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.

Issaquah Train Depot film series presents ‘Bluebeard’

July 10, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and stars from a bygone era.

The next entry in the popular series is “Bluebeard” from 1944. In the film, John Carradine stars as Gaston, a puppeteer — and a wanted serial killer. Gaston has high expectations for his models, and he strangles them if they fail to please him. Model Lucille (Jean Parker) vows to bring the monster to justice.

The film plays at 7 p.m. July 14 at the historic Issaquah Train 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 film program launched in October 2009, it has featured series of Bing Crosby films, train-themed films, films set in Washington and noir classics.

Cloverdayle to perform at first Concerts on the Green

July 3, 2012

Get out your dancing boots when the modern country duo Cloverdayle hits the stage for the second week of the Concerts on the Green series July 10 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 live 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.

Cloverdayle, featuring the married duo of Chad and Rachel Hamar, out of Bend, Ore., will perform songs from their just completed first album, “9 Miles Down a 10 Miles Road.” Hear their first single, “Like We Were Kids Again,” at http://cloverdayle.com.

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

Be sure not to miss the next psychedelic show July 17, featuring Echoe’s, a Pink Floyd tribute band.

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

Concerts on the Green series features ‘upbeat’ performers

June 26, 2012

Arts Commission production returns for 15th season

A lawn full of dancers and picnickers sat the Issaquah Community Center enjoys a band performance during a Concerts on the Green series. By Greg Farrar

The Penguins will kick-off the new season by playing a Vegas-style show. The concerts run from 7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday until Aug. 28. The grounds open at 6 p.m. for picnicking and early seating.

David Harris, volunteer producer for the series, said the most popular type of music is anything upbeat.

“It’s a professionally run show,” Harris said. “I try and make it like a mini-major concert” so people who can’t afford a big concert ticket can attend and have the same experience.

A variety of music is planned this year including: country, Latin and salsa, funk, rock, swing, Celtic violin and a Pink Floyd tribute band. All bands scheduled are from the Pacific Northwest.

If you go

Concerts on the Green

All shows are from 7-8:30 p.m. on the Issaquah Community Center lawn, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

  • July 3 — The Penguins
  • July 10 — Cloverdayle
  • July 17 — Echoe’s
  • July 24 — Cambalache
  • July 31 — Seatown Rhythm and Blues
  • Aug. 7 — Black Velvet 4
  • Aug. 14 — 85th Street Big Band
  • Aug. 21 — Geoffrey Castle
  • Aug. 28 — Magic Bus

“I can’t imagine there isn’t something for everyone,” Harris said.

He said the typical concert brings about 500 viewers.

“I put it under the term community building. It’s really a community event,” he said. “It helps bring people together.”

The series, in it’s 15th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. S. and presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.

The Kiwanis Club helped find all the sponsors for each concert and also sells hot dogs and hamburgers at the shows. The money made goes directly back into the community, Harris said.

Katie Larsen: 392-6434, ext. 236, or isspress@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Issaquah Train Depot film series presents ‘My Man Godfrey’

June 6, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and stars from a bygone era.

The next entry in the popular series is “My Man Godfrey” — a 1936 film about a high-society scavenger hunt gone awry. Socialite Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard) stumbles upon a vagabond named Godfrey (William Powell) and offers him a position as a butler. But the bum is, in fact, the heir of a well-to-do family.

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

“Bluebeard” concludes the film series July 14. In the 1944 film, John Carradine stars as Gaston, a puppeteer — and a wanted serial killer. Gaston has high expectations for his models, and he strangles them if they fail to please him. Model Lucille (Jean Parker) vows to bring the monster to justice.

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Popular film series pulls into Issaquah Train Depot

May 8, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and stars from a bygone era.

Films play at 7 p.m. at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency 4Culture.

“Quicksand” starts the series May 12. In the 1950 film, auto mechanic Dan Brady (Mickey Rooney) meets a blonde temptress (Jeanne Cagney) and tries to impress her. But Brady gets into trouble as minor embezzlement escalates into more serious crime.

On June 9, audiences can see “My Man Godfrey” — a 1936 film about a high-society scavenger hunt gone awry. Socialite Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard) stumbles upon a vagabond named Godfrey (William Powell) and offers him a position as a butler. But the bum is, in fact, the heir of a well-to-do family.

“Bluebeard” concludes the series July 14. In the 1944 film, John Carradine stars as Gaston, a puppeteer — and a wanted serial killer. Gaston has high expectations for his models, and he strangles them if they fail to please him. Model Lucille (Jean Parker) vows to bring the monster to justice.

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