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Discover Burien’s 2014 Farmers Market season starts Thursday, May 1

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:46

[EDITOR'S NOTE: BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer is on the Board of Discover Burien, a local business non-profit.]

Discover Burien will again put on its weekly Farmers Market starting Thursday, May 1, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m and again every Thursday through Oct. 20 at Burien Town Square Park at 5th Ave & SW 152nd Street.

The Farmers Market features locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers, as well as live entertainment each week, along with some selected craft booths.

This year you will also be able to purchase a boxed lunch to go. The Market Fresh Lunches will be available from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and will feature offerings from Burien restaurants.

Though the date is approaching quickly, vendors, individuals, or nonprofits that wish to participate in the 2014 Farmers Market can still apply by downloading and submitting the “Farmer Market Rules and Vendor Registration” form from the Discover Burien website or by calling the event manager, Debra George at (206) 941-7199.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Burien Farmers Market

WHERE: Burien Town Square Park, located at SW 152nd Street and 5th Place SW.

WHEN: Every Thursday from May 1 – Oct 30, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Moshier Spring Pottery Sale will be Saturday, May 3

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:23

The annual Moshier Spring Pottery Sale will be held on Saturday, May 3, 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,” reads an announcement. “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 accepted.

More info at MoshierArtCenter.org, or call 206-988-3700.

Middle School Students’ film about Hicklin Lake to premiere Tuesday night

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 12:31

Female Science Students from Cascade Middle School will be premiering their first documentary film about White Center’s Hicklin Lake this Tuesday night, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

The girls are all part of an after-school science club called STARS – “Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science” – and aims to provide a space for middle and high school girls to use science to investigate and solve real problems in their community.

“The ladies chose to focus on the health of Hicklin Lake (which neighbors our school) for their project this year,” said Anna Kramer, 8th Grade Science Teacher. “This is our first year as a club, and we have students from Cascade and the neighboring Evergreen High school as members. A few students from Mount Rainier High School help us out, as well.”

STARS is run as a joint effort between Cascade (Anna Kramer, science teacher), HS3/Evergreen (Liz Savage, science teacher), and the University of Washington (Sara Hagenah, doctoral student).

“We are premiering a documentary that our students made that showcases what we have learned about the lake, as well as what the ladies are doing about it,” Anna added.

Here are the details:

WHAT: The premiere of the first STARS documentary, focused on the issues that currently exist at Hicklin Lake and how we are tackling this problem with our science knowledge.

WHO: Everyone is invited!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30 pm

WHERE: Highline Performing Art Center, Highline High School, 401 S 152nd St, Burien, WA 98148


WHY: Join us in order to:

  1. Support local students as their share a year of learning and action with you
  2. Learn more about what’s wrong with Hicklin Lake and what you can do to help
  3. Support the idea that girls and women have powerful voices in science and in their communities

INFO: Event is free, and refreshments will be provided. STARS members will be recognized individually, the documentary will be shown, and there will be a short Q & A session. Spanish and (we hope) Arabic interpreters will be available with headsets.

For more information, email [email protected].

Highline Historical Society to mark Earth Day with ‘Chasing Ice’ film on April 22

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:37

To celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, the Highline Historical Society will be presenting a screening of Chasing Ice, the National Geographic film that frames the story of our planet’s changing climate by documenting the disappearance of glaciers.

In 2005, photographer and climate change skeptic James Balog launched The Extreme Ice Survey, deploying time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year photographic record of the changes in glaciers. Compressing years into seconds, these time-lapse photos irrefutably demonstrate that glaciers are vanishing at an astonishing rate.

Chasing Ice captures Balog’s evolving understanding of the severity of climate change, and also includes the story of the young adventurers who assisted the photorapher in carrying out this project under brutal conditions.

The Highline Historical Society is presenting this film as part of its ongoing mission to protect and preserve our history. In that same spirit, the Society’s award-winning design for a new Highline Heritage Museum follows high standards of environmental stewardship by using earth-friendly materials, a green roof, water-efficient features and geothermal climate control.

