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King County Council proposes taking over management of 4Culture

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:44

By Virginia Wright

There is a very important piece of legislation before the King County Council right now which could have a profound impact on the local cultural economy: arts and heritage organizations, the people who work and volunteer in this sector, and the patrons and audiences who interact with the programs and works of these institutions and individuals.

An admirable handful of these organizations and individuals are in Burien, facing uncertainty with regard to how this legislation will go and what might result if it passes. 4Culture is a public agency that distributes funding generated through a tiny percentage of the lodging tax collected by King County. As a critical source of funding for this sector, 4Culture has an enormous impact on the arts and heritage organizations and individual artists throughout the county. For the most part it functions independently from politics, but interfaces with the King County Council through three council member ex-officio board members, and engages the public in funding decisions directly through service on peer review grant panels. The proposed ordinance, #2018-0086, was developed to produce an additional level of oversight over 4Culture.

The three primary impacts of this legislation are that the council would have veto power over the 4Culture annual budget, the council would have the power to hire and fire the Executive Director of 4Culture, and the council would be able to appoint people to the 4Culture Board of Directors. The insertion of additional control by the King County Council into the workings of 4Culture could have the minimal and benign impact that its supporters say it would have. But there is also the very real possibility that this introduction of political control over the agency will have a damaging and destabilizing impact.

The full text of the ordinance is availailable online here:

When news of the proposed ordinance first reached the arts and heritage community, the immediate response was one of shock and fear since the legislation was developed without direct official involvement by the people most directly impacted by it. In the past few weeks there has been an uprising of passionate advocacy to preserve the independence and integrity of 4Culture, but the outcome is unclear.

As citizens we are all touched by the work done by arts and heritage organizations, as well as the work of individual artists, from walking past public art installations on the way to work, to becoming a season subscriber to a local performing arts group, to serving on a board of directors for one of those same institutions. This proposed legislation adds a political layer into county level funding, affecting a county agency that has operated with indisputable success and integrity for many years. 4Culture does not currently operate under direct decision-making capacity by elected officials. Take a few minutes to read the statement developed by 4Culture (linked below) in response to the ordinance, which was as much of a surprise to the organization as it was to the rest of the arts and heritage community. Note that there are already considerable levels of involvement in 4Culture decision-making by the three King County Council members who serve as ex-officio members of the 4Culutre board, and by the public, who serve on the board and on all of the funding committees.

From 4Culture’s official statement on the ordinance:

“There are 14 public agencies similar to 4Culture located in King and Pierce Counties. If this ordinance is passed, 4Culture will be the only one with a governing authority—in this case, the King County Council—that has direct political veto power over the Executive Director, can remove professional staff, can veto program or capital budgets, and can appoint Board Directors by elective district.”

Read the full 4Culture Statement here:

Contact King County Council members with feedback on this important issue. Dave Upthegrove represents Burien on the Council, and is one of the sponsors of this legislation:

There are multiple ways people can get more directly involved in advocacy on this very important issue. At 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning (Feb. 21) at the King County Courthouse there will be a public meeting on the issue, and a large turnout of people who care about this is important.

Additionally, direct communication to council members and other Washington State legislators is a significant way to help make sure this decision is made in the best interest of the people, whether they are directly involved through employment or volunteer work in the arts and heritage sector, or whether they are the members of the public – the beneficiaries of that work. For a full list of contact info of councilmembers, click here:

Ladies Musical Club of Seattle will perform at Merrill Gardens on March 4

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:20

On Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m., the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (LMC) initiates a collaboration with the City of Burien with a program of Music of Spain and South America at Burien’s Merrill Gardens.

Ladies Musical Club of Seattle was founded in 1891 by a group of 24 women musicians. Its original mission was to foster an appreciation of classical music in the cultural life of a city that was just starting to find its identity. For more than a century, the LMC members presented a stellar International Artist Series whose make up is literally a Who’s Who list of classical music artist luminaries of the 20th century such as: Sergei Rachmaninoff, Fritz Kreisler, Ascham Heifetz, Marian Anderson, Kirsten Flagstad, Artur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Marilyn Horne, Alicia de Larrocha, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Joshua Bell, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Symphony Orchestra, and the London Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. See the entire list. Although no longer presenting international artists, LMC continues to foster classical music in the community through education, performance and competition awards. MOHAI houses LMC’s historical archives.

