It sounds just like a movie: a former Disney employee and a former mayor team up to run their own theater. That's exactly what Jeff Brein and Sam Granato did in 1988 with Bainbridge Cinemas, where they still spend Friday and Saturday nights tearing tickets and scooping popcorn. Besides Bainbridge Cinemas, their theater collection—Far Away Entertainment —oversees seven other local theaters, including the historic single-screen Lynwood Theatre. Opened in 1936, Bainbridge Island's first talking picture house now specializes in independent features and foreign films in which actors rearrange the English alphabet to make strange new sounds.
Over at the two-screen Admiral Theater, projectionists give newer Hollywood releases a second run, plus host screenings every year for the Seattle International Film Festival. Far Away's five remaining theaters, each with three to five screens, show digital versions of Hollywood's freshest celluloid. Lean back in the Anacortes' reclining seats, or scarf down an all-beef frank at Oak Harbor while taking in a flick or live screening of the Metropolitan Opera.
Lyric Light Opera's professional productions of classic American musicals send Broadway actors and top-flight local performers singing and dancing over the stages of beautiful venues around Seattle. Meredith Willson's Tony Award–winning musical The Music Man follows dapper con man Harold Hill's attempt to sell band instruments to a gaggle of school children, leave town with the cash, and purchase a lifetime supply of soda pop and pomade. Romance gets in the way, and soon Harold must choose between the charms of a local piano teacher and his hard-swindled money. Broadway actor Greg Stone and Seattle starlet Megan Chenovick lead the production's lively cast, supported by a full orchestra, dazzling costumes, and musical notes scraped straight from the yellowed pages of the score and dripped through pipettes into patrons' ears.
Indoor lacrosse combines the high-scoring, fast-paced action of basketball with the physicality and Canadian-centricity of hockey. One of only seven American teams, the Washington Stealth won the 2010 National Lacrosse League Championship with the help of star player Paul Rabil, the "LeBron James of lacrosse." As the Stealth swing net-sticks, fake out opponents, and whip balls back and forth at speeds of 111 mph to the tune of raucous rock and/or roll music, the rare, slow points in the game will be filled with high-production dance routines performed by the Bombshells, so called because they tinker with nuclear fission in their off-hours. Adding to the epic arena vibe are jets of fire, light shows, and rains of confetti every time a rival goalie is reduced to tears.
The tuneful troupers at Northwest Savoyards unleash lavish productions of operettas and family-friendly Broadway hits that have kept the Snohomish County free of a musical-theater drought for more than 20 years. To conclude its 2011 season, the nonprofit players present the crowd-pleasing, Tony-winning Hello, Dolly!. A musical revamp of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! spins the lively tale of a meddlesome widow who plays Cupid for others before setting her own romantic sights on grumpy Horace Vandergelder. Chock-full of classic songs by Jerry Herman, such as "It Only Takes A Moment" and "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," Hello, Dolly! gets toes tapping and spirits soaring infinitely more effectively than its failed sequel, Adios, Effigy!
After recently saving football in Everett from extinction, the Raptors continue to prowl through their inaugural season during a helmet-clattering clash with conference rival Nebraska. Terrace-level seats pass unfettered views into eyes of all ages as quarterback Charles McCullum spearheads the Raptors' offensive attack, which has shredded defenses and averaged more than 40 points per game. Wide receiver Lonnie Sanders soars skyward to haul in spirals, including seven touchdowns in his first three games, and Washington State alum and defensive lineman Michael Graise relentlessly spins, shoves, and asks politely for admittance into opposing backfields.