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PHOTOS: Recent fair weather inspires some great photography

9 hours 46 min ago

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos, taken from his Burien home on Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21.

“This is the rainiest and coldest winter/spring in 30 years,” Elston said. “The combined Feb./March rain is greatest on record going back 140 years. And now there is rain predicted for the next seven days. To help my friends in the Pacific Northwest avoid the blues, here are a few pictures of our fair weather yesterday and today.”

Thursday night sunset (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

The transient orcas were back Friday morning:

Lots of activity today. People out enjoying the sunshine:

Kite boarder:

Friday evening:

‘Oh say, can you sing?’ Highline Bears seeking National Anthem singers

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 20:16

The Highline Bears announced this week that they will be holding tryouts for talented artists and performers on Sunday, April 30, to get the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at a 2017 Highline Bears baseball game.

The Highline Bears invite interested individuals and groups to an open call audition at Minniti Park on April 30, from Noon – 3 p.m. to perform the National Anthem at a 2017 home game.

The Bears open the 2017 season on Friday night, June 2 at Mel Olsen Stadium at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center.

Requirements:

  • The Bears require the National Anthem to be performed in the traditional manner with no styling or individual musical interpretation.
  • Please keep in mind that the National Anthem is about honoring America and the men and women that serve or have served our country, and not about the individual or group performing the piece.
  • The anthem should be performed in a straight forward manner with the utmost respect and honor for what the song stands for.
  • If selected, the same version must be performed at the game as it was auditioned.
  • Those selected will be contacted to preform at a date to be determined for the 2017 Highline Bears Season.
  • Those not selected for further consideration will be contacted via email.

Minniti Park is located at 1248 S Pearl Street in Tacoma (map below).

For more information please contact Pete Richmire at Pete@HighlineBears.com or Kristine Finch at Kristine@HighlineBears.com.

Resolution recognizing ‘The Maury Island Incident’ passed in State Senate

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:36

Sen. Keiser with the “Maury Island Incident” team: Steve Edmiston, Scott Schaefer, Shelli Park and John White, taken April 18th, 2017.

On Tuesday, April 18, the Washington State Senate passed Resolution #8648, recognizing the historic significance of ‘The Maury Island Incident,’ an historic UFO sighting which took place 70 years ago on June 21, 1947.

The Resolution was sponsored by Sen. Karen Keiser, who represents the 33rd District, where several scenes in the locally-produced independent film were shot.

In addition to commemorating one of the first UFO sightings (and “Man In Black” encounters) of the modern era, the Resolution also acknowledged the first two fatalities of the then newly independent U.S. Air Force – Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and 1st Lt. Frank M. Brown, who were tragically killed when their B-25 mysteriously crashed near Kelso, WA. The airplane was allegedly carrying evidence from their investigation into the incident.

“I was happy to sponsor a Senate Resolution this week acknowledging the 70th Anniversary of the mysterious sighting of flying saucers over Maury Island,” Keiser said in a statement. “As you may know, Burien has celebrated the ‘Season of the Saucers’ with an annual UFO festival for the past few years. I was very pleased that the director, executive producer, and screenwriter of the short, award-winning film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ were able to join me in Olympia for the presentation and passage of the resolution. A little levity on the Senate floor was welcome this week.”

Here’s video of the resolution, which includes acknowledgment of some core members of the film’s producing team who were present:

Here’s full text of the resolution (download PDF here):

SENATE RESOLUTION
8648
By Senators Keiser, Nelson, Palumbo, Hunt, Zeiger, McCoy, Conway, Rivers, Miloscia, and Fain

WHEREAS, On June 21, 1947, Tacoma resident Harold Dahl and his son allegedly sighted six flying discs over Puget Sound near Vashon- Maury Island, an event now commonly known as “The Maury Island Incident”; and

WHEREAS, On June 22, 1947, Mr. Dahl alleges he was warned not to talk about what he saw by a man dressed in a black suit; and

WHEREAS, On June 24, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold alleges he saw nine unidentified flying objects (“UFO’s”) near Mt. Rainier; and

WHEREAS, These controversial sightings helped launch a pop culture phenomenon of UFO sightings across the United States during the summer of 1947, which became known as “The Summer of the Saucers”; and

WHEREAS, On August 8, 1947, two weeks after the Washington sightings, a UFO is alleged to have crashed outside Roswell, New Mexico, and this alleged crash has since become the most well-known alleged UFO incident in history; and

