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Where are you sun? It’s me, Keegan Dear reader, June gloom. It’s what I’ve been experiencing over the last 30 days. Between the tragedy that struck Seattle and the Eastside a few weeks ago, and the crummy weather that’s been keeping me indoors, I’ve been a bit down. Yet, as I sit here in the dim of the newsroom, watching the rain pour down, I can’t help but believe (hope) that the worst is behind us. Any day now the sun is going to come out and everything is just going to get better. But maybe that’s just the optimist in me. As we embark on the lovely month of July, we’ve got a lot to look forward to: Bellevue Arts Week (page 4), the Bellwether sculpture exhibition, a slew of tasty summer treats (think kabobs and cocktails in the backyard). We’ve also got a lot to celebrate: America’s birthday, my birthday (if you so please) and a community chock-full of some of the most creative people in the world. This month’s cover story gives you a peek into the genius that is Mike Lull. Who, you might ask? The worldrenowned bass maker - and long time Eastsider - whose clientele includes some of the biggest names in rock and roll. We’ve also got the scoop on up-and-coming hip hop act, Kung Foo Grip, and a look at “The Conviction,” the newest release from Eastside-based author Robert Dugoni (page 16). Need to keep busy? You’ll also find a number events going on around the Eastside this month (pages 17-18). Concerts, movies in the park - the works. It’s time to brush the gloom away and play in the sun. Rather, let’s dance in the rain.
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Organized by the Bellevue Downtown Association, the 6th Street Fair is the youngest of those making up Bellevue Arts Week. Known for being a bit more friendly on the wallet, as well as its hometown feel, this year’s fair will feature 120 artists, with mediums ranging from baskets and beadwork to paintings and pottery. Like the ARTSfair and the Festival of the Arts, artists selected for the 6th Street Fair participate in a rigorous selection process that entails a full review and analysis. Jurors looked for originality, craftsmanship, market appeal and overall booth appearance.
Biennial sculpture exhibition returns to downtown this month BY KEEGAN PROSSER The city of Bellevue will host it’s 11th sculpture and installation exhibition this summer, when the Bellwether 2012: reGeneration exhibition and art walk kicks off July 13. Started in 1992, Bellwether is a biennial, three- to four-month display of sculptures and installations in Downtown Bellevue that began as an experiment to see what type of art Eastsiders enjoy. This year’s exhibition, taking place through October 21, will include a variety of sculptures and installations ranging from small to nearly 19-feet tall throughout downtown. “We’ve been using a theme of sustainability since 2008. And we really like it a lot,” said Mary Pat Byrne, arts specialist for the city of Bellevue. Reflecting on the drastic growth Bellevue has experienced in recent years, artists were asked to consider sustainable transformation when pitching works of art. Of the 255 entries received, 44 pieces will be displayed throughout Downtown Bellevue: 21 inside City Hall, eight on City Hall Plaza, 11 in Downtown Park and four located at different sites between City Hall and the Downtown Park. Byrne said the ‘reGeneration’ theme was interpreted broadly - ranging from how sustainability applies to method, meaning of the art and the materials used to create the piece. She said most entries revolve around general sustainability practices, such as consciousness of materials and the reuse of materials. This year’s selections were chosen by a panel consisting of local experts Carol Anderson and Ellen Zeigler, as well as Steven Siegel of Albany, NY. Together the three panelists have a variety of experience in commissioning art, installation art and the use of natural materials. Half of the artists are from the Northwest, including Seattle artist Miguel Edward. Other artists include Julia Haack, Chris McMullen, Tom Gormally, CJ Rench and John Zylstra. In addition to increasing the number of installations this year, the Bellwether 2012: reGeneration exhibition will feature an unusually high number of large pieces both inside and out. Sculptures will start being installed July 5, with an opening celebration set for July 13 at City Hall. The free celebration is open to the public and will feature several artists whose work will be part of the exhibit. Exhibition maps and catalogs will be available at the opening ceremony and a downloadable version of the map will also be available at this time.