The Chasing Ice screening will be held on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the Highline School District’s ERAC administration building, located at 15675 Ambaum Boulevard SW, Burien.

Admission is free with Society membership, otherwise a donation is appreciated.

Parking is free.

Learn more about the Highline Historical Society at www.highlinehistory.org.

Here’s a trailer of the film:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s Season Finale will be April 26

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:30

Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s Season Final concert will be on Saturday, April 26 at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

The concert will begin with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, which was written over a 3-day period in 1954 in commemoration of the 37th anniversary of the October Revolution. The performance will also feature soprano Alexandra Picard, performing a selection of arias by Brahms, Mahler, Puccini, and Huntley Beyer, and the orchestra will cap off the 2013- 2014 season with Symphony No. 3 by Johannes Brahms.

”We conclude our season with Soprano soloist Alexandra Picard, an NWSO audience favorite, singing some famous arias. Some of these are on a CD that the NWSO recently recorded with Alexandra and this concert is a release party of that CD- Alexandra will sign copies at intermission and after the concert. We also open with Shostakovich’s exciting Festive Overture, and conclude the concert with the most romantic of Brahms Symphonies- his Symphony #3.”

- NWSO Conductor Anthony Spain

Alexandra Picard was born in New York City, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, and received her Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. She is a returning member of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Roles under preparation include Violetta in La Traviata; Manon in Manon; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Gerhilde in Die Walküre, both of which she will debut this season.

She has sung Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote for Rogue Opera in Oregon, for the New Opera Festival in Rome, Italy, for the Willamette Concert Opera in Oregon, and for Spokane Opera in Washington. She has performed Musetta in La Bohème for Skagit Opera in Washington, and for the Russian Opera Centre in San Francisco; Pamina in Die Zauberflote in Rome, Italy, and in Seattle, Washington; Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Bellevue Opera in Washington, and Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera in Oakland, California.

WHAT: Northwest Symphony Orchestra Season April, 2014 Season Finale

WHEN: Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 8:00pm

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center


  • Symphony #3, Johannes Brahms Alexandra Picard, soprano soloist
  • Wiegenlied (Lullaby), Johannes Brahms,
  • When My Love Becomes a Bride, from Songs of a Wayfarer- Gustav Mahler For My Daughter, Huntley Beyer
  • O Mio Babbino Caro, Puccini
  • Festive Overture, Dimitri Shostakovich


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

Now in its twenty-seventh 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 four 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: Scenes from the 2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ in Olde Burien

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 18:54

On Tuesday night, April 1, businesses and residents of Olde Burien were “abducted” by UFOs, Men – and Women – in Black, and more Aliens than you could shake a probe at.

It was the second annual “Burien UFO Festival,” a tradition started in 2013 to help promote the locally-produced film “The Maury Island Incident,” a movie about an historic 1947 UFO sighting that will be released this year.

Organizer John White, along with Event Manager Renatta Emerson, were the brains behind this event, along with lots of friends and volunteers – both human and alien.

The winner of the “Best Man in Black” was Buddy Rivera, the “Best Woman in Black” was Shelli Park, and the “Best Alien” was Souza Seshima.

The “Best UFO” was made by David Austin.

Here are photos of the event, as shot by Michael Brunk (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Work from Burien Artist Danny Mansmith to be featured at Community Center

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:30

The Burien Community Center will be hosting an exhibit by Burien artist Danny Mansmith through the end of May.

Danny is a self taught, mixed media, fiber, and installation artist.

His exhibit is titled “New Beginnings” and will be on display until the end of May.

“I moved to Burien five months ago and I am very honored and grateful to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you, my new community, here at the Burien Community Center,” Mansmith said. “All the work that you see has been inspired by my new surrounds; especially the yard. It has been a long time dream of mine to have one and its presence fills up my life. So much so, that it spills out and into my studio, its walls, these walls and maybe your walls in the future. I hope you enjoy it… It’ll be here till the end of May. Cheers!”

To see Mansmith’s work, visit the Community Center at 14700 6th Ave SW, or online at http://dannymansmith.wordpress.com

The Burien Community Center is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-8:00pm, Friday 8:30am-5:00pm and Saturday 8:00am-noon.

