‘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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Church hosts author Shannon Huffman Polson

March 18, 2014

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church hosts a special Lenten Reflection Day with Shannon Huffman Polson, author of “North of Hope,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at its Issaquah location, 325 S.E. Darst St.

RSVP to the church office by emailing email@stmichaels-issaquah.org. Last-minute attendees are still welcome.

Although the event is free, a $10 donation is suggested to help cover costs. Copy of Polson’s books will be available.

Learn more about her at http://aborderlife.com.

 

 

Kaleidoscope hosts benefit rock concert

March 18, 2014

The Kaleidoscope School of Music presents a benefit rock concert, featuring five of its teen bands, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 28 at KTUB, 348 N. Kirkland Ave., Kirkland.

The admission is $5, with students 10 and younger getting in free. Proceeds go toward funding the school’s music scholarship fund.

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Issaquah students star in ‘Spring Awakening’

March 18, 2014

Two Issaquah High School students will star in Youth Theatre Northwest’s production of “Spring Awakening.”

Senior Kylie Fletcher is set to play Wendla, while sophomore Emma Bensten plays Frau Gabor.

Tackling issues of sexuality, suicide, abortion and homosexuality, “Spring Awakening” aims to be a powerful and riveting ride through the trials and tribulations of teen life.

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