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Bellevue’s bass man
BY KEEGAN PROSSER
Part repair facility, part showroom, you’ll find a healthy dose of all things music at Mike Lull Custom Guitars & Guitar Works: walls lined with platinum records and candy-colored bass guitars, a scattering of gig bags and guitar strings, a side table lost beneath a stack of music zines. Home is where the heart is
Housed in a modest strip mall just east of Downtown Bellevue, this shop has served the needs of Northwest-based musicians for more than 35 years. From one day to the next, musicians of all levels funnel through the unassuming doors, bringing with them instruments in need of some tender love and care. It’s organized chaos at its best - and a clear sign the shop is bustling. At the heart of the operation is luthier Mike Lull. An Eastsider through and through, Lull moved to Bellevue’s Woodridge Hills neighborhood with his parents in 1959 at age 5. A product of the pop-rock revolution, Lull got his first taste for bass guitar listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones during his time at Newport High School. “I wanted to play bass,” Lull says. “Guitar for some reason, didn’t really impress me. It was the low notes that really got me.” His parents, who viewed pop music as a passing fad, didn’t share the sentiment. When Lull didn’t have the money to buy his own bass, he thought up another plan: he’d use the
parts from his friend’s Japanese-made, hollow-body bass, and build his own. “I just wanted it to work. And it did. Everything worked.” Throughout high school and college Lull dove head first into the repair and building of bass guitars. When his instruments didn’t sound the same as the ones he heard recorded, Lull would ask advice of employees at local music stores. What he couldn’t find out from them, he figured out himself. For the next few years, Lull worked on friends’ instruments and as a bass technician and salesman at Bandstand East in Bellevue. In 1975, Lull left Bandstand to open his own shop. “At the same time we were opening our doors, I was doing work for this little band from Canada called Heart.” The rest, you might say, is history.
Known for building instruments that are not only ergonomic, lightweight and great playing, Lull hand builds and tests every instrument that leaves his shop - a standard that has made his products among the best in the industry. His specialty is 4 and 5-string bass
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HUGH MCDONALD of Bon Jovi performs with a Lull T4/T5 Bass guitar. COURTESY PHOTO, Mike Lull
INSIDE THE SHOP Lull keeps a selection of his custom built instruments on display.
guitars, and 6-string electric guitars, which he has been building for the past 15 years. He’s also known for his exceptional repairs, restorations, modifications and upgrades. “[Nirvana] used to drive up here in a ‘65 Buick station wagon that was just beat to a pulp. And they’d have all this crap, and I mean crap, in the back of this car that Kurt [Cobain] had busted up. And they’d just say, ‘Put it together however you can - staples, super glue, chewing gum - we don’t care. Just put it together because he’s just going to turn around and break it again.’” Lull has since worked with artists including Randy Jackson, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart), Nick Harmer (Death Cab For Cutie) and Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters). Most recently, Lull collaborated with Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament to release the Jeff Ament JAXT4 Signature Model Bass Guitar - a first for the openly endorsement-shy band. “[Ament] basically came to us saying he wanted to do a signature bass,” Lull says. “Which for Pearl Jam - they don’t do that for anything. It’s really a coup for us.” George Webb, stage manager and bass technician for Pearl Jam, says the bassist’s endorsement came about after Lull sent Ament a prototype modeled after the classic Gibson Thunderbird. “Jeff liked [the prototype] because Mike had solved some of the issues - balance problems, weight issues [characteristic of the original],” Webb says. Webb says that it’s surprising how much work goes into making new guitars playable. But Lull’s instruments are ready to go from the moment you take them out of the box. Others seem to agree. “Mike builds, in my opinion, some of the finest bass instruments in the entire world,” says Evan Sheeley, Lull’s longtime friend and owner of Seattle’s Bass Northwest, the only outside retailer of Lull’s products in Washington. “He has reached that level of perfection and detail that not too many people get.” This standard has proven to be major selling point of the Lull brand. The suggested retail price for Lull’s instruments ranges between $2900-$5500. However, some specialty instruments can cost more. “Because I build every single one, I don’t want to outpace myself,” Lull says. “[Traditionally] somebody comes up with a great concept, a great product, and it catches on. And the first thing they do is send it overseas to be [mass produced] - and the quality goes down.” While there are instruments similar to Lull’s made overseas, he says they tend to not be the same quality. Unlike his competitors, Lull refuses to offer cheaper models of his instruments made outside of the U.S.
play like a really nice, broken-in, well-adjusted instrument.” Another thing that sets Lull’s work apart is his accuracy - something he attributes to his use of the PLEK machine. The computerized machine optimizes the instruments by leveling the frets to within .001 of an inch. If the strings are too high the guitar is difficult to play. If they are too low, they buzz. The PLEK corrects this, making the instrument easier to play and better sounding. Lull invested in the $165,000 PLEK machine - the only of it’s kind west of Chicago and north of San Francisco - five years ago.
