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B6 WEDNESDAY JULY 15 2009 THE IS SAQUAH PRESS TO SUBMITAN ARTS CALENDAR II1EM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@isspress.com. Submit A&E story ideas to isspress@isspress.com. Motorcycle show expands to two-day event JULY le Issaquah Train Depot muse- urn, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., is now open for summer hours from 4-8 p.m. nightly. Thursday nights fea- ture live music from 6:30 p.m. until closing. Call 392-3500. It's Comedy Night at Vlno Bella at 5 p.m., 99 Front St. N. Seating is limited. Get a reservation by calling 391-1424. 6 ostgard m Allen per- form jazz music from 7-9 p.m. at Grimaldi's Coffee House, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 47. Call 427-8161. Acoustic gultadst Michael Coetz performs from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Vino Bella. Music on the Streets presents Mark Piper performing folk/country music from 6-9 p.m. at Pedestrian Park, located at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way. 7 Wendrush performs from 8-11 p.m. at Stan's Bar- B-Q, 58 Front St. N. Call 392-4153. Music en the Slxents prosents Dick Croetey & Rlends performing from 6-9 p.m. at Pedestrian Park. Acoustic guitar duo Lewis/Lane performs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella. 18vt-- CD release con- cart, featuring eclectic acoustic music by Charles McCrone (Kaleidoscope School of Music director) and vocalist/bassist Malena, is from 7-9 p.m. at Grimaldi's. A special presentation, nte Camunlon Rose: Iron Age Rock Carvings In Northern Italy; by Franco Gaudiano, is at 2 p.m. at Grimaldi's. Taming of the Shrew; a free perform- ance byThe Wooden 0 Shakespeare in the Park is at 7 p.m. at Pine Lake Park. Straight Shot performs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella. Bake's Place VisAing Songhlrd Series pres- ents ]he Cindy Scott Quartet from 7:45-10 p.m. at 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E. Tickets are $30. Call 391-3335. Music on the Streets presents acoustic gsltadst Holly Phillips performing from 3-6 p.m. at Stage 195 and acoustic guitarist Sarah Christine performing from 6-9 p.m. at Pedestrian Park. 4 performs pop, rock and more from 7-8:30 p.m. for Concerts on the Green at the community center. BY DAVID HAYES enowned for its car shows, the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in Restau- rant has tried to host motorcy- cle rallies in the past with mixed results. This year, with a local motorcycle club organizing the pro- ceedings, plans to host one of the biggest rallies west of Sturgis look more realistic. David Harris, president of Issaquah's Thundering Angels Motorcycle Club, has expanded the program to a two-day event July 18-19. Day one is a charity ride to raise funds for Issaquah's Life Enrichment Options and the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Harris said the club is not your stereotypical, hide-the-women-and-chil- dren motorcycle gang. "We're just a fun bike club for those in- terested in biking," he said. "We're also a social club with a nonprofit status." For a $20 donation for the charity ride, bikers go on a three-hour tour of the countryside, with several stops along the way. At each stop, riders are given an en- velope with three poker cards. By the end of the ride, the riders who can make the best hands from their combined cards win prizes. Harris said that to improve their odds, bikers could purchase an extra envelope for $10. He hopes, weather permitting, as many as !00 riders participate, rais- ing more than $2,000. He said he also hopes the good weather spills over into the day-two events. That's when he's eyeing breaking attendance records. BY GREG FARRAR You never know what type of souped up fide will show up at the annual Burgers, Bikers & Babes Motorcycle Rally July 19 at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in restaurant. "This could be huge," he said. "We're estimating 1,000 bikers could show up." The day kicks off with a free danish breakfast at the XXX at 8 a.m. Live music rocks the crowd throughout the day, in, cluding: Kaleidoscope School of Music's Divide by Zero's from %10 a.m. The Offenders from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The Astro Cats from noon - 1 p.m. Who Cares from 1:30-2:30 p.m. To keep bikers entertained when they're not gawking at one another's rides, Harris invited stunt riders Team LoJic, from Los Angeles. They perform KIDSTAGE goes big time with 'West Side Story' BY DAVID HAYES J oey Bennett was looking for a chal- lenging project to direct his first full- -length production with Village The- atre KIDSTAGE's Summer indepen- dent program. His team chose "West Side Story." "I was looking for a show everybody loved and admired," said Bennett, 20, a Liberty High School graduate. "Especially after the successful runs of 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Pippin' in the past." A veteran of the KIDSTAGE program since the eighth grade, Bennett's experi- ence was mostly in light production and some directing in one-act plays. He couldn't have picked a better time to gO big. Due to renovations on Village Theatre's First Stage, the production will run July 18-25 at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre. It's