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PHOTO: Did you see the amazing rainbow Tuesday morning? Elston Hill did

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:41

Did you see the amazing rainbow that seemingly heralded the start of  ‘The Great Dark’ season Tuesday morning, Oct. 17?

Elston Hill did, and he captured it in two photos that we did our best to merge (click image to see larger version):

Area resident Michael Snyder also took a great photo of this rainbow:

pic.twitter.com/DQq34FWrmh

— Michael Snyder (@guyinjeep16) October 17, 2017

Annual ‘Boo In Burien’ – & ‘Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl’ – will be Sat., Oct. 28

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:58

Discover Burien’s annual ‘Boo In Burien’ – and the first-ever ‘Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl – will be held in downtown Burien on Saturday, Oct. 28.

‘Boo,’ the safe trick or treating event, will again be happening down SW 152nd Street from, Noon – 4 p.m. with lots of FREE candy for the kids, as well as the exciting return of the Wiener dog races and costume dog parade!

This annual event is presented by Discover Burien and is packed with lots of entertainment for the whole family. Children can trick-or-treat for goodies at downtown businesses with a “Trick or Treat-Welcome” sign from 12pm until the treats run out.

NEW this year is the ‘Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl,’ happening just after the Boo, from 6 p.m. to Midnight. $10 Passports will be sold before the event and on the day of, as the Discover Burien office will be open late that day. There will also be a MEGA costume contest for $1,000 for the best costume.

There will be tons of other fun treats all day, including:

  • Trick or Treat In Downtown Burien 12 noon until candy is gone (kids can go business to business for free candy)
  • Noon-3pm: Hayrides – Olde Burien to Town Square
  • Noon-3pm: Two Haunted Houses, one at Hot Feet Fitness and one at Merrill Gardens
  • Noon-3pm: Scary Photos at The Jungle Gym
  • Noon-3pm: Bouncy House at Taproot Church SW 152nd ST.
  • Noon-3pm: Maze at Burien 1st Assembly of God, 6th and SW 152nd ST
  • Noon-3pm: Children’s Crafts at various locations
  • 3pm: Costume Dog Parade registration in Town Square
  • 3pm: Costume Dog Parade starts in Burien Town Square Park
  • Wiener Dog Races After Dog Parade at Town Square Park
  • Specials in local businesses along with hot treats for all and much more!

Go to www.discoverburien.org or call (206) 433-2882 for more details and timing of each activity.

ALSO…the first-ever Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl and Costume Contest will be held after the Boo In Burien on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 p.m. to Midnight.

Join the fun as Burien Bars come together for the Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl.

Pick up your $10 Passport at the Discover Burien Office before the event or on the day of at 427 SW 152nd Street.

Passports are good for food and drink specials at each bar all night.

Vote for your favorite decorated bar, and enter the costume contest.

$1000 1ST PLACE PRIZE FOR THE BEST COSTUME!  Call 206-433-2882 for more information.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Family Concert’ will be Oct. 27 & 29

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:24

NORTHWEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Anthony Spain, Music Director

“Family Concert”- The West Coast premiere of visuals to accompany performance of “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky

Friday, October 27, 2017: “Family Concert”- at Highline Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

AND… 

Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 p.m.: Family Concert at Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center

Pieces to include:

  • Pictures at an Exhibition – Modest Mussorgsky
  • American premiere of visuals by Adrian Wyard
  • Sound Track- Brent Irwin (Federal Way Composer)
  • *Finlandia- Jean Sibelius- with students from Highline and Federal Way School District
  • Slavonic Dance- Op. 46 #1- Antonin Dvorak
  • *Finale (Dargason) from St Paul’s Suite- Gustav Holst

*with students from Highline and Federal Way School Districts

**Children are invited to wear family friendly costumes

Following up on our sold out Planets concert that included the World Premiere of visuals to accompany this piece by Adrian Wyard, we present the West Coast premiere of visuals by Adrian Wyard to accompany the popular piece ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ – this will be a spectacular event,” Music Director, Anthony Spain said.

Tickets for the Highline Performing Arts Center are available by calling Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006, or you can order them online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Tickets for the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center are available by calling (253) 835-7010.

Tickets:

  • Adult – $20
  • Senior (Over 60) – $15
  • Student – $15
  • Group Rate – $12 per person when total ticket purchase is 10 tickets or more

For more information on Northwest Symphony Orchestra, including the full concert schedule, musicians and ticket information, please visit their website at www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org or call (206) 242-6321.

