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New plays sought for 2015 Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 10:39

The play’s the thing…

New plays are being sought from Washington State playwrights for the 2015 Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival at Burien Actors Theatre.

  • Script submission deadline Oct. 22, 2014
  • Winning scripts staged May 1-24, 2015

Burien Actors Theatre is seeking submissions of unproduced, unpublished plays by Washington State Playwrights for the 2015 Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival. Both one-act and full-length plays are sought.

Winning scripts will be staged May 1 through May 24, 2015 as part of the company’s 2014-15 season. In addition to having their plays produced, winning playwrights will also receive monetary prizes. Additional scripts of merit may receive readings.

The submission deadline for all scripts is Oct. 22, 2014. To qualify for the Festival, all submissions must follow Playwrights Submission Guidelines detailed below. The guidelines and entry form can also be found at www.burienactorstheatre.org.

About the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival

The mission of the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival is to encourage, promote and showcase previously unproduced theater works written by Washington state residents.

The festival was named to honor Bill and Peggy Hunt’s dedicated services to theater and their devoted involvement with Burien Actors Theatre (BAT). Peggy Hunt joined Burien’s active theater scene in 1960 with a leading role in the play Harvey. Over the next 35 years, both Bill and Peggy Hunt appeared in and directed plays, designed and built sets, served on BAT’s Board of Trustees, and were involved in some aspect of every theater project.

Originally from Canada, the Hunts were familiar with Canadian play competitions and were instrumental in igniting this idea locally. The first staged competitions were theatrical, aimed more at fostering play production instead of writing, with entries from the greater Seattle area. In the early 1970s, these competitions were held as part of Burien’s Arts Festival.

Later, Peggy Hunt suggested establishing a playwriting competition with winning shows to be produced by Burien Actors Theatre. The company has been producing this unique festival every two to three years since 1999.

Playwrights Submission Guidelines:

  • Open to any person residing in the State of Washington.
  • Scripts may be either one-act or full-length.
  • Previously produced plays are not eligible. Staged readings and workshops are not considered productions
  • The Festival provides more of a workshop environment for basic production, so excessive production requirements may result in disqualification. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.
  • Submit two copies of the script via snail (regular) mail. No electronic copies accepted. Bind entries securely. Include title page, synopsis (no more than one-half page in length), character list (including gender, age range and features such as skin or hair color necessary to script), setting (time and place), and number of scenes. Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 22, 2014.
  • Judging will be blind. Playwrights should not show their name, address, or any identifying information on any page or on the cover of their scripts. Instead download entry form from www.burienactorstheatre.org or request one by contacting [email protected] or 206-242-5180. Complete and sign the entry form and attach with paper clip to play submitted.
  • All submissions must be in a standard professional play format. Format guidelines can be obtained at http://www.samuelfrench.com/submissions. Failure to comply will result in rejection from competition.
  • If submitted play is a musical or requires music, a recording of the music on a CD must accompany the script.

Submissions should be sent via snail (regular) mail to:

Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival
Burien Actors Theatre
P.O. Box 48121
Burien, WA 98148

The Festival is designed to be a collaborative process involving the playwrights, directors, and performers—facilitating a transition of each work from page to stage. As such, playwrights are encouraged to be involved in the production and rehearsal of their scripts. Playwrights will be encouraged to attend a production meeting with the director and producer, at least one rehearsal and all performances.

Playwrights are asked to participate in discussions with the audience following performances.

Submissions will not be returned. Burien Actors Theatre will not be responsible for any loss or damage to entries.

Winners will be announced January 2, 2015. Plays will be staged May 1 through May 24, 2015.

Questions? Contact [email protected] or 206-242-5180.

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

BAT 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 and sponsorships.

REMINDER: Is there a Van Gogh in your garage? Find out this Saturday

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:47

Haul out those treasures you’ve always wondered about and bring them to the Highline Historical Society’s antiques appraisal and artifact identification day this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Burien Community Center.

Professional appraiser Chris Foss and Burke Museum archaeologists will be on hand.

For $15 per item (reduced rate of $10 per item for Highline Historical Society members), Foss will give a verbal appraisal of your antique – bring a note pad to write down the information he provides.

