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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B10 WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL 6, 2011 TO SUBMIT AN ARTS CAILJENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@isspress.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.com. APRIL Vllla Theatre pmsudla 'Iron Curtain' through April 24, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $20 9 to $60, 392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org Darron Motamedy, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha Trl, Hans & Phil, 7:45 p.m., Bake's Place t0 Breakfast at Bake with Michael Gotz, 10 a.m., Bake's Place All Emergency & Military Vehicle Show, 8 a.m., X)O( Rootbeer Drive-in Fridays In the LMng Room with Greta Matnssa, 7:45 p.m., Bake's Place t6 Al'tEAST presents/hrt of the Gardu Evnt & Marketplace, noon - 8 pm. at Up Front Gallery Art Center, 95 Front SL N. The Bellevue Community Band Concert, featuring several Issaquah musicians, is at 2 p.m. at the Bellevue Christian High School auditorium, 1601 98th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. A $5 dona- tion is suggested. To ieam more, go to www.bellevuecommunityband.org. Tlngstad and Rumbel, 7:45 p.m., Bake's Place Sunday Dinner lheme Show:. Slnatra at the Sands with Jaey Jewel and Trlsh Hatlay, 6:45 p.m., Bake's Place Paul Green and Straight Shet, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha 17-" annual All p 9how, 9 a.m., XXX Rootbeer Drive-in Teen performers offer middle school musical, '13' By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Some milestones trigger stomach- churning dread. Turning 40 comes to mind, but turning, say, 18 or 21 does not. The latest musical from the KIDSTAGE program at Village Theatre stares down another fraught numeral: 13, the year acne and angst transform cherubic chil- dren into temperamental teenagers. The musical "13" offers a little more edge and sass than "High School Musi- cal and other shows geared for teenage performers. The show premieres at the rebuilt First Stage Theatre on April 7. "Kids love the show" and the material, director and KIDSTAGE Programs Man- ager Suzie Bixler said. Divorce upends life for Evan, a 12- year-old Manhattanite. In the post-divorce order, after morn and dad hit Splitsville, the preteen is transplanted from the Big Apple to the heartland, a fictional burg called Apple- ton, Ind. The lone Jew among the gentiles is de- termined to put on a bar mitzvah to re- member. The problem is, Evan needs to crack the coolest clique in school -- even if filling out the guest list means casting off some genuine friendships in the process. "It's their age group, so the characters, they can really relate to, Bixler said. "It allows them the opportunity to play kids their own age and be in ,situations that are similar to what they re going through." Choreographer Casey Craig, a per- former in theongoing original musical Iron Curtain on the Village Theatre Mainstage, said "13" reflects the chal- lenges teenagers face in middle school hallways. "Times are so different," he said. "I did not talk about these things they talk about. It is shocking the amount of things that have changed over a very short pe- riod of time." Issaquah High School freshman Matt Sleeth, 15, is Evan, the charismatic-but- uncertain protagonist. The seasoned KID- STAGE performer -- past credits include "Willy Wonka Jr." and "All Shook Up" -- said the angsty comedy mirrors real-life experiences. "I went through the whole popularity crisis, because I had fri n, is who were popular and ends who were not popu- lar, and I got along with them equally," he said. "What am I supposed to do? They hate each other." BY GREG FAIRA][{ The Village Theatre KIDSTAGE production of '13' includes the work of adults Casey Craig, choreographer (far left) and Suzie Bixler, director, along with Matt Sleeth, 15, as Evan Goldman, and Katie Griffith, 13, as Patdce DeCrette. in the story, but I like to think of her as [FYOU GO ris very quirky, independent person," she said. '13' Village Theatre - First Stage Theatre 120 Front St. N. April 7-10 Show times vary $14 - $16 392-2202 or www.villageteatre.org MORE Learn more about the process to rebuild the historic First Stage Theatre, Page hl The musical is popular among school drama programs and regional theaters. The local iteration features a 17-member ensemble cast. (Other cast members hail from Bellevue, Kirldand, Renton, Sam- mamish, Seattle and Snoqualmie.) The set centerpiece for the middle school musical is a Brobdingnagian note- book featuring super-sized scribblings. "'13' is