The bass man
A musician himself, Lull has been playing bass since high school. And while he gave up his dreams of becoming a rock star long ago, Lull continues to gig with three local bands on the Eastside. “That’s one of the things that’s actually been one of my strong suits,” Lull says. “I know how a bass is supposed to play. I have also owned hundreds of vintage instruments over the years and know how they are supposed to sound. And feel. And so, my instruments
As far as business on the Eastside goes, Lull says it is booming. “It’s completely taken off by word of mouth and the quality of our work,” he says. Even before big companies like Microsoft, Nintendo and T-Mobile arrived, Lull saw the Eastside as a great place to set up shop. It’s also where his roots are. In addition to being his place of work, Bellevue is where Lull, his wife of 25 years, Julie, and their four sons, reside. Another thing that has helped Lull’s reputation is that, if something hasn’t worked, he will do everything in his power to make it right. Lull says the art of being a repair person is learning how to fix your mistakes so they aren’t a mistake anymore. He says he sleeps well at night because he knows he runs his shop in a very ethical fashion. “I don’t screw people and they don’t screw me.” He also attributes the shop’s success to his exceptional crew: luthiers Tom Albert and Jeff Hoppe, who’ve worked with Lull for 20 and three years, respectively, and general manager Paul Schuster. A savvy businessman, Schuster’s managerial duties have included taking the Lull brand to the next level. In the three years he has worked with Lull, the shop has increased production by more than two-fold. Lull expects they’ll build 400 instruments this year. “[Schuster] is absolutely incredible at what he does,” Lull says. “He’s a great marketer, a great general manager - and he completed the crew.” Schuster says he’s just lucky he shares the same passion for business that he does for music. Lull says he picks very carefully as far as employees go, because it’s a family. The credo of the shop is that the work has to look the same, and as such, Lull has to really trust his crew’s abilities. “I have my little technics that I’ve shown them,” Lull says. “If I see something that doesn’t look like I’ve done it, it doesn’t go out.” As the business continues to grow, Lull is working on expanding his shop. He’s already secured the space adjacent to his current location, and is in the process of expanding the workshop and adding two practice rooms for his wife to teach music lessons. And while the time management aspect of things can get crazy at times, Lull says it’s just part of the job. “Since I was 19 years old, I’ve always worked 6 1/2 days a week. Hard work is nothing new to me.”
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A year round griller, kabobs are a summer favorite for their ease and versatility. I’m fond of heading to a farmers market and skewering whatever looks good that day. Carol Dearth, from Bellevue-based cooking school Sizzleworks, offers us a few tips to help my farmers market creativity thrive and a couple recipes for those in want of solid direction. When choosing veggies, consider how well they’ll hold up on a stick. Tomato slices tend to fall off, but grape tomatoes will hold on. Onions are a good way to infuse flavor and pair well with red peppers and summer squash, she said. While each vegetable cooks at a different rate, they’ll each have the same amount of time on the grill. Try cutting slower-cooking veggies thinner or place them on the skewer so they’ll have more surface area exposed to the fire. Garlic and oil make a great marinade, but you can put veggies in wine, vinegar and herbs. Just make sure to pat them dry and then spritz them with oil before placing them over the heat. It will help ensure they get a nice crispiness, Dearth said. Dry rubs are a favorite in my home, because the marinade time is considerably shorter, but marinades can do wonders for tenderness. Make sure you dry and oil the meat like your veggies to get a crispy brown crust.Try finer cuts of steak, such as sirloin, and pork tenderloin, Dearth said. Mixing veggies with meat on the skewer makes for nice presentation, but vegetables put off a considerable amount of water, which will prevent the meat from getting a nice crispiness, she said. Dearth prefers separating the food groups. Before grilling, let the meat reach room temperature and heat the surface of the grill to about 400-425 degrees. Turn the kabobs every 2 minutes until done. If unsure, use a thermometer to check the meat. Veggies should be fork tender. Her final piece of advice was to make sure to soak wooden skewers 30 minutes.
