Congratulations! WSHS student artist Regine Fernandez wins regional award

April 22, 2014 at 6:12 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | 5 Comments

Congratulations go out to an award-winning West Seattle High School student artist, just announced by art/design teacher Michelle Sloan, who also shared the photo:

West Seattle High School Student Regine Fernandez wins an Outstanding Achievement award for her Oil Pastel Drawing of “Grandma’s Girl” in the Puget Sound Regional Art competition. The drawing was of her family’s pet dog.

More information about the competition is here.

Author/storyteller Atinuke visits West Seattle’s Village School

April 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | 8 Comments

(Photos courtesy Village Cooperative School)
The students of West Seattle’s Village Cooperative School have read her work – and now they’ve heard from author/storyteller Atinuke in person. She visited the school’s home on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus today, after getting a letter from student Henry Banker, who wrote to her about reading her book “No. 1 Car Spotter” in the book club at school:

Atinuke’s books are set in Africa; she is a resident of Wales, born in Nigeria and raised in both Africa and the UK. Her 12 children’s books also include the “Anna Hibiscus” series, described as “a medley of traditional folklore and contemporary urban life” by Sarah Schieron of the Village School, who says the letter kindled “a conversation between author and student … and culminated in an in-person meeting today. This is a great example of how parent supported, small, cooperative educational settings promote innovative learning opportunities for school aged students.” Students from The Bridge School, a similar school in Normandy Park that serves ages 5-11, were at the Village School for today’s event.

P.S. Village School, in its inaugural year, is having an open house on Thursday, May 1st, 6:30-8:30 pm.

West Seattle Saturday: Egg hunts; Duwamish Alive!; Junction Tax-Free Day; Record Store Day; Earth Day Run; more

April 19, 2014 at 6:03 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo by Mark Bauschke, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
So much happening today! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, highlights from morning until night, starting with an event that includes a traffic alert:

ALKI TRAFFIC ALERT FOR EARTH DAY RUN: Traffic/parking restrictions will be in effect along Alki Avenue in the 9-11 am vicinity because of the second annual Earth Day Run, first time on Alki. Start time is listed as 9:30 am, with post-race events continuing until noon.

EGG HUNTS TODAY

9 am – West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan; WSB sponsor) egg hunt – get there early, there’s always a line!

10 am – Seattle Parks & Rec community-center egg hunt of your choice:
*********Alki – 5817 SW Stevens – billed as for ages 11 and under
*********Delridge – 4501 Delridge Way SW – for ages 3-11
*********Hiawatha – 2700 California SW – for 3-11
*********High Point – 6920 34th SW – for 3-11
*********South Park – 8319 8th Ave. S. – for ages 1-10

11 am – Eastridge Church community egg hunt on the south side of Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) – bring donations for the diaper drive for WestSide Baby

Noon – Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village egg hunt (2600 SW Barton), right after 11 am seasonally themed story-time

WHAT ELSE IS UP

(WSB photo: Record Store Day art greeting on Easy Street marquee, spotted on Friday)
RECORD STORE DAY: From early morning on into the evening, Easy Street Records is the celebration epicenter – see the full lineup here; doors open at 7 am, signings throughout the day include West Seattle’s own Caspar Babypants signing and spinning 3-4 pm, and Rose Windows performing live in-store at 7 pm. (NW corner of California/Alaska)

DUWAMISH ALIVE! 10 am-2 pm, hundreds of volunteers are bringing TLC to sites along the Duwamish River and in its watershed. If you haven’t already signed up, pick a site and go join in – see the map here.

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION ‘TAX-FREE SHOPPING DAY’: Look for the red balloons to see who’s participating – shops and restaurants that are will pick up your sales-tax cost for whatever you buy today. You can also see more than three dozen participants listed online.

APRIL POOL’S DAY: Free family event to promote water safety, with activities in and out of the water at Southwest Pool, 10:30 am-noon. (2801 SW Thistle)

ANTIQUE TYPEWRITERS: Last weekend we showed you one of the stops for Ribbon and Rhyme,” in which antique typewriters are provided for YOU to tap out some art – poetry, perhaps.

Today, they’re at Southwest Branch Library, 1:30-4:30 pm. (35th/Henderson)

‘COLLAGE CURE’ ART SHOW: 2-6 pm installation at Highland Park Improvement Club - details here. (12th/Holden)

NATURE HIKE: “Owls and Other Organisms” evening hike with naturalist Stewart Wechsler in Lincoln Park, 6:30 pm – details here, including where to meet & suggested donation.