There will be a limit of four items per person. Jewelry, large furniture, and firearms will not be appraised.

And if you would like to bring in an interesting old bone, stone, or other relic, members of the Burke Museum’s archaeology department will be available from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. to identify cultural objects found in the region. There is no fee for this service, but the limit is three items. No appraisals will be given.

This opportunity to learn more about the treasures and significant historical artifacts in your family is being sponsored by Patti Gifford, Real Estate Sales, and attorney Scott Gifford.

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW in Burien.

For more information about the Highline Historical Society, including membership information and updates on the Highline Heritage Museum project, visit www.highlinehistory.org.

COUPON: Save $5 off Burien Actors Theatre’s ‘Sterno,’ opening Sept. 26

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:20

You can save $5 bucks on tickets to Burien Actors Theatre’s new production ‘Out of Sterno’ – starting Friday, Sept. 26 and running through Oct. 19 – with our exclusive coupon:

Click image to print coupon.

“OUT OF STERNO”
Alice in Wonderland meets Peewee Herman as this zany comedy of self-discovery takes Dotty down the rabbit hole. Dotty’s life in Sterno with her husband, Hamel, is absolutely fairytale perfect! True, in their seven years of marriage Hamel has forbidden her to leave their tiny apartment or speak to anyone. But the naïve Dotty is happy spending her days doing arts and crafts and watching video reenactments of the day she and Hamel first met. Then one day, Dotty receives a mysterious phone call, and her life is changed forever. She soon discovers there’s a tawdry world out there, populated by characters such as Barb, the ultra feminist, and Zena, a potty-mouthed hair stylist. Dotty gradually finds herself and learns to make her own choices in this wickedly funny comedy that combines the qualities of a fable with those of a wacky comic strip adventure.

Out of Sterno is a tour de force for the actor performing the role of Dan, who appears as eight different characters, including women.

The show is suitable for ages 13-plus due to occasional adult language.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. New this season, student tickets are just $10. For tickets, special deals or other information, go online to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

THE CAST
Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick are stage directing the show.

Also featured are the diverse acting talents of:

  • Connor Kinzer (Dan who plays 8 characters)
  • Adam Hegg (Hamel)
  • Stephanie Spohrer (Dotty)
  • Mahria Zook (Zena)

Allan Loucks is composing original preshow and intermission music to heighten and extend the audience’s experience of the production.

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 “OUT OF STERNO”:

Tickets at the Box Office:

  • General: $20.00
  • Senior/Student: $17.00

OPENING NIGHT: Only on Sept. 26, get $5 off each ticket in the purchase if you show us your favorite nail art (on your nails or a picture). Good only for purchases at the door.

DATE NIGHT: Only on Sept. 27, all tickets are half price!

SEVEN DOLLAR SUNDAY: Only on Sept. 28, 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.

S’mores, sing-alongs, campfire & more to celebrate restored Seahurst Park Oct. 3

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:26

Burien Parks will be celebrating the opening of the newly-restored Seahurst Park Beach with a special campout on Friday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. 

“We may not have a traditional bonfire…but the campfires will be ready for s’more making and we have lots of fun activities!” reads an announcement. “Bring your flashlights and camp chairs and enjoy the beautiful new beach at Seahurst Park!”

Here’s what to expect:

  • Join a sing-a-long around a campfire with members of The Jangles
  • Listen to Native American storytelling with Che ok’ ten
  • Enjoy activities hosted by the Environmental Science Center
  • Free s’more supplies
  • Free coffee and cocoa provided by Burien Press

Parking is available in the upper lot with shuttle service.

The park address is 1600 SW Seahurst Drive, Burien, 98166.

For more information please contact Burien Parks, recreation and Cultural Services at 206-988-3700 or at [email protected].

The ‘Wandering Brat’ Instagram contest is back, and will trot through Oct. 2

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:02

The Brat Trot’s “Wandering Brat” Instagram contest is back, and will trot through Oct. 2.

“We’ve created a fun little guy out of a plastic toy hot dog and have named him ‘Bret the Brat!'” reads an announcement. “Bring ‘Bret’ with you wherever you go between Sept. 16th and Oct. 3rd and take photos of him in interesting places.”

