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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B4 WEDNESDAY~ MARCH 25, 2009 10 SUBMITAN ARTS CALENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerkOisspress.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@Lsspress.com. 41, MARCH ArtF.AST presents the =Mobile and Kinetic Collective Worlds Exhibit" through March 28 at artEAST Gallery, 48 Front St. N. Go to www.artEAST.org. 1be Beaver Lake Middle School drama ensemble presents =0liver" at 7 p.m. March 26-28, with a special matinee perform- ance at 2 p.m. March 28 at the school, 25025 S.E. 32nd St. Tickets are $7 at the door. Vocalist Shlrl Zorn performs from 7-10 p.m. at Grimaldi's Coffee House, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite No. 47. Call 427-8161. Jennifer Scott performs from 7- 10 p.m. March 27-28 at Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Dr. S.E. Tickets are $59.50. Call 391-3335. Studebakers perform from 7-10 p.m. at Grimaldi's Coffee House. Glen Patrick Dog~stt performs from 7-9 p.m. at Grimaldi's Coffee House. me Issaqoah Chamber Orchestra presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N. E-mail issaquahcham- berorchestra@gmail.com. OP.PORTUNITIES The DownTown Issequah Association is seek- ing artists and musicians for the 2009 season of ArtWalk Issaquah and Music on the Streets. E-mail events@downtownissaquah.com. ) i ~i' Scotty Harris (left) plays the saxophone with Chris Leighton on drums March 19 at Vino Bella's JamDawgs ses- sion, where any- one can join them onstage to 'jam' on any jazz standard. BY JEFF RICHARDS BY JEFF I~ICHAI~DS ou mean that sound that sounds like the cutting edge of life? That sounds like po- lar bears crossing arctic ice pans? That sounds like a herd of musk ox in full flight" This is how Donald Barthelme describes an electrifying trom- bone jazzqln his short story, "The King of Jazz. It serves as all the more reason why you can't describe jazz; you have to hear it. Since January, Issaquah resi- dents have had the opportunity to do just that at Y'mo Bella Wine and Espresso Bar. From 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thurs- days, the JamDawgs host a jam of jazz musicians, who come to- gether, often for the first time, to cruise through just about any song they choose. "We'll say, 'Do you know this tune? Do you know that tune? Al- right, let's do it.' It happens that fast," said Issaquah resident Bruce Koenigsberg, president and co-founder of the JamDawgs. "It's really magic. People come up to us all the time and say, 'I can't believe these people have never played together before.'" Thus far, the jam sessions have brought together not only musi- cians of relative obscurity but BY JEFF RICHARDS Ussa Rama ia plays the upright bass during the JamDawgs jazz session March 19. IFYOU GO JamDawgs 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursdays Vino Bella 99 Front St. N. ON THE WEB Register as a musician with JamDawgs or learn more at www.jamdawgs.com. Learn more about Harris and Ramaglia at ture co-founder Joe Lane. After discovering the two were near neighbors in Mirror- mont, they formed a band along with the third co-founder of the JamDawgs, Carl Bradley. The organization was formed to act as a way of bringing expe- rienced musicians together and finding gigs for them by net- working with musicians and club owners. It currently hosts two jams in the Seattle area, a blues jam at Kirkland's Wilde Rover Irish Pub and Restaurant and the jazz jam at Vino Bella. For the Vino Bella jam, musi- cians sign up and Harris chooses who will play for the ~eVen week. While he works to ep a high-quality level of mu- sic, he said he tries not to be overly critical of the musicians. Man, guys gave me a break when I was akid, and I try to pass that on, he said. "We just want to play at a level that's not painful for us and the audience." Still, Koenigsberg said they stress that musicians be of inter- some recognizable names as well, www.bassicsaxx.com, they would like to expand to including Lee Oskar, a founding other cities, such as Vancouver, member of War, and Alan White, B.C., and Seattle, and to begin the drummer for Yes. Harris said he and Ramaglia organizing concerts for benefits. The one constant every week have been working with Vino In,the meantime, Harris said during the jam session is Seattle Bella owner Claude Blumen- they re just hoping