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Teatro Minestrone’s ‘Around the World in 8 Stories’ at North SeaTac Park Wed.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:02

Teatro Minestrone’s ‘Around the World in 8 Stories’ is coming to North SeaTac Park this Wednesday night, July 30!

The traveling Italian theatre troupe that brought The Totally True and Almost Accurate Adventures of Pinocchio to Seattle in 2013 is back, and will be performing at North SeaTac Park this Wednesday night, July 30, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Since performing here last summer, this band of actors toured the globe performing their Pinocchio before royalty and peasantry alike on nearly every continent. Now they have returned to the northwest equipped with stories from many of the countries they visited. Be entertained by both beloved and obscure fairytales from England, Russia, India, Japan and other countries, as Teatro Minestrone serves up storytelling flavors from around the world.

WHAT: ‘Around the World in 8 Stories‘ Written by Brendan Healy and Directed by K. Brian Neel. Featuring last summer’s stars Sharon Barto, Jordi Montes, Norah Elges, Rachel Delmar, Erin Bednarz, and Andrew Murray, plus new ensemble members Shane Regan and Ben Burris.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 30th , 6:30pm

WHERE: North SeaTac Park, located at S. 128th St. & 20th Ave. S. in SeaTac.

COST: FREE

The next B-Town Beat is set for Thursday, Aug. 7

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:00

The next B-Town Beat is set for Thursday, Aug. 7, from 6 – 9 p.m. in downtown Burien.

Each business participating with visual art will also host an artist!

The B-Town Beat is an independent not-for-profit organization formed in early 2013 with the mission of supporting the development of arts, economic stability and community in Burien. The organization accomplishes this primarily through its monthly Music & Art Walk and its second program, the Art Alley Project

The free event is held from 6pm to 9pm every first Thursday of the month in downtown Burien. To learn more about the event and the B-Town Beat, visit:

6th annual FREE Ice Cream Social and Concert with Ciscoe will be Aug. 17

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:30

by Wendy Morgan and Jennifer Muscolo

Due to a spirited fan demand, a Sixth Annual Free Ice Cream Social and Concert with a Silent Auction and Plant Sale will happen at the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden (HSBG) on Sunday, Aug. 17th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

To ensure that the community has the best possible experience, HSBG will not only have local gardening expert, Ciscoe Morris, on-hand to speak and plant a pot for auction, but HSBG will also present for a second consecutive time the Salt Water Saints – a pop/country western oldies revival band.

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden will also provide free ice cream to the first 300 visitors. New and renewal members who join the garden will receive a clay pot courtesy of the Gardens and Washington Pottery. Recology CleanScapes has graciously sponsored Ciscoe who will be available to be stumped for any number of prizes. Also, enter to win a raffle for other prizes donated by the City of SeaTac, including a compost bin and rain barrel.

HSBG also welcomes you to present questions to Garden representatives and other Master Gardeners. Take time to meet the author of Walking Washington Gardens, Angie Narus, who will be available to autograph her book highlighting the 30 best gardens in Washington State, which features Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden. There will be free tours, a plant sale of propagated plants from the HSBG, and best of all a silent auction of garden-related items. There are real bargains to be had.

As one can tell, it will certainly be a great day to visit the Garden. Any day is an opportunity to tour the Highline SeaTac Botanical Gardens often called the jewel of Southwest King County. Why not make it August 17th?

About Highline Seatac Botanical Gardens
The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) charity located just one mile north of SeaTac Airport at 13735 24th Avenue South, SeaTac. More information is available on the Garden website – www.highlinegarden.org.

PODCAST: Learn about Blues & Brews artists ‘The Wired Blues Band’

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 09:20

The 5th annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival is coming up on Saturday, Aug. 23, with a day filled with local blues together with a variety of fine brews from local breweries.

This event is the prime fundraiser for the local Music4Life program, expanding music to youth in our local schools.

The festival – put on by the Rotary Club of Des Moines – will be located on the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park.

Tickets can be purchased online here, or at Airways Brewing Company, 99 Bottles, B&E Meats , as well as through members of the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

Here’s a Podcast interview with The Wired Blues Band, who will be playing from 12:30 – 2 p.m.:

This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine, you must be 21 or older to attend. No pets will be allowed inside the event.