such a great representation of how caught up everybody is," Katie said. "You never really realize it until you're in a show like this." Like Sleeth, the adolescent actress boasts a long r6sum6 in musical theater. In 2008,Katie starred as the title charac- ter in "Annie" sequel "Annie Warbucks" for ghowtunes! Theatre o. |ssaquah resldent Ma00n Charm-- Tony Award-00g mastermind behind both Annie musicals -- directed the production. Pacific Cascade Middle School student Katie Grlth, l, Js next-door neJglor eatrice, the on-again, off-again confidant to Evan. "Patrice, she's stereotyped as the geek Following a successful Los Angeles run, "13" opened on Broadway in Sep- tember 2008. Composer Jason Robert Brown received a Drama Desk Award nomination for the show In Issaquah, the musical carries an- other distinction: "13" is the opening show at the rebuilt First Stage Theatre, the traditional home for KIDSTAGE pro- ductions. Though the musical usessome innu- endo and PG-13 language, 13 plumbs middle school trials -- friendship, peer pressure and serf-confidence -- in a manner recognizable to any post-adoles- cent audience member. "The idea of the show is them growing up, and turning from something that the) ' wod say kiddish to adult, but clearly, they re still in middle school," Craig said. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234. or wka- garise@issp?ess, com. Comment at www.issaquah- press, com. Celtic band The Fire Inside makes simply complex tunes By Laura 6eggel Issaquah Press reporter Irish music lithely springs from its in- strnments during reels, jigs and pub songs. I like it because it's actually quite sim- plistic, butyou can make it complex," Is- saquah violinist Tami Curtis said. "It's just plain fun. It puts a smile on your face." Curtis and six other local musicians, liv- ing in an area stretching from Issaquah to the Snoquaimie Valley and up to Red- mond, have formed a Celtic band named The Fire Inside. The band is the brainchild of Carol Whitaker, of Fall City. Whitaker played for an informal group, and she knew several other people who played in bands about town. She wanted to play more challeng- ing Celtic music, so she took her flute and penny whistle and formed a group of her own this past winter. "She's Britishand bossy and really cool," Curtis said. During rehearsal, Greg Stearns, an Irishman living in North Bend, gave a speech about how the Celtic band had po- tential. "He said, 'Despite our age and getting on in the years, we still are in possession of the fire inside,'" Curtis remembered. As soon as the words had left his mouth -- in his deep Irish accent, no less -- the entire band agreed The Fire Inside would be an excellent name for the group. The Fire Inside plays songs from all across the British Isles, including Welsh music and Scottish tunes -- "It's all Celtic," Curtis said. At a show at Issaquah's Vino Bella wine bar on St. Patrick's Day, the band passed out sheet music so'the audience could sing ONfllEWEB "HearThe Fire Inside online. Go to vvww.youtube.com and search for'The Fire Inside Celtic at Vine Bella, Issaquah.' Find the band on Facebook, too. If you go 8-9:30 p.m. April 23, St. George's Day Zeeks Pizza 2525 N.E. Park Drive 7-10 p.m. May 14 Maple Valley Creative Arts Council Open Mic 23220 Maple Valley Highway S.E., Suite 15 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 30 Issaquah Farmer's Market Pickering Barn, 1730 lOth Ave. N.W. 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Festival at Mt. Si Si View Community Center 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend along. , "Everybod[ can belt outsome portion of Danny Boy, Curtis said. It s just so much more of a rich experience if the au- dience can sing along." Michael Hurtenbach, of Snoqualmie, plays the concertina, an instrument like a small accordion. He used to play the guitar, but stopped after he developed arthritis. "I couldn't play the (guitar) chords very well, he said. "I went thrq lgh several dif- ferent instruments" before finding the concertina. His ,fingers are able to play the con- certina s buttons and push and pull at the CONTRIBUTED Rre Inside, a local Celtic band, entertains diners atVino Bella in Issaquah on SL Pack's Day. bellows. Though the concertina keeps his hands occupied, it frees up his voice, and he sang a vibrant version of"Marie's Wed- ding" at Wmo Bella, all while wearing a kilt. "I love Irish music and it's a common in- strument in Irish music," Hurteubach said. The group practices weekly and is put- ting about 40 songs to memory so it can mesmerize its fans and know the music inside and out. The feat is not as hard as it sounds, Whitaker said, as Irish music melodies tend to repeat themselves within a song. "The more I learn, the faster I'm get- ring," she said. The tricky part is learning the fingering and flourishes at breakneck speed on a enny whistle -- "a tiny little pipe with six oles, Whitaker said. The classically trained flutist is taking the challenge head on, and she and the other players -- Greg Stearns, David Edfeldt, Daniel Horn and Susan Lawrence -- invited the community to come sing along with The Fire Inside at its upcoming shows. Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@iss- press, com. Comment at www.issaquahpress, com. SCAVENGER HUNT In honor of Village Theatre's new musical comedy "Iron Curtain," Vil- lage Theatre presents a scavenger hunt. Village Theatre is posting a photo of a potato in seven iconic Is- saquah locations for the seven Tues- days on its Facebook page. Figure out where that location is, take your own photo with a potato of your choice (receive extra points for style) and post it to www.facebook, com/villagetheatre. Clues to the potato's location will be posted every Wednesday through Friday. Those who post their photo in the correct location first will win a pair of free tickets to see "Iron Curtain." Everyone who posts will be entered to win a pair of season tickets. Get more info at www.vil- lagetheatre, org/iron_curtain_scav- engerhunt.php. rea/ estate auctions 15 Days from $1299* Departs September 27 & October 4 in 2011 Every American at some .point in their life should see the Grand Canyon and the great attractions of our American Southwest. Start your journey in Phoenix, AZ Enjoy the red rock wonders of Sedona and Flagstaff, the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest and Navajo Country. Experience the famed hot air balloon fiesta's Mass Ascension in Albuquerque during its annual event in the southwestern desert. Discover the old west with stops along the way in Santa Fe, White Sands National Park, Tombstone, and Tucson. Includes accommodations, professional'tour driver-guide and sightseeing! 50+ WA Home Auctions Begin Apr 18 th Please visit williamsauction.com/april for details A. Judson Glen Vannoy. (206) 972-9023. Lic.# 13,4,49. WILLIAMS & WILLIAMS iN 13.db' w. :0= MIHAUC AUC LJC 2892; wordwcie real estoto auction BUYER'S PREMIUM MAY APPL 800,801 .003 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B10 WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL 6, 2011 TO SUBMIT AN ARTS CAILJENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@isspress.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.com. APRIL Vllla Theatre pmsudla 'Iron Curtain' through April 24, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $20 9 to $60, 392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org Darron Motamedy, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha Trl, Hans & Phil, 7:45 p.m., Bake's Place t0 Breakfast at Bake with Michael Gotz, 10 a.m., Bake's Place All Emergency & Military Vehicle Show, 8 a.m., X)O( Rootbeer Drive-in Fridays In the LMng Room with Greta Matnssa, 7:45 p.m., Bake's Place t6 Al'tEAST presents/hrt of the Gardu Evnt & Marketplace, noon - 8 pm. at Up Front Gallery Art Center, 95 Front SL N. The Bellevue Community Band Concert, featuring several Issaquah musicians, is at 2 p.m. at the Bellevue Christian High School auditorium, 1601 98th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. A $5 dona- tion is suggested. To ieam more, go to www.bellevuecommunityband.org. Tlngstad and Rumbel, 7:45 p.m., Bake's Place Sunday Dinner lheme Show:. Slnatra at the Sands with Jaey Jewel and Trlsh Hatlay, 6:45 p.m., Bake's Place Paul Green and Straight Shet, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha 17-" annual All p 9how, 9 a.m., XXX Rootbeer Drive-in Teen performers offer middle school musical, '13' By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Some milestones trigger stomach- churning dread. Turning 40 comes to mind, but turning, say, 18 or 21 does not. The latest musical from the KIDSTAGE program at Village Theatre stares down another fraught numeral: 13, the year acne and angst transform cherubic chil- dren into temperamental teenagers. The musical "13" offers a little more edge and sass than "High School Musi- cal and other shows geared for teenage performers. The show premieres at the rebuilt First Stage Theatre on April 7. "Kids love the show" and the material, director and KIDSTAGE Programs Man- ager Suzie Bixler said. Divorce upends life for Evan, a 12- year-old Manhattanite. In the post-divorce order, after morn and dad hit Splitsville, the preteen is transplanted