to make jazz group Bassic Saxx, which con- zweig to create a sense of family andits musicians a part of the sists of husband-and-wife duo at the bar for the musicians and Issaquah community, bringing Scotty Harris, on saxophone, audience. In that sense, Ra- back the interpersonal commu- mediate to advanced skill level and have experience performing live. "Most of these jams just let any- body up there and play," he said. "We want it so that everyone has a positive experience, the band members and the audience." In the future, Koenigsberg said maglia said they've been en- couraged so far by the progress. "Every week, we've been see- ing new faces, new local faces," and Lissa Ramaglia, on electric upright bass. The two have hosted jams for the past 12 years and met / --~-nT~-~K~dThe~f~h~O~s~nEf~E ........ t Koenigsberg in Seattle about 10 she said. "The JamDawgs and [--~r~-si~-P~*WoVh~-~:~--~_,=iJ'l years ago. From then, the three us want to bring that sense of -~-~,~l=.aror~ror~;rswane=; ........ ~ worked off and on together before community where people feel -~=e~r~cl~m=~~---: Koenigsberg brought them in to comfortable to just swing by to ~~ host the JamDawgs at V'mo Bella. play and to listen." "He called us up and said, :Do JamDawgs is a nonprofit or- ~I,.~" ~ = ' you want a gig on Thursday? ganization that formed in 2004. and we said, Absolutely,' Harris Koenigsberg had been j~g said. "Then, he slowly turned,us with blues bands in Seattle s ei- on to the JamDawgs concept, oneer Square, when he met fu- nication between musicians and the audience that was once a part of the Seattle jazz scene. "It works if you're consistent," he said. "If the music is good every time, the experience is good every time, Claude is friendly every time, people will come back." Reach intern Jeff Richards at 392-6434, ext. 236, or isspress@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www. issaquahpress, com. --Lot=ally P~vned for 39 years! PICKERING BARN Spring Craft Show Man Builds Rec0rd-Size Tree House After Using Thera-Gesic BEXAR COUNTY- Tom W. applied Thera-Gesic~ on his aching knee, then built a monster 1650 ~. ft. tree hottse on his friend's ranch while his friend was on vacation. When asked why he built the tree hour, e~pecially knowing his friend had no kids, he painlessly replied: "None of your dang business!" Go painlessly with Thera-Gesic~ Need an Electrician? 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In fact, you'll laugh like a hyena throughout the fun tale. The stunts are crazy and eOU keep wondering to what vel will this gal stoop to in order to get a story. You II cheer Sarah Chalfy (Nellie Bly) at the end of the number, "Tell Me What You N eed. (A couple of people even stood up at the end of that number opening night.) Chalfy is hilarious and delight- ful throughout the play. Phoebe, played by Jessica Skerritt, is deliciously evil and manipulative in her scheming. There's great choreography in the group numbers. The last scene with Joseph Pulitzer, played with wit and verve by John Patrick Lowrie, is very touching. You may shed a few tears over the unbelievable sorrow in the number, "Black and White." 'Stunt Girl' Through April 26 Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 303 Front St. N. Tickets: $22 - $58 Call 392-2202 or go to www. villagetheatre.org. You'll wonder what you can see Dane Stokinger, who plays Arthur Brisbane, in next. The writing, by Peter Kel- logg, and the rgusic, by David Friedman, is top notch. But one of the best things about 'Stunt Girl' is the in- credibly inventive set design. The small stage believably be- comes many places over the course of the evening, inchd- ing several different offices, a prison, an insane asylum, a park, a restaurant, a train, an elegant parlor in a wealthy couple's home, a factory and a funeral home. There are 22 locations and 44 scenes, according to scenic designer Scott Fyfe, who does some amazing work in pre- senting all of those places. Some of them change fight be- fore ,,your eyes and still you won t see how it happens. At a time when Issaquah- area people are feeling sad and nervous over the decline of newspapers in this country, it's uplifting to see something positive and fun about the business. "Stunt Girl" is guar- anteed to make you think, wonder, question, marvel and, best of all, laugh. Reach Editor Kathleen R. 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