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REMINDER: St. Francis of Assisi’s ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ opens TONIGHT!

2 hours 39 min ago

REMINDER: St. Francis of Assisi School will be presenting “The Little Mermaid Jr.” starting TONIGHT – Friday, Feb. 27 – as well as on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $12 for Adults (18+) and $10 for Seniors and Students, and will be available at the door.

The Highline Performing Arts Center is located at 401 South 152nd Street.

For additional information, please contact St. Francis of Assisi School at 206-243-5690.


Poverty Bay Wine Festival returns to where it all began on Fri.-Sat. March 6-7

4 hours 59 min ago

The Poverty Bay Wine Festival will return to where it all began next Friday and Saturday, March 6–7, at the newly remodeled Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium.

For the past decade, the Des Moines Rotary Club, (now known as the Des Moines-Normandy Park Rotary Club) has held its largest annual fundraising event – the Poverty Bay Wine Festival – to raise funds for important projects like the Highline Music4Life™ Program and many others.

This year the club will celebrate its 11th year at the newly remodeled historic Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium at Des Moines Beach Park – the location of the very first Poverty Bay Wine Festival!

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Wine Festival Committee Chair and renowned wine aficionado Ric Jacobson had this to say about returning to where it all started:

“We are extremely excited to be returning to this beautiful venue. The renovations and back drop allow for the perfect setting for those who attend to get a much more intimate engagement with the stars of the show, the wine makers. I’d like to personally thank all of those who have attended over the years, and to all of those intending on joining us; for supporting Des Moines-Normandy Park Rotary.”

One of the key benefactors of funds raised at events like the Poverty Bay Wine Festival is the Highline Music4Life program. This program aids the Highline School District in providing instruments for children who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

The President and CEO of the Highline Music4Life™ Program, David Endicott spoke about the impact of those who attend this event:

“Highline Music4Life™ serves the students of low income families in the Highline School District. Within just the last month, we have been able to deliver nearly 100 ready-to-play musical instruments for use by Highline students. The Poverty Bay Wine Festival is so very important to the work of the Des Moines-Normandy Park Rotary Club. We would be lost without public support for this Rotary Club and this event.”

This years event will feature 22 of Washington States Finest Wine Makers. Friday night’s entertainment will showcase the delightful soft sounds of French Café Music styling of the band Rouge, and Saturday’s Music will feature the subtle strums of Classical, Spanish and Jazz Guitarist Julian Catford.

As always, 100% of the net revenues generated by this event are used to fund the charitable activities of the Des Moines-Normandy Park Rotary Club including the Des Moines Food Bank, Student scholarships, helping disadvantage youth participate in park and rec programs, Shelter boxes, Coats for Children, Dictionaries for 3rd graders, Helping Homeless Youth.

Free parking and a free shuttle service will run from the Des Moines Marina to the Wine Festival both days.

Advanced Wine Festival Tickets priced at just $35.00 includes ten tasting tokens (tastings range from 1 – 3 tokens). Additional tasting tokens available for $1.00.

Designated Driver tickets can also be purchased for $15.00 at the door.

Attendees must be 21 or over to attend, and IDs will be checked at the door.

The Poverty Bay Wine Festival will take place:

  • Friday, March 6: 5 – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7: Noon – 9 p.m.

Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium is located at 22030 Cliff Ave South (map here).

Tickets can be purchased at the door while availability lasts, but advanced tickets can be secured online here, or at the following Des Moines locations:

  • B&E Meats
  • Auntie Irene’s
  • Des Moines Drugs
  • Normandy Perk
  • Key Bank – Des Moines Branch
  • Normandy Park Market
  • The Print Place

REVIEW: ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ is a gem you don’t want to miss

5 hours 30 min ago

by Shelli Park

One of the main reasons that we attend theatre performances? We want to be entertained; taken out of our day to day reality and deposited in another removed reality which matches the whim of the moment. A successful theatre production is one which makes us forget the day to day. We suspend our connection to reality and find ourselves immersed in the action on stage.