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In Good Company
When fashion fights cancer
ilda’s Club Seattle celebrated its 10th anniversary Surviving in Style luncheon fashion show June 14 at The Seattle Westin with a filled room of 750 guests raising over $220,000. The organization was named for the great comedienne, Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. Twenty cancer survivor models, ages 1 to 84, were all dressed beautifully by local fashion designers who each created a garment just for them to model and to later keep as a momento. As they walked down the runROSE DENNIS way their stories were shared about their cancer diagnosis and how this experience has changed their appreciation for what is now most important – living each day to its fullest and being with family and friends. Eastside models included 5-year-old Anna Comstock, who at age 4 was diagnosed with high risk, pre-b cell, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, known as A.L.L. Anna walked the 80-foot runway modeling her darling magenta and silver dress with a matching headband created by designer AnnMarie Louie. Kristi Feder was diagnosed with breast cancer in
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1993 and again in 2009. “Both times, I had a mastectomy. Now, at least, I have a guarantee that I won’t get it a third time!” she shared. She gracefully walked down the runway wearing a silk dress that nicely complimented her skin tone and body silhouette that was designed by Renee Corrick. Marilyn Pederson was first diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 1990 when she was pregnant with her youngest son. Her second diagnosis was in May, 1994. She wore a beautifully designed cocktail dress by Bellevue designer Madina Vadache. Pat Purcell was diagnosed with early stage, slowgrowing prostate cancer on Aug. 8, 2011. He handsomely walked down the runway in a European style suit accented with a bright colored Egyptian cotton dress shirt that was complimented with the perfect silk pocket square. His ensemble was created by Bellevue’s own Nicole van der Bogert of Trillium Custom Tailoring. Marla Beck is a three time cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1992, early stage cervical cancer in 2005, and melanoma in 2009. Beck, Founder and President of Andelcare, wore the perfect ’50s inspired chic suit by TV’s Fashion Star contender and local designer Lisa Vian Hunter.
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Actress Cynthia Nixon and Corporate Visionary Award Winner Gene Juarez. COURTESY PHOTO. Actress Cynthia Nixon, who is a breast cancer survivor, spoke at the event, telling attendees that “while life isn’t fair, it is still wonderful.” Longtime Gilda’s Club supporter Gene Juarez, whose mother died of cancer when he was 16, received the Corporate Visionary Award for his longtime support of Gilda’s Club Seattle.
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Summer drinks that will bring the sizzle to your party briefly. Tuck mint sprigs into top of cup and insert short straw.
BY NAT LEVY As the mercury finally begins to rise throughout the Eastside, so does our thirst for good drinks. The call of ducking out of the office early for happy hour grows stronger, and weekend barbecues become the norm. When you don’t end up at a nearby restaurant with an expert bartender at your disposal, how do you quench your thirst? Summer is a time for celebration, and of course that requires lively libations. So if you are tired of grabbing a beer from the cooler, or the rudimentary mixed drink, check out a few advanced drinks this summer.
Mint Julep: No you’re not going to the Kentucky Derby,
but this selection reeks of tradition, without seeming dated. For many, it’s a novelty drink reserved for 20’s parties, and derby extravaganzas. But to limit such a smooth cool drink to so few occasions is worse than another year without a triple crown winner.
Mojito: Another drink associated with summer, perhaps due to its Caribbean origin. It was a favorite drink of Ernest Hemingway, and it is a drink that while always popular, seems to be making a resurgence. Most restaurants have this drink, and it’s often a favorite at summer parties due to its lack of complexity, combined with a perception of specialty.
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice 2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar 1 cup crushed ice 12 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish 1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda In 10-ounce glass, stir lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup crushed ice. Rub mint leaves over rim of glass, then tear leaves in half and add to glass. Gently stir for 15 seconds, then add rum, remaining crushed ice, and club soda. Gently stir for 5 seconds, then tuck mint sprigs into top of glass and insert tall straw.
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda 2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar 15 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) high-quality whiskey 2 cups crushed ice
Blood and Sand:
In julep cup, stir together club soda and sugar until sugar begins to dissolve. Add mint leaves and gently press leaves into sugar syrup until slightly darkened but not completely crushed. Add whiskey, then fill cup with crushed ice and, using long spoon, stir
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Blood and Sand goes in the opposite direction of the previous offerings, which embody light, citrusinfluenced flavors. As a Scotch enthusiast, I see this as one of the few acceptable ways to use it in a mixed drink. The legacy of this offering, which includes pairs the Scotch with vermouth and orange juice, and occasionally beer or brandy, dates back to the ‘20s as well. It was named after a 1922 silent film. Depending on how in depth you want to get, you can make your own orange foam to top the drink. 1/4 cup (2 ounces) Scotch 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) sweet vermouth 1 dash orange bitters 1 cup ice cubes 1/4 cup (2 ounces) cherry ale In chilled cocktail shaker, stir together Scotch, vermouth, bitters, and ice until combined. Strain into chilled double old-fashioned glass and top with cherry ale and orange foam.
