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Bittner Flute awarded to 8th Grader at Burien’s Sylvester Middle School

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:42

The 2014 Bittner Flute has been awarded to Kaya Fernandes, an 8th grader at Sylvester Middle School.

She is the daughter of Ms. Jamie Fernandes of Burien.

The Bittner Flute award recognizes exceptional talent in a young flute player and was presented Thursday (Oct. 23) at the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

The Bittner Flute is a sterling silver Gemeinhardt instrument donated to the Highline Music4Life™ program by Nancy Bittner of Seattle’s University Sunrise Rotary Club. The recipient is selected annually by music teachers in Highline Public Schools on the basis of talent and long-term interest in studying music.

Kaya is a member of in the Sylvester Middle School Band. She will have use of the Bittner Flute for the 2014-15 school year. It will be re-acquired by Highline Music4Life next spring for any repairs and other maintenance that are needed over the summer. Highline music teachers will select the next year’s recipient next fall. Kaya will be eligible to compete for it again at that time as long as she is enrolled in Highline Public Schools.

Highline Music4Life acquires musical instruments, gets them repaired if needed, and provides them to Highline Public Schools for use by students of low income families. The program was created by the school board three years ago and is sponsored in-part by the Rotary clubs of Des Moines, Burien-White Center and SeaTac. “You don’t have to be a Rotarian to support Music4Life,” said Steve Swank, President of Highline Music4Life’s Program Management Team. “All that’s necessary is that you understand the unique value that instrumental music plays in the total education of a child.”

“In addition to her work ethic and willingness to implement feedback, Kaya was nominated for her playing ability,” said her music teacher Claire Waistell. “Kaya always makes time to coach her peers and to ensure she is prepared for assessments and rehearsals. She is a true Sylvester Tomcat!”

Besides the Highline program, Music4Life also operates programs supporting Edmonds, Mukilteo, Seattle and Shoreline Public Schools. An emergent program is being developed for Everett Public Schools. The program acquires used instruments from the garages or attics of adults who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play. With adequate resources, Music4Life can also buy new musical instruments for school districts.

Currently, more than 70 percent of students in Highline Public Schools are from families that are income-eligible. The Highline Music4Life™ initiative was created to help as many of them as possible.

Music4Life enjoys the support of notable music advocates and other community leaders. Gerard Schwarz, world-renowned conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, endorsed the program, saying:

“This wonderful program begins with children in elementary school at a time when, if they’re interested and talented in any way, they have the greatest chance of success. Many people tell me of the impact that direct knowledge of instrumental music has had on their lives. We intend to give this advantage to all our children.”

Highline Music4Life is supported in part by grants from 4Culture; First Choice Health; the Rotary Clubs of Des Moines, Burien-White Center and SeaTac; the Casperson Family Foundation; and other organizations and individuals.

REMINDER: See & Hear ‘The Planets’ with NW Symphony Orchestra Saturday

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:31

Click here to view the embedded video.

REMINDER: The Northwest Symphony Orchestra first concert in its 2014-2015 season – a multimedia extravaganza called “The Planets” – will be this Saturday night, Oct. 25 at Burien’s Highline Performing Arts Center.

The performance will include projected visual footage of the planets from NASA, along with photography by local astrophotographer Andy Ermolli – all combined with outstanding symphony music!

NWSO will be joined by choirs from Kennedy and Mount Rainier High Schools on The Planets.

The concert will open with the Prelude to Act III from Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin, followed by The Holy City by Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness, one of the most prolific and well known composers of the 20th century, who lived in the greater Seattle area from the 1970s until his death in 2000, and who was profoundly influenced by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The Holy City will feature local trumpet prodigy Natalie Dungey. The concert will conclude with The Planets by Gustav Holst, a suite of seven movements, each of which is themed around one of the planets (as understood in 1914-1916, when the piece was written).

