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Nathan DiPietro - "Green on Grey Exhibit"

Open House Reception: Thursday, August 8th at 7:00pm

We are most fortunate to have Nathan DiPietro exhibiting at Normandy Park City Hall, as his unique egg tempera paintings exemplify aspects of
development which concern every community. This exhibition explores a newNorthwest where the lush overgrowth of the native landscape has been
replaced with neatly platted developments, leveled fields, and manmade greenbelts. In their regional focus and tight linear detail, DiPietro’s works are reminiscent of early 20th-century American painters such as Grant
Wood, but in contrast to those warmly nostalgic scenes from everyday life,
DiPietro’s images have the air of stage sets - uninhabited and artificial.

The exhibit will be on display in the Normandy Park City Council Chambers,801 SW 174th St, Normandy Park, through September 2013. The exhibit may also be viewed during city business hours, Monday-Thursday.

The City of Normandy Park Arts Commission invites you to join us at the


By Tim Takechi

Along the idyllic beaches of Spain, where fantasy and reality are often indistinguishable, a long-needed reunion between a father and daughter from two different worlds opens deep wounds and unearths unspoken feelings.

“Beauty of the Father,” the newest joint production by Latino Theatre Projects and Burien Little Theatre is a fervently written character-driven drama by Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz (who also penned “Anna in the Tropics,” a production LTP and BLT produced last year).

The story centers around a young American student named Marina (Emily Feliciano) who visits Spain to be reunited with her estranged father, Emiliano (Fernando Luna, who delivers a touching performance), a painter who is an “artist” in every sense of the word.

As if Marina and Emiliano’s relationship were not thorny enough, Marina falls in love with Karim (Matt Aguayo), a young Moroccan man who lives with Emiliano and also shares a complicated relationship with him. Rounding out this family is Paquita (Heather Ward), a woman who is Emiliano’s companion but not necessarily his lover.

Annual event brings blues bands and microbrews to Des Moines Beach Park

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Four of the Northwest’s top blues bands will play at the 4th Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival on the shores of Puget Sound. The event features tastings from 11 local microbreweries, plus hard cider and wine.

The festival benefits Highline Music4Life, which provides musical instruments to low-income students in Highline Public Schools. The event is organized by the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

The Stacy Jones Band returns to the festival again this year. The musical line-up also includes Portland-based vocalist/bassist Lisa Mann, the Coyote Kings with Mush Morgan, and the Randy Oxford Band.

Beer, wine, and hard cider will be available for purchase by the glass in addition to tastings. To compliment your beverage, Rotarians will be grilling up bratwurst and B&E’s famous tri tip.

“Great music, food, and drink with a view of the sunset over the water! What better way to spend an afternoon?” said festival co-chair Lisa Meinecke. “Plus you are supporting music education in our local schools.”


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This Sunday, Aug. 4 combine a leisurely urban walk, good company, and a lot of Public Art!

The City of Burien is launching its new Public Art Walking Tour
by partnering with a WABI Walk-n-Talk… Wear your walking shoes!

From 2-4 p.m. Start at 2 p.m. at the Burien Community Center Annex Skate Park, corner of 4th SW and 146th SW.

Included will be:
• A tour map
• Special presentation by local artist Phillip Levine!
• Tea tasting and snacks at Phoenix Tea

For more information:


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August 3 & 4, 2-3 PM
Lake Burien School Park, SW 148th and 16th Ave SW

When a historic Italian theater troupe attempts to tell the most perfect tale of Pinocchio, they're dismayed to discover their lead actor has disappeared!

The troupe scrambles to find an actor for the all-important lead role. But when the show begins, nothing goes according to plan and everything goes hilariously awry.

Join Balagan Theatre this summer for our annual, FREE outdoor show for families, created by local playwright Brendan Healy and directed by Shawn Belyea.

The script was created by Brendan and our fantastic cast in the comedy improv style of Christopher Guest (think Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show).

For more information please call Burien Parks at 206-988-3700,


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The Burien Community Center is thrilled to be hosting No Boundaries 2013, Beginnings & Beyond until the end of September 2013, in the community center lobby.

