11 reasons why this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies rocked

August 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 1 Comment

Hello, Cleveland! Er… West Seattle. ’80s rockumentary spoof “This Is Spinal Tap” wrapped this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies season this past Saturday night (WSB coverage here) with a full house in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor). Proprietor Lora Swift has just sent an 11-point list of this season’s highlights:

*Six movies ranging from the classic James Bond Goldfinger to The Muppets, Spinal Tap and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

*More than 1,500 people attended this year

*More than $1,900 raised for charity

*Community BBQ

*Media support from the West Seattle Blog

*Gift certificates donated from local businesses

*Live music before the shows

*An 18” Stonehenge

*Shoe auction to raise money for a local animal-advocacy group

*Food drive

*Robots

Watch here, and the official website, next spring, for news about West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2014 season!

Happening now: West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2013 finale

August 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 3 Comments

7:12 PM: If you’ve already seen “This Is Spinal Tap,” tonight’s feature at this summer’s final West Seattle Outdoor Movies event, you will likely know the significance of the structure shown above with movie host Lora Swift, proprietor of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), next to the courtyard with the big screen. It’s one of tonight’s raffle prizes, too! (This evening’s beneficiary of raffles and concessions is the Southwest Seattle Historical Society – the movie itself is free.) Preshow band Those Guys is about to start playing; the movie will be on at dusk, likely around 8:30 pm, and the courtyard is filling fast, so if you’re coming, don’t procrastinate!

7:29 PM: Forgot to mention – you’ll often find sponsors with freebies, and indeed, Emilee from Dr. Gerald Wolff‘s dental office on the other side of the courtyard is here with goodie bags:

Rocking the courtyard – Those Guys:

West Seattle Outdoor Movies (for which WSB has been the media sponsor again this year) run for six consecutive Saturday nights in July and August every summer – watch WSB in the spring for news of next year’s series!

Saturday doubleheader at Hotwire courtyard: Group garage/craft sale; WS Outdoor Movies finale

August 20, 2013 at 10:56 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Very busy Saturday ahead in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), with two events on tap, and you’re invited to be part of both!

GROUP GARAGE/CRAFT SALE – WITH SPACES STILL AVAILABLE: 9 am-3 pm Saturday (August 24), Hotwire is hosting a group garage & craft sale; proprietor Lora Swift says, “We still have some spaces left, so if people would like to join in they can e-mail me, lora@hotwirecoffee.com. The spaces are FREE 10×10 spots and all are welcome. We are taking garage sales, craft booths, artists, just about anything you would like to sell.” Load-in will be at 8 am.

‘SPINAL TAP’ CLOSES OUTDOOR-MOVIE SEASON: Then on Saturday night, also in the courtyard (4410 California SW), the comedy/rock classic “This Is Spinal Tap” (trailer here) wraps up this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies series. Doors open at 6:30 so you can stake out your spot (BYO chair/blanket); movie’s at dusk, 8:30ish. Free, but concessions and raffles raise money for local nonprofits, so bring a few $ if you can!

Donation drive for West Seattle Food Bank @ Saturday movie

August 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 2 Comments

Coming to West Seattle Outdoor Movies tomorrow (Saturday) night? Bring food – for the West Seattle Food Bank! It’s the nonprofit beneficiary this time around. The movie is “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” and in addition to collecting non-perishable food, the WS Food Bank will also benefit from this week’s raffle … movie maven Lora Swift from Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (screen location, 4410 California SW, and WSB sponsor) says a food donation will get you a raffle ticket, too. So go looking for those donatables in your cupboard, and/or go shopping Saturday to get some items to bring – protein, for one (peanut butter, beans, etc.). The courtyard opens at 6:30 pm – bring your own chair/blanket – and the movie’s at dusk (probably 8:40ish this time).

SIDE NOTE: This is the second-to-last WSOM of the season; the grand finale is Saturday, August 24th, another comedy classic, “This Is Spinal Tap.”

