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Valentine's Day at the BAT!

Thu, 04 Feb 2016

In the Next Room Poster

Burien Actors Theater has the best way to spend your Valentine's Day weekend!

February 12 is opening night of the comedic Victorian love story In the Next Room, or the vibrator play! Join BAT for a love story, get free food and drink at the opening night party on Valentine's Friday, and you're a star!

Can't make opening night? Join BAT on February 13, and get your ticket for half price! Double the fun! (After the show, join BAT at Mark Restaurant for a drink. You'll see us there after many of the shows.)

Valentine's Day is $7-Sunday! That's right, all tickets are just $7! But you had better hurry, tickets are going fast. Sunday performances are at 2 pm.

So, what to do Valentine's Day evening? Join BAT for its fundraiser concert with the Rat City Brass. Enjoy Seattle's premier Tijuana Brass tribute band, chocolate and drinks! (Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 seniors and $10 students. Get 'em HERE.) The show is from 7:30 to 9 pm.

Can't make it Valentine's Day weekend? Have no fear. In the Next Room, or the vibrator play runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm though March 6!!!

Get your In the Next Room, or the vibrator play TICKETS HERE! Or email your request for a RESERVATION, HERE.

Get your fundraiser concert TICKETS HERE. Or email your request for a RESERVATION HERE.

2016 Burien Film Festival Rules

Tue, 02 Feb 2016

BFF Logo

The 2016 Burien Film Festival is coming soon, and the rules for the Five-Minute Film Festival are out!

This year’s five-minute short film contest happens on April 1st in conjunction with the Burien UFO Festival. This year BFF will highlight Burien’s 18 neighborhoods.

Movie creators wishing to enter the contest must include, in any way they see fit, the following in their films:

  • One Burien Neighborhood- to be assigned when entering the contest
  • A story or message about, or a feature of, your assigned neighborhood
  • A love interest
  • Highlight at least one small business preferably in the neighborhood you are assigned. If your neighborhood is residential, then pick a nearby Burien business.
  • The artist-created symbol for the neighborhood assigned.

Upon registration, each filmmaker will be assigned their neighborhood. The map is below.


  • First Place - $1500
  • Second Place - $1000
  • Third Place - $750

The deadline for registering for 2016 Burien Film Festival is March 1, 2016

Each film should have a trailer by March 15 to show before films at the Tin Room Theater in the weeks leading up to BFF.

BFF WILL ACCEPT APPLICANTS HIGHEST-RES ENTRY VIA YOUTUBE BY THE DEADLINE MIDNIGHT MARCH 25, 2016.Please send URL & password (if you prefer to keep the link private) to Shelli Park: crimsonpark@hotmail.com

Email Shelli Park to receive your 2016 registration form. crimsonpark@hotmail.com


Burien Neighborhood Map

February at Burien Arts Gallery

Sun, 31 Jan 2016

'Atessa' by Laura Van Horne

Laura Van Horne’s mixed media paintings and Corrie LaVelle’s encaustic paintings are featured in February at the Burien Arts Gallery.

Meet Laura and Corrie during the Opening Reception, Friday, Feb. 5, 5-8 p.m. at the Gallery, 826 S.W. 152nd St. in Olde Burien.

Artists from Artists United will also present their work during February.

The exhibit runs Feb. 3-Feb. 27.

The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m. It is the only non-profit fine-arts gallery between Tacoma and West Seattle.


Visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-244-7808 for more information.

Laura Van Horne is a mixed-media artist who works in encaustic, acrylic, watercolor, ink, resin, textiles, and ceramics. She has studied acrylic and encaustic painting at Pratt Fine Art Center. She has been painting for about 20 years and teaching art classes for 10 years.

Since childhood, Laura has been passionate about art. When she is not creating on canvas, she is creating in her head. Common motifs in Laura’s work are often everyday objects such as houses, dresses, birds, and vintage objects. Many of her pieces are mixed media and include found organic objects, textiles, pages from books, or items from flea markets.

Laura has participated in a number of group and solo art shows over the past 15 years. She presently paints and teaches out of her Seattle studio/gallery space.

“I create art because I have to,” Laura declares. It is what drives me. I gather inspiration from so many different things. I am drawn to nature, photography, humor, and everyday objects. Much of my art is vintage inspired.”

Corrie LaVelle has been passionate about art, design, and style all her life.

Although by definition she is an untrained artist, Corrie feels she has spent her life journey preparing her for the world of fine art.

