Free film series returns with ‘Murder Most Foul’

April 8, 2014

The city of Issaquah’s free Second Saturday Film Series returns April 12 with a showing of the 1964 movie “Murder Most Foul.”

The film follows Miss Marple, the only jury member who believes that an accused is innocently charged with murder, as she joins a local acting troupe and tries to figure out who the real murderer is.

“Murder Most Foul” is based loosely on the Agatha Christie novel “Mrs. McGinty’s Dead.” It stars Margaret Rutherford and Bud Tingwell.

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Pine Lake Ale House offers up some fine pub grub

April 1, 2014

Sometimes, when together with a group of co-workers, you just get a hankering for some pub grub. So, we trekked up to Pine Lake Ale House to check their offerings.

The first good sign was how packed it was. A successful restaurant needs to maintain a solid base of regulars while constantly attracting new diners.

By David Hayes Pine Lake Ale House offers such pub grub staples as (clockwise from top) the grilled chicken taco salad, teriyaki chicken sandwich, fish and chips, and the spicy chicken sandwich.

By David Hayes
Pine Lake Ale House offers such pub grub staples as (clockwise from top) the grilled chicken taco salad, teriyaki chicken sandwich, fish and chips, and the spicy chicken sandwich.

I went right for their top item from their menu’s list of specialties — the fish and chips. Glancing around the pub, it appeared to be a popular order among the many other diners. It was easy to see why, as the combination of flaky Alaskan halibut, the Mac & Jacks beer batter and the chili tartar sauce combined for a satisfying whole.

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Naomi Florsheim wins Teen Poetry Slam

April 1, 2014

The fourth annual Issaquah Teen Poetry Slam, hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board, was held March 2 at the Issaquah Coffee Co.

Naomi Florsheim, an eighth-grader at Issaquah Middle School, won first place.

Teachers Christine Boas, from Skyline High School, and Henry Level, from Liberty High School, served as judges. They determined the first-, second- and third-place winners, who received gift cards for the Issaquah Coffee Co.

About 15 middle and high school students from Issaquah attended and participated, bringing their poetry to life.

 

‘Tumbling Blue’

April 1, 2014

I’m tumbled blue from the hours I’ve wasted and I can’t escape my fate or face this. I’m tumbled blue from the fairytales and lost loves I’ve never had and the lips I’ve never tasted.

I’m tumbled blue from wasting space on my hard drive with faces of people I have never met and if I do they won’t remember me in the slightest but the brightest of smiles are on my face because, hey, once they might have been like me and look how far they made it.

But they were never like me, because they made music on MTV, and baggy jeans and big dreams were cool and the silver screen was nothing compared to the vinyl discs they put in machines and radio was alive with hope and thought, today we bide our time, keep out heads down and hope we’re not wasting our days tumbling ourselves blue.

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‘The Tutor’ seems to have lost its lesson plan

March 25, 2014

Somewhere between the song about erectile dysfunction and the giant painted backdrop of the Matterhorn, I wondered where “The Tutor” lost its way.

The new show at Village Theatre, which opened March 20, begins interestingly enough. It tells the story of Edmund, the titular tutor, who teaches dumb rich kids to allow constant work on his never-finished novel. Things take their inevitable turn when he lands a gig tutoring Sweetie, a rebellious teenager who provides just the right spark to loosen Edmund’s creativity.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Eric Ankrim, as Edmund, and Katie Griffith, as Sweetie, star in Village Theatre’s ‘The Tutor.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Eric Ankrim, as Edmund, and Katie Griffith, as Sweetie, star in Village Theatre’s ‘The Tutor.’

Developed as part of the Village Originals Series of New Musicals, “The Tutor” fell flat after a promising start.

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Beaver Lake thespians take on the task of ‘Shrek’

March 25, 2014

Carol Woodman has directed the annual Beaver Lake Middle School musical for 15 years, and she’s never had as much help as she’s got this year.

