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Book signing for "A Brief History of Vashon"

Sun, 29 May 2016

Book Cover of A Brief History of Vashon Island

Bruce Haulman is coming to Burien Books June 4. 2016 at 1:00pm to sign copies of his new book "A Brief History of Vashon", published by Arcadia Press.

"Reachable only by ferry, Vashon-Maury Island is a breathtaking rural retreat from the bustling activity of nearby Seattle and Tacoma. The island's first inhabitants, the S'Homamish, took advantage of its evergreen forests and rich marine resources. In 1792, George Vancouver was the first Anglo to discover the island and named it after Captain James Vashon. By the late 1800s, the first white settlers had established farms and greenhouses that supplied nearby cities with berries, tomatoes and cucumbers. Ferries drove development in the later half of the century, introducing new industries and tourism to the area. While both influenced by and isolated from the mainland, the island developed its own unique character treasured by locals. Merging human and natural history, author Bruce Haulman presents the rich heritage of this thriving community."

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Canadian artist displays dynamic works at Burien Arts Gallery in June

Sun, 15 May 2016

Exhibition Poster

Multi-talented Vancouver B.C. artist Josh Byer displays his colorful “Faux Fauvism” paintings in June at the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 S.W. 152nd St.

“My technique, Faux Fauvism, attempts to capture the moment immediately before a composition disintegrates into pure abstraction,” Byer explains.

The technique, inspired by Henri Matisse, celebrates elements of Fauvism, Cubism, Pointillism and street art.

The Opening Artist’s Reception for Byer’s exhibit is Friday, June 3, 5-8 p.m. at the Gallery. The exhibit runs June 1-June 25.

Byer’s work has been displayed at the Canadian Fine Arts Gallery in Toronto and the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.

In addition, he has been a featured artist or cover artist in numerous publications.

Byer earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and an Ontario Regional Arts Certificate in Visual Arts at Canterbury Regional Arts School.

Besides his visual arts talents, the prolific artist also has earned extensive credits as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor in television, film and games.

His writing career includes stints in public relations, copywriting, journalism and prose.

Also in June at the Burien Arts Gallery, Artists United presents a small works show of affordable art by over 20 local artists. The show will feature a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, collage, photography, mixed media, fiber and colored pencil. All artwork will be less than 12 inches by 12 inches.

The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m. For more information visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-244-7808.

May 5th Student Art Walk

Sat, 30 Apr 2016

The first B-Town Beat of the 2016 season is officially May 5th!

The B-Town Beat is partnering with Highline Public Schools and Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services to host this year's Student Music & Art Walk. Students in visual arts programs, dance, music and performance will be all over downtown Burien displaying their work and skills.

The Student Art Walk is on May 5, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm. All are welcome.

Student Art Walk Map

The Hi-Liners DSC Spring Show: The Knight at Dawn KIDS

Thu, 31 Mar 2016

Magic Treehouse: The Knight at Dawn

a DownStage Center Production

The two siblings, Jack and Annie, set off to learn more about the Black Knight and his quest, experiencing a grand medieval feast, escaping through secret tunnels and dancing with enchanted suits of armor all in an effort to find their way back home.

Performance Venue:

Renton Civic Theatre        Directions

Performance Dates:

April 29, 30, May 1, 6 & 7      Buy Tickets

Performance opportunities for developing voices

DownStage Center produces several "low tech" shows each season for which the key word is "nurturing." DSC programming features a "no tears" workshop style audition, a rehearsal schedule tailored to the needs of our youngest actors, and performance opportunities in small venues just right for developing voices. Additionally, alumni and MainStage performers are used as mentors and in production roles. Students ages 7 and up participate in DSC shows.

The DownStage Center Education Division offers year round camps, and classes for students ages 3 to 18. Musical Theatre Goes to School is our DSC outreach program.

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Psychological thriller The Letters creates suspense at Burien Actors Theatre

Thu, 31 Mar 2016

Burien Actors Theatre’s next production, the psychological thriller The Letters, performs April 8 through May 1.

