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Northwest Ale Fest fundraiser will be Saturday, Mar. 11 at Normandy Park Cove

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 13:54

Great Beer. Great Music.  Great Cause NORTHWEST ALE FEST The Cove, Normandy Park, WA

Come see how you can make a big difference in the lives of orphaned children, all while sipping local beers, listening to some spectacular music, and enjoying a night with friends – the Northwest Ale fest will be held on Saturday, March 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Cove in Normandy Park.

Admission is $30 and includes a beer tasting glass and six tasting tokens.  Additional tokens will be available for purchase.  Designated driver tickets ($5) will be available at the door. There will be 22 different beers to sample, food trucks, and live music performed by Molner Music.

All proceeds will benefit Orphan Relief & Rescue, an organization founded in response to the nature and magnitude of violence and neglect of orphaned children in West Africa.  Headquartered in Burien, our vision is to end injustice and see every child restored to their  true value.

The event is sponsored by Collins Chiropractic, Hot Feet Fitness, Burien Press, The B-Town Blog, and Tamera Duke from Windermere Real Estate.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or at http://nwalefest.com.

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

Meditation & Restorative Yoga highlight March at Lake Burien Physical Therapy

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 15:57

Ready to start a path to wellness? Many people express a desire to develop a wellness routine, but often feel daunted by the unknown.

Will I be able to meditate? How can I slow down, or will I feel comfortable in a yoga class?

The supportive professionals at Lake Burien Physical Therapy are here to help. Their next six week meditation series is designed specifically to introduce or re-introduce a variety of meditation styles so that you can find the practice that is best for you.

This Thursday evening series is presented by Amy Castillo beginning March 9.

More info here:

Thursday Evening Meditation Series (7-8 PM)
This series will help you to listen and trust the intuition and instinct that are your inner wisdom. Amy has studied a variety of styles throughout the wisdom traditions and with modern teachers coming from a scientific brain health perspective. The intention of this series is to share with you a variety of styles of meditation to support you in finding the style that best resonates with you. This 6-week class will dispel myths about meditation, show you that everyone can meditate and help you discover the right practice for you, in a supportive and informative environment. 6-week series is $75-Class is limited, so reserve your spot today! March April Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30 April 6 & 20

Ready to shake off Winter Cobwebs and aches?
Gentle Restorative yoga, led by Karn Junkinsmith can help.  Come discover the benefits of stretching and release. Appropriate for all levels, this class is offered at a variety of convenient times both morning and evening. What’s more they are very affordable at just $10/drop-in or save 10% by purchasing a punch card. You can even do it online at: www.lakeburienpt.com/wellness/yoga/

Here’s more info:

These classes are structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. One on One attention for each student to accommodate your limitations. All props will be supplied to allow the body to fully achieve each position comfortably. This class is held at a pace that is appropriate for each student and focuses on stretching all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Appropriate for all levels! Cost: $10 for a drop-in session, or $90 for a 10-class punch card, which you may purchase on their website at www.lakeburienpt.com/wellness/yoga/   Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8-9 AM and Monday/Wednesday 5:30-6:30PM

*Please follow us on FB and watch our website (www.lakeburiept.com) for class updates and additional programs.

Lake Burien Physical Therapy is located at:

15811 Ambaum Blvd SW, Ste 140, Burien, WA 98166 (map below)

Phone: (206) 327-9880

Web: www.lakeburienpt.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LakeBurienPT/

REMINDER: St. Francis of Assisi School’s ‘Annie Jr.’ will be Friday & Saturday

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 08:31

REMINDER: St. Francis of Assisi School – in collaboration with Hi-Liners Musical Theatre – proudly presents ‘Annie Jr.’ this weekend, opening TONIGHT, Friday, Feb. 24, with the finalé on Saturday, Feb. 25!

Performances will be at 7 p.m. both nights at the Highline Performing Arts Center, located at 401 S. 152nd Street in Burien.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 each at the school office.

This is the 14th year that St. Francis of Assisi School has been performing.

Contact 206-243-5690 for more information.

Our mission is to educate the whole person within a Christ-centered, Catholic community that fosters active faith, provides a balanced curriculum and promotes academic growth to prepare students for success.

POLL: Two final designs released for newly-revised City of Burien logo

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 14:40

After the first proposed new logos for the City of Burien were presented by Tacoma agency JayRay – and were rejected last October – two new revised ones were released this week.

The City Council will likely discuss and vote on which of these two logos to approve (or not) at Monday night’s (Feb. 27) Study Session:

(Click images to see larger versions:)

NEW LOGO “CIRCLE B”:

“REFRESH” LOGO:

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We’d like to know what YOU think – please tell us which logo you prefer in our Poll below:

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Here’s the city’s statement on this branding initiative:

On February 27, 2017, the Burien City Council will vote on a new logo for the City of Burien. They will be presented with two options: a new logo as well as a refresh of the City’s existing logo.