“This is a great concert for the entire family,” said Music Director Dr. Anthony Spain. “The Planets is one of the most popular pieces of classical music, and alongside the orchestral performance, will be an impressive large screen display of footage of the Planets from NASA, as well as astrophotography by local photographer Andy Ermolli.”

Fifteen year old American trumpeter Natalie Dungey came to international attention through her stunning performance of the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto at the National Trumpet Competition that went through the trumpet world on Youtube when she was 10. Since then she has been a featured soloist with Christopher O’Reilly on NPR’s From The Top (show #202), has premiered works for trumpet and orchestra, and been the featured soloist with orchestras and bands around the country and as far as Japan.

Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center

INFO: Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin- Richard Wagner The Holy City- Alan Hovhaness
Trumpet soloist, Natalie Dungey The Planets- Gustav Holst

TICKETS – purchase online here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/871866

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

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

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

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

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

Vote LOCAL in KING5’s ‘Best of Western Washington,’ which ends this Friday

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:47

KING5’s annual ‘Best of Western Washington‘ contest ends this Friday, Oct. 24, so now would be a good time to cast your votes to help some of our local businesses!

Several area businesses are nominated for the contest (including us for “Best Neighborhood Blog” – vote here!) and we’ve done our best to list them all below, with direct links that you can use to vote for them.

In the past, several B-Town area businesses have been honored, including:

“The goal of the KING5 Best of Western Washington is to host a fair and accurate contest to determine the best local businesses by popular vote,” reads the Contest Rules page. “Nominees are encouraged to invite their customers to vote and may use any official tools and promotional materials provided on best.king5.com to promote their involvement in the Best of Western Washington.”

Please note that if your business is not listed below (several don’t turn up in searches because they use “Seattle” as their mailing address), please email the direct link to your “Vote” page and we’ll add it (you can find it by searching for your business, or if it’s not listed, nominating it yourself).

Each link below should go directly to the “Vote” page for that particular business, and voting takes less than a minute – so click away B-Towners!:

  1. The B-Town Blog
  2. Moss Chiropractic
  3. 909 in Burien
  4. Burien Auto Repair
  5. Burien Chevrolet
  6. Breeders Theater
  7. Dan the Sausage Man
  8. Emerald Cove Catering
  9. Skinperfect Aesthetics
  10. Burien Actors Theatre
  11. Burien Honda
  12. Burien Toyota Scion
  13. Burien Chiropractic
  14. Burien Dance Theatre
  15. Angelos – Burien
  16. Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub
  17. AAAA Mini Storage
  18. Poggi Bonsi & Cucina
  19. Adele’s Flowers
  20. King Wha Restaurant
  21. Serenza Salon & Spa
  22. Vino Bello Wine Bar & Shop
  23. La Costa
  24. Highline Athletic Club
  25. Azteca Lavanderia
  26. The Tin Room
  27. The Tin Theater
  28. Goodtime Ernie’s
  29. Murphy’s ATA Blackbelt Academy
  30. The Mark Restaurant & Bar
  31. Lavina Mays
  32. Osteria da Primo
  33. Huckleberry Square Restaurant
  34. Pho La Vang
  35. Stewart’s Collision (now Fix Auto Burien)
  36. Burien Tattoo
  37. Bikram Yoga Burien
  38. Bistro Baffi
  39. Lollipops

WHITE CENTER:

  1. 3.14 Bakery
  2. Full Tilt Ice Cream
  3. White Center Food Bank
  4. White Center Pizza
  5. Uncle Mikes Barbecue
  6. Rat City Ruckus
  7. White Center Blog

DES MOINES:

  1. Scotch and Vine
  2. Des Moines Dog House
  3. Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
  4. Marine View Massage
  5. Page Turner Books
  6. Landmark Event Center

DON’T FERGET YE SEAFAIR PIRATES!
Yarrgh…here be one more, a favorite Northwest charity of ours since they scared the bejesus our of us as little kids – the Seafair Pirates!

Two shows Thursday night at Tin Room Bar & Theater’s Comedy Night!