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...You talking to me? BY KEEGAN PROSSER Compared to the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Johnny Carson, comedian Sebastian Maniscalco has made a career out of his hilarious commentary on human behavior. A native of Chicago - who now resides in LA - Maniscalco brings his unique brand of sarcasm and style to the Parlor Live Comedy Club August 2-4. Recognized for his work on Vince Vaughn’s “Wild West Comedy Show,” Maniscalco’s track record also includes spots on Jay Leno, the award-winning series “The Savages,” “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Lopez Tonight,” “Tim Meadows’ The Very Funny Show,” - and a variety of Comedy Central and Showtime specials. See what the funny guy had to say about his traditional upbringing, his confusion with reality TV and bad clothes:
scene: Describe your act in one word: SM: Observational.
scene: What inspires your joke? SM: My act is inspired by everyday life. I grew up in a very traditional Italian-American family with strong values and I find that the way people behave today doesn’t really correspond with how I grew up.
scene: So what are your thoughts on “The Jersey Shore” phenomenon? SM: I don’t typically watch the show; I’m still trying to figure out reality TV. Is it a reflection of our society - or what? But they’re making a hell of a lot of money doing what they’re doing.
scene: You’ve been compared to Jerry Seinfeld for your self-deprecating style. Is that something you aim to do?
scene: Do you have any plans to work with him in the
SM: I’m still in touch with him. We talk every once in a blue moon. He is producing a show on TBS with a comedian friend of mine named Steve Burns, so he is getting into producing for television. So maybe down the road, who knows.
scene: Have you performed at the The Parlor before?
SM: I grew up watching [Jerry] Seinfeld, [Johnny] Carson, Don Rickles - that observational type of comedy is the humor I enjoyed watching. And I saw similarities to my life and upbringing, and pulled from that.
SM: Yes, this will be my third time. I love the clubs with Seattle-area audiences. They’re always hip and really receptive to the material. Lots of young people come out to the shows there.
scene: You previously worked as a style correspondent on the Jay Leno show. What is your view on fashion?
scene: So what can we expect?
SM: I pride myself on dressing nice, being presentable and now you see guys in flip flops, girls wearing… I don’t even know. There seems to be no respect for anything.
scene: You worked with Vince Vaughn on his Wild West Comedy Show tour. How did that come about? SM: I met Vince around 2003 at a comedy club. We shared some common interests being from Chicago, and we started talking. I was waiting tables at the time, and he called me up and asked me if I wanted to join him.
SM: A lot of new material.
scene: What other projects do you currently have in the works? SM: Right now I am working on developing a TV show loosely based on my life. And [myself] and another comedian are working on a new podcast that will be coming out in the next month. Maniscalco performs at Parlor Live Comedy Club Aug. 2-4. $15-30. http://www.parlorlive.com.
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A father’s nightmare Scene Q&A Eastside resident – and bestselling author – Robert Dugoni is back with his newest David Sloane thriller, “The Conviction,” described as a gripping, high-octane story of a father who must take the law into his own hands to save his son, trapped in a juvenile detention center from hell. We couldn’t put it down. Scene magazine caught up with Dugoni to talk about writing – and life.
scene: How has your life changed now that you are a bestselling author? RD: Not much on a daily basis. The really cool thing is all the people I get to meet and all the places I’ve been that I never would have if I hadn’t made the decision to write novels. I was in Boise and I met George Kennedy, one of my favorite actors of all [time]. Cool Hand Luke is in my top five best films and there was the man himself, Academy Award winner. And he wanted to talk about my writing! Great guy. Great man. scene: Your new book deals with a parent trying to get his child out of peril. Did that plot line resonate with you as a father? RD: Oh boy did it. My son is 15! I dedicated the book to him and my daughter because as I wrote the story I realized my wife and I are blessed with some wonderful kids. He’s a great young man who will do great things with his life because he has a good heart and he is a relentless worker. I’m proud of him. I can’t tell you how much it would break my heart to have him go off course, as Jake does in The Conviction. The frightening part of The Conviction is this happens all the time. But what do you do when the law fails and the justice system betrays your trust? How far would you go to save your son? That is the question I think people will empathize with because I think, if we’re being honest, most of us don’t know the answer to that question. Readers are calling the book “scary.” scene: You use real locations in your novels, for example, the Tin Room Bar & Grill in Burien. How do you pick these? RD: I pick locations that are a bit eclectic so that it is interesting to the reader. I’m always looking for a new place. Readers find it a lot of fun, especially people who haven’t been to Seattle. When they come to visit they write and tell me they found the locations I’ve used in my novels. scene: You let service clubs hold fundraisers with the winner getting to have their name used as one of your characters. Do they ever ask to be a villain?
