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B4 4, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2~ 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS ( 119 SUBMIT AN ARTS CALENDAR rI1EM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@iss- press.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.com. DECEMBER ArtEAST, Collective Works, 'DOWNSIZ]E: IMImste Art wlffi Great Presence' opening reception, 6-8 p.m., UP Front Gallery, 48 Front St. N. Show runs through Dec. 30. Go to www.arteastorg. Reception and party for artist In resi- dence Gary Gunderson, kinetic sculptor and designer, and digital artist Daniel T. Reming, 6-9 p.m. Revolution Gallery, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite No. 26. Music by Matt Hopper Trio. 1he Fabulous Roof Shakers, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St., 391-1424 Essle Blue Band, traditional music during Issaquah History Museums annual open house, noon - 4 p.m., Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., free, 392-3500 Master Chorus Eastslde% Rrs and Ice: Hot Music for a Cold December, 7:30 p.m., Eastlake Performing Arts Center, Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish, $18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, $38 per family, www.masterchomseastside.org Tlngstad and Rumbel: Home for the Holidays, 7:45-10 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6:45-9 p.m. Dec. 6, Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E., $20 Darrun Motamedy, 5-8 p.m., Pogecha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550 Jahnaton Hanson Jazz Quartet, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella Eighth annual Jlnf~e Bell Cruz, noon, XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., 392-1266 Chdstmas hand-bell concert by the nationally acclaimed ensemble Bells of the Sound, 4 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St S. This high- caliber, energetic and entertaining ensemble, having pioneered hand-bell artistry and excellence since 1989, encourages com- posers to create new works. There is a sug- gested donation of $10/person ($8/youth and seniors). Children under 8 are free. Call 392-4168. It's a 'White Christmas' for Eagle thespians By Ehantelle Lusebrink lssaquah Press reporter inortheastern Christmas, full of snow, shows and singing is coming to Issaquah. Get ready to fall in love with Issaquah High School's production of "White Christmas," which begins at Sky- line High School Dec. 8. The production is at Skyline because Issaquah's stage and theater is still under construction. The production is one students and theater head and director Holly Whiting are celebrating. "When we moved our musical from spring to winter, we knew we wanted to do something holiday themed," Whiting said. "We knew we wanted to do 'White Christmas,' because everyone loves the music and everyone knows the music. So, there's a familiarity and an added in- stant connection between the audience and the actors." "It's really exciting," said senior Elise Swanson, who plays Judy Haynes, one of two sisters in the classic show. "We're the first ones in the state, if not the na- tion, to put on 'White Christmas,'" "People should come see this show be- cause of its enjoy-ability," said senior Marcus Mitchell, who plays Phil Davis. "It's a great thing to bring your family to- gether." With a cast of more than 50, it is one of the largest and most demanding produc- tions the school has ever tackled. After World War II ends, two for- merly enlisted friends, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, team up and form a suc- cessful song-and-dance act. The two encounter two sisters with a similar act and, unbeknownst to stubborn bache- lor Wallace, Davis tries to play match- maker. Davis invites the two women to help them with a Christmas television special, IF YOU GO 'White Chdstmas' 7 p.m. Dec. 8-12 2 p.m. Dec. 12 Skyline High School 1122 228th Avenue S.E., Sammamish Tickets: General admission is $10 at the door; $8 for Issaquah High School students with valid identification BY GREG FAI~RA]{ Eliso Swanson as Judy Haynes; Marcus Mitchell as Phil Davis; Sarah Meyer as Bet~ Haynes; and Mitchell Tant as Bob Wallace (left to right) are ready with the rest of the cast to perform the Issaquah High School drama production of 'White Christmas'. to be aired on national television, for the men's former general, the lodge's owner. While rehearsing, romantic mix-ups and the general's inability to pay for the lodge create tenuous circumstances for all in- volved. "It's such a heart-warming show," said senior Sarah Meyer, who plays Betty Haynes. With such a tall order, the students said they're a bit nervous to fill the film's large shoes. "It's been busy," Meyer said. "The movie had Bing Crosby, and there are so many epic dance scenes, we have to live up to that." But they feel confident audiences will appreciate what they have to offer. With moves and a voice to match, senior Mitchell Tant is ready to take on the role of Bob Wallace, originally made famous by Hollywood leading man Crosby. "In the midst of the holiday season, I hope people walk away from our show with a sense of grace for other people, yet excited about themselves," Tant said. "I hope they leave enjoying what's in front of them at the moment and not just thinking about what is next, like Bob does for most of the show. The zany antics and big grin of Mitchell keep the comedy, and trouble, coming for Tant's character. The performance is sure to blow you away, as the students have created a way to make their train bound for the North- east move