Another hallmark of a successful performance is the presence of a character with whom we connect on a personal level. Throw in live music and a talented cast and we have a recipe for delicious escape.

As a reviewer, in the midst of experiencing a performance with a critical eye, I often remain just outside of the grip of a performance. If the production isn’t good it isn’t a problem to stay removed. If a performance is good, as this one is, I find myself lost in it for moments at a time, and I have to wake myself up to continue to remain aware as the critic.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, with stage direction by Jane Ryan, is a gem. It is one of those productions which made me forget, for moments at a time, that I was there to work. There were moments when I felt so connected with the emotion of the action on stage that it brought tears to my eyes, and made me laugh. Not an easy thing, usually, when I’m on the job.

The production consists of six actors (Tiffany Chancey, Troy Hightower, Olivia Lee, Gavin Sakae McLean, Mario Orallo-Molinaro, and Helen Roundhill) portraying multiple specific roles in a wide variety of situations marking in time the complicated dance that is relationship. These are talented comedic actors with solid vocal talent, each and every one. There are some fresh faces in this production, which is a good sign for BAT. And they are good dancers, to boot! Whenever I thought I found a favorite actor, another great performance would come along and I would fall in love all over again.

Standout performances were “I Will Be Loved Tonight”, “Shouldn’t I Be Less In Love With You?” and “I Can Live With That” if I have to pick, however.

I really enjoyed the live musical accompaniment. Daryl Spadaccini, music director and pianist for the production is a wonderfully gifted pianist. His solid direction and sensitivity to timing aptly backed the action on stage. He had wonderful synergy with the violinist, Adam Syed, who hit the sweetest notes.

The set (Maggie Lerrick) is simple, a series of three windows with the framed silhouette of the Seattle skyline. There are multiple props moved on and off stage to quickly change scenes for each number. The K.C. Crew (three skilled stagehands whose initials are all K.C.) made sure that the transitions were smooth.

Michele Graves did a great job with the costumes. Each character was represented clearly, and on point. There were a lot of costumes to round up for each of the, approximately, 33 roles. Graves has a good eye for piecing together looks.

Burien Actors Theatre continues to produce high quality productions which, in my opinion, are undervalued in this town. (There is definitely strong support for the organization. A reported 65 volunteers helped to bring this production to life!) They need a better space, granted, but what they do with the space they have is magical. (I hear that you can be a large donor in support of a new theatre.)

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a production you don’t want to miss. Take a date or a friend and enjoy the ups and the downs, the fun and farce of the love and relationship carnival ride.

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Photos by Michael Brunk (click images to see larger versions):

Marlene (Tiffany Chancey) is an exhausted parent trying to find time to spend with her husband in the musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The show runs from Feb. 13-March 22 at Burien Actors Theatre.

Diane (Tiffany Chancey) is perhaps a little too enthusiastic about winning a tennis match against the guy she likes in the musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The show runs from Feb. 13-March 22 at Burien Actors Theatre.

From left to right, actors Gavin McLean and Mario Orallo-Molinaro sing about being a real chest-bumping guy with a capital “G” in the musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The show runs from Feb. 13-March 22 at Burien Actors Theatre.

From left to right, Julie (Helen Roundhill) and Jason (Troy Hightower) are two nerds on the ultimate awkward first date in the musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The show runs from Feb. 13-March 22 at Burien Actors Theatre.

Schedule:

  • Friday – Feb 27 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday – Feb 28 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 1 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday – March 6 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – March 7 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 8 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday – March 13 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – March 14 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 15 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday – March 20 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – March 21 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 22 at 2:00 p.m.

To purchase tickets, visit www.burienactorstheatre.org

Our talented new Intern Sterling Paris will paint your face (or your kids’)!