MUSIC OF OUR TIME: Piano, cello, soprano performing Music of Our Time” concert at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor)’s Olympic Hall, 7:30 pm. (6000 16th SW)

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL REUNION: Widow, 30 years later! Tonight at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9:30 pm. (6451 California SW)

See the calendar for even more ...

West Seattle Wednesday: DPD at DNDC; Morgan Community Association; more…

April 16, 2014 at 9:13 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | 7 Comments

Before sharing his Tuesday orca photo, Gary Jones sent another awesome round of eagle photos from Alki Point (thanks!) – all three of which we’re featuring throughout today’s calendar preview.

LIBRARY STORY TIMES: Home on spring break? Parental leave? THREE library story times this morning for kids of various ages – see our calendar page for details (mouse over any line’s right side to get the “plus sign” you can click to open the line for more info).

MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION’S QUARTERLY MEETING: 7 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor). The agenda, as also published at morganjunction.org:

7:05 Murray/Lowman CSO (King County)

7:15 California @ Fauntleroy Level of Service (SDOT)

7:25 Micro-housing Legislation Update

7:35 Morgan Junction Land Use Topics:

Pedestrian Zone Mapping, Low-rise zoning changes, West Seattle land use committee

7:55 Morgan Junction Festival Update

New Business

8:00 Solar Presentation

8:10 West Seattle Transit Coalition and Prop 1

8:15 CALSeattle Letter: Coalition for an Affordable Livable Seattle

8:30 Nazarene Church Residential Development

All welcome. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

DPD AT DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: The city Department of Planning and Development has three reps for three programs at tonight’s DNDC – as previewed here yesterday. And West Seattle neighborhood advocate Cindi Barker will be there too, with information on how you can track, and give feedback on, land-use issues. 7 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. All welcome. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

‘UNPLUGGED’ AT C & P: The Seattle Classic Guitar Society‘s open-microphone night for guitarists and other acoustic musicians, at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

And as usual, much more on the calendar!

Sing so they can play: Karaoke Night to benefit West Seattle Community Orchestras

April 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | No Comments

Brand-new fun(draiser), ready to launch – Karaoke Night to benefit the multi-age, multi-skill-level West Seattle Community Orchestras, 7 pm Friday, May 2nd, at historic Kenyon Hall. WSCO says they’re fundraising for a very specific purpose:

As the demand for music programs increases, WSCO continues to provide musicians in the community an artistic outlet. In recent years, their three orchestra groups have almost reached room capacity and many incoming musicians are placed on a waiting list.

Now in WSCO’s 12th season, the Board of Directors have proposed to launch two new music programs that will enable them to accommodate the increasing growth and continue to provide community musicians opportunities for mentorship, performance, and growth. The proposed new groups include a Wind Symphony and an Introduction to Music Class. This fund-raising event will help with startup costs for these new groups.

Join WSCO and DJ “J” for a fun and casual party time! Sing along with the karaoke machine, bring your instrument and music for our on-site piano accompanist, or sing with the piano accompanist.

Tickets at the door: Adults $20, Students (K-12th Grade) $10

Evening will include 50/50 Raffle, Appetizers, Beverages, Cash Bar, and “Cello Shots.” Awards for the Top 5 Performances of the evening.

For event information, please contact Maria Fisher, maria@WSCOrchestras.org

Keep missing ‘Messiah’ singalongs at Christmastime? Hallelujah! One’s coming up in West Seattle post-Easter

April 13, 2014 at 10:43 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | No Comments

Though Handel’s “Messiah” is a Christmastime staple, it was actually written for Easter season. In that spirit, West Side Presbyterian Church is hosting a singalong – and playalong! – Friday, May 2nd:

The entire oratorio will be performed under the direction of Carreen Smith, director of music at West Side. All singers and instrumentalists are invited to participate. Sing the entire oratorio, all choruses and solos! If you don’t sing or play, come listen! Bring a vocal score if you have one. Vocal scores and orchestra parts will be available for loan at the event. Refreshments will be available at the two intermissions. There is a suggested $10 donation. All proceeds go to Care Net of Puget Sound. West Side Presbyterian Church, 3601 California SW.

Doors open at 6 pm, the music begins at 7.

