Writer hones craft with book of poems

October 21, 2014

Ben Hobbs figures he has always been a creative person.

Ben Hobbs

Ben Hobbs

Whether it was writing lyrics for music project in high school or putting other thoughts from pen to paper, he has always allowed his brain to go off on creative tangents. However, sometimes it was to the detriment of current surroundings.

“I’ve actually found myself doodling during class when I should have been doing other things, like paying attention,” he admitted.

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Herfy’s extensive menu offers something for everyone

October 21, 2014

The problem with so many family restaurants is how commercialized they have become, from Applebee’s and TGI Fridays to Red Robin and Denny’s.

By Greg Farrar Herfy’s varied menu includes a solid presentation of a Philly cheese steak sandwich and fries.

By Greg Farrar
Herfy’s varied menu includes a solid presentation of a Philly cheese steak sandwich and fries.

That’s why Herfy’s was such a pleasant discovery.

No pretensions, no waitresses singing a customized happy birthday song to a slightly embarrassed group of diners, just a large menu full of delicious food.

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Highlands Halloween festival has new name and night

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah Highlands’ traditional Halloween celebration has a new name and night.

By Greg Farrar Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

By Greg Farrar
Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

Now in its fourth year, the celebration is no longer associated with Green Halloween, according to Christy Garrard, Issaquah Highlands Council executive director.

“Now, it’s just Halloween in the Highlands,” she said.

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Sammamish Symphony concerts feature renowned pianist

October 14, 2014

Mark Salman, a world-renowned pianist, will perform with the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra at two upcoming concerts.

“Wild, Wild West” is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center.

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Free Saturday film is changed to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

October 10, 2014

NEW — 4:51 p.m. Oct. 10, 2014

Second Saturday Film Series presents a free showing of “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Eagle Room of City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

The movie originally scheduled to be shown was “Impact!”

The 1960 classic Roger Corman “Little Shop of Horrors” stars Jonathan Haze as Seymour, a clumsy young man who nurtures a carnivorous plant by feeding it other people.

The film is notable for featuring the film debut of Jack Nicholson, a dental patient who loves pain.

Film series returns Oct. 11 with ‘Impact!’

October 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 8, 2014

The Second Saturday Film Series continues Oct. 11 with the showing of the 1949 drama, “Impact!”

The free movie starts at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Donations will be accepted for snacks.

“Impact!” stars Brian Donleavy and Ella Raines (who was born and grew up in the Snoqualmie/North Bend area). This fast-moving and offbeat drama is about a wife who tries to kill her husband but kills her lover instead, while her husband (presumed dead) hides out and watches her trial.

Weekend Wanderer goes to Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest

October 7, 2014

If you have a bucket list, THE place to celebrate Oktoberfest is, of course, the site of its origin, Munich, Germany, where a wedding feast was thrown in 1810 in the city’s outskirts to celebrate the union of Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen.

By David Hayes The horse-drawn keg cart brings up the rear Oct. 4 in the traditional kick-off parade of Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest.

By David Hayes
The horse-drawn keg cart brings up the rear Oct. 4 in the traditional kick-off parade of Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest.

But if you can’t drop more than $2,000 to join more than 6 million of your friends for a 17-day celebration, might I suggest the next best thing a little closer to home — Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest.

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Plug in to Larry the Cable Guy at Snoqualmie Casino

September 30, 2014

Dan Whitney never misses a Larry the Cable Guy show.

Larry the Cable Guy

Larry the Cable Guy

Larry, the stand-up comedian dressed in a shirt with cutoff sleeves and camouflage Huskers baseball cap who delivers one-liners in a Southern good-ol’ boy accent, makes him laugh from the minute he gets onstage to the minute he leaves.

Whitney knows Larry the Cable Guy well.

He is Larry.

“I think everyone has it figured out that the Cable Guy is a character I’ve created,” Whitney said in a telephone interview from Nebraska. “He’s probably America’s longest running piece of performance art around.”

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ArtEAST brings visual arts to Salmon Days

September 30, 2014

ArtEAST Art Center wants to get Eastside residents hooked on art through a variety of free activities at this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Hands-on activities will happen and innovative displays have been set up at the artEAST gallery, 95 Front St. N.

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‘In the Heights’ elevates Village Theatre’s new season

September 23, 2014

Village Theatre begins its season at the top.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Perry Young as Usnavi, leads the ensemble cast through the opening number in Village Theatre’s season opener ‘In the Heights.’ Many of the production’s varied musical stylings and dance routines are previewed during the impressive song.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Perry Young as Usnavi, leads the ensemble cast through the opening number in Village Theatre’s season opener ‘In the Heights.’ Many of the production’s varied musical stylings and dance routines are previewed during the impressive song.

“In the Heights,” a rousing, energetic feature about a largely Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City, opened the 2014-2015 season with a raucous performance Sept. 18.

Though the story itself relies heavily on old “gotta-get-outta-here” tropes and steers well clear of anything approaching the gritty reality of living in an urban environment, the spirit of the music, the talent of the cast and exuberance of the dance brightly shines.

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