WHEREAS, On August 1, 1947, Army Air Corp Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and 1st Lt. Frank M. Brown, who interviewed Harold Dahl about his sighting, lost their lives when the B-25 Bomber they were piloting crashed outside of Kelso, Washington; and

WHEREAS, Following the tragic deaths of Davidson and Brown, Harold Dahl publicly claimed his sighting at Maury Island was a hoax; and

WHEREAS, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation of the deaths of Davidson and Brown and ultimately concluded that Dahl did not recant his story but that his claim of hoax was itself a fabrication to avoid further public attention and ridicule; and

WHEREAS, The FBI’s conclusions and Dahl’s secret were sealed for fifty years; and

WHEREAS, The Maury Island Incident and its surrounding circumstances have made immeasurable contributions to Washington State’s cultural heritage and to popular culture worldwide, including most recently the 2014 award-winning motion picture “The Maury Island Incident,” and the 2015 web series “The Maury Island Incident,” produced in conjunction with the Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab and Motion Picture Competitiveness Program; and

WHEREAS, On April 1, 2017, the 3rd Annual Burien UFO Festival will be held in the newest hipster hangout of downtown Olde Burien with wide community participation and good humor; and

WHEREAS, On the seventieth anniversary of the seminal UFO sightings events, the Washington State sightings should be recognized for both their prominence and primacy in the modern era of UFO popular culture;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate pause to acknowledge the seventieth anniversary of the June 21, 1947, Maury Island Incident; the 1947 “Summer of the Saucers” popular culture phenomenon launched worldwide by these controversial events; and the first reference to the characters now popularly known as “men in black”; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate recognize and honor the heroism and service of Army Air Corp Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and 1st Lt. Frank M. Brown, who lost their lives following their investigation of the Maury Island Incident when their airplane crashed outside of Kelso, Washington, on August 1, 1947; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the Air Force Historical Research Agency, to the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association, to the Des Moines Historical Society, to the Highline Historical Society, to the Burien Historical Society, to the Longview-Kelso Historical Society, and to the Washington State Historical Museum.

For more information on ‘The Maury Island Incident,’ visit:

To view the award-winning 30-minute film at a new, 50% off rate (“get 6 flying discs for the price of 3!”), visit:

Larry Snyder will talk storytelling at Film Office Happy Hour May 2, which will include a Food Bank fundraiser

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 15:54

Young Reflections Photography

Where do stories come from? How do we know anyone will care? How can I tell my stories in the most meaningful way?

Although these are challenging questions for any of us to answer, they are the heart of what our human experience is made of. When books are written and movies are made, we’re drawn to them because we see a bit of our own journey in the storyline.

Larry Snyder found his love of story by listening to his grandfather Chuck Snyder and father Larry Snyder Sr. – both of whom operated a furniture store in Burien for three decades.

On Tuesday, May 2, the younger Larry will share his expertise into how to tap into your story source and gain confidence in your ability to authentically source, produce, and tell your life stories at the Burien Film Office Happy Hour.

This FREE, open, all-ages event will run from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 at the Tin Theater in Burien, with Larry’s presentation starting at 6 p.m.

In addition to Larry’s presentation, this event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Highline Area Food Bank. Guests are encouraged to bring at least two non-perishable food items to donate into a barrel in the Tin Theater bar area.

Also, Larry will be helping the Food Bank by donating 50% of all sales of his new book “Ten Years in Tuscany” (Iron Twine Press 2016), which recounts a decade of lessons including love, venerability, and passion in the tiny village of Montanare, Tuscany.

Here are some testimonials about Larry’s book, which sells for $25.00:

“Charming, witty and fun. You will want to grab an espresso or a glass of red wine and get lost in the world of Tuscany and the people of Montanare. More than just your average book about travel, Miracles in Montanare, weaves a tale of travel, building community and making this world a better place.”

~ Melody E.

“I highly recommend reading Larry Snyder’s book, ‘Miracles in Montanare: Ten Years in Tuscany.’ It tells the wonderful tale of an American family’s assimilation into life in Tuscany, Italy. But more than just sharing how the author and his wife, Jill, adjust to living there, Larry beautifully captures the essence of their spiritual connection to the land and its people. His observations of cultural differences and realizations of Italy’s heart and spirit which resonate with his own bursts from its pages. Backed by a theme of life being about taking chances, sharing, and opening to new experiences, this book is textured throughout with love, friendship, and food as a catalyst to enjoying both. This is as much a story of bonded friendship between diverse cultures as it is a travel one. Get a copy! Then settle down into it. Adjust your clock to a different pace of life. Sink into the imagined smell of fresh baked bread, fennel, and garlic, feel the hot warmth of a Tuscan summer day, smile at the glow of close friends, and savor a wonderful view of the simplicity of life and generosity of spirit in Tuscany. I know I did.”