To participate, just pick up your “Bret the Brat” at the Tin Room Bar & Theater (923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien), beginning today (Monday, Sept. 15), or use your “Bret” from last year.

Bring your “Bret the Brat” with you wherever you go through Oct. 2, and take photos of him in interesting, fun and wacky places!

Then, simply post your pics on Instagram and hashtag them with #‎thewanderingbrat and #‎burienbrattrot.

Each tagged photo gives you one entry in a random drawing for a $100 gift card to the Tin Room.

Here are the official rules:

How it Works: #thewanderingbrat

  1. If you haven’t already, register to become a member of Instagram. Instagram is a free app for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android. Download the Instagram app from iTunes or directly from the App Store on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad or from the Google Play store on your Android device.
  2. Follow us on Instagram @burienbrattrot.
  3. Pick up your Bret the Brat at the Tin Room in Olde Burien, 923 SW 152nd Street—he’s yours to keep!
  4. Snap your photos of Bret in interesting places, near or far.
  5. Post your photos to your Instagram page, between 9/15/14 and 10/2/14, and tag them with  #thewanderingbrat and #burienbrattrot. (Each photo equals one entry in the drawing).
  6. Each day, one photo will be selected as “Wandering Brat—Location of the Day” and featured on the Brat Trot Facebook page.
  7. On Friday, October 3rd, the winner will be randomly drawn from all the entries and announced on Instagram and Facebook.
  8. The winner will receive $100 gift certificate to the Tin Room, 2 free tickets to Highline Schools Foundation’s Oktoberfest Auction, and some great Brat Trot swag!

Questions? Email [email protected].

Burien Parks’ ‘Call For Artists’ opens for 2015 Community Center Gallery Program

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 14:39

Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is holding a “Call For Artists” for their 2015 Burien Community Center Gallery Program.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Oct. 10.

About the Exhibition Program
Artists working in 2 dimensional media are invited to apply for the 2015 schedule of gallery exhibitions at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW.

  • The exhibit space wall is in the Community Center lobby and measures 14’6” x 8’8”.
  • Artists are encouraged to view the space before applying to see if suitable. The lobby is monitored by staff.
  • The Community Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 AM-8 PM, Friday 8:30 am-5pm.
  • There is no insurance for objects submitted for exhibition, however, every precaution is taken for the safety of the artwork. This is not a sales space, but artists are able to have contact information with their artwork.

Please e-mail the following application materials to [email protected]:

  • 5 digital images (work completed within the last two years) representing the type of work proposed for the exhibition. Please do not send photographs, original artwork, or slides.
  • A list of the images submitted with medium and sizes.
  • Resume detailing exhibition history and/or personal statement. (Please include name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.)

Questions? Please contact Gina Kallman at 206-391-6605 or e-mail: [email protected]

Back-to-School ‘Food Truck-In’ at this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 09:00

From our sister site The Waterland Blog:

What a gorgeous day last Saturday, sunny with a cooling breeze off the water. Even with the Huskies at home and the opening of the Puyallup Fair (yes, we ol’ timers still like to call it that) there was still lot of shoppers stocking up for the coming week!

Here is my tip for the week: I am a bread freak (sliced) and I call in my order to the Snohomish Bakery on Friday and the order is delivered by Ingrid on Saturday. That way you never have to worry about them running out of your favorites. Here is their number: 360-568-1682.

Need I say more about this Saturday; all your favorite truck chefs will be there to treat you to a fabulous lunch or a take home dinner! This Special Day is one of the biggest of the season.

The Des Moines Police Foundation will have a booth to tell people about its future plans for funding projects and showing their logo wear. All net proceeds go to the Foundation’s Bereavement Fund dedicated to aiding an officer’s family should tragedy strike.

South King Fire & Rescue will be instructing two sessions of “hands only” CPR and AED training in the grassy area. Come learn how to save a life! The sessions will be held at 11am and 1pm. The cost is free. For more information email [email protected].

Tonya Seaberry, community service officer, from the Des Moines Police Department will be focusing on personal safety with a couple of new projects: “Take Me Home” and “TrackMole.”