More info at


Co-sponsored by the City of Burien

El Simpatico Tango for Clarinet and Bassoon by Carlos Posadas (1874-1918) arr. John Gibson

Julie Shankland, clarinet and Eric Shankland (guest artist), bassoon

Milonga del ángel  by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Adiós Nonino “Tango Rhapsody”

Joyce Gibb, piano

from Siete canciones populares by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

“Cancion” (Song)
“Nana” (Lullaby)
“Jota” (Aragonese dance)

“Aranjuez, Ma Pensee” from Concierto de Aranjuez  by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)
“Junto al Generalife”

Diane Althaus, soprano and Lucas Victor (guest artist), guitar

Suite populaire espagnole, arranged from “Siete Canciones populares españolas”      Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

Arranged for cello and piano by Maurice Maréchal (1892-1964)

  1. El Paño moruno
  2. Nana
  3. Cancion
  4. Polo
  5. Asturiana
  6. Jota

Ericka Pierson, cello and Annie Center, piano

Anda, Jaleo (Come on, Jaleo) by Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)
Zorongo by Federico Garcia Lorca
Tres Morillas (Three Moorish girls) by Fernando Obradors (1897-1945)
El Vito (The Vito*) by  Fernando Obradors
“Carceleras”(Jailers) from Las hijas del Zebedeo (The daughters of Zebedee) by Ruperto Chapí (1851-1909)
*The Vito is a dance from Andalusia in southern Spain.

Clarice Warrick, soprano and Joan Lundquist, piano

Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, H136  by Enrique Granados
“La maja dolorosa” (The sorrowful woman)
“El mirar de la maja” (The gaze of the beloved)

Diane Althaus, soprano and Lucas Victor (guest artist), guitar

Escenes de l’exili (Scenes from Exile) by Enrique Granados
Canto gitano (Gypsy song) by Enrique Granados
Elegia eterna (Eternal elegy) by Enrique Granados

Clarice Warrick, soprano and Joan Lundquist, piano

“Oriental” from Danzas españolas  by Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

Ericka Pierson, cello and Annie Center, piano

Poema en forma de canciones, Op.19 by Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)

  1. Dedicatoria (Dedication)
  2. Nunca olvida (You never forget)
  3. Cantares (Songs)
  4. Los dos miedos (Two fears)
  5. Las locas por amor (Crazy for love)

Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano; Joan Lundquist, piano

Diane Althaus has explored many arenas of music, classical to sacred, Bach to Dvorak to Gershwin. She has organized opera ensembles, sung in a concert series titled Classy to Sassy, sung leading roles with the Fat Chance Opera company for several seasons and performed Rachmaninov songs at the Russian Community Center. She thoroughly enjoys her musical adventures and tries to entice a younger generation who may not have heard live classical vocal music into wanting to hear more.

Equally at home with viola and piano, Annie Center enjoys an international career as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed as piano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. As violist, she has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Olympic, Utah, Prague, Red Rocks, and Music In The Mountains Festivals. She has also performed with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, Cleveland, Philadelphia string quartets. Annie holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory. Her major teachers include Robert Schultz, Paul Hersh, Isadore Tinkelman, Robert Weirich, and Paul Coletti. While she lived in Arizona, she was the pianist of the Concorda Trio with her cellist husband, Michael Center and violinist Dana Pasley.

Joyce Gibb was born in Sri Lanka and started her early piano studies with the admired, but feared music critic Elmer DeHaan. After surviving his rigorous training, she moved to London for further studies with Swiss pianist Albert Ferber whose teachers included Rachmaninoff. Studying both piano and cello, she was awarded a gold medal for performance by the Royal Schools of Music. Now a Seattle resident, Joyce teaches and performs regularly and has been the concerto soloist with the Cascade Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, Rainier Symphony, Port Angeles, Thalia, and Philharmonia Northwest Orchestras. Her performances have included concertos by Beethoven, Poulenc, Grieg, Addinsell, and Chopin and the 1st and 2nd piano concertos by Rachmaninoff.

Joan Lundquist has served as a collaborative pianist for Seattle area musicians and organizations for 30 years. Since moving to the area from Humboldt State University in northern California, where she was staff accompanist, Joan has worked with the Northwest Boychoir, Seattle Choral Company, has taught at Seattle University and Northwest University, and has worked with several area private music teachers. Currently, Ms. Lundquist is the Director of Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle and rehearsal accompanist for the Seattle Choral Company.

Erika Pierson grew up in the Seattle area, beginning cello at age 7. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello from Indiana University and her Master’s Degree in Performance from University of Michigan. Between her degrees Erika studied in Berlin, at the Hochschule der Kunste, and privately in London, England under Eileen Croxford. Erika has given solo recitals in England, including a solo performance at St Martin in the Fields, London, in Germany, Spain, and in the United States. She has performed as featured soloist with orchestras in Berlin, Ann Arbor, and Everett, WA. Currently, Erika performs regularly as the cellist in Bella Sala String Quartet, NOCCO Chamber Orchestra, and freelances and teaches in the Seattle area.

Eric Shankland (guest artist) has been playing bassoon since age 15. He played in the NCR band and the Youth Philharmonic in Dayton, Ohio. He studied with Arthur Grossman and played in the University Symphony at the University of Washington, and currently studies with Paul Rafanelli of the Seattle Symphony. He was principal bassoon in the Eastside Symphony (Redmond) for fifteen years. Eric is a research scientist at the University of Washington.

