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CASSIDY’S COLUMN: Fun in the sun!

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 10:18

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cass Huff is a 13-year old special needs student at Burien’s Sylvester Middle School. She is also our latest columnist…

by Cass Huff

Fun in the sun!

The school year is wrapping up and summer is right around the corner!

But what will you do this summer? Well I have some great activities that are fun for the entire family!

Geocaching: Geocaching is a like a scavenger hunt around town. You can buy the app on the App Store and it gives you hints about where the Caches are hidden. Some are easy and some are very complex. To learn more about Geocaching go to https://www.geocaching.com/play

Burien Fountain Park: The Burien Fountain Park is located right next to the Burien Public Library. It has several places to sit for the parents to watch their kids play in the water. There’s also a Farmers Market on Thursdays right there. So right after you get your shopping done, your kids can go play!

$1 Regal Summer Movies: In the summer, Regal Theaters have movies playing and admission is only $1 on certain days. It’s a very fun activity and saves money! To learn more please go to http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express

Father’s Day Car Show: The Father’s Day Car Show has blocks of classic cars! So if you like to look at cars or are thinking about buying a classic car this is the event for you! For more information please go to http://www.discoverburien.org/?event=fathers-day-car-show

Des Moines Farmers Market: Our in friends to the south have a great Farmers Market on Saturdays. Beginning June 6th from 10am-2pm. And on Wednesdays, beginning July 1st from 3pm-7pm.

Spring Carnival: The Spring Carnival is located in Downtown Burien. It begins on June 18 and ends on June 21. For more information about the Spring Carnival, please go to http://www.discoverburien.org/?event=spring-carnival-days

Wild Strawberry Festival: This festival is fun for families with kids of all ages. There’s a carnival, venders, and arts and crafts! If you would like to learn more about the Wild Strawberry Festival please go to http://www.discoverburien.org/?event=wild-strawberry-festival

I hope you enjoy these family fun activities and please let me know what you think of them!!

Thanks so much for reading!

Until next time!
Cassidy Huff

PODCAST: Shooting has police puzzled, new baseball team, pub mural & more

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 15:56

Here’s episode #3 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Meet Author Martha Brockenbrough at Page 2 Books this Saturday

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:11

Seattle author Martha Brockenbrough (“Devine Intervention,” “The Dinosaur Tooth Ferry”) will be at Advertiser Page 2 Books this Saturday, May 23 at 2 p.m.

The latest book from this Seattle author is a Depression-era tale of an unlikely love, between an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night, and the white adoptive son with all the world’s opportunities before him. What do the fates have in store for these two?

Come meet Martha, learn about the book and Seattle 1937 and enjoy a jazz vocal performance by her daughter.

Saturday May 23 at 2 p.m.

Page 2 Books is located at 457 SW 152nd Street · 206-248-7248 · page2books.com

VIDEO/PHOTOS: ‘Weirdo’ Artist paints cool new mural on old McMurphy’s Pub

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:24

From our sister site The White Center Blog:

If you’ve passed by the old McMurphy’s Pub near where north Burien meets White Center (11069 16th Ave SW), you may have noticed some very stylistic painting going on the south side of the building.

An urban artist named Jeff “Weirdo” Jacobson has painted a mural on it, in an effort “to repurpose a dilapidated community space.”

Read the full story, which includes a video, here.

VIDEO: Burien Parks releases video for Wild Strawberry Festival, coming June 20-21

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:30

Burien Parks released a new promo video for the 2015 Wild Strawberry Festival, coming to Town Square Park the weekend of June 20-21:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Don’t miss this year’s Wild Strawberry Festival, on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 at Burien Town Square Park.

You’ll enjoy fabulous roving entertainment, food booths, games, crafts, and exhibits.

The Festival kicks off with Saturday’s Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Burien Fire Station.

And speaking of cake, don’t forget to get some of the Festival’s fresh and famous strawberry shortcake.

On Sunday, bring Dad and the entire family to the Father’s Day Car Show and Chili Cook-off next to Town Square on SW 152nd Street.