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:02

Longtime Advertiser The Tin Room Bar & Theater will be holding their monthly Comedy Night – with two shows – this Thursday night, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Headliner is Rodney Sherwood, with Feature Brett Hamil and Emcee Chris Moran.

You must be 21 to attend.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Tin Room, located at 923 SW 152nd Street; phone: (206) 242-8040.

VIDEO: Time-lapse of Tuesday’s storm as seen from Seahurst

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:43

Burien resident Chris Rimple shot a time-lapse video on Tuesday, Oct. 21, showing a storm system moving through the region.

“Here’s a time lapse of yesterday’s storm, from 9:30 a.m. to sunset,” Chris said. “View is NE from Seahurst, looking at the north end of Vashon, Blake Island, and the southern tip of Bainbridge.”

Watch closely and you can see the Vashon ferry zipping back and forth, as well as some ships cruising through the shipping lane.

This was shot at 15 second intervals and rendered at 25 frames per second, total length is 1:30, and is best viewed at 720p or 1080p:

Click here to view the embedded video.

To see the latest local Weather from our very own Puget Sound Weather Geek, click here: http://b-townblog.com/weather/

Burien Arts Gallery’s November exhibit spotlights two unique Artists

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:48

Kalvin Zane Rutagengwa is a self-taught painter and sculptor who discovered his artistic talent as a 6-year-old boy in Rwanda. Tamara Stephas is a landscape painter and sculptor whose work is deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest.

You can meet both artists at Burien Art Gallery’s Opening Reception on Friday, Nov. 7, from 4-8 p.m.

The show runs Nov. 4-Nov. 30.

Artists United’s November display at the Gallery features acrylic painters Judy Eckhardt and Janet Price. Eckhardt uses many layers of paint to achieve rich colors and vibrant paintings. Her exhibit focuses on boats and beach houses. Price is a painter and print maker. In honor of the Day of the Dead, she will feature some of her work from Mexico.

Fine-art ceramics and jewelry will also be on display.

As a member of the Tutsi tribe that was nearly eradicated in the Rwanda genocide, Rutagengwa let peace and reconciliation be his motivation during this time. He used his artistic talents to help orphans build their lives on art rather than as street beggars.

Stephas’ work explores the relationship between humans and our environment by combining landscape painting with architectural elements and text.

The Gallery is located at 826 S.. 152nd St. in Olde Burien. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. We are closed Monday and Tuesday.

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

New Highline Creative Schools Initiative receives $1.7 million grant

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:09

Non-profit Arts Corps has been awarded a $1.7 million grant over four years from the U.S. Department of Education to launch the Highline Creative Schools Initiative within Highline Public Schools.

The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant will support the planning and implementation of this pioneering art initiative.

The Highline Creative Schools Initiative will fund Arts Corps’ teaching artists to regularly lead in-depth visual and theatrical art lessons at two Highline middle schools. The middle schools will be selected during the planning process.

The teaching artists will work closely with language arts teachers to integrate art lessons and projects with core subject lessons. For example, if students are reading historical fiction and studying the main characters, the teaching artist may lead a project in which students write and perform monologues in the point of view of those characters.

The grant will also support professional development and collaborations between the Highline middle school teachers and teaching artists.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Arts Corps to increase arts participation in our schools,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “Arts instruction belongs in our schools, and not just as an after school add-on for those who can afford to pay for it.”

The initiative builds upon the successes of Arts Corps’ two-year pilot project in Seattle Public Schools.

“It’s amazing to see kids grow their creative and critical capacities through an integrated arts learning model,” says Arts Corps Executive Director Elizabeth Whitford. “This funding allows us to bring a powerful model to scale as well as understand how and why it deepens classroom engagement in the short and long-term.”

Learn more about Arts Corps here: http://www.artscorps.org/

Adults-only Halloween Costume Party will be at The Cove Saturday, Oct. 25

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 13:08

Come to the Normandy Park Cove for their BIG Halloween Adults-Only Costume Party on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 7 – 11:30 p.m.!

Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed.

Live music will be provided by the Pink Torpedos.

Light appetizers and mixers are provided.

You BYOB.

Tickets are $10.00 per person in advance. Groups of 10 may reserve a table in advance.

Stop by the office and purchase your tickets, Mon., Wed., Fri. 9-1 or Sat. 8-10am.

The Normandy Park Cove is located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive.

Questions? Call 242-3778.

Vintage at Burien’s Fall Bazaar will be Nov. 15

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:27

VINTAGE at BURIEN FALL BAZAAR
149 S 140th ST

NOV. 15, 2014, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.

CRAFTS, CHRISTMAS ITEMS, ART PIECES, BAKED GOODS

RAFFLE BASKETS & MISC. GIFT ITEMS

TICKETS $1.00 ea or 6 / $5.00

Proceeds from the raffle sales will go to

Vintage at Burien arts/craft program and Highline Area Food Bank.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Burien Arts Gallery accepting submissions for 2015-16

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 18:32

CALL FOR ARTISTS:

BURIEN ARTS GALLERY now accepting submissions for the 2015-16 Gallery Exhibition Schedule.

The Burien Arts Gallery, centrally located in downtown Burien, is calling for artists to apply via www.burienarts.org for consideration to have their work exhibited in the Burien Arts Gallery.  We are interested in contemporary artists working on topical narratives in all genres, but specific to 2015, we would like to curate shows focusing on:

  • GLASS WORKS (in 2 dimensions and 3)
  • MULTI-MEDIA
  • FIBER ARTS

In addition, we are building several shows based upon the following themes:

  • METAMORPHOSIS
  • ALTERED REALITY
  • STORIES, PERSONAL & UNIVERSAL

Burien Arts, a 501(c)3 non profit, opened its Gallery in October 2013; it is the only fine art gallery between West Seattle and Tacoma.

Entry form is easily accessible online and can be submitted immediately, electronically by going to www.burienarts.org.

Artists chosen by the review panel will be curated into the 2015-16 Exhibition schedule.  Exhibitions will run approximately one month, include a reception and may include a small talk by the artist(s).

‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ will be Saturday, Nov. 1 at Community Center

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:46

‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ is returning and will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Burien Community Center from 6-10pm.

Entrance to the event is FREE.

Wrist bands for unlimited carnival games available for $6/child-purchase at the door.

“Bring your carved pumpkin and an LED candle to Dottie Harper Park site or carve one at the event to fill the park with illuminated jack o’ lanterns!”

Here’s what to expect:

  • $6 wristband for kids for unlimited carnival games-purchase at the door.
  • Costumes encouraged!
  • Mariachi music, puppet shows, storytelling around the campfire
  • Face painting by Burien Arts, paper flower making, animal and toddler room
  • Bring something for the community altar and view many fabulous altars
  • Walk through the cemetery
  • Enjoy food trucks and vendors: Tamales, roasted corn, Tokyo Dog, Burien Press beverages and sweets.
  • The return of Pumpkin Plinko!
  • Art installations by Oleana Perry, Mary saucier and Zoey Platt
  • Fire Art, performers, and Sling Bang Bowling
  • Celebrate your community, your family and friends! All pumpkins will be composted through a gift from Recology CleanScapes.

Dottie Harper Park is located at SW 146th and 4th Ave SW.

Thank you to sponsors 4 Culture, Discover Burien and Ignition Northwest.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or call the Burien Community Center at (206) 988-3700.

www.burienwa.gov/NOTP

PHOTOS: Halloween comes early to this spooky Burien neighborhood

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:18

BTB Reader Elston Hill was out walking the other day around Three Tree Point when he happened upon one of the most decorated and festive homes in the area, owned by Greg and Rhonda Dill and located at the corner of Maplewild Ave SW and SW 172nd Street.