~ Catherine L.

Miracles in Montanare transports me to Italia… When I’ve needed some rest, a bit of vacation and wise words, I dive into a new chapter of Ten Years in Tuscany. Larry has done a marvelous job of bringing the scenes and characters alive for all of us to experience. He gives us a taste of this world, this village and the love that his family shares with the familia there. I can’t wait to finally visit Italy and I am sure I will be much more prepared having read this book. Larry’s open heart for others has carried him so very far and I know that it will carry him further still. Grazie, Larry, for sharing your experience! I am eternally grateful for your friendship.”

~ Alyssa G.

The Tin Theater is located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien:

PHOTOS: Immature teenage hoodlums brawl in Burien

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 14:25

On Sunday morning (April 16), four immature bald eagles came to Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood to ride the wind.

Soon…fights erupted.

Elston Hill was there to take these amazing photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s 30th Anniversary Concert will be Sat., April 29

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 17:23

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert will be held on Saturday, April 29, starting at 8 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center.

PROGRAM for the EVENING:

FANFARE FOR ORCHESTRA
Samuel Jones

VIOLIN CONCERTO
Johannes Brahms
Soloist: Eric Rynes

PINES OF ROME
Ottorino Respighi

Tickets available at the box office the evening of the concert.

Tickets are also available by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800.838.3006, or you can order them online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

  • Adults $20
  • Seniors & students $15
  • $12 per person for groups

For more information about NWSO visit www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org.

Highline Performing Arts Center is located at 401 S 152nd Street in Burien:

Tin Room’s monthly Wine Tasting will be 5–7 p.m. this Thursday, April 20

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:18

Advertiser the Tin Room Bar & Theater’s April Wine Tasting will be this Thursday, April 20, from 5– 7 p.m., focusing on “International Meeting of the Wines.”

Featured Wines:

  • Prosecco from Italy
  • Gran Reserve Carmenère from Chile
  • Cabernet Franc from Argentina
  • Bordeaux from France

The Tin Room is located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien:

PHOTOS: Orcas frolic off Burien’s Three Tree Point Saturday

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 08:46

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos of Orca Whales, who frolicked off Burien’s Three Tree Point for a while on Saturday, April 15.

“They stayed around more than any I have seen in four years,” Elston said. “Hung off Three Tree Point very close.”

As usual, there were a few “follow boats” monitoring these amazing creatures as well.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

These Orcas were likely part of this pod – “Biggs killer whales” T100s & T101s – which appears to have toured Puget Sound on Saturday, from Seattle to our ‘hood:

Burien Actors Theatre’s Playwrights Fest is ‘an example of really fine theatre’

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 17:18

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival

Review by Shelli Park
Photos by Michael Brunk

The Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival is a fantastic way to see some of the top new plays in the region. Eric Dickman and Maggie Larrick put an amazing amount of work and passion into making this opportunity for playwrights, directors and audiences a quality experience. This round of plays is, so far, an example of really fine theatre. There are two plays; a one-act and a full length play. The format is simple with an opportunity provided at the end for constructive feedback with the writer and director.

I was impressed by the stage design for both sets. The sets, which share major elements, have a clean, efficient design by Maggie Larrick which evoke the mood needed for the various scenes.

They Walk Among Us
Written by Kirsten McCory
Directed by Laura Shearer

The premise is intriguing. Hera and Zeus try to make a go at living among humans. They live in suburban America. Hera is trying her best to fit in. She is unhappy, and engages a psychologist to help her figure out how to become her best self.

The writing is clever. How to place gods in a mundane, modern setting? They are outsized in their history, behavior and responses. Yet, they have feelings, too, don’t they?

The psychologist, Dr. Gold (Margaret VandenBerghe), is thrilled with the opportunity presented to her. Working with immortals! VandenBerghe successfully conveys all of the complexities of trying to do her job to help an emotionally distressed Hera, while balancing a bit of self-serving behavior. VandenBerghe plays is a very convincing psychologist.