For more information: [email protected] or 206-988-3700.

City of Normandy Park Arts Commission holding Reception Thursday night

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:30

Exhibit Artist Anette Lusher and one of her works.

The City of Normandy Park Arts Commission will be holding an opening night reception for ‘Without Limitations – Visions of Many: An Exhibit Showcasing Artwork of Established and Emerging Artists With Disabilities’ this Thursday, March 27 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers (801 S.W. 174th Street).

“The City of Normandy Park Arts Commission invites you to join us at this reception for refreshments, conversations with some of the artists and truly enjoyable surroundings,” reads an announcement.

Visitors to City Hall can view the exhibit during business hours Monday through Thursday during March and April.

Arts Commissioner Robert Frey curated and sponsored the exhibit and reception for SoCo Culture to celebrate this under-represented group of artists. The exhibit includes a retrospective of both professional and emerging artists, mostly local. You will have the pleasure of seeing works from the 1970’s as well as those recently completed.

NOTE: Please RSVP your reception attendance to:

LETTER: Burien Actors Theatre says ‘Thanks to one and all’ for recent success

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:18

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

BAT (Burien Actors Theatre) just completed its five week run of “Noises Off” at the old Staples space in Burien. BAT moved to that location following the fire at its home theater space. It just goes to show, if you give art a chance, it will happen wherever.

BAT’s old theater space is being rebuilt. Thanks to the City of Burien. Thanks too to the City for granting BAT a permit to use the old Staples space.

Big thanks also go to BAT’s audience, both new and old, who followed BAT to its temporary space to enjoy “Noises Off.” The show was a great success. Audiences loved it. There is a very good reason why “Noises Off” is called one of the funniest scripts ever written, and BAT’s production highlighted all of the laughs. Thank you, thank, thank you.

BAT’s audience is sole the reason to put on a show. Without you, there would be no reason to produce better live theater. BAT draws its strength from its audience. Thanks to all who came to see “Noises Off.”

BAT’s donors made it possible for BAT to move into a space which was much more expensive than BAT’s normal rent. (Retail space does not come cheap, at least not from non-profit standards.) Join BAT’s donors by donating online at http://click4tix.com/selecttix_nochart.php?s_id=4473&p_id=8460. Check out some of BAT’s current donors here: http://www.burienlittletheatre.org/donors.html.

Once again BAT’s volunteers stepped up and made the production possible. This time not only did they help with the building, and front of house, but they came and cleaned the old Staples space before BAT moved in. BAT got the keys to the old staples space just two weeks before “Noises Off” opened. BAT’s volunteers swarmed in and made the place livable. Hat tip to each and every volunteer.

New for “Noises Off,” BAT joined with Turbo Turkey to provide some late-night fun in Burien. From 11 to Midnight, on Saturday nights, BAT presented improv. It was one laugh after another. It was so successful that BAT is considering bringing Turbo Turkey back on Saturday nights during the BAT’s next production “End Days.” (It is always good to have a late-night laugh in Burien.) “End Days” is in rehearsal now and opens on May 9, 2014.

Thanks to one and all who made “Noises Off” such a success!

– Eric Dickman

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Get into a ‘Hot Mess’ at Burien Arts Gallery reception on Thursday, April 3

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:25

A “Hot Mess” will have an opening reception from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Burien Arts Gallery at 826 SW 152nd Street on Thursday, April 3, and running through April 26.

Here’s more info on the show courtesy John Ubehend, Show Curator and President of the Burien Arts Board:

This is a all-encaustic show featuring four local encaustic Artists with differing approaches to this classic medium. Encaustic is the discipline of painting with pigment infused hot wax on paper, canvas, metal or wood. It is an ancient practice going back thousands of years. The well-known images that are brilliantly preserved portraits on the sarcophagi of the Mummy’s of Fayum are examples of the longevity of this medium. The four artists in this show range widely in their style and their inspirations.

For more information, visit http://burienarts.org.

