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Arts and entertainment for the Eastside August 2012

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The clock is a-tickin’ Dear reader, Oh what a crazy summer it has been. We’ve had rain. We’ve had hail. We even had some sun (I know, shocking). And now summer on the Eastside is coming to a close. But before we tuck away those summer duds and pack those backpacks for Back To School, we’ve got a few more sunny stories to tell. For our cover story this month we’ve got the scoop on Bellevue resident Sean Jazayeri, a former IT guy turned poker man who recently hit it big on the Texas Hold’em circuit. On the music front, we’re catching up with Aussie darling, Husky Gawenda. He’s the lead singer and songwriter for the up-and-coming indie-folk act Husky - and he’ll be stopping by Marymoor Park on August 25 as part of 107.7 The End’s Summer Camp ‘12 (page 4). It’s a gonna be a killer show - and one you won’t want to miss. If you’re more of a basking in the sun kind of person we’ve got you covered with a handful of tips on how to build the perfect backyard oasis (pages 6 and 7). We’ve also got all the info on street food throughout the Eastside (page 12) Think pizza. And tacos. Oh my! Or all the scoop on paddling the Mercer Slough (page 13). Food and outdoor excursions not your cup of (sweet) tea? Get to know comedian Brian Posehn. The selfproclaimed Sci-fi and metal geek is an absolute riot - and will be stopping by the Parlor Live later this month. You’ll also find a fresh batch of things to do around town on our Nightlife and Calendar schedules (pages 16 and 17). Get to it - before the sun goes away (again). So take a break from tanning. Or swimming. Or playing frisbee. And give us a read. I promise, it will be worth your time!

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Get to know 107.7 The End’s Summer Camp ‘12 artist, Husky

How to make your backyard the perfect summer getaway



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Bellevue resident hits it big at Texas Hold’em tourney



Exploring the culture of street food on the Eastside


Comedian Brian Posehn brings nerdy jokes to the Parlor Live


Heija Nunn tells of her “eggsperience” with pesky teens

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On the cover: Bellevue resident Sean Jazayeri at the World Poker Tour L.A. Classic 2012. COURTESY PHOTO, Los Angeles Poker Classic


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Q&A: Husky

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• Helpful Advice for Better Skin • Dear Moira, I’m a 52-year-old Asian American woman. I recently noticed dark spots on my face. Is this Melasma? What can I do to make this dark pigmentation go away?

COURTESY OF SUB POP RECORDS, Shawn Brackbill BY KEEGAN PROSSER On Saturday, August 25, Marymoor Park in Redmond will be transformed into a wonderland for alternative music fans. Presented by 107.7 The End, Summer Camp ‘12 will feature an assortment of rock and alternative acts, including Fun., Alex Clare and Husky. The Scene recently caught up with Husky Gawenda, lead singer and songwriter for Austrailia-based folk act Husky.

Spotty in Bellevue Dear Spotty, Over time, many of us get Melasma -- dark spots on the skin, or Rosacea-- red, rosy and sometimes swollen facial skin as a result of many circumstances which often include sun exposure and hormone fluctuation. Neither condition has an outright cure, but there are solutions we offer in my suite at Dr. Kristen Tarbet’s office, including customized facials and peels, and for more advanced cases, laser treatments. The outcome is typically a vast reduction in appearance of dark spots, or redness of the skin. With proper maintenance that includes ZO® Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 and a few checkups each year you should notice significant improvement.

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music? HG: Me and Gideon (Preiss, his cousin and keys/vocals for Husky) grew up together playing music together, listening to music together; we both had musical backgrounds and grew up singing.

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scene: In 2011 you won triple j Unearthed, a music competition in Australia, but you’ve mentioned you were surprised by the outcome. Why? HG: Well, we had no industry support. Up until that point we were very much doing it on our own. We wanted to put together an album that we would be proud of - and we didn’t know how that would translate. It was more than we ever hoped for.