Contact: Anthony Spain, Music Director, NWSO at anthonyspain@northwestsymphonyorchestra.org

King County Parks’ Family Halloween Carnival will be in White Center Oct. 28

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:44

The Annual King County Parks Family Halloween Carnival is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the White Center Community Center, in Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd, 98146.)

Doors open at 2 p.m. and admission is FREE.

Local teens have planned nearly 30 different monster-themed crafts and games for local children ages 10 and under.

Tickets for each activity are sold for .25 each or 4/$1.00.

In addition to the games, the carnival will also feature a free performance by magician Jeff Evans at 3:30 p.m.

This year’s carnival is once again sponsored by the Teens and Staff of the White Center Teen Program. The WCTP offers free recreational, educational and social enrichment programming to over 1100 culturally diverse participants ages 12-19 each year. The program operates five days a week, forty-eight weeks a year and provides structured recreational classes and programs, homework assistance, educational and computer resources, leadership training, volunteer opportunities, special events, field trips, and drop-in activities.

The Annual Halloween Carnival is traditionally one of the teens favorite volunteer events. Program staff estimate at least 50 teens will volunteer at the event.

For additional Information, please contact Darlene Sellers, Recreation Coordinator at 206.477.2104.

PHOTOS: Could it be we’re seeing the last of the sunshine (for a while at least)?

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:19

By Elston Hill

On Sunday morning (Oct. 15), there were no clouds in the sky.

Mount Rainier beckoned from a golden sky with planes flying past. Contrails were orange.

There was a crescent moon.

The regional airlines took their short cuts over Burien as they are prone to do in early morning when the winds come out of the north.

A kingfisher was out. Geese flew by. And the Three Tree Point blue heron hung out at his usual haunts.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Artists United’s annual Art Fair will be Nov. 4-5 at the Normandy Park Cove

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 10:56

Artists United will be presenting its annual Art Fair on Nov. 4-5 (Saturday & Sunday) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Normandy Park Cove.

Original fine art, photography, prints, cards, and jewelry from over 20 local artists!

Free admission to their family friendly show at Normandy Park Community Club, located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive (map below).

Check out the art raffle for a chance to win an original artwork.

Find the perfect art gift for someone special—or for yourself.

“You won’t want to miss this popular weekend show!”

Sponsored in part by: Normandy Park Community Club and Des Moines Legacy Foundation.

For more information, please visit http://www.artistsunitedclub.com.

CLIFF’S EDGE: An opportunity to reconnect with my family’s past

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:43

Along with retirement has come the opportunity for me to work with my wife on genealogy research of our respective families. We’ve been pursuing it off and on for several years, but it seems particularly relevant in these later years of our own lives.

As a history buff, I’m intrigued to find that as we connect with preceding family members, so many of them no longer alive, I have an opportunity to reconnect with events and phases of our country’s past in a very personal way.

No, we haven’t identified any relatives who arrived aboard the Mayflower. Nor have we come across any who appear to have been thieves or rustlers.

But we have learned other interesting bits.

For example, both of us have identified members of our respective kin who fought in the Civil War, perhaps having squared off on opposite sides in one notable battle.

She knows that a relative of her paternal great-grandfather served on a Union gunboat on the Mississippi River. I have drawn a link to a relative on my mother’s side who fought with the Confederacy as an artilleryman. It appears they were both present during the battle of Fort Donelson in western Tennessee in 1862.

They both seem to have come out of that battle unscathed.

We traveled to southwest Colorado last summer to the area in which my mother’s family homesteaded in the late 1890s and came away with up an up-close and personal perspective on water disputes of that era.

My mom’s father and others in the family were among early farmers of that time and place and were among those drawing water from the Arkansas River for their irrigation.

Those downstream across the border in Kansas had been tapping into that stream, as well, and did not take kindly to being second in line to a dwindling water source. It’s an interesting dispute that I’m still exploring.

Back with my wife’s family again, we have tracked relatives of both her father and mother who participated in major developments of the Wild West, focusing on Montana.

Her mother’s family can be traced back to mining and farming in Scotland and on the Isle of Man. Immigrating at about the turn of the century to the U.S., they eventually made their way to South-Central Montana, where some became involved with mining in Butte, particularly in the organizing of mining unions and the sometimes violent acitivy that came along with it.

Others in the family took to cattle ranching in the Livingston area on land they still hold.

About that same time a patriarch of her father’s family emigrated from Germany and took up residency in Minnesota where he was a machinist and artist.

