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Burien Little Theatre is introducing a new ticket deal for the electrifying rock opera The Who’s Tommy: Any audience member who wears green on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, gets $3 off the price of his/her admission to that performance

The green apparel must be visible (underwear doesn’t count) and the discount is available at the door only. This deal can be used in conjunction with other discounts except the Dinner and Show Package, Fabulous Four-Packs or season tickets.

Written by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, The Who’s Tommy will rock Burien Little Theatre through March 25 with such legendary hits as Pinball Wizard and See Me, Feel Me. The show features a live rock band backing singing and dancing actors, video and a set painted to look like the inside of the Tommy pinball machine.

The Who’s Tommy explores rebellion, finding yourself, and the perils of celebrity. Childhood trauma renders Tommy Walker deaf, mute and blind. He finds solace through his uncanny pinball prowess, becoming a pinball superstar and messianic hero.


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The Rotary Club of Des Moines is pleased to have acclaimed jazz singer, Stephanie Porter, perform at the 8th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival.

Porter, a Seattle native, is a naturally-gifted vocalist, who has had a passion for music her whole life.

“It’s in my inner fabric,” said Porter. “Most of my childhood memories are associated with music in some way.”

When she was a baby, Porter’s father made her a reel-to-reel tape of “The Wizard of Oz,” which she listened to almost every night for years. Her mother, who has always loved Ella Fitzgerald, would pick Porter up and dance with her on her hip to Ella records.

“I think listening to the freedom of Ella’s voice soaring over melodies inspired me and helped open my mind at a young age,” said Porter. “We had stacks of records too. I would listen to album after album and heard so many renditions of songs. I didn’t have a favorite. I loved hearing all the expressions each artist had. I listened to them all.”

Porter was brought up in a house rich with music. Her family is filled with musicians – from vocalists to pianists to horn players.

Starts Friday, Feb. 17

Poor Tommy Walker.

The son of a World War II veteran, witness to an unspeakable murder, victim of an unusual medical condition and eventually reluctant popular cult figure, Tommy leads an unorthodox life that could only be told through music.

More specifically, the music of legendary British rock sensation, The Who.

“The Who’s Tommy,” brought to life by Burien Little Theatre, is a musical play based on The Who’s 1969 rock album, “Tommy.” Directed by Steve Cooper with musical direction by Ann Sager, BLT’s latest production is a frenetic rock opera that explores identity, social manipulation and the dangers of celebrity in front of the backdrop of the political upheaval of the 1960s.

Young Tommy (Dylan Zucati) was born to a young mother (Roxanne DeVito). His father, Capt. Walker (Justin Carrel), is sent off to serve his country in the Second World War. Captured and imprisoned in a POW camp, Tommy’s father is presumed dead, which leads his mother to take on a lover. But matters become complicated when the Allies win and Capt.

Walker returns home to see his wife has moved on without him.

The rock opera electrifies with hits such as 'Pinball Wizard' and 'See Me, Feel Me'

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Burien Little Theatre presents the electrifying rock opera The Who’s Tommy, written by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, opening Feb. 17. The show features a live rock band backing singing and dancing actors, plus such legendary hits by the rock band The Who as Pinball Wizard and See Me, Feel Me.

The Who’s Tommy explores rebellion, finding yourself, and the perils of celebrity. Childhood trauma renders Tommy Walker deaf, mute and blind. He finds solace through his uncanny pinball prowess, becoming a pinball superstar and messianic hero.

Music and lyrics for The Who’s Tommy were written by Pete Townshend, the book was written by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, and additional music and lyrics were written by John Entwistle and Keith Moon. The Who’s Tommy was originally produced on Broadway by Pace Theatrical Group and Dodger Productions with Kardana Productions.

The Who’s Tommy will be performed at Burien Little Theatre from opening night on Feb. 17 through March 25. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.


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Burien Arts’ Fourth Annual Classic Jazz Festival on Saturday March 10th from 3pm-10pm will offer a Big Program at its' new location, The Landmark Event Center in Des Moines.

There will be more music with eleven bands participating in two music venues, and more styles of music including Straight Ahead Jazz classics, early and mid -20thcentury jazz styles, from Dixieland, Gypsy Jazz and Western Swing to Big Band Swing.