P.S. Speaking of Eastertime, the annual WSB Easter/Passover page will be up Monday, so if you have an event (religious or secular) to which the community is invited, and haven’t sent it yet, please do – editor@westseattleblog.com – ASAP, so we can include it!

What’s up – and who’s up – for your West Seattle Sunday

April 13, 2014 at 9:45 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

We’re featuring two photos of West Seattle’s beautiful birds today. First, thanks to David Hutchinson for the then-and-now photo: “The Harbor Avenue Canada Goose goslings have done a lot of growing up in the past 7 weeks. The top photo was taken on February 19th, while the bottom is from earlier this week on April 9th.” Second, thanks also to Chris Frankovich for the eagle photo featured below! Now, on with the calendar highlights:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, with more returning vendors every week now that we’re well into spring. (44th/Alaska)

STORYTELLING AT DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE: 2 pm, in honor of the upcoming Earth Day, native and non-native storytellers with tales of Earth and our relationship with it. Details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

LEARN ABOUT EDIBLE GARDENING: 2 pm at Delridge Branch Librarydetails here. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

LADIES’ MUSICAL CLUB: Classical music, live at the West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library, 3 pm. Program details here. (2306 42nd SW)

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: Burgundy Pearl performs acoustic Americana at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

FINAL PERFORMANCE OF ‘A … MY NAME IS ALICE’: 5 pm at historic Kenyon Hall, it’s the final performance of this musical-comedy revue presented by Twelfth Night Productions. (7904 35th SW)

BOOZE, BALLS & BINGO BENEFIT: The monthly drag-bingo/charity-benefit event at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 5:30 pm, this month raising money for LoveForMark.com. (6451 California SW)

As always, there’s even more on our calendar!

Happening now: ‘Ribbon and Rhyme’ typewriters, High Point Library

April 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 13 Comments

Objects of nostalgia, objects of mystery, objects of utility … However you choose to regard them, antique human-powered typewriters are waiting for you right now at the High Point Branch Library as the second stop in Ribbon and Rhyme,” described as a “hands-on art installation.” Go type a few words. Listen to the keys as they meet the paper, through the ribbon. Look at your words, unpixelated.

The typewriters await, until 5:30 today.

West Seattle Saturday: Two dozen things to do!

April 12, 2014 at 9:40 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

It’s all in the angle! That’s an early-morning scene from West Seattle Stadium that Sandy couldn’t resist sharing. Got a caption? Post a comment! Meantime, for today’s calendar highlights, please go direcly TO the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar

West Seattle Friday: Dining, dancing, nature, theater, more…

April 11, 2014 at 11:20 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Our emerald peninsula, seen from the sky! Thanks to the WSB’er who shared the photo taken from a jet over West Seattle around 6 am today. Here are five highlights of what’s happening at ground level (as viewable any time on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar):

TEEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: 3 pm at Southwest Library, it’s a chance for teens to learn how to take an idea from dream to reality. Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)

DINE AND DANCE: Dinner, dance lessons, and music by the West Seattle Big Band, all part of tonight’s dinner/dance at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Details in our calendar listing; 6-9 pm. (Oregon/California)

WSHS DRAMA, FINAL PERFORMANCE: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” – featuring Charles Schulz‘s classic “Peanuts” characters – is onstage one last time tonight in the West Seattle High School Theater, 7:30 pm. Details on the WSHS Drama Club website. (3000 California SW)

SPRING NATURE ‘CONCERT’: Come to Camp Long tonight and listen to the voices of wildlife – owls, frogs, more. 7:30 pm; details in our calendar listing. (5200 35th SW)

‘A … MY NAME IS ALICE’: 7:30 pm, it’s curtain time for the Twelfth Night Productions musical/comedy revue at historic Kenyon Hall; details here. (7904 35th SW)

This is just part of the list – check out our calendar for more, including live music tonight at multiple West Seattle venues!

West Seattle filmmaking: ‘Shapeshifting’ crew on Alki tomorrow

April 11, 2014 at 10:14 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | No Comments

If you notice a film crew on Alki tomorrow afternoon near the volleyball nets – here’s what it’s all about. West Seattle actor/producer Alder Sherwood explains they’ll be doing street interviews for “Do You Shift?“, described as a documentary about “shapeshifting.” No, not necessarily the mythical/magical kind (though they’re exploring that too) – Sherwood explains, “… it isn’t just about physical transformation; it is about shifting our perspective of what is possible.” There’s more here, on the project website. As in – have you transformed your life? Producer Jeremiah Kaynor of Corvus Eye Productions says, “We would love to interview anyone that is a Shifter or knows someone who has Shapeshifted.” Interviews will be reviewed for the documentary as well as its accompanying YouTube channel. Just look for the crew at the beach tomorrow afternoon.

