ArtWalk returns June 6 to downtown

June 3, 2014

Who says 13 is unlucky?

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns June 6 for its 13th season, after having successfully transformed the city’s main corridor into the Eastside’s premier arts destination.

Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said ArtWalk remains as popular as ever after 13 years.

By Greg Farrar A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

“It’s just a great place for families to come down to check out the art and the live music, and kids activities with painting,” she said.

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Local students nominated for Emmy Awards

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.

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Providence Marianwood celebrates 445 years of artistic experience

May 20, 2014

‘Bouquet,’ by 87-year-old Elsie Johnston, is one of the paintings in the Providence Marianwood show ‘Ageless,’ on display until May 31. Contributed

‘Bouquet,’ by 87-year-old Elsie Johnston, is one of the paintings in the Providence Marianwood show ‘Ageless,’ on display until May 31. Contributed

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.

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Common Ground Choir invited to Folklife Festival

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.

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‘Funny Girl’ returns to Village Theatre 20 years later

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.

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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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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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