One of his sons – my wife’s grandfather – walked in his footsteps as a railroad machinist, and he and his family followed the course of the rails across the nation’s northern tier to the Livingston, Mont. area and then further west into the Pacific Northwest.

Her father took a side trip from Livingston to Butte to graduate from what was then the Montana School of Mines, and that’s where the two family threads were knotted.

Most of you undoubtedly have similar stories in your pasts, but probably more of them need to be resurrected from our collective memories and told or retold for sake of our ongoing education.

Cliff Rowe is a retired journalist and journalism professor. (He practiced both in a time before journalists and what they produced were considered “enemies of the people.”) He and his family have lived in the Shorewood area of White Center (then Burien) since 1969 when they returned to the Northwest after seven years in the Chicago area. There, following graduate school, he wrote and edited with the Chicago Sun-Times and with Paddock Publications in the Chicago suburbs. On moving here, he was with The Seattle Times for 11 years before turning to teaching journalism at Pacific Lutheran University for 35 years, retiring in 2015.

Hi-Liners add leadership position; continues growth trajectory

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 17:48

Burien’s Hi-Liners Musical Theatre, in a move reflecting their continuing growth, has added a second full-time salaried position to the organization’s leadership team. 

JC Hedberg, who has worked with The Hi-Liners since 2007 as a Production Stage Manager, adds a wide variety of executive responsibilities to his duties and assumes the role of Managing Director for the organization.  Hedberg brings more than 16 years of technical stage management experience across 47 productions with The Hi-Liners as well as experience as a stage manager at the Highline Performing Arts center.  In addition, he has completed advanced studies in Managing a Non-Profit and Strategic Use of Social Media for Non-Profits.

Hedberg joins Kathleen Edwards, The Hi-Liners Artistic Director and Executive Director of its DownStage Center education division, as a senior leader in the organization. Both roles report to the Chairman of the Board.

The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre offers a wide range of classes, camps and performance opportunities for youth ages 4-22.  Originally founded in 1966, The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre has grown to serve nearly 500 youth annually through classes, camps and performance opportunities and reaches into local schools through its “Musical Theatre Goes to School” program to provide after-school classes as well as full production experiences.

For more information about The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre visit www.hi-liners.org or call 206-617-2152.

REMINDER: ‘Burien Man’ arts fest SeaCompression is this Saturday night

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:12

REMINDER: SeaCompression – an arts-centric fundraiser festival – is returning to Burien this Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 p.m. – Midnight.

This year’s event will be FREE, all ages/kid-friendly (yet with a 21+ area), and will be held on SW 151st Street between 6th and 8th Ave SW (map below).

This great arts fest had previously been held at the Burien Interim Art Space (B/IAS), in the lot where The Maverick apartments are now located on SW 150th and 5th Ave SW, so in a way it’s returning to its home. The last iteration of this event in Burien was in 2012 (read our previous coverage here).

Those wacky Kids behind B/IAS and Night of 1000 Pumpkins – Kathy Justin and Dane Johnson, along with Co-Producers Cameron Sherman, Kirsten Mohan and Ben Tramposh and a whole troupe of volunteers – are bringing back Ignition Northwest’s annual fundraiser SeaCompression.

This year it’ll be FREE to the public and kid friendly (well mostly kid friendly), and will include a Giant Monkey bus, a Submarine and a shoe that belches, along with plenty of fire, plenty of interactive art and live performances.

The event will also feature a ticketed 21 and over area with dancing, live bands, beer garden and plenty of art, artists and all the shenanigans you expect from the INW Crew.

Here’s a new map:

Here’s the music lineup so far:

Yellow Brick Stage lineup:

Emerald Stage lineup:

TICKETS
Here is no Home without you – buy your tickets to the event’s ticketed area restricted to 21+ with bars, more of everything and performance stages. Your ticket purchase helps pay for the event, as well as INW’s grants and scholarship programs:

https://www.tixtactoe.com/e/SeaCompression2017

TRANSPORTATION
A Shuttle bus will provide transport to and from the event, running from Eden (1950 1st Ave – Official SeaCompression After Party hosted by Slutgarden), SODO lightrail station and Tukwila lightrail station. Departing from Eden every hour on the hour from 3 – 10 p.m., SoDo lightrail 10 min. after the hour. Tukwila 30 past the hour.

WHAT: SeaCompression 2017 will feature a free and open “street fair” full of family friendly art and activities, as well as a ticketed area restricted to 21+ with bars, more of everything and performance stages. Your ticket purchase helps pay for the event, as well as INW’s grants and scholarship programs.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 p.m. to Midnight

WHERE: SW 151st Street, between 6th and 8th Ave SW, Burien (area map below).