No outside food or beverages allowed. Low lawn chairs and picnic blankets allowed.

There will be plenty of free parking in the Des Moines Marina.

While you are in town, you might also want to visit the Des Moines Farmer’s Market, which runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the day.

To complement your blues and brews, they will be barbecuing Bratwurst and B&E Meat’s famous Tri Tip for your dining enjoyment.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the gate.

Six tasting tokens included with the price of admission.

REMINDER: Benefit screening of UFO film for Discover Burien is Friday, Aug. 1

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:34

REMINDER: A benefit screening of the locally-produced UFO film “The Maury Island Incident” for Discover Burien will be in one week – Friday night, Aug. 1 – at the Tin Theater, with the first two screenings already SOLD OUT!

“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.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Filmmakers.

The film – which was shot in Burien (at the Tin Room!), 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 in May, and its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival. It was awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production.

It has also been accepted to both the Port Townsend and Burbank Film Festivals, where it will screen in September.

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. The original soundtrack was composed by Seahurst resident David Templeton.

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!”

Tickets are $10 each – and are available for online purchase by credit/debit card here – and proceeds will benefit local business non-profit organization Discover Burien.

Screenings will be held hourly (with the 7 and 8 p.m. showings SOLD OUT), followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers.

Collectible t-shirts and posters for the film will also be on sale in the lobby.

The Tin Theater is located at 923 SW 152nd Street.

More info on the film available here:

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS!

Here’s the most recent trailer:

“The Maury Island Incident” trailer for Aug. 1 Discover Burien fundraiser from The Maury Island Incident on Vimeo.

REMINDER: Shakespeare in the Park with ‘Othello’ at Dottie Harper Saturday

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:53

REMINDER: GreenStage is bringing its FREE performances of Shakespeare to Burien’s Dottie Harper Park again this summer, kicking things off with ‘Othello’ at 7 p.m. this Saturday night, July 26.

“With our production of Othello this summer, we will have completed every play in Shakespeare’s canon!” they told us. “We believe we’re just the tenth theater company in the world to accomplish this!”

Here’s the schedule:

  • Saturday, July 26, 7pm: Othello
  • Saturday, Aug. 2, 7pm: Love’s Labour’s Lost

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

More info at www.greenstage.org.

Filmmaker Megan Griffiths will be at Tin Theater for ‘Lucky Them’ Friday

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:39

Seattle Filmmaker Megan Griffiths, who Directed “Lucky Them,” will be in attendance this Friday, July 26 at the Tin Theater for the film’s Burien showing.

Griffiths will introduce the film, then be on hand for a Q&A session afterwards.

“Lucky Them” is a 2013 comedy-drama film shot in the Seattle area and directed by Griffiths.

It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and has received positive reviews from outlets such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, ScreenDaily, and The Huffington Post.

Here’s a trailer:

Click here to view the embedded video.

The cast includes:

  • Toni Collette as Ellie Klug
  • Ahna O’Reilly as Charlotte
  • Thomas Haden Church as Charlie
  • Amy Seimetz as Sara
  • Joanne Woodward as Doris (voice)
  • Oliver Platt as Giles
  • Lynn Shelton as Lisa
  • Ryan Eggold as Lucas Stone
  • Nina Arianda as Dana
  • Johnny Depp as Matthew Smith

The film was released theatrically on May 30, 2014, by IFC Films.

The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Tin Theater, which is located at 923 SW 152nd Street.

Ticket prices are $8, and the box office opens at 11 a.m. to purchase tickets the day of show.

For more info:

‘Music in the Park’ continues with Latin music Wed. & Thurs. nights

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:35

REMINDER: Burien Parks’ ‘Music in the Parks’ concert series continues this week with two great Latin bands:

  • WEDNESDAY, July 23 at 6:30 p.m.: North SeaTac Park with Grupo Son, a Latin band
  • THURSDAY, July 24 at 6:30 p.m.: Alma Y Azucar at Lake Burien Memorial Park

Here’s an excellent video of Alma Y Azucar in action:

Click here to view the embedded video.

