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A taste of Bothell’s past

{ { Mike McMenamin, left, and architect Mario Espinosa stand in The Shed, a courtyard bar in McMenamin’s new Anderson School location.

Portland-based brewery, restaurant and hospitality chain McMenamins repurpose historic junior high school as a food and drink wonderland for visitors

Photo by Allison DeAngelis

by Allison DeAngelis


n a recent October afternoon, Judy Edmonds examined a set of antique light fixtures and a sturdy wooden door bearing her father, Charles Ashbury’s name. These items sat inside the old Anderson Junior High School in Bothell where Ashbury had been music teacher and marching band director. In the school’s new life as the McMenamins Anderson School, he’s one of many Bothellites whose names have been immortalized in converted hotel rooms. “Its like history has come alive,” Edmonds said, lingering on the gold paint lettering. The second such venture by the Portlandbased McMenamin brothers, the complex and new Bothell hot spot has transformed the community’s former high school, gymnasium and old Northshore pool — built at the height of the art deco period of architecture, in 1931 — into a 72-room hotel with multiple restaurants, bars, a singlescreen movie theater and entertainment space. Patrons can grab one of the 10 to 12 McMenamins branded brews on tap nearly anywhere on the property, whether they’re inside Anderson Junior High’s old principal’s office or the single new building – the Shed – built in the center of the courtyard. The resulting hotel is nearly unrecognizable, although there are small touches of familiarity, said Edmonds, continued on pg 6

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Village’s Fair lady

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Deanna Isaacs celebrates Back to the Future Day at DMC Northwest. PG 3

Village Theatre stages the classic Pygmalion adaptation, expects transformative results. PG 4

Lachlan Patterson and Godfrey: Our picks for comics to check out in November. PG 6

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Seattle performer Lindsey Larson will perform the songs of music legend Peggy Lee at Unity of Bellevue Nov. 8. Photo by Jason Ganwich

Back to Back to the future inephiles, geeks and anyone else with an Internet connection knows Oct. 21, 2015 was Back to the Future Day, the “future” date Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. I bandwagoned the hype by stopping by the DeLorean Motor Company Bellevue (Northwest) location. I was expecting, of course, to find a few DeLoreans. What I wasn’t expecting was a replica of the second movie’s time-traveling variant. Win! Back in 1985, Back to the Future (BTTF) inspired a new generation to new geeky heights and spawned a cult following. It also propelled the DeLorean, created by John DeLorean, to new heights. This ultimate in car renovations drove its way into our hearts. Now that we’ve passed Oct. 21, 2015, we’re now officially in “the future” — if not the one envisioned in the films. Of course, my future was at the DMC Northwest store, located at 12766 Bel-Red Rd. in Bellevue. The first time I dropped by was on assignment for work (taking pictures of a DeLorean with a #DrivePink plate from AutoNation on it, check), the second time was a thank you, but it was me who got the treat.

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Known for a slew of hits, such as “Fever” and “Big Spender,” Peggy Lee is an iconic American singer, songwriter and actress who helped build Capitol Records into a powerhouse during the 1950s. Over a career spanning half a century, she would earn 12 Grammy nominations and a Lifetime Achievement Award. In November, Seattle actor and singer Lindsey Larson, backed by the Purple Phoenix Orchestra, will give a one-night ‘60s night club performance of Peggy Lee’s work in It’s A Good Day: The Miss Peggy Lee Songbook. The Purple Phoenix Orcestra, led by local musical director and arranger David Duvall, has been organizing songbook performances of artists-past at Unity of Bellevue’s UPAC auditorium since late 2013. With lifetime Lee fan Larson’s assistance, the night promises to recapture a bygone era’s jazzy magic. When: 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8 Where: Unity Performing Arts Center, 16330 N.E. Fourth Street, Bellevue

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First featured on the cover of the Sept. 2014 issue of The Eastside Scene, Ballet Bellevue’s City Opera Ballet is now in the thick of its second season of dance-backed opera performances. For Thanksgiving weekend, the Ballet is bringing in Sayoko Knode as guest artistic director and choreographer to stage her ballet oratorio of George Handel’s Messiah. Inarguably Handel’s most recognized work, Messiah actually premiered to a lukewarm reception. It was only with time that his interpretation of Psalms and the life of Jesus Christ gained popularity and larger, more ambitious stagings. Knode’s take added dance to accompany the chorus and was well received by audiences of its first staging in 2012. When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28; 2 p.m. Nov. 29 Where: Theatre at Meydenbauer, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue

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I brought one #DrivePink plate for the owner of DMC Northwest, Toby Peterson, whom I’ve met on a few occasions. I also wanted to thank the owners of the Flux Capacitor-ed DeLorean for allowing me to use their car for the impromptu photo opportunity by giving them a pink plate. Little did I know, the owner was a survivor of breast cancer. When Judith saw the new pink plate, she was delighted. Positively beaming with joy. And it made me happy to be able to provide her with that. Judith had a DCIS, a ductal carcinoma, and had undergone chemotherapy. Though, she was free and clear now. I told her then and I’ll say it again: “Congrats!” Of course, they had dropped by DMC Northwest to take their DeLorean on a BTTF Day drive. So, we parted ways and they drove off toward Redmond. As for the car… This particular DeLorean is up for sale, on consignment at DMC Northwest. So, if you – on this most futuristic of days – really need to own a replica DeLorean complete with Mr. Fusion ‘energy reactor’ that (I’m told) spits out smoke upon command, it can be yours. Just visit www.dmcnorthwest. com for more information.

