Theatre/Music

By Tim Takechi

Along the idyllic beaches of Spain, where fantasy and reality are often indistinguishable, a long-needed reunion between a father and daughter from two different worlds opens deep wounds and unearths unspoken feelings.

“Beauty of the Father,” the newest joint production by Latino Theatre Projects and Burien Little Theatre is a fervently written character-driven drama by Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz (who also penned “Anna in the Tropics,” a production LTP and BLT produced last year).

The story centers around a young American student named Marina (Emily Feliciano) who visits Spain to be reunited with her estranged father, Emiliano (Fernando Luna, who delivers a touching performance), a painter who is an “artist” in every sense of the word.

As if Marina and Emiliano’s relationship were not thorny enough, Marina falls in love with Karim (Matt Aguayo), a young Moroccan man who lives with Emiliano and also shares a complicated relationship with him. Rounding out this family is Paquita (Heather Ward), a woman who is Emiliano’s companion but not necessarily his lover.

08/02/2013
Annual event brings blues bands and microbrews to Des Moines Beach Park

Press release:

Four of the Northwest’s top blues bands will play at the 4th Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival on the shores of Puget Sound. The event features tastings from 11 local microbreweries, plus hard cider and wine.

The festival benefits Highline Music4Life, which provides musical instruments to low-income students in Highline Public Schools. The event is organized by the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

The Stacy Jones Band returns to the festival again this year. The musical line-up also includes Portland-based vocalist/bassist Lisa Mann, the Coyote Kings with Mush Morgan, and the Randy Oxford Band.

Beer, wine, and hard cider will be available for purchase by the glass in addition to tastings. To compliment your beverage, Rotarians will be grilling up bratwurst and B&E’s famous tri tip.

“Great music, food, and drink with a view of the sunset over the water! What better way to spend an afternoon?” said festival co-chair Lisa Meinecke. “Plus you are supporting music education in our local schools.”

07/31/2013

On July 27, Burien Arts and GreenStage will present “King Lear” at Dottie Harper Park, 421 S.W. 146th St., at 7 p.m.

“A Midsummers Night Dream” will be presented at the park on Aug. 3.

This is a reversal of the schedule originally published.

07/25/2013

Press release:

Latino Theatre Projects and Burien Little Theatre are joining forces again this summer to present a co-production of the passionate Beauty of the Father, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz, opening Aug. 2 in English.

This production follows a successful and critically acclaimed co-production of Cruz’ Anna in theTropics last summer.
In Beauty of the Father, a young American woman travels to Spain to meet her long-estranged artist father and falls for his Moroccan companion.

Cruz explores the conflict between love and sacrifice in an unrequited love triangle in Andalusia, where the restless ghost of Spanish poet/playwright Federico Garcia Lorca wanders the streets, conversing with the living.

This show is suitable for ages 13-plus due to some adult themes and content.

Beauty of the Father will be performed at Burien Little Theatre from opening night on Aug. 2 through Aug. 25. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

07/18/2013

Press release:

August 3 & 4, 2-3 PM
Lake Burien School Park, SW 148th and 16th Ave SW

When a historic Italian theater troupe attempts to tell the most perfect tale of Pinocchio, they're dismayed to discover their lead actor has disappeared!

The troupe scrambles to find an actor for the all-important lead role. But when the show begins, nothing goes according to plan and everything goes hilariously awry.

Join Balagan Theatre this summer for our annual, FREE outdoor show for families, created by local playwright Brendan Healy and directed by Shawn Belyea.

The script was created by Brendan and our fantastic cast in the comedy improv style of Christopher Guest (think Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show).

For more information please call Burien Parks at 206-988-3700, www.burienparks.net

07/15/2013

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

By Katie Nelson

Various groups representing the arts and culture scene in Burien met at the Burien Library on June 29 to discuss their ideas and plans for the future.

Organizations represented included the Highline Historical Society, the Model Railroad Club, the Burien Arts Association and the Hi-Liners Theater.

The meeting was headed by Dan Mathews, co-owner of independent commercial real estate firm Kidder Mathews, and began with testimony from several groups on how arts and culture are flourishing in Burien.

Cindi Upthegrove, from the historical society, shared an update on the efforts to build a Highline Heritage Museum. In addition to preserving local history, the museum also plans to host other exhibits from across the country.

“It’s specifically a museum building to accommodate traveling Smithsonian exhibits,” Upthegrove said. “We’ve applied to be a Smithsonian affiliate as soon as we open, so it would be possible for us to bring traveling exhibits to town.”

The museum was issued a building permit from the city of Burien this past week.

07/05/2013
Exhibit now on display near Gate A-1


Press release:

One of the most iconic musicians from the Seattle area is now a visible part of the Experience the City of Music Program at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with the installation of a Jimi Hendrix exhibit presented by EMP Museum.

Located on the secure side of the terminal near gate A1, Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy, is the latest addition to the highly successful music program from the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission and Play Network.

Organized by EMP Museum, Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy traces the early years of one of the most celebrated guitarists of all time. This unique display presents Hendrix’s story from the time he was growing up in Seattle to his early career as a musician, and his brief return home as an international superstar.

Reproductions of intimate family pictures, rare concert photos, posters, and illustrations hand-drawn by Hendrix capture key moments in the life of a remarkable artist whose legacy continues to this day.

07/03/2013

Press release:

After a highly successful pilot program, the Port of Seattle is extending live music performances through the end of the year at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

A twelve-week pilot program began in March with live music performances from local, Northwest artists at multiple locations in the terminal as part of the Sea-Tac Airport Experience The City of Music program - a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission and PlayNetwork.

“There has been a tremendously positive response from the traveling public for the live performances,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. “Passengers have been pleasantly surprised by the entertainment and our performers have received encouraging feedback. It really does improve the passenger experience and celebrate our unique Northwest musical heritage. ”

Two live music performances will continue to take place Monday through Friday, ranging between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at various locations throughout the terminal, both pre- and post-security.

06/19/2013

Press release:

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.

04/25/2013