July 1, 2014
After 18 years, David Harris feels he’s got a pretty good feel for the pulse of Issaquah when it comes to the city’s music scene.
As the scheduler of musical talent for the annual Concerts on the Green series, Harris knows it takes more than a bar band to draw a large crowd to the lawn in front of the community center on a Tuesday night.
“We’ve got a broad, variety of music, most of it danceable,” he said. “I’ve found, over the years, Issaquah likes to dance, to get their feet tapping.”
June 10, 2014
The city’s free film series continues June 14 with the presentation of “The Cincinnati Kid.”
Presented with support from the city of Issaquah Arts Commission and 4Culture, the screening is at 7 p.m. in City Hall Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way.
“The Cincinnati Kid” stars Steve McQueen as an up-and-coming poker player who tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game, played by Edward G. Robinson.
May 27, 2014
Last year’s mayoral candidate Joe Forkner will go back to work for the city, joining 43 others appointed to various Issaquah governing bodies.
The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Fred Butler’s recommendations to appoint or reappoint a host of residents to most of the city’s 17 boards and commissions during its regular meeting April 21.
The annual appointments fill the vacancies expiring April 30. Most regular members serve four-year terms, while alternate members serve two-year terms.
May 6, 2014
The city of Issaquah’s free Second Saturday Film Series returns May 10 with a showing of the 1963 movie “Charade,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.
This star-filled international thriller tells the story of a young woman whose deceased husband hid millions of dollars that may have been stolen decades earlier. She is pursued by several sultry and sleazy characters, all of them intent on recovering the money, no matter what the cost.
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.
January 28, 2014
September 10, 2013
The Second Saturday Film Series will be back Sept. 14 with “They Made Me A Criminal!”
The movie will show at 7 p.m. at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E Sunset Way.
The 1939 Warner Bros. socially conscious crime classic stars a young John Garfield, The Dead End Kids (playing teenagers, though some of them may have been older than Garfield at the time), Claude Rains and Ann Sheridan. It was directed by musical spectacular choreographer/director Busby Berkeley.
July 30, 2013
The city is inviting artists to help design artwork for bicycle racks, which will be installed downtown at a date to be determined. The bicycle racks will be standard inverted “U” racks, and the commissioned artwork will fill the inner space.
The Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Arts Commission for the project. The new bicycle racks are part of the bicycle and pedestrian action plan, which aims to make transportation without a car around Issaquah easier.
July 23, 2013
Issaquah is about to get a bit more colorful, thanks to the annual Chalk Art Festival.
This year, the festival, sponsored by the Issaquah Arts Commission, will hit the sidewalks around the Issaquah Community Center on July 30. From noon to 5 p.m., anyone can show up and create some art.
According to Amy Dukes, the arts coordinator for the commission, most of the participants are elementary school age, although kids and adults of all skill levels come out to draw. Many are there just to doodle, while some come with a fully formed idea in mind, complete with sketches and outlines.
July 23, 2013
Help make the city more beautiful by participating in the loaned art program.
The Issaquah Arts Commission seeks to borrow a piece of outdoor sculpture for a one-year period for the northwest corner of Northwest Sammamish Road and 17th Avenue Northwest, a highly-visible location.
The piece should be at least 8 feet in height for appropriate scale to the site. The lender of the artwork will receive a $1,000 stipend and assistance with the installation.