West Seattle outdoor entertainment ahead: Massy Ferguson; 85th St. Big Band; ‘Bill and Ted’

August 14, 2013 at 11:43 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Separate from our ongoing festival previews for this weekend, here’s what’s ahead for the weekly free summer entertainment events this week:

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: Massy Ferguson (seen above in our clip from the Hiawatha series two years ago) performs tomorrow (Thursday) night, 6:30 pm, in the fourth of this year’s Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented concerts (with co-sponsors including WSB) on the east lawn at Hiawatha (along Walnut Ave. south of Lander).

CONCERTS AT THE MOUNT: The 85th Street Big Band takes the stage on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent (4831 35th SW; WSB sponsor) campus, 6 pm Friday. On the menu for (optional) dinner at 5:30 pm – steak, potato, and coconut-cream pie!

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Second-to-last screening of this summer’s series (with co-sponsors including WSB), so if you haven’t been yet … the classic “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure(trailer above) is this week’s feature, Saturday at dusk (just after 8:30 pm; gates open at 6:30) on the big screen next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor). Bring $ for concessions and raffle, both of which support local nonprofits.

Just in case you’re wondering: West Seattle Outdoor Movies = go

August 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Though some points to the east are seeing early thunderstorm activity, it does NOT appear that’ll happen over here in the next few hours, so tonight’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of “The Avengers” (2012) is on. The courtyard’s open, some moviegoers are there already, raffle tickets and concessions are on sale (benefiting nonprofits), and the movie should start around 8:45 pm on the big-screen wall in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor).

‘The Avengers’ Saturday night at West Seattle Outdoor Movies

August 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Superheroes set out to save the planet! And you can do a good deed here at home, if you bring a few $ for benefit concessions/raffle at tomorrow night’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies screening. This week’s movie is “The Avengers”; the gate opens at 6:30 pm at the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), so BYO chair/blanket and stake out your spot(s). The movie’s free; popcorn, candy, soda, and water will be available for purchase (donated by PB&J Textiles [WSB sponsor]), as a nonprofit benefit. And this week’s charity-raffle proceeds will go to the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington, as World Breastfeeding Week (first week in August) wraps up. Tracy Corey from Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) is donating adorable stuffed bears (see them in a photo in our coverage of last week’s WSOM) for the raffle. There’s preshow entertainment this week, too – singer/songwriter Jeremy Serwer. The movie’s on at dusk, which will be around 8:45 pm this time. WSB is proud to be the WS Outdoor Movies media sponsor again this year; see you there!

Happening now: Preshow fun @ West Seattle Outdoor Movies

August 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 2 Comments

Showtime at West Seattle Outdoor Movies is still about an hour away – with “The Muppets” as the main event – but there’s already a courtyard-filling crowd; our photo was taken about half an hour ago – so if you’re planning to go, don’t wait any longer! Tonight’s early attractions included free grilled hot dogs and burgers provided by West Seattle Christian Church. Other businesses from the WSOM sponsor list who are featured tonight include Nurturing Expressions:

From left, Kay Gordon with kids Asher and Alia, and Nurturing Expressions owner Tracy Corey with daughter Kayleigh, and some of the raffle prizes they’re donating tonight to raise money for WestSide Baby. For moms with babies, they’re handing out reminders of the breastfeeding support group that meets weekly at NE (which is at 4746 44th SW, Suite 201, across from Junction True Value), 1 pm Tuesdays. Also meeting weekly at NE, noon-2 pm Wednesdays, is the Early Days support group for parents with babies up to a year old, led by Meg Gluckman, who’s at WSOM tonight too, sharing information about all kinds of resources for parents:

And if you’re there, you can also find out about Dream Dinners from Carol, who shared a smile with Paul from PB&J Textiles, which donates the concessions to raise money for nonprofits each week:

Paul and PB&J co-proprietor Dave run the old-fashioned popcorn machine, too, always stationed near the gate to the movie courtyard alongside Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW). If you don’t make it to the movies next week – see the full lineup at wsmovies.org; three more Saturday-night screenings after tonight, starting with “The Avengers” next time (August 10th)!

Our standard disclosure: WSB sponsors mentioned in this story are Nurturing Expressions, Junction True Value, Dream Dinners, PB&J Textiles, and Hotwire Coffee. WSB, meantime, is the media sponsor for West Seattle Outdoor Movies again this year.