COST: FREE, but it’s a fundraiser so feel free to be generous! This event is open to all ages with plenty of opportunities to support Ignition Northwest and plenty of adult fun to go along with it all.

INFO: For more info, visit http://www.ignitionnw.com/seacompression.html

Music4Life reports major year-end growth for helping kids get instruments

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:34

Music4Life™ (www.Music4Life.org), the local non-profit that provides ready-to-play musical instruments for use by public school students in need – including in Highline Public Schools – reports that it experienced double-digit growth last year. 

The organization delivered 276 instruments to participating public school districts by the end of August, compared with 143 instruments delivered the previous year.  The total value of the instruments also increased significantly to nearly $169,000.  Fair market value is determined by independent third-party music experts.

Music4Life provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need.  The Seattle-based non-profit acquires instruments from adults who no longer need them, gets them repaired (if possible) and then provides them to participating public school districts for use by students in need.  Besides Seattle Public Schools, Music4Life also operates programs supporting Edmonds, Everett, Highline, Mukilteo and Shoreline Public Schools.  Programs for Bremerton and Northshore Public Schools were recently added.  The program acquires used instruments from those who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play.   Music4Life also accepts donations to help pay for instrument repairs.

“This growth was unexpected but certainly appreciated,” says David Endicott, Music4Life Co-Founder and President/COO.  “We believe it was mainly because of the addition of the Everett program last November, significant new free advertising support and the simplification of internal operating procedures.”  He says the organization operates with local booster clubs on a fiscal year that begins each September 1st.<

Growth reports being reported to participating booster clubs were (the fair market value of instruments delivered is in parentheses):

           2015-16            •           2016-17       

Edmonds: 33  ($30,328)  • 26 ($14,910)

Everett: (not applicable)  • 87 ($50,685)

Highline: 71  ($42,837) • 100  ($73,021

Mukilteo: 9  ($4,950)     •      -0- 

Seattle: 8  ($4,095)  • 26  ($7,636)

Shoreline: 22  ($20,113) • 33  ($18,040)

Endicott says several other instruments were provided to Seattle Music Partners, another non-profit providing after-school lessons, and to new programs for Bremerton and Northshore schools at the end of August. Decreases are reported for Edmonds and Mukilteo because both are rebuilding their Music4Life Booster Clubs.

Music4Life encourages school districts first to provide the instruments to the youngest possible students to give them something meaningful and fun to do with their time.  Students receiving instruments may use them for anything they wish as long as they are enrolled in the school district.  If they leave the district for any reason, such as graduation or their parents change residencies, the instruments must be returned to the school district so other students in need can use them.  “We estimate that a repaired instrument has a useful life of anywhere from two or three years to as many as 15 or more,” Endicott says.  “This means that three, four or even five more students can benefit from their use.”

Music4Life enjoys the support of notable music advocates and other community leaders.  Gerard Schwarz, world-renowned conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, has endorsed the program, saying, “This wonderful program begins with children in elementary school at a time when, if they’re interested and talented in any way, they have the greatest chance of success. Many people tell me of the impact that direct knowledge of instrumental music has had on their lives. We intend to give this advantage to all our children.”

Music4Life™ is supported in part by grants from the First Choice Health; the Hazel Miller Foundation, 4Culture (formerly the Seattle-King County Arts Commission); the Knossos Foundation; various local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs; the Highline and Northshore Schools Foundations; as well as by the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; the Seattle Folklife Festival; Rafael Carrabba Violins; Seattle Music Partners; Lamar Advertising; Encore Media Group; GMA Research; Cascade Symphony Orchestra; Randy Oxford Entertainment; the Edmonds Center for the Arts; Kennelly Keys Music stores; Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah; Donn Bennett Drums; Emerald City Guitars; Ted Brown Music; Bischofberger Violins; Olsen Violins; InMove.com and others.

Music4Life™ provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need.  Participating schools include Edmonds, Everett, Highline, Mukilteo, Northshore, Seattle  and Shoreline public school districts.  A community-wide activity, participants are local leaders who understand the unique role that participation in instrumental music has on the life and education of a child. For more information or to donate an instrument to Music4Life, contact info@Music4Life.org , call (206) 409-3275 or go to our Website at www.Music4Life.org . Music4Life Donor Forms must be attached and are available online, as well as at designated instrument drop-off sites.