Kevin Finney makes a great Zeus. Zeus really is trying to please Hera in this move to live among humans. He loves his wife. Finney balances a wonderful ‘down to Earth’ sensibility with the attitudes of a narcissistic, philandering god. I like Finney’s version of Zeus.

Hera is the center of this story. She is seeking help. She wants to be happy. Hera, played by Carrie Schnelker, has an enormous, jealousy-induced temper. Schnelker does a decent job projecting Hera in the quiet moments when she contemplates her life among humans with her husband. Things fall flat when Schnelker attempts to become the passionate, vengeful Hera. She is a bit stiff. The energetic demands of playing the Queen of Heaven are great and it seems Schnelker struggles.

The directing is clean. I appreciate how Laura Shearer interprets the relationships on stage. There are a few moments where the blocking is a tad awkward, but I’m sure as the performances continue things will be tightened.

Escorting Tom
Written by Duane Kelly
Directed by Calen P. Winn

Escorting Tom is a gem of a play. Duane Kelly’s writing is superb. Kelly takes the audience on a thoughtful journey through unusual circumstances, but doesn’t give away the ending. He treats the lives of his characters with a compassionate, but not soft, hand and with an intelligent sense of humor. There are layers revealed as the play progresses which provide depth to the story in a skillful way.

Carol (Darla Smedley) and Tom (Mark Gladding) are married and share a house, but haven’t been husband and wife for a very long time. At some point in their relationship something broke. Carol lives downstairs, and Tom lives upstairs. The kitchen is their shared space where their few conversations take place.

Carol obviously still cares for Tom, but Tom is stuck in a very closed-in world of work and home. As a character he is sarcastic and self-effacing. The world is not a friendly place.

Gladding is a wonderful actor. I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing his personal evolution as the play progressed. He is natural on stage, and convincing. And has a lovely sense of humor.

Smedley is fun to watch. She is a proficient Carol, projecting dissonance as tolerant roommate, mother hen, and conspirator mixed with an underlying anxiety about the future. She carries her role well.

One evening, Tom meets a woman while waiting to pick up carry-out Chinese for Carol. Inexplicably to Tom, there is interest and chemistry. The woman, Margot (Jane Martin), is a pretty, French woman. She is a dream right out of an unattainable fantasy. Martin is lovely as Margot. Her role in Tom’s life creates just the right amount of tension. Martin is fresh and relaxed on stage.

Eric Dickman provides great sound design. Fun, apropos music accompanies the transitions, and I enjoyed the sound effects. I also really enjoyed the succinct costuming by Tucker O’Connor, especially in the last scene. There is a harmony to the wardrobe choice which is symbolic and very pleasing to the eye.

Calen Winn did an excellent job directing. His stage direction propels the action forward keeping good pace with the writing. The tenderness and the awkward moments are given the right amount of space. There are a couple of exits that I didn’t quite understand, but that could be my own fault.

The Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival is top notch this year. I think that this has been my favorite production of the season. Make sure that you don’t miss your chance to see fine theatre in Burien.

TICKETS ARE JUST $10
Tickets are just $10, and each ticket includes admission to two plays – a one-act followed by a full-length.

From April 14-23, the one-act They Walk Among Us is paired with the full-length Escorting Tom. In the comedy They Walk Among Us, written by Kirsten McCory and directed by Laura Shearer, Zeus and Hera start a whole new myth after falling into a suburban therapist’s self-serving plot. In the comedy-drama Escorting Tom, written by Duane Kelly and directed by Calen P. Winn, to soften the blow of leaving her socially inept husband Tom, Carol hatches an audacious plan. The project promptly fails—and succeeds—in ways she did not see coming.

From April 28-May 7, the one-act Winter People is paired with the full-length The Law of the Sea. In the drama Winter People, written by Devin Rodger and directed by Tabitha Angier, two recovering addicts struggle to find the truth—and healing—in the connetion they once shared. In the drama The Law of the Sea, written by D. Richard Tucker and directed by Rochelle Flynn, Andrew Irving died in a shipwreck, and his widow can’t believe the explanation given by the surviving crew. What really happened, and just what is the “Law of the Sea”?

After each play is performed, audience members are invited to participate in a talk-back with the director and playwright. These talk-backs are an opportunity for the audience to discuss the show with its creators and for the playwrights to get an honest audience response to their work.