Julie Shankland has played clarinet since marching band in the Ohio snow. Since moving to Washington, Julie has played in the UW Concert Band, Eastside Symphony, West Seattle Community Orchestras, Rain City Symphony, and various chamber music camps. Julie is an adult student of Jennifer Nelson and recently learned to play bass clarinet. Julie works in the Office of General Counsel at the Washington State Bar Association.

Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano, holds Performance degrees from Florida State University (BM/MM) as well as ARRT Certification in Radiography, Computed Tomography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. She has appeared with Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Heavier Than Air Theatre, Evergreen Performers, TMP Family Theater, Amici Opera, Operesque, South Georgia Opera, and Florida State Opera. A Wagner enthusiast, she was chosen to perform in the inaugural year of the Baldwin-Wallace Wagner Intensive where she coached with Jane Eaglen, Timothy Mussard, and Nancy Maultsby. Gwen works with MultiCare and Franciscan Health as an MRI Technologist and is also a Voice Over artist specializing in audiobook narration.

Lucas Victor (guest artist) is a guitarist who has been praised for his musicality, unique phrasing and inspiring playing. He studies in the studio of guitarist Michael Partington at the University of Washington. In 2017, Lucas was a finalist in the Adult Solo Guitar Competition at the Northwest Guitar Festival in Portland, Oregon, which is a competition open to the Northwestern U.S. and Western Canada. At the UW, he has been honored to be a recipient of the John Tripp Endowed Fund for Student Support, and the Helen A. Reynolds Endowed Scholarship in Music. Lucas also performs with the UW Guitar Ensemble. As a youth, Lucas studied several years with Jason Williams at the Rosewood Guitar studio in Seattle. During that time, he was a finalist twice in the Youth Solo Guitar Competition of the Northwest Guitar Festivals held in Idaho, and in Washington. Before studying with Jason Williams, he also had instruction from guitarists Mary Lord, Ken Elia, and others. Lucas also performed and recorded with Mark Wilson’s Guitar Orchestra of Seattle. Lucas has been fortunate to have the opportunity to perform in guitar master classes for acclaimed musicians David Russell, Ana Vidovic, Stephen Stubbs, Jorge Caballero, Marc Teicholz, Martha Masters, and others. Lucas Victor can be found online at

A recent transplant from Chicago, Il, soprano Clarice Warrick received her master’s degree in voice performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Past feats this season have included her Orchestra Hall debut as the soloist in the North American premiere of Jacob TV’s Mountaintop, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Chicago Chamber Opera, and Julia Jellicoe in The Grand Duke. Clarice has sung with the Grant Park Chorus and Chicago Symphony Chorus, is a part of the VOX3 Ensemble, and often gives concerts featuring musical theater, jazz, and opera.

WHAT: Music of Spain and South America

WHEN: Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Merrill Gardens at Burien, 15020 5th Ave SW, Burien, WA:

PHOTOS: Highline & Evergreen Wrestlers compete in State

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 11:07

Highline and Evergreen High Schools have Wrestlers competing in State this weekend, and below are photos the family of Isabel Herbruger.

But first we’d like to extend a hearty “CONGRATS!” to all locals who made it this far – we’re very proud of you all!

Here’s more info:

Something happened at Mat Classic this year that has not happened for at least 17 years, and possibly never!

The Highline team nameplate, in an old font different from all the other teams, was dusted off after the first round on Friday and placed in the tenth spot on the Top Ten 2A Teams board.

By Friday evening it had gone back into hiding.

At lunch on Saturday, the boards were dropped back down to floor level to be updated. The bottom names were partially obscured by fences, but in the Pirate section of the dome, it sure looked like it once again said Highline. I went off to investigate.

As the boards went back up before the Parade of Champions began, Highline had reclaimed the tenth spot. It would come down to the last match of the tournament to determine if Highline would stay on the board. Every Pirate in the dome cheered for Othello to win, holding their breath on close calls before erupting in excitement as the final whistle of Mat Classic 2018 came to a close.

Thanks to Isaiah Perez (Othello) winning first place in the 285 weight class, Highline has its first solid appearance as a Top Ten 2A Teams at State!

  • Senior Eli W. took 8th
  • Senior Jonavan O. took 8th
  • Junior Osman C. took 6th
  • Senior Albano L. Did not make day 2.
  • Sophomore Javier U. Did not make day 2.

Click images to view larger versions/slideshow:

From day two:

To see more great photos (and videos) of these outstanding local athletes, visit (and be sure to “Like”)

New KING-TV show ‘Take Five’ films profile on Burien

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 10:14

You may have noticed some filming going on in Burien last Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Oiliery, Tin Room and the Three Tree Point neighborhood.

‘Take Five’ – a new series which will air on KING-5 TV at 4 p.m. starting Feb. 26 – will feature Puget Sound city profiles and local items of interest.

Angela Poe Russell and Chris Cashman will co-host the show, and were seen recently in Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood filming a segment on Burien for one of the early episodes.