Stop by the Des Moines Legacy Foundation Note Card booth and pick up a $1 raffle ticket to win a limited edition of artist Nancy Bogni’s award winning watercolor print titled “The Work Horse.” Winner will be drawn at the Senior Activity Center Give Thanks Luncheon on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. All proceeds support the many programs and services at the Des Moines Senior/Activity Center.

Don’t forget the Senior Services Hyde Shuttle is available again this Saturday and every other Saturday thru the end of October. The shuttle provides door to door transportation to the market for seniors 55 and older and those with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park and Burien from 11am-2pm. To make your reservation, call 206-727-6262.

Volunteer/community groups this week: Highline MaST, King County Master Recycler Composters, Mt Rainier Pool (pumpkin plunge), Friends of the Des Moines Library & the Library to Go Bus, Valley Communication Center (911 Bingo), MRHS Girls Soccer (Bake Sale & Soccer drills in the grass) , Des Moines Gospel (Bouncy House), AT&T (texting & driving simulator), Darcy Read Memorial Co-op (kids activities) and Des Moines Elementary (kids activities).

Music this week is Fabulous Mojo King Blues Band (10 to 12); PK Dwyer (12 to2).

Applications are starting to come in and we only have 20 slots available. You can sign your team up for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off. It is held on the last day of the season (Oct 25th). You can pick up an application at the market information booth or check our web site and download an application.

Upcoming events: Volunteer for the Community Clean-Up on September 27th. Annual Spaghetti Night at the Senior Center on October 3rd.

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the web site and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page.

The Des Moines Farmers Market takes place at the north parking lot of the Des Moines Marina, located at 22307 Dock Ave South.

REMINDER: Pip! Pip! Cheerio! Let’s all go to St. Luke’s English Fete Saturday!

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:09

REMINDER: Enjoy all things British this Saturday at the first-ever English Fete at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Drawing on our Anglican roots, St. Luke’s inaugural church fete will offer sales of traditional English foods such as Banger’s & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Ploughman’s Lunch, English beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, music and fun for all ages,” reads an announcement.

The event will be anchored by festive performances by Seattle’s own Sound and Fury Morris dance troupe:

Click here to view the embedded video.

All proceeds benefit the operation of St. Luke’s and their many community ministries including, ARISE, an interfaith traveling homeless shelter for men, St. Luke’s Community Garden whose bounty is shared with Renton’s needy and warm-up breakfasts on various weekday mornings.

Admission is FREE and open to all (please contact [email protected] for special accommodations or information).

Pip! Pip! Cheerio! let’s all go to the Fete!

St.Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Ave So in historic downtown Renton, WA 98057 Ph. (425) 255-3323

Directions:

From Burien via SR-518/I-405 North

  • Take Exit 4 toward WA-900 W/Bronson Way
  • Turn right onto WA-169 N
  • Turn Right on Bronson Way N.
  • Turn Right on Wells Ave S.
  • St. Luke’s will be on the left (pic below for reference).

From Bellevue area via I-405 South

  • Take Exit 4 for WA-900 W toward WA 169 S/Renton Enumclaw
  • Merge onto Sunset Blvd N
  • Turn Right on Bronson Way N.
  • Turn Right on Wells Ave S.
  • St. Luke’s will be on the left.

More info here: http://stlukesrenton.blogspot.com/p/events.html

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Avenue in Renton.

After arson fire, comedy ‘Out of Sterno’ opens at Burien Actors Theatre Sept. 26

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:37

Burien Actors Theatre presents the offbeat comedy Out of Sterno – from Sept. 26 through Oct. 19 – in the company’s newly-restored performance space, which was damaged by an arson fire on Dec. 10, 2013.

“OUT OF STERNO”
Alice in Wonderland meets Peewee Herman as this zany comedy of self-discovery takes Dotty down the rabbit hole. Dotty’s life in Sterno with her husband, Hamel, is absolutely fairytale perfect! True, in their seven years of marriage Hamel has forbidden her to leave their tiny apartment or speak to anyone. But the naïve Dotty is happy spending her days doing arts and crafts and watching video reenactments of the day she and Hamel first met. Then one day, Dotty receives a mysterious phone call, and her life is changed forever. She soon discovers there’s a tawdry world out there, populated by characters such as Barb, the ultra feminist, and Zena, a potty-mouthed hair stylist. Dotty gradually finds herself and learns to make her own choices in this wickedly funny comedy that combines the qualities of a fable with those of a wacky comic strip adventure.