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:37

We’ve been serving as Mentors to students at Burien’s Big Picture High School since 2009, and this year we’re proud to have Sterling Paris as our newest – and fourth – Intern.

Sterling – who turns 16 today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) – is a resident of Des Moines, and as a gift to her we’re posting an Ad for her face painting business.

Here’s her “Blogvertorial” story with more info:

As a very generous birthday gift, my Mentor Scott gave me an Ad for my business:

Some of you may know me as South King Media’s new Intern, and some of you may recognize me from other places. Every year from June to October, I spend my Saturdays at the Des Moines Farmers Market as their exclusive face painter. I’ve been doing this for the past 6 years.

Right now though, I’m off season. I’ve done birthday parties for all ages. Painting faces and painting on a canvas is really different and I like painting on faces because you can see your art work come to life. I am very local and the kids know me. So who knows, maybe your kid already knows me.

So please email me to figure out a price!

Thank You,
Sterling Paris

[email protected]

Look deep into Sterling’s animated eye…

Celebrate Spring with a ‘Wee Spring Faire’ at Mathison Park Saturday, Mar. 21

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:00

Burien Parks & Rec, along with ReTreasure Creative Reuse Studio, will be presenting a ‘Wee Spring Faire’ at Mathison Park on Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m. – 1p.m.

Kids 6 and under are invited to the park for a morning of free crafts and activities to celebrate the first day of spring.

Mathison Park is located at 533 S. 146th Street in Burien.

PHOTOS: Highline High Pirate Wrestlers compete in State Tournament

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:10

[EDITOR’S NOTEThe following article is another from our youngest-ever Contributor – 10-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has been submitting stories and photos as part of her effort to earn a Girl Scout badge for journalism, as well as qualify for a 4H photography project. She also has three brothers on the Highline wrestling team. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 10

Isabel was at the State Wrestling Tournament in Tacoma all day on Friday, Feb. 20, photographing our Highline High Pirate Wrestlers.

Five Pirates were there competing, four boys and one girl.

Jimmy, Justin and Zach – all Seniors – made it to finals.

Sophie made it to finals in the girls. She is also a Senior.

“It is exciting to have so many Pirates do so well,” Isabel said. “I have been posting updates on my Facebook page if anyone wants to see more.”

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Wrestling mats await…

Zach.

Sophie wrestles.

Jimmy.

Justin competes.

St. Francis of Assisi’s ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ runs Feb. 27–28

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:23

St. Francis of Assisi School will be presenting “The Little Mermaid Jr.” on Saturday, Feb. 27 and Sunday, Feb. 28, starting at 7 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $12 for Adults (18+) and $10 for Seniors and Students.

The Highline Performing Arts Center is located at 401 South 152nd Street.

For Tickets or additional information, please contact St. Francis of Assisi School at 206-243-5690.


Highline and Aviation High School Jazz Band ‘Spring Fling’ concert is Feb. 21

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 19:55

Highline and Aviation High School Jazz Bands’ ‘Spring Fling’ Big Band Dance will be Saturday, Feb. 21, from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Highline High School cafeteria.

“Come dance to your favorite swing, waltz, latin and jazz tunes!” reads an announcement. “Be there early for dance lessons from local instructors!”

WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, from 7pm – 10pm

WHERE: Highline High School Cafeteria, 225 S. 152nd Street, Burien.

COST: $10 per person; advance tickets available from any band member, and also available at the door.

Proceeds benefit the HHS and AHS band program.

For more information, email [email protected].

Enter to win two FREE tickets to the Mar. 6-7 Poverty Bay Wine Festival!

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 13:54

You are invited to the 11th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival, coming to Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium on March 6-7!

To purchase tickets, click here and save $5 with special early bird pricing.

Proceeds benefit Des Moines Rotary and associated charities.

You can also enter to win two FREE tickets – just click below:

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The Des Moines Rotary Club invites you help us celebrate the 11th annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival as we return to our original location in the newly remodeled historic Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium.

