Festivals/Annual Events

Would-be filmmakers in Federal Way might want to start flexing their creative muscles. The 72-Hour Film Competition is coming up in May, and it promises to test endurance and time-management skills, as well as narrative talent and shooting prowess.

Created by the artistic and managing directors of the Grand Cinema in downtown Tacoma, one of nation's few non-profit independent cinemas, the first 72-Hour was held last November.

04/04/2006

After graduating from college, many students launch their careers.

But Amber Johnson, fresh with a bachelor’s degree in literature from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, realized her educational journey must continue.

“After graduating in 2004, I recognized that opera was really my true love and that to pursue any other course would be to betray myself and my talent,” Johnson said recently.

For her, it wasn’t simply a career choice.

03/29/2006

Whether oysters make you salivate or gag, laugh, smile or get amorous, all you have to do is attend the Anthony's Oyster Olympics once to know that oysters are just good, clean fun. Indeed, they have to be. And from the oyster's natural need to be clean has grown a dependence on clean water. That's where the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance comes in.

The 17th annual Oyster Olympics, hosted Anthony's Homeport restaurant on Shilshole Bay on March 21st, raised $39,000 for Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, and $440,000 since the event was first held in 1990.

03/28/2006
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Shucking and jiving: Seth Prigg (left) and Rubben Hernandes, both from Ray's Boathouse.

The fourth annual Washington Wine Restaurant Awards, hosted by the Washington Wine Commission and the Seattle Times, honored West Seattle's Salty's on Alki with two top honors, the coveted Restaurant of the Year and Sommelier of the Year awards. Co-owners Gerry and Kathy Kingen are Washington wine supporters. Tim O'Brien, beverage director and sommelier at Salty's on Alki, earned Sommelier of the Year award. 51 Washington restaurants were also honored for their commitment to supporting the Washington wine industry.

03/28/2006

Pacific Ballroom Dance is now ranked among the top youth formation teams in the nation after placing fifth at the United States National Youth Standard Formation Dance Championship March 10 and 11.

The 2006 National Amateur Dancesport Championship was held in Provo, Utah, and marked the first time Pacific Ballroom's youth formation team has entered a competition.

03/21/2006
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Performers from Pacific Ballroom Dance show some of the form that helped them win honors at the recent National Youth Standard Formation Dance Championship.

Two Irish transplants, Mick Purdy and Adrian Kelly, are gearing up to introduce Burien to a bona fide St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Co-sponsored by Discover Burien Association and Mick Kelly's Irish pub, co-owned by Purdy and Kelly, the three-day St. Patrick's Day Blowout begins on the March 17 holiday.

"The weekend festival, highlighted by St. Patrick's Day itself, will feature Irish music, dancing, food and an outdoor beer garden," Purdy said.

All festivities will be located at Mick Kelly's, 435 S.W.

03/15/2006

Skip Priest didn't get much sleep last week.

03/15/2006

On St. Valentine’s Day, Burien lawmakers and community residents planted a cherry tree at city hall.

The local ceremony one of many cherry tree-planting events conducted simultaneously on Feb. 14 in cities throughout Washington.

Burien Parks Director Michael Lafeniere explained the significance to council members on Feb. 6, noting that in 1923 a sizable earthquake hit Tokyo.

02/15/2006

Hungry for something different this weekend? Instead of heading out to your favorite Westside restaurant this Friday night, consider sampling the wares of some of West Seattle's best chefs as they compete in a chili cook-off for a good cause.

At West Seattle High School Commissary on Feb. 10th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

02/07/2006

Fortunately for South Sound theater fans, Alan Bryce has friends in high places.

Places like England's Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theater in London.

Bryce, the artistic director of Centerstage, Federal Way's resident professional theater troupe, is now in the enviable position to invite colleagues from his past to join his productions here at the Knutzen Theater.

Karen Archer is one such friend.

Archer is known to millions of English television viewers as the female lead in ITV's series "The Chief," and for her numerous stage an

01/25/2006
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World-renowned actress Karen Archer takes time out after a rehearsal at the Knutzen Family Theatre to pose for a photograph. A personal friend of Centerstage Artistic Director Alan Bryce, Archer joins the acting company's guest artist program for the upcoming production of Noises Off on February 17. <