May 27, 2014
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.
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.
May 20, 2014
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.
May 20, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
May 6, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.