This is your chance to get close and personal with renowned local winemakers from over twenty of Washington State’s finest wineries. The wine tastings will be flowing and bottles of your favorites will be available at special Poverty Bay Wine Festival prices.

We will have a lively atmosphere with entertainers and strolling musicians, but this year’s event will be all about the wine, with a wine tasting competition, a wine toss and a more relaxed atmosphere for meeting and learning from some of the best winemakers around.

As always, 100% of the net revenues generated by this event are used to fund the charitable activities of the Des Moines Rotary Club. Free parking and a free shuttle service will run from the Des Moines Marina to the Wine Festival both days.

Wine Festival Tickets $35.00 includes ten tasting tokens (tastings range from 1 – 3 tokens). Additional tasting tokens available for $1.00.

Designated Driver tickets can also be purchased for $15.00 at the door.

Must be 21 or over to attend. Please bring your IDs as IDs will be checked at the door.

  • Friday, March 6th: 5:00pm to 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 7th: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tickets are available online here, and at the following locations:

  • B&E Meats
  • Auntie Irene’s
  • Des Moines Drugs
  • Key Bank – Des Moines Branch
  • Normandy Park Market
  • Print Place

Designated Driver tickets are also be available at a discounted price.

Artists United’s annual Juried Art Show opens at Burien Arts Gallery March 6

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 11:54

Artists United is presenting its annual Juried Art Show at the Burien Arts Gallery in March, with an opening reception on Friday, March 6, from 5 – 8 p.m..

The gallery is located at 826 SW 152 Street in Olde Burien.

Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, Noon- 6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon- 4 p.m.

The show will run from March 4 – 29. There will be a People’s Choice award, voting by all visitors to gallery will open for the length of the show.

The Juried Art Show is a members only show. The artwork will be juried by well-known Seattle artist Pam Ingalls, whose own work may be viewed at www.pamingalls.com One of Pam’s pieces will also be displayed in the show.

Artists United’s mission is to provide an organization in which artists work together, encourage each others creativity, and bring art to South King County. It has been in existence since 1949. The members work in a variety of styles and media, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, mixed media, photography, pottery, printmaking, glass and jewelry.

Sample works from the show are Nancy Bogni’s The Ballerina & Janet Price’s Chama River Hunters:

REMINDER: Celebrate Valentine’s with ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’!

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:45

Valentine’s Day weekend is brimming with deals to see Burien Actors Theatre’s musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” – which opens TONIGHT (Friday, Feb. 13) – at an unbeatable price.

Get $5 off your ticket on open night by wearing your heart on your sleeve: Wear anything featuring hearts or bring anything heart-shaped to the box office for this Feb. 13-only ticket deal.

Tickets are half-price on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

All tickets are just $7 this Sunday, Feb. 15.

And remember there is this exclusive $5-off coupon ad in the B-Town Blog you can use on any date:

Click image to print Coupon and save $5!

Schedule:

  • Friday – Feb 13 at 8:00 p.m – Opening Night!
  • Saturday -Feb 14 at 8:00 p.m. – Date Night, half-off tickets!
  • Sunday – Feb 15 at 2:00 p.m. – $7 Sunday
  • Friday – Feb 20 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – Feb 21 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – Feb 22 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday – Feb 27 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday – Feb 28 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 1 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday – March 6 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – March 7 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 8 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday – March 13 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – March 14 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 15 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday – March 20 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – March 21 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: www.burienactorstheatre.org, [email protected], or call 206-242-5180.

Photos by Michael Brunk (click images to see larger versions):

Marlene (Tiffany Chancey) is an exhausted parent trying to find time to spend with her husband in the musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The show runs from Feb. 13-March 22 at Burien Actors Theatre.

Diane (Tiffany Chancey) is perhaps a little too enthusiastic about winning a tennis match against the guy she likes in the musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The show runs from Feb. 13-March 22 at Burien Actors Theatre.