History, Beer, Flying Saucers and ‘Maury Island Incident’ film Thurs., Oct. 26

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 12:14

The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of two of history’s most notable UFO sightings with a 21+ evening of beer tastings and all things flying saucers on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7 – 10 p.m.

The two cases being celebrated include the Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting and the Maury Island incident, which both took place in Washington in 1947. These two events gave rise to the terms “flying saucer” and “men in black” and kicked off a craze of sightings that year, which included the Roswell incident and many others.

The evening event includes beer tastings with Three Magnets Brewing Co., a presentation on and showing of the film The Maury Island Incident with the filmmakers, UFO-related crafting with the The Museum of Flight, open exhibit galleries, and more.

Here’s a trailer for the local, award-winning film ‘The Maury Island Incident’:

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and includes a commemorative glass and two drink tickets – buy tickets here:

https://webformsrig02bo3.blackbaudhosting.com/49882/UFO-Night

More info here:

It’ll be a night you won’t soon forget, regardless of what the men in black try to tell you…

The Washington State History Museum is located at 1911 Pacific Ave in Tacoma:

Matthew Smith will perform at John Knox Presbyterian Church Sunday, Nov. 5

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:46

Matthew Smith is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who writes brand new music to centuries-old hymn texts, and he’ll be performing at John Knox Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Smith is a founding member of the Indelible Grace community, whose work has drawn acclaim across denominational lines and is used in churches around the world. Born out of a college ministry, the reimagined hymns have found wide acceptance both among college students and the church at large, joining people who desire to honor tradition with those who want a modern musical approach. His latest album is QuietHymns.

WHO: Matthew Smith (from Indelible Grace)

WHEN: Sunday, November 5th @ 6:30 PM

WHRE: John Knox Presbyterian Church, 109 SW Normandy Rd, Normandy Park, WA 98166

COST: $10 (advance) $15 (at the door), tickets sold at www.brownpapertickets.com

INFO: For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/126949991361028

Works from Photographer Season Yoshida at Burien Community Center

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:10

The Burien Community Center is currently presenting the works of photographer Season Yoshida until the end of November 2017.

The artist’s exhibit is titled “Living the Second Life”. In the artist’s words: After working in the corporate world over six cat’s lifetimes, I began to reconnect with the creative environment of my formative years.
With the advent of the digital world, I’m finding the middle path to incorporate traditional analog art and binary processed modern technology.

More information about the artist can be found at http://www.seasonzero.net.

Here are some of Season’s works:

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW, and is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information please call Burien Parks and Recreation at 206-988-3700.

Historian Feliks Banel will discuss Northwest Radio History on Sun., Oct. 15

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 17:02

Join the Highline Historical Society for a special program next Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15 (the Seahawks have a bye), when local historian Feliks Banel will speak about Northwest Radio History at SeaTac City Hall.

Admission and parking are free.

In addition to being the society’s annual meeting where your questions about the museum can be answered, Banel will present “Diamonds in the Ether: Tuning In To Northwest Radio History,” which revisits the power of radio in the Evergreen State then and now. With a mixture of vintage audio, historic images and expert storytelling, he looks ahead to the unpredictable future of local radio in our communities.

Banel is a broadcaster, filmmaker, lecturer, and historian based in Seattle. He has produced Emmy-nominated pieces for KCTS and is an expert on matters of Northwest history and culture.

“We are grateful to Humanities WA for providing the funding for this excellent presentation.”

SeaTac City Hall is located at 4800 S. 188th Street, 98188:

SeaCompression Arts Festival Fundraiser returning to Burien Saturday, Oct. 14

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 10:09

SeaCompression – an arts-centric fundraiser festival – is returning to Burien on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 4 p.m. – Midnight!

This year’s event will be FREE, all ages/kid-friendly, and will be held on SW 151st Street between 6th and 8th Ave SW (map below).

This great arts fest had previously been held at the Burien Interim Art Space (B/IAS), in the lot where The Maverick apartments are now located on SW 150th and 5th Ave SW. The last iteration of this event in Burien was in 2012 (read our previous coverage here).

Those wacky Kids behind B/IAS and Night of 1000 Pumpkins – Kathy Justin and Dane Johnson, along with Co-Producers Cameron Sherman, Kirsten Mohan and Ben Tramposh and a whole troupe of volunteers – are bringing back Ignition Northwest’s annual fundraiser SeaCompression.

This time it’ll be FREE to the public and kid friendly (well mostly kid friendly), and will include a Giant Monkey bus, a Submarine and a shoe that belches, along with plenty of fire, plenty of interactive art and live performances.