The Burien Actors Theatre production features live music performed pre-show and at intermission, specialty drinks themed to the show and free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.

Ticket prices and more information below!


In The Letters, written by John W. Lowell, a Ministry Director calls Anna, a bureaucrat, into his office for a meeting. It is 1931 in the Soviet Union and things aren’t what they seem. The interview becomes a suspenseful game of cat and mouse in which being the last to flinch may mean the difference between life and death. Based on Soviet efforts to edit composer Tchaikovsky’s letters, this taut thriller is a vivid slice of paranoid life under Stalin.

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

The Letters is sponsored by the City of Burien, 4Culture and the Mark Restaurant & Bar.


Beau M.K. Prichard is directing a talented cast, together with assistant director Barbara Cawley: Devin Rodger (Anna) and Michael Mendonsa (Director). Incidental music was composed specifically for this production by Allan Loucks and performed by The Crown Hill Chorale under Loucks’ direction. Designers for the show are: Maggie Larrick, set; Craig Orsinger, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Helen Roundhill, costume; and Tony Cochran, sound. Live music will be performed preshow by Allan Loucks and Dan Seese.

Photographs and Cast Bios available upon request; please contact Maggie Larrick at 206-949-9554.


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

Burien Actors Theatre gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t get 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.


Tickets at the Box Office:

General Senior Student All Shows: $20.00 $17.00 $10.00

OPENING NIGHT: Only on April 8, enjoy the opening night party after the show—included in the price of all tickets.
HALF-PRICE NIGHT: Only on April 9, all tickets are half price.
SEVEN DOLLAR SUNDAY: Only on April 10 all tickets are just $7! Remember, Sunday is a matinee performance only.

Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $35 per person. Contact the Mark at 206-241-6275.

Gray Sky painters featured in April exhibit at Burien Arts Gallery

Fri, 25 Mar 2016

"Here and There" by Julie Jacobson

April brings “Works from the Gray Sky Studio” to the Burien Arts Gallery featuring paintings by Julie Jacobson and Greta Dutton.

Also displayed are works by Corrie Ebel and glass sculpture by Michael Dupille.

Meet the artists on Friday, April 1 at the Opening Reception, 5-8 p.m. at the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 S.W. 152nd St. The fun evening also includes face painting in front of the Gallery and a UFO Festival in the surrounding Olde Burien neighborhood—no fooling!

Julie Jacobson has been selling her paintings for over a decade in local boutiques and galleries. She’s been a graphic designer for 20 years, both in design firms and her own freelance business.

Notes Julie, “This background definitely plays a role in my art. Each painting is a study in composition, color and story.

“This series is about taking away all the noise and excess but still being left with something special and alive. By dissecting, overlapping and reassembling the Magnolia flower something new and beautiful is created. It is a practice of subtlety and restraint. Sometimes the simplest of things is actually the hardest and it serves as a reminder that interest, beauty and amusement can be found in everyday objects.”

Despite spending most of her time in Indiana, Greta’s life journey has led her to also live in such exciting places as Malibu, London, New Mexico and Australia before ending up here in the Seattle area.

Greta views life and art as a combination of choice and chance. Her art draws from her emotions and her exceptional life journey.

“My art is inspired by moods, moments, memory and my quest to understand life.” Greta declares. “Sometimes the work stays close to original intent and other times it takes a life of its own.

“I’m inspired by nature. I love the contrasting colors of flowers, skies, clouds and atmosphere. I’m especially drawn to water. Water, like painting, calms and excites me. I feel alive when I paint and I can’t imagine life without art.”

Artists United members Sharon McConnell, Diane Fechin Gardner and Debra Valprey will also be displaying their work. Sharon and Diane are long time AU members who both paint and photograph. Debra, a new member, is an oil and watercolor painter.

The entire exhibit runs April 1-April 30. The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, noon-6 p.m. The gallery is closed Sunday to Tuesday.

For more information visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-244-7808.

(Pictured: "Here and There" by Julie Jacobson)

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