From left to right, actors Gavin McLean and Mario Orallo-Molinaro sing about being a real chest-bumping guy with a capital “G” in the musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The show runs from Feb. 13-March 22 at Burien Actors Theatre.

From left to right, Julie (Helen Roundhill) and Jason (Troy Hightower) are two nerds on the ultimate awkward first date in the musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The show runs from Feb. 13-March 22 at Burien Actors Theatre.

REMINDER: Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s Valentine’s Concert is Friday

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 19:33

REMINDER: This Friday night, Feb. 13, Burien’s Northwest Symphony Orchestra will present its popular Valentine’s Concert at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

The concert will feature pieces centered around the theme of love stories, including Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherezade, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and Valse sur le Boulevard, by local Northwest composer Brent Irwin.

“We pull out all the stops for this concert with two of classical music’s greatest depictions of love stories.” Scheherazade’s epic tale will be followed by Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, still the outstanding musical representation of this legendary story by Shakespeare. This concert is sure to warm any heart in the middle of winter.”

Brent Irwin is a native of Everett, Washington who started arranging music in high school and has written music for concert band, jazz band and orchestra. He earned an MA in music theory and composition from Central Washington University. Brent has taught music for 30 years in the Federal Way Public Schools, where he currently teaches. His works have been performed by local symphonies and countless school orchestras. Today, he composes primarily for what he considers the ultimate musical ensemble, the symphony orchestra.

Here are the details

WHAT: Valentine’s Concert: Romeo and Juliet – Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Scheherazade – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Valse sur le Boulevard – Brent Irwin

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center, located at 401 South 152nd Street (next to Highline High School).

COST:

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

BUY TICKETS HERE

ABOUT NORTHWEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Now in its twenty-eighth season, Northwest Symphony Orchestra has performed to local, regional, and national acclaim. The orchestra has performed an unprecedented number of compositions by Northwest composers and has garnered eight national awards for Programming of Contemporary Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, including a first place national award in June 2012. The orchestra has been featured repeatedly on National Public Radio and has recorded five compact disks. Dr. Anthony Spain is Music Director.

The NWSO has performed with a variety and eclectic mix of internationally known artists including Alice In Chains, Anne and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Joshua Roman and Natalie Cole.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra makes complimentary tickets available to local school music programs. Teachers may call the orchestra office at (206) 242-6321.

More information about the entire Northwest Symphony Orchestra season, information is available on the Web at www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org or by calling (206) 242-6321.

PHOTOS: Highline High Pirate Wrestlers make it to sub-regionals

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 18:49

[EDITOR’S NOTEThe following article is another from our youngest-ever Contributor – 10-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has been submitting stories and photos as part of her effort to earn a Girl Scout badge for journalism, as well as qualify for a 4H photography project. She also has three brothers on the Highline wrestling team. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 10

It was another close battle between Highline and Renton at sub-regionals.

In ten of the fourteen weight classes, Highline Pirates had a wrestler place in the top three. Renton had a very full roster and had to wrestle against itself many times at the beginning. Each match is worth points, so the early Renton vs. Renton matches gave their team scores a bigger number from the start. But that is okay, as the Pirates captured four 1st place spots, four 2nd place spots, and two 3rd place spots. Ten Pirates are moving on to Regionals, and that is really impressive!

Team scores for sub-regionals on Saturday, February 7, 2015 were:

  • Renton 221.0
  • Highline 184.5
  • Lindbergh 127.0
  • Liberty 121.5
  • Foster 65.0
  • Evergreen 58.0
  • Tyee 51.0
  • Sammamish 8.0

Sub-regionals was the last time the whole team wrestled together this season. I took many great photos of all the Pirates in action and have a post featuring each one on Highline Pirate Wrestling by Isabel:

https://www.facebook.com/HHSPirateWrestling

There are way too many good wrestlers and photos to share here!