Dear Moira, My daughter who is 26, and I both have adult acne. How can we rid ourselves of this unfortunate family problem? Too Old for Zits in Sammamish Dear Too Old for Zits, Summer isn’t fun for those who suffer from acne because warm air opens pores and stimulates oil production. I want to help you prevent reoccurring acne. Please call my office and set up an visit for a complimentary 15 minute skin analysis. Acne can have many sources. Often, a first step to healing the skin is a deep cleansing facial. Then, I recommend using professional-grade skin care products like ZO® Skin Health, which is only available in medical offices, to target and reduce the reoccurrence of acne.


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scene: In 2011 you became the first Austra-

lian band signed to Sub Pop Records, based in Seattle. Why did you decide to go with Sub Pop? HG: I wasn’t very knowledgeable about the [music] industry, especially in America, but I did know Sub Pop. I got to meet some of the people at the label and I was really impressed by them. They had a great ethos, and I loved the way they saw music and their approach. It’s very much about the music, not about making it the most commercial.

scene: Your debut album, Forever So, was released in the states in July. Why did you decide to record it in your house? HG: Pretty simply, we didn’t have the money to go to a studio at the time. We knew we wanted to spend a lot of time on the record and wanted to experiment with different sounds. So we pulled together equipment from our friends - and just set out to make good sounds. scene: Your sound seems to be warm, folk-y tracks of the Northwest persuasion. What influences this? HG: I think a lot of things inspire my songwriting. Our sound is created by all of our inputs, tastes. I grew up listening to a lot of Crosby, Stills and Nash; Brian Wilson - because my parents had those records. I also listened to Leonard Cohen from a very young age; and Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell - these great, seminole folk songwriters. scene: Have you played in the Northwest

before? HG: No. This will be our first time on the west coast. We’re starting off in Phoenix and heading up the west coast. We’ve heard amazing things about the area.

scene: How do your mellow, folk-rock songs translate to a festival like Summer Camp? HG: It depends on the festival and the sort of audience. Our album is fairly intimate and introspective ... and sometimes intimacy draws you in more than being loud. But we also have our ways of kind of beefing up our songs for moments that require something more upbeat.

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Here comes the sun

Turn your yard into the perfect place for summer BY CHRISTINE WATSON

It’s that time of the year we Washingtonians have been waiting for. Time to dust off the patio furniture, break out the sandals and hope that swimsuit still fits. I’m talking about summer! After a long hibernation, Eastsiders are setting up shop outside for the warmer months and what a better way to enjoy our sunny days than creating your own outdoor room. Whether entertaining a large group of family and friends or just seeking a quiet reading nook where you can enjoy the serene sights and sounds of nature, there is an outdoor room that will suit your needs. Those with a flair for décor and a passion

for design will likely find shaping their outdoor space a fun summertime project. For the less artistically inclined, a relaxing outside oasis is not beyond reach. If you are lacking the creative touch or just want some pointers, Karen Stefonick has a solution. A veteran of outdoor room design, Stefonick has been in the business of creating elegant outdoor living spaces for more than 15 years. Holding true to the mantra “less is more,” her design philosophy is rooted in maintaining a cohesive feel from inside to outdoors. While hiring a personal designer like Stefonick certainly has its perks, the cost can run from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the amount of hours spent.

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Sean Jazayeri in his Bravern apartment, which he just moved into. He proudly displays his trophy from the World Poker Tour L.A. Classic he won earlier this year. NAT LEVY


Bellevue’s Sean Jazayeri won $1.3 million in Los Angeles, but he’s still just one of the guys at a friendly poker game



he cards floated across the table to the final two players. A quick peek revealed an Ace and five of diamonds - a great hand with only one opponent left in this Texas Hold’em poker tournament. Sean Jazayeri knew this was his moment. When his opponent, holding a King and Queen, risked all his chips, Jazayeri didn’t hesitate to call. Five cards flipped in less than 30 seconds would determine the winner of this six-day tournament. The dealer turned over the first three cards, revealing a King, 10, five. Both players had a pair, but Jazayeri’s opponent was ahead with Kings. Jazayeri needed some help. The next card did neither any good. But when the fifth and last card was dealt, it was another five. Suddenly,

SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL Hold ‘em has become one of the most popular card games in the world. It hasn’t come through generations of tradition but from national exposure from ESPN and other sports networks. Millions of people around the world now play the game online, in casinos and with friends. But, in case you aren’t one of those people, here are a few things you might want to know. • To start the hand, each player is dealt two cards (hole cards). A round of betting allows players to either stay in the hand or fold. • After the players complete the first round of betting, the dealer turns over three community cards, a part of the hand known as “The Flop.” Another round of betting follows. • The fourth community card is known as “The Turn.” It is followed by another round of betting. • The fifth and final card is “The River.” With all community cards on the table, players combine their cards to create the best five-card hand. After a final round of betting, the remaining players turn over their cards, and the one with the best five-card combination wins.


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Jazayeri was $1.3 million richer. Jazayeri went all in on his training and The win marked the end of a long jourmade the jump to enter a World Poker Tour ney for this Iranian-born Bellevue resident. boot camp in Las Vegas, classes which now Jazayeri had been playing for more than half a cost nearly $2,000. That’s where he met Nick decade, winning tournaments here and there, Brancato. Jazayeri, student, and Brancato, but this win in March marked his true arrival teacher, made an instant connection. They onto the national poker scene. Now a veteran both spent time at Microsoft - Brancato as a of the slog of multiple-day tournaments, network engineer, and Jazayeri in information Jazayeri was in his own personal Disneyland technology and later as the general manager at the final table of the 550-person, six-day of the China-based joint venture. Brancato 2012 World Poker Tour L.A. Classic. described him as enthusiastic but “rough After days of grinding through the compearound the edges,” when he first came to the tition, he was one of six left in the field. And camp. after the first two were eliminated, he was the But the same things that made Jazayeri lone amateur. Each of his three opponents had successful in the tech industry, helped him earned multiple millions playing the game. master the great intricacies of the game. His Jazayeri even stood out in terms of appearanalytical skills, and grasp of math allowed ance. Dressed in all black, with polka dot him to learn what many experts fail to suspenders, a pinstriped button-down and understand. Is a bet a good investment based sunglasses to hide his eyes, Jazayeri had the on how many chips the player has left, how look of a pro playing against kids lost in a sea much is already in the pot and the possible Craig Nelson eliminates Sean Jazayeri at a home game they play every few months. COURTESY PHOTO of T-shirts and hoodies. He says the preshands an opponent can have? All of these sure of the moment didn’t bother him. As a decisions needed to be made in a few seconds long-time employee of Microsoft, and later, a higher-up in so as to not appear weak. Brancato, himself a successful pro one of the company’s joint ventures that sent him back and player, says understanding these concepts helped Jazayeri forth to China on a weekly basis, Jazayeri had seen tougher push back when others would put big money in the middle, situations. something he was reluctant to do in the past. “I was just having the time of my life,” he says during a “Poker is kind of like math,” Brancato says in an intermeeting at his Bravern apartment, which he has yet to even view during a break at the World Series of Poker Main unpack. “We’re playing cards. I’ve done things that were a Event tournament, which Jazayeri also entered. “You can’t whole lot more nerve-wracking in my life before.” multiply until you can add. He understood you don’t just Despite his budding success, Jazayeri is looking at his win by surviving, you win by getting your fair share of poker experience much like he does his cards, conservachips. He wasn’t afraid to move his chips around at a final tively. Jazayeri built his career, and later his game, on the table.” concept of calculated risk. Even with his $1 million winning hand, he doesn’t consider himself a pro. In fact, he is looking for a tech job, having been out of work since late 2011. But in the meantime, Jazayeri has more time to play the After that fateful March day, Jazayeri’s poker reputation game he has grown to love. changed throughout the country. But in one place, it stayed exactly the same: at a regular poker night with friends and former colleagues. They continue to play every couple of months. Jazayeri hosts, the players order pizza. They play Jazayeri came to the U.S. from Iran in 1973, at the age of with a $20 buy-in, not the kind of stakes you’d expect for a 14. Back home, he didn’t play cards, and the interest didn’t million-dollar champion. develop until college, when he took classes from a profesBut this fits Jazayeri’s laid back personality. While many sor who wrote a book on card counting. This got him into players can be introverted and shy, Jazayeri is open and Blackjack. He spent several years in Las Vegas working tech welcoming. He displays an ease of conversation, speaking jobs - he even helped write software used by casinos today. to people he just met like friends he’s known for years. Poker, especially, Hold‘em, had yet to become the game to The games themselves have always been fun and lightSean Jazayeri stares down his opponents as cards are dealt during a play, so Jazayeri wasn’t interested. hearted, while filled with a mixture of insightful conversatournament. COURTESY PHOTO The game became more popular when ESPN started tion and witty comedic grenades lobbed across the table, televising tournaments. The exposure, plus opportunity - Jazayeri was in China on a project says Julia Getsch. She knows Jazayeri through their shared time with the National Iranian and he didn’t know anyone or speak the language - got him started playing online. Some wins American Council. He began inviting her to games about six years ago. She’s never won, but piqued his interest further. And a victory in a tournament on a cruise ship in Alaska in 2007 she’s still a force to be reckoned with. Getsch says Jazayeri’s win hasn’t changed the dynamic was the final harbinger. amongst the group, though everyone shows a bit more enthusiasm when they beat him in a He was hooked. hand. They are all proud to play against him, and they take a little personal pride in his win. So it was off to Las Vegas to play in a few tournaments - but much to Jazayeri’s disappoint“It feels like a big win for all of us,” says Getsch, a Redmond resident. “Hey, this guy who ment, the pros and experienced amateurs gave him a harsh induction to the poker world. we play with won. I know I’ve bragged about that to a few of my friends even though I did Ever determined to make his mark, Jazayeri delved deeper into the game. He read books nothing.” by famous players and practiced. And he practiced some more. He started inching his way But more so, they take pride in the fact that in more than six years of games at home, through tournaments, lasting long enough to make some money. But, like many who came of he’s never won a game. age working in the cutthroat tech world, being good didn’t mean anything. He wanted to win. “It seemed like I always got unlucky in the end,” he says. “But then I thought maybe it’s not Nat Levy is a staff writer for the Bellevue Reporter. Contact him at 425-453-4290; or luck, maybe there’s something I’m not realizing.”