onstage. "Everyone has been practicing with the black rolling stools we're using as the train," Swanson said. "We're the first ones to think of it. It's been exciting, but a lot of hard work and bruised toes." "It is a great production for the crowd, but is also a better production for the ac- tors, like us," Tant said. "The music we sing is more challenging and we've been really challenging ourselves with the dance numbers." That is what makes the production special, Whiting said, what the students have put into it. "I'm really proud of them. They have dedicated themselves to the demanding degree of difficulty this show required for the dances and complex scenes, she said. "I hope the show gives audiences the same feeling that ithas given this cast all along, one of this sort of shared sense of joy is what this production has created." "I'm just happy performing in front of an audience and making them smile," Mitchell said. "As long as they are happy, I'm happy. This show does that." Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or cluse- brink@isspress, com. Comment at www.issaquah- press, com. Local author's book debuts after 25 years in the making By Kathleen R. Merrill Issaquah Press editor Issaquah resident Zoo Escobar did- n't plan a career in writing. But she didn't plan for her first book -- "Beyond Cuckoo's Nest, The Art and Life of William Sampson Jr. -- to take 25 years to write either. "I've always enjoyed writing, but cur- rently, I'm relating to Winston Churchill's quote: Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then, it becomes a mistress, and then, it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that, just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him out to the public." The book is a large, beautifully bound and covered coffee table book about Sampson's art. His name might not be fa- mifiar, but once you see his photo, you might remember him from the films "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" or "The Outlaw Josie Wales." The book is one that will capture and hold your attention, if not for the gor- geous art, then for the story of how it came to be. The Press asked Escobar some ques- tions about her book last week as she prepared for a book signing at The Grange. What made you decide to publish a book about Sampson's art? When I was traveling with him, he of- ten stopped to visit friends, many of IFYOU GO Zoo Escobar book signing 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 6 The Grange 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd. 392-6469 whom had purchased his paintings before he became famous as an actor. They all proudly insisted on showing me his work. After realizing his work was all in private collections (except the two he donated to the Creek Museum in 0kmulgee, 0kla.), the only way to share them with others was to photograph them and publish a book. What do you love most about his art? Every picture tells a story. You can clearly see what the participants in the picture feel. What can or should people learn hOB his art? He painted with his own sense of what it was to be a Native American, taking as his subjects his ancestors, the land, the hard days and opportunities seen by a Creek Indian in the 20th century Is there a special memory about him that you'd like to share? When you were introduced to Sonny, his conversation with you would be about you. He showed genuine curiosity aboutyou and your fife. And if 10 years passedbefore you saw him again, even if it was in a different location than when you first met, he would remember you, your name and what you were talking about 10 years before. He was charming with a great sense of humor. He was al- ways willing to share what he had. Did he know about this book before he passed away? In 1980, I asked Sonny ifI could do the book and he said, "You bet." He called many original holders and asked them if they would participate. Everyone he called said yes, so I traveled to Oklahoma with my Hasselblad camera and lights to take the photographs. Sonny passed away in 1987. How long have you lived In Issaquah? Why keEsco r did you move here? I moved here from Hollywood in 1989. Phil Lucas (1942- 2006) invited me up to work on a few doc- umentaries that he was working on. I found the work on Native American doc- umentaries personally rewarding and de- cided to relocate here. What made you decide to write? Are you a career writer? Did you want to be? After taking the photographs, I was told if it was going to be a book it needed words. It took me nearly 25 years to put the words together. Have you written other books? Are you work- Ing on any upcoming ones? This is my first book. I currently have no plans. I was hoping to publish Norma Jean Bible's manuscript "Beloved Brother," her memoir of growing up with Sonny, her younger brother. Norma passed away last month, so I don't know if that will happen now. However, I was able to quote her in my book. Where can people purchase this book? 'Beyond Cuckoo's Nest, the Art and Life of William Sampson Jr.' can be pur- chased online at www.beyondcuck- oosnest.com and at the Grange. It's also listed on Amazon. 'wheel and m oto r TRANSMISSION SHOP ir "~i' -k Computerized Transmission Specialist -k Foreign & Domestic -k Automatic & Manual -k Front, Rear & All Wheel Drive -k Clutch, Differential & Axle -k Scheduled Maintenance 9r RV & Fleet -k Definitely A Dealer Alternative Free Road Test And Evaluation Next D Big 0 Tires 60 NW GILMAN BLVD SUITE E Fix your chi before it CRACKS! I /t'- ...... DE M--BILE ,.--.%%~-~.~,,~,.~.,- l ~ASTSI O ~ ~' ~'--''* ~',,'~ I -W W AU O SLASS, ,he. I I