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Highline Classic Jazz Festival Returns to Burien Sept. 19

Wed, 26 Aug 2015

The Highline Classic Jazz Festival--Burien’s all-day jazz party--returns to Burien on September 19 after three years in Des Moines.

The Festival has been transformed into a community-based affordable party—more bands for less money.

Six downtown Burien and Olde Burien venues will throw open their doors to host vintage and classic jazz and blues bands. Some will provide space for dancing. The Tin Theatre will show vintage jazz films with an Introduction and Question and Answer session.

For a family-friendly ticket price of only $20, patrons will receive a hand stamp that entitles them to admission to all venues. The jazz spots are all within easy walking distance.

Highline Classic Jazz Festival is the only festival in the central Puget Sound area specializing in early 20th century jazz. Hear Dixieland, Hot Jazz, Trad Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Zydeco, Cool Jazz, ballads, Blues, Latin Jazz and more.

Watch for more information as the date gets closer.

Free presentation on "Roots of Music" at Burien Arts Gallery on Sunday

Thu, 20 Aug 2015

George Halekas

Biologist George Halekas will present a free fascinating presentation on the Roots of Music this Sunday, Aug. 23, 7:00 p.m., at the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 S.W. 152nd St. in Olde Burien. Burien Arts Association and Humanities Washington are cosponsoring the engaging conversation with Halekas, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

In a compelling presentation that weaves together music and ecology, Halekas surveys the unique beauty of nature’s soundscape, and explores why Earth is considered a ‘sonic jewel’ and ‘singing planet.’

Halekas, a former Wildlife Biologist with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, is captivated by the power and expressiveness of music and its ability to capture human emotions. A lifelong conservationist, he is drawn to understanding the relationship between living organisms with their surrounding environment, especially through sound.

On Sunday, Sept. 13, radio host Amanda Wilde will also present a free talk explaining what Washington state music pioneers Bing Crosby, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain have in common. Her presentation is at 7:00 p.m. at the Gallery, 826 S.W. 152nd St.

Movies in the Park – Burien Film Festival Returns!

Fri, 14 Aug 2015

Burien Film Festival Logo


 Did you miss the Burien Film Festival on April 1st? Have you ever seen the locally-produced, award-winning film “The Maury Island Incident”?

Don’t worry! The City of Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is partnering with the Burien Film Festival and “The Maury Island Incident” producers to share these treasures with the community at the fabulous Lake Burien School Park on Thursday, August 20th!

The new film festival – founded and organized by John White and Shelli Park – is intended to help promote Burien, its businesses and locales, as well as giving another outlet to the local creative community.

WHEN: Thursday, August 20, 2015
Movies will begin at Dusk, around 8:30 PM

WHERE: Lake Burien School Park (1620 SW 149th Street)

See the BFF trailer: https://youtu.be/CECLFvHmoOM

See “The Maury Island Incident” trailer: https://youtu.be/FurQ7MEGSTE

FESTIVAL ENTRIES (not necessarily the order of appearance):

  • The Beacon directed by Izzy Correy
  • Area 152 directed by John Hendow
  • **Missing directed by Alex Williams
  • Case File B-98166-2 directed by Sheila White and Buddy Rivers
  • * TRANSMISSION directed by Mitch Olsen
  • What is N? directed by Chris Gendreau
  • Searching directed by Barry J. Fossella
  • Real Estate Earth directed by Syd Boyle
  • The Burien Aliens directed by Dan Schwert
  • ***The Burien Exchange directed by Gevin Booth
  • * First Place Winner ** Second Place *** Third Place

Bring a blanket, snacks, friends and family!! Wear your favorite man- or woman-in-black or alien costume if you want. Can you spot your favorite businesses and Burien citizens in the films? Enjoy summer in Burien as you view these local film-making gems!!

Big thanks to event sponsors: Burien Film Festival, John White, Shelli Park, Scott Schaeffer, and City of Burien.

The inaugural Burien Film Festival (BFF) kicked off at the 3rd annual Burien UFO Festival on April 1, 2015, showcasing 10 original short films shot in the city and utilizing local businesses.