These shows are suggested for ages 13-plus due to some adult content and language.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.

The Playwrights Festival is sponsored by 4Culture, the City of Burien and Pickled & Preserved.

HOW TO BUY TICKETS
For tickets and other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien (map below).

ABOUT THE BILL AND PEGGY HUNT PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
The mission of the Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival is twofold:  to encourage Washington State playwrights to pursue their craft and to showcase previously unproduced plays written by Washingtonians. Playwrights are invited to submit their scripts, which are evaluated by a panel of judges who select the winners. Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) produces the winning plays in the festival. Top winners in the one-act and full-length script categories are produced as fully staged performances on BAT’s main stage.

The Festival was named to honor Bill and Peggy Hunt’s dedicated service to theater and their devotion to and involvement with BAT. Peggy Hunt joined Burien’s theater scene in 1960. Over the next 35 years both Bill and Peggy appeared in and directed plays, designed and built sets, served on BAT’s Board of Directors, and were involved in some aspect of every theater project.

BAT officially launched the Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival in 1999. This year, BAT has chosen four playwrights to be honored with awards.

Wayfinding, Arts, Animals & more on agenda for Monday Council meeting

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 13:47

Here’s what’s on the agenda for Monday night’s regular meeting of the Burien City Council, to be held on April 17, starting at 7 p.m. at City Hall:

  • Public Hearing and Potential Action on Ordinance No. 668, Approving an Alley Vacation.
  • Presentation and Discussion Regarding Downtown Wayfinding Facility Design Project.
  • Discussion on Arts and Culture District.
  • Presentation of the 2017-2020 Public Arts Plan.
  • Discussion on Arts Commission Membership.
  • Discussion on Proposed Revisions to BMC Title 6 Animals.

Also, the following proclamations will be made:

  • Proclamation Proclaiming April 18, 2017 as Sikh Heritage Day.
  • Proclamation Proclaiming April 22, 2017 as Earth Day.
  • Proclamation Proclaiming April 22, 2017 as Arbor Day.

Download a PDF of the full agenda packet here.

City Hall is located at 400 SW 152nd Street.

Intimate house concert to benefit Burien Jazz Walk will be Sunday, April 30

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 20:28

Burien Arts Association and Burien Jazz Walk are presenting a very special and intimate house concert to benefit the Burien Jazz Walk on Sunday, April 30.

This very special, unique concert – set in a Burien home – will feature Bill Anschell, with Phil Sparks, Adam Kessler, and Bernie Jacobs.

Sunday, April 30: 2:00 PM

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Bill Anschell is not only one of the most highly regarded jazz pianists in the Seattle area, but is also internationally acclaimed as a performer, composer, arranger and jazz writer and humorist, having won the Paul Desmond Award, allaboutjazz.com’s celebration of the funniest jazz artists. We also love Bill because he claims the Haslund house is one of his very favorite Seattle area venues. Joining Bill will be Phil Sparks on bass, Adam Kessler on drums, and the incomparable Bernie Jacobs providing vocals, flute and sax.

This concert is a fundraiser for Burien Jazz Walk (formerly Highline Classic Jazz Festival), the premier Seattle area festival specializing in all forms of jazz from the 1st half of the 20th Century. In its third year in the jazz walk format, the Walk has attracted and entertained folks from all over the Northwest, and is a “don’t miss” event for locals. Five music venues host Twenty one bands. The full afternoon and evening features everything from Dixieland to Cool Jazz, vintage jazz films at the Tin Theater, and dining, drinking and dancing all over the place.

In order to maintain the warm community, family atmosphere of the jazz walk, the admission must remain affordable. This means that additional means of support are necessary to insure the scope and quality of the Festival are retained.

The Haslunds’ extremely popular concert series was suspended in 2014, but returns for one day only. If you are an avid Burien Jazz Walk supporter or a former Lance and Laurie House Concert attendee missing the old days, or both, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy the finest jazz in an ideal setting. In doing so you will help guarantee the continuation of the Highline Classic Jazz Festival. You can make it happen!

Join us on April 30th for cocktails, fine wines and catered hors d’oeuvres, scintillating company, and two hours of delightful music in a venue that’s a fan and performers’ favorite. As many of you know, seating is limited to 50.

Make your reservations with a pledge of $100 per person, by contacting us at lancehaslund@gmail.com. Payment options and driving directions will be forwarded to you with your reservation confirmation. A portion of the $100/person donation is tax deductible and donors will receive a statement from Burien Arts Association for tax records.