The event will also feature a ticketed 21 and over area with dancing, live bands, beer garden and plenty of art, artists and all the shenanigans you expect from the INW Crew.

Here’s a taste of what you might see at this year’s SeaCompression, aka ‘Burien Man’:

TICKETS
Here is no Home without you – buy your tickets to the event’s ticketed area restricted to 21+ with bars, more of everything and performance stages. Your ticket purchase helps pay for the event, as well as INW’s grants and scholarship programs:

https://www.tixtactoe.com/e/SeaCompression2017

TRANSPORTATION
A Shuttle bus will provide transport to and from the event, running from Eden (1950 1st Ave – Official SeaCompression After Party hosted by Slutgarden), SODO lightrail station and Tukwila lightrail station. Departing from Eden every hour on the hour from 3 – 10 p.m., SoDo lightrail 10 min. after the hour. Tukwila 30 past the hour.

WHAT: SeaCompression 2017 will feature a free and open “street fair” full of family friendly art and activities, as well as a ticketed area restricted to 21+ with bars, more of everything and performance stages. Your ticket purchase helps pay for the event, as well as INW’s grants and scholarship programs.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 p.m. to Midnight

WHERE: SW 151st Street, between 6th and 8th Ave SW, Burien (area map below).

COST: FREE, but it’s a fundraiser so feel free to be generous! This event is open to all ages with plenty of opportunities to support Ignition Northwest and plenty of adult fun to go along with it all.

INFO: For more info, visit http://www.ignitionnw.com/seacompression.html

The Viand Pundit reviews Frankie’s B-Town Bistro

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 13:36

The following is a regular review column by ‘The Viand Pundit,’ our anonymous restaurant critic:

The Viand Pundit Reviews Frankie’s B-Town Bistro – Italian Restaurant
By Viand Pundit

I just can not get enough of the fine dining that Italian cuisine can and does offer to the culture-hungry Burien appetite. A careful observation shows a sprinkling of this style in our region from tiny Bistros to long standing steadfast Burien icons. Frankie’s was a curious clam in my linguine to me as I found this story fun to write as I took employment incognito to observe from within.

First, I should share some history about my relationship with this restaurant…

There was once a little restaurant called Filaberto’s on Des Moines Memorial Drive near the airport. We had just finished a lovely dinner and at that time and I worked for one of many Seattle’s “first” Craft brewery swarms. I asked to speak to whom was in charge of buying beer to make an appointment. A very pleasant older gentleman greeted us after we had paid and said “We have no interest in beer here.” Really? It was the last time we had a chance to dine there for shortly thereafter I noticed the place had closed.

A couple of years ago, I was very surprised to see the name of Filaberto’s pop up on the Burien Town Square on SW 152nd. It was with great joy when I spied the wood stove pizza oven when we entered. The bartender turned out to be exparte Elysian brewhouse family and was quite knowledgeable. They had a good run but like all restaurants, its tough to stay afloat now and soon the open sign light up the sidewalks no more and the sign came down.

It seemed like it was not more than a while when activity stirred at the same storefront. I perked through the window to see the reshaping and emergence of the restaurant, Frankie’s. I watched for awhile to let them get settled into the groove before I wanted to try out the menu.

Soon I read an ad for a short/prep chef and applied. I dummied down as I did not want them to know how much I knew about the kitchen as a food critic.

I was hired immediately and worked with an ever-changing staff of kitchen personal I found the owners Frankie, and Frank Genzale, to be some of the nicest folks in the restaurant industry and was an absolute pleasure to work for. NY Chef Joe Verdoliva is a fully trained, knowledgeable and very skilled artist with food. The staff has to work hard to meet the standards of this fine chef. I was very pleased to find the same bartender from Filabertto’s and other disclosure that this was the same family restaurant personnel.

The dining room is spacious and well laid out while the decor keeps pace with interesting and tasteful placement. The bar is offset by a rail and is just big enough to accommodate the evening crowd. Seating was comfortable and the service staff was prompt and offers “charmed” and entertaining personal service. I also found the menu to offer many trails into the cuisine style that are the staple basics of any Italian restaurant and are all the things I happen to enjoy. Almost every dish delivers what you are here for, so let me focus on what I did not care for.

The meatball has a higher percentage of vegetable mirepoix than most and was noticeable in the meatball in taste and texture.
The pasta dishes are heavy on the pasta and the meat quite scant by proportion or perhaps tradition. The sauce of the tomatoes which is based on the chef’s own maternal recipe was simply pleasant and predictable, I feel it lacked and needed a little bit of the excitement that one might find in a zippier pizza sauce.

