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December 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Postcards from the past: Christmas tree construction, 1968

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Pat Hauck decorated a Christmas tree on a painted beam as it was lifted into place during "topping off" ceremony on Dec. 22, 1968. The beam was the last piece of steel framework to be used in construction of the 40-story Washington Plaza Hotel.

Postcards from the past is an occasional feature, highlighting images from The Seattle Times historical archive.

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December 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Walking with the dinosaurs

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Technicians fine tune a 17-foot Allosaurus, one of 20 life-size dinosaurs before the opening of "Walking With Dinosaurs" which opened Wednesday night at the Tacoma Dome. The show continues through Sunday with multiple shows during the weekend.



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Two puppeteers control the giant animals' movements remotely and a driver navigates the life-size monsters on and off the stage.



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Twenty dinosaurs are in the show, 10 separate species are represented. Each large dinosaur contains more than 3000 feet of cabling and 24 microprocessors along with 15 hydraulic rams and 6 hydraulic motors.

December 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Therapy animals visit Quail Park

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Quail Park of Lynnwood's Memory Care resident Biz Stratton, age 99, holds a baby wallaby named Opal, provided by Animal Encounters, during Animal-Assisted Therapy on Tuesday.



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A resident of Quail Park of Lynnwood holds a bunny, provided by Animal Encounters, during Animal-Assisted Therapy on Tuesday.

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Ann Brown, Betty Width and Dorie Owens, Quail Park residents, interact with bunnies.

December 15, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Argosy Christmas Ship Festival

Posted by Colin Diltz

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People watch the Christmas Ship, center of the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival, from the Mercer Island Beach Club grounds. The ships visit Seattle-area waterfront communities each night until December 23, where choirs onboard give 20 minute performances that are broadcast from speakers to the audience on land.

December 14, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Northwest Wanderings | Behind the scenes of "Beta Test"

Posted by Courtney Riffkin

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Atop the Dexter Horton building with Smith Tower in the background, actors Larenz Tate, with gun, and Linden Ashby, with sword, prepare for the next scene in "Beta Test," local indie film by Nick Gyeney.

Independent, local filmmaker Nick Gyeney's favorite film, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger cost $102 million and had a 186-day filming schedule. That was more than two decades ago.

Gyeney's indie sci-fi action thriller "Beta Test" costs less than $2 million and has a 21-day filming schedule.

The "tiny" cast and crew of 85 works quickly and efficiently with very few re-takes atop the Dexter Horton building.

Actors are expected to hit their marks, know their lines.

The villain, Linden Ashby, known for his roles in "Mortal Kombat" and "Teen Wolf," is about to be gunned down. Between scenes he keeps limber and plays shuffle board with fellow actor Larenz Tate known for "Crash," "The Postman" and "Menace II Society."

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Director Nick Gyeney, left, checks the camera setup for the next scene, one of 127, in his film "Beta Test," an indie sci-fi action thriller.

Born in Seattle, Gyeney, began making short films as a student at Henry M. Jackson High in Mill Creek, went to USC film school on full-scholarship and lived in Los Angeles for 7 years before moving back home.

Gyeney (pron. Genie) says there are "a million working parts to a film." This film has 127 scenes and with his Type-A personality, "I have a very specific vision."

The final, finished assembly of these parts is "the movie magic" he hopes will premier next year at a major festival.

Gyeney is the producer, director and co-writer and is working with actors who liked the script sent to them.

He knew their work. No one was flown in for auditions or screen tests.

He says, "I'm not Steven Spielberg."

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Actor Linden Ashby stays limber between scenes. He's known for his role in "Mortal Kombat" and for martial arts skills. He appeared in soap operas "The Young and the Restless" and "Days of our Lives."

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December 14, 2014 at 6:55 PM

30th Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Posted by Colin Diltz

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A group of stars make their way up the I-5 express lanes during the 30th Jingle Bell Run/Walk on Sunday.

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Deirdre Harrington, right, honks her Rudolph nose as she stands outside Westlake Center with Tracy Harrington, left before the 30th Jingle Bell Run/Walk.

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Sage Choi opens a section of the door on a gingerbread outfit that took about 5 hours to make as she navigates the crowds outside Westlake Center.

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December 13, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Opponents of gun-purchase background checks in Olympia

Posted by Courtney Riffkin

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On the foggy grounds of the state Capitol, Sam Wilson waits to address the crowd of opponents of newly-passed I-594 carrying a Mosin-Nagant .762 x 54R rifle on his back. Wilson ran for state office two years ago and lost to John McCoy.

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Neal Reau walks the state Capitol grounds carrying a "Don't Tread On Me" flag.

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December 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Sculpting the ice away

Posted by Courtney Riffkin

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Chan Kitburi, who has been ice sculpting for about 20 years, uses an iron to melt parts of his abstract ice sculpture to create its shininess outside Fisher Pavilion in Seattle on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Kitburi has competed in the Cultural Olympics, held in conjunction with the Winter Olympics, in Salt Lake City and Turin, Italy, and has created thousands of sculptures for private events over the years.

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Chan Kitburi, who has been ice sculpting for about 20 years, works attaching an ice ring to an abstract ice sculpture created over about 2 hours outside Fisher Pavilion in Seattle on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

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An abstract ice sculpture created over about 2 hours by Chan Kitburi slowly melts in the 48-degree weather outside Fisher Pavilion in Seattle on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

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Chan Kitburi, who has been ice sculpting for about 20 years, uses a metal plate soaked in hot water to melt and attach pieces of carved ice on an abstract sculpture he created over about 2 hours outside Fisher Pavilion in Seattle on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

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Chan Kitburi, who has been ice sculpting for about 20 years, works in front of a small crowd on an abstract ice sculpture created over about 2 hours outside Fisher Pavilion in Seattle on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

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