About the Logo Options

New Logo

  • The hand-drawn circle is simple, neighborly and authentic. It beckons the viewer in, unifying and wholehearted.
  • The iconic B is the center of focus, confident but unpretentious. The typography is distinctive and simple.
  • The circular shape is inclusive—inviting community, businesses and visitors in. Some may see a “place marker” when they view the logo, which is intentional, proudly highlighting that this is the place to be. The handcrafted feeling of the circle reflects Burien’s creative spirit. Among civic logos, the design is distinctive, bold and timeless.
  • The logo will reproduce well large and small, in a range of formats and media, for a consistent, professional presentation of the city.

Logo Refresh

  • Updated and fresh, the design depicts the region’s land, water and mountain. It retains the youthful feel and recognizable triangle form of the original Burien logo.
  • The simplicity and open white space suggests “room for life.”
  • The typography is neighborly and unpretentious.
  • The colors are slightly modernized and spirited.
  • The simplified forms will reproduce well large and small, in a range of formats and media, for a consistent, professional presentation of the city.

Brand Platform

  • Personality: Neighborly, Spirited, Unpretentious, Wholehearted, Enterprising
  • Position: A close by city, with room for life
  • Promise: Burien will always inspire you to create

About the Burien Branding Initiative
The logo redesign is part of the larger Burien Branding Initiative the City initiated in 2015. The five-phase project started with an extensive community outreach effort, followed by the development of a brand platform and development of a logo. The cost of the initiative is funded by a Business & Operations (B&O tax) increase approved in 2014 and implemented in 2015. The City Council directed the revenue to be spent on economic development programs. This initiative is one of several projects to be funded from this revenue.

Once the logo has been approved by Council, City staff will move to the final implementation phase of the branding project. This phase will include updating:

  • City-owned communications channels, such as our website, social media, as well as printed materials residents receive in the mail, like the PaRCs Department’s catalog and Burien Magazine
  • Signs on streets, parks and buildings
  • Decals on City-owned vehicles
  • Badges and decals used on Public Works and Burien Police Department uniforms

Why Re-Brand Burien?
Economic development has been a top priority of the Burien City Council as well as our residents for many years. The need for a strong, professional brand for Burien was identified as a top priority during the January 2015 City Council Retreat.

Branding is one of many City Council priorities, including public safety, human services and building and maintaining the infrastructure that connects us all. A strong economy driving sales and other tax revenues is how we pay for those services. Branding is an important tool for increasing economic development and encouraging community pride.

Burien currently has a brand – one that is increasingly defined by outsiders and that fails to capture the community spirit, attractive location, and unique personalities of our diverse residents and businesses. Re-branding Burien is a way to communicate Burien’s vision and values, both to our residents and to visitors and potential investors. It will help us execute our new business retention and recruitment plan, help attract a hotel, and differentiate us from our competitors.

As we attract more visitors, residents, and businesses to our community, our economy will get stronger. A brand plays a big role in defining and communicating a community’s success.

A ‘Burien Brand Advisory’ committee assisted in this branding process, and included:

  • Kathy Justin – Burien Arts Commission Chair, design professional (KMJ Design)
  • Maureen Hoffmann – Graphic design professional (Kunstdame), past Burien Arts Commission member
  • Judy Coovert – BEDP Member, printing professional (Printcom, Inc.)
  • Andrea Reay – Executive Director of Seattle Southside Chamber, past Burien Arts Commission member
  • Gina Kallman – Cultural Arts Supervisor, City of Burien
  • Chris Craig – Economic Development Specialist, City of Burien
  • Dan O’Brien – Surface Water Management Engineer, City of Burien
  • Laura Crandall – Local Government Management Fellow, City of Burien, past printing professional

In work sessions, the committee used the following criteria to evaluate logo options:

  1. Is it consistent with the Burien’s brand 3Ps?
    • Personality: Neighborly, Spirited, Unpretentious, Wholehearted, Enterprising
    • Position: A close by city, with room for life
    • Promise: Burien will always inspire you to create
  2. Does it represent Burien authentically?
  3. Does it distinguish Burien from other places?
  4. Can it be reproduced successfully large and small; in color and in black and white; digitally, printed, embroidered and etched; and on a variety of materials?

Based on these criteria, they recommend the Circle B design:

      • The hand-drawn circle is simple, neighborly and authentic.
      • The typography is distinctive and simple.
      • The circular shape is inclusive—inviting community, businesses and visitors in. Some may see a “place marker” when they view the logo, which is intentional, proudly highlighting that this is the place to be.
      • The handcrafted feeling reflects Burien’s creative spirit.
      • The logo is playful and unpretentious highlighting the fun that happens in Burien, through its community, arts, outdoor activities and events.
      • Among civic logos, the design is distinctive, bold and timeless.
      • The logo will reproduce well large and small, in a range of formats and media, for a consistent, professional presentation of the city.