The wonderful wood-fire oven with the kitschy sign above that declares WOOD FIRE PIZZA is gas heated with a log up front for effect.The pizza is different and unto its own right, being oblong to fit the plates. Although an interesting diversion, I do not feel this is the pizza that Frankie’s could be making if the wood fire stove was used as intended. However, hardwood is expensive to keep a stove burning and I would love to see one night a week they make real wood-fire pizza and I feel it would put Frankie’s B-Town Bistro – Italian Restaurant over the top.

In final synopsis the menu’s overall pricing is at industry standard but a little high for Burien. The bargain is the happy hour and they do offer live entertainment occasionally.

I feel it is worth making a reservation and give Frankies B-Town Bistro a chance to give you a taste for your evening enjoyment!

Frankie’s B-Town Bistro
653 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 946-1334

REVIEW: BAT’s ‘Ben Butler’ is a witty and eye-opening historical comedy

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 15:14

At left, Major Cary (Dave Tucker) of the Confederate State of Virginia demands that Major Benjamin Butler (Michael Mendonsa) of the Union Army return escaped slaves while Lieutenant Kelly (center) looks on in Burien Actors Theatre’s comedy-historical drama Ben Butler about slavery, politics and the Civil War, which runs through Oct. 22. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

From left to right, the slave Shepard Mallory (Sharif Ali) tries to avoid being shot by Lieutenant Kelly (Mark Fox) during a misunderstanding while Major Benjamin Butler (Michael Mendonsa) recovers his balance in Burien Actors Theatre’s comedy-historical drama Ben Butler about slavery, politics and the Civil War. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

From left to right, the slave Shepard Mallory (Sharif Ali) shows the results of being punished to Major Benjamin Butler (Michael Mendonsa) in Burien Actors Theatre’s comedy-historical drama Ben Butler about slavery, politics and the Civil War. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

From left to right, Lieutenant Kelly (Mark Fox) listens with skepticism to Major Benjamin Butler (Michael Mendonsa) in Burien Actors Theatre’s comedy-historical drama Ben Butler about slavery, politics and the Civl War. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Review by Shelli Park

Entering the theater, the experience begins. Early black spirituals take the mind back in time. They play to a dimly lit stage: a pre-Civil War office, simply appointed, and oriented at a refreshing angle. A few trunks are stacked in the room with nameplates denoting that we are in the office of the title character: Maj. Gen. Benjamin Franklin Butler.

As the lights come up, a well-seasoned man in high-ranking Union colors sits at his desk, letter in hand. He is processing the contents of the letter as a subordinate officer enters with pressing information. This initial exchange opens the window into the thought processes of a man, Maj. Gen. Butler, who would profoundly influence the direction of the Civil War.

Burien Actors Theatre’s season opener is a Northwest Premiere. ‘Ben Butler’, a witty and eye-opening historical comedy, is written by Richard Strand, an award-winning playwright, and is directed by Rachel Rene.

‘Ben Butler’ takes a poignant look at a tumultuous and uncertain time period in U.S. history. This moment is distilled by Strand into a series of conversations which take place over the course of a few days. Rene guides the action in skilled way, directing the actors so that their placement on stage underscores the nuances of the character relationships.

The two main characters, Maj. Gen. Butler, played by Michael Mendonsa and Shepherd Mallory, and an escaped slave, played by Sharif Ali, engage in tentative exploration of the other. The two are a mixture of intellectually curious, stubborn, and insecure. Strand uses the dialogue to construct a very satisfying experience using wit, psychology, and humor to bring about a difficult but ethical conclusion. Human weakness is on display, but is accepted as a part of the human condition. The play is generous in its ability to navigate what we think we know until we find that we don’t know what we don’t know. In the end, knowledge and open curiosity about ‘other’ is the key to opening the closed doors of the heart and mind. What we may think of as ‘other’ and entirely alien to ourselves, often is more similar than that we want to admit.

Mendonsa and Ali are wonderful counterpoints. They play off of each other as in a dynamic musical score, complete with poignant pauses,, pizzicato, allegro, forte, and an appropriate amount of dissonance which, finally, resolves.

Lieutenant Kelly (Mark Fox) is the comedic foil in the equation, and his evolution of thought gives hope that humans can indeed learn and grow, all the while making us laugh. Fox does a wonderful job in this role. His manner alternates between appropriately irritating and quite endearing.

