‘Two Gentlemen’ comes to community center

July 29, 2014

The Seattle Shakespeare Co. continues its summer Wooden O Shakespeare in the Park Series July 31 with “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the Issaquah Community Center.

The performance is from 7-9 p.m. at 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

In “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” best pals Valentine and Proteus find themselves rivals for the affections of the beautiful Silvia while Julia, Proteus’ forgotten gal, hatches a plan to win back her man. As the two gents play out their foolish ideas of love, their servants Speed and Launce create a comic contest of their own in a hilarious battle of wits.

While blankets and picnic baskets are welcome on the lawn during performances, organizers ask that pets and alcohol be left at home.

Wooden O, founded in 1994, started with annual summer Shakespeare performances at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Amphitheater. Demand for the free summer Shakespeare performances grew, and over the years, park venues from Lynnwood to Auburn were added to the schedule. In spring 2008, Seattle Shakespeare Co. merged with Wooden O.

Learn more at www.seattleshakespeare.org/woodeno.

Georgetown Orbits features Jamaican ska

July 29, 2014

Proof of Seattle’s diverse music scene makes its way east when The Georgetown Orbits swing hit the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 5 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, come early to stake out your spot.

The Georgetown Orbits boast a heavy regimen of traditional ska and upbeat, roots-influenced reggae. The band has garnered much attention in the Northwest as one of the few to pay tribute to the old sounds of Jamaican ska, a style that has gained notable popularity in Seattle since the band’s conception in late 2004.

The concerts, at 301 Rainier Blvd., are presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hotdogs and hamburgers.

ArtWalk season continues in downtown

July 29, 2014

Issaquah ArtWalk is from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 1.
ArtWalk features up to 50 talented artists in media ranging from jewelry and photography to paintings and metal work.
There’s also the following live music:Singer/songwriter Nolan Garret, Issaquah Library (rock ’n roll, sophisticated pop, blues and grunge/garage rock)

  • Kaleidoscope School of Music, Historic Train Depot (rock)
  • Larry Murante, 6-7 p.m. and 8-9 p.m., Hailstone Feed Store (folk rock)
  • Elemental Belly Dancers, 7-8 p.m., Hailstone Feed Store
  • Gauche, Issaquah Bicycle Shop parking lot (melodic rock)
  • Jim Thompson, Coho Computer (music of The Doors)
  • Open Mic, Music and Arts (call 392-1000)

Participants can find event maps at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., or online at www.downtownissaquah.com.

The Palouse provides stress free wandering

July 22, 2014

This Weekend Wanderer heads for Palouse Falls State Park, but as all true wanderers know, it is not the destination, but the wandering that counts.

On the way, you need to cruise the back roads and small farm towns of Palouse country to melt away your stress, so load the kids in the minivan or SUV and get going.

To get to Palouse country from Issaquah, of course you’re stuck on Interstate 90 to Moses Lake. I-90 is a familiar run; even so, there are a couple of things to note: The snow shed you always looked for as a kid so you could tell dad to “honk the horn, honk the horn,” near Lake Keechelus, has disappeared to make way for highway improvements.

By Joe Grove Above, Palouse Falls is the star attraction at the Palouse Falls State Park.

By Joe Grove
Above, Palouse Falls is the star attraction at the Palouse Falls State Park.

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Jimi Hendrix tribute rocks Concerts on the Green on July 22

July 15, 2014

Randy Hansen brings his ongoing tribute to Jimi Hendrix to the Concerts on the Green stage July 22 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, come early to stake out your spot.

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Art goes outdoors for new weeklong festival

July 15, 2014

ArtEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council have separately done their parts to support and enliven the local arts community. Now, the two groups have combined efforts to present the area’s first ever Art Outside festival.

The weeklong festival that started July 11. It combines five events from the two organizations and lasts through July 20. ArtEAST Executive Director Karen Abel said combining forces with the Issaquah Highlands Council for the festival is a match made in heaven.

“ArtEAST has always been about supporting artists getting involved with the community and the Highlands Council wanted a way to get the community involved with art at their annual festival,” Abel said.

One of the artists participating in the Plein Air Paint Out is Arlon Rosenoff, who painted this painting, ‘Sun dress.’

One of the artists participating in the Plein Air Paint Out is Arlon Rosenoff, who painted this painting, ‘Sun dress.’

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Wooden O brings ‘Julius Caesar’ to Issaquah Community Center

July 15, 2014

The Seattle Shakespeare Co.’s summer Wooden O Shakespeare in the Park Series continues July 19 with “Julius Caesar” at Pine Lake Park, in Sammamish.

Wooden O, founded in 1994, started with annual summer Shakespeare performances at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Amphitheater. Demand for the free summer Shakespeare performances grew, and over the years, park venues from Lynnwood to Auburn were added to the schedule. In spring 2008, Seattle Shakespeare Co. merged with Wooden O.

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Village Theatre announces Festival of New Musicals

July 15, 2014

Village Theatre presents its 14th annual Festival of New Musicals Aug. 8-17.

The festival invites Village Originals members to help critique the theater’s upcoming original musical productions. For example, the musicals “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet” got their start through the Village Originals program and went on to win multiple Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize between them.

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North Country plays Concerts in Pine Lake Park on July 17

July 15, 2014

The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park continues July 17 with the bluegrass sounds of North Country.

The concerts in the park are from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28.

There is plenty of lawn space, so you can bring your own picnic basket. The Rotary Club of Sammamish will sell barbecue dinners and the Kiwanis Club of Sammamish will sell ice cream. No alcohol is allowed in the park.

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Aaron Crawford rocks Concerts on the Green tonight

July 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 15, 2014

Aaron Crawford, one of the Pacific Northwest’s fastest rising country singers, hits the stage July 15 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so come early to stake out your spot.

Crawford, a solo artist from the Northwest, is bringing a new sound to the music scene, blending country with melodic rock. He released his debut album, “Modern Day American Dream,” in October.

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