proving to be quite the leap in production values for Bennett and his crew and cast. "It's a little intimidating, to be honest," he admitted. "It makes it more challenging." For example, the First Stage is 29-by- 40 feet, compared to the main stage's 36- 'by-40 feet dimensions. The main stage also seats nearly 300 more patrons within its confines. In addition, Bennett's lighting plans have expanded from "40 or CAREER CONNECTION ISSAQUAH 00eme seek=g enjoyment Every Other Friday 12-1:30 pm St. Michael's Episcopal Church -- Ave & Darst St. ,H ,.q from 10:45-11 a.m. and from noon - 12:15 p.m. "You usually can't find stunt teams anywhere up here," Harris said. "We're lucky to have them come up from L.A." Other events include: A slow bike race, demonstrating who's got the best control to go slow over a 100-foot course. A messy burger contest. XXX owner Jose Enciso transforms his infamously huge XXX burger from the biggest burger in town to the messiest. A $5 raffle for an autographed Ven- tures guitar, signed by members Nokie IFYOU GO Thundering Angels Ride for Charity Noon - 4 p.m. July 18 Ride leaves 1-90 Motorsports, 200 N.E. Gilman Blvd. Returns to Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Go to www.thunderingangels.com. Burgecs, Blkem & Babes Motorcycle Rally 8 a.m. July 19 XO( Rootbeer Drive-in 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd. Edwards, Sammamish resident Don Nel- son and Bob Bogle. Harris said bass guitarist Bogle signed the original six-string two weeks before he died. "It's a very rare guitar," he added. There will also be vendors, and ap- pearances by The Venturettes, Miss Is- saquah Bike Show Laura Keri and Seattle radio personality Mark Christopher. Harris said even ff you don't like mo- torcycles, this should still be a fun event for the whole family. "At other rallies, like the one Sno- homish used to have, they usually shut down the whole town," he said. "Gilman Boulevard, in front of the XXX, is a great place to have it, because it won't bother anyone else. "The Thundering Angels are commit- ted to work with the community, keeping the city happy and getting the public out here for a fun time, he added. 1"I Complimentary li ;ht lunch Networking Professional speakers IEI Helpful hand-outs July 17 Rocognizing Your Own Strengths July 31 Tuning Up Your Resume A Community service brought to you by St. Michael's & The Issaquah Press IFYOU GO 'West Side Story' July 18-25 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Sunday 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Village Theatres Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 303 Front St. N. $12- $14 392-2202 or wwvv.villagetheatre.org so to a couple 100." . But his teams are up to the challenge. The KIDSTAGE Summer Independent is the pinnacle of the KIDSTAGE program; the productions are planned far in advance and exhibit some of the finest talents KID- STAGE has to offer. Generally composed of KIDSTAGE veterans, Summer Independent productions are also produced, designed and directed entirely by young artists and mentored by theater professionals. Set in the mid-1950s on Manhattan's west side, known as Hell's Kitchen, "West Side Story" is based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and tells the tale of a rivalry between two teenage gangs of dif- fering ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It Teen Quilt Camp BY JEAN JOHNSON/PROPERTY OF VILAGE THEATRE At left, Elise Myette (Mafia) and Kyle Anderson (Tony) sing to one another on a fire escape staircase, while Payton Barronian (Bemardo) and Rianna Hidalgo (Anita) find mutual attrac- tion in scenes from Village Theatre KIDSTAGE Summer Independent's 'West Side Story: features music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, including such Broadway standards as "I Feel Pretty," "Tonight," "Maria" and "America." Bennett is overseeing a cast of 33 ac- tors and a crew of 10, with another dozen on production, ages 13-20. "Even the orchestra is bigger," he added. "We usually have about four, but for this, we've got 20. It's totalJ, y crazy for a Summer Independent show. Helping Bennett transition to the bigger stage, which required bigger production nmZnbers, is choreographer Eia Walter. "She's incredible," Bennett said. "She brings so much experience." An additional benefit of working at the main stage is getting total use of the cos- Tuesdays in August, lOam-lpm or 1:30-4:30pm Sammamish Plateau Open to Teens 12 - 18 yrs. old ~ Learn quilting basics while having fun. For information or to sign-up, call or email by July 28th. @@ Qu,lt with (=o,) 00o00-om vcww.quiltwithmo.com "" A Teaching Studio quiltwithmo@aol.com tume racks. Although this is KIDSTAGE's first-ever production of "West Side Story," Bennett said the main theater has pro- duced it in the past. "There are more than 70 costumes for the show, which is ridiculous," he said. The stage production is different than the movie version, which condensed a lot of the script and reshuffled some musical numbers. Bennett said although many of the KIDSTAGE productions attract mostly friends and family, this is one the general public should be excited to see. Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-6434, ext. 23L or dhayes@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.