Susan Doupe photo RD: I leave it totally up to them. It is a way to give back to the community. So far no one has chosen to be the villain.
scene: David Sloane is the main character in your books. Has it been difficult to find him new cases? RD: My ideas ebb and flow. At the moment I have two great ideas for the next two Sloane novels I hope to write. Not to give anything away, but let me say I am far from finished with the characters in Murder One. scene: You’re still a practicing lawyer. Do clients – or
judges – react to your celebrity as an author? RD: I’ve had other attorneys recognize my name. The funniest story is my friend, John Kannin, a criminal defense attorney in Burien, walked into court and the judge asked, “Mr. Kannin, will your co-counsel David Sloane be joining us?” That was a treat for me to hear.
scene: You’ve said that you love acting. Why? RD: There is something very magical about the stage. Theater is much like reading a book. It is interactive. You have to participate in it. There is no rush like the rush of walking out onto a stage to a packed house and delivering that first line. It is exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. As an actor and as a writer you move people with
AN EXCEPT FROM “THE CONVICTION” Wakefield Taylor Courthouse Martinez, California “Good morning, Your Honor, Lisa Lynch for the defendant. Also present at counsel table is Mr. Carter’s stepfather, David Sloane.” Glazier stopped the busy work and raised her eyes. The prosecutor had also turned in Sloane’s direction. After a series of high-profile legal cases, Sloane’s reputation preceded him. “Mr. Sloane. Are you here this morning as an attorney or as a parent?” Glazier asked. “A parent, Your Honor. And Jake’s biological father, Frank Carter, will also be joining us,” Sloane said. Judge Glazier folded her hands atop the legal file. “I want to talk with you before we bring in your son. This is Jake’s second arrest for public intoxication in less than six months, and this time it was accompanied by violent acts and significant property damage.” All Sloane knew was Jake had been arrested stumbling down a street in Concord not far from the home of a friend where he had requested to spend the night. “Jake’s file indicates his mother is deceased?” Sloane answered. “That’s correct, Your Honor.” “She was murdered?” “Yes,” Sloane said, voice falling. “And I understand from the counselor’s report that Jake witnessed that event.” “He did.” Glazier sat back, index finger sawing across her lower lip. “He’s no longer in counseling?” Sloane looked to Frank. “He was, for about a year, but the counselor felt he didn’t need it anymore.” “I’d say it’s time for a new counselor,” Glazier said. your words. When you can make people laugh and cry and get angry, you know you’ve done your job.
scene: You’re a big Elvis Presley fan. Have you ever tried singing? RD: I’ve sung in two musicals, including playing Arthur in “Camelot.” Talk about terrifying. I admire the fact that at a very young age Elvis Presley had the courage to be who he was and not waiver. He followed his dream. Whatever happened to him later in life from the drugs and outside influences is sad, but you can’t take away the fact that the man changed music forever. scene: You worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Do you ever miss journalism? RD: I really have an itch to do another non-fiction story like The Cyanide Canary. I’m always looking for another true story.
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Out & About
M FF ’s
Movies in the Park 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. 7-10: Puss in Boots (PG, 90 min)
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7-17: Happy Feet 2 (PG, 100 min) 7-24: Zookeeper (PG, 102 min) 7-31: The Adventures of Tintin (PG, 107 min)
Bellevue Arts Fairs 7-27/29: Three arts fairs in downtown Bellevue. Free. See story page 4. 7-13-10/21: Bellwether 2012: reGeneration. See story page 5.
Concerts on the Green 7-3: Free concert from 7-8:30 p.m. People begin gathering at 6 p.m. for picnics. Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. No alcohol or pets.
Art Walk 7-6: Features all types of art, including visual, lyrical, musical and performance. The free events include live music around every corner, hands-on art projects and some special surprises. 135 E. Sunset Way.
Classic Car Show 7-28: Show preview at 3 p.m. to see some of the best of the best Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, and more at Marina Park. Free dance at 7 p.m. 7-29: One of the biggest and most anticipated car show events on the Eastside with about 400 cars and motorcycles filling the streets of Kirkland’s downtown core. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Woodmark Clam Bake at the Lake 7-13: Traditional clam bake fare, along with seafood stews, Mac and Jack battered halibut, and “La Cajachina” (a whole roasted pig). 5:30-10 p.m. $39. Age 21+. Ticket includes one drink ticket for our house beer or wine and all you can eat clam bake. Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland
Outdoor Movie Nights Saturdays: Movies for all ages on a huge screen overlooking Lake Washington. A donation of $5 per person benefits Hopelink. Carillon Point, 4100 Carillon Point, Kirkland. 7-14: Thor (PG-13, 115 min) 7-28: The Princess Bride (PG, 98 min)
Downtown Block Party 7-14: Family summer event with lots to do, lots to eat, great competitions and live music that goes into the into the evening – it’s a party – North Bend style. Noon-10 p.m.