While middle-school drama clubs don’t typically have the same participation levels as their high-school counterparts, that might not be the case at Beaver Lake, where 89 students have been cast in roles for this year’s musical, “Shrek.”

That means Woodman, who teaches art and drama at the school, needs a lot of behind-the-scenes assistance.

By Neil Pierson Alexis Jucht (left) plays Princess Fiona and Hammer Shalawylo plays Donkey in Beaver Lake Middle School’s ‘Shrek.’

By Neil Pierson
Alexis Jucht (left) plays Princess Fiona and Hammer Shalawylo plays Donkey in Beaver Lake Middle School’s ‘Shrek.’

“It’s a big undertaking,” she explained. “High school has some advantages that middle school doesn’t have, and that has to do with kids who can sew and help make costumes, kids who can help make sets. We have to depend upon the parents to help do everything.”

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Get seasonal with spring greens, avocado and grapefruit salad

March 25, 2014

Spring is just around the corner. Can you feel it? Warmer, longer days, and daffodils and crocuses peeking through the soil all give me hope that winter day’s are almost at end.

Often, when I feel anxious for the beginning of a new season, the best way I find to welcome it into being is to begin doing so in my kitchen and, of course, by extension, onto my plate.

Spring Greens, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Spring Greens, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

A light, colorful salad is the epitome of spring, particularly if it includes small micro-greens, shoots and starts. Packed with nutrients, delicious to eat and beautiful to look at, micro-greens should be in everyone’s salad at one point or another. More readily available than they’ve ever been, they are perfect additions to smoothies, stir-fry, sandwiches or on fresh roasted fish as a garnish with berries.

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KIDSTAGE vet takes center stage in Village Theatre’s ‘The Tutor’

March 18, 2014

Village Theatre’s latest fare educates its lead as well as the character she plays.

In the new musical “The Tutor,” opening March 20, 16-year-old Katie Griffith plays a sullen teenage rich kid who gets taken under the wing of an aspiring novelist looking to make a quick buck by educating wealthy high schoolers on the side. The tutor, played by Eric Ankrim, may have bitten off more than he can chew with his newest charge.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Katie Griffith (left), as Sweetie, and Eric Ankrim, as Edmond, enact a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Tutor.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Katie Griffith (left), as Sweetie, and Eric Ankrim, as Edmond, enact a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Tutor.’

“He tutors stupid rich kids and he gets me — a punk rocker who couldn’t care about less,” Griffith said. “Chaos ensues.”

While she has had a great amount of experience within the Village Theatre community, this will mark the first time the Issaquah High School student will play the lead on the main stage.

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Issaquah High School presents ‘Rehearsal for Murder’

March 18, 2014

Issaquah High School’s spring production of “Rehearsal for Murder” is more than a regular whodunit played out onstage.

“I’ve been describing it as ‘Clue’ plus ‘Inception,’” said star Daniel Repp, an Issaquah sophomore.

By Greg Farrar A briefcase may or may not play an important role in the Issaquah High School drama production of ‘Rehearsal for Murder,’ as the cast and crew, including (front, from left) sophomore Daniel Repp as Alex Dennison and junior Lauren Jaech as Monica Welles, examine it for possible clues.

By Greg Farrar
A briefcase may or may not play an important role in the Issaquah High School drama production of ‘Rehearsal for Murder,’ as the cast and crew, including (front, from left) sophomore Daniel Repp as Alex Dennison and junior Lauren Jaech as Monica Welles, examine it for possible clues.

The students will bring to life the story of tortured playwright Alex Dennison as he searches for the answers surrounding the death of his beloved fiancée Monica Welles.

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Art sought for ArtWalk

March 18, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association invites artists of all types and styles to submit work to be juried for the 13th annual Downtown Issaquah ArtWalk season. The submission deadline is April 1.

The association welcomes emerging artists of all ages, as well as established professionals of the trade. Artists will be recognized with a People’s Choice Award and other awards throughout the season.

Last year, an estimated 10,000 people came into downtown Issaquah to see and purchase art, hear live music and support downtown.

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