Legislators salvage funding for Issaquah arts programs

June 7, 2011

Shakespeare on the Green is due to return to the Issaquah Community Center next month — and the “Macbeth” performance is safe, after state legislators approved a last-minute measure to shore up funding for the King County cultural services agency, 4Culture.

In addition to Shakespeare on the Green — from the Seattle Shakespeare Co. — dollars from 4Culture fund dozens of other programs in the community. Overall, 4Culture allocated more than $50,000 to arts, cultural and heritage organizations in the Issaquah area for 2011. Some organizations, such as the Seattle Shakespeare Co., could not offer Issaquah programs without the funding.

City Arts Coordinator Amy Dukes said funding from 4Culture is important because dollars allotted through the Arts Sustained Support Program can be used for operating costs.

“That’s really hard funding to replace,” she said. “Most funders want their funding to go toward specific programming, so the fact that 4Culture gives out this funding that’s unrestricted is a huge benefit.”

Lawmakers passed the 4Culture legislation as the last bill before the special legislative session adjourned May 25.

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Artists explore the soulful and mysterious

June 7, 2011

While they were looking at colleges last spring, Sammamish artist Ken Kisch and his daughter stopped their car at a graveyard in the middle of Baltimore.

Sammamish artist Andrea Prudente created ‘Surrender,’ an image of a woman floating in a room, for the art exhibit ‘Mysteries of the Soul.’ By Andrea Prudente

He found a limestone headstone that caught his interest, and he took a photo. When he learned artEAST Art Center and UP Front gallery were having a show titled “Mysteries of the Soul,” he was one of 30 artists who submitted a piece, and one of 10 to be displayed.

He called his tombstone photograph, “Ascension.”

“It’s a photograph of a gravestone with a tree positioned behind it,” he said. “The tree’s branches are coming up from behind and reaching up toward the sky.”

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Latest depot film series features Bing Crosby

May 31, 2011

Washingtonian Bing Crosby is the focus as the popular Films @ the Train Depot! series returns.

“High Society” plays at the depot June 11. “The Country Girl” completes the Crosby series July 9.

The films start at 7 p.m. at the historic depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture.

“High Society” is a musical reworking of “The Philadelphia Story” and features a blue-blooded Crosby attempting to win back ice goddess ex-wife Grace Kelly. Meanwhile, Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm, as reporters for Snoop Magazine, gum up the works.

“The Country Girl” tells the tale of washed-up thespian Frank Elgin (Crosby) and how red-hot director Bernie Dodd (William Holden) attempts to revive his career. Grace Kelly won an Oscar for her role in the film.

Since the film series launched in October 2009, Films @ the Train Depot! has featured train-themed films, films set in Washington and noir classics.

Who’s News

May 24, 2011

Michael Barrack, Andrew Dedo, Ian Sutton and Caleb Walin. Contributed

Issaquah youths attain Eagle Scout rank

Four youths from Boy Scout Troop 316 of Issaquah — Michael Barrack, Andrew Dedo, Ian Sutton and Caleb Walin — were bestowed with the rank of Eagle Scout on May 14. Barrack’s project involved building a fence along the south side of Tibbetts Creek Manor. Dedo constructed a kiosk at the Bear Ridge Trailhead. Walin organized the planting of trees at Tradition Lake. Sutton created flowerbeds around the Meadowbrook Farm building. Although Troop 316 is less than 5 years old, 12 Scouts have already reached the rank of Eagle.

Ankhasha Amenti honored with Hospice Service Award

Providence Hospice of Seattle recently honored Sammamish resident Ankhasha Amenti with its annual Hospice Service Award for her continued support that has generated more than $20,000 in donations in the past five years.

Amenti started supporting Providence Hospice in 2007 with proceeds from her Issaquah thrift store, Ankhasha’s Consignments. During the years the store was open, Amenti and her customers donated more than $20,000 to the nonprofit that services children and adults with life-limiting illnesses.