Currently, Corrie is working with encaustic paint. She identifies with the wax as an expression of who she is; fluid, constantly changing, temporary, pliable.

Corrie states, "When I'm creating a piece the exterior of my life blurs and my soul moves into focus. I see myself in every piece. At the beginning of a project I see nothing. Stroke by stroke bits of my life appear. Emotions, experiences, thoughts. One by one they compile onto the board, until a story is created. And when heat is applied to the wax the edges blur, layers are revealed, and I am reminded how beautifully complex life is.

“Encaustic art is necessary to my life. It is where I spell out my personal journey into every piece. To have the ability to share that experience, and allow the viewer to chose their interpretation of and apply it to their own personal path is a joy.”

Washington Clay Arts Winter Social: Day of Clay

Tue, 05 Jan 2016

WCA Logo

In Burien on Saturday, January 9th, 2016, join Washington Clay Arts (WCA) for this Year’s WCA Winter Social! For the entire day they will have informative presentations, library resources, exhibitions and social gatherings. The Library and Exhibitions are all walking distance from each other. The Winter Social at Moshier Arts Center is a five minute drive away!


WCA hopes you will gain helpful information from the presentations at the library and be inspired by the work of WCA members.

Check out the event web page for more information!

Patrick Ledray reading and signing: December 23rd 1-3pm at Burien Books

Thu, 17 Dec 2015

Patrick Ledray Headshot

Patrick Ledray, a former Evergreen High School graduate, returns to Burien Books, Wednesday December 23rd 1-3pm to introduce his new Adult Fiction, "The Ephesian Artifacts" and to autograph copies of his award-winning children's book, "The Dragon in the Christmas Tree."


The Ephesian Artifacts

Former active duty army officer Frank Scott is settling into his new career as a lawyer and into his intriguing and museum-like rented office. He learns the office owners, Jay and Ruff, are away on a quest to recover an antique clay jar stolen from an archaeological dig on Ephesus. Did the missing jar contain clues about the hiding place of ancient relics? And now Jay himself is missing. Unwittingly, Scott enters into a deadly mystery involving the secret cults of the Virgin Mary and Artemis, the followers of the Black Pope, modern day Amazons, lost relics and secrets long buried in the sands that cover the legendary city of Ephesus. Scott too is drawn to Ephesus and to the greatest unveiling in history.

The Dragon in the Christmas Tree - An illustrated children's book by Patrick Ledray and Kim Gordon

Sparky is a young Romanian dragon, and his curiosity about humans gets the better of him when he follows two children into their home. Sparky gets trapped inside and winter is coming! Unable to get away and travel to his homeland, Sparky secretly watches the Christmas season unfold. How will Sparky act when a fierce Christmas Eve storm imperils the children and their parents?

Burien Books is located at 824 SW 152nd Street, in Olde Burien.

Theatre is a Gift for the Soul!

Wed, 16 Dec 2015


Searching for the Perfect Gift?
Theatre is a Gift for the Soul!

Check out these three great opportunities from the Hi-Liners!

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Starring Gifted Actors Age 7–18! Only $12!

Performance Dates:
January 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 -- Buy Tickets

Performance Venue:
Renton Civic Theatre -- Directions

Winter Camp:
WinterFest in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Allow The Force to awaken the Holidays in you at Jedi Musical Theatre Training Camp!
Camp Schedule: December 28, 29, 30 & 31, Daily 10am–2pm -- Register Now
All campers perform at WinterFest!


Join us for games, food, singing, performances, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang viewing!
When: January 2, 6–9pm
Where: The Burien Annex -- Directions
RSVP by email and tell us how many you have in your party.

hi-liners.org | 206-617-2152 | info@hi-liners.org

New Exhibit at the Burien Community Center

Mon, 07 Dec 2015

Andromeda, by Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys

Now showing at The Burien Community Center:
Paintings by local artist Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys.

Amaranta moved to Seattle 20 years ago from Mexico City. As an artist and art teacher she has been constantly expose to new mediums. Trained in ceramics she started working in watercolors three years ago. The series “Angels, Mermaids and other Demons” illustrate different stages of personal narrative, from motherhood, parenting, divorce and re-invention. Amaranta also teaches art classes for the Moshier Community Art Center and King County Libraries.

Amaranta's work will be on display at the Burien Community Center through January 31, 2016.

More information about the artist can be found at www.artmaranth.org. The Burien Community Center is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-8:00pm, Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm, and Saturday from 8:00am-noon. Please call for information on holiday hours -- 206-988-3700.

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