As we previously reported, the City contracted to spend at least $93,000 with a Tacoma agency named JayRay to develop this logo, which was rejected mostly because of design flaws (i.e.: gradient colors don’t scale well):

Two Councilmembers even suggested keeping the current logo (see below), perhaps somehow tweaking it to better focus on what some said makes Burien a place people “want to come to live and to work” (hence the “refresh” logo).

OLD/CURRENT LOGO:

Burien Film Festival will be focus of March 7 Film Office Happy Hour

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 14:04

The 2017 Burien Film Festival will be the focus of the next Film Office Happy Hour, set for Tuesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Tin Theater.

This is an open, all-ages, FREE event, and all who enjoy film and the arts are invited.

Doors open for networking at 5:30 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 6 p.m.

Film Fest organizers will present the 2017 schedule of events, along with details about each of the three contests:

  • Student Short Film
  • Burien-centric Short Film
  • Open Short Film

There will also be an industry event at Forest Ledge on the Friday evening before the festival, which will focus on cutting edge VR technologies.

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

Local Historians seek state recognition for infamous 1947 flying disc story

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:21

Local historic group the Maury Island Incident Historical Society (“MIIHS”) has submitted a Resolution to Washington State Senators Karen Keiser (33rd District) and Sharon Nelson (34th District) that calls for the Washington State Senate to:

“…pause and 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, the first reference to the characters now popularly known as “men in black,” and further, to recognize and honor the heroism and service of Army Air Corps Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and Lt. Frank M. Brown, who lost their lives during their investigation of the Maury Island Incident when their airplane crashed outside of Kelso, Washington, on August 1, 1947.”

Read the full draft Resolution here (PDF file).

“We need to show there is community support for this Resolution,” said Steve Edmiston, MIIHS co-founder. “We definitely need constituents from Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien, and Vashon-Maury Island, all in the 33rd and 34th Districts, to e-mail or call and let Senator Keiser or Senator Nelson know that they’d like to see this Resolution adopted.”

When contacting your Senator, Edmiston suggested you provide (1) your name, address, and phone, (2) a statement that you support the Resolution acknowledging the 70th Anniversary of the Maury Island Incident, and (3) that the story has become an important part of the cultural legacy of your community.

The Maury Island Incident Historical Society is a Des Moines, Washington based organization dedicated to preserving the memory of The Maury Island Incident through community education and “Burning Saucer,” an annual celebration on the Harold Dahl’s alleged June 21, 1947, flying disc sighting. More info at www.facebook.com/MauryIslandIncidentHistoricalSociety/.

Here’s the proposed Resolution:

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

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;

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

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;”

WHEREAS, two weeks after the Washington sightings, on August 8, 1947, 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;

WHEREAS, on August 1, 1947, Army Air Corps Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and Lt. Frank M. Brown lost their lives when the B-25 Bomber they were piloting crashed outside of Kelso, Washington, immediately after completing their witness interviews relating to the Maury Island sightings at the Winthrop Hotel in Tacoma, Washington. Davidson and Brown were transporting “slag” evidence from the alleged UFO incident.

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

WHEREAS, between August 5, 1947, and September 27, 1947, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted an independent investigation of the deaths of Davidson and Brown and ultimately reported to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover that Dahl in truth did not recant his story but that his claim of hoax was itself a fabrication to avoid further public attention and ridicule;

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

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 the seventieth anniversary of these 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, the first reference to the characters now popularly known as “men in black,” and further, to recognize and honor the heroism and service of Army Air Corps Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and Lt. Frank M. Brown, who lost their lives during their investigation of the Maury Island Incident when their airplane crashed outside of Kelso, Washington, on August 1, 1947.

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, the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association, the Des Moines Historical Society, the Highline Historical Society, the Longview-Kelso Historical Society, and the Washington State Historical Museum.

I, __________________, Secretary of the Senate, do hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy of Senate Resolution ________ adopted by the Senate _____________ 2017.
___________________ Secretary of the Senate

Here’s a trailer for the film version of this story (view the full film online here):

PHOTO: Big puffy clouds over Ro-Ro Carrier North Star cargo ship Wednesday

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 17:31

Courtesy Elston Hill comes this photo of big puffy clouds Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 22) seen over the Ro-Ro Carrier North Star on its 1600 mile voyage to Tacoma from Anchorage as it passed Blake Island.

FYI, ‘Ro-Ro Carriers’ are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo that Roll-On/Roll-Off.