If you are unable to attend the concert but would like to make a contribution to the Festival, please contact us with that message.

Burien Arts Association is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Student Music & Art Walk will be held in downtown Burien on Friday, May 5

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 09:50

The B-Town Beat’s Student Music & Art Walk will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 6 – 9 p.m. on SW 152nd Street, between 4th and 10th Ave SW.

“Celebrate the start of the B-Town Beat Art Walk season by exploring visual and performing arts along 152nd street in Burien!”

This event will include artwork and performances from the many amazing students from across the Highline area, with over 20 venues hosting music and art from local students:

So far, the following venues are participating:

  • Discover Burien
  • Page 2 Books
  • Collins Chiropractic
  • Bumbershoot Books
  • Maven Mercantile
  • Phoenix Tea
  • Sweet Breeze Ice Cream
  • Glass Expressions
  • Merrill Gardens
  • Black Zia
  • The Oilerie
  • Pickled and Preserved
  • Aussie Pie
  • Burien Press
  • A Place for Pets
  • Berkshire Hathaway

There will also be free Live Music & Performances.

For more info, visit www.b-townbeat.com.

PHOTO: Great photo of an amazing rainbow seen over Burien Monday

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 18:26

Courtesy Jamie Castillo comes this great photo of a rainbow seen over Burien during a stormy late Monday afternoon, April 10 (click image to see larger version):

Our new local restaurant critic ‘The Viand Pundit’ reviews Snack Gyros

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 17:00

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

A short review by The Viand Pundit

Snack Gyros
15217 6th Ave SW
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 353-2384

This nice little restaurant offers a variety of tasty Mediterranean foods that meet the requirements of Islamic Halal which is somewhat similar to the strict cleanliness requirements of kosher foods and of meat slaughter, and that is a good thing. The overall visual appearance is very clean from kitchen to the public washrooms. The table seating is close and open with the option for outside seating is in the front. This restaurants ambiance is mostly bright, with some very light kitchen clatter due to the limited space. Meals are served on cafeteria style trays with disposable plates and flatware. The parking is limited, but free.

I began with two appetizers the first being SPINAKO which is just like Greek spinakopia as it is based on a thin leafy phyllo pastry dough with a properly balanced filling of spinach and a feta cheese. The portion is generous and I found it well made. The flavor is not overwhelming and allowed the progression to the second appetizer. I choose the DOLMAS (Stuffed Grape Leaves) 8 rolls and again it is very similar to the Greek Dolmathis with its rolled wrapper of noticeably brined grape leaves. I could detect the key flavor and aroma of the cooked rice is somewhere between brown rice and basmati rice. While the usual flavor of tomato was missing or absent, the flavors of Corinthian raisins, pinon nuts , cinnamon, allspice and touch of cumin filled in the void of the tomato. I thought I detected a trace of mint in a aftertaste. I found it to be very pleasant and again a generous portion. A lemon garnish is served on the side that I did not care to use.

We now approach the main course and the specialty here, in my opinion, is the GYROS Lamb/Beef . Gyros is the name used here; but historically the first meat ever cooked on a vertical rotisserie was called a Turkish Doner kebab, It was the Greeks who had trouble with the names pronunciation and much later coined the word Gyros which means “to spin or turn”. Regardless of the name this wonderful mixture of spinning conical beef and lamb are perfectly trimmed into strips that are served wrapped in a warm pita flat-bread. The top is loaded with tomato, onion and feta cheese. There is a pleasant change up in a spicy sauce that is more complex than the usual tzatziki cucumber yogurt sauce and the components were in line with middle eastern spices. Having a shared heredity through the Ottoman region, these amazing array of imported spices that were available to the chefs was a gastronomic blessing that persists today through many portals of entry. So therefore, this unique version of this dish is truly my favorite here and with greater fortune for the very hungry appetite there is even a larger size for a few bucks more. For those patrons who require a leaner version that is not so rich, there is a chicken version of the gyro For those who worry about issues of carbohydrate intake the chef also has a Gyros Salad which is the same as the regular Gyros but rather simply served on a plate, sans the bread.
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French fries are not the first thing that comes to mind in Mediterranean foods, but the deep fried fritters that are produced here have been fried quite honestly at the just the right temperature creating that perfect union between crispy outer texture and a steamy smooth inner portion. They were not all greasy as all too often others places have under cooked the fries and the result is a greasy, limp and soggy potato noodle.