While out for a walk Todd and Tiana Manola visit with Angela Poe Russell and Chris Cashman after completion of filming in Three Tree Point. Photo courtesy Greg Dill.

Mr. Cashman (son of local comedy legend Pat Cashman) of course made his show business debut in the classic “Almost Live!” bit “Sluggy”:

PHOTOS: Predator bird, flowers…and a barge full of scrapped cars

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 13:28

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos of budding/blooming flowers (was the Groundhog wrong?), along with a beautiful, gliding predator bird (perhaps an immature bald eagle?) along with a passing barge full of scrapped cars.

It’s amazing sometimes to see what goes on around us, and we truly appreciate Elston’s amazing photographic ‘eye.’

Click images to view larger versions/slideshow:

Same photo of the barge, only with an “oil painting” filter applied in Photoshop.

REMINDER: Burien CARES ‘Open Bite Nite’ fundraiser is this Saturday, Feb. 17

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:15

REMINDER: ‘Open Bite Nite’ – benefiting Burien CARES animal shelter – will be held this Saturday, Feb. 17, starting at 7:30 p.m.

This event will be held at the Burien Elks Lodge, located at 14006 1st Ave S, Burien (just north of Fred Meyer).

  • Live music, comedians, and more!
  • Comics led by headliner Robert Pidde, local boy turned professional comedian
  • Appetizers – No-host bar – Silent auction

Tickets are $20, on sale online at or at the CARES animal shelter/Paws and Relax doggy daycare located at 909 SW 151st Street.

Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, call 206-812-2737.

PHOTOS: Mt. Rainier, Blue Heron & amazing red sunset

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:38

Courtesy Author/Photographer George Matthew Cole comes these great photos that showcase the beauty of our region (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

A view of Mount Rainier from a neighborhood in Des Moines.

A Great Blue Heron stands on barnacle encrusted rocks in Des Moines.

The sky over the Puget Sound in red as the sun sets.

See more of George’s photos at

REMINDER: Artist ‘Meet & Greet’ will be at Moshier Art Center this Friday

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:53

REMINDER: The Burien Arts Commission is embarking on a new project to gather the artists of Burien together for a series of “Meet and Greet” events, and the first of these events will be this Friday, Feb. 16, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Moshier Community Arts Center.

Visual artists, performing artists, media artists, filmmakers, writers, etc… we want to:

  • Meet you and learn about what you are doing!
  • Give you the opportunity to meet other local artists
  • Help you learn about opportunities for funding, workshops, exhibits, performance, etc.
  • There will be yummy snacks, and beer & wine provided (thank you 4 Culture)!

“Help us by spreading the word to artists who live in Burien and/or are very invested in Burien.”

More info:

Moshier Community Arts Center is located at 430 S. 156th:

St. Francis of Assisi School’s ‘The Lion King Jr.’ will be Feb. 23 & 24

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:58

St. Francis of Assisi School – in collaboration with Hi-Liners Musical Theatre – proudly presents a production of Disney’s ‘The Lion King JR.’ on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24.

Join Rafiki and the animals of the Pridelands as they welcome the new cub, Simba, who is destined to be the next king. However, as Simba grows into a young lion, his uncle, Scar, has different ideas! Through various evil deeds, he places himself on the throne and nearly destroys the Pridelands. Rafiki eventually encourages Simba to return to his homeland and, with the help of the other animals, he confronts his uncle and assumes his rightful place on the throne. Peace is restored again!

Tickets can be purchased for $10 each at the school office or the ticket office on the night of performance.

This is the 15th year that St. Francis School has been performing their all-school musical.

Contact 206-243-5690 for more information.

“Come see how hard our 7th and 8th graders have been working!”

There are two performances:

  • Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Both will be at the Highline Performing Arts Center.

“We hope to see you at the show!”

The Highline Performing Arts Center is located at 401 South 152nd St. in Burien:

Tardy Cupids rejoice! Enjoy amazing ‘Love, Chaos & Dinner’ at Teatro Zinzanni

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:46

By Scott Schaefer

It’s an amazing (make that‘Amazonian if you like your local Yodeling Dominatrix’ tall) night of ‘Love, Chaos and Dinner‘ in an authentic spiegeltent at Teatro Zinzanni, and it makes for a perfect Valentines Day gift!

[NOTE: If you’re a Tardy Cupid, it’s not too late to buy tickets online and gift them to your Valentine – read our review below, complete with a heart-saving link for a gift that is far superior to the usual:]

As you’re settling in to an evening inside the historic red velvet spiegeltent, notice what’s going on around you. Sure…servers are serving and taking orders, but why is a bumbling dishwasher stumbling by your table?

That very tall woman – why is she yodeling over there? Wait…is that a robot woman?

And what’s with the janitor lady walking by, wielding a toilet brush?

And who the heck is that creepy looking dude in the tux and tails who seems to be following them all?

Wait, they’re not part of the wait staff…are they?