Bring diapers to West Seattle Outdoor Movies this Saturday – help WestSide Baby finish ‘Stuff(ing) the Bus’

July 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Not only is it a family-fun movie this Saturday night at West Seattle Outdoor Movies – “The Muppets” (2011) with a “Wallace and Gromit” short – it’s also a chance to help families all over our area. Saturday’s spotlight nonprofit is WestSide Baby, and you’re invited to help them reach the summer’s “Stuff the Bus” goal by bringing diapers:

WestSide Baby is pleased to be the recipient organization this Saturday evening! Please bring diapers and change for the concessions and raffle! Thanks to the event sponsors and the West Seattle Junction Association, we will receive proceeds from all of the concessions as well as from a raffle conducted by the event organizers. WestSide Baby provides essential items for local children in need and we operate the largest diaper bank in the Pacific Northwest. On July 21 we held our one big community diaper drive of the year, Stuff the Bus 21 and we still need 25,000 diapers to reach our goal of collecting 250,000 diapers from this event. Diapers are expensive and are not covered by food stamps. This week NBC News announced a recent study showing the adverse impact of Diaper Need on maternal mental health. Diapers matter to families in need.

So bring some Saturday night! Even if you’re not staying for the movie (AND the free barbecue presented by West Seattle Christian Church)! WS Outdoor Movies happen in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor), with the film screening around dusk, probably just after 9 pm this week.

Happening now: Shoe auction & music at week 2 of West Seattle Outdoor Movies

July 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 5 Comments

7:59 PM: The bidding’s on, in the benefit auction of donated shoes that’s preceding tonight’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of “The Devil Wore Prada.” Even if you’re not staying for the movie (which starts at dusk – still more than an hour away), you can stop by and check out the shoes. If you do want to stay for the (free) movie – as of right now, just before 8 pm, our crew at the courtyard (next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse [WSB sponsor] at California/Genesee) says there’s lots of room. Live music, too!

8:20 PM UPDATE: Now the courtyard is “filling up fast,” our on-scene crew reports. So if you’ve been waiting to leave – get going! BYO chair/blanket.

8:55 PM UPDATE: That’s a cameraphone pic of the crowd, as of a few minutes ago. We’ve just heard from Furry Faces Foundation, beneficiary and organizer of tonight’s shoe auction – bidding has just closed – and from Highline Physical Therapy, tonight’s featured sponsor. (WSB is media sponsor for the series.) Movie time looks to be around 9:10, 9:15 – gets a bit earlier each week. Next week, by the way, is the 2011 movie “The Muppets,” with a Wallace and Gromit short, and a free community barbecue presented by West Seattle Christian Church.

West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2013: Successful start; ‘Devil Wears Prada’ next week

July 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 3 Comments

That’s a trailer for “The Devil Wears Prada,” next Saturday night’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies feature – second movie in this summer’s six-week series in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), following a successful start last night. Though the movies start at dusk, be sure to come early – people started staking out spots after 6 pm last week, and in the 7 pm hour, the prime back rows were filling up:

You won’t be bored if you come early – there’s usually something special before the movie, and last night that included a robotics demonstration by Seattle Lutheran High School:

You’ll also meet cool people like Paul and Dave from PB&J Textiles (WSB sponsor), who run the popcorn machine on movie nights:

The movies are always free; concessions are sold as a benefit for nonprofits, who usually provide volunteers to help out. This year’s full schedule of Saturday night movies is here, with co-sponsors including WSB – see you at the movies!

West Seattle Outdoor Movies: 2013 series starts tomorrow night!

July 19, 2013 at 9:46 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

After a huge day of fun tomorrow – there’s one place you can sit down and have a low-impact good time: Opening night for the 2013 West Seattle Outdoor Movies series, for which WSB is proud to again serve as a co-sponsor. Kicking off the lineup announced last month: The 1964 James Bond classic “Goldfinger.” The movie starts at dusk in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor), but you’ll want to come early and make sure you get a spot (bring your own chair/blanket) – many people get takeout from nearby Junction restaurants and make a picnic out of it. No admission charge; concessions are available as nonprofit fundraisers. See you Saturday night!

West Seattle Outdoor Movies: 3 weeks away! Can you volunteer?

