Catch a free noir flick Saturday at the Issaquah Train Depot

December 10, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 10, 2010

The popular film series at the Issaquah Train Depot returns Saturday.

Films @ the Train Depot! — sponsored by the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture — plans a free screening at 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

Filmgoers should batten down the hatches for “The Lady from Shanghai” — the Orson Welles-directed tale about Mike O’Hara (Welles), a crewmember on a yacht. Sparks fly between O’Hara and a married woman, Rosalie (Rita Hayworth). The hall-of-mirrors sequence at the end of the film is classic Welles.

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

Free film noir thriller plays at depot Saturday night

October 8, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 8, 2010

The popular film series at the Issaquah Train Depot returns Saturday night.

Films @ the Train Depot! — sponsored by the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture — plans a free screening of “The Third Man” at 7 p.m. at the historic depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

“The Third Man” features the tale of unemployed pulp novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) after a friend Harry (Orson Welles) dies in a truck accident. In World War II-ravaged Vienna, Holly slowly uncovers startling revelations about Harry’s life.

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4Culture offers opportunity to artists

October 5, 2010

Are you an artist or company who makes work in unexpected places? Do you have an artwork or performance work you’ve always wanted to create and perform in a park, shopping mall, public square, street corner or storefront window? If this sounds like you, apply for 4Culture’s 2011 SITE-SPECIFIC program here.

Who’s News

October 5, 2010

Puyallup Fair announces local winners

The following local residents were honored during competitions at the Puyallup Fair:

  • Stephanie Busch, of Sammamish, was named to the Champion Intermediate Equine Judging County Team.
  • Jaqueline Reeve, of Issaquah, placed seventh in the Intermediate Western Games Fit & Show.
  • Lauren Molina, of Sammamish, was a reserve champion for the Senior Harness/Dressage/Fences Fit & Show.
  • Haley Davies, of Renton, placed fifth in the Senior Saddle Seat Equitation.
  • Michelle Fredrickson, of Issaquah, was a champion in the Senior Cavy Fit & Show.
  • Margaret Edwards, of Issaquah, was a champion in the Intermediate Cavy Fit & Show.
  • Katherine Miotke, of Issaquah, received Best of Breed: Coronet Cavy.

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Artists seek inspiration on King County’s trails

September 28, 2010

Paul Rucker performs an outdoor concert at Rattlesnake Lake, the southernmost point of the Snoqualmie Valley trail. By Heather Dwyer

As Seattle artists Stokely Towles, Susan Robb and Paul Rucker learned this summer, beauty and uniqueness can be found right in one’s very own backyard.

Since April, the three local, interdisciplinary artists have been exploring the King County trail system as inspiration for their art. Along the way, they have been learning and creating a series of artworks on the trails.

Each of them first responded to an invitation put out last December by 4Culture. The invitation called for artists who were interested in working with the parks department in creating work on the regional trail system.

“Our mission was to explore the King County trail system,” Towles said. “Each of us has different ways of doing that.”

Towles explored the system by interviewing people and using their unique reasons and stories as his inspiration.

“People have all kinds of different reasons,” he said. “One man was bipolar and his mind was always on fire. Even just walking a few hundred yards helped to calm his mind.”

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Catch ‘Roman Holiday’ for free at the depot

September 11, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 11, 2010

The popular film series at the Issaquah Train Depot returns Saturday night.

Films @ the Train Depot! — sponsored by the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture — plans a free screening of “Roman Holiday” at 7 p.m. at the historic depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

“Roman Holiday” features Audrey Hepburn as a princess in Rome and Gregory Peck as a tabloid journalist.

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

Artist installs crochet exhibit in trees near Pickering Barn

August 20, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 20, 2010

Look up, into the tree branches, along Issaquah Creek near Pickering Barn. Yarn crocheted into intricate patterns stretches from trunk to trunk — a visual representation of the nearby creek.

Seattle fiber artist Mandy Greer started to install the piece — called “Mater Matrix Mother and Medium,” or “MMMM” — earlier this week. The recycled fabric and yarn stretches for 300 feet.

The city Arts Commission and the King County cultural affairs agency, 4Culture, cosponsored the installation. The work remains on display through late September.

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City’s history comes out on DVD

August 3, 2010

Issaquah's Oral History Video Project

Six decades ago, Issaquah was a completely different city.

With fewer than 1,000 residents, zero traffic lights and acres of empty fields, the Issaquah of 1950 would be unrecognizable to those who know it today as the booming, fast-growing city of 27,000 people.

To tell its story beginning with the early pioneers of the 1920s, the Issaquah History Museums have partnered with the Issaquah Cable Station 21/61 to create the Issaquah Oral History Video Project.

The project includes 17 video shorts and 25 in-depth interviews with early, influential members of the community.

“It’s a really easy way to introduce history to people,” Issaquah History Museums Director Erica Maniez said. “History can be dry and unappetizing, but the videos are a way for people to tell the stories of their own lives. It’s a lot more personal and interesting.” Read more

Community performances of Shakespeare return

July 20, 2010

The cast of Seattle Shakespeare Company's ‘Othello’ performs during the summer's first ‘Shakespeare on the Green’ presentation in Issaquah. By Amy Dukes

The famous Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” won’t put a dent in pocketbooks July 29, when Issaquah’s Arts Commission and 4Culture will co-sponsor the play for the final show of this year’s “Shakespeare on the Green.”

This year is the second annual Shakespeare on the Green event according to Amy Dukes, arts coordinator for the Arts Commission. Issaquah hosted the event several years ago before Wooden O and Seattle Shakespeare merged; the program restarted last year.

The Arts Commission supports the event because it provides, “free high quality performing arts to the community in a relaxed accessible environment,” Dukes said. Read more

Shakespeare heads outside in Issaquah on Thursday

July 7, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. July 7, 2010

Tragedy comes to the Issaquah Community Center lawn Thursday evening — a Shakespeare tragedy, that is.

The city Arts Commission and 4Culture — the King County cultural agency — have sponsored a pair of free “Shakespeare on the Green” performances at the community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. Learn more about the summer program here.

“Othello” opens the series opens at 7 p.m. Thursday. The tragedy chronicles the fallout after the title character, a general, bypasses the scheming Iago for a promotion.

“Much Ado About Nothing” plays July 29. The comedy tells the tale of the courtship between bickering Beatrice and Benedick.

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