In early 20th century, German doctor Hans Prinzhorn, and French artist Jean Dubuffet opened the eyes of the art world by studying the art of psychiatric patients. A series of following art movements-abstraction, fauvism, cubism and dada-celebrated the ideas of artistic outcasts and underrepresented groups.

In turn, Prinzhorn and Dubuffet’s original ‘Outsider Art’ genre expanded to include a broader spectrum of artists, and moved to the forefront of international attention.

No Boundaries originated 21 years ago when Christine Burgoyne, with Very Special Arts of Washington, organized and curated the first Northwest touring exhibit for artists with disabilities.

Very Special Arts of Washington Alumnus Shariana Mundi and Robert Frey are continuing the tradition with this traveling exhibit, thanks to the generous support of 4Culture in honoring and supporting artists with disabilities, both Outsider artists and professional artists of many years.


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Storytelling has become a worldwide phenomenon. The Puget Sound’s newest annual festival, hosted at PowellsWood Garden on the upper edge of the Redondo greenbelt, is expanding this year to include a global-village emphasis. Tamil storyteller Jeeva Raghunath, based in Chennai, India, will be headlining the PowellsWood Storytelling Festival, now in its second year.

The festival runs July 26 and 27th and features a day of workshops in addition to a full day of storytelling.

One of the garden’s four storytelling venues, the spectacular and newly redesigned Perennial Borders, will feature a daylong program with an international focus titled, “Lively World Folktales for All Ages.” Raghunath (right) will be contributing along with Heather Forest and internationally-renowned local teller Margaret Read MacDonald. Festival newcomer Syd Lieberman will also co-host a session in the Spring Garden titled, “Traditions: Tamil, Jewish, Borneo.”

In addition, Donald Davis will share evocative tales from his North Carolina childhood, and Heather Forest will delight with her singing fables and with stories of her life as a gardener.


By Katie Nelson

Various groups representing the arts and culture scene in Burien met at the Burien Library on June 29 to discuss their ideas and plans for the future.

Organizations represented included the Highline Historical Society, the Model Railroad Club, the Burien Arts Association and the Hi-Liners Theater.

The meeting was headed by Dan Mathews, co-owner of independent commercial real estate firm Kidder Mathews, and began with testimony from several groups on how arts and culture are flourishing in Burien.

Cindi Upthegrove, from the historical society, shared an update on the efforts to build a Highline Heritage Museum. In addition to preserving local history, the museum also plans to host other exhibits from across the country.

“It’s specifically a museum building to accommodate traveling Smithsonian exhibits,” Upthegrove said. “We’ve applied to be a Smithsonian affiliate as soon as we open, so it would be possible for us to bring traveling exhibits to town.”

The museum was issued a building permit from the city of Burien this past week.


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Crimson Park Design Presents:

Brian Seldt – Pestilence
Paper cuttings and projections.

Residences at Burien Town Square
Retail Space at SW 151st St and 5th Pl SW
Runs from July 1 through July 31st.

Opening event in conjunction with the B-Town BEAT, July 11th from 6 – 9 PM.

"Pestilence" is the second installation in my Apocalypse series. I use pestilence signifiers of the early Plagues and continue to contemporary plagues such as GMOs, environmental poisoning, lab-borne diseases and Orwellian politics.

Using the medium of paper-cuts coupled with projections, I pull pestilence beyond historical associations and suggest new definitions.

Brian Seldt


Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys

Residences at Burien Town Square
Empty storefront on 5th Pl South at 152nd
Runs from July 1st through July31st

Opening event in conjunction with the B-Town BEAT, July 11th from 6 – 9 PM.

Time running out for Arts a Glow submissions

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The Burien Arts-A-Glow Lantern festival is looking for artists and community groups to create lantern installations for the 2013 event to be held on Saturday, September 7th.

The Call can also be found at:

Installations can be new creations or existing installations. Call Burien Parks and Recreation for more details.

Submission are due Friday, June 28th.

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