West Seattle Art Walk, Summer Fest Eve, Luna Park Block Party, Design Review x 2, and more for your Thursday…

Today’s calendar-highlights look into the (immediate) future starts with a look at the past:

Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives via the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, that’s video of the West Seattle Bridge from the 1970s – in honor of the ongoing celebration of the 1984-completed high-level bridge’s 30th anniversary, which continues tonight. But first, another historic clip, this time showing what maritime traffic used to have to fit through!

The bridge-history photo display at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) is part of tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk – here’s the summer-quarter map/venue list for the WSAW:

As always, the Art Walk runs 6-9 pm. Spotlighted venues/artists are on the official WSAW website. And while the Art Walk is *not* limited to The Junction, your enjoyment there will be enhanced by the closed streets – as noted again in our daily traffic watch, California closes between Genesee and Edmunds, Alaska between 44th and 42nd, starting at 6 pm tonight for West Seattle Summer Fest prep, and those blocks stay closed to vehicle traffic until WSSF breakdown is over late Sunday night. One more Junction venue to mention:

JINI DELLACCIO’S PHOTOGRAPHY AT EASY STREET: An extra-special photography exhibition at Easy Street Records for Art Walk – the work of Jini Dellaccio, rock-portrait photographer who died just last week at the age of 97.

(The Sonics, by Jini Dellaccio, republished with permission)
As Rod from ESR points out, “Her amazing photos live on!” He shares this info from her biography:

After years of shooting fashion photography in the LA area, Jini Dellaccio brought a remarkable degree of sophistication to her portraits of blue-collar rock musicians of the early to mid-sixties. Her iconic images of seminal rock & roll bands such as the Sonics, Wailers, Daily Flash and Don & The Goodtimes, among countless others, capture both the aesthetics and attitudes of these influential groups. Many of Dellaccio’s photographs were shot among the lush landscape of her Gig Harbor property and reflect the conventions of the dominant “Northwest School” art movement of the region. Her candid concert photographs – featuring local groups as well as legendary national touring acts such as The Who, The Yardbirds and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels – mirror the raw, energetic and often menacing music that characterized early Northwest rock & roll. Jini’s journey in becoming America’s first woman rock & roll photographer is chronicled in the recent documentary, Her Aim Is True.”

Easy Street is at California/Alaska.

Also tonight as part of Summer Fest Eve, it’s …

BUBBLEMAN OUTSIDE ELLIOTT BAY: 6 pm, it’s a pre-Summer Fest tradition, as Elliott Bay Brewery brings in Bubbleman to put on a show for kids (of all ages) out in the middle of California SW, midblock between Alaska and Edmunds.

And even more of what’s up today/tonight …

TENT SALE AT JF HENRY: Many Junction merchants still have “sidewalk sales” during Summer Fest time – that’s how the festival originated, long, long ago. And at least one is starting early – JF Henry Kitchen and Tableware, returning as a WSB sponsor for the occasion, starts its sale today. (4445 California SW)

SUPPORT THE WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE 9-10 ALL-STARS: As mentioned here last night, they’re raising money for their travel to the state tournament in Richland; you can buy raffle tickets 4-6 pm today at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and Admiral Safeway.

LUNA PARK BLOCK PARTY: 6-9 pm outside Ola Salon in the Luna Park business district, you’ll find vendors, food, music, and fun – here’s our calendar listing. (2942 SW Avalon)

DESIGN REVIEW X 2: Two projects go before the Southwest Design Review Board tonight in its first meeting in more than two months – the eye clinic proposed at 7520 35th SW is up at 6:30 pm for its first Early Design Guidance meeting, while the townhome/live-work proposal for the former Charlestown Café site at 3824 California SW is up for its third EDG meeting at 8 pm. Both reviews are upstairs at the Senior Center of West Seattle; the design packets for both are linked in this WSB preview. (Oregon/California)

EVEN MORE … on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.

9 Replies to "West Seattle Art Walk, Summer Fest Eve, Luna Park Block Party, Design Review x 2, and more for your Thursday..."

  • Heidi July 10, 2014 (11:50 am)

    I still regret that I didn’t buy one of the “Where were you when the ship hit the span?” t-shirts that a local wag was selling.

  • AN July 10, 2014 (12:45 pm)

    That’s a flash back! If we still had that the traffic would be backed up eastbound to California and westbound to I5!

  • Lox July 10, 2014 (1:10 pm)

    All of it sounds so fun! Bring it on, West Seattle weekend!

  • WSsince76 July 10, 2014 (1:30 pm)

    Count’em that’s 4 lanes in & 4 out of WS. 8 total and in the 70’s! And how many do we have now in the 2000’s? Just another example of are brilliant city planers at “work”. Reminds me of another bridge replacement structure being built with less capacity than the original. The best judge of the future is to look at the past, and what do you know here it is in living color.

    A very cool picture of my great uncles The Sonics!

  • OfftheCounterbalance July 10, 2014 (1:47 pm)

    Was at Easy street this past weekend admiring the photography, so glad to know a little history on it. Beautiful full-frame, large prints, I’d say 20 x 30 or so but the energy they bring to the space was a really nice change from the paintings that were shown there before.

    Also, how good of a deal is Easy Streets brunch?!

  • West Seattle since 1979 July 10, 2014 (2:39 pm)

    Wow, very cool video! I only remember the bridge that was hit being stuck in the “up” position, and IIRC 4 lanes on the other bridge (2 in each direction–someone please correct me if I’m wrong.)

  • miws July 10, 2014 (3:14 pm)

    “We need a high bridge now! If it isn’t a ship going through, it’s a train, and sometimes both! What’s it gonna take? A ship hittin’ one of the damn things?!”——Just about every West Seattleite in 1973


    Great videos and memories! Thanks Seattle Muni Archives, SwSHS, and WSB!



  • Gina July 10, 2014 (5:37 pm)

    That was a turn the car engine off while you wait sized boat. Spot the two Seattle Transit busses waiting. During rush hour the back up would have been back to east of the “fishing bridge”. A train would usually go through just after the bridge came down.

  • miws July 10, 2014 (7:11 pm)

    Gina, being a bus geek, I noticed the buses! :-)



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