Out of Sterno is a tour de force for the actor performing the role of Dan, who appears as eight different characters, including women.

The show is suitable for ages 13-plus due to occasional adult language.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. New this season, student tickets are just $10. For tickets, special deals or other information, go online to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

THE CAST
Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick are stage directing the show.

Also featured are the diverse acting talents of:

  • Connor Kinzer (Dan who plays 8 characters)
  • Adam Hegg (Hamel)
  • Stephanie Spohrer (Dotty)
  • Mahria Zook (Zena)

Allan Loucks is composing original preshow and intermission music to heighten and extend the audience’s experience of the production.

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 “OUT OF STERNO”:

Tickets at the Box Office:

  • General: $20.00
  • Senior/Student: $17.00

OPENING NIGHT: Only on Sept. 26, get $5 off each ticket in the purchase if you show us your favorite nail art (on your nails or a picture). Good only for purchases at the door.

DATE NIGHT: Only on Sept. 27, all tickets are half price!

SEVEN DOLLAR SUNDAY: Only on Sept. 28, 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.

‘Sing & Sketch’ returning to Burien Arts Gallery Thursday night, Sept. 11

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:48

After a summer break, Burien Arts Association is back singing and sketching this fall.

The first new informal Sing & Sketch session will be this Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Subsequent get-togethers will be on the second Thursday of the month.

Musicians and artists of all levels are invited to join together in a relaxed no-pressure setting.

Donations of beverages and snacks are always welcome but not required. Light refreshments will be provided so musicians and artists can sing and sketch, sing and sip, sketch and nosh or just sip and nosh while enjoying the action.

Burien Arts Association presents other creative arts programs including monthly fine arts exhibits at the gallery, Life Drawing sessions, Vision 20/20 Art Sale on Nov. 22 and the Highline Classic Jazz Festival.

For more information, visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-244-7808.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Sights & Sounds from the Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 19:39

This past Saturday evening was an absolutely perfect night to be outdoors enjoying the weather, especially if you were at Dottie Harper Park in Burien for the 2014 Arts-A-Glow lantern festival!

BTB’s Michael Brunk was at the event and put together a gallery of photos and video that covers just a small sample of the great fun that was on hand for participants.

This first video gives you a 4 minute sample of music, dancing, glow lights, juggling and more.

Click here to view the embedded video.

This next video is raw footage of the procession, play it full screen and see if you’re in there!

Click here to view the embedded video.

Finally, here’s a set of photos from the event. You can click individual thumbnails to view them larger.

SATURDAY: Kids’ Day, Piano Studio, Hi-Liners Alumni Night & Arts-A-Glow!

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 20:41

It’s going to be a busy, artsy, lively and lovely day in the area this Saturday, Sept. 6, with a bunch of great local events that will make you think “Do the B-Town!”:

And if you happen to be in that other B-Town – that is, beautiful downtown Burbank – be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the LA Premiere of the local UFO film “The Maury Island Incident” at the Burbank International Film Festival!

Mantra Voz – bringing visibility to Burien through the Arts

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:16

by Shelli Park

Recently, the B-Town Beat had the opportunity to host the French artist, Mantra Voz.

Mantra is a self-educated artist who hails from Metz, France. Sam Sneke, one of the organizers of the Beat, and the curator for the Art Alley, was contacted by Mantra prior to a visit to the States to see if there were any art opportunities here for him while he was in town. We were very excited to add international flair to the dynamic walls in the Alley! Mantra collaborated with Sneke on the southeast portion of the main art wall. In addition, Mantra created his own piece on the wall behind Burien Press.

I told John White about the new alley art and he was quick check out what was happening. He had recently had a conversation with Guy Harper, another Burien arts supporter, about putting a mural on the West wall of the building in Olde Burien occupying the Northwest corner of 152nd at Ambaum. The wall was seriously dilapidated and a sore subject for local businesses, particularly Phoenix Tea.