Volunteers needed for Burien UFO Fest Flash Mob; 1st rehearsal is Sunday!

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:45

Organizers of the 2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ (aka BUFO) are seeking volunteers to participate in a ‘Flash Mob Dance’ at the event on Tuesday night, April 1, with the first rehearsal set for this Sunday, March 23.

The first rehearsal will be this Sunday, March 23, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at Forest Ledge, a historic 1915 located next to Eagle Landing Park at 14611 25th Ave SW in Burien’s Seahurst neighborhood.

Volunteers – who can just show up Sunday – should park in the neighborhood, then walk down towards Eagle Landing Park; look for the big open gate to the north (on the right as you walk down) and head down the long driveway to the mansion.

Dancers are asked to wear comfortable shoes to the rehearsal.

Choreography will be taught at the rehearsals, and Dancers can then watch a practice video to rehearse on their own.

“You do not need to be a dancer to participate!” reads an announcement. “We’ve got some awesome songs and fun choreography that pretty much anyone can learn. So find your flash mob shoes and get ready to surprise Burien with an out-of-this-world FLASH MOB!”

Dancers can come dressed in regular street clothes OR come dressed as Men in Black, Women in Black or Aliens!

To RSVP, please Join the Facebook Event Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/479533812146491/

Be sure to “Like” the BUFO Facebook Page here!

Mt. Rainier student to display drawings in Olde Burien as part of senior project

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 17:35

Mt. Rainier High student Amber Fiol will display four of her drawings during April at Skinperfect Salon in Olde Burien as part of her senior year project.

The grand opening for Amber’s show, titled “Wild Mind” is Thursday, April 3 at Skinperfect, 905 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien. The opening is 4-8 p.m. It is part of April’s B-Town Beat art walk.

Amber will show framed four drawings, each 18”X24”.

Maureen Hoffmann, who will display her own encaustic work as part of a four-artist show at the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien during April, mentored Amber on her senior project.

The Burien Arts Association is also collaborating with Amber on her senior project show.

The mission of Burien Arts Association is to engage, enrich and entertain all the communities, generations and visitors to the Burien and Greater Highline area through creative and innovative arts programming. The non-profit was founded in the 1960s and for years operated a gallery in the little blue house at Dottie Harper Park.

In fall 2013, Burien Arts Association opened an exciting new gallery in Olde Burien at 826 SW 152nd Street.

Burien Arts Association programming also includes the delicious Strawberry Shortcake booth at Burien’s annual Wild Strawberry Festival in June, summer Shakespeare in the Park, Vision 20/20 Fundraising Art Event, Highline Classic Jazz Festival, monthly Sing and Sketch nights, face painting at local festivals and student workshops.

Watch for announcements of more exciting programming in the future.

Welcome spring at the ‘B-Town Beat Art & Music Walk’ on Thursday, April 3

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 19:41

Welcome spring to Burien at the next ‘B-Town Beat Art & Music Walk’ in downtown Burien on Thursday night, April 3.

“Come down to B-Town and enjoy live art and music, for free!” reads an announcement. “Can’t wait to see you!”

There will also be an opening reception from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Burien Art Gallery (826 SW 152nd) featuring the work of Maureen Hoffmann, Colleen Monette, Marji Waller Thompson and Lory Steigers Newsom called “Hot Mess: Works in Encaustic by four Artists.”

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 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every first Thursday of the month in downtown Burien.

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

Here are the details:

WHAT: April B-Town Beat

WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Burien, WA

Breeders Theater’s ‘Tolstory’ opens April 4 at Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:55

Breeders Theater, South King County’s premier professional theater company, returns to Des Moines in April with a new show – Tolstory.

The show runs April, 4, 5, 11, 12 at 7 p.m., and April 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.

This will be BT’s second show at the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium, located at 22030 Cliff Ave South.

“We are delighted that the city was willing to have us back again,” says BT playwright and founder T.M. Sell. “The Beach Park Auditorium turned out to be a great space in which to do live theater.”

BT’s new show, Tolstory, is a little bit Tolstoy and a little bit Toy Story, says Sell.