June 29, 2013 at 10:20 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Three weeks from tonight, the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) will fill with people, lawn chairs, and blankets, awaiting the kickoff of this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies series (co-sponsored by WSB). The movies are free and run on volunteer power – so this year we’re asking if you can help. There’s also a call out for pre-show musicians.

First, for volunteers, here are the prerequisites:

*Ideally available at least three of the six movie nights (consecutive Saturdays, 7/20-8/24); would need to be at the courtyard by 6:30 and stay until 11:30 or so

*Should have rudimentary knowledge of how to hook up professional audio equipment; you’ll need to help with some lifting and moving of the equipment

*Previous movie-theater experience? Big plus! But not required

*Training will be provided as the series begins

MUSICIANS:

*Need to have your own equipment and be ready to play an hour-long pre-show set.

Whether you can volunteer, or are an interested musician, or both – e-mail lora@hotwirecoffee.com to find out more.

West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2013: This summer’s lineup!

June 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 10 Comments

Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions – this year’s lineup for West Seattle Outdoor Movies is just in! From Lora Swift of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), here’s what’s planned for six consecutive Saturday nights in The Junction:

July 20: Goldfinger (1964; vintage trailer above) – Rated PG

July 27: Devil Wears Prada (2006) – Rated PG-13

August 3: The Muppets w/ short of Wallace & Gromit (2011) – Rated PG (with a free community barbecue, sponsored by WSCC)

August 10: Avengers (2012) – Rated PG-13

August 17: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – Rated PG

August 24: This Is Spinal Tap (1983) – Rated R

The movies are all shown on the “big screen” wall in the courtyard adjacent to Hotwire (4410 California SW). Doors usually open a couple hours before the movies start (dusk, which gets a bit earlier each week). Admission is free, but bring $ for concessions and raffles, both of which benefit local nonprofits. And bring your own chair/blanket to sit on!

West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2013: What do you want to see?

May 7, 2013 at 11:46 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 68 Comments

(WSB photo from August 2012)
Another season of West Seattle Outdoor Movies is on the way (July/August, dates TBA). Last year, not only were there record crowds, according to organizer Lora Swift of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor and movie coordinator – the screen’s in the courtyard by her shop), but also a fundraising total of more than $1,500 for local nonprofits, via the raffle tickets sold on movie nights. So now it’s time to ask – what would YOU like to see this year? Please note, the movies need to be relatively family-friendly, since it’s an all-ages crowd, and not something shown in the past few years:

2012′s movie lineup was Pretty in Pink, Young Frankenstein, Lion King, Iron Man, Yellow Submarine, Top Gun

2011′s movie lineup was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Airplane, Despicable Me, Jurassic Park (1), Toy Story 3

2010′s movie lineup was Mamma Mia, War Games, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wayne’s World, Up, Star Trek

And there are a few other caveats – the “Star Wars” movies aren’t available for this kind of outdoor showing, for example.

But Lora and the WSOM committee would love to hear your suggestions – just post a comment! Thanks!

Followup: West Seattle Outdoor Movie-goers’ giving

September 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 1 Comment

(Crowd at the final WS Outdoor Movies screening this season, “Top Gun” on August 25th)
If you were part of the record crowds for this summer’s free West Seattle Outdoor Movies and bought raffle tickets and/or concessions, you were part of a season of giving, as well as a season of fun. Five local nonprofits benefited from this year’s donations, which totaled $1,599: WestSide Baby, West Seattle Helpline, Seattle Lutheran High School Key Club, Furry Faces Foundation, Make It Better Project. Also, movie-series host Lora Swift (of 10th-anniversary-celebrating Hotwire Online Coffeehouse [WSB sponsor]!) sends props to West Seattle Christian Church for donating time to run the projector, PB&J Textiles (WSB sponsor) for donating their time/$ to buy and run the popcorn machine, and to the West Seattle Junction Association. And WSB was proud to be the official WSOM media sponsor again this year. On behalf of all the series sponsors, we also want to thank the businesses who in turn donated raffle prizes! Soon enough, it’ll be springtime again and time to talk about the next edition; Lora says,”We look forward to another fun movie series in 2013.”

