The Carnation 4th of July


Enjoy an old fashioned 4th

  Remlinger Farms in Carnation is planning an old fashioned 4th of July with a Family Fun Festival.
   James and his marionettes will perform hourly beginning at 11 a.m.
   In addition to the petting farm, there will be steam train, pony and wagon rides. Picnic grounds and food are available.Call 333-4135 for information.
   Les Mis a triumph again
   by John Soltys
   Billed as the most popular musical in the world, Les Miserables has returned to the Seattle area to play at the 5th Avenue Theatre now through July 27.
   This production measures up to the show's reputation. Performances, stage direction, choreography and set design bring dramatic life to Victor Hugo's classic story of Jean Valjean, a man sentenced to jail for 20 years for stealing bread for his nephew.
   The tale of his release and his pursuit over the next two decades by the law-abiding Javert, a policeman for the state, is a masterful saga that is captured with full power on stage in the Cameron Mackintosh production, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schšnberg that are as memorable as they are powerful.
   Brilliant performances came from a cast starring Robert Evans as Valjean, Andrew Redeker as Marius and the farcical Thenardier couple, inkeepers played by J.P.Dougherty and Kelley Ebsary.
   More than 32 million people throughout the world have seen Les Mis since its first production in 1987. Seattle area theatergoers won't regret being among them.
   Tickets are at Ticketmaster, 206-292-ARTS.
   New IMAX film brings movies alive
   Movies jump off the screen in Special Effects, a new IMAX movie beginning July 4 at the Pacific Science Center.
   NOVA, the popular PBS science series has created a behind-the-scenes look at the technology that allows Star Destroyers to fly across the screen, giant apes to climb skyscrapers, and wild animals run through town.
   Special Effects traces the industry of movie magic from it's origin 100 years ago through today's ongoing efforts at Industrial Light and Magic where they are working on the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition.
   Directed by Ben Burtt who also worked on Destiny in Space, Special Effects is NOVA's third IMAX production.
   For ticket prices and movie times call the Pacific Science Center at 443-IMAX or visit their website at
   Chefs celebrate Bastille Day at Woodinville's DeLille Cellars
   Some of the top female chefs in the Pacific Northwest will celebrate Bastille day July 14 at 2:30 p.m. at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville.
   The celebration will also highlight the release of DeLille's 1995 Chaleur Estate Blanc, a new white Bordeaux-style blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes.
   Christine Keff, Emily Moore, Barbara Figueroa and Monique Barbeau will each prepare a dish to complement the wine in a friendly competition.
   Attendees will be the judges, and select the winner. Admission is $25 per person.
   To make reservations, call 489-0544.
   The Wine Cellar
   Buying wine futures
   by Rene Corton
   If you have considered buying futures on the 1995 vintages, remember what it means to buy wines now to be delivered in 1998.
   On the plus side, you pay a price set in advance for the wine. Since prices tend to rise over time, and some wines may become less available and thus more valuable, you assure delivery of the wines you want at a presumably lower price than if you were to wait to buy them off the shelf in 1998.
   If you wish to acquire a specific wine, this can be an attractive strategy. But caveat emptor: There are several pitfalls.
   First, the retailer you paid in advance may not be around in '98. Deal with only established merchants you know and trust. Saving a few bucks on a $1,500 case of Cheval Blanc could be costly.
   Be aware that the expected price increase may not materialize if the initial price is already high (which it is) or if the 1996 and 1997 vintages turn out to be great and receive even more favorable publicity..
   Generally, only invest in wine you want to have and drink. Leave the investing to the pros, some of whom go broke each year.
   Investing in wine is like buying coffee and software and should not be confused with buying Starbucks and Microsoft stock.
   Remember, you can't drink even a great stock certificate.
   Au revoir and bonne degustation.
   What's playing
   Big Nasty will entertain at Koyotes in Woodinville July 5 and 6. 402-9887.
   Late Night in the Market will present spirited Irish Songs by Suffering Gaels July 5. Hear blues and originals by Brian Butler July 6. Show times are 7:30-10 p.m. Both shows are free, for all ages and non-smoking. Open mike night is every Thurs. from 6 to 9 p.m. 644-1111.
   Johnny Moses performs Native American stories and songs July 7, 2 p.m.on the MarketStage at Crossroads Shopping Center. 644-1111.
   Forecaster's Public House at the Redhook Ale Brewery hostsblues by the King-A-Lings July 5 and Cobalt Hook July 6, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Point-No-Point will play jazz July 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 p. m. 483-3232.
   Willie & Lobo is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley July 2-7. Living Daylights plays jazz July 8, 8 p.m.. 547-6763.