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A bit of urban creativity is rising between the cracks of the suburban lunch scene. While street food may never replace staples like Subway and McDonalds, they’re flavoring the Eastside with authenticity and memorable experiences. In Bellevue, there may not be a better known food cart than Tuscan Stone Pizza. In just a few minutes, customers watch their pizzas built and baked in a wood fired oven. For the two brothers that started the operation, it began as a masonry experiment. Owners of a grout and tile business, Jeff and David Meyer built an oven in David’s backyard. The pizzas, with their crisp crusts were too good to ignore. Two years after starting the food trailer, they found their Bellevue location, where they’ve become a community staple. Their thin chewy crusts are topped off with a thin layer of ingredients, including fresh mozzarella cheese balls that melt into the sauce. Try the chicken, bacon, ranch. The intense flavor of applewood smoked bacon and roasted red pepper is cooled down by the creamy ranch drizzled on top. Street food vendors can’t afford not to be unique. Jeff is particularly proud of their coconut shrimp pizza with mango lime sauce. “It’s not just good food, but it’s food you can’t get in restaurants,” he said. Street food is better, because chefs make their food in much smaller batches, said Arturo Salazar, who has been running Burrito Mojado out in Kirkland for three years. Unlike chain restaurants, which make vats of sauce, Salazar can easily adjust his seasonings in his pots or keep track of the quality of his ingredients. Salazar’s trailer is best known for its namesake, wet burritos, which are covered in sauce. Common in California, they’re hard to find in the Northwest. The tacos are folded with two thin corn tortillas and come with a variety of meat choices – including cabeza or cow head. He finishes them off with chopped onions, cilantro, radishes and optional hot sauce. The hand-rolled tamales are filled with spicy sauce and pork or chicken. It’s hard to spend more than $7 at Mojado’s and not walk away stuffed. The genius behind their trucks is spontaneity. And the hardest part about food trucks is finding them. They’re like unicorns. You might have a magical experience once, but never find them again. Try clinging to their website (or following their Twitter accounts).