The Wild Strawberry Festival is free.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (June 20), and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday (June 21).

For all the Festival details, including an entertainment schedule, visit www.WildStrawberryFestival.org.

REVIEW: BAT’s Playwrights Fest’s final two shows continue through May 24

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 14:07

At center, Reinhard Heydrich of the SS (Christopher Rodriguez) faces off with Dr. Wilhelm Stuckart (Jim Rogers) at far left in “Dr. Kritzinger’s 12 O’Clock,” written by Jim Snowden and playing at Burien Actors Theatre, about the Wannsee meeting in 1942 Germany in which the final solution for the Jews was decided. Looking on are Dr. Josef Buhler (Byron Patten) next to Stuckart and to the right of Heydrich, Adolf Eichmann of the SS (Tim Takechi) and Dr. Rudolf Lange of the SS (Leah Reynolds). The play is being performed May 15-24 as part of the Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival of new works at BAT. Information: www.burienactorstheatre.org, 206-242-5180. Tickets just $10. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

The Seeker (Jane Martin) is thrilled to enter Heaven in the comedy “Four Gone Conclusions: Some Brief Field Trips into the Absurd,” written by Kevin Boze, at Burien Actors Theatre. The play is an absurdist look at life, the afterlife, whales, aliens and more and is being performed May 15-24 as part of the Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival of new works at BAT. Information: www.burienactorstheatre.org, 206-242-5180. Tickets just $10. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

From left to right, German officials Dr. Erich Neumann (Greg Miskin) and Dr. Wilhelm Stuckart (Jim Rogers) talk in “Dr. Kritzinger’s 12 O’Clock,” written by Jim Snowden and playing, at Burien Actors Theatre about the Wannsee meeting in 1942 Germany in which the final solution for the Jews was decided. The play is being performed May 15-24 as part of the Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival of new works at BAT. Information: www.burienactorstheatre.org, 206-242-5180. Tickets just $10. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Review by Alexandra Novotny
Photos by Michael Brunk

My excitement is heightened when I hear of a theatre producing new works. I have found myself many a time sitting in a seat, waiting for the lights to go down and for something magical to grab me within the first few seconds. I am eager to be entertained, learn something new or purely witness the collaboration of an actor, director, playwright and technical virtuosos.

Kudos to Burien Actors Theatre for keeping the spirit of creative cooperation alive by hosting the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival for the past 16 years.

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

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

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

In the final two weeks of the four week festival, you will have the opportunity to watch two thought-provoking world premieres. Beginning May 15 and ending May 24, witness the one-act Dr.Kritzinger’s 12 O’Clock, written by Jim Snowden, and the full-length Four Gone Conclusions: Some Brief Field Trips into the Absurd by Kevin Boze.

Upon entering the theatre you are greeted with the sounds of German music…not the typical drinking anthems, but that of patriotic German songs that will have you marching down the aisles. Jim Snowden’s Dr.Kritzinger’s 12 O’Clock opens to a crowd of suited dignitaries and two large tables adorned with name tents. At the first “Heil Hitler!” you are jolted into the realization that this is no ordinary meeting. You are transported to January 20, 1942 and the Wannsee Conference containing a dozen of Nazi Germany’s highest-ranking officials. The topic of discussion is an extreme problem, also branded as the “Jewish Question.” What is the problem or question, you contemplate? If you asked the Third Reich at the time, the answer was: the Jewish race and the five million Jews absorbed into the German-occupied Empire. Wilhelm Stuckart (Jim Rogers) enters the scene with sincerity until it is revealed he is the co-author of the Nuremberg Laws from 1935. These laws were devised to protect German blood by banning marriage or fornication between Jews and Germans. Stuckart also favors sterilization of “mixed bloods” in order to have a Jew- free society. The pompous arrogance of the Nazi party is clearly evident with Christopher Rodriguez’ portrayal of Reinhard Heydrich, the chair of the conference and mastermind behind the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” Amidst the heartlessness displayed by the majority, there is a sense of compassion in the title character. Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger (Eileen McCann) lends a sympathetic reprieve to the unsettling depiction of a day wrought with decisions to eradicate human life. Notwithstanding the incoherent direction by Gavin McLean, the playwright depicts a subject that is grossly unspeakable to the rational mind, yet authentic in its deliberate message which will leave you questioning anything and everything.