No, what you’re initially seeing is some of that night’s performers slowly sneaking into the scene. Look at them and try to figure out what their special talents are – will that janitor lady reveal something else? (yes!) Will the bumbling dishwasher show off some hidden talents? (for sure!)

And why are they all running from that creepy pale dude who probably has fangs?

This slow reveal process – all while you’re enjoying a drink and the first plate of an imaginative European style four-course meal – is really fun and makes Teatro Zinzanni much more than just dinner and a show – it’s an immersive experience.

And sometimes, these oddball staffers will even interact with you. You might also be selected to join the performers onstage and truly become part of the show.

It’s all part of the magic of “Love, Chaos and Dinner,” the charming new cabaret dinner show running now through April 29 at Teatro Zinzanni’s current location in the midst of Marymoor park. Worth the drive and so much more, this delightful comedy concoction mixes equal parts Ratatouille, Hotel Budapest and Fawlty Towers, stirs with a romantic twist or two and serves up sheer comedy bliss all in a luxurious and cozy ambiance of red velvet and sparkle.

From the moment you step through the doors into the 100-year-old spiegeltent (“mirror tent” in Dutch) you will be transported into another world where performers break free from the confines of the stage and the action unfolds all around you. No two performances are alike as the wall between artist and audience disappears.

The story evolves around the staff of a “new” fine dining establishment seeking a positive review from an ever-so-stringent and exacting “critic.” As you might guess, just when they need everything perfect, all manner of mishaps erupt, producing entertainment, amazement, chaos and lots of laughs. The delicious winter menu began with a piquant and colorful salad, a creamy and rich braised corona bean bisque soup, choice of perfectly cooked salmon or sultry short ribs in cabernet demi-glace or root vegetable and quinoa Tangine, as a vegetarian option. The grand finale is a decadent warm chocolate cake “Madame Zinzanni” with cherry compote and dulce de leche caramel sauce. Hmmmm the memory lingers on…


  • Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.

Pricing starts at $99 (per person) and varies depending on seating section, day of week, and capacity already sold for the performance.

Your ticket price includes the 3-hour show experience and accompanying 4-course meal. On the night of the show, you will be responsible for an $8 per person base meal gratuity for the service of the meal as well as any food upgrades and/or drinks you decide to purchase.

And for all you tardy cupids, you can make your reservations online at any time, 24 hours a day:



Teatro ZinZanni
at King County’s Marymoor Park
6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE,
Redmond, WA 98052


Administrative Offices: (206) 802-0011

Hey…did I mention the incredibly tall Oktoberfest-looking woman? She looks familiar, and sounds even more familiar when she yodels!

Yes, that’s your incredibly talented Normandy Park neighbor Manuela Horn! And just wait until she reveals her dark, commanding personality a bit later.

Here’s a taste of what you might see Manuela doing during any given performance:

Here’s Manuela’s bio:

Manuela Horn, also known as the Austrian Amazon, is a yodeling, dancing, acting comedic force of nature. After small roles in independent movies and her own German children’s TV show, she turned her 6′ 2″ height into an asset as a host for corporate events and galas across the globe. Imported from Berlin’s Pomp Duck & Circumstance in 2001, Teatro ZinZanni has given her the performing home she always wanted. This is her 16th year with ZinZanni. In 2009, one of her characters, the yodeling dominatrix, made it to the semifinals of the TV show America’s Got Talent. With an appearance in the movie Rent, Manuela earned her SAG membership. Manuela regularly performs in numerous cities in Europe with other dinner cirque company’s like Palazzo, Da Capo and Teatro. Since 2010, Manuela has become “The Queen of Oktoberfest” by performing Yodel versions of popular songs.  With the motto “It’s always Oktoberfest Somewhere” Manuela headlines the biggest Oktoberfest’s across America.

More info on Manuela here:

Mention that you’d like to meet Manuela Horn (via The B-Town Blog) to the maître d’ upon checking in, then hang around afterwards to meet her for photos and fun!

Enjoy the Wines of Italy at Tin Theater’s Wine Tasting this Thursday

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:13

The Tin Theater’s next Wine Tasting
will be this Thursday, Feb. 15!

Featuring the “Wines of Italy”

Tin Theater:  5 – 7 p.m.

Colutta Ribolla Gialla 2016
100% Ribolla Gialla Straw yellow color with aromas of green pepper and tomato leaf. It is dry, fresh and crispy with a full body on a persistent finish.

Cantina del Vermentino Monti Funtanaliras 2016
100% Vermentino. Light straw yellow with green tinges. Hints of quince, acacia blossoms, slight notes of bitter almonds. Dry, and mellow.

Casetta Nebbiolo 2010
100% Nebbiolo. Brilliant ruby red color with varying intensity. Bouquet is with flowers and wild fruit, slightly spicy. Full bodied with noble elegance. Soft and pleasant tannins. Long finish with almondy aftertaste.

Tenuta San Vito Chianti 2016
100% Sangiovese. It is a special organic Chianti from Firenze area. Brilliant ruby red color, fresh and fruity bouquet, harmonic and pleasant flavor with a good persistent plum aftertaste.