Available also are Greek fries that I had no extra room to try but it appears to have have a generous and nice toppings that makes it more of a meal.

Perhaps on the next visit because there is only room left for desert and although the selection is limited; I found delectable treats that would tempt just about any sweet tooth and none would be complete without a serving of TURKISH COFFEE. This very strong/sweet coffee beverage is stove heated in the single serving traditional copper Turkish coffee pot with a handle.The dainty bright floral modern floral Turkish espresso cup is the classic very thin porcelain; designed to keep your coffee warmer longer. It was deliciously intense that allows you drink slowly, savoring the flavors sip by sip; no rushing when the enjoyment that is this great. When a beverage is this outstanding, you will want to try one or both of the two deserts that were available that day. I just had to try the BAKALAVA and this version was the phyllo dough, honey variety. The essence of the unsalted butter and cinnamon/sugar with a dash of lemon balanced out the walnuts although I also tasted some pistachio. It is so interesting to note that almost all the sweet treats from the Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean, region of Armenians, Turks, Balkans, Bulgarians, Caucasia, Arabs, Jews, Greeks alike all claim baklava as their national dessert. That is not too unusual when we realize that all of these regions were once the Ottoman Empire.

At this point I barely had room left for one last treat and so it was that I saved the HALAWA PISTACHIO for last. This version of halva is expected to be crumbly and incorporates a sesame paste and flour simply with pistachio nuts. It did not disappoint me at all.

As with most restaurants, it takes a couple of investigative trips to try all the selections and to develop your own personal favorites.

I am confident that you will discover great new taste adventures at Snack Gyros restaurant, in Burien.

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– The Viand Pundit

Highline High School Drama presenting two one-act comedies this Saturday

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 09:04

Highline High School’s spring production is a double-header – two one-act comedies:

  1. “Check Please” is a humorous look at the risky world of blind dating
  2. “21 Guaranteed Ways to Get Detention” is, well, just what it say.

Show times are Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center, located at 401 S 152nd Street (map below).

Tickets available at the door:

  • Adults are $10
  • HHS students and children under 13 are $5.

“Join the Drama department for some laughs!”

More info available here.

Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Fest starts at Burien Actors Theatre April 14

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 20:54

For about the price of a matinee movie theater ticket, enjoy two award-winning and thought-provoking new plays live in April and May during the Playwrights Festival at Burien Actors Theatre.

The 2017 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival offers four weekends of four engaging new shows written by Washington State Playwrights from April 14 through May 7.

Tickets are just $10, and each ticket includes admission to two plays–a one-act followed by a full-length.

From April 14-23, the one-act They Walk Among Us is paired with the full-length Escorting Tom. In the comedy They Walk Among Us, written by Kirsten McCory and directed by Laura Shearer, Zeus and Hera start a whole new myth after falling into a suburban therapist’s self-serving plot. In the comedy-drama Escorting Tom, written by Duane Kelly and directed by Calen P. Winn, to soften the blow of leaving her socially inept husband Tom, Carol hatches an audacious plan. The project promptly fails—and succeeds—in ways she did not see coming.

From April 28-May 7, the one-act Winter People is paired with the full-length The Law of the Sea. In the drama Winter People, written by Devin Rodger and directed by Tabitha Angier, two recovering addicts struggle to find the truth—and healing—in the connetion they once shared. In the drama The Law of the Sea, written by D. Richard Tucker and directed by Rochelle Flynn, Andrew Irving died in a shipwreck, and his widow can’t believe the explanation given by the surviving crew. What really happened, and just what is the “Law of the Sea”?

After each play is performed, audience members are invited to participate in a talk-back with the director and playwright. These talk-backs are an opportunity for the audience to discuss the show with its creators and for the playwrights to get an honest audience response to their work.

These shows are suggested for ages 13-plus due to some adult content and language.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.

The Playwrights Festival is sponsored by 4Culture, the City of Burien and Pickled & Preserved.

HOW TO BUY TICKETS
For tickets and other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

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

ABOUT THE BILL AND PEGGY HUNT PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
The mission of the Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival is twofold:  to encourage Washington State playwrights to pursue their craft and to showcase previously unproduced plays written by Washingtonians. Playwrights are invited to submit their scripts, which are evaluated by a panel of judges who select the winners. Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) produces the winning plays in the festival. Top winners in the one-act and full-length script categories are produced as fully staged performances on BAT’s main stage.

