Arts Section

LETTER: Member of Mt. Rainier High Choir seeking help for upcoming trip

LETTER: Member of Mt. Rainier High Choir seeking help for upcoming trip

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] Hello, my name is Samantha Crotty. I am in... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Feel Good V-Day

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Feel Good V-Day

by Dave Markwell In honor of this Valentine’s Day of LOVE, I have cobbled together a bunch of thoughts on love, as written by people smarter than me. Enjoy this Feel Good Valentine’s Day with the people... [Read more]

’15-Token Friday’ to kick off Poverty Bay Wine Festival on Friday, Feb. 28

’15-Token Friday’ to kick off Poverty Bay Wine Festival on Friday, Feb. 28

The Poverty Bay Wine Festival is back for its 10th year in Des Moines, and opening night – Friday, Feb. 28 – is ’15-Token Friday’! Your ticket that night will be good for 15 tasting tokens... [Read more]

Northwest’s only classic jazz festival set for March 8 at Landmark Event Center

Northwest’s only classic jazz festival set for March 8 at Landmark Event Center

The time is rapidly approaching for the Northwest’s only music festival that exclusively features classic jazz from the first half of the 20th Century – Burien Arts Association’s 6th annual... [Read more]

Local band of Mt. Rainier High students to compete in EMP’s ‘Sound Off’

Local band of Mt. Rainier High students to compete in EMP’s ‘Sound Off’

From left to right: Senior Gianni Aiello: Bass & Keyboards
 (Junior), Nik Moeller: Vocals/Guitar (
Senior), Greg Maltsberger: Keyboards
 (Senior), Collin Fenster: Drums. A local band comprised... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Places…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Places…

by Dave Markwell Driving through my hometown of Des Moines, Washington with my son the other day, it occurred to me how differently we experience the same place. It is his hometown, too, but we have very... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Broken Wingman

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Broken Wingman

by Dave Markwell For the past several weeks, I have sensed that something might be special about this year’s Seattle Seahawks’ season. Since I have been a fan of this team for as long as it has existed... [Read more]

REMINDER: Enjoy soup in an artistic bowl, fight hunger at ‘Empty Bowls’ Fri.

REMINDER: Enjoy soup in an artistic bowl, fight hunger at ‘Empty Bowls’ Fri.

REMINDER: Help fight hunger in our community AND enjoy some great food at the 2014 ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser this Friday, Jan. 31 at the Burien Community Center. Lunch will be served from 11... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Misfit Toys

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Misfit Toys

by Dave Markwell Last night while sitting at my local bar surrounded by a mismatched collection of friends, it struck me exactly how diverse my catalogue of acquaintances is. I suspect that I am not alone... [Read more]

Help send Mt. Rainier High School Choir to Carnegie Hall; fundraiser Feb. 28

Help send Mt. Rainier High School Choir to Carnegie Hall; fundraiser Feb. 28

Des Moines’ own Mt. Rainier High School Choir will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 13, and they’re holding a fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 28. “We are one out... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Green Lights

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Green Lights

by Dave Markwell Stepping outside into the early morning fog, the moon peeked through a thin hole in the cloud layer and cast its warm, bright light onto my path. I was pleased by this. It felt deliberate,... [Read more]

Bittner Flute Awarded to Arts & Academics Academy Senior Kia Hang

Bittner Flute Awarded to Arts & Academics Academy Senior Kia Hang

Des Moines Rotarian Steve Swank, right, presented the Bittner Flute to Kia Hang, a senior at Arts and Academics Academy, on Wednesday. The sterling silver Bittner Flute is awarded annually to an exceptional... [Read more]

Imago Dei hosting free Digital Photography class at Highline College

Imago Dei hosting free Digital Photography class at Highline College

Imago Dei will be hosting a Free Digital Photography class from 1 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 16 at Highline College. The classes will take place in Building 22, Room #104 at 2400 South... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Rainbow Connections…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Rainbow Connections…

by Dave Markwell Some things change and some things don’t. I am entering the New Year with immense gratitude for both. With the notable exception of a few very old jackass buddies who will never change... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Two best days…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Two best days…

by Dave Markwell “No one remembers their best day watching TV” was the caption I read beneath one of the thousands of Facebook memes that drift daily through the ether of the internet world. Some of... [Read more]

Military Road to be focus of 2014 site-specific Arts projects

Military Road to be focus of 2014 site-specific Arts projects

Two projects focusing on the historical significance of Military Road (see map below) have received site-specific project funding from 4Culture, the cultural services agency that provides arts and heritage... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Christmas Eve Dads

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Christmas Eve Dads

by Dave Markwell The countdown is on. In a few short hours, garage floors across the globe will be littered with the greasy rear ends of Dads assembling every manner of contraption the toy company geniuses... [Read more]

City Council votes to retain Destination Des Moines for 2014 Waterland Events

City Council votes to retain Destination Des Moines for 2014 Waterland Events

At Thursday night’s (Dec. 12) meeting, the Des Moines City Council voted to continue utilizing Destination Des Moines as the organization that manages and promotes the Waterland Festival and Parade. The... [Read more]