Big Fish offers a fine seafood dining alternative

December 17, 2013

Yelp is no help.

The best way to discover a new restaurant, such as Big Fish Grill at Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands, is to avoid the personal vendettas and experience it in person.

With locations also in Kirkland and Woodinville, Big Fish is still finding its footing in Issaquah (the website is still not up and running yet).

By Greg Farrar Big Fish Grill staff split an order of Alaskan cod tacos (left) and seafood gumbo into half portions so two diners could enjoy a taste of the other’s meal.

By Greg Farrar
Big Fish Grill staff split an order of Alaskan cod tacos (left) and seafood gumbo into half portions so two diners could enjoy a taste of the other’s meal.

I popped in for a meal with a dining companion recently and enjoyed the experience. We arrived in the late afternoon, having missed the lunch crowd, too early for the dinner service. We almost had the side dining room and the entire wait staff to ourselves. So, you’ll have to discover for yourself how Big Fish operates at peak hours.

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Skyline thespians serve up witch’s brew with ‘The Crucible’

December 10, 2013

People who are well-versed in “The Crucible” might not find a lot of surprises in Skyline High School’s adaptation, but the student actors and actresses have been working hard to put their own spin on Arthur Miller’s famous 1950’s production.

The play includes many real-life elements of the Salem witch trials that occurred in colonial New England during the late 1600s. And the cast at Skyline, under the direction of Hannah Fry, has used a fine-toothed comb to unearth historical nuggets of the story.

The junior and senior cast members have studied “The Crucible” in class, and at the start of fall rehearsals, the entire cast took part in a dramaturgy — research for a dramatic performance — said sophomore Madeline Miller, who has taken on the key role of Betty Parris.

Photos by Neil Pierson Above, Skyline High School students (from left) Nathan Landolff, Madeline Miller and Carly Rosenbaum rehearse a scene from ‘The Crucible.’

Photos by Neil Pierson
 Skyline High School students (from left) Nathan Landolff, Madeline Miller and Carly Rosenbaum rehearse a scene from ‘The Crucible.’

“We kind of learned about the show itself and the time period … and the different relationships that have changed,” Miller said. “Now, a father and daughter would probably be pretty casual, but back then it was really strict, and if you did something wrong, you got whipped.”

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Locals perform in PNW Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

December 10, 2013

Few things signify that it’s the holiday season in the Northwest more than a trip to Seattle’s McCaw Hall to dazzle in the magical experience that is the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker.”

This year is the 30th anniversary of the local production, and three Issaquah children are part of it.

Makena Lung, Clara Sun and Alyssa Collister will all take the stage for the show’s 2013 season.

Performances continue through Dec. 29. Tickets range in price from $25 to $140 and can be purchased online at www.pnb.org, in person at 301 Mercer St. in Seattle or by calling 206-441-2424.

 

Musicians can perform ‘Messiah’ for fun and funds

December 10, 2013

Musicians will gather for the fifth annual “Sing & Play Along Messiah” Dec. 15 at St. Michaels & All Angels Episcopal Church.

Any instrumentalists, vocalists or spectators can participate in the nonrehearsed event, under the direction of Jason Anderson, associate for liturgical arts at the church.

The event raises funds for the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund.

“We invite instrumentalists and singers to join us for part one of the ‘Messiah,’ which is considered the Christmas portion,” Anderson said.

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It looks a lot like a ‘White Christmas’ at Issaquah High

December 3, 2013

For the cast and crew putting the final touches on this month’s “White Christmas” musical at Issaquah High School, one of the most enjoyable parts is creating a performance that can be enjoyed by all age groups.

“The thing that makes it so engaging for so many people is everybody knows these songs,” said Holly Whiting, who’s directing her ninth musical at IHS. “These songs are old enough that every generation that’s going to be attending this program is going to be familiar with the music.

By Neil Pierson Issaquah High School drama students (from left) Caroline Hamblin, Kylie Fletcher and Ashley Young, rehearse a scene from ‘White Christmas.’

By Neil Pierson
Issaquah High School drama students (from left) Caroline Hamblin, Kylie Fletcher and Ashley Young, rehearse a scene from ‘White Christmas.’

“And I think we all have pretty good, happy memories attached to a lot of these songs.”

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Comedian Colin Quinn skewers constitutional calamities

December 3, 2013

Being the son of two teachers didn’t affect comedian Colin Quinn’s behavior in the classroom. He was always the wise kid sitting in the back of the classroom.

“I was the cliché of that kid,” Quinn said in a telephone interview from Manhattan last week. “At first, they would think I was funny, but after a week or two, they didn’t like me because of my loud mouth.”

Now, at age 54, Quinn shows more empathy for his teachers than he did when he was growing up in Brooklyn.

By Mike Lavoie Colin Quinn tackles more than 200 years of American Constitutional calamities in his standup comedy piece, ‘Unconstitutional.’

By Mike Lavoie
Colin Quinn tackles more than 200 years of American Constitutional calamities in his standup comedy piece, ‘Unconstitutional.’

“Who the hell needs heckling when teaching? Teachers have enough problems without students like me in their classroom,” he said.

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Got leftovers?

November 26, 2013

Serve up a strata the morning after a holiday feast

By Maria Nelson Thanksgiving Day leftovers make for the perfect ingredients to put into a morning after holiday strata.

By Maria Nelson
Thanksgiving Day leftovers make for the perfect ingredients to put into a morning after holiday strata.

 

One of the most wonderful by-products of the Thanksgiving meal, in my mind, is the abundance of leftover turkey.

If you haven’t completely exhausted yourself in the kitchen on the day of, there are a plethora of recipes to be found online and in magazines that will help you turn the humble bird into another spectacular meal.

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Local history ‘doodle’ book is aimed at kids

November 26, 2013

Once a small logging village, Issaquah was settled in the 1860s and officially incorporated in 1892. Landmarks still exist around town from the early days, reminding citizens of the area’s rich heritage.

The problem is, the histories of these sites have been slowly fading away, and newer residents — including families — likely have no idea what they represent.

 

Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Enter Tom Anderson, a software engineer and secretary of the board of the Issaquah History Museums. Two years ago at an ArtWalk, Anderson was wandering with his daughter when he hit upon an idea of a “doodle” book for children so they could learn more about their historic town.

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Free film series features ‘Queen of the Sum’

November 26, 2013

The city of Issaquah Sustainability Film Series presents “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” directed by Taggart Siegel, from 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 12 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, Issaquah Highlands.

Come early at 6 p.m. to speak with exhibitors and get a good seat to see this free movie.

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Philharmonic debuts new conductor at holiday concert

November 19, 2013

The Issaquah Philharmonic and its new conductor Chase Chang hope to make sweet music together.

After serving as the interim conductor for a trial period in the summer performance, Chang will have the first official chance to bring his leadership to the community during a Nov. 25 concert. Both he and Philharmonic President Kathy Landreth are excited to offer the free program and to introduce the new permanent conductor to the public.

Contributed The Issaquah Philharmonic has been practicing for weeks in order to deliver a holiday program to the public.

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The Issaquah Philharmonic has been practicing for weeks in order to deliver a holiday program to the public.

“We’re all really excited,” Landreth said. “This is a real community orchestra.”

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