Major Cary (Dave Tucker) is the villain. Tucker’s slow, vexed manner is successful in creating the necessary unsympathetic character.

Ben Butler is a timely play as we navigate, on a local and national level, the idea of us vs. them. We are, as it turns out, all part of the human race. We are all a part of the same community, on both a local and national level.

The BAT production of Ben Butler is wonderfully done. It both provokes thought and thoroughly entertains. The talent is top notch and is well worth taking the time to enjoy!

MORE INFO
The Burien Actors Theatre production also features specialty drinks themed to the show, as well as plenty of free on-site parking.

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

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TICKETS
Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Enjoy an opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, Sept. 29, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, Sept. 30 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Oct. 1, known as Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

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

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

SAVE THE DATE: Shorewood Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday, Nov. 11

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:59

The Shorewood Holiday Bazaar – coming Saturday, Nov. 11 – is a longstanding tradition in the Shorewood community, featuring over 60 talented local crafter-vendors selling handmade goods ranging from ceramics, knitted goods, woodcrafts, photography, soaps and lotions, bags and purses, candles, dolls, jewelry, Seahawks and Sounders swag and much more!

The event runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and also includes:

  • Santa photos from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. ($5 donations accepted)
  • Free caricature artist from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Hourly raffle
  • Bake sale
  • Used book sale
  • Kids’ craft table
  • Food trucks (local businesses Nibbles and Momma Bear’s Fry Bread!)
  • Pop-up vintage trailer
  • Vendor Happy Hour from 3-4pm (featuring discounted items from select vendors)
  • Lots of holiday cheer!

We’d love to see the community there supporting our local elementary school and their PTA, and having fun!

Contact holidaybazaar@shorewoodpta.org or like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shorewoodholidaybazaar/

The bazaar is held every year at Shorewood Elementary, 2725 SW 116th Street, Burien, WA 98146:

CLIFF’S EDGE: Get angry, but for a worthwhile purpose…

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:55

I love this country.

To some degree I respect everyone with whom I share it.

So why do I make a point of saying this now?

Because I’m trying to reassure myself that I still know what love of country is – that I am patriotic.

As I hear the term patriotism being bandied about across the land, from one side of the political divide to the other, I’m not so sure I do.

My convictions are shaken.

Part of the problem, I think, is that I have tended to shape my patriotism by looking for what’s right with our country.
“Right,” not “perfect.”

There seems to be so much more emphasis now in seeking out what’s wrong with this admittedly imperfect nation and even more than that, identifying those to blame for that perceived wrong.

Once we have someone we can blame for things going on that we don’t like, then we can get angry with them We can vent in a way that could be characterized as a display of patriotism.

Take the weekly drawing of the patriotic lines on football fields from one end of the country to the other. Players, coaches, owners, fans…all of us…can participate in the national anthem, on key or off key, and be seen as “patriots.”

Or turn our backs on the anthem and the flag, figuratively and directly and also be declared by ourselves and others to be “patiriots.

And those on each side of that display and all their supporters can be angry about something and someone.

The other day while browsing through the magazine section at the Burien Library, I came across a publication I’d never seen before, “Skeptic” magazine.

As I flipped through it the words “justice” and “fairness” caught my eye, and I found myself browsing through an article about the role of anger in identifying societal problems and wanting to do something about them.

Consider this paragraph:

“Anger draws attention to a problem, but it’s the next step that is the hard one — doing something about it. This is why conversations across political lines frequently devolve into exasperated explosions. Neither side wants to change its mind or accept that the other side might have a point.”

Might patriotism lead to anger as we strike out at those with whom we disagree on questions of human rights and obligations? I think so. Would patriotism also be the stimulus that would take us to that “next step” of seeking solutions in the best interest of our nation — our world– and all of us in it? Maybe.

At the very least I find this is another way to take stock of my own patriotism and how I employ it.

It’s also another thing to contemplate as I wait for one kickoff or another this Sunday.

Cliff Rowe is a retired journalist and journalism professor. (He practiced both in a time before journalists and what they produced were considered “enemies of the people.”) He and his family have lived in the Shorewood area of White Center (then Burien) since 1969 when they returned to the Northwest after seven years in the Chicago area. There, following graduate school, he wrote and edited with the Chicago Sun-Times and with Paddock Publications in the Chicago suburbs. On moving here, he was with The Seattle Times for 11 years before turning to teaching journalism at Pacific Lutheran University for 35 years, retiring in 2015.

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