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Rl ilJgiJigl .llllllllilElllilmiliiiillilglllgll B6 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS TO SUBMITAN ARTS CALENDAR nigH: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newscled(@iss- press.com. Submit A&E stary Ideas to isspressOisspress.com. ARTS ALENDAR FEBRUARY final week of Oscar Wllde's Importance of Being Earned" is through Mamh 1 at the Frances J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets are $22-$58. Call 392-2202 or go to www.villaSetheatre.org. 1t"7 e.k. Y I Nobles j performs ll atepm at L.JI ii Grimaldi's Coffee House, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 47. Call 427-8161. Mudc Wod Northwest ptecents Faculty Select Series, featuring Issequah students, from 7:30-9 p.m. at 14360 S.E. Eastte Way, Bellevue. Call 644-0988. A.$oul.Band performs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella. 8 ,aztEAST presents Its Closing AJactlon Party, from 6-9 p.m. at Up Front [art] Gallery, 48 Front St. N. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and refreshments and join in the last minute bidding on computers at the gallery. For details, go to www.arteast.org. Odprd & Allen perform from 7-10 p.m. at [ Grimaldi's Coffee House. I)avld I.am performs from 7:45-10 p.m. at Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Dr. S.E. Tickets are $69.50 for dinner and the show; $37 for the show only. Call 391-3335 or e-mail events@bake- splace.org for tickets. For more, see Off the Press, page A4. The Fabulous Roof Shaker, perform from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella. le Astro Cat= perform from 8-10:30 p.m. at Pogacha. Bellevue artist Sarah Ghancenl displays her exhibit, =Around the World," through April 11 at Pogacha, 120 N:W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392-5550. Drummer misses fame with A !ice in Chains; creates class for next generation of aspirin00 rockers BY DAVID HAYES  ooking back at the burgeoning Seattle music scene in the early '90s, drummer Jeffrey McC, or- mack, while not btter, can t help,but wonder, What if?. IIcCorma,ck s tale is somewhat a replay of l%te Best s. Before The Beafles shot to super stardom, they jettisoned Best in fa- vor of Ringo Starr. McCormack left on his own accord to Jeffrey McCormack (left) listens to Metal Shop students prac- tice one of their cover songs, 'Afterlife' by Avenged Sevenfold, at the Kaleidoscope School of Music. BY DAVID HAYES Jeffrey McCormack - then and now pursue other musical interests, leaving a group of musicians that went on to grunge acclaim -- Alice in Chains. McCormack was an assistant man- ager of The Music Bank Rehearsal Stu- dios in Seattle. In a rare convergence of talent, he began jamming with gui- tarist Jerry Cantrell and vocalist Layne Staley. When the other two came off their glare metal days in Diamond Lie and started taking their music in the direction that led to the signature sound of Alice in Chains, McCormack parted ways. "Jerry's music started getting a little dark," McCormack said. "I was among those who were fighting this new sound emerging from Seattle. I was staying true to real heavy metal. I thought it was just a phase, this 'grunge.'" So, once sporting "hair down to here (pointing to his knees) and up to here (holding his hand a foot above his head)" McCormack quickly joined a traditional hair band he thought was on the rise, Nightshade. "Karang Magazine compared us side- by-side on their cover next to Pearl Jam," McCormack, recal,g another Seattle band on the rise. Then, they got huge, and for us, nothing." McCormack, now 41 and a veteran of more than 40 albums as a drummer get- ting gigs where he could, recently spotted an opportunity he wouldn't pass up this time. After teaching drumming lessons for ]BY DAVID HAYES Jeffrey MeCormack points to Phil Cava-Pelton, 15, showing the rest of the Metal Shop class that the aspinng rocker finally got the dght emotion into a session. three years at the Kaleidoscope School of Music in Issaquah, he was chatting with fellow bass guitar teacher Masa Kobayashi and discovered their mutual love of heavy metal. Thanks to the video games "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band," a new generation of teens was getting ex- posure to the type of music McCormack and Kobayashi grew up on, from Iron Maiden to Aerosmith. Sensing a golden opportunity on their hands, they decided to offer the school's first heavy metal class. Of course, if the idea had hinged upon McCormack's own prowess on the digi- tized drums, it may have been a non- starter. "On 'Rock Band,' I was trying to play the real version of ,Run for the Hills,' by Iron Maiden, like Nick McBrain and Clive Burr," McCormack said. "But in the game, you have to play to these bars on the screen that aren't necessarily on the real beat. I was rushing every bar and doing terrible." So, he threw down the sticks, giving up in frustration. But it's the heavy metal class, "Metal Shop," that has him excited. He teamed with Kobayashi, 33, a Japanese trans- plant who had to drop out of the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle because he was missing too many classes due to his own heavy metal band. Their project invited teens under 18 with no prior experience necessary to learn the makings of a good heavy metal rocker. The course includes classes about heavy-metal history, clinics regarding musical equipment, visits by local metal heroes and ends with a concert per- formed by the students at a popular Seat- fie rock club. Hunter Pierce, 12, a Maywood Middle School student, has been playing drums the last couple of years after watching others on TV, including Tommy Lee from Motley Crue and Jo Jo Mayer from Nerve. He jumped at the opportunity to learn the metal ropes from McCormack and Kobaysashi. "It seemed interesting, and I like metal, Pierce said, adding that after just two sessions, it's "been very fun. Plus, it's cool listening to Jeff tell stories until he feels old." The 10 students have been split into two groups (one already has the name Trauma Queen) and each has to learn three songs to perform at the end of the eight weeks as an opening act for a real band. As for McCormack, he's recently formed hs own heavy metal band, Screams of Angels, and is in the process of planning a European tour. "It's funny. Heavy metal kind of died down in the U.S., but it always remained big in Europe and Japan," he said. He keeps busy living the metal dream, whether it's in front of a screaming crowd or passing the torch in his class to the next generation of rockers. Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-6434, ext. 237, or dhayes@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. Author leads intense, unorthodox journey in 'Twelve Stones' BY JIM FEEHAN Searching for life's answers took Barbara Carole, of Issaquah, around the world. Raised in a bucolic Long Island commu- nity, she knew a tradi- tional suburban lifestyle was not for her. At 18, she set out on her own, spending her college tuition lm Carnie money on a ticket to Paris. A strong-willed, tough-minded indi- vidual, she would later live in Muslim vil- lages with her painter husband and work with undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau before embarking on a career in advertis- ing and marketing in Los Angeles. Carole has compiled her voyage of dis- covery -- complete with hard times, poor decisions and colorful adventures -- in a gritty memoir. "Twelve Stones: Notes on A Miraculous Journey -- A Memoir" details her travel, adventure, heartbreak, faith and healing. "I'm constantly amazed at how we go about planning our lives and the thing we would never ever want to do. is often- = Need an Electrician? 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Her life is laid bare in the pages of "Twelve Stones." A former Fulbright scholar who gradu- ated from the University of Wisconsin with a master's degree in comparative literature, Carole lived in Paris for sev- eral years as a translator and editor of the Paris Review, before returning to the U.S. to teach French and French litera- Take a peek... 1-90 traffic cameras ISSAQUAH ONfllEWEB Learn more about the author or pumhase her book at www.barbaracaro/e.com. ture at the University of California-Los Angeles. She later became a writer and re- searcher for Cousteau. She worked in ad- vertising and marketing as a writer and her writing has appeared in The Is- saquah Press, The Paris Magazine and The Los Angeles Times. The book, which took her three years to write, was released this month and has enjoyed some early success on Ama- zon.com. Carole said the book appeals to young and old, faith-based people and non-believers as well. 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