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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B6 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2009 TO SUBMITAN ARTS CALENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@iss- press.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to issp ress@isspress.com. 4, DECEMBER ArI:EAST, Collective Works, 'DOWNSIZIE: Intimate Art with Great Presence' runs through Dec. 30 at UP Front Gallery, 48 Front St. N. Go to www.arteast.org. Bill Peterson presents "Absbaet Expressionism,  his crayon doodles on table- top butcher paper from Pogacha, through Jan. 30, at the restaurant, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550 4  Poolo Vlacava, 7- 10 p.m. Vino Bella, 99 Front St., 391-1424 6 Astro Cats, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha 1 IJttJe Bill and the Bluenotes: Special New Year's Eve Celebration, 1 7:30 p.m. - mid-  night, Bake's F j Place, 4135 Providence Point  J Drive S.E., $95 Newyear's Eve Party, 8 p.m. - 1:30 a.m., Vino Bella, $85 per person, call 864-5466 for reservations JANUARY Bake & Fdends: Day After New Year's Day Event, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake's Place, $15 _ kJah, igs_that time of_yEa en.we Shop 3il we_dmp, spend _ we've all seen them, Santas that j u: don;t- - - s1:ranand][Jsrplain-ueepy--[Pr . ommenda. _ -Sant.:raga;sor:-ion-forWeb slt- -mes-ttlddssthe--- fhe week?Send,t__ funrym.-Fqier---  _ __ to ed[to.sspess.com.. way, enjoy! Bake's opens its living room to new variety show By David Hayes Issaquah Press reporter hen Craig Baker first opened Bake's Place in Providence Point a decade ago, he hoped to create a more intimate setting for an au- dience to listen to jazz music. It was akin to inviting 70 or so of his clos- est friends to his living room. Greta Matassa has been the longest running performer in Baker's living room, bringing her impressive repertoire from her regular stomping grounds of Seattle. Matassa has been named the Earshot Jazz Vocalist Singer of the Year. "She's been called the queen of jazz in Seattle," Baker said. "At least I call her that." Matassa considers Bake's Place one of her favorite venues to perform. "It's gorgeous for a jazz room. It's unique," she said. "Few others in the country get the performer as remotely close to the audience. The two recently were sharing their love of old variety shows, such as the popular "Dean Martin Show," and de- cided that would be a perfect format to recreate for Bake's Place. Thus, was born Fridays in the Living Room with Greta. Come the new year, they hope to at- tract a new audience every Friday to a format regulars are probably already fa- miliar with, but with a twist. Matassa considers her set a "loose-and-fight show," where she comes with a specific format for the night in mind, yet remains flexible enough to winu it and feel the spontaneity oz me crowo. Fridays in the Living Room with Greta will include special tributes to dignitaries from the local music scene, such as Over- ton Berry, an institution in the jazz busi- ness and the Seattle hotel circuit. She will also feature some of her most popular "theme" shows, such as Ella & Billie (a IFYOU GO Fddays In the Uvlng Room with Greta 7:45-10 p.m. Friday nights Bake's Place 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E. Call 391-3335 or go to www.bake- splace.org for complete schedule. nod to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday) and Light Out of Darkness: A Tribute to Ray Charles. On top of theme and tribute nights, also expect plenty of special guests. One of the first is from Bake s Visiting Song- bird Series performers, Marilyn Keller, from Portland, Ore. "It'll be an off-the-cuff, let's-have-fun- together, on-the-fly, no-rehearsals kind of evening," Baker said. To keep each Friday evening fresh, Matassa can delve into her impressive catalog of about 3,000 memorized songs. "The funny thing is I can't remember a phone number across a room," she said. "I tell people I probably only forgot their name because that information fell out my ear to make room for more lyrics." Both Baker and Matassa like to say her repertoire of songs stems from the Great American Song Book, with everything from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Henry Mancini and more. "I did popular and disco music in the '80s," she admitted. "Luckily, it all fell conveniently out of my ear to make room for the classics." Matassa said another enticing element to Bake's is its intimate setting. For ex- ample, she said the Triple Door in Seattle feels more like a theater, where there's no personal connection with an anony- mous audience sitting in the dark. Bake's, Journey to new territory By David Hayes Issaquah Press reporter ne could say Laurence Mo- roney is quite the prolific writer, having authored 14 books since 2000. However, unless you're as much of a computer gearhead as he, you've proba- bly missed most of his technology guides. "With technology gui e , you get started at the bottom o ft:e food chain, writing about