West Seattle Outdoor Movies finale on Saturday: ‘Top Gun’ with free pizza, preshow music, more

August 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Tomorrow night, “Top Gun” is on the big screen in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard (4410 California SW) as the grand finale to this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies season, and the weather’s looking good. We featured the movie’s trailer earlier this week – so the clip above is a different preview, the official music video for the big love song from the 1986 hit, Berlin‘s “Take My Breath Away” (with movie scenes as well as the musicians in a vaguely relevant setting). The movie’s co-sponsors are bringing something extra – Pagliacci Pizza will have free pizza; Jackson, Morgan & Hunt PLLC (WSB sponsor) has put together a “Top Gun” basket for the raffle benefiting WestSide Baby – including tickets to the Museum of Flight! – and there’ll be live preshow music by Jeremy Serwer and the Spaghetti Benders. The movie’s expected to start around 8:15 pm; come early, stake out your spot, get your pizza, buy raffle tickets (concessions will benefit WS Baby too), and enjoy summer’s last movie night.

Saturday previews: Delridge Day reminder; ‘Yellow Submarine’ at West Seattle Outdoor Movies

August 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

BIG Saturday ahead. You can preview it all right now on the WSB West Seattle Events Calendar. And here are a few details on two of the biggies:

(Click to see map full size in Delridge Day brochure, with vendor list)
DELRIDGE DAY: Tons of fun packed into a four-hour festival, 11 am-3 pm Saturday in the park between Delridge Community Center and Delridge Skatepark. We’re sponsoring the Kids’ Zone, with a bouncy house, face-painting, picnic games, and balloon art. You’ll also find live music (the schedule’s in the official brochure), dozens of booths (come say hi!), two food trucks, the Alki Bike and Board skate competitions, and more.

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Second-to-last Saturday for the year (!) … The Beatles’ animated “Yellow Submarine” is the movie; trivia with Jessie from Skylark Café and Club is the preshow fun; the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) is the place. You’ll also find Furry Faces Foundation there selling/making pet tags (read about the program here) starting around 6 pm. Movie’s at dusk – it’s free, but bring $ for pet tags and nonprofit-benefiting raffles and concessions!

Happening tonight: ‘Iron Man’ @ West Seattle Outdoor Movies

August 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

As of right now – about 8 pm – there’s still some room in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard (4410 California SW) for tonight’s upcoming free West Seattle Outdoor Movies show, “Iron Man” – that’s Hotwire’s Lora with preshow announcements. Local band Wrecking Yard is in the middle of its pre-show set:

Concessions and raffle tickets are on sale to raise $ for charity – cool pile of raffle items (including a couple we gathered as one of tonight’s spotlight sponsors – all donated by local merchants – candy from Atomic Boys, which also donated the bag that holds it along with classic comic books; plus a $20 certificate for Full Tilt Ice Cream and a certificate to get out on the lanes at West Seattle Bowl; and a $20 certificate from Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) in a handy reusable shopping bag. Even more raffle items from other spotlight sponsors, including a Sonicare toothbrush from dentist Dr. Wolff, Hotwire’s courtyard neighbor. Movie’s at dusk, so get down here if you’re not here already.

Happening now: West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2012 debut

July 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

The crowd continues to grow in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), home to West Seattle Outdoor Movies, which opens its 2012 season tonight at dusk (an hour and a quarter or so away) with “Pretty in Pink.” Admission is free but bring $ for raffles and concessions, which always have a beneficiary – tonight, WestSide Baby:

Yes, that’s WS Baby’s executive director Nancy Woodland handling the popcorn machine, hours after a fun ride in the West Seattle Grand Parade as its Grand Marshal (see video in our first parade report). Tomorrow’s a huge day for WS Baby too – its annual Stuff the Bus diaper drive; bring diaper donations to the AmericanWest Bank lot at 41st and Alaska between 10 am and 2 pm. Back to movie night … the team from longtime WSB sponsor Dream Dinners is serving up jambalaya:

Always a fun time. West Seattle Outdoor Movies (with co-sponsors including WSB) continue every Saturday night for five more weeks after this – see the schedule at wsmovies.org.

3 weeks till West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2012: Poster debuts!