Throughout the day there were several exciting moments. Both Kyle’s and Jimmy’s overtimes really got the crowd involved with cheering for the Pirates. And once again, the Pirates showed their good sportsmanship all day long.

Good luck to those going to Regionals this Saturday, February 14, 2015 at River Ridge High in Lacey, WA, starting at 10 a.m.

The State Tournament is February 20-21, 2015 at the Tacoma Dome.

Book Signing with Tracy Weber will be at Page 2 Books this Saturday, Feb. 7

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:26

A Book Signing with Tracy Weber – Author of the “Downward Dog” series – will be held at Page 2 Books this Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m.

Seattle-based writer and yoga instructor Tracy Weber combines those interests in the second installment of her “Downward Dog” mystery series, “A Killer Retreat” (the first book was “Murder Strikes a Pose.”

She’ll be at Page 2 to sign copies and maybe even demonstrate some yoga techniques.

WHEN: Saturday, February 7 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Page 2 Books, located at 457 SW 152nd Street; 206-248-7248 · page2books.com

SoKing Internet Radio receives prestigious grant to create Newscasts

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 14:36

Four startups – including our very own SoKing Internet Radio – have been awarded $12,000 each in national Encore Media Entrepreneurs funding, J-Lab announced on Thursday (Feb. 5).

SoKing Internet Radio will use the grant money to create daily Newcasts that feature “hyperlocal” news, curated from South King Media‘s six community blogs covering South King County.

The four initiatives were among 82 applications received in J-Lab’s Masters Mediapreneurs initiative to help seed media startups launched by Baby Boomers, aged 50-plus.

Scott Schaefer, founder of The B-Town Blog and of South King Media, will lead SKiR’s new project.

“This will allow us to start up a truly innovative new program – daily hyperlocal newscasts that will live not only on our 24/7 streaming radio station, but also as podcasts posted to South King Media’s six local blogs and Facebook pages,” Schaefer said.

Schaefer plans on starting the newscasts soon, and will be auditioning for announcers within a month.

“Far as I know, we may be the first network of local blogs in the country that will be producing original audio Newscasts,” Schaefer added. “That’s pretty exciting.”

Media Consultant and Author Blake Messer will be serving on the SoKing Podcast advisory board.

“The Blogs operated by South King Media were and remain on the vanguard of providing hyper-local news online at a time when consumers have transitioned away from picking up traditional newspapers and began searching for germane content on the web,” Messer said. “The blogs are well done, highly visited and proven. I believe these news/podcasts will be equally relevant as transitioning listeners look for new, local on-demand information via their mobile devices, in the dash of their cars and online.”

Messer operates Newfangled Commerce, a digital media agency that works with established and up and coming brands across the country.

The Masters Mediapreneurs progam to seed media startups launched by encore entrepreneurs is funded with grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundations.

“We could easily have funded several more worthy projects,” said J-Lab director Jan Schaffer. “The ideas were creative, the energy striking, and the applicants’ eagerness was quite pronounced.”

“Plus, many who applied tipped their hats to this opportunity to validate their ideas and help them make them happen.”

In addition to SoKing Internet Radio, the winners are:

  • Midcentury/Modern, an online magazine “following Boomers into their Third Act,” launched in late December by hyperlocal news entrepreneur Debra Galant, the founder of Baristanet and now director of the NJ News Commons. Instead of creating a stand-alone website, the magazine is publishing on Medium, a social journalism blogging platform that allows people to recommend and share posts Twitter-like. It is one of the first publications receiving independent funding to launch on Medium, which is also offering technical and revenue support. “This online magazine explores how the definition of aging shifts when it happens to the cohort that defined itself by its youthfulness,” Galant said.
  • The LP-FM New-Media Newsroom, a new FM/web-streamed radio station for New Haven, CT, shepherded by New Haven Independent founder Paul Bass in partnership with La Voz Hispana, the local Spanish-language weekly. Daily four-hour news programs, to start, will be in English and Spanish and feature local African-American hosts. “We’re excited about launching an FM/web-streamed community radio station in the fall,” Bass said. “We envision this as one model for not-for-profit, public-interest local news sites like ours to expand on the journalism we do and broaden our racial and ethnic makeup and outreach.”
  • EncuentrosMortales.org, a Spanish-language website and database to collect public records and media reports of undocumented people killed during interactions with law enforcement officers along the southern border of the U.S. It is a project of D. Brian Burghart, who created an English version, FatalEncounters.org, and is editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review. “I’m very excited to be able to move forward with EncuentrosMortales.org.  Law-enforcement-involved homicides along the U.S. border is an important and underreported issue, and I hope we can bring together technology, languages and volunteers to get a much better idea of our government’s activities,” he said.