Even after Amenti closed her consignment store in 2009, she continued to raise money for Providence Hospice through rummage sales. Today, she donates to Providence Hospice via sales of used furnishings from Murray Franklyn model homes and with a percentage of profits from consigned vintage and costume jewelry sales.

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Catch Bing Crosby film at Issaquah depot Saturday

May 13, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. May 13, 2011

Washingtonian Bing Crosby is the focus as the popular Films @ the Train Depot series returns Saturday.

“Going My Way” kicks off the latest series at the historic Issaquah Train Depot.

Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald star in the classic musical drama about singing Father O’Malley (Crosby), sent to take over aging and cantankerous Father Fitzgibbon’s (Fitzgerald) parish.

The film earned the Academy Award for Best Picture and a half dozen other Oscars. “Going My Way” — released in 1944 — also features the song “Swinging on a Star.”

“High Society” plays at the depot June 11. “The Country Girl” completes the Crosby series July 9.

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See Elizabeth Taylor classic at Issaquah film series Saturday

March 11, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. March 11, 2011

Catch a classic Elizabeth Taylor film — for free — in downtown Issaquah on Saturday night.

“The Last Time I Saw Paris” plays March 12. The film — released in 1954 — features Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson in a loose adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story “Babylon Revisited.”

The film starts at 7 p.m. at the historic depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture.

“Phantom of the Opera” — released in 1943 — concludes the film series April 9.

Since the program launched in October 2009, Films @ the Train Depot! has featured series of train-themed films, films set in Washington and noir classics.

Who’s News

February 8, 2011

CrossPath Counseling & Consultation gets new counselor

Wayne Dykstra

CrossPath Counseling & Consultation in Sammamish welcomes Wayne Dykstra MA, LMHC, to its counseling staff.

Dykstra is an experienced psychotherapist and holds a master’s degree in psychology from Seattle University. He has counseled youth and families regarding a wide variety of issues including family conflict, anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

In addition, he is a certified child and adolescent mental health specialist. He will be available by appointment, Monday to Saturday, at the CrossPath offices in Sammamish Commons Park, 550 222nd Place S.E., Sammamish.

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Free film series adds Elizabeth Taylor classic

February 8, 2011

“The Last Time I Saw Paris” is the latest entry into the upcoming Films @ the Train Depot! series.

“Captain Blood” launches the depot series Feb. 12. The film, released in 1935, stars swashbuckling Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland in a period piece set in 17th century England.

“The Last Time I Saw Paris” plays March 12. The film — released in 1954 — features Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson in a loose adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story “Babylon Revisited.”

“Phantom of the Opera” — released in 1943 — concludes the film series April 9.

The films start at 7 p.m. at the historic depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture.

Depot film series offers return to the golden era

February 1, 2011

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series hopes to turn the spotlight on forgotten stars soon.

The upcoming lineup features films — including some familiar titles — from the 1930s and ’40s, the so-called golden age of Hollywood.

“Captain Blood” launches the depot series Feb. 12. The film, released in 1935, stars swashbuckling Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland in a period piece set in 17th century England.

The series continues March 12, as the 1934 version of “The Count of Monte Cristo” arrives to thrill depot audiences. The familiar tale of “Phantom of the Opera” — released in 1943 — concludes the film series April 9.

The films start at 7 p.m. at the historic depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture.

Since the program launched in October 2009, Films @ the Train Depot! has featured series of train-themed films, films set in Washington and noir classics.

Depot offers swashbuckling films in upcoming series

January 24, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 24, 2011

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series hopes to turn the spotlight on forgotten stars soon.

The upcoming lineup features films — including some familiar titles — from the 1930s and ’40s, the so-called golden age of Hollywood.

“Captain Blood” launches the depot series Feb. 12. The film, released in 1935, stars swashbuckling Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland in a period piece set in 17th century England.

The series continues March 12, as the 1934 version of “The Count of Monte Cristo” arrives to thrill depot audiences. The familiar tale of “Phantom of the Opera” — released in 1943 — concludes the film series April 9.

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