Elston shot these photos of the Dill’s frightful Halloween decorations (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

See local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ at Gig Harbor Film Fest Sat. night

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:30


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The locally-made short film ‘The Maury Island Incident‘ will screen this coming Saturday night, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Film Festival.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with local filmmakers Scott Schaefer (Director/Producer) and Steve Edmiston (Writer/Producer).

Based on declassified FBI documents, this 30-minute movie – based on declassified FBI documents – tells the incredible, tragic, and forgotten story of Harold Dahl, who on June 21, 1947, alleged a UFO sighting over Puget Sound, Washington. This sparked ‘the summer of the saucers,’ the modern era of UFO obsession, the first appearance of a ‘Man in Black’ as well as a governmental battle over UFO sighting jurisdiction reaching directly to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover.

The film – which was shot in Burien, Des Moines, Tukwila and off the shores of Maury Island during the summer of 2013 – was awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production. This will be its 10th festival showing.

Shot locally and featuring Seattle-area actors Tony Doupé, Allen Fitzpatrick, John Patrick Lowrie, and David S. Hogan, the film was also produced by area residents John White (Executive Producer), Scott and Laura Beth Peterson, and Danny House.

SCREENING DETAILS:

Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 7:30 p.m.

BUY TICKETS HERE

Galaxy Gig Harbor 4649 Point Fosdick Dr. NW (about 35 miles south)
Gig Harbor WA 98335

Get directions

Here’s the trailer:

Click here to view the embedded video.

MORE INFO:

Show ‘In Motion’ how you get around in new photo contest

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:40

‘In Motion’ is holding a photo contest!

“We want to see your slick (bike) wheels, your carpool buddies, your favorite walking shoes or the best seat on the bus!” reads an announcement.

Through Oct. 15, just upload your photo on their Facebook page or upload it to Instagram or Twitter with #HowIGetInMotion to show how you get around.

First place reward is a $75 Amazon gift card, second place reward is a $50 Amazon gift card, and third place reward a $25 Amazon gift card!

Everyone can vote for photos until Oct 17, and 3 lucky voters will win a $10 Starbucks gift card.

For more information about In Motion and to sign up visit kingcounty.gov/inmotion

See & Hear ‘The Planets’ with Northwest Symphony Orchestra Oct. 25

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 16:57

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra will be holding the first concert in its 2014-2015 season – a multimedia extravaganza called “The Planets” – on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Burien’s Highline Performing Arts Center.

The concert will include projected visual footage of the planets from NASA, along with photography by local astrophotographer Andy Ermolli – all combined with outstanding symphony music!

NWSO will be joined by choirs from Kennedy and Mount Rainier High Schools on The Planets.

The concert will open with the Prelude to Act III from Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin, followed by The Holy City by Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness, one of the most prolific and well known composers of the 20th century, who lived in the greater Seattle area from the 1970s until his death in 2000, and who was profoundly influenced by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The Holy City will feature local trumpet prodigy Natalie Dungey. The concert will conclude with The Planets by Gustav Holst, a suite of seven movements, each of which is themed around one of the planets (as understood in 1914-1916, when the piece was written).

“This is a great concert for the entire family,” said Music Director Dr. Anthony Spain. “The Planets is one of the most popular pieces of classical music, and alongside the orchestral performance, will be an impressive large screen display of footage of the Planets from NASA, as well as astrophotography by local photographer Andy Ermolli.”

Fifteen year old American trumpeter Natalie Dungey came to international attention through her stunning performance of the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto at the National Trumpet Competition that went through the trumpet world on Youtube when she was 10. Since then she has been a featured soloist with Christopher O’Reilly on NPR’s From The Top (show #202), has premiered works for trumpet and orchestra, and been the featured soloist with orchestras and bands around the country and as far as Japan.

Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center

INFO: Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin- Richard Wagner The Holy City- Alan Hovhaness
Trumpet soloist, Natalie Dungey The Planets- Gustav Holst

TICKETS – purchase online here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/871866

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

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

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

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

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

Locally-made alien & UFO films will screen at upcoming film fests

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:33

Two films made by Burien filmmakers will be screening at upcoming film festivals in Tacoma and Gig Harbor.

