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The Toxic Avenger comes to Burien Actors Theatre

Sat, 24 Sep 2016

Campy superhero comedy meets love story in musical The Toxic Avenger at Burien Actors Theatre!

Burien Actors Theatre’s next production, the musical comedy The Toxic Avenger, performs Sept. 30 through Oct. 30.

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

“THE TOXIC AVENGER”

Winner of Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, The Toxic Avenger is a love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all—an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two actors who play… well, pretty much everyone else… bullies, mobsters, old ladies, and stiletto-wearing backup singers.

Melvin Ferd the Third wants to clean up Tromaville, the most polluted town in New Jersey. When the mayor’s bullies dump Melvin into radioactive toxic waste, he reemerges as The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero. A mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark, “Toxie” is out to save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the town’s blind librarian.

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. Dinner and show packages are $35. For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

The Toxix Avenger is sponsored by 4Culture and the Mark Restaurant & Bar.

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS

Stage director Marc “Mok” Moser and music director Paul Linnes are directing a talented cast: Britt Boyd (Mayor Babs Belgoody/Ma Ferd/Nun), Rico Lastrapes (Ethnic Dude in various roles) John Lynch (White Dude in various roles), Kyla Roberts (Sarah) and Lance Zielinski (Melvin Ferd the Third/The Toxic Avenger).

Live music will be performed by Michael Kelly (drums), Paul Linnes (band leader/keyboards), Darren Olson (bass), Anthony Pooley (guitar), Jordan Cope (guitar) and Tim Webster (reeds).

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Rob Falk, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Audrey Herold, costumes; and Tony Cochran and Eric Dickman, sound.

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

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE

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 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.

Artists United at Normandy Perk through September

Sat, 24 Sep 2016

Poster Image

Now on Exhibit through September 30:

Art by members of United Artists:

  • Debra Valpey
  • Janet Price
  • Shannan Folino
  • Sharon McConell
  • Tom Fletcher

Artists Brunch Reception
Saturday, September 24
11:00am to 1:00pm

Normandy Perk Coffee

is located at 198651 1st Ave S, Normandy Park

Watercolor Workshop with Georgia Sumner

Sat, 17 Sep 2016

Watercolor

Join Burien Arts for a Watercolor Workshop with Georgia Sumner, October 1st and 2nd.

Georgia's philosophy: “Painting is not about making a pretty picture for someone else to look at. It is about an expression of self.

  • When: Saturday and Sunday. October 1 & 2, 2016 11 am – 1:30 pm
  • Where: Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152nd St.
    in Olde Burien (One block west of Ambaum)
  • Cost: $30 per 2½-hour workshop
  • Materials Provided!

This expression of self needs to be done in a safe environment, where there is no self criticism other than of a technical sort.... When we give to others as creativity gives to us, we receive from others...a cycle, a circle, a spiral of giving, of compassion.

Georgia, a former nurse and painter for many years, will conduct this workshop in watercolor, releasing creativity, and having fun!

Take either one or both workshops....

Email [email protected] to register. Or call 206.244.7808.

Burien’s Jazz Walk FREE for young jazz-lovers

Fri, 16 Sep 2016

Jazz Festival Poster

Burien’s all-day jazz party, coming up Saturday, Sept. 24, is not just for adults!

Young jazz fans are very welcome at the 8th Annual Highline Classic Jazz Festival. All venues are kid-friendly except the Tin Theater, which is accessed only through the bar.

In fact, admission at the other five venues is FREE for everyone 18 years or younger.

The family-friendly jazz walk, held from 3 p.m.-11 p.m., presents 21 bands for $25—just about a buck a band (for adults)!

The venues, all within easy walking distance, are St. Elizabeth’s Church (The Dance Hall,) The Tin Theater, 909/913 Courtyard (The World Jazz Stage,) Mark Restaurant (Cool City,) Burien Arts Gallery (The Acoustic Blues Stage) and Frankie’s Bistro (The Bistro.) Most venues offer dining and beverages.

Purchase a hand stamp for $25 at any of the six venues on the day of the festival and it’s good for admission to all the locations. Cash only--and no advance ticket sales.

