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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B8 WEDNE SDAY~, DECEMBER 30~ 2009 TO SUBMITAN ARTS CALENDAR rlEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@iss- press.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.com. DECEMBER Bill Paterson presents "Abstract F.xpmssionlsm. his crayon doo- dles on table-top butcher paper from Pogacha, through Jan. 30, at the restaurant, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550 Uttle Bill and the Bluenotes: Special New Year's Eve CelebraUon, 7:30 p.m. - mid- night, Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E., $95 New Year's Eve Party, 8 p.m. - 1:30 a.m., Vine Bella, 99 Front St., $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 Greta Matassa & Josh Nelson, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake's Place, $15 Half-Pack Bye, 8-11 p.m. Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550 Fridays In the Uving Room with Greta, with spe- cial guest Marilyn Keller, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake's Place, $15 to edito~vmspress.com. JooyTom, an Issaquah High School junior, gets Snowflake Lane, Las Vegas-style drum show. PHOTOS BY CHRISTA LUSEBRINK shoppers ready for the holiday season Dec. 23 during the Issaquah students help residents get into the holiday spirit on Bellevue's Snowflake Lane Andy Meigs, Matt Strombom and Joey Tome juniors at Issaquah High School, and Sara Mc- Donald, a 17-year-old Bellevue College stu- dent, have been performing in the Las Vegas- style drum show every night since Nov. 27. The production is nightly at 7 p.m. through Dec. 31, and features lovable characters and falling snow at the Bellevue Square Mall and Lincoln Center buildings on Bellevue Way Northeast. Meigs, Tom and McDonald perform with Above,~ Issaquah High School Junior Matt Strombom walks through a crowd, handing out peppermint lollipops to children during the Snowflake Lane show. At right, IHS junior Andy Meigs performs as a toy soldier. their snare drums each night, drumming to fa- vorites like the "Little Drummer Boy," while Strombom walks on stilts with a tambourine, handing out lollipops to the crowd. The students are paid for their work, part of the reason they spend their time there year after year. But it's also a great place to meet others in the drumming community, like professionals with the Seahawks' Blue Thun- der and the Sounders Sound Wave drum lines. Above all, they help make the season a bit brighter for young children and shoppers. By Chantelle Lusebrink and Warren Kagarise lssaquah Press reporters All aboard! Another free film se- ries begins Jan. 9 at the Issaquah Train Depot. The city Arts Commission and 4Culture -- King County's cultural services agency-- will screen a se- ries of train-themed flicks during the Films @ the Train Depot! program. "It's meant to be a fun, free pro- gram for community members who are looking for something dif- ferent to do downtown," Arts Commission spokeswoman Amy Dukes wrote in an e-mail. "We also hope people will enjoy other downtown amenities when they come to see a film," like dining out, getting drinks or shopping. Organizers also want to help participants connect with the com- munity. "In this day, where you can down- load any movie you want, or rent any movie from the Internet, like from Netflix, what we're losing is viewing them with our community, our neighbors and our friends," 4Culture Executive Director Jim Kelly said. "I think that it is an im- portant part of community building." The free films will be shown at 7 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at the historic depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The lineup is built around the theme Great Train Movies. Films @ the Train Depot! launches Jan. 9 with "Twentieth Century," a 1934 film about a suc- cessful Broadway director who tries to win back a star for a new show. knowledge, and we haven't seen others like it," he said. Films @ the Train Depot! launched in October with a lineup built around the theme Made in Washington. Audiences turned out for "The Egg and I," a 1947 com- edy about a society girl whose new husband convinces her to move to the country and start a chicken farm; "Singles," a 1992 film, writ- ten and directed by Cameron Crowe about singles life in early '90s Seattle; and "Smoke Signals," a tale of two young American In- dian men on a life journey. The se- ries concluded Dec. 12. The film project combines an ap- preciation of the town's rich trans- portation and railroad history with film appreciation, Kelly said. To link the two by showing train-oriented films in a "wonderfully restored" depot is a great idea, he said. The idea for the films came about as Arts Commission mem- bers identified gaps in arts pro- gramming in the city. Film was one of them, Dukes said. "We support a good amount of vi- sual arts, music and theater pro- grams," she said. "Having a diversity of arts programs helps reach a wider community audience. And, film is a fairly approachable art form." The program costs about $200 per film, because the city has to pay for the large audience rental rights to show each film. But the Issaquah Historical Museums do- nated the space for free. Money for the program comes from annual 4Culture support for the Arts Commission. Kelly said he did not know how The series continues Feb. 13much the agency had given to the with "Murder on the Orient Ex- city for 2009-10 programming. In press, the 1974 big-screen adap- 2008, 4Culture steered $7,200 to tation of the classic Agatha Christie mystery. Thelast train- centric film will be March 13. Or- ganizers will show "The Lady Van- ishes," a 1938 Alfred Hitchcock thriller about a woman who disap- pears on a train. When possible, pre- or post-film discussions and supplemental film information will be added to the event, Dukes said. Kelly described the depot film program as the first of its kind. "It looks like this is the first time they've done this program, to our the Arts Commission to host the Concerts on the Green series, the Chalk Art Festival, ArtWalk and Music on the Street. "Hopefully, audiences will enjoy seeing something in a group and enjoy something intrinsic to the city's history," Kelly said. "I think this could be a really fun annual event for Issaquah." Although the film series ends in March, Dukes said arts commis- sioners would like to continue the program with other film themes if people are interested. Learn wonders about wildlife at watershed Dec. 30 The Cedar River Watershed Ed- ucation Center presents Wonder- ing About Wildlife Dec. 30. There will be hands-on activi- ties, crafts, wildlife presentations and nature walks. Also, meet Mishka, the state wildlife bear dog. The annual event is ideal for young families seeking free fam- fly friendly activities during the holiday school break. Youth groups are welcome and are en- couraged to call ahead. The education center is at 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.F.., North Bend. Learn more at www.seattle.gov/util/crwec or call 206-733-9421. The Issaquah Press goes around the world... to Indonesia! Karen Hansen took the 1 1 O-year-old Issaquah Press to visit the centuries-old Borobudur Temple Complex on Java. THE IS~tl~ PPSS Great reading wherever you go! Subscriptions only $30 year - 392-6434 ~'o~r 5r-~re? .) ,,./ Advice o all rna~ters of life Downtown (425) Issaquah ..... 246.7787 Computers, Ink, Toner Printers, Monitors Appliances e-(Y(LE R~khm~. 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