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June Art Exhibit: Paul Illian

Sun, 03 Jun 2018

"Twins", by Paul Illian

Burien Arts Association is pleased to feature the paintings of Paul Illian in the June 2018 exhibit at the Pop-up Art Gallery at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA.

Meet Paul at the opening reception, Tuesday, June 5, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Community Center. The exhibit runs to June 29 and is open to the public during Center hours, 8:30 AM-8:00 PM, Monday–Thursday, and 8:30-5:00 Friday.

Paul grew up in Florida and showed early talent as an artist. His work was accepted for national touring shows while he was in middle school. On high school graduation, he served in the Marine Corps for four years, then got a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Moving to Seattle, he worked as a Systems Analyst at Boeing, Lead Engineer at Nova Marine Exploration, and Sports Engineer at Seattle University.

Returning to his first love, art, Paul now paints full time.

“I feel that the artist is a tour guide,” he said. “Using color and composition, the artist will draw the viewer into a scene, creating a mood and promoting a desire to further explore the image. After leading a quick tour, the artist then steps away from the viewer and allows them to explore on their own, at their own pace. A painting should elicit more than a passing “Oh that’s nice.” A painting should be like a day trip to a favorite spot that always invites you to stay and explore….”

“I let the media choose my subjects. With painting, I will choose landscapes. With pen and ink, I will do wildlife portraits. For some reason, pencil makes me want to draw the human figure.”

“With my paintings, I am heavily influenced by the Barbizon and Hudson River styles. As individual artists go, I like Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gough, Maxfield Parish, Richard Schmid and my hometown hero, Bob Ross.”

Paul lives in north SeaTac, WA.

All of Paul’s works on display at the Community Center are for sale. Paul will also have greeting cards for sale on opening night. We accept credit cards.

Please email [email protected] for information on purchasing, or see us on opening night at the Burien Community Center.

[Image: "Twins", by Paul Illian]

New Dance Performance: HERE // HEAR at Burien Actors Theatre

Sun, 27 May 2018

Two dancers with pink background

Experience unique dance performance HERE // HEAR with live singing and movement chorus at Burien Actors Theatre!

Burien Actors Theatre presents HERE // HEAR, a unique full-evening length, new dance performance by choreographer Kris Wheeler and singer Ivory Smith.

Performances are June 22 through 24. There is plenty of free on-site parking.

“HERE // HEAR”

With movement chorus and live singing, HERE // HEAR is designed to be an immersive experience into sounds that become music and movement impulses that become dance.

HERE // HEAR aims to activate the audience's own states of listening and seeing. HERE // HEAR is a celebration of moving bodies and moving voices, stillness, silence, sound, and attentive response to change.

Performances are June 22 at 8 p.m., June 23 at 8 p.m. and June 24 at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10.

For tickets or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

HERE // HEAR is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

CHOREOGRAPHER AND PERFORMERS

Director/choreographer Kris Wheeler was a soloist in the 1970s and 1980s with Seattle's American Contemporary Dance Company (ACDC, directed by the legendary Joan Skinner), and Robert Davidson’s Aerial Ensemble. Kris taught contemporary dance, improvisation and composition, including Contact Improvisation, around the United States, in Europe and on the faculty of the University of Washington’s dance program. She trained in clinical psychology, and then at 50, returned to the studio to continue to make dance. Over the last three years Wheeler has been working with dancers in the exploration of specific improvisational dance practices. This work has become HERE // HEAR.

Singer Ivory Smith is a Seattle-based composer, sound designer, producer and teacher. Ivory Smith has been musical director or co-director for sev-eral acclaimed projects including Foot in Mouth, Lingo Productions and Ivory in Ice World. Her work has been showcased at Bumbershoot, On the Boards and A Contemporary Theatre. She grew up studying piano, attended Cornish College of the Arts and graduated from Evergreen State College with a BA in Audio Engineering and Non-Profit Business Man-agement. The breadth of her professional work is far reaching—from opera and jazz to building and programming her own electronic instruments.

Featured dancers are Noelle Chun, Katherine Cook, Mary Margaret Moore, Calie Swedberg and Kris Wheeler.

Seeking people with or without performing background for dance performance HERE // HEAR at Burien Actors Theatre

Sat, 12 May 2018

Here Hear

Want to be in a dance performance, but have no performance background? Come be part of the movement chorus in the new dance performance HERE // HEAR from June 22 through 24, presented by Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) and choreographed by Kris Wheeler.

