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Dear reader, For me, summertime in Washington means a lot of things: flip-flops, trips to the beach, camping in the woods – a glimpse of sun. It also means summer concerts. An avid music fan, I started the summer concert circuit early this year - in April - when I made the trip south for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. But if I’ve learned anything in my almost 23 years as a Washingtonian, it’s this: you don’t have to travel far from home to find a great show. For my inaugural issue of the Scene, music is the focus. If you’re interested in the big names rolling through the Puget Sound this summer, our concert calendar (pages 10-11) has you covered. You’ll also get a peek at this year’s Jazz Festival - and the scoop on Bake’s Place, the newly relocated jazz and supper club that opened its doors in downtown Bellevue last month. And if music isn’t your thing, no worries. Check out our coverage of Luly Yang’s 10th anniversary fashion show (13). This month, we’re also taking a look at what summer cocktails are on the menu at local hotspot Blue Martini - because, nothing makes a sunny day more perfect than a good song, great company and a stiff drink. So kick off those boots, put on those shades and catch a show in the sun – while it’s still here to enjoy.

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Hanging at Bake’s A haven for designer duds and award-winning dining, Bellevue’s swanky downtown district has a new concept to be proud of – in the form of newly re-opened jazz and supper club, Bake’s Place. BY KEEGAN PROSSER | PHOTOS BY CELESTE GRACEY

Founded by Eastsider Craig Baker and his wife Laura nearly 13 years ago, the newly re-opened Bake’s Place is a one-stop-shop for a rich blend of music, food and atmosphere. Accented by art deco posters of acclaimed jazz musicians, the warm, chocolate brown walls and dim lighting inside Bake’s Place is a welcome change to the hustle and bustle characteristic of downtown Bellevue. But where most restaurants use music as a secondary feature, Bake’s Place turns tradition on its head – opting out of the “music as ambiance” mantra for a more focused approach. “We are a music venue first,” Baker explains. “Music is the center, the focus. It’s the primary reason we are here. And everything else comes second to that.” Like Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley and the Triple Door of Seattle, Bake’s Place plays with the concept of an intimate “jazz room” - an idea the Bakers have worked tirelessly to achieve. In this vein, the supper and jazz club brings classy entertainment in the form of high-caliber live music six nights a week. Recently relocated from Providence Point in Issaquah, the new Bake’s is located at 155 108th Ave. NE (425-454-2776) in the Columbia West

Building at the corner of 108th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Second Street. “Our purpose isn’t to see how much alcohol we can sell or how hard we can party – not that we don’t do that,” Baker said. “Because we all have a good time. But our purpose is to create an environment where people can stop.” And when it comes to what type of niche Baker hopes to appease, it’s simple: Bake’s is a place for family and friends – a unique destination for people seeking a mature, relaxed atmosphere that feels more like home than an upscale concert venue. “Often times you go out to eat and you sit there and you go, ‘Now what?’” Baker says. “People are looking for something else.” That’s exactly what Bake’s Place is looking to be for the Eastside. And with a weekly lineup that spans traditional jazz music, Brazilian/afro-Cuban, R&B and swing, there’s bound to be something for music fans of all types.

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When on the hunt for the region’s most authentic Thai food, consider first how nostalgic the owners are for those hot and sweet flavors. There couldn’t be a family that clings to Thai memories more than the owners of The Noodle Boat. Every two years they shut down their Issaquah restaurant and head home to rekindle memories and hunt down the ingredients for their own Thai-hot chili paste. Their unique flavors, which have kept food critics singing for 15 years, couldn’t possibly maintain their integrity in this American market, which loves its sweet cream, were it not for their love of the things that beckon them home. “When my mom cooks food, she puts love in there,” says owner Kunticha Komonwanich. “It reminds her of home.” The restaurant clings to the end of an unassuming strip mall. Trinkets, including a model of a village in the front case, clutter the shelves. They serve their Thai iced tea in miniatures of traditional water pots. The real pots were large enough that Komonwanich remembers hiding in one at her grandfather’s house as a girl. Even the name, The Noodle Boat, is a reminder of the days her family lived on a canal. Food could be ordered from boats that passed by.