So grab a blanket, pack a picnic and bring the entire family to enjoy live – and FREE – entertainment outdoors at this great summer concert series.

There are two concert venues this year with concerts on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

In addition to concerts at Lake Burien School Park, there will also be three concerts at North Seatac Park. Starting on Wednesday, July 16, it is the soulful country sound of The Joy Mills Band, led by Seattle songwriter, Joy Mills. We think you’ll also agree that it wouldn’t be a summer concert series without some Latin music. The band Grupo Son performs the acoustic music of the Cuban countryside, considered to be one of the primary roots of modern salsa.

Summer concerts are held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, from July 10 through Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday concerts are at North SeaTac Park, while Thursday concerts are at Lake Burien School Park. North SeaTac Park is located at S. 128th Street & Des Moines Memorial Drive. Lake Burien School Park is located at SW 148th Street and 16th Ave SW.

See you at the park!

For complete details about the bands performing at the Music in the Park concerts and the full concert schedule, visit the “Schedule Information” link below, or go to www.BurienWA.gov/concerts. You can also call the Burien Parks Department at 206-988-3700.

Highline High School grad Eliot Baker doing book signing Saturday, July 26

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:04

Highline High School grad Eliot Baker, who wrote a novel called “The Last Ancient,” will be doing a book signing at Burien Books this Saturday, July 26 from 1 – 3 p.m.

“My book won my publisher’s 2013 Champagne Book Group Annual Author Awards Novel of the Year a couple months back, and I have been promoting it up and down Cape Cod,” Baker told The B-Town Blog. “Back in Finland now, but will be back in Burien for the PNWA conference July 17 – 20, and then will stick around a few weeks.”

Currently Eliot lives in Finland and is visiting the states while on book tour.

From the Author:

“Above all, I hope you have fun when you read The Last Ancient. But if along the way you find yourself re-considering things like science & mythology, warfare & technology, journalism & corruption, obsession & love, alchemy & philosophy–all the better.”

“A multilayered, surprising and beautifully written novel of mythology, suspense and mystery.” – Kirkus Reviews * Novel of the Year, 2013 Champagne Book Group Annual Author Awards *

“This wickedly fun horror novel thrusts readers into a Nantucket setting with a mixture of local hunters, wealthy do-gooders, and a sordid family past.” – Foreword Clarion Review

Burien Books is located at 824 SW 152nd Street; (206) 244-1422.

VIDEO: Flash Mobbers ‘Survive’ Saturday’s Olde Burien Block Party

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:32

Courtesy Marty Conrad comes this video showing a Flash Mob performing to “I Will Survive” at Saturday’s Olde Burien Block Party:

Click here to view the embedded video.

REMINDER: Olde Burien Block Party is this Saturday, July 19

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:00


REMINDER: The annual Olde Burien Block Party will be held THIS Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on SW 152nd Street between 9th and 10th Ave SW.

Here’s the lineup:

  • 12:00-1:00: Darrell Data – Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country
  • 1:30-2:30: The 350’s – Power Trio Rock and Blues
  • 3:00-4:00: The Ryan Burns Trio – Piano Jazz Trio
  • 4:30-5:30: The Aqua-Nets – 80’s Party Band
  • 6:00-7:00: The Approximations – Power Rock
  • 7:30-8:30: Three Tree Point Blues Band – Classic Rock & Blues
  • 9:00-10:30: The Pink Torpedos – Classic Rock Dance Music

There will be live music, beer gardens and food.

For more details, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Burien-Block-Party-2014/408632245945518.

Normandy Park’s ‘Music in the Park’ summer concert series starts Sunday

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:36

The Normandy Park Arts Commission invites you to Marvista Park this Sunday, July 20 for their first 2014 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series.

Residents will be rocking out to A Cedar Suede Orkestra (http://www.acedarsuede.com/) starting at 5 p.m.

Here’s a taste of the band:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Marivsta Park is located at 19900 4th Ave SW in Normandy Park.

REMINDER: Benefit screening of local UFO film for Discover Burien is Aug. 1

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 08:00

REMINDER: A benefit screening of the locally-produced UFO film “The Maury Island Incident” for Discover Burien will be in two weeks – Friday night, Aug. 1 – at the Tin Theater, starting at 7 p.m.