In the full-length play Four Gone Conclusions: Some Brief Field Trips into the Absurd by Kevin Boze, you are elevated to a surreal state. Four vignettes endeavor to paint a landscape of hilarity on the evening’s theme of racism, directed by veteran BAT actor Nathaniel Jones and played out by five actors in various roles. In the first scene, an Asian woman (Aimee Decker) walks into the Knights of the White Superior Brotherhood. You can only imagine what ensues. Decker is strong in her petite stature and stands up to Jeff Rowden’s quirky conviction of why she would not fit into their organization. And now for something completely different…Have you ever wondered what God was thinking when woman was created? On Day 6 in the Dawn of Creation, you witness a round table discussion and projected slides of the “ideal” woman evolving from an aquatic mammal. God (Jane Martin), dressed in a crisp white suit and referred to as “Chief”, heads the meeting, eagerly anticipating the 7th Day of Rest. In Coming Out Day, you will think you know where the story is going but are in for a real shocker! Mom (Jane Martin) and Dad (Clayton Michael) have witty chemistry in their misinterpreted calamities with their son (Jeff Rowden). To bookend the evening, see what happens when death comes to the Lobby of the Afterlife in a sequence of eccentric individuals from all walks of their former lives! Kali Greenberg’s cheerful greeting of “Hello and Welcome!” is a delight! Her exuberant energy is palpable and an ideal way to end the evening’s performances.

After the shows, you are invited to participate in a talk-back. Please, stay and ask the playwrights and directors questions. Give your honest feedback. This is the perfect platform to discuss these new works, stimulate discussion and honor differing perspectives.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., located at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. SW, Burien.

Tickets are just $10 at the door and include TWO plays. Tickets are available online: www.burienactorstheatre.org – and don’t forget our special $3 off coupon:

Click image to print coupon.

The shows are recommended for those aged 13 years and older due to language or mature subject matter.

During intermission, check out the concessions/bar and enjoy two show themed cocktails.

Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at the Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $25 per person. Contact the Mark at 206-241-6275.

Burien Actors Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers. Visit the website or chat with any volunteer staff member to see how you can help by donating your time or monetary gifts!

Festival sponsors include the Mark Restaurant & Bar, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax and the City of Burien.

With the cut of a piece of 35mm film, Burien’s new Film Office fades in to action

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 20:58

Story by Scott Schaefer
Photos by Michael Brunk

It all started with this little note I posted on a board at the ‘Economic Development Dialog’ meeting hosted by the City of Burien on Sept. 27, 2014 (click image to see larger version):

The hands you see in the photo – taken at the city’s Economic Development Dialog meeting on Sept. 27, 2014 – belong to Dan Trimble, Burien’s Economic Development Manager. This note was just one of many ideas shared by residents, but this is the story of how it has come to fruition. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

It took 229 days for that humble germ of an idea to fade in to reality – and on Thursday night, May 14, 2015 – a sizeable, energetic crowd of local Artists, Filmmakers, businesspeople and residents gathered at the Tin Theater to officially launch the City of Burien’s Film Office with a ribbon cutting. Instead of ribbon though, a segment of real 35mm film was used (it was from a movie trailer for the 2012 Bill Murray film “Hyde Park on the Hudson.”).

Like most ideas, it took a bit of time for it to fully gestate…BUT…I am excited to have been a part of the creation of this new Film Office, which is intended to encourage filmmaking in Burien, and thus, help our city’s economies, both financial and artistic.

And credit should also go to Andrew Desmond, an Intern for the city who did a lot of the work, including the website.

