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jWmmlllllUllll UBnmRllnmMmmlulnMimlum THE ISSAQUAH PRESS / B4 WEDNESDAY~, OCTOBER 7~ 2009 TO SUBMrlr AN Affrs CALENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@iss- press.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@issp ress.com. 4b 4, OCTOBER Klddand artist Kds I~ch's exhibit, "Burnt Impressions; featuring kitchen- oriented, high- quality turntables as unique centerpieces or wall d~cor, through Nov. 14, Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550 or www.pogacha.com Gall Pettis Quartet, 7:45-10 p.m. Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E., $20 Paul Green, 8-11 p.m. Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550 Local musician Dadd Aim 7-9 p.m., Gdmaldi's, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 47, 427-8161 Eastslde Singles Meetup, 3-6 p.m. Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424 Greta Matassa, 7:45-10 p.m. Bake's Place, $20 Darren Motamedy, 8-11 p.m. Pogacha Drive-in, Magnum, 300 and Challenger Car Show, noon, XXX Rootbeer 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., 392-1266 OPPORTUNITIES Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions in all sections for its 2009-2010 season. All interested singers must have choral music experience and basic music-reading ability. Call 392-8446 for an audition appointment. Learn more at www.masterchoruseastside.org. By David Hayes Issaquah Press reporter teve Crawford only dabbles in music these days. Now 52, the Issaquah resident since 2002 has long left his touring days in rock 'n roll decades in the past. So, imagine his surprise last month when he received a call from an old friend from Iowa. It was the drummer from his 1980's band, Con Brio. It seems the five-piece rock 'n' roll group had been nominated for the Iowa Rock 'n' Hall of Fame. '3 didn't even know Iowa had a Rock 'n' Hall of Fame, let alone they would re- member us," Crawford said. Sure enough, soon after the phone call, Crawford began receiving paperwork from the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Associa- tion confirming Con Brio was going to re- ceive the honor. It was a rock band from the '80s that "had a lot of flash pots, was really loud, that would kn,,ockyou down." "I was totally shocked,' saidCrawford. "After, what, 38-39 years? I just thought 'Oh. My. Gosh.'" Having played the keyboard since he was 8, Crawford was sent a CD of music by his former bandmates to hone his skills. The Sept. 6 induction ceremony came with a caveat. "We had to prepare a half-hour live set to perform. So, we rehearsed together when we got there and discovered we could still do this," Crawford said. "And darned if we didn't pull it off." Con Brio was one of five bands to be in- ducted amid 10 total inductees, including some DJs and other music personalities, for the class of 2009. Crawford said the most notable act in the class was probably Crow, which received some national air- time in the late '80s and early '90s. "I hadn't heard of most of them, since I'd moved on to blues bands by the time they came around," he added. The group Con Brio, he added, was typ- ical of the '80s Iowa bands at the time -- with nothing to do in Iowa, if you had any musical talent, you joined a band. In its heyday, Con Brio toured the Mid- BY GREG FARRAR Steve Crawferd, inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, recalls one of his songs at his Issaquah home, with some of the equipment he and his group, Con Brio, used. west, hitting stops in Iowa, Illinois, Min- nesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. And no, Crawford said, they were not con- sciously trying to recreate Buddy Holly's "Tour From Hell," hitting many of the same spots during the bitter cold winter of 1959. "The funny thing is we did play the old Surf Ball Room, and the Roof Garden Ball- room hosted the induction ceremony, both places Buddy Holly played, Crawford said. The old ballrooms also had green rooms, where the bands signed the walls while waiting to perform. "We saw on the Roof Garden Ballroom greenroom Buddy Holly's signature and we found ours, too," Crawford said. He first caught the bug to perform in a band when his very first band, Outfit, won a battle of the bands contest at the Iowa state fair. He admitted the hall of fame in- duction ceremony performance has lit a fire under him. Working in building and property main- tenance at Gilman Village, Crawford never let music totally leave his life. He still has a Yamaha CLP 260 keyboard hooked into a Roland SL50 sound system that can cre- ate 264 different voices from the keyboard at will. . "I'm just now getting to know it. It's an old friend," he said. While he's not quite ready to take his old friend back out on tour, Crawford is looking forward to jumping onstage at some local jam sessions. David Hayes: 392-6434, ext. 237, dhayes@iss- press.