night dinner will get you prompt and pleasant seating by the hostess. There is ample seating around but you won’t feel isolated. Even with four or five tables in the relatively spacious dining room you still feel like you are around people. Conversations are carried throughout the room at just the right level: enough to hear them, but not enough to drown out your own conversation.

By Dan Gunderson The beef with black bean sauce is a can’t miss meal at Chan’s Place.

By Dan Gunderson
The beef with black bean sauce is a can’t miss meal at Chan’s Place.

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ArtEAST to debut ‘Women of Persia’ exhibit in the Highlands

April 15, 2014

Contemporary Americans might not recognize names like Artemisia, a female commander in the ancient Persian navy; Farah Pahlavi, empress of Iran until 1979; or Shirin Ebadi, the woman who won Iran’s first Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

But artist Farshad Alamdari hopes women who view his work will recognize aspects of themselves in his paintings inspired by women in Persian history.

The paintings in Alamdari’s “Women of Persia” series will be on display at Blakely Hall through May 30. An artist reception is April 19. The exhibition and reception are presented by artEAST in partnership with the Issaquah Highlands Council.

Alamdari, a native of Iran, trained at the Gage Academy of Art after relocating to Seattle from England, where he had a 25-year career in architecture.

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Trooper tales

April 8, 2014

Book details a life in the Washington State Patrol

If Jack Webb was ever to jump off the silver screen of “Dragnet” and plop down in front of an old Selectric typewriter to chronicle his adventures into a memoir, it might look and sound a lot like what’s in the pages of John Young’s “Super Trooper.”

By Greg Farrar John Young holds a plaque that recognizes his graduation from the 150th session of the FBI National Academy, a 10-week training program for law enforcement officers nationwide. Framed on the wall is a shoulder patch from every state patrol in the country.

By Greg Farrar
John Young holds a plaque that recognizes his graduation from the 150th session of the FBI National Academy, a 10-week training program for law enforcement officers nationwide. Framed on the wall is a shoulder patch from every state patrol in the country.

After nearly 30 years within the ranks of the Washington State Patrol, the 74-year-old Olympia native, now living in the Issaquah Highlands, found himself sharing tales of his exploits from the earlier years on the force at family or friendly gatherings. Such as this anecdote:

“The only other time I was truly scared, I thought I had stopped Patty Hearst and her crew,” he said in a recent interview, recalling the newspaper heiress who was kidnapped and eventually joined her captors in a bank heist.

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