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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B 12 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 TO SUBMIT AN ARTS CALENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@isspress.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.com. OCTOBER Village Theatre presents "Take Me America" through Oct. 23, 303 Front St. N., $22 to $62, available at the box office, 392-2202 Jackle Ryan Quartet, 7:45-10 p.m., Oct. 14-15, Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E., $25, 391-3335 99 Front Chris Stevens and the Surf Monkeys, 7-11 p.m., Vino Bella, St. N., 391-1424 Butch Harrison and Good Company, 7:30- 11:30 p.m., Vino Bella Volkswagen Fall Fling, noon, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., 392-1266 Sunday Dinner,Theme Show: Sinatra at the Sands with Joey Jewell & Trish Hatley, 6:45-9 p.m., Bake's Place, $25 Tom Grant, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake's Place, $25 The Cosmonauts with the Kiko Feitas and Tor Dletrlchson Quartet, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella Issaquah Train Depot film series returns with Hollywood classics The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and mega-stars from a bygone era. Films play at 7 p.m. at the historic Is- saquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture. "Yankee Doodle Dandy" continues the series Nov. 12. James CaRney picked up the Academy Award for Best Actor for the lavish screen portrayal of "Mr. Broadway," George M. Cohan, in the 1942 film. The song-and- dance routines include memorable tunes, such as "Over There," "It's a Grand Old Flag," "Give My Regards to Broadway" and the film's rousing title number. "We're No Angels" concludes the series Dec. 10. In the 1955 film, Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov play escaped inmates scheming to steal from a shop- keeper on Christmas. But the cons' plans change after they start to like the shop- keeper and his family. Since the film program launched in Oc- tober 2009, it has featured series of Bing Crosby films, train-themed films, films set in Washington and noir classics. Local author offers father's World War H tale at Costco By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Lt. James Keeffe Jr., a United States Army Air Forces pilot, plummeted to earth as conflict tore Europe apart. Nazis shot down Keeffe's bomber March 8, 1944, months bef(>re D-Day and the start of a massive Allied assault to loosen occupied Europe from Hitler's grasp. More than six decades later, Jim Keeffe transformed the tale into "Two Gold Coins and a Prayer" -- a book about his father's experiences as a World War II bomber pilot and Nazi prisoner of war. The author is due to inscribe books and discuss the story Oct. 15 at Costco. "There I was standing on the ground in enemy-occupied Holland," the elder Keeffe recounts in the book. "I had just bailed out of my crippled heavy bomber and had no idea what had happened to my crew. I was hungry. I'd had only two hours of sleep in the past 36 hours. My face was smeared with mud and blood. And I was just four days away from my 21 st birthday." The lifelong aviation enthusiast, now 88 and a Bellevue resident, joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in August 1942 as World War II raged. Then, after intense training, arrived in England on Thanksgiving 1943 to start flying B-24 bomber missions. "Since he never put it down on paper, as I was getting older and more and more interested in it, back in 2001 is when ] took the bull by the horns and decided to take it upon my own self to do it," Jim Ke- effe said of telling his father's story. Dutch Resistance shelters pilot The downed pilot evaded capture, even as German police conducted a door-to- door search near Papendrecht, a small town in the Netherlands. Dutch Resis- tance members hid Keeffe from German soldiers for several months. The resistance even created false pa- pers identifying Keeffe as a basket maker unable to hear or speak. The cover meant he could walk the streets in wartime Rot- terdam, so long as he did not speak. "I didn't know hardly anything about the Dutch Resistance part of the story," Jim Keeffe said. "When I started uncov- ering all of the details of that, and how people living under occupation still were brave enough to take care of people like my dad with the possibility of getting shot at any moment that's what opened my eyes to the whole thing," But the Germans eventually captured Keeffe and incarcerated him in Stalag Luft III. a camp in modern-day Poland. "He got choked up at times when he would talk about sensitive parts," Jim Keeffe said. "When a German guard helped him one time to keep civilians from attacking him once he got caught. He'd choke up during the human condi- tion things. He never choked up because things were hard or tough. He's got a soft heart, so when people did extraordinary IFYOU GO Two Gold Coins and a Prayer' book signing 1-3 p.m. OCt. 15 Costco 1801 lOth Ave. N.W.' things, he'd get emotional about it." Keeffe traveled to Europe to conduct research, and joined other former POWs' children at the Stalag Luft III site in Poland. In 1945, the Germans evacuated the camp as Soviet forces approached from the east. The column of prisoners 12,000 strong stretched for miles along the 60-mile route into Germany. The elder Keeffe recalled refugees carting belongings to escape the advancing Sovi- ets and people growing too