Perambulation of the oenophiles

February 4, 2014

Downtown wine walk returns for third season

One of the Downtown Issaquah Association’s main goals is getting more people to enjoy activities in the downtown corridor.

The association hit upon an idea that has grown in popularity and returns for its third season Feb. 7 — the Wine Walk Series.

By Greg Farrar Wine steward Troy Etley (left) pours a Columbia Valley merlot from Lodmell Cellars for local Issaquah resident Dan Menser in 2012, as visitors on Front Street enjoyed wine tastings, snacks and live music during the Downtown Issaquah Association’s inaugural Wine Walk. The annual event is now in its third year.

By Greg Farrar
Wine steward Troy Etley (left) pours a Columbia Valley merlot from Lodmell Cellars for local Issaquah resident Dan Menser in 2012, as visitors on Front Street enjoyed wine tastings, snacks and live music during the Downtown Issaquah Association’s inaugural Wine Walk. The annual event is now in its third year.

The formula takes equal parts wine tastings, arts and crafts demonstrations and live music and blends them together for an adults-only crowd. DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said the combination has proven to be a success, filling a need in a section of the calendar left neglected in the past.

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Enjoy a meal with your movie at Cinebarre

February 4, 2014

Who wouldn’t like to sit in a big, comfy recliner in their own living room and watch a movie on a movie theater-sized screen?

Well, you can do that at Cinebarre — but with waiters and waitresses.

Won’t those people going back and forth interrupt the movie? Not nearly as much as you would think.

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Make a super bowl of tacos for game day

January 28, 2014

When the Seahawks played their first season in Seattle, I was 6 years old. To say it was a big deal to finally have a professional football team in the Emerald City is putting things very lightly. It was an epically huge deal. We lived in Ballard during those first years and every Seahawk Sunday the town basically shuttered its doors.

By Maria Nelson Slow-cooked shredded beef tacos are easy to make and are a perfect dish to serve friends and family while watching the Super Bowl Feb. 2.

By Maria Nelson
Slow-cooked shredded beef tacos are easy to make and are a perfect dish to serve friends and family while watching the Super Bowl Feb. 2.

Everywhere you went, the city was in thrall. It was nothing to see people walking down the street, transistor radios glued to their ears, neighborhood bars overflowing with fans, men, young and old huddled outside Sunday church services, listening quietly to car radios and cheering our beloved Seahawks to victory.

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International Film Festival comes to Issaquah Feb. 1-2

January 28, 2014

The Issaquah Arts Commission, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival, presents the Issaquah International Film Festival Feb. 1 and 2 at the Issaquah High School Performing Arts Center.

Six films will be shown, starting at noon each day. SIFF selected the films after being asked by the arts commission to curate the festival. The films being shown Saturday are “Khumba” at noon, “Ghost Graduation” at 3 p.m. and “The Best Offer” at 6 p.m.

“If You Build It” will screen at noon Sunday, followed by “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” at 3 p.m. and “Populaire” at 6 p.m.

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Village Theatre’s ‘Foreigner’ feels like an old friend

January 28, 2014

Much of the success of Village Theatre’s latest production, “The Foreigner,” rides on the shoulders of actor Erik Gratton. Or, dare I say, his face?

When he first shuffles on set, Gratton must be channeling Droopy from the 1940s MGM cartoons. That he can maintain that hang-dog look while co-star Patrick Phillips prattles on, laying the background for the plot, lets the audience know they’re in for something special.

By Tracy Martin/Village Theatre Erik Gratton (left, as Charlie) listens in on a conversation between Jonathan Crimeni (Reverend David) and Angela DiMarco (Catherine) in a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Foreigner.’

By Tracy Martin/Village Theatre
Erik Gratton (left, as Charlie) listens in on a conversation between Jonathan Crimeni (Reverend David) and Angela DiMarco (Catherine) in a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Foreigner.’

In a play, written by Larry Shue, filled with over-the-top characters from the early ’80s South, Gratton’s interaction with them hinges upon his successful take of a man of a thousand faces.