The alien abduction thriller feature “The Device,” Directed by Burien resident Jeremy Berg, and the short “The Maury Island Incident,” Directed/Produced by resident Scott Schaefer, Written/Produced by Steve Edmiston, Produced by Laura Beth & Scott Peterson and Danny House, Executive Produced by John White with Music by David Templeton, will screen on these dates:

TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL:

THE DEVICE:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 9:15 p.m. @ THE GRAND CINEMA #1 – BUY TICKETS

THE MAURY ISLAND INCIDENT:

GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL:

THE MAURY ISLAND INCIDENT:

Both films were produced locally, with scenes shot in Burien.

One interesting element these two films share is the casting of local Actor David S. Hogan, who plays FBI Agent Mitchell in “The Maury Island Incident” and Calvin in “The Device.”

Synopses:

THE DEVICE:
Abby and Rebecca Powell haven’t seen each other since a traumatic event in their youth ripped them apart. Reunited for the first time in over a decade, the sisters take a trip to spread their mother’s ashes at a secluded lake. As the sisters reconnect and try to heal old wounds, something waits in the nearby woods. A strange object, made not by the hands of man, beckons them to it. As they begin to try to unlock its secrets, Abby is plagued by nightmares of an alien presence that seem all too real. Little do the sisters realize that this object is actually a device, one with a purpose too horrible to comprehend. As the events of the past and the present begin to merge, new discoveries will threaten to tear apart their newly reformed family, and the inhuman creators of the device will attempt to finish a terrible experiment begun years before.

THE MAURY ISLAND INCIDENT:
“The Maury Island Incident” is a short film based on a long-forgotten UFO encounter that happened off Maury Island, WA 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 “Men in Black” encounter as well. Directed by Scott Schaefer and Written by Steve Edmiston.

Here are trailers for each:

THE DEVICE:

The Device Festival Trailer from The October People on Vimeo.

THE MAURY ISLAND INCIDENT:

The Maury Island Incident Trailer #1 from The Maury Island Incident on Vimeo.

“The Device” will be released on DVD & VOD by Image Entertainment on Dec. 16: (http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/77859/exclusive-artwork-premiere-device#axzz3CamTYrMD)

More information here:

THE DEVICE:

THE MAURY ISLAND INCIDENT:

PHOTO: Another amazing sunset as seen from above Burien’s Three Tree Point

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 19:35

BTB Reader Elston Hill shares this photo, taken from 32nd Ave SW above Three Tree Point on Satueday, Oct. 4, 2014 (click image to see larger version):

“I believe this is a vehicle hauling ship,” Elston said.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Burien Beach Party Celebrates Seahurst Park Renovation

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:29

To celebrate the completion of the work to restore the north shoreline at Seahurst Park, the Burien Parks folks threw a huge beach party on Friday, October 3 and invited the public to come experience the changes first hand.

The event featured live music, native storytelling, campfires, s’mores and more!

BTB’s Michael Brunk was there and put together the following video and photo gallery:

Click here to view the embedded video.

REVIEW: ‘Out of Sterno a beautiful journey wrapped in caricatures & humor’

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:09

From left to right, Dotty (Stephanie Spohrer) explains the “appliance art” she has painted on customer Mrs. Peabody’s (Connor Kinzer) toenails, while salon owner Zena (Mahria Zook) looks on in horror in the comedy “Out of Sterno.” The show runs through Oct. 19 at Burien Actors Theatre.

From left to right: Dotty (Stephanie Spohrer) makes excuses to her husband, Hamel (Adam Hegg) in the comedy “Out of Sterno.” The show runs through Oct. 19 at Burien Actors Theatre.

From right to left, Dotty (Stephanie Spohrer) learns about being a “real” woman from Barb (Connor Kinzer), the ultra-feminist Dotty meets on the bus in the comedy “Out of Sterno.” The show runs through Oct. 19 at Burien Actors Theatre.