Attracting music-lovers from throughout the region, the 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.

Filmmaker and jazz historian Joe Vinikow will also show two rare jazz films at the Tin Theater. A Question and Answer session will follow each film.

For a complete schedule and additional information, visit www.HighlineClassicJazz.com.

Call for Artists: 9th Annual Vision 20/20 Art Sale

Thu, 15 Sep 2016

Photo from previous 20/20 Event

Burien Arts Association is looking for additional talented artists to show their work at Burien’s biggest annual art gala.

Each selected artist will create 10 works on 8”x 8” wood panels provided by Burien Arts.

Artists who wish to apply should contact [email protected].

Each work will sell for $40 with half going to the artist and half to supporting Burien Arts’ great programs throughout the year.

With the 9th Annual Vision 20/20 art sale and gala set for Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Burien Community Center, the deadline for completed artwork is the first week of November.

Burien’s biggest art gala always includes affordable art, fun food from local restaurants, marvelous music, refreshing beverages and great raffle prizes.

Veteran Vision 20/20 participants know to carefully browse the more than 400 small pieces from around 40 artists and then stake out spots by their favorites. Because when the bell rings, there will be a buying frenzy as they snatch their favorites from the wall and head over to waiting cashiers.

The Highline Classic Jazz Festival Returns!

Wed, 07 Sep 2016

Highline Classic Jazz Festival Poster

The 8th annual Highline Classic Jazz Festival plays Burien on Saturday, September 24, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. The all-day jazz party features six venues, presenting 21 bands and two films for $25—about a buck a band!

The summer music festival season is not over. The best is yet to come.

The community-based, family-friendly jazz walk will bring music lovers to the Burien core for a full day of Classic Jazz, dancing and jazz-film watching. Most of the venues provide numerous dining and beverage options.

The venues, all within easy walking distance, are The Dance Hall (St. Elizabeth’s Church,) The Vintage Jazz Theater (Tin Theater,) The World Jazz Stage (909/913 Courtyard,) Cool City (Mark Restaurant,) The Acoustic Blues Stage (Burien Arts Gallery) and The Bistro (Frankie’s B-Town Bistro.)

Get a hand stamp for $25 at any of the six venues on the day of the festival and it’s good for admission to all the locations. Cash only and no advance ticket sales.

Among the bands booked are Northwest and international favorites, Pearl Django; one of Seattle’s favorite hot bands, Holotradband; featured and final festival performer, Casey McGill Orchestra; Burien’s-own, Ryan Burns Trio; and Earshot Jazz Society NW vocalist of the year, Jacqueline Tabor.

In addition, filmmaker and jazz historian Joe Vinikow will show two rare films, featuring priceless appearances by peerless performers on pristinely preserved prints at the Tin Theater. A Question and Answer session will follow each film.

For a complete schedule and additional information, visit HighlineClassicJazz.com.

Attracting music-lovers from throughout the region, the 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.

The Burien Arts Association, Burien’s 50-year-old Arts advocacy non-profit, organizes, directs and presents the jazz walk.

Burien Arts Association programming also includes the Burien Arts Gallery at 826 S.W. 152nd St., Strawberry Shortcake booth at Burien’s annual Wild Strawberry Festival in June, summer Shakespeare in the Park, Vision 20/20 Fundraising Art Event, face painting at local festivals and student workshops. More information at www.burienarts.org.

TONIGHT: Burien Film Office Happy Hour!

Tue, 06 Sep 2016

Join the Burien Film Office for a Happy Hour tonight!

Scott says:

Y'all should for sure come to tonight's Burien Film Office Happy Hour, which runs from 5:30-7pm at the Tin Theater (923 SW 152nd in Olde Burien):

REMINDER: Locally-filmed ‘M.O.P.Z’ at Film Office Happy Hour Tuesday night!

We'll be showcasing "M.O.P.Z." a hilarious, innovative film that aired on Adult Swim, and was shot at Burien's old Sunnydale School.

We'll start the screening around 6pm, and filmmakers will be on hand to discuss it afterwards.

(FYI you can watch the full 11-min. film HERE).

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