This great jazz experience includes: Concerts, Dancing, Food and Drink, and Jam Sessions! The bands include:

• Del Rey & Matt Weiner (\
• Echoes of Harlem Orchestra
• Gail Pettis (
• Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators (
• Holotradband (
• The Jangles (
• Jennifer Scott Trio (
• Mount Rainier High School Jazz Band (
• Pearl Django (
• Susan Pascal with Greta Matassa ( and
• Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band. (


Due to the freeze and snow, the artist reception for Sheila Lengle at Burien's Vino Bello, 636 S.W. 152nd St., has been rescheduled to next Friday, Jan. 27, 6-9 p.m.

The show runs through April.

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Burien Little Theatre announces auditions for the comedy-drama “reasons to be pretty,” written by Neal LaBute. Characters are two men and two women in their early to mid-20s.

Synopsis: This incendiary comedy-drama involving four friends was an Off-Broadway hit that later moved to Broadway as a Tony-nominated Best Play. Greg, who adores his girlfriend Steph, is overheard admitting that she is no beauty. When Steph finds out, all hell breaks loose.

Best friends Carly and Kent, who are struggling with their marriage, are there to take sides, provide support and light the match on the powder keg of their relationship. As both relationships crumble, the friends are forced to confront deceit, infidelity and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question, "How much is 'pretty' worth?" Contains liberal but appropriate use of profanity.

"LaBute has exchanged misanthropy for empathy, reaping unexpected dividends ... some of the freshest and most illuminating American dialogue to be heard anywhere." The New York Times
Performances are at Burien Little Theatre in Burien from April 20 through May 13, 2012. Rehearsals begin in March.


When most people think of Christmas, they can't help of think of the Charles Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol' (I'm fond of the 1940s black and white television version myself), and how little Tiny Tim's plight always makes one cry.

Well, put aside that august version (whether the multiple television remakes, or local, live productions), and get ready to have your laugh buttons pushed to the max with Burien Little Theatre's 'Inspecting Carol,' a hilarious play-within-a-play about a plucky and quirky theatre company that runs into all sorts of obstacles in their attempt to resurrect not only the classic, but the financially broke theatre itself.


Their 'Scrooge' (played with deft whimsy by Russ Kay (BLT's 'Frankenstein'), is a bit of a diva, who likes to put forth his political views (in this case, the plight of third world peoples, particularly Latin ones) through his role, much to the chagrin of the company's leader, Zora (a delightful, and sweetly naughty Yvette Zaepfel.) Every other member of the company, also, has some sort of problem or complaint; making getting the production staged a comedy of errors.

SLIDESHOW: The funniest, 'bad' 'Christmas Carol' you're likely to see this year, is a play within a play at Burien Little Theatre
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Photos by Mike Wilson

Larry as Scrooge (Russ Kay) is struggling because Walter (Tim Takechi) as the Ghost of Christmas Past can't remember his lines when things go awry during Soapbox Playhouse's production of A Christmas Carol in Burien Little Theatre's comedy Inspecting Carol. PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR MORE

Interior construction started this week at the two-story space on the corner of 17th Avenue N.W. and N.W. 56th Street. A Coming Soon sign was hung in the window, announcing to the community that The Amber Den is coming soon.

Slated for an opening in mid December, the Amber Dens hopes to provide Ballard with what it's been missing.

"We did some research and this part of Ballard lacks a good neighborhood corner hangout to enjoy great food, wine and beer," said owner Nick Simonton.

For lunch, the Amber Den will be serving paninis, soups, sandwiches, and salads and in the evening, the food fare will be tapas style. Good quality craft beer and wines will be served all day.

"Depending on what time of day you come to visit us, we are a lunch destination during the daytime and your neighborhood corner hangout in the evening," Simonton said.

Simonton, a marketer, passionate entrepreneur and wine enthusiast, was previously involved with The WineBar on 24th in 2005.

With the Amber Den Simonton hopes to promote small craft breweries and wineries and make good quality craft beers and wines to all.

Things are brewing in Ballard: The Amber Den to give Ballard what it's been missing
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