Click image to see larger version (NOTE: Elston purposely tinted the photo red/pink):

Ship details:

  • Gross Tonnage: 65314
  • Deadweight: 20800 t
  • Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 255.73m × 35.97m
  • Year Built: 2003

Here’s a video from the Smithsonian Channel that shows the loading and unloading of this huge ship:

Proceeds from March 3 & 4 Poverty Bay Wine Festival will go to Music4Life

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 20:12

Wine, music and a great cause – the annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival – presented this year on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at the Des Moines Beach Park Event Center – is proud to be donating a majority of the proceeds to Highline Music4Life.

This noble non-profit helps underprivileged kids to acquire musical instruments. For the founder of Music4Life, Dave Endicott, it’s personal: “Music saved my life, got me off the streets.”

Last year, more than 720 guests of the Poverty Bay Wine Festival helped to provide funds for the Music4Life organization. This is the 13th year of the popular event put on by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park (add link).  With a record breaking attendance expected this year, Music4Life will be able to put instruments in the hands of hundreds of eager young musicians.

If you would like to join this entertainment-filled fundraiser, be sure to get your tickets ASAP before the price goes up. Tickets come with 10 tasting tokens and can be purchased right now at a discounted price of $35 at DrinkToMusic.Org. Tickets will be $40 at the door.

Join the fun with live music from some of the Northwest’s best blues artists, 20 local wineries, plus a brewery and a cidery. Besides drinks and music, a variety of tasty food items will be provided by Nibbles Seattle [http://www.nibblesseattle.com/], Ivars Chowder and Fred Meyer.

Music Lineup:

  1. Danny Welsh @ Friday Evening 6:00 to 9:00 PM

  2. Eric Madis @ Saturday 2:30 to 4:00 PM

  3. Scott Lindenmuth @ Saturday 4:30 to 6:00  PM

  4. Brian Butler @ Saturday 6:30 to 8:00 PM

The fun doesn’t stop there for this year’s Poverty Bay Wine Festival. Put some money down for the Wine Grab, a chance to win a super-premium bottle of wine. In addition, each night you’ll have a free chance at a door prize. On Friday, someone will take home a stunning hand blown vase valued at over $400 from the Seattle Glass Blowing Studio [link to their website – SeattleGlassBlowing.com]. On Saturday, you’ll be entered to win a spectacular gourmet dinner for four prepared in your home by Chef David Boyd with Down to Earth Cuisine [add link – downtoearthcuisine.com]

And yes, there’s more! Buy one or more $5 raffle tickets (add link to reservation page) for a chance to win two round trip tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies[ add link – https://www.alaskaair.com/]. A second winner gets two season passes to Centerstage Theatre [http://centerstagetheatre.com/] a $660 value.

This year’s Poverty Bay Wine Festival kicks off the day before (Thursday, March 2) at Des Moines legendary Lighthouse Lounge [add link – https://www.desmoineslighthouselounge.com/]. There’s live music featuring The Avengers, tasty food and drink, a showcase winery, door prizes and free admission.

The Poverty Bay Wine Festival is a 21-and-over event located at the Des Moines Beach Park Event Center. Volunteers are welcome and will receive all the benefits of admission: contact Patrice at pthorell@desmoineswa.gov. Parking is free and ADA assistive animals are allowed.

‘Repair Time’ fix-it event will be at Burien Community Center Wednesday, March 1

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 16:00

A ‘Repair Time’ fix-it event will be held at the Burien Community Center on Wednesday, March 1, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

“Bring your small household items including clothing and we’ll try to repair them or help you fix them!” Organizers said. “We want to keep stuff out of the landfill, conserve resources and save you money. Free to the public!”

You must be present during the repair.

Experienced all-purpose fixers and sewing fixers will try to repair or mend your items, and can also sometimes help you learn how to fix them next time. There are no guarantees an item can be fixed, or that attempting to fix it won’t break it even more.

Please only bring items small enough to be easily carried in by one person. Do not bring any items that are leaking, dangerous, use gasoline, or have a strong odor.

To sign up to attend, or if you have questions, please contact Tom Watson at 206-477-4481.

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/596097203918284/

This Burien fix-it event is co-sponsored by the King County EcoConsumer program’s Repair Time project and the Highline High School-based FIRST Tekerz Robotics 4-H team.

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

Empty Bowls presents $21,000 check to Highline & White Center Food Banks

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:56

The annual “big check presentation” for Burien’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser took place at Dan Thai Restaurant – which won this year for Best Soup – on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 16.

This year’s record-setting fundraiser netted $21,000, to be split evenly between the Highline Area and White Center Food Banks.

A record number – 1,164 people – attended this year’s event, which was held at the Burien Community Center on Jan. 27.

“Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the Empty Bowls Event this year, the White Center Food Bank and Highline Area Food Bank reaped the rewards of hard work and dedication for a good cause,” Organizers said.