And there’s good reason this new creation lives under the umbrella of Economic Development – according to FilmWorks, the Washington State film office, for every $1 spent on a production, $10 comes back to a community that hosts filmmakers.

As a personal example, when I Directed “The Maury Island Incident” in the summer of 2013, we had a crew of around 40 people working (and spending their money) in Burien, ironically at the Tin Room, which we converted into a 1940s-era diner (we shot a scene where the original “Man In Black” intimidates the story’s protagonist, Harold Dahl). Most of these Seattle-based crew members spent more than just that one day in town though, as some scouted locations, prepared the set, built props, did production design and much more to prepare for the day of shooting. The budget for this film was $54,000, and almost all of it was spent on production costs in the south end.

Of course, when we did our shoot we also closed down SW 152nd Street and brought in an old 1947 Buick to park in front of the Tin Room. The city looked cool, the sun was shining, and all was right with Burien’s filmmaking gods (meaning we didn’t go into overtime!).

The city was incredibly cooperative, and the permit fees for Burien are very competitive. Plus, don’t get me started on the availability of parking, no meters or pay lots, the abundance of amazing locations, natural beauty, lack of airport noise, etc. – can you tell I’m a fan of making films in our city?

“Martin Scorsese once said ‘Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame, and what’s out,'” Trimble said at the event. “The launch of the City of Burien Film Office is merely one frame in an unfolding story line about the arts in Burien.  There is much more outside of the frame and much more of our story to be told.”

“When it comes to economic development, one tried and true strategy is to build on what already exists in a community – to strengthen and grow your existing talent,” Trimble added. “Burien has long supported the arts but our emerging filmmaking community stood out as a unique opportunity for growth. By raising awareness of our expanding filmography, we hope to show our appreciation for those that have already found Burien to be an attractive location and let others know that we are a welcoming location for visual arts.”

Here are photos from the event courtesy Michael Brunk (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Intern Andrew Desmond holds one end of the film as Dan Trimble and Scott Schaefer cut it. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Filmmakers, Artists, businesspeople, residents and others packed the Tin Theater. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Scott Schaefer speaks while wielding real, large – and yes – sharp scissors. Luckily, no injuries were reported. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Dan Trimble spoke about what a Film Office will do for the city. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

John White, who co-created the Burien Film Festival (with Shelli Park) spoke about the next iteration of it, coming in September. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

A large crowd packed into the Tin Theater to celebrate local film. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Here’s some info about permitting:

Filming in Burien – Need to Know Resources for the filmmaker
Whether you have a steadfast plan or just an idea, we encourage you to reach out to the City.  This office is committed to helping prospective filmmakers find the information they need to start filming at City locations.

Permit information:

  • Permits in Burien are needed in 2 situations:
    • If the filming is expected to block the public right-of-way, a Right-of-Way (ROW) use permit will be required.  ROW use permits are administered by the Public Works Department and more information can be found at www.burienwa.gov/documentcenter/home/view/160
    • If the filming will exceed a total of 2 days per calendar year, it may require a Temporary Use Permit.  Temporary Use Permits are administered by the Community Development Department and more information can be found at http://www.burienwa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/708
    • If you have questions regarding these permits, please call Burien’s Community Development Department, (206) 248-5510.

    Here’s a collection of Tweets for #burienfilm from the event:

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    To access the city’s Film Office, click here: http://burienwa.gov/film

Fundraiser screening & presentation of ‘The Maury Island Incident’ is June 10

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:01

A full screening of the locally-produced film “The Maury Island Incident” to benefit the Greater Kent Historical Society will be Wednesday night, June 10 at Kent-Meridian High School.

Filmmakers will also do a special presentation, called “J. Edgar Hoover and the Maury Island Incident,” along with an audience Q&A.

The event will take place in the East Wing Auditorium at Kent-Meridian High School, located at 10020 SW 256th Street in Kent (map).

The “Best Scifi Short” award from the International UFO Congress is a Grey alien holding a movie camera.

