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! i TM , B4 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009 THE IS SAQUAH PRESS TO SUBMIT AN ARTS CALENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@iss- press.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.com. ,e, From basement band to Bumbersh00t headliner? 1t 13 t4 FEBRUARY Mucao Art Academy & Gallery Is hosting a special exhibition of painted hearts by local artists through the end of the month. Museo will donate $10 from each heart purchase to Art With Heart, a nonprofit organization helping chil- dren through art. Prices are $75 each or $65 each for two or more. Go to www.museoart.com/carrent exhibition.htm or call 391-0244. Emily LaCrolx-Axlnte presents her photo exhibit, "WIIdflower & Nature Photography of Emily LaCreix-Axlnto," through Feb. 28 at Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392- 5550 or go to www.pogacha.com. ArtEAST presents "Lunch with a Bunch of Birds: Holy Crows" from noon to 2 p.m. as part of its free Lunch with the Masters art lecture series at Up Front [art] gallery, 48 Front SL Call 679-2459. Lorraine Feather, with Shelly Berg, performs from 7:45-10 p.m. at Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E. Tickets are $64.50 for dinner and the show; $32 show only. Call 391-3335. 1he Steve Alboucq Jazz Quartet performs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424. Kadn Plato Quartet per- forms a special Valentine show from 7:45-10 p.m. at Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E.Tickets are $79.50. Call 391-3335. Tony KIIne sings love songs and ballads for Valentine's Day, from 8-11 p.m. at Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424. Paolo Vlacava per- forms from 8-10:30 p.. at Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392-5550. t7 lno Bella pres- ents Amateur Poetry Reading Night from 7-9 p.m. at 99 Front SL N. Call 391-1424. Schoolboy Gutbuster eyes grand prize at EMP's Sound Oj00. BY DAVID HAYES eep within the bowels of Kevin Atkins' Preston home is a small, cramped space housing the water heater and the furnace. There's just enough room left over in this 10-foot by-10 foot room to fit a drum kit, a couple of amps and two mic stands. It's the perfect spot for Atkins and friends Bryan King and Jeff Stillwell to rehearse songs for their band, Schoolboy Gut- buster. And what cosmic power brought these lifelong buddies from three different Issaquah School District high schools into one musical group? "We have a whole group of friends who've been into mu- sic," Atkins said. "All the others have been with bands." "Yeah, we were the only ones not in a band yet," Stillwell added. For a power pop trio that has- n't yet been together for a year, they're scrambling to go from a basement jam band to possible participant in the next Bumber- shoot. Somewhere along the route of playing just for their friends, someone of note heard their music and invited Schoolboy Gutbuster to submit an audition tape to the eighth annual Sound Offi Competition at the Experi- ence Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. Now, with Stillwell on lead guitar and vocals, Atkins on bass and King on the drums, they're trying to prove it wasn't a mistake to pick them as one of 12 finalists chosen from 97 en- trants. Both Stillwell and Atldns have BY GREG FARRAR Schoolboy Gutbuster (from left) Kevin Atkins, 17, Jeff Stillwell, 17, and Bryan King, 16, rehearse in the utility room of Atkins' Preston home. Stillwell is lead guitar (below left), King joined on drums after only two months' experience on the skins (below center) and Atkins is the group's bass guitarist (below right). taken guitar lessons and de- scribe the rest of their abilities as self-taught. But they needed a drummer to fill out their power trio. So, did they just call King and ask, "Hey dude, wanna play drums?" "Actually, there was a phone call," King admitted, adding he'd only been playing the drums for a couple of months before being invited to join the band. "We really didn't have any ambitions when we started," said Stillwell, a veteran of the Sound Offi competition. Last year, he made the semifinals as a solo act. "It started off just for fun," he said. "Then, we were offered a show. Then, two. Had to get a little better. Then, Sound Offi happened." They describe their music as "pop punk" -- think Bowling for Soup's top 40 hit "1985" for how they sound. As for the group name? Let's just say strange things happen during sleepovers at 3 a.m. "I actually Googled 'wrestling move name generator' and found a Web site that actually does that," King said. "We re al- ways making up names for fake