The Masters Mediapreneurs progam is funded with grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundations.

Participating in the judging the applications were Ju-Don Roberts, Director of the Center for Cooperative Media, Montclair State University; Tiffany Shackelford, Executive Director, Association for Alternative News Weeklies; Jody Brannon, Digital Media Strategist and former National Director News 21, and Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, J-Lab.

J-Lab, founded in 2002, is a journalism catalyst. It funds new approaches to news and information, researches what works and shares practical insights with traditional and entrepreneurial news organizations. Jan Schaffer is also Entrepreneur in Residence at American University.

BAT’s comedy musical ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ opens Feb. 13

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 21:03

Laugh at love’s imperfection with the musical comedy ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ at Burien Actors Theatre, opening Friday, Feb. 13 and running through March 22.

“I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE”
The second-longest running show in New York City’s Off-Broadway history, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change explores everything you ever secretly thought about love, sex and marriage but were afraid to admit. Six actors play almot 60 roles in a collection of vignettes and songs that journey from first date through marriage and dating again late in life.

Written by Joe DiPietro with music by Jimmy Roberts, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a touching and funny show about the joys and difficulties of connecting with another person at any age.

The show is suitable for ages 13-plus due to some adult language and content.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. New this season, student tickets are just $10. All tickets are half price on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. For tickets, special deals or other information, go online to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

THE CAST, DIRECTORS AND MUSICIANS
Jane Ryan is stage directing and Daryl Spadaccini is music directing the show. Spadaccini also plays keyboards for the show together with alternating violinists Adam Syed and Lisa Timm. Also featured are the diverse acting talents of Tiffany Chauncey, Troy Hightower, Olivia Lee, Gavin McLean, Mario Orallo-Molinaro and Helen Roundhill.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE
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 get on a DVD 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.

TICKET PRICES AND PACKAGES FOR “I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE”
Tickets at the Box Office:

  • General Senior: $20.00
  • Student: $17.00

Schedule:

  • Friday – Feb 13 at 8:00 p.m – Opening Night!
  • Saturday -Feb 14 at 8:00 p.m. – Date Night, half-off tickets!
  • Sunday – Feb 15 at 2:00 p.m. – $7 Sunday
  • Friday – Feb 20 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – Feb 21 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – Feb 22 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday – Feb 27 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday – Feb 28 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 1 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday – March 6 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – March 7 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 8 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday – March 13 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – March 14 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 15 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday – March 20 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – March 21 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – March 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Specials:

  • OPENING NIGHT: Only on Friday, Feb. 13, get $5 off each ticket in the purchase for those who bring a heart-shaped object or wear something with hearts on it.
  • DATE NIGHT VALENTINE’S DAY: Only on Saturday, Feb. 14, all tickets are half price.
  • SEVEN DOLLAR SUNDAY: Only on Feb. 15, all tickets are just $7! Remember, Sunday is a matinee performance only.
  • Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $35 per person. Contact the Mark at 206-241-6275.

To purchase tickets, visit www.burienactorstheatre.org

Reception for ‘Saints & Sinners’ exhibit is this Friday at Burien Arts Gallery

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 20:35

By Lis Wright Ivec.