June 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off


This year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies poster is out – one of the fun summer promotional posters you’ll see around town over the next few months. And it gives us a chance to remind you of the lineup. It starts with a special pre-season, adults-only Friday night benefit event on July 20th – “50/50,” admission with a suggested donation to support Thrive Through Cancer, a West Seattle-headquartered nonprofit. The following six movie nights are free, all ages, Saturday night showings, as always:

JULY 21:Pretty in Pink“; preshow entertainment by “Bobcat Bob” Rice

JULY 28: “Young Frankenstein”; preshow entertainment by jump-rope ace Rene Bibaud

AUGUST 4: Lion King“; preshow entertainment by Louie Foxx Magic Show (plus a free community barbecue)

AUGUST 11:Iron Man“; preshow entertainment “secret musical guests” (!)

AUGUST 18:Yellow Submarine“; preshow entertainment “Trivia With Jessie” (from Skylark Café and Club)

AUGUST 25: Top Gun“; preshow entertainment “secret musical guests” (plus free pizza)

These events all happen in the courtyard between Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) and the dental building that’s home to Dr. Heidi Horwitz, DDS (WSB sponsor) and Dr. Gerald Wolff. Movies start at dusk, with the gates opening a couple hours ahead of time – don’t show up at the last minute, it’s usually a hot ticket! (P.S. The poster is by Riverbed Design.)

West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2012: Here’s the lineup!

May 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 5 Comments

Only two months till you can bring your glowstick, picnic, whatever, to West Seattle Outdoor Movies in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse – and we have first word of this year’s planned movie lineup, just decided at a WSOM planning meeting:

7/21 – Pretty in Pink

7/28 – Young Frankenstein

8/4 – Lion King

8/11 – Iron Man

8/18 – Yellow Submarine

8/25 – Top Gun

Thanks to everybody who offered suggestions, both here on WSB – we’re a co-sponsor again this year – and on the WSOM and WSB Facebook pages. The movies are always free, and they start at dusk; there’s still a lot to be determined, including pre-movie activities, and other fun stuff – updates to come!

Feeling summery? Suggestion time for West Seattle Outdoor Movies

May 7, 2012 at 10:33 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 39 Comments

(WSB photo from August 2011)
On this sunny day with the temperature headed for the 70s, it’s a perfect time to dream of summer … a time for getting out of the house as much as possible, even on those summer nights, which six times a year bring the much-awaited West Seattle Outdoor Movies to the big screen in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) – fun FREE events with food, music, and benefit raffles throughout the season, too, with community co-sponsors including WSB. Movie time is a little over two months away, and planning has begun, so movie mastermind and Hotwire proprietor Lora Swift wants to hear which movies you would like to see this summer. Keep in mind that the movies need to be family-friendly – doesn’t mean just “kid stuff,” but nothing TOO adult – and you might want to take a minute to consult the lists from previous years before offering your suggestion:

2011′s movie lineup: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Airplane, Despicable Me, Jurassic Park (1), Toy Story 3

2010′s movie lineup: Mamma Mia, War Games, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wayne’s World, Up, Star Trek

Any further back, and it’s probably fair game to come around again if there’s a demand for it, so suggest away, by posting a comment here!

Happening now: ‘Toy Story 3′ at West Seattle Outdoor Movies

August 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 5 Comments

The free barbecue before tonight’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of “Toy Story 3″ was a hot ticket, according to BBQ-sponsoring West Seattle Christian Church‘s Pastor Dan Jacobs - he says two dozen people were already camped out waiting for the barbecue, and free movie, half an hour before the gates officially opened and the BBQ officially started. On this beautiful night following the hottest day so far this year, the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) was filling fast:

Among the families, Tracy Corey (below right) of Nurturing Expressions (one of our newest WSB sponsors) and daughter Kayleigh, with her team member Magy Hamilton and Magy’s kids Joel and Sophia:

If you were planning to head to the movie and haven’t left yet, don’t wait; it’ll start at dusk, but space is at a premium. One more reminder – WS Outdoor Movies will stretch out an extra week BEYOND tonight, since the original season opener, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” was more like “Ferris Bueller’s Rainout” back in mid-June. So that’s the movie NEXT Saturday, wrapping up the series.