The five-minute films were required to highlight Burien business, utilize a chase scene and include man- or woman-in-black and/or aliens.

The films were judged by a solid group of local and regional experts:

  • Scott Schaefer (Director/Producer/Writer)
  • Steve Edmiston (Writer/Producer/Director)
  • Lisa B. Hammond (Production Designer)
  • Matt Markovich (KOMO-TV)
  • Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol

For more information: Burien Parks at 206-988-3700, www.burienwa.gov/concerts

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the Hi-Liners!

Fri, 07 Aug 2015

C2B2 Tickets On Sale!

Opening Night Only — All Seats $12

Be a kid again. Pay kids prices to see C2B2 on our special Opening Night (while supplies last.)

Performance Venue:
Highline Performing Arts Center 

Performance Dates:
September 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 Buy Tickets

Call for Artists

Wed, 05 Aug 2015

BURIEN ARTS GALLERY now accepting submissions for the 2016 Gallery Exhibition Schedule

The Burien Arts Gallery, centrally located in downtown Burien, is calling for artists to apply via www.burienarts.org for consideration to have their work exhibited in the Burien Arts Gallery. We are interested in contemporary artists working on topical narratives in all genres, but specific to 2016, we would like to curate shows focusing on:

  • GLASS WORKS (in 2 dimensions and 3)

The Burien Arts Gallery, opened in October 2013, is the only non-profit fine-arts gallery between West Seattle and Tacoma.

Entry form is easily accessible online and can be submitted immediately electronically.

Artist Entry Form


  1. Minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 samples of work
    File types for images – JPEGS only, 300 dpi
    • Largest dimension to be 1200 - 1800 pixels
    • Name each JPEG file with the correlating number on the entry form, your name, title, medium, size, year and price (example – 01smith-flowers-oiloncanvas-12hx24w-2014-$950)
  2. Submit artist statement and resume/CV
  3. Work will be insured while exhibited in Burien Arts Gallery.
  4. Artists accepted for shows automatically allow Burien Arts to use images for publicity purposes only.
  5. Work must be ready for wall hanging/mounting.

Artists chosen by the review panel will be curated into the 2016 Exhibition schedule. Exhibitions will run approximately one month, include a reception and may include a small talk by the artist(s).

New Burien Community Center Exhibit

Sat, 01 Aug 2015

There will be a show of 18 Artist United members at the Burien Community Center from August 4th thru the end of October.

The opening reception for the show on Thursday, August 6 from 5-8pm as part of the B-Town Beat.

Members of Artists United (founded in 1949) work in a variety of styles and media, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, mixed media, photography, pottery, printmaking, glass and jewelry.

For more information on Artist United please go to www.artistsunitedclub.com
The Burien Community Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-8pm, and Friday 8:30am-5pm. For more information please call 206-988-3700.

Burien Arts Gallery presents “Deciduous Sky” in August

Fri, 31 Jul 2015

"Olive Grove" by Julie Devine

"Deciduous Sky" is the title of Burien Arts Gallery’s August exhibit featuring landscape artist Julie Devine.

The show runs Aug. 5-Aug. 30. Meet Julie at the Artist’s Reception, Friday, Aug. 7, 5-8 p.m. at the Gallery, 826 S.W. 152nd St.

Julie was born and raised in California, and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1991. She paints from the landscape, combining gestural brushwork and knifework into a distinctive, semi-abstract style.

Her work communicates a spirited appreciation for the outdoors and for the painting traditions of impressionist, post-impressionist, and abstract expressionist works she has loved since a child.

According to Julie, “My work is about spiritual experience in the landscape -- those moments when the soul merges with the sky, the land, and light.

Also in August, Artists United will feature portraits by award winning artist Anita Corby and a potpourri of paintings by new AU member Tracy Lemoine.

Fine-art jewelry will also be exhibited.

The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. It is closed Monday and Tuesday.

More information is available at www.burienarts.org or 206-244-7808.

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