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Taking the scenic route: BY JOSH SUMAN With 50 years exploring the waterways of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, Dan Henderson has a unique perspective on Lake Washington and the Mercer Slough. Before an influx of technology and safety reform came to paddlesports like kayaking and canoeing in recent years, Henderson and his crew would head off 30-foot waterfalls in rickety crafts not meant for even a fraction of the beating they received. While Henderson no longer gravitates to the danger, his passion for paddlesports never waned and is something he and his company, Cascade Canoe & Kayak, continue to share with Eastside paddling enthusiasts. “The people on staff love to paddle and are really good paddlers,” Henderson said. “I hope people leave us with a real love of the outdoors.”

From the Enatai Beach Boathouse, Cascade Canoe & Kayak offers rentals of single and double sea kayaks, single and double sit-on-tops and canoes for jaunts through the Mercer Slough and Lake Washington. Hederson and Cascade also host outings to many of the bays and inlets around Puget Sound, including Camano Island, the Ballard Locks and Nisqually Delta. In addition to paddling as a recreational activity, Henderson has coached since the late 1980s, ascending to National Development coach with USA Canoe and Kayak. It is those experiences he channels when acclimating someone new to the world of paddling or finding new ways for seasoned kayakers to challenge themselves and interact with the region in the process. Cascade Canoe also use the boat rental program as an opportunity for customers to take

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PADDLE LAKE SAMMAMISH Issaquah Paddle Sports (2000 NW Sammamish Rd., Issaquah) offers a similar program to Cascade Canoe & Kayak, including boat rentals, guided tours, lessons, races and camps, for those looking to navigate Lake Sammamish by paddle. What to rent: Stand-up paddle boards, pedal boats, sit-on-top kayaks for as many as four and sea-kayaks Prices: Rental prices vary by boat style and range from $15-$30 per hour or $50-$80 for a full day and all rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact: Call 425-891-5039 for more information.

boats on a trial run and will even apply the rental amount already purchased toward the sale of the boat. “It’s really nice to get in a boat and paddle it to get a sense of how it handles,” Henderson said. For paddlers, it’s yet another

benefit of having a local outlet for recreation on the water. But for Henderson, it’s just another way to extend his passion for paddling and an unparalleled perspective on the Mercer Slough, Lake Washington and the rest of the Puget Sound’s scenic waterways.

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FALL FASHION PREVIEW Fashions from Paris, New York and Milan raise $350,000 for art exhibit BY ROSE DENNIS Those with the foresight to attend the 27th annual Nordstrom Designer Preview fashion show July 12 were treated to the fall collections from the runways in Paris, New Rose Dennis York and Milan. All the top designers were on display, including Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, Erdem, Gucci, Jason Wu, Lanvin, Marc

Christy Wallace and Colette Courtion

Jennifer and John Loy

Jacobs, Marni, Michael Kors, Missoni, Nini Ricci, Akris, Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney and Valentino. The event benefited Seattle Art Museum Supporters (SAMS), raising $350,000 for the upcoming exhibit “Elles: Women Artists From The Centre Pompidou, Paris.” The exhibit will be on view starting Oct. 11. SAMS was created 27 years ago by Sally B. Nordstrom to create a fundraising event to broaden patronage for the Seattle Art Museum. To date, $5.1 million has been raised. This year’s chairs

were Sandra Allen and Shelley Buurman, under the leadership of SAMS President Colette Courtion. The fall looks presented were fresh takes on practicality and chic. I loved the ultra-feminine retro looks from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60’s: shapely dresses that emphasized the waist; curvaceous dresses and skirts; bright colors; digital prints; leather and fur; statement handbags; bold jackets; and the many mixed patterns, textures and prints. Fashion is an artistic expression, as is oil on a canvas. Nordstrom show-

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Susan Brotman, Pamela Ebsworth, Patty Barrier cased a beautiful canvas, where fashion aficionados, including me, cannot wait to select the winning pieces needed to update our fall wardrobes. Rose Dennis writes about events in Bellevue and the Greater Seattle area. She lives in Bellevue.