“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.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Filmmakers.

The film – which was shot in Burien (at the Tin Room!), 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 in May, and its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival. It was awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production.

It has also been accepted to both the Port Townsend and Burbank Film Festivals, where it will screen in September.

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. The original soundtrack was composed by Seahurst resident David Templeton.

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!”

Tickets are $10 each – and are available for online purchase by credit/debit card here – and proceeds will benefit local business non-profit organization Discover Burien.

Screenings will be held hourly, starting at 7 p.m. (then again at 8, 9, 10 & 11 p.m.), followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers.

Collectible t-shirts and posters for the film will also be on sale in the lobby.

The Tin Theater is located at 923 SW 152nd Street.

More info on the film available here:

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS!

Here’s the most recent trailer:

“The Maury Island Incident” trailer for Aug. 1 Discover Burien fundraiser from The Maury Island Incident on Vimeo.

READER PHOTOS: More stunning summer sunsets as seen from Burien

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 21:01

BTB Reader Elston Hill sent us these photo of sunsets taken over the last two nights (click images to see larger versions):

Elston took these from a viewpoint on 32nd Ave SW, above Three Tree Point.

If you’ve got some great pics you’d like to share, please email high-res .jpegs to [email protected].

‘Turbo Turkey’ improv group to perform live comedy shows at BAT July 25-27

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 19:13

In partnership with Burien Actors Theatre, comedy troupe ‘Turbo Turkey’ will be performing a Live Comedy/Imrpvo show two times a day, three days a week on July 25, 26 and 27.

This is a small group of actors and musicians trying to establish a summertime entertainment venue.

Show Details:

  • Friday, July 25: 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.*
  • Saturday, July 26: 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.*
  • Sunday, July 27: 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.*

*21 and over only only for the 9:30 p.m. shows.

The show will consist of two 45 minute acts of Stand-up and Improv comedy.

Alcohol will be served before shows and during intermissions.

Tickets are available at the door.

Oh, the theater is also air conditioned!

“If this run is successful we will do a full summer run through August and into early September!” said Organizer Matthew Johnson.

Here’s a video courtesy Michael Brunk from an earlier performance:

Click here to view the embedded video.

‘Music in the Park’ continues Wed. with Country & Thursday with Soul

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 21:51

Burien’s 2014 “Music in the Park” series continues this Wednesday night, July 16, with country music from The Joy Mills Band at North SeaTac Park and sweet urban soul with the Darrius Willrich Band Thursday night, July 17 at Lake Burien Park.

So grab a blanket, pack a picnic and bring the entire family to enjoy live – and FREE – entertainment outdoors at this great summer concert series.

“We have an exciting line up this year…everything from Gypsy Jazz to Bluegrass, Soul and Country!”

Here’s a video taste of Darrius Willrich:

Click here to view the embedded video.

And the Joy Mills Band:

Click here to view the embedded video.

For complete details about the bands performing at the Music in the Park concerts and the full concert schedule, visit the “Schedule Information” link below, or go to www.BurienWA.gov/concerts. You can also call the Burien Parks Department at 206-988-3700.

There are two concert venues this year with concerts on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

The wonderful Geoffrey Castle will perform at the end of July. His remarkable electric Six String Violin sounds like an entire band. On August 7th, it’s the Paper Boys. This acclaimed band from Canada brings a unique pop mix that blends Celtic and Irish jigs, country and bluegrass. They’ve performed all over the country. Now they are coming to Burien.

In addition to concerts at Lake Burien School Park, there will also be three concerts at North Seatac Park. Starting on Wednesday, July 16, it is the soulful country sound of The Joy Mills Band, led by Seattle songwriter, Joy Mills. We think you’ll also agree that it wouldn’t be a summer concert series without some Latin music. The band Grupo Son performs the acoustic music of the Cuban countryside, considered to be one of the primary roots of modern salsa.

If this isn’t enough entertainment for you, there are more concert options as well. We will also have performances by The Highline Symphonic Band and sweet urban soul music by Darrius Willrich. There is also latin jazz with Alma y Azúcar and Reggae Rock Groove from the group Longstride. We even have a performance of live theatre-in-the-park planned for the evening of Thursday, July 30th.