“At least the title. The show is set in 19th century Russia, and it does involve toys.”

Tolstory is the tale of of the life of Katarina Karenin, as told by her four nesting dolls.

“It’s really about storytelling and what you make of the life you have,” says Sell. “Every life has its ups and downs.”

The show also marks the full return of BT music director Nancy Warren, who has arranged and composed music for the show.

The show is directed by BT veteran Teresa Widner Hicks, and features the acting talents of Deena Chapman, Adrienne Grieco, Maddy Rasmussen, Laura Smith, and Erika Zabelle. Andrew Smith is stage managing, with costumes by Melissa Sell.

“This is a great group of people to work with,” says T.M. Sell. “I couldn’t be more pleased to have a cast and crew of this caliber.”

Veteran BT actor Erika Zabelle says she is enjoying preparing for the show.

“Expect to laugh!” Zabelle says of Tolstory.

“There are some really fantastic light-hearted moments. And very genuine ones as well.”

“It’s a really fun, feel-good show,” she says. “You might even shed a sweet tear.”

Fellow actor Deena Chapman agrees.

“See the show because you will have a great time,” she says. “We sing, we joke, we flirt with the audience. It’s fun. You may get a little misty at some points, but that’s life right?

“Tolstory is the story of a life,” Chapman says. “The dolls belong to Katarina; they watch and comment as she progresses from infancy to old age. At each stage of her life Katarina faces a turning point or crisis, and the dolls help her at these times by performing stories meant to convey some meaningful advice.

“That sounds a little dull doesn’t it? But the dolls are funny, clever and a little nuts; so instead of giving Katarina pedantic lectures, they comically fracture old legends and fairy tales to get their points across,” she says.

Tolstory has a running time of under two hours, and is suitable for all but small children.

“Every form of entertainment has its virtues,” says Sell, “but live theater is so immediate. It’s like watching somebody’s life, sitting in their living room, without being noticed.”

Tickets for Tolstory are still only $20. BT hasn’t raised ticket prices since its second show, pays its cast and crew, and neither seeks nor accepts public subsidy for its productions.

“Fancy sets, etc., are great, but to my mind that’s not what theater is about,” says Sell. “It’s about actors, audiences and storytelling. And we’re happy to be a part of that.”

Tickets are available through http://www.brownpapertickets.com; via the Des Moines Field House Recreation Office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 1000 S. 220th St., and via credit card by phone: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 206-870-6527; and at the door.

Here’s a video of a recent rehearsal shot by Michael Brunk:

Click here to view the embedded video.

And some photos also (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Adrienne Grieco (of West Seattle), left, Laura Smith, Erika Zabelle (of West Auburn) and Deena Chapman (of Federal Way) rehearse a scene in Tolstory. Tolstory is the story of the life of Katarina Karenin, as told by her four nesting dolls. Tolstory, a new comedy with music from Breeders Theater, runs April 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and April 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. at the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium. Tickets are $20 available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/586703 or by calling 206-870-6527. Photo by Michael Brunk/NWLens.

REMINDER: Two weeks from tonight is the 2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 21:15

Scene from the inaugural Burien UFO Festival on April 1, 2013. Photo by Michael Brunk.

REMINDER: You’ve got two weeks to get your homemade UFO built, and your Man/Woman – or Alien – costume ready as the second annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ is coming to Olde Burien on Tuesday night, April 1 starting at 7 p.m.!

Like last year’s wildly successful inaugural event, this night will include a 3-D flying saucer, awesome Flash Mob dance, cash costume contests for Best Man in Black, Best Woman in Black and Best Alien, live music, and much more.

Flash Mobbers will be rehearsing their dance moves at event Creator John White’s home Forest Ledge, an historic mansion in Seahurst; if YOU would like to volunteer for this, please join the Flash Mob Facebook page here.

Participants are encouraged to dress up as well as bring their own homemade UFOs (and other appropriate props) to the event. In addition, exclusively for those participating as costumed as Aliens or Men/Women in Black, the Producers of “The Maury Island Incident” will conduct a photo shoot and final test screening of the film inside the Tin Theater starting at 9 p.m. Pending the film’s premiere, this screening will not be open to the public.