REVIEW: ‘Sex with Strangers’ not to be missed; plus, how to get FREE tickets!

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:52

Photos by Michael Brunk

Review by Shelli Park

A play entitled ‘Sex with Strangers’ can be a bit provocative if the subject of sex makes you feel uncomfortable.

Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) is currently running a production of the play, written by Laura Eason, as you may have heard. You may be thrilled at the courage it takes for a small theatre company in a small town to produce a play with such a potentially controversial title. Or you may be offended by the seeing the word sex displayed on advertising all around town.

If you are offended, let me assure you that this play is not pornographic. And while sex figures off-stage, it is a thoughtfully written play about a love affair (yes, there is PG level intimacy), how the world, and technology, is rapidly changing; about having passion for writing, and reading; and about honesty with others, and with oneself, to name a few themes.

The play opens on a scene of a quaint cabin living room. A woman, Olivia (Alexandra Novotny) sits in a large, soft chair reading what looks to be a manuscript and drinking a glass of wine. Her peace is shattered when she hears the crunch of tires on snow, then more crunching as feet approach the door of the cabin. Enter, center stage, the force of nature which threatens to uproot her cozy existence, Ethan (J. Woody Lotts).

Chemistry between characters in a two person production is vital. Lotts and Novotny have plenty of it. Eason’s dialogue is witty and poignant, shooting straight for the tender heart balanced by a very healthy sense of humor. Our actors finesse their parts, bringing them to life. It is easy to identify with the characters.

Lotts is perfect in the role of the e-connected hipster. He is brash, but sensitive. His character is a classic narcissist, but not without heart.

Novotny carries the feeling of a woman nearing middle age who has settled. She barely hides the hope she carries for a different reality.

The journey through this complex relationship is satisfying. Flynn and Larrick partner well to guide their actors with their collective experienced wisdom.

The music, designed by Eric Dickman, delights, adding on-point layers to the production. Albie Clementi’s set is a feat of engineering and sets good tone for the two acts. The only weakness in the production, in my opinion, is Olivia’s costuming. Olivia may have settled in life, but I don’t think she has given up.

Burien Actors Theatre’s production of ‘Sex with Strangers’ is not to be missed. What a gift it is to have great, challenging theater in our town.

GET FREE TICKETS COURTESY BUFO!
Organizers of the Burien UFO Festival (BUFO) – which is taking a sabbatical this year – want to offer our Readers FREE tickets to this great production!

All you have to do is use the codeword BUFO when ordering tickets online, and you’ll get a pair for FREE:

https://v6.click4tix.com/event-details.php?e=430835

  • Friday, February 17, 2017: 8:00 pm – Purchase
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  • Sunday, February 19, 2017: 2:00 pm – Purchase
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR FREE TIX:

  • Click on the “Purchase” button for the date you want
  • Enter BUFO as the Promotion Code
  • Enjoy two FREE tickets!

These FREE tickets are courtesy a generous grant to BAT by BUFO Founder/Organizer John White!

COUPON
You can save $5 off tickets by using this Coupon:

Click image to print coupon.

BURIEN ARTS ON EXHIBIT
Also, during this production, BAT will be hosting Burien Arts with an exhibit of photos by the Artful Activists of the Backbone Campaign. The show is called ‘Love Wins.’

The photos feature ordinary people expressing their love and passion for Puget Sound while raising awareness about environmental stewardship.

Sex with Strangers is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS
Co-stage directors Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick direct the talented cast of Alexandra Novotny (Olivia) and J. Woody Lotts (Ethan)

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna Paulson, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Tucker O’Connor, costumes; and Eric Dickman, sound.

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.

Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Avenue SW, Burien, WA 98148:

Burien’s Jeff Ferrell will keep making films ‘until the day he drops dead’

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 17:01

By Kelsey Par

Burien Director and Writer Jeff Ferrell premiered his new feature film ‘Dead West’ on Feb. 7.

‘Dead West’ (previously entitled ‘Lady Killer’) is a road movie that focuses on a serial killer who is on a cross country road trip in search of love. Dissatisfied with the women he meets; he begins a killing spree.

This film, unlike most serial killer films, is shot from the killer’s perspective, and focuses more on the psychology behind his actions, rather than the actions themselves.

Here’s a trailer:

Ferrell’s creativity brings a new perspective to horror films.

He is known for his 2013 horror film ‘Ghostlight,’ as well as his 2008 short film ‘Morella.’

Ferrell has been interested in horror films since an early age.

“I grew up on all the old school horror films. I was inspired by Tim Burton especially,” he said.

Ferrell was fueled by his early 1990s imagination – Beetlejuice, Hell Boy, and Labyrinth are some of the many films that inspired him to venture into the genre of horror and thriller.