Tenuta San Vito Madiere 2012
60% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. The ruby red color testifies to the richness of the wine; intense and lingering bouquet with traces of red berries and spices, harmony and balanced flavor.


Tin Room Bar & Theater
923 SW 152nd St
Burien WA 98166
(206) 242-8040

VIDEO: Here’s episode 1 of new ‘The Briefing’ Port of Seattle documentary film

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:25

FOLLOWUP: Des Moines resident Steve Edmiston reports that his new documentary film project – intended to provide a “briefing” to the Port of Seattle Commissioners addressing the harms to airport neighbor communities resulting from aircraft noise and emissions resulting from increased flights at Sea-Tac Airport – is off to a solid start with widespread interest and positive feedback on social media.

Edmiston, a local attorney and filmmaker, must provide his briefing in 2-minute public comment segments, as provided by Port rules. Based upon the Port Commission’s schedule, Edmiston estimates the project will take 9 to 12 months to complete.

“Based upon the comments and sharing we see on social media, and calls and e-mails I’ve received from around the country, it seems fair to say the project is off to a solid start and what that means is that our airport neighbor community, and similar airport communities around the country, are paying attention,” Edmiston said. “I think our citizens want the Commissioners to take this information – that they were not provided by the FAA last year – seriously and that they are watching to see how the Commissioners will react.”

The first episode of The Briefing, titled “The Briefing You Should Have Had,” can be viewed below:

For more information on this compelling new ‘Citizen vs Goliath’ project, visit

Our prior coverage is available here.

B-Town’s Dog Blogger Marley A. Mutt: Puppy Love

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:55

By Marley A. Mutt

I remember it like it was yesterday. When our eyes first met from across the kennel at the animal shelter. The world got suddenly very small and focused, my stomach dropped, my ears perked up and I knew I would never be the same, I was in love. They called it puppy love. Because we were puppies.

Sure, we were young, the odds were never in our favor. Just two little abandoned pups hoping to make their way in the world. Separated by a concrete hallway, stainless steel fencing and a system stacked against us. But, we didn’t let that stop us. We believed in love, we believed we would make it.

Her name was Sasha, a German Shepherd mix with dark brown eyes and a fierce spirit. We would wait until all the other dogs had gone to sleep at the shelter and we would stick our noses and paws as close together as we could. We would talk, dream and promise things to each other we both knew were probably impossible. We would insist on being adopted together. We would enjoy a loving family, share our toys and curl up next to each other on the couch to nap every afternoon before our humans returned from work. We would take long walks on the beach, chase squirrels in the park and feel the green grass under our paws. We were happy, we were patient, we believed.

However, sweet as our dreams were, they never were meant to be. You see, Sasha was destined for more. She was adopted before me. I remember the day. A family with two kids came into the shelter. They immediately ran to Sasha. They visited with her, they filled out paperwork, and before I knew it, they were walking her past my kennel. Sasha and I never said good bye. I couldn’t. I knew she would be happy. This was her dream come true. A loving family to play with, to protect and serve. This was her purpose, her happiness, her greatest love, her best chance. I couldn’t stand in the way or make her feel bad. I told her I loved her and was happy for her. I told her I would never stop looking for her and hoped to one day see her again. And then she was gone.

I was pretty sad for a while. She was my best friend. Eventually, I found my forever home too. Years have passed. Sometimes I still think about her. I hope she’s happy. I wonder if she thinks about me too. But, mostly I am just so grateful to have known how it felt to share so much with another. These chances to give of ourselves, to love unconditionally, truly, madly, deeply, these aren’t chances that happen every day. We should all take those chances when we can, treasure the time we have, and celebrate the love in our lives every day, not just once a year on Valentine’s Day.

I know this Valentine’s Day I’m going to be extra good and show my people just how much I love them. I’ll think of Sasha, and will probably still scan the dog park for her when we go, just in case. But, most of all, I wish everyone a life full of love every day.

Big changes coming to 14th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival March 2-3

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 17:04

Big changes are planned this year for the 14th annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival, coming March 2 – 3.

Changes include:

  • Magician Nate Jester from ‘America’s Got Talent’ will be amazing attendees with closeup magic
  • Six Fred Meyer stores will provide support in terms of winery selection and ticket sales
  • A silent auction for a chance to bid on different wines
  • A fun game to test your hand/eye coordination and win drink tokens

Besides the new additions, 18 wineries, one brewery and selected food vendors are expected to be in attendance.

Also, test your luck with the Wine Grab, a game that includes a wide range of differently priced wines. You pick a mystery bottle for a price, and try to win the most expensive bottle of wine.

To get your early bird pricing on tickets, click here. Tickets come with 10 drink tokens which are worth $1 each.

Along with the new changes this year, attendance is expected to break records; as well as with proceeds raised. All money raised will be donated to various beneficiaires selected by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park. Last year’s festival brought in around $65,000 (gross).