Summer concerts are held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, from July 10 through Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday concerts are at North SeaTac Park, while Thursday concerts are at Lake Burien School Park. North SeaTac Park is located at S. 128th Street & Des Moines Memorial Drive. Lake Burien School Park is located at SW 148th Street and 16th Ave SW.

See you at the park!

Here’s the lineup:

WEDNESDAY NIGHT CONCERTS
6:30-8:00 p.m., North SeaTac Park
128th & Des Moines Memorial Drive
Directions
Rainout Location: TBA

July 16
The Joy Mills Band
Country July 23
Grupo SonLatin July 30
Family Theater
Mixed Up Myths from Around the World August 6
Highline Symphonic Band

THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERTS
6:30-8:00 p.m., Lake Burien School Park
1620 SW 149th Street
Directions

Rainout Location: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW

July 17
Darrius Willrich
Sweet Urban Soul
July 24
Alma y Azucar
Latin Jazz

July 31

Geoffrey Castle

Amazing Electric
Six String Violin

August 7
The Paperboys

Country/Folk/Bluegrass

August 14
Longstride

SCHEDULE INFORMATION

White Center Jubilee Days starts with Carnival & Fireworks this Wednesday

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:23

White Center Jubilee Days – which starts with a Carnival and Fireworks this Wednesday, July 16 – will offer up a big bang fireworks show, live and loud music on the main stage, hilarious and amazing acts on the family stage, a kids center with enormous fun for all ages, the best car show you’ll see this summer, a Space Elevator Race and a great big parade.

Here are the event details:

CARNIVAL: Wednesday afternoon, July 16, at Steve Cox Memorial Park

FIREWORKS: Wednesday, July 16, Dusk at Steve Cox Memorial Park

CAR SHOW: Saturday, July 19, at 10 a.m.

PARADE: Saturday, July 19, at 2:30 p.m.; starting at SW 112th St, Heading North on 16th Street, to SW 100th

SPACE ELEVATOR RACE: Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20

STREET FAIR: From Saturday, July 19 from 10 a,m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday July 20, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on 17th Ave SW Between SW Roxbury and SW 100th St.

White Center Jubilee Days President Peter J. Mort acknowledges the sponsors:

“These Folks provide a big part off our annual budget to put on this festival for you, and I would greatly appreciate some of you stopping by to thank them for that”. Peter adds “Whether or not you spend money in their stores, use their products or services, a simple ‘Thanks for helping Jubilee Days’ will go a long way to let them know their support is appreciated.”

About White Center Jubilee Days
White Center Jubilee Days celebration has grown to become one of South King County’s most anticipated summer festivals. Held in White Center, conveniently located between Seattle, West Seattle, and Burien, an estimated 25,000 people attend this celebration each year. White Center Jubilee Days events are a Seafair Sanctioned Community Event. Visit www.jubileedays.org

PHOTO: If you thought Sunday’s sunset pic was amazing, wait ’til you see this…

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:15

Burien resident Ethan Janson created this amazing animated gif of lightning over Vashon Island Sunday night (July 13), from his Three Tree Point view (click image to see larger, animated version):

Many of our Readers may recognize Ethan’s name, as he has created several great videos around Burien’s Three Tree Point area; check them out here.

PHOTO: Amazing Sunday night sunset from Burien

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 21:01

BTB Reader Jim Branson submitted this amazing photo of Sunday night’s sunset, taken from Burien.

As for the incredible colors in the pic, Jim tells us “that’s with no adjustments other than cropping.”

Click image to see larger version:

PHOTO: Panoramic shot of Three Tree Point during Saturday’s minus tide

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 12:29

BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer – a huge fan of really low tides – sauntered down to the very tip of Burien’s Three Tree Point beach during Saturday’s -2.9 low tide, then turned his iPhone landward to take this unusual, panoramic shot that makes the beach look like some kind of mystical location (click image to see larger version):

The low tide for Sunday, July 13 will be at 12:08 p.m. when it’ll be even lower: -3.08!

Keep an eye on our Tide Widget in the right sidebar, sponsored by Kenner Dental Group, for the daily tide and sunrise/sunset times:

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