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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B6 I,'EDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2004 A&E 10 SUBMrr A WHAT'S Contact noon the Friday I A&E story Ideas m 6434, ext. MARCH Issaquah artist Ron Simmons' work in oil pastel, acrylic, metal leaf and ground glass is featured at an exhibit of mixed media at theThe Runnings Family Gallery, 4711 California Ave. S.W., Seattle, through April 17. For more information, call The Running Family Gallery at 206-938-0963 or go to www.artswesL org. Man of La Mancha, Cervantes' romantic musical about the adventures of Don Quixote, is at Village Theatre through April 25. Call 392-2202. "Captudng Ufe With Color," Issaquah artist Jeanne Edward's new exhibit of con- temporary impressionistic oil paintings of people, horses and landscapes, is at Pogecha of Bellevue, 119 106th Ave. N.E., through April 3. Issaquah artist Sheryt Seetllr exhibits her watercolor and silk floral and abstract paint- ings at Pogecha of Issaquah, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., through May 15. APRIL The Seattle Photographic Society celebrates its 70th year with an exhibit of images from members throughout the Puget Sound area through April 30 at Cascades Gallery, 82 Front St. S. A public reception is 7-9 p.m. April 3. For more informa- tion, call 427-2600. A reception for artist Jo.Anne Westerby Rosenberg's exhibit "Serene Sunscapes" is 1-4 p.m. at Pogacha of Bellevue, 119 106th Ave. N.E. a is April 8. Lana Ayers, Erich Ebert, Leslie Quintus and Them Stuart discuss their craft at a B Write Writing Workshop conducted by editor Bey Stump at 7 p.m. at Starbucks, 1460 N.W. Gilman Blvd. For more informa- tion, call 785-9087. i"1 LE Krlsty Dolph of Sammamish draws a tropical island and ocean during last year's Sidewalk Chalk Art Fest at the Community Center. Commission recommends $125,000 for local arts BY" STACY (()ODMA.%" f the ftd] council approves, the city will grant more than $125,000 to arts programs this year, includ- ing $40,000 to Village Theatre and $14,700 for the popular summertime Concerts on the Green series. Based on Arts Commission recommendations, the Services Committee will recommend to the full City Council April 5 that 16 programs receive funding. The Arts Commission, too, is slated to receive $21,500 for its programs. Wage Theatre's Kidstage got a personal boost from Councilman Russell Joe, a member of the Services Com- mittee, who requested more money for the youth program that will present "Little Shop of Horrors" this summer. "I personally like this year's production," Joe said. "I played the plant in high school." The Services Committee recommended that Kidstage get $2,500 of its initial $3,000 request; the Arts Com- mission had recommended $1,500. And while it looks like Concerts on the Green will re- ceive $4,700 more than its requested $10,000, David Harris, chairman of the Arts Commission, said the addi- tional money was from fund-raising at last summer's concerts. That money, he said, somehow ended up in the city's coffers when it was intended for the concerts. "We had to submit a grant request for it," Harris said. "We need to get that other $4,700 out." Steve Gierke, human services coordinator for the cit)', said the grant process was the most efficient way of mov- ing the money. The city hopes to fix that problem this year. Councilman David Kappler, a Services member, ob- jected to granting $6,500 to boden 0 Theatre Produc- tions !or its free Shakespeare in the Parks series in public parks throughout King Count); particularly when other Is- saquah-based groups wouldn't receive their full requests. "We're being the King Count)' Arts Commission if we're funding this group," Kappler said of Wooden O's touring company. Harris said it's not unusual to give money to a group for something that's a local benefit, and that Wooden O gets 150 people per performance. Youngsters get a closer leek at the Concerts on the Green last summer. "My opinion is that the plays in the coolj said Bill Conley, A few of the grant requests reasons of incomplete applications proposals, Harris said. In addition to what's noted above, the mittee will recommend the Center for Dance in Issaquah, -- $3,000 Downtown Issaquah Art