​By Daniel McManus.

Artist Lis Wright Ivec will be at the Burien Arts Gallery this Friday evening, Feb. 6 for the opening of the “Icons and Masks: Images of Saints and Sinners” February exhibit.

The reception will be from 5 – 8 p.m. at the gallery, located at 826 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

Daniel McManus, the other artist participating in the exhibit, is in Italy capturing more rich images of Carnival in Venice.
Using egg tempera and gold leafing, Ivec illustrates some of the lesser-known saints.

McManus’ photographs highlight the vivid costumes and pageantry of the Carnival.

The exciting exhibit runs through March 1.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

More information is available at www.burienarts.org.

‘Empty Bowls’ sets record with over 1,200 attendees and over $21,000 raised

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 19:23

This year’s 10th anniversary of ‘Empty Bowls’ was a huge success and broke all fundraising and attendance records with over 1,200 in attendance donating over $21,000.

The proceeds raised from this event benefit the Highline Food Bank and White Center Food Bank.

“Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and volunteered,” reads an announcement.

Discover Burien and Burien Parks and Recreation teamed up with Moshier potters, who donated over 1,300 bowls, to host Empty Bowls every year. Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities

There were over 22 local restaurants, caterers and facilities that donated over 5 gallons of soup each to help make this event such a success. A special thank you to the following who contributed soup and kept our bowls full:

  • 909 Coffee & Wine
  • Angelo’s
  • Archie’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Azteca
  • Black Zia Cantina
  • The Company
  • Day Star Retirement Village
  • El Dorado West Retirement
  • Elliot Bay Brewery & Pub
  • Grand Central Bakery
  • The Greek House
  • Highline Medical Center
  • Huckleberry Square
  • Ivar’s Seafood Restaurant
  • La Costa Mexican Restaurant
  • Lavish Roots Catering
  • Mark Restaurant & Bar
  • Maven Mercantile
  • Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub
  • Normandy Park Senior Living
  • SideStreet Kitchen and Bar
  • The Tin Room Bar & Grill

This year’s winner for best soup was Elliot Bay, which secured first place with Tony’s chicken tortilla soup.

Second place went to The Company with their African Peanut soup.

Third place went to Lavish Root with their Thai Peanut soup.

Fourth place was a tie between Ivar’s Clam Chowder and Highline Medical Center’s Seafood Chowder.

A special thank you also to Umpqua Bank, Recology Clean Scapes who donated the yard waste bins, The B-Town Blog for photographing and promoting the event, Clay Art Center for donating clay, NW Wine Academy for providing wine service, Deanta Kelly, our musician for the evening, Highline Education Association for their $500 donation, Grand Central Bakery which donated 1,200 dinner rolls, Burien Press which donated coffee, Ace Hardware, which donated much-needed items, Mark Restaurant donated over 1,000 cupcakes and the Puget Sound Skills Center culinary program donated 750 cookies.

“We couldn’t have done it without your help!”

Thank you also to our amazing volunteers. With over 85 volunteers helping throughout the event, you helped ensure this success for our community.

For more information on how you can help fight hunger in our community, please visit http://www.highlineareafoodbank.org/ and http://whitecenterfoodbank.org/ and thank you for making Burien awesome!

For more information about the restaurants and businesses who donated to this event please visit our members’ page http://www.discoverburien.org/?page_id=1960

ABOUT DISCOVER BURIEN
The Discover Burien Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation working on economic development, business recruitment & retention, education, promotion and marketing of the Burien community. We are a membership based organization, but do not limit our services to only members, we include the entire Burien business community. We work with Burien businesses to find solutions to their problems to help educate or direct to resources that are available. We also work as a liaison between businesses and city hall to help streamline issues. Membership and contributions are tax deductible.

BTB’s Michael Brunk was at the event and put together the following gallery of photos. Click individual thumbnails to view larger images/slideshow:

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