Burien Arts press release:

Did you know that Burien arts started the Strawberry Festival in Burien back in the ‘70s? It's true. It got too big for the little non-profit to handle, so they passed the torch to the city. We are still one of the anchors of the festival. We have not missed one year.

We are the only non-profit food vendor. We operate solely with volunteer help. This year we got a lot of help from a group of students from Highline High School and the Skills Center. We would have been lost without them.

Because of our great team and the great weather we were able to have a record breaking year in sales, up about 20% from last year.

We had only one gallon of the fabulous northwest berries left unopened when the festival closed at 4:00 PM on Sunday. We have gallons of leftover juice from straining the frozen berries. The juice was brought to the Bread of Life Mission in downtown Seattle. They were very appreciative.

The plastic tubs that the berries are packed in are washed and reused and/or recycled.


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A multi-year effort spearheaded by the City of Des Moines Arts Commission to bring an outdoor gallery of sculptures to the downtown Des Moines Marina District is nearing completion. On May 17, five sculptures by Washington State artists are slated for installation at sites along Marine View Drive S and in the Marina.

Among the local artists represented, Des Moines resident George C. Scott will have one of his sculptures, a cast glass in powder-coated steel piece called “Tide Pool,” installed at Marine View Drive and S 216th Street. Another sculpture created by students in the Highline School District’s Puget Sound Skills Center welding program, will be situated at Marine View Drive and S 227th Street.

Other sculptors who will have their work included in the Arts on Poverty Bay downtown sculpture gallery include Gretchen Daiber of Leavenworth, Leo Osborne of Guemes Island, and Lin McJunkin of Conway, WA.

There will be a formal opening celebration of the Art on Poverty Bay sculpture project on Saturday, June 1, at 1 PM in the Des Moines Marina, on the Promenade to the northwest of the Harbormaster’s Office.


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, Sept. 7th.

The Call is below and can also be found at:

Call for Artists

Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession
Dottie Harper Park, Burien, WA
Event date: September 7, 2013, 5:00-10:00pm

Deadline for Submissions: 4:00pm, June 28th, 2013
Applications must be submitted electronically, no later than 4pm on June 28th to

Artists are invited to submit proposals to provide new or existing temporary illuminated artworks
as part of the Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival in Burien, Washington. The festival is sponsored by
the City of Burien.

• Artists are encouraged to visit Dottie Harper Park (4th and 146th SW; Burien) prior to preparing their proposal.
• The artworks must be waterproof.
• Artwork must have no lasting physical impact on the park - leaving “no trace.”
• Artwork must be family friendly.


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For the price of a movie theater ticket, you can see two—count ‘em, two—live, brand-new, award-winning plays by Washington State playwrights in the 2013 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival.

From May 3 through May 26, Burien Little Theatre’s (BLT) Festival offers 4 weekends of new shows. Pay just $10 to see a performance of two plays -- a one-act followed by a full-length.

The one-act Bottom Line is paired with the full-length Undiscovered Places May 3-12. The one-act 17B is paired with the full-length Parsing Race May 17-26.

After each play is performed, audience members are invited to give their opinions and ask questions of the director and playwright.

These talk-backs provide playwrights with fresh ideas, valuable comments, and honest audience response.

Festival sponsors include the new film The Maury Island Incident, Mark Restaurant & Bar, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax and City of Burien.

Staged performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $10 and include 2 shows.


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Stop by the Burien Community Center to see the drawings and paintings of West Seattle artist Kelly Lyles. Lyles is famous for her fabulous art cars “Leopard Bernstein” and her new car “Accessories Odd-ysesy”. She has even been on HGTV’s “What’s with that House.”

Lyles says about her work:

“This series is rendered from life, with models posing as famous historical and mythological figures at sessions in Georgetown that we called SAINTS & SINNERS (at the 'Church of the Perpetual Muse' on Sundays, naturally).

“In some cases I've researched characters to complement or "flesh out" the costumes, and incorporated props to reinforce the theme. I work in a variety of media (oils, acrylics, watercolours, and also drawing - primarily with charcoal or contes).