The Festival was named to honor Bill and Peggy Hunt’s dedicated service to theater and their devotion to and involvement with BAT. Peggy Hunt joined Burien’s theater scene in 1960. Over the next 35 years both Bill and Peggy appeared in and directed plays, designed and built sets, served on BAT’s Board of Directors, and were involved in some aspect of every theater project.

BAT officially launched the Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival in 1999. This year, BAT has chosen four playwrights to be honored with awards.

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 see on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

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

South King Media’s Scott Schaefer awarded ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ by Rotary

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 17:14

South King Media Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer was honored Wednesday (April 5) with a Paul Harris Fellow award from the Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park, WA.

The award was presented at the Rotary group’s luncheon in Des Moines:

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The award is named after Paul Harris, a Chicago attorney who formed the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1905, “so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.”

“What an honor and surprise,” Schaefer said to himself as he wrote this post. “Our mission since beginning in 2007 has been to basically do what Rotarians do – serve our community and try to make it a better place to live by doing effective, local journalism – and to be given this prestigious award by a great group of people who work hard to make our communities a better place to live, work and play is awesome.”

Schaefer was awarded a beautiful certificate and pin, but the biggest honor to him is something else.

“To be given such a high honor by the pillars of our communities is amazing,” Schaefer added.

Rotarian Blake Messer presented the award with this speech:

The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park is pleased to today honor Scott Schaefer of South King Media with our most notable distinction, the Paul Harris Fellow.

Scott is not a member, but has contributed greatly to the Rotary Club’s mission to take action in making our communities a better place.

In addition to this award, if you are new to the club or the area and don’t know Scott, here is just a bit about him; he’s been awarded:

  • 6 Northwest Emmy Awards for his work on “Almost Live!”
  • 3 National Emmy Awards as Senior Writer on “Bill Nye the Science Guy”
  • An Environmental Media Award for “Bill Nye the Science Guy”
  • Nominated for a Directors Guild of America award for his Directing work on “Penn & Teller:Bullsh*t!”
  • “Best Hyperlocal Website” two years in a row for The B-Town Blog by the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Founder/Publisher/Editor for South King Media’s six local blogs
  • Director/Producer of “The Maury Island Incident” film

In addition, he and his wife Theresa have donated tens of thousands of dollars of in-kind advertising, coverage, and copious time devoted to the promotion of our fundraising events including the Poverty Bay Wine Festival, Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival, the Food & Fund Drive for Hunger, Haunted House, Rotary Membership Drive video and many others.

Beyond helping with our Rotary Events, Scott serves on many local boards and the Blogs of South King Media work to foster and promote conscientious coverage and content of every important local event.

His dedication and long hours devoted to helping others is exemplary of our club’s motion of Service Above Self, and it’s in that spirit today that we are pleased to give our club’s highest honor, the Paul Harris Fellow award to Scott Schaefer.

According the the Rotary website:

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.

For more information, visit http://www.dmnprotary.org.

SAVE THE DATE: Moshier Spring Pottery Sale will be Saturday, May 6

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 14:21

SAVE THE DATE: The annual Moshier Spring Pottery Sale will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Moshier Art Center, located at 430 S 156th Street.

Twice a year the potters at the Moshier Community Art Center gather to sell their handmade wares.

Come to this amazing sale to find hundreds of items such as mugs, bowls, serving dishes, casseroles, garden art, jewelry, planters, and more!

Come early for the best selection.

Cash or checks only.

For more info, click here, or call 206-988-3700.

Learn about ‘Birds of the Duwamish River Valley’ on Saturday, April 15

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 08:55

There will be a springtime exploration of birds who make a living along the Duwamish River on Saturday, April 15.  

After a presentation in the Longhouse, we will walk along the Duwamish River to see what they are up to.

WHAT: Birds of the Duwamish River Valley—Free Talk & Walk

WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 1 to 3pm.  Free

WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106.

Guided by a Seattle Park’s Department Volunteer.

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Highline Historical Society’s annual online auction fundraiser is now live

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 08:48

The annual Highline Historical Society online auction is now live:

http://www.biddingforgood.com/highlinehistory

There really IS something for everyone.

We will continue adding to it over the next week so be sure to stop by more than once.

Bid early – bid often.

We are happy to accept more auction items.

Proceeds support the museum building campaign.

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