Festivals/Annual Events

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


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. Photo by Seth Bynum / Federal Way News

ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery announced the appointment of Alan Harrison as its new executive director, effective yesterday.

Harrison has served as a leader in the nonprofit arts and entertainment field locally and nationally for more than 18 years. His local experience includes a lengthy engagement at the Seattle Repertory Theatre as director of communications and marketing. More recently he served as managing director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in the world.


Dean Wong

Twelve students from Ballard High School’s Video Production Program will be attending the prestigious 2006 Sundance Film Festival in January thanks to an educational grant package provided by the non-profit Sundance Institute.

The Sundance Institute has become internationally recognized in its support of independent filmmakers through its film festival and arts development programs.


Before leaving for a trip across China and Tibet in April, then 13-year-olds Olivia Price and Hannah Miller never thought it would be Tibetan orphans who would make the trip most memorable.

After returning home in May, Price and Miller felt they had to do something to help the kids at Dickey Orphanage in Lhasa, Tibet.


Representatives of neighborhoods throughout West Seattle met at Chief Sealth High School recently to discuss what they love about their community as well as what ails it.

Participants said they love the fact that people of many races and nationalities live in relative harmony in West Seattle.

They love the community's history and are proud that Alki is the birthplace of Seattle. They love West Seattle's working class values and its community spirit.



Around Halloween, my thoughts wander down to Des Moines.

Des Moines used to be the home of the Scare House, which brought autumn thrill seekers into the Waterland City.

Invoking Des Moines' nickname reminds me of the Waterland Festival, which attracted the summer crowds.

Things are scary now in Des Moines, but it doesn't have much to do with the departure of the Halloween house or the giant summer festival.

In fact, bygone Waterland Festivals with the grand parade and marina carnival might have contributed to today's scary times


Celebrate the changing of the seasons with a cornucopia of activities for every age at Burien's biggest festival of the year.

The fourth annual OctoberFest/Von Boorian Days will run from Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct.


King County's 2005 Performance Network continues this weekend with "There Goes the Neighborhood," a conceptual piece created by artists Sutton Beres Culler.

The work will be at Des Moines Field House Park on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. during the Des Moines Pet Festival.

Field House Park is at 1000 S.


It was with a feeling of pride and accomplishment that I paged through Lori Hinton's new guide book, "West Seattle 101."

I feel gratified that what we started three years ago is actually a great guide book and available to the public.

In 2002, I was the brand new editor of the West Seattle Herald when in walked Lori with a proposal that has now become the very first neighborhood guide book in Seattle.


101 BOOK SIGNING. Author and West Seattle Herald columnist Lori Hinton signs her new "West Seattle 101" guidebook for Rhonda Wood at a reception last week at the Junction's West 5. The book is on sale at a number of West Seattle locations. - Dennis Boothroyd

Special to the Times/News

As the calendar suddenly turned to September, the nights started to get cooler. At almost the same time, catalogs started appearing in mailboxes.

So, the signals that fall is approaching have been given. Take heed and begin preparations now.

Order spring blooming bulbs early to get best selection and quality.

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