Organizer John White will be giving out $100 cash prizes to the following “Bests” in a costume contest for:

  • Best Man in Black
  • Best Woman in Black
  • Best Alien

“It’s going to be another awesomely strange yet fun time with great live music, another flash mob, costume contest and high weirdness,” White told The B-Town Blog over an encrypted, NSA-proof phone line.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Best Alien/Man in Black/Women in Black costume contest
  • Bring Your Own UFO contest
  • Flash Mob Dance
  • Live music from the Pink Torpedoes
  • Photo shoot of all Men/Women in Black & Aliens at Tin Theater, starting at 9 p.m.
  • Help “The Maury Island Incident” raise money for film festivals/marketing by buying customized t-shirts – just $20 each!

Be sure to “Like” the Burien UFO Festival Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/BurienUFOFestival

Kennedy Catholic High’s Spring Musical ‘The Music Man’ opens Thursday

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 20:46

The Kennedy Catholic High School drama department’s Spring Musical ’The Music Man’ will be marching into the Highline Performing Arts Center starting Thursday night, March 20, through Sunday, March 23!

Meredith Wilson’s classic will play at the Highline Performance Center on:

  • Thursday, March 20 st at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Match 23rd at 2 p.m.

Tickets are on sale online here, at the school office (206) 246-0500 or at the door:

  • Students $12
  • Adults $15
  • Senior $10

“Don’t miss this classic!”

Check the website Theatre Arts for more information.

If you’ve never seen this production, here are some great scenes to inspire you to go:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Council selects 2 residents, neighborhood group as its 2014 ‘Citizens of the Year’

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:53

Burien City Councilmembers unanimously selected two residents – Maureen Hoffmann and Betty Olson Vacca – along with a local group – Neighbors of Seahurst Park – as Burien’s 2014 ‘Citizens of the Year’ at Monday night’s (March 17) meeting.

The Citizen of the Year Award is given annually to a person or organization that makes “a significant contribution to the community.”

Awards will be presented at a reception at the start of the April 7 regular council meeting to the following:

Maureen Hoffmann

Maureen Hoffmann is a Designer & Consultant at Kunstdame, as well as the Founder of WABI Burien, where she created monthly Walk-n-Talks, a local Bike Rack program and much more. She is a graduate of Highline High School and the University of Washington, and is well known in the local arts scene.

Betty Olson Vacca is a local Artist who has won many awards for her work, including the Purchase Award for the City of SeaTac and the City of Tukwila. Betty was also commissioned by the Highline Medical Center, where many of her paintings are part of the hospital’s permanent collection. She is a member of Artists United.

Neighbors of Seahurst Park is – according to its website – “a loosely knit group of people interested in protecting Seahurst Park and the surrounding area from damage caused by allowing a large development to ignore current regulations. Some of the people involved have been working on this for over 10 years, but now that the development approval process is nearing the final stages a more coordinated effort is required. To help with that NoSP has formed a non-profit corporation and has started a more determined fund raising effort. All the people working on this project are volunteers and do not receive any money for their efforts. However it has become necessary to hire an attorney and we will be hiring some consultants.”

Previous winners include:

Celebrity Nick Cannon was ‘Principal for the Day’ at Sylvester Middle School Friday

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:58

Nick Cannon, an actor, comedian, rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, radio, and television personality, served as “Principal for the Day” at Burien’s Sylvester Middle School on Friday, March 14.

Most recently, Cannon has been hosting the TV reality competition “America’s Got Talent.”

He has been married to singer Mariah Carey since 2008, with whom he has twins.

Here are some photos of the event, courtesy the Highline School District (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Here’s a Tweet Nick sent out:

I’m Principal for the day at Sylvester Middle School in Burien Washington #WPPM @followmevalerie http://t.co/q3l8bOGssM

— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) March 14, 2014


2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ will crash land in Olde Burien April Fool’s Day

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 20:31

Scene from the inaugural Burien UFO Festival on April 1, 2013. Photo by Michael Brunk.