This is a 21 and over event held at Des Moines Beach Park Event Center. A shuttle will be available to take festival goers from the parking at the marina (1$/hour) to the venue. There will be designated driver tickets available at the door for $15 each. Pets are not allowed.

More info at

4Culture’s next ‘Let’s Chat’ public meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 20

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:37

Hello 4Culture – Let’s Chat

4Culture, King County’s cultural funding agency, offers project grants in arts, heritage and preservation every year, and on the THIRD TUESDAY of every month, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 4Culture staff will be on hand to share information about all of their opportunities, from grants to gallery space.

The next opportunity to meet will be Tuesday, Feb. 20 a Glover Empower Mentoring in Kent.

“Bring your questions, ideas, frustrations, plans, and let’s chat!”

Check out what opportunities they have open ahead of time, or just drop in and ask!

WHEN: Tuesday, February 20, 10am – 1pm

WHERE: Glover Empower Mentoring (GEM), 827 N Central Ave, Suite B-109, Kent (map below) 

No RSVP is necessary. More info at

PHOTOS: Point Ruston Ferry & Kite/Sailboarders sail past Burien on Super Sunday

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:15

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos that show what was going on just off the shores of Burien while many were watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4.

Click images to view larger versions/slideshow:

The picturesque Point Ruston Ferry sailed by Burien on Sunday. Built in 1936 by the Bath Iron Works Corporation in Maine, the ferry first served as a ferry for the Navy in Hawaii. The ferry was originally named the Aquidneck and was retired from naval use in October 1971 and transferred to Washington five years later to serve as a ferry between Stielacoom and Anderson Island with the Pierce County Ferry System as the MV Steilacom. Once again it was retired and then restored as the Point Ruston. It is now used to promote the high end Point Ruston development near Point Defiance Park and is available for parties and other rentals.

Comedy ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ opens Friday, Feb. 16 at Burien Actors Theatre

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:58

Rapture, Blister, Burn‘ at Burien Actors Theatre (“BAT”) is an intensely smart and immensely funny Pulitzer Prize finalist that explores whether the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence, and performances will run Feb. 16 through March 11.

The Burien Actors Theatre production features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.

Written by Gina Gionfriddo, this keen, clever, sharp-eared comedy mixes big discussions about serious topics with plenty of cocktails.

Gwen stayed home, supporting her husband and raising children. Catherine went the academic route, published several books on feminist issues, and is a prominent speaker and teacher.

When the two women, who went to college together, reunite more than a decade later, each envies what the other has. Looking back at turning points in their own lives, they can’t help but wonder if they could have been better off. Through a feminist theory class accompanied by plenty of martinis, their viewpoints clash. They begin to wonder if, just like a Disney movie, there might not be some way they could trade places.

Toss in Catherine’s feisty mother, Gwen’s flawed husband, and a young former stripper. Then shake it all together with feminist theory, Dr. Phil and lots of martinis for a bumpy and hilarious ride.

This show contains some adult language that includes “F, B, and A” words, plus mature content and frank discussions of sex and sexuality. BAT’s policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel appropriate for the youth and teens in their care.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Enjoy opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, Feb. 16, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, Feb. 17 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Feb. 18, which is BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

You can also save $5 off tickets by using the coupon below (click coupon, then print it yourself):

For tickets, special deals or other information, go to or call 206-242-5180.

Rapture, Blister, Burn is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

Stage directors Barbara Cawley and Beau M.K. Prichard direct the talented cast of Kris Pepper Hambrick (Catherine), Alissa Cattabriga (Gwen), Caitlin Colman (Avery), Trish Cosgrove (Alice) and Wade Hicks (Don). Natalie H. Berg is the show’s stage manager.

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna King, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Janelle Kimbrough, costumes; and Eric Dickman, sound.

Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

Burien Actors Theatre gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t see on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.

For more info, visit

CALL TO ARTISTS: Sound Transit Art Program is seeking Art

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 13:20

The Sound Transit Art Program (STart) has identified many art opportunities to enrich the experience for riders using its transit systems, and has put out a ‘Call to Artists’ for Art.

Sound Transit (ST) is expanding its pre-qualified artist pool for eligibility to be further considered in developing artwork for ST facilities. They are currently seeking artists to produce permanent and temporary art in a wide range of styles, scales and perspectives for Sound Transit public spaces.

  • Artists selected for the pool expansion will remain eligible for STart projects for three years.
  • Artists from the pool short listed for specific stations will be notified to gauge their interest in the project.Inclusion in the artist pool does not guarantee an art project.
  • STart reserves the right to supplement the pool as project needs arise.
  • Artists who were previously qualified for the STart 2016 Roster are still included in the pool and need not apply.
  • The pre-qualified artist pool is a key method for involving artists in upcoming Sound Transit projects, but will not be the only method for selecting artists.

The full guidelines for this call are available here.

If you know of any artists who would be interested in this opportunity, please forward this post to them!