weak to walk and collapsing into the snow. On the research trip, author Keeffe and the other children of former prisoners traversed the route on foot. The group departed at the same time on a winter's night as prisoners had done decades be- fore. "We walked down the same cobble- stone country roads that our dads had and went through the same little vil- lages," he said. "It was just a trip back in time." For book's subject, another chapter The story did not end after Jim Keeffe, a Fall City resident, published the book. Holocaust survivor Helen Cohen- Jim Keeffe (left) and his father, James Keeffe Jr., collaborated for the younger Keeffe's book, Two Gold Coins and a Prayer: CONTRIBUTED Berman emailed Jim Keeffe after reading a portion of"Two Gold Coins and a Prayer" on Googie Books. Cohen-Berman, then 8, remembered James Keeffe from the war. The girl,s family and Keeffe hid from the Nazis to- gether. Soldiers eventually discovered sent Cohen,Berman's family to the West, erbork concentration camp in the Netherlands. The family survived the ex- perience, and Cohen-Berman settled in Israel in 1978. Through the Google Books connection, Cohen-Berman traveled to Bellevue in September to meet James Keeffe. (The story received a post on The Offi- cial Google Blog, due to the Google Books connection.} In addition to retracing his father's steps in Europe, Jim Keeffe traveled to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., to conduct research. "Two Gold Coins and a Prayer" origi- nated from a series of audio interviews. As Jim Keeffe collected the memories from his father, he decided to compile the stories into a book. Because the elder Ke- effe remembered addresses, dates and names, the book has enough details to ri- val a World War II epic film. The creative process inspired Jim Ke- effe, a first-time author. "I just doodled all through school and, in fact, if I'm given an assignment to write something, I just go blank," he said. The writer's block resurfaced as he put together "Two Gold Coins and a Prayer." The process lasted almost a decade. "There always seemed to be a door that opened up when I didn't know what to do next," Jim Keeffe said. Restaurant reviews are a regular fea- ture of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals. By David Hayes Issaquah Press reporter When my wife and I vacationed in Venice, Italy, one of the best meals we had the entire trip came via recommen- dation of a local resident. You know you're going to get personalized service when maximum occupancy doesn't exceed 30. And in a competitive, growing Italian restaurant market even here in Is- saquah, it's nice to have something to set yourself apart from the others. The Nardone family has crafted a menu that showcases their family recipes. The lunch meal was kicked off by some of the best bread I've ever had. Its fresh- hess was accented by just a drizzle of ex- offer good food, but at spendy prices. Once our orders arrived, the home- made craftsmanship was apparent on every plate. The same sauce was used in both the lasagna and the spaghetti and meatballs. It had a rich, cheesy flavor without being too beefy. The meatballs, I'm told, are a combination of what's on hand any given day -- so you might get ground beef and veal one day and beef and pork another day. Either way, they were delicious, again, in their simplicity. Sometimes a dish can be overthought, The bed-and-breakfast owner sug- tra virgin olive oil and a dash of freshly gested a little family-run restaurant, way chopped parsley." with too many ingredients overpowering off the beaten path away from the usual A group of us skipped the appetizer se- each other. These meatballs were crafted touristy spots. The food at this hole in the lections and went straight for the entr es to be enjoyed each harmonious bite. Our third diner tried the white sauce in wall was exquisite and memorable for its simplistic, yet bold flavors. Well, Issaquah now boasts its own hole in the wall, family run ristorante Italiano -- Montalcino. Located on Northwest Alder Place, a block offthe beaten path of Front Street, Montalcino brought back memories of Venice with its intimate, rustic interior. -- which might have been a mistake since the appetizer menu features stuzzichino staples such as bruschetta, mozzarella caprese salad, and assorted salumi and Cheese. Every dish on the lunch menu was less than $15, so it was nice to discover a restaurant that didn't have to be one of those "special occasion" destinations that the linguini chicken panna. She found the chicken had a great grilled, smoky flavor, and the sauce was creamy with simplicity again bringing om the best of each ingre- dient. If we had found time to linger at the restaurant, we would have loved to sam- IFYOU GO Montalcino 15 N.E. Alder Place 270-3677 Lunch: Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m. Dinner: Every night, from 5 p.m. until the last diner leaves, about 10:30-11 p.m. www.montalcinoristoranteitaliano.com ple the many wines the Nardone family produce themselves. And for those diners who leave room, the menu has many ap- petizing desserts to complete the experi- ence, from homemade tiramisu to the bomba mambo chocolata. Still shy of being open three months, here's hoping Montalcino becomes a mainstay of fine cuisine found in Issaquah. Qreatien at... Vintage & Consignment M-SAT SUN 10-6 t2-5 1t75 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah (425) 392-4908 www.doubletakevintage.comI