Walks Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Days -- $8,500 Issaquah Chorale -- $1,500 Chamber's Doa- Home Fourth of J Youth Concerto Competition, -- $1,500 Downtown Issaquah banner Afterschool Arts for elementary Village Theatre Summer Stock, $3,000 Issaquah Youth Theatre Artist in Issaquah Schools, tion -- $10,000 Chalk Art Festival, Arts Commission t Loaned art project, Serf-guided art tour, Arts P Long-range planning, Arts Permanent pedestals for loaned art, -- $2,000. Las Vegas rocker set to return to Issaquah BY SARA BADER I nlike most people who have to creatively stre-e-e-tch their ac- complishments at high school reunions, Don Faoro's return to Issaquah High next month is itself a testament to the success he s found since graduating in 1999. Faoro, lead singer and guitar player in the Las Vegas-based band The UTMOST, has scheduled a special tour stop April 7 to rock his alma mater-- a place, Faoro admirted, which has provided him much fodder for the band's critically acclaimed songs. "I'm most excited about this show," Fao o stud. I m sure when I get to school, I'll be flooded with high school memories, hopefully all the good kind and not the awkward ones, like when I was a sopho- more and only had one friend. But he was good friend, and he s actually g,omg to help us at that show, so I guess it s quality, not quanti as far as ends go. I felt like we couldn t skip over Issaquah High. I know ifI was still goingto school there I would love a band like us to come r th ough and rock my socks off. Faoro headed south after high school to The UTMOST will hold a special free per- formance for Issaquah High students at 7 p.m. April 7 at the school, 700 Second Ave. S.E. Issaquah High student bands will open. Other local tour stops - 7 p.m. April 3 at Ground Zero, 209 tOOth Ave. N.E., Bellevue (all ages); and 8 p.m. Apdt 5 and 6 at JR's Steakhouse, 1352 State St., Marysvilte (over 21). For more information, go to maw.utmost- enroll as a communications major at the University of Las Vegas (he's now in his last semester). While there, he met three guys with rock-star aspirations and formed his first band, The bq'MoST The oddly capital- ized name was meant to spoof their pur- posefully over-cocky break into the music world considering their humble credentials. Faorodescribes the band as a cross be- tween Green Day and Cake and "a throw- back to a time when rock 'n roll could just rock without the gimmicks and fakery that is prevalent today. In 2002, the American Music Awards and the College Media Journal (CMJ) named The UTMOST one of the top 50 un- signed bands in the nation. The UTMOST was also selected to play a show in the popular Van's Warped Tour the same year. The upcoming hometown performance is free but open to Issaquah High students only. It marks the sixth stop on the band's month-long "About Time Tour," which spreads from Reno to Salt Lake City and includes shows in Bellevue and Maryslle. A disclaimer for anyone trying to match up old yearbook photos with'Faoro's band bio: He has adopted the stage name Don Flamenco. "I didn't want to disgrace the Faoro name," he explained. "No, not really. One day we were signing up for something and we needed to write all of our names down, and I was kind of being silly. So I signed up as Don Flamenco, and I just stuck with it. Faoro tells his audiences to be prepared "to be entertained." "We have a great time at our shows, and we don't leave anybody out. It's fun for the kids, parents, grandparents, pets. I think it's good because we don't take our- selves too seriously. Though we are very serious about what we do and are very Reck group  UTMoSt, led by Issaquah High School grad Don school for a concert April 7. determined, we also know how to let loose worse than a buncl and have a good time. There's nothing sicians." EVERYTHING MUST GO! Framed Art Salmon Day Prints Readymade Frames Home Accessories a Precut Mats Mat Board Framed Ltd. Edition Bateman Wolf Prints Length Molding Odds & Ends Frame Design Northwest E0000ET1L=d00M00rl On local newsstands or home delivered since 1 900 f, THE ISSAQUAIt 425-392-6434 Subscribe on-line... We make it easy for you to start to The Issaquah Press. Just fill out a simple form on our It's that easy. 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