from the Big Apple to the heartland, a fictional burg called Apple- ton, Ind. The lone Jew among the gentiles is de- termined to put on a bar mitzvah to re- member. The problem is, Evan needs to crack the coolest clique in school -- even if filling out the guest list means casting off some genuine friendships in the process. "It's their age group, so the characters, they can really relate to, Bixler said. "It allows them the opportunity to play kids their own age and be in ,situations that are similar to what they re going through." Choreographer Casey Craig, a per- former in theongoing original musical Iron Curtain on the Village Theatre Mainstage, said "13" reflects the chal- lenges teenagers face in middle school hallways. "Times are so different," he said. "I did not talk about these things they talk about. It is shocking the amount of things that have changed over a very short pe- riod of time." Issaquah High School freshman Matt Sleeth, 15, is Evan, the charismatic-but- uncertain protagonist. The seasoned KID- STAGE performer -- past credits include "Willy Wonka Jr." and "All Shook Up" -- said the angsty comedy mirrors real-life experiences. "I went through the whole popularity crisis, because I had fri n, is who were popular and ends who were not popu- lar, and I got along with them equally," he said. "What am I supposed to do? They hate each other." BY GREG FAIRA][{ The Village Theatre KIDSTAGE production of '13' includes the work of adults Casey Craig, choreographer (far left) and Suzie Bixler, director, along with Matt Sleeth, 15, as Evan Goldman, and Katie Griffith, 13, as Patdce DeCrette. in the story, but I like to think of her as [FYOU GO ris very quirky, independent person," she said. '13' Village Theatre - First Stage Theatre 120 Front St. N. April 7-10 Show times vary $14 - $16 392-2202 or www.villageteatre.org MORE Learn more about the process to rebuild the historic First Stage Theatre, Page hl The musical is popular among school drama programs and regional theaters. The local iteration features a 17-member ensemble cast. (Other cast members hail from Bellevue, Kirldand, Renton, Sam- mamish, Seattle and Snoqualmie.) The set centerpiece for the middle school musical is a Brobdingnagian note- book featuring super-sized scribblings. "'13' is such a great representation of how caught up everybody is," Katie said. "You never really realize it until you're in a show like this." Like Sleeth, the adolescent actress boasts a long r6sum6 in musical theater. In 2008,Katie starred as the title charac- ter in "Annie" sequel "Annie Warbucks" for ghowtunes! Theatre o. |ssaquah resldent Ma00n Charm-- Tony Award-00g mastermind behind both Annie musicals -- directed the production. Pacific Cascade Middle School student Katie Grlth, l, Js next-door neJglor eatrice, the on-again, off-again confidant to Evan. "Patrice, she's stereotyped as the geek Following a successful Los Angeles run, "13" opened on Broadway in Sep- tember 2008. Composer Jason Robert Brown received a Drama Desk Award nomination for the show In Issaquah, the musical carries an- other distinction: "13" is the opening show at the rebuilt First Stage Theatre, the traditional home for KIDSTAGE pro- ductions. Though the musical usessome innu- endo and PG-13 language, 13 plumbs middle school trials -- friendship, peer pressure and serf-confidence -- in a manner recognizable to any post-adoles- cent audience member. "The idea of the show is them growing up, and turning from something that the) ' wod say kiddish to adult, but clearly, they re still in middle school," Craig said. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234. or wka- garise@issp?ess, com. Comment at www.issaquah- press, com. Celtic band The Fire Inside makes simply complex tunes By Laura 6eggel Issaquah Press reporter Irish music lithely springs from its in- strnments during reels, jigs and pub songs. I like it because it's actually quite sim- plistic, butyou can make it complex," Is- saquah violinist Tami Curtis said. "It's just plain fun. It puts a smile on your face." Curtis and six other local musicians, liv- ing in an area stretching from Issaquah to the Snoquaimie Valley and up to Red- mond, have formed a Celtic band named The Fire Inside. The band is the brainchild of Carol Whitaker, of Fall City. Whitaker played for an informal group, and she knew several other people who played in bands about town. She wanted to play more challeng- ing Celtic music, so she took her flute and penny whistle and formed a group of her own this past winter. "She's Britishand bossy and really cool," Curtis said. During rehearsal, Greg Stearns, an