“The Maury Island Incident” is a 30-minute film that tells the forgotten, tragic story – taken directly from declassified FBI documents – of Harold Dahl’s June 21, 1947 UFO sighting near Maury Island, and the first reported ‘Man In Black’ encounter that happened to him the very next day.

The movie – which was shot in Burien, Des Moines, Tukwila and off the shores of Maury Island during the summer of 2013 – had its world premiere at the Big Island Film Festival, and its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival.

It has also screened at the Port Townsend, Burbank, Local Sightings, International Family, Tacoma and Gig Harbor Film Festivals, where it won an Audience Choice Award for “Best Narrative Short.”

Most recently, it won “Best SciFi Short” at the International UFO Congress in Arizona (photo of the cool award on the left).

It was also awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production, and special episodes premiered as IndieFlix’ “first original series” in August, 2014.

Directed/Produced by Scott Schaefer from a script by Writer/Producer Steve Edmiston, it features Seattle-area actors Tony Doupé, Allen Fitzpatrick, John Patrick Lowrie, David S. Hogan and many others. It was Executive Produced by John White, and Produced by Scott and Laura Beth Peterson and Danny House.

Here’s a brief review from noted paranormal/UFO radio host Clyde Lewis:

“The tension in this film is so thick you can cut it with a knife. The Maury Island Incident captures a moment in time long forgotten by most UFO researchers. It also reopens those Cold War feelings that are nothing but a forgotten memory in the post 9/11 era. Bravo!”

Here’s a trailer:

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

BUY TICKETS ONLINE
Tickets are $20 each and proceeds benefit the GKHS – buy tickets online here:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fundraiser-screening-for-greater-kent-historical-society-tickets-16762305507

INTERN’S VIEW: Big Picture Student experiences great music as Intern at EMP

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:48

Story & Photos by Sterling Paris
South King Media Intern

To start off, my school – Big Picture High School – is all about non-traditional learning, and that’s one reason I like it.

The local version of this school started when Jeff Petty talked to the Highline School District about making a ‘Big Picture’ model school. With the help of Loren Demeroutis and others, in 2005 Big Picture opened its doors! The Big Picture model has been around for many years. There are about 120 in the U.S.A if I remember correctly.

I am a student there as Scott has probably said many times, and this is our 10th year anniversary! At Big Picture, we do things differently. We have internships every Tuesday and Thursday (mine is at South King Media, including The B-Town Blog!) to give the student real world experience so they have a leg up when they graduate from High School. And that is what I will be talking about today!

Every student is required to go through LTI boot camp (Learning Through Interests) by our lovely LTI coordinator, Nancy Pappas, at the beginning of their freshman year. We learn how to write up our resumes at 14-years old, cold call, look for leads, and be in several interviews, job shadows, how to dress for those occasions. All of it. They dont want to see us in the building on Tuesday and Thursday. You need to be at your LTI sight or out looking for one.

We have interns all around, whether it’s at storefronts like book shops, or Museums like the Museum of Flight.

We are everywhere.

Today we are going to talk about my classmate and friend, Dominic:

Dominic is an intern at the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle. He has been there since January, previously interning at the Museum of Flight for a few months. In late December, he sent an email to the volunteer manager at EMP. Last Thursday he gave me and my mom a tour of the EMP with their Sky Church, Guitar Tornado (where you can listen to over 500 guitars play at once, maybe out of tune, but still cool), their Nintendo room, Sound Room (where you can reserve a sound booth and jam out!) and their many other cool exhibits, like the horror exhibit where they have props of old/new horror movies for example the chainsaw from chainsaw massacre and a scream booth. The Sci Fi exhibit with the Alien from Alien (I’m starting to see a pattern here with the movie titles and props) and the face hugger! And the newest exhibit I hadn’t seen yet was the Fantasy one. With Wizard of Oz costumes and David Bowie’s costume in The Labyrinth and so much more. Also the exhibit of Guitar History where there is a Nirvana collection. Coming soon! Everything about Chuck Jones! the man who directed many classic cartoons like Looney Tunes and the original Tom and Jerry.