West Seattle Tuesday: Calendar highlights for today/tonight

April 8, 2014 at 9:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Monday’s sunset; photo by Chris Frankovich)
As we look ahead at what’s happening Tuesday – we’re interspersing photos shared from the end of Monday. Thank you to those who e-mailed these views! From the calendar:

4755 FAUNTLEROY @ COUNCIL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE: 9:30 am at City Council Chambers at City Hall downtown, as previewed last night. Public comment at the start of the meeting, which also has the Bicycle Master Plan on the agenda. Live on Seattle Channel (and we expect to have a live video window here on the site, too). (4th/James downtown)

RESOURCE FAIR: 10 am-1 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle – including free lunch! Details in our listing. (California/Oregon)

STORYTELLING: 6 pm, the Seattle Storytellers Guild is at Chaco Canyon Organic Café in The Triangle. (38th/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: Spring concert, 6:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium – details in our calendar listing>. (2600 SW Thistle)

(Jeff shared the photo, suggesting the reflected light near Blake Island looked like ‘ghost ships’)
And a big slate of community meetings, as is usual for the second Tuesday of the month:

HIGH POINT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 6 pm, Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, with a lineup of SDOT managers as special guests to talk and listen. The agenda, from the WSTC website:

6:30-6:40: Welcome, Introductions, Community news, Updates.

6:40-6:50: Committee News and Updates; Looking for new Committee Chairs

6:50-7:00: New business from the Membership – Anything to share, work on?

7:00-8:00: Seattle Department of Transportation, to discuss infrastructure and safety across the West Seattle Peninsula. Expected Guests:

Jim Curtin, Senior Transportation Planner
Brian Dougherty, Associate Transportation Planner
John Buswell, Roadway Structures Manager
Bill LaBorde, Strategic Advisor at Seattle Department of Transportation
Bob Chandler, Seattle Department of Transportation
Assistant Director Richard Sheridan, Public Information Manager
Cheryl Swab, Strategic Advisor for Council Relations at Seattle Department of Transportation

8:00-8:20: Set action items for the May WSTC meeting with guest Andrew Glass Hastings, Mayor Murray’s Transportation Policy Advisor.

8:20-8:25: Set the main Agenda items for May’s WSTC meeting.

8:25-8:30: Adjourn.

All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE BOOSTER CLUB: Your invitation from the club to come to tonight’s meeting, 7 pm at the West Seattle High School library:

Hello West Seattle HS Fans…..

Come and be part of this group of parents, alumni, faculty, coaches , and community members who want help raise money and awareness for West Seattle High School’s athletic programs and activities. Please visit our web site, www.westseattleboosterclub.org for more information. We hope to see you!!

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm in the board room just inside the entrance of Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, all welcome. (9131 California SW)

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at The Sanctuary at Admiral, all welcome. (42nd/Lander)

Much more on the calendar!

West Seattle Sunday: Typewriters, tunes, theater, ‘Catsino,’ & more

April 6, 2014 at 9:22 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

(Common finch, photographed Friday by Ryan O’Keven)
An eclectic lineup of possibilities for your Sunday – including, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

‘BIG BLUE SUNDAY’: This is not just any old Sunday for Northwest Center’s Big Blue Truck donation dropoffs in The Junction. It’s “Big Blue Sunday,” with a focus on clothing donations (though they’ll take everything else they usually accept, too) and some special incentives 10 am-2 pm as part of a regional drive. More here. (44th/Edmunds)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: The further we get into spring, the more vendors return, and you’ll find more “new” offerings today. Produce, meat, fish, cheese, cider, baked goods, wine, nuts, flowers, more, 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

‘RIBBON AND RHYME’ TYPEWRITER ART: 1:30-4:30 in the Delridge Branch Library meeting room, it’s your first of five local chances this month to “try out vintage typewriters and create a bit of spontaneous art,” as a friend of writer/artist Lauren Ziemski explains (she has deployed them in open-air installations like this one photographed by The Seattle Times [WSB partner]). More info here. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