Irishman living in North Bend, gave a speech about how the Celtic band had po- tential. "He said, 'Despite our age and getting on in the years, we still are in possession of the fire inside,'" Curtis remembered. As soon as the words had left his mouth -- in his deep Irish accent, no less -- the entire band agreed The Fire Inside would be an excellent name for the group. The Fire Inside plays songs from all across the British Isles, including Welsh music and Scottish tunes -- "It's all Celtic," Curtis said. At a show at Issaquah's Vino Bella wine bar on St. Patrick's Day, the band passed out sheet music so'the audience could sing ONfllEWEB "HearThe Fire Inside online. Go to vvww.youtube.com and search for'The Fire Inside Celtic at Vine Bella, Issaquah.' Find the band on Facebook, too. If you go 8-9:30 p.m. April 23, St. George's Day Zeeks Pizza 2525 N.E. Park Drive 7-10 p.m. May 14 Maple Valley Creative Arts Council Open Mic 23220 Maple Valley Highway S.E., Suite 15 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 30 Issaquah Farmer's Market Pickering Barn, 1730 lOth Ave. N.W. 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Festival at Mt. Si Si View Community Center 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend along. , "Everybod[ can belt outsome portion of Danny Boy, Curtis said. It s just so much more of a rich experience if the au- dience can sing along." Michael Hurtenbach, of Snoqualmie, plays the concertina, an instrument like a small accordion. He used to play the guitar, but stopped after he developed arthritis. "I couldn't play the (guitar) chords very well, he said. "I went thrq lgh several dif- ferent instruments" before finding the concertina. His ,fingers are able to play the con- certina s buttons and push and pull at the CONTRIBUTED Rre Inside, a local Celtic band, entertains diners atVino Bella in Issaquah on SL Pack's Day. bellows. Though the concertina keeps his hands occupied, it frees up his voice, and he sang a vibrant version of"Marie's Wed- ding" at Wmo Bella, all while wearing a kilt. "I love Irish music and it's a common in- strument in Irish music," Hurteubach said. The group practices weekly and is put- ting about 40 songs to memory so it can mesmerize its fans and know the music inside and out. The feat is not as hard as it sounds, Whitaker said, as Irish music melodies tend to repeat themselves within a song. "The more I learn, the faster I'm get- ring," she said. The tricky part is learning the fingering and flourishes at breakneck speed on a enny whistle -- "a tiny little pipe with six oles, Whitaker said. The classically trained flutist is taking the challenge head on, and she and the other players -- Greg Stearns, David Edfeldt, Daniel Horn and Susan Lawrence -- invited the community to come sing along with The Fire Inside at its upcoming shows. Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@iss- press, com. Comment at www.issaquahpress, com. SCAVENGER HUNT In honor of Village Theatre's new musical comedy "Iron Curtain," Vil- lage Theatre presents a scavenger hunt. Village Theatre is posting a photo of a potato in seven iconic Is- saquah locations for the seven Tues- days on its Facebook page. Figure out where that location is, take your own photo with a potato of your choice (receive extra points for style) and post it to www.facebook, com/villagetheatre. Clues to the potato's location will be posted every Wednesday through Friday. Those who post their photo in the correct location first will win a pair of free tickets to see "Iron Curtain." Everyone who posts will be entered to win a pair of season tickets. Get more info at www.vil- lagetheatre, org/iron_curtain_scav- engerhunt.php. rea/ estate auctions 15 Days from $1299* Departs September 27 & October 4 in 2011 Every American at some .point in their life should see the Grand Canyon and the great attractions of our American Southwest. Start your journey in Phoenix, AZ Enjoy the red rock wonders of Sedona and Flagstaff, the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest and Navajo Country. Experience the famed hot air balloon fiesta's Mass Ascension in Albuquerque during its annual event in the southwestern desert. Discover the old west with stops along the way in Santa Fe, White Sands National Park, Tombstone, and Tucson. Includes accommodations, professional'tour driver-guide and sightseeing! 50+ WA Home Auctions Begin Apr 18 th Please visit williamsauction.com/april for details A. Judson Glen Vannoy. (206) 972-9023. Lic.# 13,4,49. WILLIAMS & WILLIAMS iN 13.db' w. :0= MIHAUC AUC LJC 2892; wordwcie real estoto auction BUYER'S PREMIUM MAY APPL 800,801 .003