You can find Domenic around EMP…and everyday is different. But he is typically at the Info desk answering questions and directing people or is in the sound room!  He plans to be there for a long time, he really likes it there. Hopefully he will get hired when he turns 18. If you go and visit the EMP go say hi to Dominic and tell him Sterling sent you!

Until next time,
(and thank you so much for reading)
– Sterling Paris

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Intern’s View” is a special feature that spotlights the talents of Sterling Paris, our Highline Public Schools Intern. If you have a story idea for Sterling, you can contact her at the office from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at (206) 248- 2565, or email [email protected].

Alafair Antique & Estate Company holding HUGE sale this weekend!

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 14:48

Advertiser Alafair Antique & Estate Company will be holding a HUGE inventory reduction sale this weekend, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday & Saturday, and from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“The sale is 20-70% off the entire store to make room for MORE! All furniture (midcentury, vintage, industrial), art, signs, vintage toys, man cave items, antiques, kitchenware, barware, and more!”

Alafair is located at 1835 SW 152nd Street, just west of St. Francis at 18th Ave SW and SW 152nd Street.

“This is Burien’s best kept secret! Come down to our little neighborhood store and see collections from all over the World including Art, Furniture, Mid Century, Hollywood Regency, Industrial and much more!”

Here are the details:

WHAT: HUGE Inventory Reduction Sale!

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 17, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Alafair Antique & Estate Company: 1835 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA

CONTACT: http://www.alafairantiques.com or 206-682-5865.

Oh, and be sure to tell ’em you heard about this on the Blog!

Click here to view the embedded video.

REMINDER: Launch Party for Burien Film Office is Thursday at Tin Room

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 09:08

REMINDER: The City of Burien’s new Film Office will be holding a Launch Party from 5 – 7 p.m. this Thursday, May 14 at the Tin Room Bar & Theater.

The program will begin around 6 p.m., and this event will be a chance for local filmmakers to meet, network, share stories, watch film clips and much more.

As we first reported, the city created a new Film Office in April, with its mission of “supporting and promoting Burien’s local film industry by connecting filmmakers with information and raising the profile of film in Burien.”

The idea for the city’s new film office and website came out of conversations between local filmmakers (including BTB Editor Scott Schaefer), along with Economic Development Manager Dan Trimble and Management Intern Andrew Desmond.

“As we looked at Burien’s emerging assets, its filmmaking community stood out as a unique opportunity for growth,” said Dan Trimble, Burien’s Economic Development Manager. “By raising awareness of our growing filmography, we hope to show our appreciation for those that have already found Burien to be an attractive location and let others know that we are a welcoming location for visual arts.”

Here’s text from an invitation being sent out:

The Creative Economy is alive and well in Burien, home to the Burien Actors Theatre, Hi-Liners Theater, Burien Arts Association, Moshier Arts Center, the B-Town Beat,  and the Highline Performing Arts Center.  Within Burien’s borders lies the Puget Sound Skills Center, which houses programs like Fashion Design & Marketing, DigiPen Video Game Programming, and Broadcast Communications, and serving the greater Burien area is Highline College with even more great programs.

The City’s Film Office aims to raise the profile of film in Burien and throughout our region by providing resources to filmmakers, actors, designers, and writers alike, such as:  information on filming locations around town; streamlined permitting if site locations need to use public-right of way, etc.; connections to funding resources available through programs like Washington State’s Motion Picture Incentive Program; region-wide promotional opportunities and resources; and connections to existing local talent.  The Office can serve as a catalyst for filmmakers to reach out to actors and set-designers, for costume-designers to find screen writers, and so on.  For more information, visit the Office’s homepage at www.burienwa.gov/film.

Films made in Burien, around Burien, or by Burienites include:

And the first-ever Burien Film Festival was held on April 1 during the Burien UFO Festival.

For more information, contact the city’s Economic Development Manager, Dan Trimble, at 206.248.5528.