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress, corn. e The city Arts Commission and 4Culture -- King County's cultural services agency -- will screen three movies as part of a new Films @ the Train Depot! program. The free films will be shown at 7 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at the historic tram depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The lineup is built around the theme "Made in Washington." The series launches Oct. 10 with "The Egg and I," a 1947 comedy about a society girl whose new husband convinces her to move to the country and start a chicken farm. The event includes a pre-film talk with eaula Becker, a staff historian for HistoryLink.org and an expert on the career of "The Egg and I" author Betty MacDon- ald. The next freefilm will be the Nov. 14 screening of "Singles." The 1992 film, written and directed by Cameron Crowe, stars Campbell Scott and Kyra Sedgwick in a take about singles life in early '90s Seat- tleA screening of "Smoke Signals" will be Dec. 12. The 1998filmtells the story of two young American In- dian men on a life journey. Correction An Arts and Entertainment story in the Sept. 30 issue incorrectly stated the status of Alan White. White has been the drummer for classic rock band Yes for the past 36 years and will be part of the lineup going on a tour of Europe this month. o" By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter hai cuisine seeks to balance spicy, sour, sweet and salty, us- ing whiffs of lemongrass and kaffir lime to pack the flavor of Southeast Asia into each bite. Similan Thai Cuisine, a new arrival at the just-opened Overlake Center, is skillful with the pillars of Thai cooking. A slick space filled with fountains and a forest of bamboo belies the strip mall setting. A promising list of appetizers starts the meal on the right note. Packed with lettuce leaves, basil sprigs and tofu chunks, the sprightly fresh rolls were the ideal vehicles for a peanut dipping sauce, lush and almost as thick as Jif. Inside the paper-thin rice wrappers, greens and springy vermicelli noodles were nestled alongside crispy bits for a surprising -- and welcome -- crunch. A plate of crab puffs moved beyond the usual takeout crab Rangoon. Inside the crackling, fried wonton skin awaited a molten center of cream cheese and crab SIMILAN THAI CUISINE In Overlake Center, 5704 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Suite 100 677-8159 for reservations www.sirnilanthaicuisine.com 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday -Thursday; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday $5-13 for appetizers; $8-17 for entr6es; $4-7 for desserts -- imitation, yes, but tasty nonetheless. The extensive collection of entr6es de- livers after the strong selection of starters. The noodle dishes are satisfying, from the rad nha -- wide rice noodles and broccoli finished in a bean sauce flecked with red pepper flakes -- to the phad kee mac, a fragrant tangle of rice noodles, bamboo, basil, chili, onion and tomato. Noodle dishes can be accessorized with beef, chicken, seafood or tofu. In the phad kee mac, a special request for scal- lops resulted in mollusks done to the per- fect point of doneness. From the fried rice selections, pick the pineapple variety redolent with curry and studded with cashews, peas and raisins. Other, seldom-seen choices include Dun- geness crab tucked into fried rice and an- other variety juiced up with sweet chili paste. Most of the rice dishes can be complemented with beef, chicken, tofu, or calamari, prawns, scallops or a seafood combination. The menu also includes a strong slate of curries, from the traditional green and red to appealing duck and prawn op- tions. Soups, including the classic tom yum, round out the menu. A bubbling pot of tam kah -- a soup constructed atop a co- conut-milk broth -- attracted longing glances from across the dining room. Similan Thai Cuisine also includes a full dessert menu, a rarity for most sub- urban Asian restaurants. In addition to sorbet and fried ice cream, desserts in- clude ambitious offerings, such as black rice pudding and a seasonal combination of mango and sticky rice. The expansive dinner menu treads be- yond Thailand. Expect to see Chinese takeout selections, such as General Tso's chicken and pot stickers, amid the Thai curries and tom yum soup. The affordable lunch menu edits the menu to a handful of selections, though the affable servers allow diners to order from either menu at lunchtime. Similan Thai Cuisine had a few wob- bles. The promised hot rating on the menu felt more like summer in Seattle than summer in the Sahara. Opt for the so-called "authentic-hot" level for a sweat-inducing, lip-tingling burn. Crisp vegetables and, inexplicably, corkscrew pasta bobbed in wan broth in the compli- mentary cup of soup brought with the menus. But helpful servers and a skilled kitchen staff make up for the occasional bumps. Similan Thai Cuisine juggles the spicy, sour, sweet, salty combination with a sin- gular result: tasty. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wka- garise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquah- press, com. The Issaquah Press goes around the world... to Turkey! Pinar Mertan and her daughter Petek, residents of the Issaquah Highlands, took The Issaquah Press to see sunny skies and blue water near the Bosphorus and the Fatih Sultan iehmet Bridge in Emirgan-lstanbul last month. THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Great reading wherever you go! 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