Inaugural Issaquah Film Festival features classic movie musicals

September 11, 2012

The stars on screen during the inaugural Issaquah Film Festival need no introduction.

Moviegoers can see The Beatles slog through “A Hard Day’s Night” and the fleet-footed Gene Kelly dance across the screen in “An American in Paris” as the festival runs from Sept. 14-16 at Village Theatre’s First Stage Theatre.

The festival lineup focuses on the evolution of musicals on film, from 1933 and “Footlight Parade” to 1980 and the last days of disco in the Village People farce “Can’t Stop the Music.”

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Concerts on the Green series wraps with a Magic Bus ride

August 21, 2012

Climb aboard with Magic Bus to experience Woodstock nostalgia at the final Concerts on the Green performance Aug. 28 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m., so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

Touring the United States since 1992, Magic Bus is renowned for paying tribute to the psychedelic ‘60s with go-go girls, dance cages, bell bottoms, and the greatest songs from the Woodstock era and beyond.

The concert series, now in its 16th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. and is presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hot dogs and hamburgers.

As always, the concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

85th Street Big Band jives up the Concerts on the Green

August 7, 2012

Break out your dancing shoes when the 85th Street Big Band swings onto the summer Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 14 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m., so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

The 20-piece 85th Street Big Band features swing favorites from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s made famous by the likes of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Check out their playlist at www.85thstreetbigband.com.

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. and is presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hot dogs and hamburgers.

Be sure not to miss six-string, electric violinist Geoffrey Castle at the next concert series event Aug. 21.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

Black Velvet 4 plays classics at Concerts on the Green

July 31, 2012

Black Velvet 4 cranks up the classic rock for the next summer Concerts on the Green performance Aug. 7 at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m., so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

Black Velvet 4 is renowned in the Seattle area for its solid three-part harmonies, performing rock classics at outdoor concerts, corporate events, weddings and clubs. Check out the band’s schedule and music samples at www.blackvelvet4.com.

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is presented by the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hot dogs and hamburgers.

The 85th Street Big Band swings onto the stage at the next concert series event Aug. 14.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

Seatown brings the funk to Concerts on the Green

July 24, 2012

The Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players funks up the stage with Motown and R&B classics during this summer’s Concerts on the Green series July 31 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m., so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players fan Jeff, from Milwaukee, wrote on the band’s website, “Got a chance to see Seatown in Issaquah. These guys flat out play everything. Simply one of the best Motown cover bands I’ve ever seen. If you like classic Motown and funk, you will not be disappointed.”

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. and is presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hot dogs and hamburgers.

Black Velvet 4 polishes off the rock classics at the next concert series event Aug. 7.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

Issaquah Film Festival features movie musicals

July 24, 2012

Downtown Issaquah is poised to host a film festival in September, as the municipal Arts Commission shows a series of musicals on the silver screen.

The inaugural Issaquah Film Festival is scheduled for Village Theatre’s First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N., from Sept. 14-16.

The lineup includes Busby Berkeley’s “Footlight Parade” and the disco farce “Can’t Stop the Music” — a pseudo-biography of the Village People. The Beatles’ groundbreaking “A Hard Day’s Night” concludes the festival.

Tickets cost $10 per night or $25 for the entire festival. Find tickets and information at www.issaquahfilmfestival.com.

The event also includes a VIP reception featuring wine from local winery Twin Cedars, guest speaker Howard A. DeWitt and Beatles music by Undercover.

DeWitt, a professor emeritus at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif., has written 21 books, including “The Beatles: Untold Tales,” “Paul McCartney: From Liverpool to Let It Be” and “Beatle Poems.”

Cambalache spices up Concerts on the Green

July 17, 2012

Cambalache, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most renowned Latin and salsa bands, hits the stage during this summer’s Concerts on the Green series July 24 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m. so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

Cambalache has been performing in the Seattle area since 1999. They have honed their act to the point they were in demand to perform for bigger venues, including the 2001 Major League Baseball All Star Game, and are in demand everywhere there’s a dancing venue. Learn more at www.cambalachesalsa.com.

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. S. and is presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hotdogs and hamburgers.

Seatown Rhythm and Blues brings the funk (and Motown and R&B favorites) at the next concert series event July 31.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

Theater troupe goes outdoors with William Shakespeare

July 10, 2012

Free Shakespeare performances are coming to a park near you.

The Wooden O Shakespeare Co. is set to delight outdoor theatergoers this summer with productions of “Twelfth Night” and “The Winter’s Tale.” There will be a total of four performances, as both plays will be held at two separate locations on different dates.

Love has everyone unglued in “Twelfth Night.” Castaway Viola disguises herself as a boy to find work and gets caught in a compromising love triangle.

This comedy brims with wild infatuations, delightful antics and beloved comic characters, according to Wooden O Shakespeare.

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Chalk up a sidewalk masterpiece at summer festival

July 10, 2012

Sheama Tura, of Issaquah, draws a beach and a palm tree last year. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah’s summer tradition, the Chalk Art Festival, is coming to city sidewalks July 17.

The Issaquah Arts Commission invites artists of all ages to transform the sidewalks around the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd., with their masterpieces from noon to 5 p.m. that day. All the entries will be judged at 5 p.m. with winners being announced at 6 p.m. before the Concert on the Green.

The event is free. Chalk and water will be provided.

Event organizers recommend arriving early to choose a shady sidewalk spot. All space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

See a slideshow of masterpieces the day of the festival at www.issaquahpress.com.

Echoes pays tribute to Pink Floyd at Concerts on the Green

July 10, 2012

The tributes keep coming as Echoes recreates some of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits during this summer’s Concerts on the Green series July 17 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Bring a blanket to the community center lawn and enjoy a picnic meal starting at 6 p.m. before the music kicks off at 7 and goes until 8:30 p.m. Coming early is usually a good idea to stake out your spot, as the concerts usually attract up to 500 revelers.

Echoes, based in Everett, features a lineup of seasoned musicians who’ve worked with and opened for some renowned names in the industry. Learn more about the band at http://on.fb.me/PlTBeP.

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. and is presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hot dogs and hamburgers.

The concert series continues July 17, with the energetic Latin and salsa sounds of Cambalache.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

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