Photo of production on “The Maury Island Incident” at the Tin Room by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

PHOTOS: Highline Pirates vs Tyee/ Evergreen track by 10-year old Isabel

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 15:56

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 10

Last Friday, May 8, 2015, Highline took on Tyee and Evergreen in the Highline District Track Meet at Memorial Stadium. The Lady Pirates beat Evergreen (61-50) and Tyee (88-22). The boys beat Tyee (93-25) and lost to Evergreen (52-75).

The scores do not matter much, because 36 Pirates set new personal records on Friday and twenty-three of them are going to Sub-Districts!

The 2A Sub-District Meet is split between Thursday (3:30 p.m., May 14) and Saturday (10 a.m., May 16) at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium at Sumner High.

There are a lot more photos at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Highline-Pirate-Track-Field-by-Isabel/1624565417777378

Thank you for time and consideration,
– Isabel Herbruger
Age 10
Unofficial Pirate Sport Photographer

Sylvester Middle School Teacher/Author Megan Morrison at Burien Library Sat.

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 18:30

Meet Sylvester Middle School teacher – and Author – Megan Morrison at the Burien Library on Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m.

Mega has created the fantasy world of Tyme, whose residents include a certain well-known long-haired girl. But do you know there’s much more to the Rapunzel story? Come meet Megan, learn about her debut novel and have her sign copies for you (cupcakes are also on the agenda). Page 2 is handling sales for this event, which will be held at the library, a block from our store.

The Burien Library is located at 400 SW 152nd Street.

Page 2 Books is located at 457 SW 152nd Street · 206-248-7248 · page2books.com

ChoralSounds Northwest’s 30th Anniversary Concert will be May 16 & 17

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:45

ChoralSounds Northwest Encore! 30th Anniversary Concert will be held Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17 at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien!

Here are the details:

WHAT: ChoralSounds Northwest Encore! ChoralSounds 30th Anniversary Concert

WHEN:

  • Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center, located at 401 S. 152nd Street (next to Highline High School)

WHY: Because we LOVE our community and we LOVE to sing for you!

NOTE:  This concert is sponsored by the Tin Room Bar and Theater

TICKETS: Tickets and more info available at http://nwassociatedarts.org/csn/upcoming-concertsor call 206.246.6040

Authors Sharon Reed-Hendricks & Steve Hendricks at Burien Library May 22

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:48


Meet Authors Sharon Reed-Hendricks with Steve Hendricks, of “One Man’s Dream, One Woman’s Reality” at the Burien Library on Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m.

This is the story of a six-year sailing journey halfway around the world. Part adventure, part travel, part love story, One Man’s Dream, One Woman’s Reality inspires readers to live their dreams, even if limited by time and budget, and challenged by unexpected obstacles. The book tells of how the couple survived a fierce storm that nearly ended the voyage, how they managed to escape harm during a harrowing encounter with Colombian pirates, and the most powerful lessons they learned that they now want to share with others.

Sharon Reed-Hendricks is a poet, a writer and a business owner. She lives in Ko‘Olina, Hawaii with her husband and best friend Steve.

The Burien Library is located at 400 SW 152nd Street.

PHOTO: Thursday night sunset over Olympic mountains from Burien

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 21:43

BTB Contributor Elston Hill sent us this great photo of Thursday night’s sunset over the Olympic mountains, taken from Burien (click image to see larger version):

INTERN’S VIEW: Sunny, blue skies greet opening day of Burien Farmers Market

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 15:00

Story & Photos by Sterling Paris
South King Media Intern

It was really nice and sunny at the opening day of the Burien Farmers Market on Thursday (May 7), with a lot of returning Vendors, shoppers…and blue sky!

The most interesting thing I saw was a really cute puppy.

There were also a lot of flower Vendors and there were a lot of pretty flowers – perfect for Mother’s Day!

The Discover Burien Farmer Market will be held every Thursday, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., through Oct. 29.