wrestling moves. And we thought Schoolboy Gutbuster IFYOU GO FJghth annual EMP/SFM Sound Off! Featuring Schoolboy Gutbuster Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students or EMP/SFM members; $10 for the general public. Call 206-770-2702 or 1-877- EMP-SFM 1 toll-free. was the perfect sounding fake wresting move." "That late in the evening, we thought it was the funniest thing in the world," Stillwell added. Now, they are working on expanding the four-song demo into a seven song, 30-minute set for the competition. Still- well and Atkins trade writing duties, bouncing ideas off each other, to come up with surefire classics as "Sweety McDollies," "Face Choke," "Gnarly Smash" and "Dave Matthews Band," While their immediate goal is to always have fun onstage .... ey wouldn t mind taking laome the grand prize, which in- chides a performance slot at Bumbershoot 2009, a live on- air performance on 107.7 The End's "Locals 0nly" show, two days of studio time at Orbit Au- dio and professional recording of a song by two renowned pro- ducers. So, they're working out the kinks in their tiny, makeshift practice studio, hoping to im- prove upon, yet carry the vibe from their first show. "Our first show was terrible," Stillwell recalled. "It was the worst ever. But a lot of kids there who saw us really liked us. Must have been because of our personalities." Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392- 6434, ext. 237, or dhayes@isspress.com. Comment on this story at town;.issaquahpress.com. Aegis hosts two-actor pla), 'L(,ve Letters' BY DAVID HAYES egis Living of Issaquah, ever seeking to incorporate their residents into more commu- nity activities, is hosting "Love Letters," a two-actor play. Activities director Sommer Albertson said this is the perfect activity for the holiday. "It's a love story on Valentine's Day," she said. "What a great way to spend the afternoon." Based upon the eulitzer Prize-nomi- nated play, the tale centers on characters Melissa Garner and Andrew Makepiece, as they explore during the World War II era the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and de- feats they have passed between them Correction The participants in Vino Bella's Open Mic Poetry Readings photos in the Jan. 28 Press were misidentified. Reisha Holton was the participant reading her poem while Nancy Talley was the one introducing the crowd. Patrick Shockley A trusted community agent since 1977 Fresh, home style menu selections We offer a menu to satisfy your 4 year old sonto your 84 year old grandma. Great Value, Generous Portions Fresh baked in-house desserts Buy Loca and Save! }bur consistent/at,orite since 1988 senior discounts Medom 5boppi.g Ccmter Mm. - Tat. m- SI. 7am-3pm (next to OFC) 425.391.9690 , } 1580 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Where Its NeverT0o Late For Breakfast. IF YOU GO 'Love Letters' Aegis Living of Issaquah This two-actor play starts promptly at 2 p.m. Feb. 14. 780 N.W. Juniper St. 392-8100 Tickets are limited and are $5 at the door. throughout their separate lives. It stars Martha Murphy and Ed Corna- chio, both from South Whidbey Island. "I k,ow Martha personally," Albertson said. She was involved in a lot of chil- dren's theater. She's now stepping away from the Whidbey Island community to produce her own plays." Albertson said Aegis is an intimate set- ling for the two-person play. For that reason, she estimates there's only room for about 20 community members in ad- dition to Aegis residents. Half of the pro- ceeds from the $5 tickets purchased at the door will go toward the Alzheimer's Association. It will last about an hour and a half with an intermission. Albertson said she expects the experi- CONTRIBUTED Whldbey Island actors Ed Cornachlo and Martha Murphy star in the two actor play 'Love Letters' Feb. 14 at Aegis Living of Issaquah. ence to be beneficial for Aegis residents. "Live theater is an uplifting experi- ence," she said. "Plus, it's wonderful to bring to our community for the residents finding it hard to get out and about. "Plus, it's an opportunity for the Is- saquah community to connect here with our seniors, to spend valuable time,  she added. "I'm always looking for ways to get them connected to the community." A Fresh Oasis on MMI Street i i' !i i 425-391-3600 * Treat yourself to a pleasant half hour in our comfortable, clean waiting room. Relax on the sofa as our technicians look after your car and make sure it is safe and sound. Maybe catch up on some reading while listening to our babbling water feature. Or, enjoy stimu- lating conversation with our fiercely intelligent staff. 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