Despite years of attention, visitors won’t find a framed story or photo at Noddle Boat. The hype, which might as well describe Noodle Boat as the pantheon of Thai food, presents too much pressure for Komonwanich to live up to, she said. The trick at finding the heart of this restaurant is to stay away from the most familiar dishes. The adventure will lead you away from the flavors of Phad Thai and into tangy lemon grass, crisp bites of onion and hellishly hot chili paste. The Summer Noodle ($10.25) is a favorite of the owner, who enjoys the fresh flavors. The cold ramenstyle noodles are served best with prawns. A tangy lemon dressing is joined by potent lime leaves and slices of lemon grass. It’s a fresh bite for a warm day. Perhaps the most unique dish is a vibrant affair served in a banana leaf. Romantically named Queen of Banana ($12.25), the dish doesn’t include slices of the fruit, but the fruit’s flower. Steamed and sliced, they look similar to artichokes, but taste of tart banana. If the dish’s unabashed amount of lime and lemon grass don’t fulfill your senses, its bounty of fresh mint leaves will. The dish is an artful jumble of everything unexpected and yet everything familiar to Thai food. For those less adventuresome, but who still want something new, try the King of Garlic ($10.75). If it’s meant to be a partner of the queen, consider that op-

posites attract. Topped with crispy fried basil, its flavors reckon homey Chinese food. Just in case the garlic doesn’t come through the sauce, a pile of it tops the dish. The restaurant is run Summer Noodles at the Noodle Boat are dressed entirely by five in lemon juice and served chilled. family members. The mother, armed with family recipes, runs the kitchen seven days a week. Growing the business has never tempted Komonwanich, who doesn’t want to let go of the family atmosphere. “When they ask why we don’t expand, I tell them I only have two legs, wait until I have four,” she said with a laugh. For more information about the Noodle Boat go to noodleboat.com.

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S P : You two make a dynamic real estate team – what’s the back story on your partnership?

K P : Watch the demographics. Something like 10,000 baby-boomers a day in the US are retiring and many are considering where they want to live and how they want live. Now that home values have stabilized and we’re seeing more buyers, we’ll see more significant properties come on the market. Also many of my peers have been waiting to buy in other destination markets in search of sun, snow and surf. If they sell, they can explore these options.

V H : After years of researching cities, I relocated my en-

tire family from Texas to take part in what I feel is the most extraordinary real estate market in the US – the Seattle/ Bellevue metro area. I’ve since founded Seattle Luxury Group and partnered with Kathie who brings her local experience and established networks to our partnerships.

S P : I see – greater liquidity in their real estate

K P : When I met Vance I knew there was much that

portfolio. And you can help them here, there and everywhere?

we could offer each other – I love his creative energy. I’ve been living on the Eastside since the late 1970’s and I’ve been active in many industries including interior design, finacial services, philanthropy and the arts. I’ve always been passionate about real estate but Vance is my catalyst. We’re better together.

V H : Our network is comprised of leading brokers around the world. We hand place our referrals and regularly collaborate with the most popular feeder markets like Sun Valley, Palm Springs, Maui, Cabo San Lucas and Aspen to name a few.

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What makes you think now is the right time to establish your new team, isn’t the market already saturated with brokers?

V H : There’s plenty of room to bring something new

to the table. I’ve been here just a year and have already established a powerful network. By example, I flew my colleague Josh Altman up here in March to speak at the LUXE Real Estate event that I helped envision and produce. We attracted more than 300 brokers to the event – nobody’s done anything like that before.

S P : You mean the star broker from Bravo’s

K P : While real estate markets are in constant evolu-

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“Now that home values have stabilized and we’re seeing more buyers, we’ll see more significant properties come on the market.” S P : It appears that Sotheby’s International Realty

“Million Dollar Listing” in Los Angeles? I love that show. Does this mean we’ll see you on next year’s season’s episodes selling waterfront in Kirkland?

agrees with you?

V H : I’d do that in a minute. This business is all about

estate market and there is simply no equal for what we can do locally and globally through our brand. About a quarter of the sales at our firm are now to interstate or international buyers – so we are adding to the demand pool.

exposing opportunity and Josh’s success in LA is a great demonstration of doing something different. This is the next generation of real estate.

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tion, our highly informed and personalized service will also remain at the core of what we do for our clients.

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ummer concert season is just around the corner, and here’s the scoop on which shows you won’t want to miss. Whether it’s bands of yesteryear hitting up Snoqualmie Casino and Chateau Ste Michelle Winery, or up-and-comers making their debut at the Vans Warped tour, The Scene has you covered from Seattle’s Key Arena to the Gorge in George.