Movies at Marymoor Wednesdays: Seating opens at 7 p.m.; movie begins at dusk. $5. Seating is on the grass; low-back chairs or blankets are recommended. A parking permit is required to park at Marymoor. Permits can be purchased from the vending machines located throughout the park. Dog-friendly event, but pets must remain on a leash at all times and people with pets asked to sit at the far end of the seating area.
Marymoor Grand Prix 7-20/21: Noon to 11 p.m. on July 20; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 21. Full fields of bicycle racers made up of Pro Men, Pro-Women and Masters Men. $15,000 cash purse. Part of the 2012 USA Cycling National Track Calendar drawing in top track racers in North America. $5 for adults; free for kids under 16. Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E.
Bellevue Symetra Bellevue Family 4th: 2-8:30 p.m. at Downtown Park. Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone with free entertainment including jugglers, mascot characters, face painting, free interactive games and more; 21 food booths; musical entertainment; special performance at 9:30 p.m. by Bellevue Youth Symphony; Eastside’s largest and most spectacular fireworks show set to live performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra at 10:05 p.m.. Free event parking at Bellevue Square after 6 p.m.
Kirkland Family activities, face painting, both a children’s parade and a larger parade, and a fireworks show. Fireworks are viewable from most of the waterfront parks in Kirkland and Heritage Park. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. with fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Marina Park, 25 Lake Ave. West.
Newcastle Fireworks at the Lake includes food booths and family activities, live music, and free glow necklaces and flags for all. 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with fireworks at 10 p.m. Lake Boren Park, 13058 SE 84th Way
Sammamish Fourth on the Plateau features live music, food vendors, kids activities, and fireworks. 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with fireworks at 10 p.m. Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. SE.
Carnation Parade, hot rods & Harleys, 5K run/walk, pancake breakfast, live music, food, arts/crafts; fireworks. www.carnation4th.org
Seattle Events at Gas Works Park (2101 North Northlake Way) beginning at noon and Lake Union Park (1010 Valley St.) beginning at 10 a.m. Live music at both including a broadcast of the National Anthem and synchronized fireworks soundtrack. Wooden Boat Festival also at Lake Union Park on the Fourth.
M elanie ’s Fun Facts
uly 4th marks the arrival of Summer in Seattle. Have you dusted off those shorts and sunglasses yet? Here are a few MFF to get you ready for the sun. Copper River Season Our local bright pink fish is in season again. Recognized as one of the best-eating salmon, Copper River is known for its rich combination of healthy Omega 3’s and fats and oils. These give it a suburb flavor and texture. I love it grilled over a cedar plank. Just be sure to soak your wood for at least one hour before grilling to prevent burning. I Love Sushi Looking to enjoy some of that Copper River Salmon untouched? I love Sushi on Lake Bellevue serves up high quality fantastic fresh sliced sashimi. Beyond fish, the quail eggs with roe are a sure bet. Try eating at the sushi bar with the sushi chefs Tatsu, Ryan and the granddaddy of them all, Masa. They’re full of fantastic antics. Don’t forget to tell them Melanie sent you. 40 Minute Fitness Boost Pilates at the new Lagree Fitness studio (formerly Pilates SPX) is the workout boost you need to get in summer shape. Taking your normal routine to the next level can be difficult. I am always looking for a way to enhance my regular workout. The combination of a specialty built reformer machine, great studio and wonderful instructor is just the thing. Tweet me (@MFFs_Seatown) or contact me for info. Summer Pairings Bright acidic drinks are perfect for the summer. The 2007 Domaine Drouhin Laurene from the Willamette Valley, Oregon is a light Pinot Noir ideal for pairing with seafood, particularly grilled scallops. Join me next month for my next MFF. If you’re also a fun fact finder, I’d love to hear your suggestions. Tweet me (@MFFs_Seatown) or email me at: Melanie.McCarthy@SothebysRealty.com
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On The Town
Nightlife in July 155 108th Avenue NE Bellevue, 425-454-2776 7-6: The Halyards 7-12: Carlos Cascante & Tumbao 7-19: Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto More: www.bakesplace.org
The Black Dog