“My styles range from the hyper-realism of trompe l'oeil, to more humorous visual puns with animals and fake-fur (Mice-A-Roni, Benson & Hedgehogs, Spamster, etc), to plein-aire looser landscapes painted on location.


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Date: April 21 @ 2pm
Location: Highline Performing Arts Center – Burien
Tickets: $15 (17 & under free with a paid adult ticket) or 206-246-6040

SilverSounds Northwest pays tribute to the long running TV show, American Bandstand, with their own Rockin’ version titled B-Town Bandstand.

SilverSounds Northwest salutes American popular music from the sixties through today by performing hits like, Help Me Rhonda, Fire and Rain, The Man in the Mirror, and Don’t Stop Believin’.

SilverSounds, is a group of retired folks who believe “You’re never too old to rock ‘n roll.”

Under the direction of Paula Hawkins, SilverSounds delights audiences of all ages. With this, their third concert ever, the ensemble combines energetic singing with clever staging and choreography to create a fun-filled show.


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Burien Little Theatre announces auditions for the musical “Young Frankenstein,” written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks.

“Young Frankenstein” utilizes an ensemble cast of characters ranging in age from mid-20s through mid-50s. All parts are open and available and all actors are encouraged to audition.

Synopsis: IT'S ALIVE! A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic 1974 comedy film masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life.

But this musical comedy hit, winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award, is not without scary and hilarious complications. Accompanied by a live musical combo, the show includes such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and the famous "Puttin' On The Ritz.”


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Burien Little Theatre announces auditions for BLT’s 2013 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival of four brand spanking new plays. These scripts have never been produced elsewhere. Each play will be part of a double-bill, and each will have six performances.

The producer is seeking actors to portray 19 male and female characters ranging in age from 16 through 60s, including five that are specifically black, plus some ethnic-neutral roles. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Details on shows and characters are listed below.
The festival runs May 3-May 26 at Burien Little Theatre in Burien. Performances of main-stage plays are Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Rehearsals for some shows will begin around March 25, and others will begin around April 7.
Auditions are Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks are scheduled for Sunday, March 17 from 6 to 9 p.m., and there may be additional callback dates.


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The City of Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is pleased to present the works of artist Richard Jahn.

Mr. Jahn writes:
Most of my paintings are fairly straight-forward scenes that are part of my life. I tend to paint the most obvious things in the most obvious ways. I do however try to infuse my own personality into each painting which is something that has no specific formula… but somehow it happens.

My earliest love of art came from looking at psychedelic posters and album covers back in the ‘60s. I also love the early Dutch artists and their depictions of everyday life. I hope that you see at least a little bit of these influences in my paintings.

I am self-taught; I have no desire to copy or paint like any other artist. Ultimately I want my paintings to be reflections of who I am.
I see painting as somewhat of a "Calling" that comes from somewhere higher than myself and I’ve made it a point to heed this call. It's more than a hobby….but it is still a hobby....and I'm having a good time with it!

In addition to painting I am a 21-year veteran, full-time, professional fire fighter.

Seattle Icon Joins Lineup of Popular Northwest Musicians 
Voicing Announcements and Contributing Overhead Music to Sea-Tac Airport

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Your next trip to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport just got upgraded with the sweet, warm voice of legendary Seattle musician Quincy Jones.

In Quincy’s unique soulful style, he will be welcoming travelers to the airport, telling them about the local music playing overhead, giving security advice and even talking about the Airport’s progressive environmental stewardship programs.

Jones is the latest addition to the highly successful Sea-Tac Airport City of Music that showcases the northwest region’s music culture. 
"Seattle’s rich musical history -- from Clark Terry and Ernestine Anderson, to Bumps Blackwell, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Heart and Nirvana, to name a few -- is rooted in the city’s cultural diversity.

It is where my wonderful musical journey began and I can’t imagine a better place to have honed my craft,” said Quincy. “In doing these voice over announcements, I hope that everyone traveling through the airport will be encouraged to experience the great music, musicians and cultural vibrancy that the city of Seattle embodies.”

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