June 4 - Hugh Laurie @ Benaroya Hall; 7:30 p.m. British actor and musician Laurie stops by to perform music from his hit blues album, “Let Them Talk.” June 10 - Chaka Khan @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m. Nearly 50 years into her career, R&B songstress Khan brings her extensive collection of soulful ballads to the Snoqualmie Casino stage. June 14 – Primus @ Marymoor; 7 p.m. Led by critically acclaimed bassist Les Claypool, Primus hits the stage in support of “Green Naugahyde,” their 10th studio album – and first since 1999’s “Antipop.” Known for their humorous songs and odd stage presence the show is bound to be a hoot. June 16 - John Fogerty @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m. Former CCR frontman and megastar solo act, Fogerty stops by the Woodinville winery for a night of Bayou-ready rock ‘n’ roll. June 21 - B52s @ Marymoor; 7 p.m. Featuring original members Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider and Keith Strickland, the original party rockers bring their exciting live show to Marymoor Park. Celebrating 35 years of lively dance parties, it’s safe to assume popular tracks “Rock Lobster,” and the “Love Shack,” will make the cut.

July 3 - Joan Jett @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m. Producer. Actress. Independent record label head. These are just some of the hats pioneering punk rocker Joan Jett has worn in recent years. This summer Jett and the Blackhearts stop by the casino to play a variety of career-spanning tracks. July 6 - Smokey Robinson @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m. The singer-songwriter stops by Snoqualmie Casino to serenade the masses with his velvety vocals and unforgettable Motown jams. July 7 - Steve Miller Band @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m. Local boy Miller brings his classic rock staples to the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery for a night of good wine and jungle lovin’. July 13 - Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m. The boys of summer are sure to create some “Good Vibrations” when they bring their So Cal surfer tunes to the cooler shores of the Puget Sound as part of their 50th Anniversary reunion tour. July 15 - Lyle Lovett and His Large Band @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m. Country superstar (and one time beau of Julia Roberts) Lovett, brings his award-winning songbook to the Chateau in July. July 19 - Ziggy Marley @ Woodland Park Zoo; 6 p.m. The eldest son of the late, great Bob Marley comes to town for a night chock-full of reggae jams. In addition to Ziggy’s material, you can expect several tunes made famous by his dad. Jammin’!

June 22- Natalie Merchant @ Benaroya Hall; 8 p.m. Indie-folk veteran Merchant joins the Seattle Symphony to perform selections from her highly acclaimed symphonic album, “Leave Your Sleep.”

July 20 - Earth, Wind & Fire @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m. R&B funksters, Earth, Wind & Fire share their classic soul tunes with the Northwest’s freshest winos.

June 30 - Meat Loaf @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m. American music icon turned actor Meat Loaf brings his “Mad, Mad World” tour to the Puget Sound in support of his new album, “Hell In A Handbasket.”

July 22 - Chris Isaak with Shawn Colvin @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m. Rock vets Isaak and Colvin join forces for a powerful summer set at the Washington winery.


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clockwise from top: Miss May I, Norah Jones, The B-52s, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

July 23 - Neil Diamond @ Key Arena ; 8 p.m. Newlywed Diamond (he wed girlfriend Kate McNeil in an intimate ceremony this April) brings his bag of rock hits to Seattle as part of his 2012 summer tour.

August 18 – Norah Jones @ Marymoor; 7 p.m. Touring in support of her fifth studio album, “Little Broken Hearts,” Grammy-winning artist Norah Jones brings her smooth-as-silk jazz vocals to the Marymoor stage.

July 28 - Journey @ The Gorge ; 7 p.m. Led by YouTube sensation-turn-leading man Arnel Pineda, a revamped Journey stop by the Gorge with special guests Pat Benatar feat. Neil Giraldo and Loverboy.

August 19 - Franki Valli @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m. Jersey boy Franki Valli brings his powerful falsetto and endless songbook of American classics to the Snoqualmie Casino for a night of 50s soul-pop that’s guaranteed to get you on your feet and dancing.

August 4 - Alison Krauss & Union Station with Jerry Douglas @ Chateau Ste Michelle Winery; 7 p.m. Grammy-award winning artist Krauss stops by Chateau Ste Michelle in support of “Paper Airplanes,” - her most recent collaboration with bluegrass band Union Station.