topics publishers are having a hard time filling, said Mo- roney, a freelancer with Microsoft since 2005. "Then, once they start selling, you can pick and choose the topics you want." For his latest project, Moroney has chosen to switch genres from technology guide to science fiction. His first book in a planned trilogy of teen novels, "The Fourth World," came out in October. With two children, 9 and 12, Moroney decided he wanted to write the kind of book they'd like to read. "My daughter, Claudia, is a 'tween, and she's read the whole Harry Potter and BY PAT LOUGHERY Greta Matassa headlines a recent show at Bake's Place in Providence Point. on the other hand, is intimate, but still large enough that audience members can shout requests from anywhere in the room. Matassa added that vocal jazz has ebbed and flowed over the years, but has always stayed just popular enough to never go out of style. "Every 10 years or so, it's always re- turning with really great songwriting," she said. She hopes Fridays with Greta brings in a whole new audience to share a venue regulars have long known for having the complete package. David Hayes: 392-6434, ext. 237, dhayes@iss- press, com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. The Issaquah Press goes around the world... WILL YOU HAVE ANY POWER DURING THE NEXT STORM? to Austria! Issaquah Kiwanis Club members, spouses and friends visited Melk Abbey, a medieval monastery overlooking the Danube River, while cruising through Europe. From left, Judy Rogers, Floyd Rogers, Kathleen Gorham, Jerry Turtle, Jackie Roberts and Tom Norton. THE ISSAQUAH Pl00SS Great reading wherever you go! Subscriptions only $30 year - 392-6434 Twilight sagas," Moroney said. "So, 'The Fourth World' should appeal to that audi- ence." The idea of a Harry Potter in space has been percolating in his head since 2004. "It came down to five years of procras- tinating and two months of furious writ- ing," he admitted. Being careful to only take the barest of elements from the Harry Potter plot (four main characters at an eccentric school), Moroney wanted to steer his tale away from the problems he perceives in the other series. "Many books and movies in the genre tend to be dark, depressing and moody," he said. I tried for a lighter, lighthearted and funny take." "The Fourth World" follows four multi- national and cultural youths as they progress through a secret school run by the government at Area 51, aided by aliens who may have a hidden agenda of their own. When Moroney signed up in college to study computer programming, he was required to take pure math and physics. As it turns out, he enjoyed physics the most and he said he hopes his love for bmmMoroney the subject shines through in his sci. fl series. With an insight into the difficulties of the publishing world, Moroney decided to form his own company, Destiny-Press. It allowed his book to come out online, reg- istered to just him with his own identi- fiers, not some huge, anonymous pub- lisher that would end up destroying any unsold copies. Before the book could be published, however, he needed to know he was on the right track. He submitted the finished text last Christmas Eve to his harshest critic and subject matter expert, his daughter. "She was the first to read it," he said. "When she came in crying over the end- ing, I knew I had a good book." Claudia even went the extra mile to use * him what you want for the holidays! No-ScaLoel No-Needle No-Pain Most advanced and most comfoabte Performed by Board Certified UroLogists Friday evening and Saturday morning visits Seattle * Eastside * Edmonds (425) 394-0773 SWEDISH ISSAQUAH CAMPUS, SWEDISH GREENLAKE CLINIC & EDMONDS FAMILY MEDICINE www.VasectomyCenter.om * 7: Eelebrate the holidays ." " with Fischer's Place your holiday order early! Fischer's has something for everyone- visit our partner ld Salmon Seafood for all your fresh seafood needs. MEAT8 www.flschermeatsnw.com www.wildsalmonseafood.com 85 Front Street North Issaquah (425) 392-3131 WHERETO G['[ IT The Fourth World' By Laurence Moroney $11.99 www. destinypress.net it for her book report at school, helping to create a buzz for the novel among her peers who wanted to read it next. Moroney knows the average sales for a book, excluding the big-named, best- selling authors is about 500 copies. His previous technology guidebooks have all performed above average, selling any- where from 900 to tens of thousands. His book "Silverlight 2" was the No. 2 best-sellingbook in the U.S. on the Mi- crosoft Web application and No. 1 in Japan. "They're great if you want to be an overnight thousandaire," he joked. Unlike the guides, which have such a short shelf life due to continual develop- " h " " mg tec nology, he said he hopes The Fourth World" will have legs, also reach- ing that 500-copy mark. David Hayes: 392-6434, ext. 237, dhayes@iss- press, com. Comment at www.issaquahpress, com. We can help. Ask us about generator transfer panels for portable/automatic standby systems. 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