CATSINO: 2-6 pm at Beveridge Place Pub, join Furry Faces Foundation and friends for Vegas-style games and other fun(draising) – details in our calendar listing. (6413 California SW)

‘MIDSUMMER/JERSEY’: Another chance to see the Seattle Lutheran High School Drama Club production, 2:30 pm at the school gym – details here. (4100 SW Genesee)

SARAH BURGESS, LIVE: Singer/songwriter serenades you while you enjoy an afternoon at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

‘MOVING PARTY’ AT SKYLARK: No, Skylark Café and Club is not moving, but ER Piano Studios is, with a new name and new location to be announced at a 3-6 pm event that you can enjoy too – details in our calendar listing. No cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE GREEN SPACE COALITION: Their work toward community determination of the publicly owned ex-substation sites continues, and you’re invited to their next meeting, 3:15 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library – agenda details in our calendar listing; more about the group at westseattlegreenspace.org. (2326 42nd SW)

‘A … MY NAME IS ALICE’: Musical/comedy revue by Twelfth Night Productions at Kenyon Hall, 5 pm curtain time today. (7904 35th SW)

OSO BENEFIT AT ENDOLYNE JOE’S: Tonight through April 17th, Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) donates $5 to slide relief from every “Chow Chompin’” three-course meal (described on this page – click to expand the info box). 5 pm to close, each night. (9261 45th SW)

OSO BENEFIT IN WHITE CENTER: Company Bar (which you probably know is a restaurant too) is hosting a benefit bash tonight, asking a $5 donation at the door, with live music 8-11 pm (though you’re welcome to show up sooner!) and more. Details on this Facebook event page.

West Seattle Garden Tour poster-art winner announced: Congratulations, Sue Madill

April 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm | In Gardening, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 9 Comments

The announcement just in from Clay Swidler of the West Seattle Garden Tour:

The West Seattle Garden Tour is thrilled to announce Sue Madill as the winning artist chosen for the WSGT’s 20th Anniversary Poster! The original painting will also be for sale at one of the nine gardens featured on this year’s July 20th garden tour. (Location to be announced.) Congratulations, Sue!

This year’s tour is on July 20th – more info here.

Four premieres ahead as ArtsWest announces next season’s lineup

April 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | No Comments

Two Northwest premieres, one West Coast premiere, and one Seattle premiere are on the lineup just announced by ArtsWest for next season, September through May. Read on for the plays and the summaries in the official announcement:

Click to read the rest of Four premieres ahead as ArtsWest announces next season’s lineup…

Ready for spring break? 4th-8th graders invited to local music camp

March 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

Just two weeks until Seattle Public Schools‘ spring-break week – and if you have a West Seattle-area 4th through 8th grader interested in music, this might be the perfect way for her/him to spend that week:

Denny Sealth Performing Arts is once again sponsoring a Spring Break music camp this year, for 4th through 8th graders. Here’s the invitation from the Denny and Sealth music director Marcus Pimpleton:

The camp is a fun and laid-back way for students to spend the break exploring music with other youth from the West Seattle area. The camp will operate April 14th-18th from 9 am – 2 pm and be held in the music rooms at Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 SW Thistle.

Students spend two hours of each day specializing on their primary instrument in an ensemble (band, orchestra or choir) plus 45 minutes of sectionals with their primary instrument. They have another 45 minutes each day to explore a secondary interest (steel drums, guitar, drumline, color guard, choir or jazz band). The rest of the time consists of games and lunch. A suggested donation of $120 is requested, but families are welcome to give as much or as little as they can afford. For more information, please contact mjpimpleton@seattleschools.org.

The registration form is available here.

West Seattle weekend scenes: Statewide Chinese Language/Talent Competition

March 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Hundreds of students from kindergarteners to 12th graders were at Chief Sealth International High School today, for a statewide event – the Washington State Chinese Language and Talent Competition. We hadn’t heard about it in advance but noticed the school’s parking lot was full, an unusual sight for a Sunday; a web search revealed what was going on, so a bit later, we stopped in to check it out. It was lunchtime for most participants, but performances were under way in the auditorium – dancers performed (top photo) while musicians practiced in the hallway:

Among the spectators during our visit: The renowned Seattle Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team – this might be the only time you’ve ever seen them NOT in motion:

In addition to music and dancing, competition was held in categories from poetry to public speaking to drawing to Chinese chess. The event was presented by the Cultural Exploration of Greater China Foundation, the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Washington State, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s World Languages Program, and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, whose Education Center is headquartered on the Denny/Sealth campus.