August 22 - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Woodland Park Zoo; 6 p.m. Soulful big bands bring brassy world music to the main stage in a show that’s equal parts funky and family-friendly.

August 3 – Last Summer on Earth @ Marymoor; 6 p.m. In a nod to the impending end of the Mayan calendar, 90s superstars Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and The Monsters and Cracker stop by as part of their Last Summer on Earth tour. August 4 – Vans Warped Tour @ Marymoor; 7 p.m. This year’s roster for Warped features more than 78 bands of varied genres: rap, metal, rock, electronica, hip-hop and pop. Mayday Parade, All Time Low. Miss May I August 10 - Kenny Loggins @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m. Solo-act Loggins brings his “Footloose” and fancy free rock hits to the Snoqualmie Casino for one night this August. August 12 - Melissa Etheridge @ Woodland Park Zoo; 6 p.m. The Folk-rock vet stops by Seattle as part of her Fearless Love World Tour. August 15 & 16 - Pink Martini @ Woodland Park Zoo; 6 p.m. Known for an eclectic mix of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, the Portland, Ore. natives bring their unique sound to Seattle for a night of old Hollywood romanticism - with a modern twist.

August 29 - Rosanne Cash / Madeleine Peyroux @ Woodland Park Zoo; 6 p.m. The two singer-songwriters, both of which have been making music since their teens, hit the road in support of their newest releases: Cash’s covers album, and Peyroux’s “Standing On the Rooftop.” August 31-Sept. 2 - Dave Matthews Band @ The Gorge; 6 p.m. Dave Matthews and Co. return to the beloved Gorge Amphitheatre for their annual Labor Day weekend festivities. In true Dave fashion, expect three hour sets each night - featuring cherished hits and rarities spanning the band’s 20 years (plus) in the business. September 1-3 - Bumbershoot @ Seattle Center Seattle’s annual music and arts festival boasts one of the best, most varied lineups they’ve had in years. Headliners include Jane’s Addiction, Tony Bennett, Skrillex and Mac Miller.


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Eastsider Jeff Fritz wears a custom costume created for the Venetian Ball in Italy. Clane Gessel photo

Local fashion designer Luly Yang presented her 10th Anniversary couture fashion show to a sold out audience of 400 on April 27 at Fremont Studios in Seattle. More than $30,000 was raised at this annual event benefitting Seattle Children’s uncompensated care. The show opened with five Seattle ChilRose Dennis dren’s patients each wearing a Luly Yang custom garment made just for them. Selah, 2, who was born with a large hole in her heart, choose a pink and lavender silk duchess and tulle party dress; Shakira, 5, who was born with Hemangioma tumor in her throat, wore a tiered aqua silk shantung and tulle dress accented with Swarovski crystals; Gabrielle, 12, born with a cleft lip and cleft pallet, wore a navy three-piece blue pin stripe suit accented with a royal blue shirt with purple plaid cuff and collar detail; Maya, 8, who is adopted from Kenya and is missing her right hand and is also being treated for ADHD, wore a turquoise sequin dress with a tulle skirt; and Selah

Michelle, 17, who was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease at age 9, wore an aubergine pleated organza and silver sequin gown. The client runway show that followed introduced Luly Yang’s original Monarch us to 18 of Luly’s Dress. Clane Gessel photo clients modeling their very own Luly Yang Couture design. Eastsider’s Bill Funcannon and Jeff Fritz impressed the audience with their custom costumes created for the Venetian Ball in Italy. A Monarch’s Tale: The Journey of a Decade was inspired by Luly Yang’s personal experiences as a fashion designer for the past 10 years. Each dress worn on the runway shared the journey of the monarch butterfly’s flight around the world. Her standing ovation at the finale was well deserved. (Five percent of sales from the 2012 Monarch Collection ordered before October 27, 2012 will benefit Seattle Children’s.)