8062 Railroad Avenue SE Snoqualmie, 425-831-3647 7-28: Him, Him & Her Broadway revue More: www.blackdogsnoqualmie.com
7281 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE Redmond, 425-869-5933 7-14: Rock Classix Band More: www.celticbayou.com
124 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland. 425-827-808 7-22: Mark Dufresne More: www.centralclubkirkland.com
Cheateau St Michelle
14111 NE 145th Street Woodinville, 425-488-1133 7-14: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band 7-15: Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group 7-22: Chris Isaak More: www.ste-michelle.com/events/concerts
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
Sixth Avenue & Lenora Street Seattle, 206-441-9729 7-1: Diane Schuur 7-12/15: An Evening with Steve Tyrell More: www.elcorazonseattle.com
Emerald Queen Casino
5700 Pacific Highway East, Fife, 253-594-7777 7-28: Ronnie Dunn More: www.emeraldqueen.com
Finaghty’s Irish Pub
7726 Center Blvd SE #110 Snoqualmie, 425-888-8833 7-7: The Po’okela Street Band More: www.finaghtys.com
754 Silica Road NW, George 7-28: Journey, Pat Benatar & Loverboy More: www.livenation.com
Hard Rock Cafe
116 Pike St., Seattle, 206-204-2233, 7-7: Midnight Rambler More: www.hardrock.com
1084 NE Park Drive Issaquah, 425-369-1181 7-12: Josh Rawlings Trio More: www.siprestaurant.com
305 Harrison Street Seattle, 206-684-7200 7-18: American Idol Live! 7-23: Neil Diamond Live in Concert More: www.keyarena. com
4721 Tolt Avenue Carnation, 425-333-577 7-28: Stillwater Hill More: www.slidersandcowgirls.com
Laugh’s Comedy Club
12099 124th Avenue NE Kirkland, 425-823-6306 7-12/14: Josh Blue – Winner of Last Comic Standing Special Event More: www.laughscomedy.com
25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive, Kirkland 7-17: Caspar Babypants Summer Concert Series More: www.explorekirkland.com
1303 NE 45th St., Seattle, 206-781-5755 7-2: Preservation Hall Jazz Band More: www.stgpresents.org/neptune
911 Pine Street Seattle, 206-467-5510 7-25: Fiona Apple More: www.stgpresents.org/paramount
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700 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 300 Bellevue, 425-289-7000 7-5/7: Greg Fitzsimmons 7-12/14: Bryan Callen More: www.parlorlive.com
37500 SE North Bend Way Snoqualmie, 425-888-1234 7-3: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 7-6: Smokey Robinson 7-15: Bachman and Turner 7-26: Sawyer Brown & Special Guest Gloriana 7-29: The Jacksons – Unity Tour 2012 More: www.snocasino.com
222 Mercer Street Seattle, 206-802-0015 7-14 - 9/30: Gangsters of Love More: www.dreams.zinzanni.org
216 Union Street Seattle, 206-838-4333 7-19: Geoffrey Castle More: www.tripledoor.com
Tulalip Resort Casino
10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard Tulalip, 360-716-6000 7-7: Boyz II Men & En Vogue featuring Salt N Pepa More: www.tulalipcasino.com
303 Front Street North Issaquah, 425-392-2202 7-1/29: The Producers More: www.villagetheatre.org
Showbox At The Market
1426 First Avenue Seattle, 206-628-3151 7-14: Marina and the Diamonds with MSMR www.showboxonline.com/events.php
99 Front Street North Issaquah, 425-391-1424 7-13: Seatown Rhythm and Blues More: www.vinobella.com
White River Amphitheatre
1426 First Avenue Seattle, 206-628-3151 7-22: Snoop Dogg More: www.showboxonline.com/events.php
40601 Auburn-Enumclaw Road, Auburn, 360-825-6200 7-30: Iron Maiden – Maiden England More: www.livenation.com
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195 Front Street, Issaquah 206.406.9838 Check out our video at www.Experience-Tea.com
Eastside Real Estate
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Bridle Trails • Bellevue • $1,495,000 4 bedrooms • 4.5 bathrooms 5,420 SF Home • 1 Acre Lot
The Lakes at Montreux • Issaquah • $1,095,000 4 bedrooms • 3.5 bathrooms 3,640 SF Home • 12,229 SF Lot
Gunshy Ridge • Redmond • $949,000 4 bedrooms • 3.5 bathrooms 4.966 SF Home • .9 Acre Lot
Bridle Trails • Bellevue • $909,000 5 bedrooms • 3 bedrooms 3,821 SF Home • .8 Acre Lot
Marymoor Hill • Redmond • $875,000 4 bedrooms • 2.5 bathrooms 3,532 SF Home • 10,103 SF Lot
Cherry Crest • Bridle Trails • Bellevue • $399,000 3 bedrooms • 1.75 bathrooms 1,310 SF Home • 11,125 SF Lot
Inventory remains low and buyers are motivated. Now’s the time to list your home!
Lake View • West Bellevue
PENDING • $1,498,000
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PENDING • $1,425,000
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Beth Billington Coldwell Banker Bain 425.450.5208 firstname.lastname@example.org
PENDING • $725,000
www.bethbillington.com • www.bridletrailstoday.com
PENDING • $608,000
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