Photos by Mike Wilson.

by Shelli Park

“Like Mama always said: ‘Nothing is so horrible that it can’t be explained away.’”

And, like an ostrich with her head in the sand, Dotty has lived a static life in service to her ‘“hunk” of a husband, Hamel (Adam Hegg) in the city of Sterno.

When we meet Dotty (Stephanie Spohrer), she is a bit manic, a bit frumpy, and full of hope and dreams, and a child-like enthusiasm for every detail of life. She is a beautiful, trusting soul.

Dottie stands expectantly in the kitchen engaging in a lively one-sided conversation with the audience, breaking the fourth wall. We feel that we are her only friends. The kitchen, and set as a whole (designed by Albie Clemente) has the feel of a Fun House – off-kilter and whimsical. Spohrer is spot on as this larger-than-life character whose eccentric personality has been cultivated in her one-bedroom petri dish.

Elective Blindness is a condition we are be conditioned to accept, to fear to change. It takes courage to overcome and repattern.

“Don’t believe what you see, believe what you’re told,” Dotty remembers another bit of her mother’s “wisdom”.

Some of these guides take the shape of bus buddies, or a taxi driver, each played by Connor Kinzer. Kinzer is amazing as he embodies each of the characters he plays. His gifted versatility elevates this production.

Maria Zook plays Zena, Dotty’s boss, role model and nemesis. The stereotype of this character is well-expressed: the shallow, narcissistic, angry, Jersey beautician. My only complaint is that Zook’s accent waivers at times, which was a little distracting. The complexity of Zena’s role in the plot keeps the story fresh and full of unexpected twists.
We witness Dotty’s awakening. She discovers her true Self. As she begins to read more and more her mind opens and even her vocabulary, previously simple, is expanded ten-fold. It is inspiring to witness.

Out of Sterno, written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, is a beautiful journey wrapped in caricatures and humor. Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Lerrick, co-directors, have done wonderful work on this production, guiding it in order to achieve maximum impact. It is empowering, with moments of heartache and disbelief thrown in. The universe is conspiring to free Dotty from her prison and her guides present themselves bearing messages and lessons she takes in as she evolves.

The ending is powerful. Attend this production ready to receive humor and revelations.

And don’t forget – you can save $5 on tickets to this play, which runs through Oct. 19 – with our exclusive coupon:

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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.

Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien, in the northwest corner of the intersection of 4th Ave SW and SW 146th Street.

For more info, visit http://burienactorstheatre.org or call (206) 242-5180.

‘Night of 1,000 Pumpkins’ will haunt Dottie Harper Park on Saturday, Nov. 1

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:39

The ‘Night of 1,000 Pumpkins’ will haunt Burien’s Dottie Harper Park on Saturday, Nov. 1, as a fun family-safe celebration of Halloween and the Day of the Dead!

“Bring your carved pumpkin and an LED candle to Dottie Harper Park site or carve one at the event to fill the park with illuminated jack o’ lanterns!”

Here’s what to expect:

  • $6 wristband for kids for unlimited carnival games-purchase at the door.
  • Costumes encouraged!
  • Mariachi music, puppet shows, storytelling around the campfire
  • Face painting by Burien Arts, paper flower making, animal and toddler room
  • Bring something for the community altar and view many fabulous altars
  • Walk through the cemetery
  • Enjoy food trucks and vendors: Tamales, roasted corn, Tokyo Dog, Burien Press beverages and sweets.
  • The return of Pumpkin Plinko
  • Fire Art and Sling Bang Bowling
  • Celebrate your community, your family and friends! All pumpkins will be composted through a gift from Recology CleanScapes.

Dottie Harper Park is located at SW 146th and 4th Ave SW.

Thank you to sponsors 4 Culture, Discover Burien and Ignition Northwest.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or call the Burien Community Center at (206) 988-3700.

Day of the Dead artwork by Danielle Burton. Click image to see large version.

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