HERE //HEAR is looking for people of various ages from late teens to elders to join the movement chorus, which will provide the energetic and visual context for the dance performance. The movement chorus choreography involves natural, pedestrian movement: standing, walking, sitting, and the like. Simple vocalizing is also included: droning, whispering, chattering sounds. Performance background is not necessary.

Rehearsal is required on Saturdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. as follows: May 19 and 26, and June 2 and 9 at Yaw Theater in Georgetown, and June 16 at Burien Actors Theater. Attendance is also required at the following at BAT: evening tech and dress rehearsals on June 20 and 21 from 6 to 11 p.m., and performances June 22 at 8 p.m., June 23 at 8 p.m. and June 24 at 2 p.m., with performers called at 6 for warm-ups.

Yaw Theater is located at 6520 5th Ave. S. in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave S.W. in Burien.

For more information:  https://www.facebook.com/kriswheelerdance or https://www.hatchfund.org/project/here_here.

Contact Kris Wheeler if interested at kriswheeler2 @ gmail.com.

“HERE // HEAR”

With movement chorus and live singing, HERE // HEAR is designed to be an immersive experience into sounds that become music and movement impulses that become dance.

HERE // HEAR aims to activate the audience's own states of listening and seeing. HERE // HEAR is a celebration of moving bodies & moving voices, stillness, silence, sound, and attentive response to change.

Director/choreographer Kris Wheeler was a soloist in the 1970s and 1980s with Seattle's American Contemporary Dance Company (ACDC, directed by the legendary Joan Skinner), and Robert Davidson’s Aerial Ensemble. Kris taught contemporary dance, improvisation and composition, including Contact Improvisation, around the United States, in Europe and on the faculty of the University of Washington’s dance program. She trained in clinical psychology, and then at 50, returned to the studio to continue to make dance. Over the last three years Wheeler has been working with dancers in the exploration of specific improvisational dance practices. This work has become HERE // HEAR.

Singer Ivory Smith is a Seat­tle-based com­poser, sound designer, pro­ducer and teacher. Ivory Smith has been musi­cal direc­tor or co-director for sev­eral acclaimed projects includ­ing Foot in Mouth, Lingo Productions and Ivory in Ice World. Her work has been show­cased at Bumbershoot, On the Boards and A Contemporary Theatre. She grew up study­ing piano, attended Cornish College of the Arts and grad­u­ated from Evergreen State College with a BA in Audio Engi­neer­ing and Non-Profit Busi­ness Man­age­ment. The breadth of her pro­fes­sional work is far reach­ing — from opera and jazz to build­ing and pro­gram­ming her own elec­tronic instru­ments. 

Featured dancers are Noelle Chun, Katherine Cook, Mary Margaret Moore, Calie Swedberg and Kris Wheeler.

 

Review: Church and State

Wed, 09 May 2018

photo by Michael Brunk

Church and State (written by Jason Odell Williams, Directed by Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick) opens in the wake of another tragic mass shooting event, where the victims are students and their teachers yet again. And so begins a familiar song and dance that is, at this point, uniquely American:

“We need to do something about access to certain guns.”

“No, we need to ban them all!”

“Are you crazy? We need more God, send thoughts and prayers!!”

“We need guns to keep the government from being tyrannical!”

And around and around we go. 

However, Church and State takes a slight detour from this relatively new American tradition. Instead of being another apologist politician and instead of coming out and sending “thoughts and prayers” to the victims families, Senator Charlie Whitmore (played by Gianni Truzzi) believes it’s time to do something other than wait for some divine intervention by a higher authority.

As he paces back and forth in his North Carolina State University green room (set by Albie Clementi, lighting by Zanna King, and props by Cyndi Baumgardner), only a few minutes away from giving a speech, Senator Whitmore argues with his wife, Sara Whitmore (played by Brynne Garman), and his campaign manager, Alex Klein (played by Cailin Gilman). 

After questioning him about what’s bugging him, he reveals that during an impromptu interview earlier that day at the funeral for the victims, he tells a reporter (played my Max Lopuszynski) the truth about how he feels. When the reporter starts asking about Senator Whitmoes faith, he begins to answer honestly stating simply that it’s difficult to believe in a God that would allow a tragedy like this to continue happening in our country.

This is a huge problem according to his wife Sara and his campaign manager Alex. Re-election is coming up and if Senator Whitmore wants to stay in his position, one that grants him the best chance of doing the most good he can, he needs to abandon this new philosophy and start pandering to his very conservative voter base.