Junction double bill: ‘Big Bonanza’ deals; ‘Toy Story 3′ outdoors

August 19, 2011 at 6:58 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 2 Comments

Saturday doubleheader in The Junction! First, it’s an August tradition, as West Seattle shopping turns into Wild, Wild West Seattle shopping – “The Big Bonanza” (participants listed here) is tomorrow, with more than 35 merchants participating in a day of sales. Look for the red balloons and checked tablecloths. The West Seattle Junction Association sends along a sampling of what you’ll find:

SWEETIE:

Our Big Bonanza special at Sweetie couldn’t happen at a better time of the year – 50-70% off all summer fashion – get it while it’s hot!

And we’re kicking off our fall fashion preview the same day, with 10% off all new fall fashion, Saturday, August 20 only.

CURIOUS KIDSTUFF:

25% off all purchases over $100, and up to 50% off selected items

CARMILIA’S:

Offering sale items at 50-85% off and all new fall merchandise will be 20% off 8/20 through 8/25……a five day jump on fall!

SHADOWLAND:

Cowboy Chicken Fried Steak on special and wet your whistle with a tall, frosty one.

Then tomorrow night in The Junction:

Toy Story 3” is the feature at West Seattle Outdoor Movies, on the big screen in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor). Gates open at 6:30, and though the (free!) movie isn’t till dusk, stake out your spot early. If you bring some $, you can get in on bargain-priced concessions and great raffle prizes – all benefiting local nonprofits. Plus – FREE BARBECUE, starting at 6:30, courtesy of West Seattle Christian Church, whose Pastor Dan Jacobs (who’s also the regular projectionist for the movies, little-known fact) announces: “We will be serving the free BBQ from 6:30 to 7:30 or when we run out of food. We have hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, chips, and drinks for 225 people.”

(An early reminder – though the posters and schedules show tomorrow as the final movie, there’s another one a week later, on August 27th, the movie that got rained out on what was supposed to be Outdoor Movies’ opening night, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”)

Happening now: Biggest West Seattle Outdoor Movies night yet

August 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 1 Comment

If you’re not already at the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), hurry – this week’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation, “Despicable Me,” is about 20 minutes away, and it’s the biggest crowd so far this summer – Hotwire’s Lora Swift estimates about 300 so far. MoZo, featuring Bob “Bobcat Bob” Rice, was the opening act (we’ll add video later), and the pre-movie drawing raising money for West Seattle Food Bank and Northwest Hope and Healing is coming up. Check the full season schedule at wsmovies.org (and remember there’s an extra Saturday, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on August 27, making up for the rainout back on July 16).

ADDED: As promised, video of “Bobcat Bob” playing in MoZo, with Aimee Zoe Tubbs on drums and Moe Provencher on bass:

Love the Seafair/”closest thing we have to Mardi Gras” observation. Moviegoers also heard briefly from two reps on behalf of Hope Lutheran, one of the sponsors on this particular night – newly arrived Pastor Peter Mueller (profiled here on Thursday) and principal Kristen Okabayashi. Next week, the movie is the original “Jurassic Park”; gates open at 6:30 pm and the movie will start at dusk (this week, that meant right about 9, so it’ll be a little earlier) after preshow entertainment and raffles to raise money for local nonprofits.

West Seattle Outdoor Movies: ‘Airplane!’ soars; ‘Despicable’ next

July 31, 2011 at 12:46 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

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Another fun Saturday night in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), as this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies season continued with the still-funny-after-all-these-years “Airplane!”, preceded by the magic of Louie Foxx. Next week – the animated “Despicable Me“:

The movie’s free; concessions are budget-priced and, like the pre-movie raffles, raise money for local charities. (Tonight’s raffle prizes, for example, included several gift cards – $20 for Elliott Bay Brewing, $20 for Hotwire, $25 for Curious Kidstuff, $50 for Pagliacci – they vary each week – and tickets are only $1, or 3 for $2.) Gates open at 6:30 pm, with preshow entertainment 8-ish – next week, it’s “Bobcat Bob” Rice – the movie at 9-ish (times will shift earlier as the weeks go by);

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