John shares: “I was stunned at the talent of this spray-can-man from France”

After seeing Mantra’s work, John knew that this was an amazing opportunity for the Olde Burien wall. Because Mantra had a limited time here in the States organizing the event had to happen quickly. John created what he calls a “decision stakeholder’s wheel” which included business owners situated close to the mural site. He divided the stakeholders into two categories, primary and secondary, and visited each about the impending project, including them in the decision- making process. The main stakeholders were contacted including the Burien Arts Commission and the building owner. Approval was given by both. John built the 16’ x 12’ plywood canvas at his home and hauled it up to the wall. All of this was accomplished in four days.

Roger Gee, of Yellow Van Handyman, generously donated his time and skills on Saturday (Aug. 30), to attach the giant canvas to the wall in anticipation of Mantra beginning the project.

The question remained: What would the subject be? Many ideas were entertained, but the defining moment came when John visited with Virginia Wright, owner of Phoenix Tea. Virginia suggested an Osprey as the subject. She said that she can sometimes see them flying over Olde Burien from the window of her shop as they hunt on Lake Burien.

Mantra was very pleased with the subject when it was shared with him, as he enjoys painting natural subjects. His website states: Mantra translates, in a contemporary way, the legacy of Parietal art. A sort of tribute to surrounding nature.

Mantra began to paint the mural early Sunday morning. The mural very quickly developed, drawing people to the site to watch the artist in action. Mantra completed the work in one day.

Since the completion of the mural, Phoenix Tea and Burien Food Mart have seen an increase in business as a direct result of the mural. This is but a small example of what the Arts can do for a community.

Mantra has a growing reputation in Europe. His work can be seen in Vienna, Paris, Annecy, Brussels, Luxembourg, Trier and Wiesbaden. He has participated in a number of European exhibitions and events. Mantra has been invited to be Artist is Residence by the government of Vienna, Austria where he will have the opportunity to create many works throughout the city. We are fortunate to have his work represented in not one, but three locations in Burien.

There is an opportunity to discuss the power that Arts and Culture can bring to Burien on Sept. 27 at the Economic Development Dialog, a community ideation session hosted by the city of Burien. I want to bring visibility to this very important element to Burien’s economic development action plan.

Not everyone connects with the Arts in a personal way, but everyone can benefit from the presence of Arts and Culture in Burien. It has a positive impact on the local economy. When a city invests in bringing Arts and Culture into play for economic development, everyone benefits.

Many studies have been done showing the power of the Arts on local economies, most notably by Americans for the Arts. Here is the link to download and read for yourself the incredible dollar amounts generated by having a strong Arts and Culture presence in a community:
http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/research-studies-publications/arts-economic-prosperity-iv/download-the-report

It would be amazing to build on this momentum of new art in Burien to establish this as a city which draws cultural tourists and bring their wallets with them, supporting local businesses.

Celebrate newly-restored Burien Actors Theatre space on Saturday, Sept. 13

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 15:11

Celebrate Burien Actors Theatre’s return to its newly-restored home – as well as the opening of BAT’s 35th fantastical season – with a Gala Party and Show on Saturday, Sept 13.

Join BAT from 6 to 9 p.m. and enjoy:

  • Delectable food and beverages
  • Grand re-opening of the theater, including ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Backstage tours
  • Show production information
  • Best of all, a sneak peak at BAT’s 2014-15 Season—special entertainment includes music, comedy and drama!

Restorations to the theater were necessary after a fire damaged the building on December 10, 2013 (read our previous coverage here).

Tickets for this party and fundraiser are $15. Please RSVP by Sept. 12 by either buying online at www.burienactorstheatre.org or reserving a spot at [email protected] or 206-242-5180 (leave a message).

Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien.

Burien Actors Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) theater engages audiences in an invigorating theatre experience through intriguing and fantastical productions they can’t get on a DVD or see anywhere else.

SAVE THE DATE: 3rd annual Normandy Park ‘Zombie Fest’ will be Sept. 27!

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 06:30

The Seattle Thrillers will perform at Zombie Fest 2014! They’re an amazing group that performs Michael Jackson’s famous Thriller dance! You can join in too!

The 3rd annual ‘Zombie Fest’ will crawl into the Normandy Park Towne Center from 4 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27!