“I don’t really know why, but I’ve always loved the dark side of life, of art, and of creativity,” he said.

Ferrell had always dreamed of being an actor, but later decided that being a director would allow him to bring his ideas to life while still having control.

Until the age of 18, he focused specifically on becoming an actor.

He gained skill through the Highline High School theatre program he was involved in when he was in High School.

He later attended the Seattle Film Institute, where he worked hands on with actors and gained knowledge about filmmaking.

“Overall, I learned the most from actually making films,” he said.

Ferrell said he is proud of the accomplishments he has made in his career.

“I am proud that I’ve made two feature films that rent right alongside with Hollywood films. However flawed the films I have done, I’m still proud,” he said.

Ferrell is currently working on four feature films, including a sequel to Dead West which he aims to release in the next year.

Ferrell said he will continue to keep making films until the day he drops dead.

You can also listen to the just-released soundtrack of ‘Dead West’ here.

Read some of our previous coverage of Jeff here.

You can purchase and view ‘Dead West’ online here:


Out of time? Super pampering massage specials available at Three Tree Wellness

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 14:00

Out of time? Super pampering massage specials are available at Three Tree Wellness!

Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you? Never fear – Shari and the team at Three Tree Wellness and Massage want you to know they have some special appointments still avaiable for today!

Try a couples massage or just pamper your sweetie.

Why not grab a quick gift card on the way home? You can pamper your loved one now or later…AND Three tree wellness has teamed up with the hottest place for a cool treat in Olde Burien: Medzo Gelato and Travel Bar. Their artisanal gelato pairs decadence with sinfully delicious drizzles for the over 21 crowd, or enjoy the pure and complex flavors on their own.

So IT’S NOT TOO LATE to give a unique gift expressing your love!

Check out their flyer or give them a call for more details:

Three Tree Wellness Center
643 SW 152nd Street, Suite A,
Burien, WA 98166

Phone: 206.214.0838

Fax: 206.420.1558

Website: http://threetreewellness.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThreeTreeWellnessCenter/

St. Francis of Assisi School’s ‘Annie Jr.’ will be Feb. 24 & Feb. 25

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 09:52

St. Francis of Assisi School – in collaboration with Hi-Liners Musical Theatre – proudly presents ‘Annie Jr.’ on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25!

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan.

Performances will be on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center, located at 401 S. 152nd Street in Burien.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 each at the school office.

This is the 14th year that St. Francis of Assisi School has been performing.

Contact 206-243-5690 for more information.

Our mission is to educate the whole person within a Christ-centered, Catholic community that fosters active faith, provides a balanced curriculum and promotes academic growth to prepare students for success.

Wine Tasting at Advertiser Tin Room Bar & Theater this Thursday, Feb. 16

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 19:55

MONTES Sauvignon Blanc Chile 2016
This wine is greenish in color and very transparent and brilliant. The highly aromatic nose offers notes of citrus, peach and orange blossom. The palate is tremendously fresh and citrus notes reappear and linger long on the finish.
 90 Points WINE & SPIRITS, Best new world Sauvignon Blanc

FRANCISCAN Equilibrium White 2014
Equilibrium white blend is a rich, fun and unique wine that’s easy to enjoy. The name Equilibrium means “to come together in a state of harmonious balance.” With this in mind, our winemakers crafted a unique expression of artisanal blending. Crisp mouthfeel showing bright floral notes along with refreshing pear and white peach flavors, Equilibrium is an ensemble of
 Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Muscat.

MEIOMI Pinot noir, CA 2015
The wine opens to reveal lifted fruit aromas of bright strawberry and jammy fruit, mocha, and vanilla, along with toasty oak notes. Expressive boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, juicy strawberry and toasty mocha flavors lend complexity and depth on the palate. The well-integrated oak provides structure and depth seldom seen in Pinot Noir.




MONTES Cabernet Sauvignon Chile 2013
Cabernet Sauvignon strongly shows its Colchagua DNA with potent notes of ripe red fruits, cherries in syrup, blackcurrants and a touch of jam. Its 12 months in contact with French oak lent complexity with clear dairy notes, a touch of nutmeg and rich toast. Like the best Cabernets, a touch of tobacco is intermingled with its fruity character. The palate is well balanced with round tannins, good general structure and a long and elegant finish that required diverse fermentation techniques such as a submerged cap, which allows us to extract color and tannins very gently.

ESTANCIA Meritage Paso Robles, CA 2013
The Meritage designation on our label assures that this wine is a blend of at least two of the red Bordeaux varieties. With this vintage of our rich and complex 2014 Meritage, we blended 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot, and 5% Malbec. Cabernet Sauvignon provides a foundation of dark fruits, structure, and density; Merlot and Malbec round out the mid-palate with luscious fruit; and Petit Verdot adds support with additional tannins, rich color, and incredible fruit freshness. We aged all of the wine in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 18 months.