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scene: Describe your comedy act in one word: CD: High-energy. I guess that’s two words. Just put a [hyphen] in there.

scene: What inspires your jokes? CD: Just hanging out with my friends and making fun of each other.

scene: Recently, you’ve been playing the character

Alex on the NBC show, ‘Whitney.” What’s the difference between filming a television show and doing a stand-up act? CD: The sole difference is that [on television] if the jokes don’t work, it’s not your fault. Television is more of a team effort. In stand-up, if something doesn’t work, the only person to blame is yourself.

scene: In one of your bits you criticize how soft rap music has become; is this how you honestly feel about music today? CD: Yeah, I feel like it got softer - especially in the mainstream - but I still like it. And I say that in the bit. Usually if I make fun of it, I like it.

scene: What are you listening to currently? CD: I listen to a lot of Tech 9. He’s the best. He’s my favorite. I have the Drake CD in my car. And recently I’ve been listening to dub step; I listen to a lot of Skrillex and Dylan Francis.

scene: Are you pretty active on Twitter? CD: Yeah, I’m pretty active. I tweet like two or three times a day. I try to respond to people and interact when I can.

scene: Have you ever been to this area before? CD: No, I’ve never been. I’ve been to Seattle like twice once when I was a kid, and once for a wedding. It’s a nice place, I’m excited to go back there - to Bellevue, right?

scene: What can people going to your shows at the Parlor expect? CD: A high-energy good time. I like the audience to be part of the show - not like yelling stuff out - but like, we’re all there, and in it together. Less show, more party. Like you’re with your friends hanging out.

scene: One of your popular segments is a bit from the

Ten Minute Podcast (with comedians Bryan Callen and Will Sasso) called “So British.” How did that persona develop? CD: I don’t even know. I have a lot of British friends. So it just started from making fun of them, and doing an accent, and telling them ‘You’re not as British as I am.’ And then it became part of my act and stuff; I actually have some things in the works with that character.

scene: Like what Sacha Baron Cohen did with ‘Borat’ and ‘Brüno’? CD: Maybe. I have some stuff; I can’t really talk about it yet. Chris D’Elia will perform at the Parlor Live Comedy Club on June 21-23. For tickets, go to www.parlorlive.com.


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elocating has its nuances, like finding a new mechanic, discovering the best local tacos and learning about local wineries. It took me a few years and a couple stops to get here. Now, I’m excited to call Bellevue and the Eastside home. This is where I’m raising my two youngest boys. This is where I’m focusing on my real estate business. This is where I love to scout out fantastic finds, the latest trends and the best deals in food, fashion, fitness and design. Here in Melanie’s Fun Facts, I’ll share some of my favorites with you in the coming months – along with the occasional real estate trend. Together, let’s explore what makes this an amazing place to raise a family, spend time with friends and live our lives to the fullest.

MFF #1 – Best Night On The Town Don’t you sometimes want a little more than the polite (cough cough - stuffy) dinner party? If you’re like me, sometimes you want a grabthe-heels, leave-the-kids, dance-your-heart-out kind of night. Blue Martini at the Bravern in Bellevue is just the place. Why? It has: Live Music – Forget the DJ. Dance to live music in their electric atmosphere. Fantastic Food – Can you say bacon wrapped scallops? Great drinks – Ask about their, “Fly Me Over the Moon.” You won’t be disappointed. Join me next month for my next MFF. If you’re also a fun fact finder, I’d love to hear your suggestions. To share them with me, email me at: Melanie.McCarthy@SothebysRealty.com.

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Auto Angels 6th Annual Benefit Car Show: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The show will hand out awards in approximately 20 categories. There are also gifts, raffles and an appearance of “Mater” the lovable tow truck from Disney/Pixar’s movies Cars and Cars II. Free. First Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. www.autoangels.org Renton City Concert Band Annual Summer Concert: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17. Michael Simpson directs 60-piece band. $10 adults, $7 students/seniors. Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St., Renton. www.rentonwa.gov Bellevue Strawberry Festival: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23. There will be entertainment, historical and agricultural exhibits, vendor and food booths, a classic auto show, family fun area, games – and strawberry shortcake. Crossroads Park, Northeast Eighth Street and 164th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue.


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www.bethbillington.com • www.bridletrailstoday.com

Microsoft Area • Redmond

SOLD • $880,000


Celebrating our

28th Anniversary!

Visit our showroom or call now for an in-home decorator appointment. In-Home Decorator appointments available daytimes Monday through Saturday & evenings Monday through Thursday.

Enjoy a savings of

20%

on all Hunter Douglas custom blinds and shades* Serving the Eastside and Seattle since 1984.

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custom drapery & window blind specialists

14102 NE 21st Street, Bellevue WA 98007 www.blindalley.com

425-644-7181

www.BlindAlley.com gallery@theblindalley.com

Showroom hours 9:30-5:00 mon - sat.

*New orders only. Not applicable to repairs or installation. Not to be combined with other offers. Expires June 16, 2012

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