For more information, visit http://www.discoverburien.org/?event=burien-farmers-market

Until next time,
(and thank you so much for reading)
– Sterling Paris

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Intern’s View” is a special feature that spotlights the talents of Sterling Paris, our Highline Public Schools Intern. If you have a story idea for Sterling, you can contact her at the office from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at (206) 248- 2565, or email [email protected].

PHOTOS: Highline Pirates vs Foster track by 10-year old Photographer Isabel

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 13:00

[EDITOR’S NOTEThe following article is another from our youngest-ever Contributor – 10-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has been submitting stories and photos as part of her effort to earn a Girl Scout badge for journalism, as well as qualify for a 4H photography project. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 10

The Highline Pirates took on Foster at Renton Memorial Field on April 30, 2015.

The final score has not been reported yet on http://www.seamountathletics.com

There were 33 personal records set by Pirates last Thursday, seven of which were in shot put. Senior Justin has set a new PR in the 300 meter hurdles every week for the past three weeks (hurdle-32 picture).

The most exciting race of the day was the 4×400 relay. (relay-2 picture) Even though Hazen was at the meet, they were not competing against the Pirates for points. During the 4×400, Highline was neck in neck with Hazen until the last lap when they fell just a little behind. Everyone in the stands cheered the entire race.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

The last regular meet of the season is this Friday, May 8, at Highline Memorial Stadium. It starts at 3:30 p.m. and is against Evergreen and Tyee.

Sub-districts are on May 14 (3:30 p.m.)  and May 16 (10 a.m.) at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Sumner.

There are a lot more photos at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Highline-Pirate-Track-Field-by-Isabel/1624565417777378

Thank you for time and consideration,
– Isabel Herbruger
Age 10
Unofficial Pirate Sport Photographer

Openings for Burien Arts Gallery May exhibit set for Thursday, Friday

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:24

by Becky Knold

Openings for Burien Arts Gallery’s May exhibit is set for this Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8.

On Thursday the Burien Arts Gallery features Becky Knold “Abstract by Nature,” paintings and sculpture.

Drop by the gallery at 826 SW 152nd Street during the B-Town Beat. Student violinist Deanta Kelly will be playing in the gallery, and Pat Kelly will be on dulcimer outside.

On Friday, May 8, the gallery will host a reception for Becky Knold from 5-8 p.m.

Artists United will be showcasing the works of Marta Creswell and Liz Simpson.

Celebrate local filmmaking at Burien Film Office Launch Party Thursday, May 14

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 15:04

The City of Burien’s new Film Office will be holding a Launch Party from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 at the Tin Room Bar & Theater.

As we first reported, the city created a new Film Office in April, with its mission of “supporting and promoting Burien’s local film industry by connecting filmmakers with information and raising the profile of film in Burien.”

This kick-off event will be a chance for local filmmakers to meet, network, share stories, watch film clips and much more.

The idea for the city’s new film office and website came out of conversations between local filmmakers (including BTB Editor Scott Schaefer), along with Economic Development Manager Dan Trimble and Management Intern Andrew Desmond.

“Whether you have a steadfast plan or just an idea, we encourage you to reach out to the City,” a statement reads. “This office is committed to helping prospective filmmakers find the information they need to start filming at City locations.”

Here’s text from an invitation being sent out:

Hello!

On behalf of the City Burien and her film community, I wanted to personally invite you to attend the upcoming Burien Film Office launch party.

When: 5pm – 7pm, Thursday May 14

Where: The Tin Room Bar, Olde Burien.

What: Happy hour and networking in celebration of the opening of the City of Burien’s Film Office, with remarks, a toast, a ribbon-cutting and a screening of several locally made short-films.

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday.

Films made in Burien, around Burien, or by Burienites include:

And the first-ever Burien Film Festival was held on April 1 during the Burien UFO Festival.

For more information, contact the city’s Economic Development Manager, Dan Trimble, at 206.248.5528.

Photo of production on “The Maury Island Incident” at the Tin Room by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

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