The 2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ (aka ‘BUFO’) will crash land in Olde Burien on Tuesday, April 1 – April Fool’s Day – beginning at 7 p.m. in and around The Tin Room Bar at 923 SW 152nd.

Like last year’s wildly successful inaugural event, this one will include a 3-D flying saucer, Flash Mob dance, cash costume contests for Best Man in Black, Best Woman in Black and Best Alien, live music and a final test screening of “The Maury Island Incident” for those in costumes at the Tin Theater starting at 9 p.m.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will also include something new – a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for most Men/Women in Black and Aliens in one place!

Participants are encouraged to dress up as well as bring their own UFOs (and other appropriate props) to the event.

Organizer John White will be giving out $100 cash awards to the following “Bests” in a costume contest for:

  • Best Man in Black
  • Best Woman in Black
  • Best Alien

“It’s going to be another amazingly fun time with great live music, another flash mob, costume contest and world record attempt,” White told The B-Town Blog. “And I can’t wait to see the Tin Theater packed with Men and Women in Black and Aliens watching our final test screening!”

That “costume-only” test screening will be of “The Maury Island Incident,” a short film that was shot locally last summer that’s based on declassified FBI documents about a man’s UFO sighting claim near Maury Island on June 21, 1947. This often-overlooked incident happened just two days before Ken Arnold’s Mount Rainier sighting, which spawned the phrase “flying saucers,” and 16 days before the infamous Roswell crash. It also included what is considered by many experts to be the first “Man in Black” encounter. Directed/Produced by Scott Schaefer from a script by Writer/Producer Steve Edmiston, and Produced by Scott & Laura Beth Peterson, Danny House, and Executive Produced by John White – along with an all-local indie cast and crew – the 30-minute film will be shown only to those in costume at the Tin Theater starting at 9 p.m.

Be sure to “Like” the BUFO Facebook Page here!


WHAT: 2nd annual Burien UFO Crash Event!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 1st at 7 p.m.+

WHERE: Intersection of SW 152nd and 10th Ave SW, Olde Burien (map below)


  • Witness unveiling of a constructed 3D rendition UFO
  • Enter to win $100 cash prizes for Best Man in Black, Best Woman in Black and Best Alien
  • Attempt to set world record for Most Men in Black, Women in Black and Aliens in one location
  • Final test screening of “The Maury Island Incident” to those in costumes starting at 9 p.m.

Some videos from/about last year’s event:

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Flash Mob doing “Thriller,” as shot by Michael Brunk:

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More pics from last year’s event by Brunk (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

SilverSounds’ ‘Those Were the Days’ Spring Concert will be March 30

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:00

SilverSounds’ Spring Concert “Those Were the Days” will be held on Sunday, March 30 at the Highline Performing Arts Center.

SilverSounds Northwest remembers the music of its youth with a class reunion theme that includes singing, dancing, clever narration and costuming. This foot-stompin’ great time includes hits like Unchained Melody, Moon River, Good Vibrations and Hair! SilverSounds is a group of retired folks who believe “You’re never too old to rock ‘n roll” and under the direction of Paula Hawkins they delight audiences of all ages. The talented ensemble combines energetic singing with clever staging and choreography to create a fun-filled show.

Families hunting for affordable entertainment will delight and parents looking for a risk-free way to introduce their children to the joys of choral music can rest easy because Northwest Associated Arts youth ticket program lets young people 17 and under in free with a paid ticket.

SilverSounds Northwest, a Burien-based chorus of 40 men and women, has developed a loyal and growing following with family-friendly shows that offer much more than the usual “choral concert.” SilverSounds Northwest was founded in 2011 and is part of Northwest Associated Arts, which includes ChoralSounds Northwest KidSounds Northwest, YouthSounds Northwest, and TeenSounds Northwest.

WHEN: Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m/

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center – Burien

TICKETS: $15 (17 & under free with a paid adult ticket) www.northwestassociatedarts.org or 206-246-6040


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