Denny-Sealth Big Band Dinner Dance report: ‘Phenomenal’!

March 23, 2014 at 2:01 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

(Photos courtesy Denny principal Jeff Clark)
Big night of music and dancing last night in the Sealth/Denny Galleria! From Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark, on behalf of himself and Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer:

The Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School Big Band Dinner was held last night to the delight of all in attendance.

(Denny Jazz Band)
The music from all three performing groups, the Denny Jazz Band, the Sealth Jazz Band, and the West Seattle Big Band was phenomenal! Guests enjoyed great food and dancing to the amazing sounds or the performers.

(Dancing to the Chief Sealth Jazz Band)
Once again, Mr. Marcus Pimpleton has skillfully taken our music groups to a new level of performance–congratulations to all of the Denny and Sealth musicians! A huge thank you to the West Seattle Big Band for supporting us with their time, talents, and donation.

(West Seattle Big Band)
Our volunteers are a group who continue to demonstrate unparalleled dedication to our kids and music program — thank you so much!

The West Seattle Big Band also performed for benefits at West Seattle High School and at Madison Middle School; supporting student music is their main mission. Watch for their local performances later this year, usually including the West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park at Hiawatha in July.

West Seattle HS String Orchestra wins festival award

March 20, 2014 at 6:34 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Congratulations to the award-winning West Seattle High School String Orchestra! WSHS music teacher Ethan Thomas shares the photo and report:

The West Seattle High School String Orchestra traveled to Bellingham on March 14th to participate in the Western Washington University Orchestra Festival. The Orchestra had a chance to perform for a panel of college professors and received a personalized clinic by renowned violinist and educator Dr. Chung Park. Our students performed very well and received a silver category award for their hard work.

One more chance to party with the West Seattle Big Band and help local students: Denny-Sealth dinner/dance coming up

March 10, 2014 at 2:53 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

(Photo courtesy Denny-Sealth Performing Arts)
A major mission of the West Seattle Big Band is to support music programs in local schools, and once again this school year, its musicians have performed on the same bills as local middle- and high-school groups. Another one’s coming up in less than two weeks, as announced:

BIG BAND DINNER DANCE MARCH 22! Denny-Sealth Performing Arts presents an evening of great food and dancing to the sounds of the Denny International Middle School Jazz Band, the Chief Sealth International High School Jazz Band, and the West Seattle Big Band!

Dinner features Otis Pimpleton’s Louisiana-style BBQ chicken with baked beans, potato salad, and mixed vegetables; a vegetarian lasagna option is available upon request. A dessert dash will be included as part of the event which takes place in the Chief Sealth Galleria from 6-10 pm. Tickets are $25 for dinner and dancing and must be purchased in advance. A limited number of dance-only tickets will be available at the door after 7:30 for students with ID. All proceeds benefit the Denny and Sealth jazz bands.

Tickets are available online – just go here.

Followup: Port still plans to give Duwamish artifacts to another tribe

March 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 16 Comments

The Duwamish Tribe has just heard back from the Port of Seattle, one week after telling the port it “would like its artifacts back,” the latest in a long-running dispute over items found on historic Duwamish land across the street from its West Seattle longhouse. Last summer, personnel from the Burke Museum removed the artifacts from their display cases at the Duwamish Cultural Center in the longhouse. Last week, after getting word that the Port would give the artifacts to the South King County-based Muckleshoot Tribe, Duwamish chair Cecile Hansen sent the Port a letter offering to buy them back; we published that letter last week. Today, the tribe has just sent the reply it received from Port CEO Tay Yoshitani:

(If you can’t see the letter in the Scribd window above, here it is as a PDF.) The tribe says chair Hansen is “not commenting on (the Port’s letter) at this time” but adds that the port signed an agreement with the Muckleshoot two weeks ago.

Happening now: Music, much more @ Youngstown’s ‘Thrive 8′ party

March 1, 2014 at 8:01 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

Big fun for even the littlest ones at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center “Thrive 8″ celebration – especially the ones who got all wrapped up in balloon creations:

Over in the theater, DJ Manos was onstage, with more performers to come:

Youngstown is celebrating its 8th anniversary in the historic Cooper School at 4408 Delridge Way SW. Refreshments too. Admission $10 adults/$5 kids, benefiting Youngstown’s cultural/arts/youth programs – which you can find out more about at youngstownarts.org.