The Tin Room Bar & Theater is located at 923 SW 152nd Street:

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Highline Pirate Wrestlers place second at Subregionals

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 11:27

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her third year(!) with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to editor@b-townblog.com!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 12

The Highline Pirates placed second at Subregionals this past weekend.

Wrestling subregionals were held Friday and Saturday, February 3-4, 2017, at Orting High School. When you walked into the gym, the bleachers were full of wrestlers in waiting and cheering fans. There were a few close matches which got the crowd loud and involved.

At the end of day one, the Pirates were in second place as a team, with nineteen of the twenty-one Pirates making it to day two of subregionals. Each school can only send two wrestlers for each weight class. With so many Pirates moving on, there was a lot of Pirates fighting Pirates for a chance at being in the top six for their weight class.

At the end of day two, the Pirates held on to second place as a team, losing to Orting. Sixteen of the twenty-one Pirates placed in the top six for their weight class, and of those sixteen, there are nine who advance to Regionals this weekend at Fife Highschool. They start wrestling at 10 am.

This Lady Pirates also did a great job at their subregionals. There are three girls going to their regionals at Decatur High School at 10 am on Saturday.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

For more photos, please check out Highline Pirate Wrestling.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.
Aspiring Photojournalist

Burien filmmaker Christine Kennedy gets video into Getty Research Institute

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:03

This week the Getty Research Institute announced that it will obtain a large collection of short films and video art entitled ‘Joanie4Jackie,’ all made by women – including one by Burien resident Christine Kennedy.

The collection was originally compiled and distributed by filmmaker, artist, and author Miranda July, who went on to win the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.

Christine Kennedy submitted her video in 1996 and it became a part of July’s very first compilation.

“There was no streaming back then, it was difficult to get your film or video shown,” Kennedy said. “Miranda July created an opportunity for women which virtually was non-existent at the time–for unknown filmmakers to just have their work seen by people you didn’t know.”

However, Kennedy never even imagined that her short video might one day end-up in the Getty archives.

“Along with Miranda July, a lot of women came together and made this happen,” she added. “I’m grateful and honored beyond belief!”

To learn more about The Getty Research institute, visit: http://www.getty.edu/research/

To learn more about Miranda July, visit: http://www.mirandajuly.com/

To learn more about Christine Kennedy’s film work, visit: http://cargocollective.com/kennedycreativeworks/Film-and-Video-Credits-1

COUPON: Save $5 off ‘Sex with Strangers,’ opening at BAT this Friday

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 19:02

Passion, ambition and the Internet become inextricably entangled in the thoughtful comedy ‘Sex with Strangers,’ opening at Burien Actors Theatre this Friday, Feb. 10, and continuing through March 5.

Written by Laura Eason, this is the comedy’s Washington State premiere.

Here’s the synopsis:

Olivia, an attractive and talented but underappreciated mid-career writer, is unexpectedly trapped in a secluded, snowed-in B&B with Ethan, an equally attractive and wildly successful young blogger. Her latest novel is an unsung masterpiece; his blog of his “sexcapades” is being made into a movie. She prefers books; he prefers eBooks. She is anonymous; he has half a million Twitter followers. Opposites soon attract – passionately – as each realizes they want more of what the other has. But the closer they get, the more they must confront the murky side of ambition, success and the digital era…

This show is suggested for ages 13-plus due to some adult content and language.

The Burien Actors Theatre production also features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20.

Student tickets are just $10.

BUT…you can save $5 off tickets by using this Coupon:

Click image to print coupon.

Enjoy opening weekend deals:

  • Tickets on opening night, Feb. 10, include FREE admission to the opening night party.
  • On Saturday, Feb. 11 all tickets are half price.
  • On Sunday, Feb. 12, known as Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE:

  • Friday, February 10, 2017: 8:00 pm Purchase
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017: 8:00 pm Purchase
  • Sunday, February 12, 2017: 2:00 pm Purchase
  • Friday, February 17, 2017: 8:00 pm Purchase
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017: 8:00 pm Purchase
  • Sunday, February 19, 2017: 2:00 pm Purchase
  • Friday, February 24, 2017: 8:00 pm Purchase
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017: 8:00 pm Purchase
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017: 2:00 pm Purchase
  • Friday, March 3, 2017: 8:00 pm Purchase
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017: 8:00 pm Purchase
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017: 2:00 pm Purchase

Also, during this production, BAT will be hosting Burien Arts with an exhibit of photos by the Artful Activists of the Backbone Campaign. The show is called ‘Love Wins.’

Meet the photographers and artists Jeff Dunnicliff, Denise Henrikson, Lisa Marcus, and Laura Daughenbaugh on opening night, Friday February 10, during intermission. Backbone Campaign Directors Bill Moyer, Amy Morrison, and Eric Ross will also attend.