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New York transplant Brian Yorkey returns home to direct ‘The Foreigner’

January 21, 2014

Angela DiMarco (left) as Catherine Simms, Eric Ray Anderson as Owen Musser and Patrick Phillips as Sgt. Froggy LeSueur appear in a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Foreigner.’ By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre

Angela DiMarco (left) as Catherine Simms, Eric Ray Anderson as Owen Musser and Patrick Phillips as Sgt. Froggy LeSueur appear in a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Foreigner.’ By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre

A Village Theatre alum has come home to takes audiences south with “The Foreigner.”

Brian Yorkey, celebrated playwright, lyricist and director, has returned to direct the two-act comedy play, which opens Jan. 23. He could not be happier.

“I always love to work here,” Pulitzer prize winner Yorkey said of Issaquah and Village Theatre. “This is home to me. Also, it’s a play I’ve loved since I was a teenager.”

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Kick off 2014 with hearty, healthy soup

January 21, 2014

RecipeCauliflowerSoup 2014 copyI’m not one for making grandiose New Year’s resolutions as I often find that I’m rarely able to keep them. I do, however, love the start of a new year, and the fresh possibilities that exist therein.

Eating lighter/healthier is for me not so much a New Year’s resolution but rather one that I attempt to view as an ongoing daily one. I often fail in this attempt, but its appeal is ever present and I love the way I feel when I eat wholly and healthfully. More vegetables, more healthy fats and more whole grain are really the focus of our efforts around here these days and soup is, in my opinion, the perfect vehicle for their consumption.

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Sustainability film series presents ‘Trashed’

January 21, 2014

The city of Issaquah’s Office of Sustainability presents the documentary “Trashed” as part of its free Sustainability Film Series from 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Issaquah High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

“Trashed” examines the crisis of trash, highlighting how garbage threatens our health and the environment. The film will be followed by a panel discussion of local experts, including King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

Some images may not be suitable for young children.

Learn more at www.issaquahwa.gov/sustainability or by calling 837-3400.

 

 

KIDSTAGE revisits popular musical ‘Trust Me’

January 7, 2014

Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE TeenSelect program’s latest production, “Trust Me,” brings the musical full circle for several of those involved.

Regan Morris, a 16-year-old student at Issaquah High School, has been involved in KIDSTAGE since she was 9. Her brother Collin played the original lead role in the musical’s debut in 2006. She is excited to play the primary love interest in the tale.

By Greg Farrar Bryan Sevener (left), in the role of commanding officer Markus Brennan, gets punched by Trent Moury, in the role of Turner, as they learn the choreography of a fight scene during a street-clothes rehearsal for the KIDSTAGE production of ‘Trust Me’ at Village Theatre’s First Stage.

By Greg Farrar
Bryan Sevener (left), in the role of commanding officer Markus Brennan, gets punched by Trent Moury, in the role of Turner, as they learn the choreography of a fight scene during a street-clothes rehearsal for the KIDSTAGE production of ‘Trust Me’ at Village Theatre’s First Stage.

“This was my favorite production my brother was in,” Morris said. “He was such an inspiration to me and was the reason I got into theater.”

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Teen writer pens imaginative, adventurous debut

January 7, 2014

Most 12-year-olds spend their summer vacations riding their bike, swimming and trying not to think about school, but Sammamish resident Jacqueline O’Hara sat with her computer and wrote.

During her 2012 summer break, O’Hara authored several small stories, which she began piecing together into a bigger novel. Eighteen months later, the results are available for everyone to read. Tate Publishing picked up O’Hara’s story, “When Circles End,” and released it Dec. 31.

By Neil Pierson Jacqueline O’Hara, a Pine Lake Middle School student, holds her debut novel ‘When Circles End.’

By Neil Pierson
Jacqueline O’Hara, a Pine Lake Middle School student, holds her debut novel ‘When Circles End.’

“It was just kind of a way to stay ready for school when summer ended,” the now 14-year-old O’Hara said of writing the novel.

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