gallery and glass school

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Getting brutal with Brian Posehn BY KEEGAN PROSSER Brian Posehn is a nerd. And he’s completely OK with it. A self-proclaimed Sci-Fi and Fantasy flick fan boy, actor/comedian/writer Posehn, has been cracking people up with his pleasantly prepostrous brand of comedy for years. A native Californian, Posehn is known for his roles as the hilarious mail clerk Kevin Liotta on NBC’s “Just Shoot Me!,” a cast member and writer on HBO’s “Mr. Show,” and most recently, as Brian Spukowski on Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program.” He’s also appeared in sitcoms such as “Seinfeld”, “NewsRadio”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, and “Friends”. And in several feature-length movies, including Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”, “Sex Drive” and “Surfs Up”. He’ll bring his bag of tricks to the Parlor Live Comedy Club Aug. 23-25.

scene: You have built a career doing a number of things -

writing, acting, doing stand-up. What do you enjoy most? BP: I enjoy everything I do, but it’s always gonna be standup [I enjoy] the most. I grew up loving it, and I still have that passion for it.

scene: In 2006 you released your first graphic novel. How

did you get involved in that? BP: That just came from it always being something I loved. I’ve always been a fan, and my first one came about because it was an idea too crazy to sell as a movie. It was just a guy who loves comics getting to play with the medium.

scene: You recently attended Comic-Con in San Diego.

Any memorable moments? BP: This year it was pretty much just for my kid. Apparently I am raising another little nerd. I have a three year old and he is already into superheroes. I bought a bunch of toys; he actually called it Christmas - because I came home with so much stuff.

scene: How has becoming a dad influenced your stand-up

act? BP: I’m making an effort to not let it soften what I do. [Being a dad] is just another thing in my life, so I talk about it. But I want it to be a joke or a take [on parenting] you have never heard. That’s why I like guys like Louis C.K., Patton Oswalt and Chris Rock. Those guys make me laugh because they talk about life through there lens.

scene: You’re also an avid fan of metal music. What are

you listening to currently? BP: I’m really in to this group called Huntress. They only have one album out. And I’ve been listening to a lot of skeleton witch. Other than that, traditional metal. I listen to a lot of the same things I grew up listening to: Iron Maiden, Rush - which isn’t metal. But they’re one of my favorites.

scene: : Do you think metal music influences your

stand-up act? BP: I don’t think it so much influences it. But its just always

been part of me. [My act] just comes from talking about things I love. Some of my jokes get dark, which I guess is a metal influence. But I’m also influenced by Stephen King, comic books, horror films - all the things I’m in to.

scene: Have you performed at the Parlor Live before?

BP: No, this is my first time there. But the idea of being in [the Seattle area] for four days is great. I’m really looking forward to it; walking around, going to record stores, eating well.

scene: What else are you working on these days?

BP: I actually just recorded a new album in Seattle at the Neptune Theatre like three weeks ago and it will be out in the winter as a special and DVD. I’m also working for Marvel Comics [on a new comic coming out in November]. And I am trying to work on my own sitcom with a company in LA. Scott Ian and I just signed a deal with [Megaforce Records] to do a full-length album. We’re writing it right now.

scene: What can the audience expect at the show?

BP: If someone came three weeks ago, to the Neptune, there will be new material. There’s a bit about serial killers that I’m really happy with. I read a lot about serial killers during my 20s and noticed some things about them. I feel like I found a new take. Posehn performs at Parlor Live Comedy Club Aug. 23-25. $15-30.


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Tacoma Dome

2727 E. D St., Tacoma, 253-272-3663 8-8: The Global Warming Tour featuring Aerosmith and Cheap Trick More:

The Fifth Avenue Theatre

Beach Cafe

1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle, 206-625-1900 Rent. Most days through Aug. 19 More:

1170 Carillon Pt., Kirkland, 425-889-0303 Live music ,Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. More:

Finaghty’s Irish Pub

Benaroya Hall

7726 Center Blvd SE #110, Snoqualmie, 425-888-8833 8-10: The Hipsters More:

200 University St., Seattle, 206-215-4800 8-16: Weird Al Yankovic – Alpocalypse Tour More:

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The Black Dog

8062 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, 425-831-3647 8-18: Shotgun Kitchen More:

8/3-5: Watershed Festival 8-31: Dave Matthews Band 754 Silica Rd. NW, George. More:

Celtic Bayou

Laugh’s Comedy Club

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Comedy Underground at Swannies 109 S. Washington St., 206-628-0303 Comedy, Thursday through Saturday More:

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Meydenbauer Center

11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue, 425-637-1020 Alice in Wonderland: Bellevue Youth Theatre More:

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

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Emerald Queen Casino 5700 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, 253-594-7777

Neptune Theatre

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Paramount Theatre

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Triple Door

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Vino Bella

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Out & About

The Fremont Tour

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Best of MOVIES IN THE PARK Bellevue Tuesdays. Free family movies at Bellevue’s Downtown Park on a 40-foot inflatable screen. Pre-movie activities before the films, which start around 9 p.m. Each movie benefits a local charity. 10201 NE Fourth St. In case of rain, the movies will be shown at South Bellevue Community Center, 14509 SE Newport Way.


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Daily: An art walk that is a mix of public sculpture and improvisational street theater. Performance by tour guides is interactive, playful and family-friendly. Tour begins at Solstice Plaza (703 N 34th St. Seattle, and is about a half mile in length, more than 80 minutes). 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily with 5 p.m. tour added on weekends. $20/adult, $16/student or senior. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006 option #1. Through 8-26: Cinderella. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. $18/adult, $16/seniors (62+) & students (13-17), $8/children (6-12), free for children 5 and under. BBQ dinners available between shows on Saturdays and after the Sunday matinees. Reservations required. For tickets or information, go to or call 425-736-7252. 36800 David Powell Rd., Fall City.


8-3/5: Hydroplane races on Lake Washington and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels overhead. Fireworks show and evening concert 8-4. Event venue has food vendors, beer garden, live music, and Kids Zone. $10-$40, active duty military with ID. 206-728-0123 or 4316 S Genesee St., Seattle.

Snoqualmie Railroad Days

8-7: “Soul Surfer,” benefits iCareWeCare 8-14: “Big Miracle,” benefits Bellevue LifeSpring 8-21: “Dolphin Tale,” benefits Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue 8-28: “We Bought a Zoo”, benefits YouthCare Thursdays. Each week will feature a family-friendly movie in a different language. Movies start at dusk, with live international music performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. On the lawn at Crossroads Park.

8-3/5: Arts and crafts, food, live music, car show, kids entertainment, train and helicopter rides. 425-654-1947 or Railroad Avenue and Snoqualmie Parkway, Snoqualmie.

Twin Peaks Fest

8-3/5: Annual celebration of the early ‘90s show, “Twin Peaks.” Celebrity guests, a film night, bus tour of filming locations, contest.

Root Beer Lovers Unite Who doesn’t love root beer? Did you know right here in our Eastside backyard we have our very own dedicated Root Beer Store? Definitely a fun and worthwhile experience. Free Taste Testing in store events happen every 3rd Saturday of the month from 11-6 at the The Root Beer Store in Redmond. Hope to see you there!

Festival at Mount Si

8-11/12: Classic small town America parade and festival. Arts and crafts vendors,corn-on-the-cob, elephant ears, and more. Groove to jazz, blues, rock, country and more with live performances on two stages. Main Avenue N., North Bend.

Tour de Peak

8-12: North Bend. “A Valley Ride with a Mountain View”. Three great rides through the glorious Snoqualmie Valley. Starting and ending at the Festival at Mount Si site, Tour de Peaks offers a 100-mile route, a 50-mile route and a 25-mile route.

8-2: “Together,” in Chinese 8-9: “Up,” in Spanish

Summer is Here Enjoy the Best

9-16: “The Ugly Duckling,” in Russian 8-23: “Billu Barber,” in Hindi

Marymoor Park

Delicious garden patio dining Bring sunglasses and friends Award Wining Happy Hour Everyday 3pm - close

Saturdays. Movies are shown at MacNair Field, located in the center of the park, on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen. Preferred seating for pre-movie activities is $5 per person and children under five get in for free. Seating opens at 7 p.m. and movies start at dusk. Popcorn, coffee and other treats are available for purchase. Outside food is allowed. Alcohol use is prohibited. The event is dog-friendly. 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond.