The photos feature ordinary people expressing their love and passion for Puget Sound while raising awareness about environmental stewardship.

Sex with Strangers is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS
Co-stage directors Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick direct the talented cast of Alexandra Novotny (Olivia) and J. Woody Lotts (Ethan)

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna Paulson, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Tucker O’Connor, costumes; and Eric Dickman, sound.

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.

Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Avenue SW, Burien, WA 98148:

Burien Arts Pop-Up Gallery continues in Feb. at City Hall & Burien Actors Theatre

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 19:01

The new Burien Arts Pop-Up Gallery program continues in February with exhibits at Burien City Hall and Burien Actors Theatre.

“Now that we have some relief from the snow, it’s time to get out and about and take in the February art shows!”

The Burien City Hall exhibit features collage artist Linda McClamrock in a show entitled, Every Season Has Its Own Beauty.  The exhibit runs to Feb. 28and is open to the public during City business hours, 8 AM-5 PM, Monday – Friday. Take the elevator from the first floor lobby by the Library to reach the Burien City Hall on the third floor.

Linda is a self-taught artist who uses primarily recycled paper with acrylic paint to create her beautiful and whimsical collages. She loves creating something imaginative out of materials that would otherwise be thrown away. Linda does all the work herself and gives 10% of sales to charity.

She started creating her collages about five years ago.  “I always considered myself a musician and not an artist,” she said. “What joy to be surprised in middle age by a new thing I not only could do, but do well!”

A business graduate of the University of WA, Linda worked for Nordstrom for 15 years as a Software Engineer, Web Software Engineer Applied Solutions Architect, and Enterprise Applied Business Architect.

Activists who oppose Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean prepare their kayaks for the “Paddle in Seattle” protest on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Seattle. The protesters gathered at a West Seattle park and then joined hundreds of others in Elliott Bay, next to the Port of Seattle Terminal 5, where Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig is docked. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

In our second February location at the Burien Actors Theatre, we are proud to host the first exhibit of photos by the Artful Activists of the Backbone Campaign in a show called Love Wins.  The exhibit runs in conjunction with the Theatre’s current offering Sex with Strangers. The Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98166.

Meet the photographers and artists Jeff Dunnicliff, Denise Henrikson, Lisa Marcus, and Laura Daughenbaugh on opening night, Friday February 10, during intermission.  Backbone Campaign Directors Bill Moyer, Amy Morrison, and Eric Ross will also attend.

The photos feature ordinary people expressing their love and passion for Puget Sound while raising awareness about environmental stewardship.

Sex with Strangers is an inspired look at relationships and love in the digital age. Social media and social science meet head-on in this modern comedy. Tickets for opening night are going fast, so please visit the website ASAP at  http://www.burienactorstheatre.org/

City of Burien holding Stormwater Film Contest for High School Students

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:00

The City of Burien announced this week its first-ever PSA (Public Service Announcement) Stormwater Film Contest for High School Students.

This year, the contest theme is stormwater pollution—why it’s a problem and how to reduce it. The contest gives student filmmakers an opportunity to both practice their filmmaking skills and help protect the environment. Films should cover both problems and solutions related to stormwater pollution.

Stormwater runoff is rain that falls on streets, rooftops or other developed land, picking up and mixing with what’s on the ground. The polluted runoff then rushes into nearby gutters and storm drains and flows directly into Puget Sound’s streams, lakes, rivers and bays. In most areas, stormwater runoff enters these waters without being cleaned of pollutants. This is causing serious damage to our watershed. Most of the four million people who live in the Puget Sound region contribute to stormwater pollution every day.

“Protecting our watershed requires all of our residents to be involved,” says Mary Eidmann, Stormwater Outreach Specialist for the City of Burien. “We not only need to raise awareness about the problem, but also offer solutions. We hope Burien high school students will rise to the challenge and use their creativity for the public good.”

The contest is open only to high school students who either attend high school in Burien or who live in Burien. Videos must be no longer than 60 seconds. The winning PSAs will premiere on May 2 at the Burien Film Office Happy Hour at The Tin Theater. Three winners will be selected. Prizes will include:

  • First place: $300 cash and a feature in Burien Magazine. The film will also be broadcast as a preview at the Tin Theater throughout the month of May.
  • Second place: $45 gift card to Burien Press and three “I Love B-Town” T-shirts.
  • Third place: Bowling party for 10 bowlers at HiLine Lanes.

The contest is sponsored by the City of Burien, Burien Press, Discover Burien, The Tin Theater and HiLine Lanes. Learn more about the contest, including rules for entry at: www.burienwa.gov/psa.

The deadline for entries is March 31, 2017.

Get your video cameras (or phones) rolling!

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