West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle Outdoor Movies http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:05:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Bridge anniversary: One more big event ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-bridge-anniversary-one-more-big-event-ahead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-bridge-anniversary-one-more-big-event-ahead/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:19:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280672

Next Saturday night, “Sleepless in Seattle” (the movie that inspired the cry, “You can’t get to Alki like THAT!”) will be onscreen as part of West Seattle Outdoor Movies, sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society as a wrapup of the summerlong celebration of the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the “high bridge.” As you know if you’ve been to a WSOM screening before, the screen is on a big wall in the courtyard outside Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), which has been partnering with SWSHS in the summerlong celebration.

Back on July 14th, 30 years to the day after the bridge’s dedication, the courtyard was the site of a panel discussion of the bridge’s history – not just how it got built, but also, the bizarre spinoff story that became a murder mystery. In case you missed that event, here’s our video:

Back to next Saturday’s WS Outdoor Movies presentation: According to the full preview on the SWSHS website, preshow entertainment includes live music and more of those historic bridge-related video clips previewed here earlier this month. And as with all WSOM shows, it’s free! But you can bring $ for not only nonprofit-benefiting concessions and raffles, but also to buy an anniversary T-shirt and commemorative coffee. Make a night of it – August 2nd, 4410 California SW.

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There yet? Pizza, photo booth, fashion @ West Seattle Outdoor Movies tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/there-yet-pizza-photo-booth-fashion-west-seattle-outdoor-movies/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/there-yet-pizza-photo-booth-fashion-west-seattle-outdoor-movies/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:16:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280620 Gates are open for tonight’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies event in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) and a lot is going on, long before “Spice World” hits the screen at dusk.

(WSB photo, substituted for Instagram snap originally posted here Saturday night)
Free slices from Pagliacci (a WSOM sponsor, as are we), free photobooth [above], and after 8 pm, a fashion show. All free. You just bring a chair/blanket and if you can, a few bucks for nonprofit-benefiting raffle items and concessions. 4410 California SW, right next to The Junction’s Post Office.

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Summer will return! ‘Spice World’ at West Seattle Outdoor Movies this Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-will-return-spice-world-at-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-this-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-will-return-spice-world-at-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-this-saturday/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:51:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280328

Last Saturday, this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies series opened with drizzle/mist as the audience watched Sandra Bullock in space (above, a preshow photo as the crowd started to gather). Today, a midsummer deluge. But THIS Saturday – clear skies and warm temperatures are promised. So plan to set up your chair/blanket in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) courtyard for “Spice World”:

Movie’s free – as are a fashion show and photo booth! Bring money for concessions and raffles to benefit local nonprofits (and Hotwire is open pre-show, with espresso beverages, smoothies, and more). Gates open at 6:30, movie at dusk (9-ish).

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West Seattle Outdoor Movies tonight: Two updates! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-outdoor-movies-tonight-two-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-outdoor-movies-tonight-two-updates/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:02:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279865

Two updates as we get closer to tonight’s first West Seattle Outdoor Movies event of the season, with “Gravity” (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, 2013) onscreen in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor). Two updates:

*One of tonight’s sponsors, Pagliacci Pizza, is bringing slices – free! (first come, first served)
*Movie’s free but it would be great if you could bring a **nonperishable food donation** for local food-bank clients

Again, the gates open at 6:30 pm; the movie starts at dusk, which tonight means around 9 pm, and earlier each subsequent week. Bring your own chair/blankets. Raffle tickets will be sold – prizes vary each week – proceeds go to local nonprofits, as is the case with concessions (popcorn, candy, beverages). The full-season lineup of six movies is on the official site at wsmovies.org. (WSB is proud to again be WSOM’s media sponsor.)

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You asked for them, you’ll see them! West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2014 lineup goes public http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/you-asked-for-them-youll-see-them-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-2014-lineup-goes-public/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/you-asked-for-them-youll-see-them-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-2014-lineup-goes-public/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 20:53:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274099

(Trailer for “The Goonies,” scheduled for August 16th)
You made suggestions … organizers discussed, searched, decided, confirmed … and now, as just announced by Lora Swift of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), next to the courtyard transformed into an under-the-stars movie theater six Saturday nights each summer, we have the lineup for the 2014 edition of West Seattle Outdoor Movies – we’ve linked each movie’s name to a trailer clip (except for the much-requested “Goonies,” :

