Cultural events

News release:
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.

07/10/2013

Press release:

Burien Arts’ Fifth Annual Highline Classic Jazz Festival on Saturday March 9th from 2:30 p.m.-10 p.m. will offer a big program at the Landmark Event Center in Des Moines.

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

This great jazz experience includes: Concerts, Dancing, Food and Drink, and an opportunity to mingle with the musicians. The bands include:

• The 1st Thursday Band
• Del Rey & Matt Weiner (www.hobemianrecoreds.com)
• Casey MacGill’s Orchestra
• Gail Pettis(www.gailpettis.com
• Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators (www.syncopators.net)
• Holotradband (www.holotraband.com)
• The Rhythm Bugs (www.sylviaherold.com )
• Highline/Aviation High School Jazz Band
• Pearl Django (www.pearldjango.com)
• The Greg Ruby Quartet (www.gregrubymusic.com/bands/greg-ruby-quartet)
• The Canote Brothers Band (www.canote.com)
• Swamp Soul (www.swampsoulband.com)
• Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” (www.rangerswings.com)

02/08/2013

Press release:

Love is in the air and florists are busy filling Valentine’s Day orders, but many consumers have learned the hard way that everything doesn’t always come up roses.

In 2012, florists were among the most complained about service categories on Angie’s List. Most complaints stemmed from the quality of the flowers as well as issues with delivery.

Angie’s List surveyed highly rated florists for advice on placing an order for delivery:

Act now: Don’t wait until the last minute to place your order for flowers. Give the florist plenty of time because Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for any florist.

Buy local: If there is a reputable florist in your area, buy directly from them when you can and think beyond the roses. Your florist can help you find the freshest blooms and find something a little less traditional, too. National companies take your order and pass it along to a local florist to fulfill the order anyway. You’ll have better luck with a correction if something goes wrong.

02/07/2013

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the Arts of India Festival at Saltwater State Park on Puget Sound between Seattle and Tacoma.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 at Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Place South in Des Moines. Celebrate the culture of the Indian subcontinent with performance art, exhibits and more. The festival features dances and songs from across India and instrumental performances by musicians trained in classical, semi-classical and contemporary music. Visitors may explore vendor booths with authentic Indian food, apparel, jewelry and art available for purchase. Admission to the event is free. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event.

The event is organized by Mera Desh Entertainment. The organization strives to spread Indian culture to the general public and showcase East Indian musicians in the Pacific Northwest. For more information about Arts of India and a full list of event performers, visit www.artsofindiafestival.com.

08/31/2012

Press release:

Discover Burien will partner with up to two new or established 501©3 organizations each calendar year.

The relationship will be as a supportive partner, not as the lead or organizer of the event. The partners will be selected by the Board of Directors for the next calendar year.


Discover Burien Event Partnership may include, but is not limited to:
• Color and B/W copies at the Discover Burien office – For an amount determined by the Board of Directors (additional copies can be made at the Discover Burien office and paid at the established rate)
• Promotion – The event will be listed on the annual Event Calendar, event announcements/promotions will be included in the Discover Burien Newsletter, Facebook, etc.
• Marketing - Assistance will be provided on case by case basis
• Event Logistics
• Supplies – Tent, tables, chairs, etc.
• Other assistance

To apply for the Event Support opportunity, please send a letter describing your event, how you would like Discover Burien to be a partner and why you believe your organization should be selected.

07/09/2012

Fourth of July fireworks are fun for most people but scary for pets. The Humane Society offers these Independence Day pet tips:

Leave them at home-- There are many family and group activities that are perfect for pets, but a public fireworks display or a picnic, cookout or any other type of gathering where fireworks will be set off isn’t one of them – please resist the urge to take your pets to such an event.
Don't leave your pet in the car--
With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects—even death—in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.

Give them shelter--
Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company while you're attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.

07/01/2012
Initiative showcase the region’s music culture


Press release

Your next visit to Sea-Tac Airport will come with a free upgrade -- to include the sights and sounds of northwest music. The Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative, Experience the City of Music -- a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission and PlayNetwork -- will launch this week to showcase the northwest region’s music culture and enhance the experience of millions of passengers who pass through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport each year.


The Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative, Experience the City of Music is a comprehensive program that enhances the traveler’s experience by utilizing speakers and screens airport-wide to feature a diverse variety of northwest music from the soulful sounds of Quincy Jones to the poignant lyrics of Eddie Vedder.

Travelers will also hear artist-read public announcements, enjoy curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and listen to a multi-channel web radio player available through the free airport Wi-Fi network.


01/24/2012

A Northwest nonprofit arts group is promising to turn one block of downtown Burien into a mini Burning Man festival on Oct. 15.

The popular Burning Man festival draws thousands yearly to the California desert. Correction: Burning Man brings thousands to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, not California.

"We've outgrown every venue in Seattle, and this year we are stuffing two acres of downtown Burien with Fire, Music and Art," a press release from Ignition Northwest proclaims.

"We invite you to come celebrate with two full acres of theme camps, interactive displays, fire spinners, DJs, live music and performers, dance, art cars, grilled cheese, suspension rigs, small blimps, neon rainbows, and every other odd thing we can think of. Imagine one city block of Burning Man being transported - streets and all - to downtown Burien."

The Burien event, dubbed Seacompression, is a 21 and over event because sponsors will have five highly decorated theme bars along with local food vendors.

09/30/2011
A little bit of Burning Man coming to Burien Oct. 15
Photo credit: 
Photo by Tony Miller

They're not bringing back "The Passage" sculptures but arts nonprofit Ignition Northwest promises to "stuff two acres of downtown Burien with Fire, Music and Art" on Oct. 15 for their annual fundraising event. They bill themselves as the largest Burning Man community outside of San Francisco.

Burien Little Theatre invites actors to audition for staged readings of the holiday comedy "A Christmas Story," written by Philip Grecian. The readings will be performed much like a radio play.

Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Actors are sought who can play women's roles ranging in age from 9 to 50 and men's roles ranging in age from 9 to 50. Some actors will read multiple roles.

You don't have to be these ages to read the roles, but we prefer actors age 11 and older.

The time commitment is minimal as three to five rehearsals are planned, and there will two performances. The show is directed by Rochelle Flynn.

Synopsis: Humorist Jean Shepherd's very funny memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s. The story follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case to his mother, his teacher and even the Santa Claus at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out."

09/22/2011

Drive down 153rd Street in downtown Burien and you will see a difference. Colorful new banners have been installed on the light poles from 1st to 10th avenues that will decorate the street for the next year.

The banner project was the brainchild of Burien Arts Commissioner Victoria Hall. Hall, who has lead the education committee of the Arts Commission for many years, wanted to find a way to work with area school children to explore the idea of cultural heritage. Working with three different schools in 2010, she had the students create drawings that explored their diverse cultural heritages.

The drawings were then displayed at the Burien Community Center, and from the many drawings eleven were picked to be made into banners. The arts commission embraced the idea of decorating 153rd Street with the banners and with the help of Discover Burien and local designer Maureen Hoffmann, were then able to have 44 banners printed and installed.

The new banners will be celebrated at Burien Clean Sweep on April 30th with a scavenger hunt for participants and artists.

04/20/2011
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