BUDGET RANGE: $3,000 – $750,000 for designing and fabricating a variety of large-scale, discrete, temporary, and community engagement art projects

ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists or artist teams living and working in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Sound Transit staff, project personnel and immediate family members of all of the above are not eligible.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday, February 9th, 2018, 4:00 p.m. PST


4Culture will manage the application for this Sound Transit opportunity. The artist selection process and future use of the selected artist pool and associated projects will be managed by STart.

Burien welcomes new Art Spaces to town

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 08:59

By Maureen Hoffmann
Special to the B-Town Blog

Have they caught your eye? Piqued your curiosity? Thanks to Merrill Gardens and The Maverick Apartments, Burien has innovative, new spaces devoted to the public display of sculpture, drawings, paintings and artistic installations. The City of Burien is partnering with The Maverick Apartments and Merrill Gardens to bring art to downtown Burien. The plan is to showcase community art in the windows for three-month intervals.

According to the City of Burien:

“As part of the design review process for the two developments, the City encouraged the architects to create a display space for local art. City design standards require buildings to have specific elements to make the downtown a pedestrian-friendly place. This includes how a building presents itself to the street. We want to avoid blank walls and make the streetscape more interesting to the pedestrian. There are multiple ways to achieve this: retail space, landscaping, and art displays. The City worked in partnership with the developer to meet the intent of the design standards. The result was the inclusion of display windows in the final design–meeting both the buildings’ needs and contributing to our downtown streetscape.”

Merrill Gardens
On the east side of Merrill Gardens, along 4th Ave. SW between SW 151st and SW 150th, passersby will see nine lighted display cases. Currently showing is the work of John Taylor: bold, intriguing ceramic sculptures, drawings and paintings.

John Taylor’s exhibit is titled “35 years of Art Making”. In the artist’s words:

“I can truly say I am lucky and have been living the dream, making art for 35 plus years. I began my career as a photographer and print maker. This morphed into painting and then later ceramics. The figure has been a continual source of inspiration and source material for my work. My current studio practice involves painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics.” (On display until the end of March 2018.)

More information about John Taylor can be found at

Artist’s Reception with John Taylor
Our Meet-and-Greet with John Taylor will be on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Merrill Gardens Bistro. We will have some refreshments and beverages and it will be a lovely time for everyone!

The Maverick Apartments
Have you noticed the curious glassed-in space at the northwest corner of The Maverick, at SW 150th and 6th Ave. SW? Have you wondered what’s going on in there? Artist Danny Mansmith is transforming the space over the period of three months through the accumulation of fabric, cut paper, drawings and sculptural forms. He spends time there each week, treating it as a “residency”. Rather than carefully planning the creation, he moves with inspiration, wanting to “put out good energy for Burien.”

Danny Mansmith’s exhibit is titled “Eight Doorways”. In the artist’s words:

Working with my hands has saved my life. My grandma gave me my first art lessons when I was very young. She sewed my clothes growing up and this influenced me to later teach myself how to use the sewing machine – allowing imperfections, emotions, and childlike energies to fuel and inspire me to create. I will be working and adding to the accumulation and transformation of the space over the next three months.” (On display until the end of March 2018.)

More information about Danny Mansmith can be found at

Exhibition Schedule:

Merrill Gardens 2018 Exhibits:

  • January-March: John Taylor – Sculptor, clay artist
  • April-June: Roxanne Fawcett – Painter
  • July-September: Jennifer Bloom – Painter
  • October-December: Heather Danso – Painter

Maverick 2018 Exhibits:

  • January-March: Danny Mansmith – Fiber and multimedia artist
  • April-June: Kathleen Skeels – Sculptor, clay artist
  • July-September: Arts A Glow artist
  • October-December: George Rodriguez – Sculptor, clay artist

The plan for 2019 is to do a Call-for-Artists, as is done for the Burien Community Center exhibit space. The call would go out in late summer/early fall 2018. Program coordinator is Alisa Savage, Arts Coordinator for City of Burien in partnership with Merrill Gardens and Maverick staff.

For further information, please contact:

Alisa Savage at

SAVE THE DATE: Burien UFO Festival is returning on Thursday, April 5, 2018!

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 14:44

BUFO is coming back!

After a year off (missing time?!), the 2018 Burien UFO Festival will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018!

New this year – live UFO-related seminars with guest experts! Details to come, so stay tuned…

ALSO…the Burien Film Festival will have a special contest for BUFO: a 5-7 minute short film contest themed around the ‘otherworldly.

The top ten best films will be shown on April 5 at the Tin Theater!

Expect the usual:

  • UFO-themed block party
  • Live band
  • Costume contest

If you want to get some out-of-this-world marketing AND support a fun, totally local grassroots festival, please email Shelli Park for Sponsorship opportunities:

BUFO takes place in Olde Burien on SW 152nd Street, between 9th and 10th Ave SW.

For more info, be sure to “Like” BUFO on Facebook here:


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