Video: See what champion ‘artistic cyclists’ did on 2 wheels during Roxhill Elementary visit before Bike Expo shows

March 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

Corrina Hein, Stefan Musu and Lukas Matla - world-champion artistic cyclists from Germany – are performing at the Seattle Bike Expo this weekend, and warmed up by performing at local schools, including West Seattle’s Roxhill Elementary on Friday afternoon, where we of course had to capture them on video:

If you’re going to the Bike Expo, their remaining performances are today at 1:20 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm, and tomorrow at 11:15 am, 1:15 pm, and 3 pm. The expo is at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal in Magnolia.

West Seattle weekend scene: WSHS Big Band Dinner Dance

March 1, 2014 at 5:04 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

A big boost for the band at West Seattle High School, which entertained during Friday night’s Big Band Dinner Dance fundraiser – thanks to Anne Weglin for the top photo. Guest-starring to support the student musicians was the West Seattle Big Band, whose Jim Edwards shared the next view of the party:

Supporting student musicians is the WSBB’s mission, so you’ll see them at events like this several times a year. The WSHS event on Friday was planned as a fundraiser for competition and travel in the months ahead.

‘Country Sky,’ city beach: Alki scenery in Brent Amaker’s new video

February 28, 2014 at 10:10 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

The song’s been out a while but the video is brand new from West Seattle entrepreneur and nationally touring country musician Brent Amaker (and his band The Rodeo). He shared it with WSB because it’s built around Alki scenery; it’s described as a “karaoke video come to life,” which explains the onscreen lyrics. (Note that it might be a tiny bit NSFW, with some saucy dancers in the back half of the video.) P.S. Amaker’s also promoting his 50th Birthday Gala, coming up in April.

Duwamish Tribe tries again to get its cultural artifacts back

February 27, 2014 at 10:24 pm | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 37 Comments

(Empty artifact case post-removal; 2013 photo courtesy Duwamish Longhouse)
The Duwamish Tribe says it’s still trying to get its artifacts back. Last August, news emerged that the Port of Seattle was deciding the fate of artifacts found on historic tribal land that it now controls. Today, according to this news release sent by the tribe tonight, they received official confirmation their artifacts will be given to a tribe that unlike the Duwamish has federal recognition (something the Duwamish have long fought for). The news release is followed by the text of the letter to which it refers.

The Duwamish Tribe would like its cultural artifacts back. Last July, the Burke Museum was paid by the Port of Seattle to confiscate $800 worth of Duwamish cultural artifacts on display at the Duwamish Longhouse & Center. The artifacts were from the Duwamish #1 Archeological Site, an old Duwamish camp and village site across the street from the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center.

The tribe received a call from the Burke Museum today that the artifacts will be given to the Muckleshoot Tribe in Auburn.

Unknown to the Duwamish Tribe, 2 years ago the Port of Seattle declared that it wanted to surplus its archeological artifacts including those from the Duwamish Archeological Site #1 bordered by the Duwamish River and W Marginal Way SW.

How did the Port come to own the archeological artifacts? In the early 60’s, the Port declared eminent domain, and bought out the interests of area residents to make way for the building of Terminal 107. Because of environmental issues, the terminal was never built. The area was also the site of the last original shoreline of the Duwamish River. As the land was being cleared, the Duwamish #1 Archeological Site was discovered and dug in the 1970’s. The archeological site is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been set aside as a public park. The Port retains ownership of the site.

The Duwamish Tribe has sent a letter to the Port proposing to buy back its culture artifacts for display at the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center.

“It would seem that best public good & cultural value would be to continue to display the artifacts from this site at the Seattle location where they were found.“

Ahead, the text of the letter mentioned above, included in tonight’s e-mail to us from the tribe, carrying today’s date:

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West Seattle scene: Painting your pet at Mind Unwind

February 24, 2014 at 10:30 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Why just have photos of your pet when you can have a painting – one done with love, because you did it yourself? When Krystal Kelley at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District mentioned a new class just launched there, we couldn’t resist asking for a photo. Krystal says “Paint Your Pet” is for all skill levels – bring a photo for inspiration, paint an 11×14 canvas, with instructors guiding you through a “grid process and basic acrylic painting techniques to ensure you have a recognizable painting.” Supplies included. 2 hours, $30, voila. Dates/times here.

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