Fabulous Italian menu with NW flair. Chef’s favorites Chicken Marsala, Tortellini Gorgonzola, Tiramisu, amazing fresh bread & roasted garlic!! Enjoy live music, wine tastings and friendly service

8-4: “The Blind Side”

Lunch 11:30 - 3pm Dinner 3 - 9:30pm 10pm on Weekends

8-11: “The Neverending Story”

Magnuson Park Thursdays. Movies shown on a 40-foot outdoor screen. Food trucks, circus acts and costume contests. Magnuson Park Athletic Fields – 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle.

Blue Moon A term commonly used to say not very often,but what exactly is a Blue Moon? Although it’s common usage can differ from those who attest to the Farmer’s Almanac version, the popular usage behind it refers to the second-full-moon in a single month. So, for those of you who like to know fun bits of trivia—August 2012 is a rare “Blue Moon” month. With Full Moons on August 2nd as well as August 30th . This month you really do get to say “Once in a Blue Moon”! What will you be doing special for this rare occasion?

BBQ’s with Friends and Family Our Pacific Northwest Summer is in full swing as is the BBQ! Alongside of some of my favorite Mexican dishes with fresh salsas and the like are some incredibly yummy and easy to make stuffed Jalepeno peppers! Not hot, but full of flavor these delights are split, seeded, filled with herbed goat cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked for 20 mins at 350 degrees. Paired perfectly with a new favorite; Hand Craft Pinot Noir vintage 2010. Not only is this wine priced well, but it recently received 92 pts in Wine Spectator. Your friends will LOVE you!! August—a month we yearn for. A month we endure what seems to be endless rainy days for. Time to take a step back and enjoy all that is around us, our friends, our families, our communities. Go to an outdoor concert or enjoy a community waterfront park. This is the time to be filled with gratitude and reconnect to those we love. Enjoy!!

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ast month my town experienced a crime wave. No, I am not talking about the newsmaking burglaries or car thefts. This is the type of crime discussed in hushed tones at the mailbox, corner store and on message boards. It takes a village to crack a case like this. It started with the report from one neighbor who discovered her garage door decorated with smears of protein, cholesterol and crunchy bits. She spent the HEIJA NUNN morning scraping dried egg off the wood while calculating appropriate punishment levels in her head: two hours of her billable time works out to 40 hours at minimum wage for each presumed juvenile offender. Her eggsasperated social media warning was soon followed by reports of more eggspensive and damaging mischief and mayhem that conveniently coincided with the start of summer break. Around this same time I began to notice a certain group of children hanging around town. A gang of innocent looking preteens so cute, so photogenic it seems they just escaped from the set of the latest Disney or Nickelodeon sitcom. They would never do something as silly as scramble eggs on a garage door?

I didn’t think so. Until I saw the little cuties standing on a roof – a ROOF – eating candy and rough housing. A few days later, I encountered three of same boys standing on the side of the road. I know these kids, so I pulled over, rolled down my window and started asking a few questions. Me: I am thinking of egging some houses. Any ideas about the best way to do it? Suspect 1: I would just kind of go up to the house and huck ’em. Suspect 2: No way! I would hide in the bushes and then huck ’em. Suspect 3: Are you really going to egg someone? All Suspects: Will you take us with you? Can we go?!? Me: I am thinking about it, but I don’t have any eggsperience. Do you? All Suspects: Yes! Yes! Yes! Are you really going to do it? Take us please!!! As I slowly drove away, I watched them in the rearview mirror. Suspect 3 had suddenly become a lot more animated. Despite having a deaf brother, I have not actually mastered lip-reading, but I think I was able to make out one word with help from priceless expressions on Suspect One and Two. “D’OH!” Wanna say Hiya to Heija? Follow her on Twitter (@Heija), friend her on Facebook or relax, sit back and silently judge her life in the flickering glow of your computer screen at her blog The Worst Mother in the World (

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