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Village’s fair lady Standley said. Standley previously played Doolittle during Eliza Doolittle’s a good girl, she is. the Idaho Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s The cockney flower girl, a lower class, 20th 2014 production of the musical. century city dweller, co-stars in the classic mu“It’s been really interesting getting to explore sical, My Fair Lady, which opens in Issaquah’s this woman again,” Standley said. “This time Village Theatre Nov. 5. around I’ve realized how little she wants at the Doolittle’s life and wants are simple: “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely” to have a warm place beginning of the show … (and) I began to feel the weight of what she’s been given.” to call home with someone at her side? As Doolittle’s speech, manners and dress “Just You Wait” and see what she accomplishes. transform, she continually struggles against The musical is based off George Bernard Higgins’ misogynistic attitude. Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion. The musical preDoolittle, repressed by men who tell her what miered on Broadway in 1956, went on to win to do and who to be, is frustrated, Standley said. six Tony Awards, including best musical, and But the strong headed woman is determined was adapted into an Academy Award-winning to make it through. film in 1964. “One day I’ll be famous, I’ll be proper and It’s “hands down one of the best musicals to prim,” Doolittle sings in “Just You Wait.” ever be written,” actress Allison Standley said. “It’s really invigorating to realize, ‘OK, I’m goStandley will play Doolittle in Village Theatre’s ing to make my own decisions,” Standley said. production. This is Standley’s third production at the VilThe London-based story traverses societal lage Theatre. She said she’s wanted to perform prejudices of class and gender that still hold on the Village Theatre stage since she studied true for today’s viewers, Standley said. “The audience will be rooting for Eliza even at the University of Washington. Standley has lived in the Seattle area for the more, just for her and her own growth,” Standpast decade. ley said. “They’ll want to see her blossom into She met My Fair Lady director Brian Yorkey her own self, as she was meant to be.” After a chance encounter with linguistics pro- of Issaquah during the 2013 production of Les fessor Henry Higgins (played by Mark Anders), Miserables. “My Fair Lady is my favorite musical of all Doolittle wants to hire him to teach her how to time,” Yorkey said in an announcement for speak like a lady, so she can become an assisthe show. “It’s always been a dream of mine to tant in a florist’s shop. Higgins, doing one better, bets he can transform direct it.” Yorkey is a Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Doolittle and pass her off at the Embassy Ball. She’s to stay with Higgins while she practices author for his musicals If/Then, Next to Normal and The Last Ship. the proper pronunciation of the English lanDirectly a large cast, Yorkey will will guage leading up to the ball. bring tunes like “I Could Have Danced All Doolittle, unsure about the deal, won’t let the arrangement tarnish her reputation: “I’m a Night,” “On the Street Where You Live” and good girl, I am,” she says. “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely” to the Issaquah stage. “She makes a point to let everyone know: The musical runs in Issaquah Nov. 5 through I’m a respectable girl. I’m in charge of myself,” Jan. 3, 2016. By Megan Campbell

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Hailing from the Great White North (or, at least, Vancouver, British Columbia), Lachlan Patterson began his journey into the world of standup at an amateur night revue, at the age of 19, just to prove to himself he could. After a few years working odd jobs, he began taking comedy seriously enough to begin touring Canada. Patterson migrated to the U.S. in the ‘00s, appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. He wowed judges as runner up on the 2014 season of Last Comic Standing and now he’s in talks to develop his own television series. Patterson will perform at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland Nov. 5-7, with the Nov. 5 late show benefitting Sammamish High School.

If you’re not a fan, you certainly recognize Godfrey from his early ‘00s stint as the 7UP guy, or his appearances in film and television shows like Zoolander, Black Dynamite or Louie (though this writer remembers him best as the first host of HBO’s DIY filmmaking series 30x30: Kid Flicks). But don’t let Godfrey’s talent for moving carbonated sugar beverages fool you: He began his career warming up audiences for The Cosby Show and he’s a regular at the legendary Comedy Cellar in New York City. He has two hour specials, Godspeed and Black by Accident, that have been released by Comedy Central. Godfrey will perform at Parlor Live in Bellevue for five performances Nov. 12-14.


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herself an Anderson Junior High alumna. Pieces of old Bothell are scattered throughout the property, such as a fireplace in the Shed built out of the bricks that paved the original Bothell Way road. McMenamins Inc. has a storage space at the old county jail in Edgefield, Ore. that is filled with odds and ends collected over the decades, including the many light fixtures and signs from across the country and Europe that fill the McMenamins Anderson School. Pieces are generally bought or picked up via donations without a specific purpose in mind. “You can’t go out and just find these items for a project when you start it,” said Mike McMenamin, co-founder of McMenamins. “We’re lucky enough to be able to buy what we like and get this kind of eclectic mix of pieces.” Of the more than 50 McMenamins properties, no two are alike, he added. The Anderson School project took more than six years to accomplish and is the biggest project McMenamins Inc. has undertaken. The company was approached by Bothell City Manager Bob Stowe to purchase and revamp the property — which the city itself had purchased in 2009 — as part of a larger downtown revitalization effort. First founded by brothers Mike and Brian as a single Portland pub in 1983, McMenamins now operates 54 pubs, restaurants and historic hotels in the Pacific Northwest.

A bar in the former wood shop of Anderson Junior High School. Photo by Allison DeAngelis

The brothers have long worked to incorporate eclectic antique and handcrafted touches into their properties. Eighteen of their properties are on the National Register of Historic Places. “It’s all about rescuing, repurposing and restoring,” Mike McMenamin said. The company is in the process of developing their third hotel and brewery in Tacoma at the former Elks Lodge. As opposed to the Anderson School site, the Tacoma location will be a single, six- to sevenstory tower. It will feature 45 hotel rooms, three restaurants, a McMenamins brewery, a rooftop garden that will provide the ingredients for the garden and a ballroom that will feature a tiny indoor city with “cabins,” skylights, gardens, terraces and more. It is tentatively scheduled to open in 2017.

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