This year’s theme – aside from lots of fun – is to raise Awareness about Disaster Preparedness, provide visibility for local businesses and raise money for the Highline Schools Foundation Excel Grant program, the Highline Food Bank, the Des Moines Food Bank and the Friends of Normandy Park Foundation, a new 501 c3 that will raise funds and plan events to boost awareness about Normandy Park as a great place to live and work.

“Join hundreds of festival-goers at Normandy Park Towne Center on Saturday, September 27th for the 3rd annual festival celebrating the beginning of the haunting—and holiday season.”

A myriad of family-friendly events are planned:

  • FREE pumpkin patch.
  • FREE Zombie Fest photo booth.
  • FREE Get Zombified booth. Don’t know how to become a zombie? Our make-up artists and zombie clothing experts can help!
  • FREE arts & crafts booth for kids.
  • Live music by Vote for Pedro from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sing along!
  • Costume contest for all! Judging begins at 6 p.m. Winners announced at 6:45 p.m.
  • Lots of treats and free giveaways!
  • A performance by the famous Seattle Thrillers at 6 p.m. Dance along!
  • 3rd annual Zombie Zumbathon at 6:15 p.m.. Join the fun!
  • An emergency vehicle display to raise awareness about disaster and emergency preparedness including American Red Cross, Police, Fire and more!
  • Amazing raffle baskets with gift certificates and fun items for the whole family!
  • Charity food booths and beer/wine garden.
  • $4 donation gets you a hotdog, chips & a beverage!
  • They’ll also have $5 charity raffle tickets & business booths!
  • Admission is FREE!

For a complete list of: events, raffle items, vendors and sponsorship opportunities, visit the official Normandy Park Zombie Fest website: www.nwzombiefest.com.

Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nwzombiefest

Questions? Contact Susan West at [email protected] or 206-818-6945.

New murals by French Artist ‘Mantra Voz’ painted in Burien

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:42

Two walls in downtown Burien just became a whole lot more beautiful – and valuable – thanks to French Artist Youri Cansell (aka “Mantra Voz”) – one in the Art Alley behind SW 152nd Street and another on a wall outside of Phoenix Tea in Olde Burien (click images to see larger versions):

The 12’ x 16’ mural in Olde Burien – of an Osprey – was commissioned by local resident John White, and painted on Sunday, Aug. 31.

“This little corner of Olde Burien has just gotten way more awesome!” said Virginia Wright of Phoenix Tea. “Our thanks once again to John White, for making it happen.”

“As with all ‘graffiti’ art it is standard for the artist to accept that his art will be covered by future artists,” White added. “Not so for our artist Mantra Voz –  you see in his home of both Germany and France his work has become so popular that no one paints over it – in fact it is now illegal to cover his work. But the story gets more fantastic – the city of Venice, Italy has appointed him as ‘residence artist’ – they house him, pay him to paint in various sites around the city, so you see…Olde Burien now has a very famous painting even now worth $25K and will grow priceless over time…”

“We went by this morning (Sunday) and this fellow paints from memory…and also by using spray cans!” said Guy Harper. “Sure looks good from a distance and also close up.”

To see more of Youri’s art, visit http://mantra-one.tumblr.com/.

Photos courtesy John White

South Sound Piano Studio’s Open House and Grand Opening will be Sept. 6

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:01

South Sound Piano (SSP), a local piano school serving the South Seattle region, will be hosting an Open House event on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Burien, as a grand opening following the total rebrand of the studio.

The rebrand allowed SSP to elevate their position within the local market and includes a site design that allows students of all ages to better pursue the academic study of piano.

This public event is one of only a handful that SSP directly hosts each year, and is an excellent opportunity for parents to explore musical education options. The studio space will be available to tour, and instructor Heather White will be available to answer guest questions throughout the day. Located next to Arbor Lake Park in Burien, SSP has served the local musical community since 2008, operating on a limited schedule to provide a high degree of attention and personalized instruction for each student. Attend the open house on September 6, register for lessons and SSP will waive registration fees.

Some testimonials:

“What I like most about studying piano at SSP is my teacher. I look forward to coming for my lessons as I am learning while having fun. And one thing I have learned about myself while studying piano is that practice makes the biggest difference.”