Senator Whitmore insists that he needs to speak his truth, while Sara tries to convince him to give the speech his crowd is familiar with to that he can win them over once again and get elected into office for another term.

As time for his speech comes, the clearly divided Senator Whitmore leaves the greenroom to head on stage for his big speech. Will he give the speech he needs to give, or will he give the speech his crowd needs to hear?

Church and State charges headfirst into one of biggest hot button issue we are facing in modern America. While it doesn’t really make an attempt to resolve the issue, it does pose a number of moral dilemmas that we see all too often in American culture:

Should religion replace action?

What role should religion play in politic, if any?

Can anything be done to stop these shootings?

The stage presentation is excellent, the actors embody their roles flawlessly (costumes by Vivian K. Smith) including southern dialect (dialect coach Gavin McLean). The actors lines and other sounds can be heard clearly (sound by Eric Dickman) to give depth to the performance. 

Church and State is as intelligent as it is funny and tragic. It is thought provoking and only takes itself serious enough to make a point. I highly recommend it, however, if you find yourself offended by anything that questions guns or religion, this may not be the show for you, but I would urge you to look past your differences and give it a chance.

Church and state is running April 27th through May 20th at the Burien Actors Theatre located at 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien. Tickets are $10 for students, $17 for seniors and military or $20 for everyone else. A special group rate of $12 per ticket for purchases of 10 tickets or more.

BAT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that relies on ticket sales, donations, grants and volunteers to continue providing entertainment to the South Seattle community. BAT has been putting on live theater since 1955.

Moshier Spring Pottery Sale - May 5

Sat, 21 Apr 2018

Pottery Sale Flyer

Saturday, May 5, 2018
10:00 am-3:00 pm

Moshier Community Art Center,
430 S 156th, Burien (click here for directions)

Twice a year the potters at the Moshier Art Center gather to sell their handmade wares. Come to this amazing sale to find hundreds of items such as mugs, bowls, serving dishes, casseroles, garden art, soap dishes, jewelry, holiday items, and more! Come early for best selection. Checks or cash accepted.

For more information: call 206-988-3700

See you at the sale!

CHURCH AND STATE at BAT!

Mon, 16 Apr 2018

Poster for the show

Religion, guns, social media mix it up with politics in dramedy Church & State at Burien Actors Theatre (April 10, 2018 - Burien, WA) – Burien Actors Theater’s (“BAT”) production of the comedy-drama Church & State is a look at what can happen when religion, guns and social media mix it up with politics and honesty. Performances run April 27 through May 20.

The Burien Actors Theatre production, written by Jason Odell Williams, features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.

“CHURCH & STATE”

Three days before Charles Whitmore’s Senate re-election, he decides to finally tell the public exactly what’s on his mind, no filter. What could possibly go wrong? This look at how religion, guns and social media influence our political system is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking and uplifting. Church & State is a Best New Play Nominee with both the Off-Broadway Alliance and L.A. Ovation Awards. Northwest premiere. “Subtle and gripping entertainment... Jason Odell Williams is a postmodern Clifford Odets” - LA Times. "A crackling script! I wish every member of Congress could see it!".....NPR

This show contains a little mild adult language that includes “G,” “H” and “D” words. BAT's policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel appropriate for the youth and teens in their care.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Enjoy opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, April 27, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, April 28 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, April 29, which is BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

Church & State is sponsored by the City of Burien, 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS

Stage directors Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick direct the talented cast of Gianni Truzzi (Senator Charles “Charlie” Whitmore), Brynne Garman (Sara Whitmore), Caitlin Gilman (Alex Steinberg) and Max Lopuszynski (Tom/Marshall/Reporter/Security Guy). Heather Bernadette is the show’s stage manager.

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna King, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Vivian K. Smith, costumes; Eric Dickman, sound; Gavin McLean, dialect coach.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE

Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

BAT gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t see on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.

Disney's The Lion King JR.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018

The Lion King JR

Summer Show Auditions for the Hi-Liners!

 Disney's The Lion King JR.

 a DownStage Center Production

 Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now you have the opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind musical, live, on stage. The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Auditions: Saturday, April 14, 3-8:30pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, April 18, 6-9pm

Shows: Thursday-Sunday, July 12-15

Ages: 7-15

More information and registration at:
hi-liners.org/DSCaudition.html

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