Saturday, July 19th: Gravity (2013) PG-13

Saturday, July 26th: Spice World (1997) PG

Saturday, August 2nd: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) – PG

Saturday, August 9th: The Blues Brothers 1980 – R

Saturday, August 16th: The Goonies (1985) – PG

Saturday, August 23rd: Frozen (2013) – PG

Again this year, pre-show entertainment will be featured, and Lora’s starting the search now; you’ll get the chance to buy tickets for raffles to benefit local nonprofits; and PB&J Textiles will sponsor concessions, with those proceeds also going to local nonprofits. This year, the WSOM committee is inviting nonprofits to request inclusion on the recipient roster; e-mail Lora for more information on how that works – lora@hotwirecoffee.com – and she asks that you “include contact information and short paragraph and/or weblink about the non-profit.” If you are or know of a potential pre-show act, same address, and that’s also where to inquire if you’re interested in applying to help with sound this year.

New to West Seattle/never been to WSOM before? Admission’s free, since the series is supported by sponsors (including WSB). Gates open early; you bring a chair and/or blanket and stake out a spot; movies start at dusk, which means the time gets earlier as the six-week series goes by. (Scroll through this WSB archive to see some of our past coverage.)

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West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2014: Ready for your suggestions! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-outdoor-movies-2014-ready-for-your-suggestions/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-outdoor-movies-2014-ready-for-your-suggestions/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 19:03:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272192

(WSB file photo of the courtyard on a West Seattle Outdoor Movies night)
The 2014 series of free West Seattle Outdoor Movies – in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) – is 2+ months away, but planning has already begun, and that’s where you come in: Suggestion time starts now, in the comment section below! The movies need to be relatively family-friendly, since it’s an all-ages crowd, but that does NOT necessarily mean kid-targeted. And the movies shown in the past few years are off-limits for reruns – here are the last three season lineups:

*2013′s movie lineup was Goldfinger, Devil Wears Prada, Muppets, Avengers, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, This Is Spinal Tap

*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

The six-movie season will start in late July – exact dates to come.

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11 reasons why this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies rocked http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/11-reasons-why-this-years-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-rocked/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/11-reasons-why-this-years-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-rocked/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:23:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=162226

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


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

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Happening now: West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2013 finale http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/happening-now-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-2013-finale/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/happening-now-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-2013-finale/#comments Sun, 25 Aug 2013 02:12:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=161991

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!

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Saturday doubleheader at Hotwire courtyard: Group garage/craft sale; WS Outdoor Movies finale http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/saturday-doubleheader-at-hotwire-courtyard-group-garagecraft-sale-ws-outdoor-movies-finale/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/saturday-doubleheader-at-hotwire-courtyard-group-garagecraft-sale-ws-outdoor-movies-finale/#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:56:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=161572 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!

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Donation drive for West Seattle Food Bank @ Saturday movie http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/donation-drive-for-west-seattle-food-bank-saturday-movie/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/donation-drive-for-west-seattle-food-bank-saturday-movie/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 05:30:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=161315 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.”

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West Seattle outdoor entertainment ahead: Massy Ferguson; 85th St. Big Band; ‘Bill and Ted’ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/west-seattle-outdoor-entertainment-ahead-massy-ferguson-85th-st-big-band-bill-and-ted/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/west-seattle-outdoor-entertainment-ahead-massy-ferguson-85th-st-big-band-bill-and-ted/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:43:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=160989 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.

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Just in case you’re wondering: West Seattle Outdoor Movies = go http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/just-in-case-youre-wondering-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-go/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/just-in-case-youre-wondering-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-go/#comments Sun, 11 Aug 2013 02:13:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=160643 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).

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‘The Avengers’ Saturday night at West Seattle Outdoor Movies http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/the-avengers-saturday-night-at-west-seattle-outdoor-movies/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/the-avengers-saturday-night-at-west-seattle-outdoor-movies/#comments Sat, 10 Aug 2013 01:24:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=160537

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!

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Happening now: Preshow fun @ West Seattle Outdoor Movies http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/happening-now-preshow-fun-west-seattle-outdoor-movies/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/happening-now-preshow-fun-west-seattle-outdoor-movies/#comments Sun, 04 Aug 2013 02:59:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=159913

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.

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Bring diapers to West Seattle Outdoor Movies this Saturday – help WestSide Baby finish ‘Stuff(ing) the Bus’ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/07/bring-diapers-to-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-this-saturday-help-westside-baby-finish-stuffing-the-bus/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/07/bring-diapers-to-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-this-saturday-help-westside-baby-finish-stuffing-the-bus/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 05:54:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=159635

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.

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