– 2nd grade student

“As a parent, I like the caring approach SSP takes with my child, while maintaining a great level of professionalism and the learning platform that adopts to my child’s learning. SSP was referred to us and we are always happily returning the favor to our friends and family.”

– Satisfied Parents

“SouthSoundPiano has been a perfect fit for my daughter. She enjoys what she’s learning, and her skills have improved dramatically. Ms. White knows how to motivate kids to accomplish more than they believed possible.”

– Lisa, a parent

Biography:
SSP is owned by Heather White, who has more than 20 year’s experience providing quality piano instruction. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Puget Sound and currently studies under Mark Salman. She is also an active chamber musician and accompanist.

South Sound Piano Studio is located at 12059 3rd Ave South in Burien.

VIDEO: Here’s what to expect at this year’s Arts-A-Glow on Saturday, Sept. 6

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:30

Burien Parks released the following video that nicely showcases the annual Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession, to be held this year on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 5 – 10 p.m. at Dottie Harper Park:

Click here to view the embedded video.

This free event creates a magical evening in the forest, with lantern installations and performers, along with face painting, lantern making, food trucks, and tea tasting.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 5 p.m.: enjoy harpist Jini O’Flynn and juggling by Colin Ernst.
  • 5 – 8 p.m.: make a lantern and get your face painted by volunteers from Burien Arts Association.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Rat City Brass comes on stage to get everyone dancing.
  • 8 p.m.: the procession begins at the corner of SW 146th and 4th Ave SW., lead by Brazilian Marching Band VamoLa! Lanterns, costumes, shakers and bells are all encouraged! After the procession come back to the stage and dance away, and also wander the park to see all the lantern installations lit up!

Wander Dottie Harper Park and find art by 12 installation artists, including a large installation by fabric artist Suzanne Tidwell.

Don’t forget to bring your appetite! Fabulous food will be available from food trucks and bikes: The Ultimate Melt, Falafel Salam, Thai-U-Up,  Sweet Wheels, and Bikelava.

The event is located at Dottie Harper Park, located at 421 SW 146th Street.

For more information please go to www.burienwa.gov/GLOW or call 206-988-3700.

A big thank you to this year’s sponsors:

  • 4 Culture
  • The B-Town Blog
  • Phoenix Tea
  • The Highline Times
  • Burien Arts
  • Washington Arts Commission
  • Recology Cleanscapes

The Highline Historical Society asks: ‘Is there a Van Gogh in your garage’?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:35

The Highline Historical Society is asking: “Is there a Van Gogh in your garage?

Haul out those treasures you’ve always wondered about and bring them to the Highline Historical Society’s upcoming antiques appraisal and artifact identification day.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Historical Society will be at the Burien Community Center with professional appraiser Chris Foss, along with Burke Museum archaeologists.

For $15 per item (reduced rate of $10 per item for Highline Historical Society members), Foss will give a verbal appraisal of your antique – bring a note pad to write down the information he provides. There will be a limit of four items per person. Jewelry, large furniture, and firearms will not be appraised.

And if you would like to bring in an interesting old bone, stone, or other relic, members of the Burke Museum’s archaeology department will be available from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. to identify cultural objects found in the region. There is no fee for this service, but the limit is three items. No appraisals will be given.

This opportunity to learn more about the treasures and significant historical artifacts in your family is being sponsored by Patti Gifford, Real Estate Sales, and attorney Scott Gifford. The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Avenue SW in Burien.

For more information about the Highline Historical Society, including membership information and updates on the Highline Heritage Museum project, visit www.highlinehistory.org.

The September B-Town Beat will be Thursday, Sept. 4

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:00

The September B-Town Beat will be Thursday, Sept. 4, from 6 – 9 p.m. throughout downtown Burien.

Each business participating with visual art will host an artist! Please come out and join us on Thursday, September 4th from 6 PM to 9 PM.

The B-Town Beat is an independent not-for-profit organization formed in early 2013 with the mission of supporting the development of arts, economic stability and community in Burien. The organization accomplishes this primarily through its monthly Music & Art Walk and its second program, the Art Alley Project

The free event is held from 6pm to 9pm every first Thursday of the month in downtown Burien.

To learn more about the event and the B-Town Beat, visit:

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