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HAPPENING NOW: Earth Day art installation on Alki

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11:29 AM: Thanks to the texter who sent that photo just as we were heading out to check on this art installation under way right now on Alki. The display has been in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for tomorrow for a while, since it’s an official Earth Day event, but it’s so big that it’s being assembled today, sponsored by the thrift-shop chain Value Village, “using thousands of pieces of used clothing to represent the amount of clothing that ends up in the landfill.” VV is hoping you’ll instead be inspired to “reuse and recycle.”

1:51 PM: Just back from Alki. This is happening east of the Bathhouse, across from Pepperdock, on part of the north side of the path and continuing down onto the beach. A closeup look reveals messages like this:

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The installation is striking, from any direction:

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We were asked via Instagram what happens to the hundreds and hundreds of pounds of clothing after the installation’s run tomorrow is done. (update) A VV spokesperson says the clothing all came from the chain and afterward: “Each piece of clothing will be sent back to Savers/Value Village to be sorted through the typical process at their local recycling center in Fife.”

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DANCE! DNDA to launch Cultural Events Series with April 29th World Dance Party

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The World Dance Party on April 29th at Delridge Community Center will launch something brand new in West Seattle – Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association‘s Cultural Events Series. It’ll be the first of 10 events – both new and recurring, including the Delridge Day and Arts In Nature festivals – from now through the end of the year. Today’s announcement includes this backstory:

There has been growing discussion throughout broader Delridge about a need for more collaboration and communication between organizations, and an aspiration to highlight the diverse cultural groups working and living in SW Seattle. According to the 2010 census, Delridge had some of the highest per capita percentages of diverse ethnic groups represented in Seattle, and the highest percentage of youth ages 0-17 in the city. As the demographic of Delridge is rapidly changing, it is important that all residents are encouraged to invest in their community and support organizations doing significant service, cultural and artistic work here in the neighborhood.

It is with this vision that the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) seeks to convene the Cultural Events Series to not only advance the mission of the organization but also to activate growth in a manner that will build, strengthen and empower all of the communities within the Delridge Corridor.

Partnerships will encompass the diverse group of organizations housed at DNDA’s Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and other local organizations including Nature Consortium, Totem Star, Reel Grrls, Arts Corps, Southwest Youth & Family Services, Vietnamese Cultural Center, Delridge Community Center and others. Significant funding for the project comes from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.

By fostering local partnerships and incorporating the city’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), the Cultural Events Series will increase awareness around the history, culture and needs of Delridge. The series will activate a support network to encourage residents and families who have long called Delridge home to stay rooted, empowered and engaged while deepening the perspectives of what is possible in our neighborhood.

After the World Dance Party, the Summer Kickoff will be next, June 10th at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The full list of events for the rest of the year is here.

DRAWTASTIC, April 30th at Youngstown: New WSB sponsor

As high-tech as our lives have become, there are many reasons to celebrate pencil and paper – and DRAWTASTIC, coming up later this month in West Seattle, is a big way to do just that. Organizer Tony White has joined the WSB sponsor team to get the word out – here’s his announcement:

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Pencil April 30th into your diary for Seattle’s most ‘drawsome’ festival of Drawing & Animation, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle!

DRAWTASTIC is the brainchild of British award-winning animator, author and educator, Tony White. With the unceasing rush to modern technology in this digital world it is easy to devalue the most wonderful hardware we have ~ the humble pencil!

Although the creative world fully embraces every technological resource available to it these days, it is almost certain that every idea either begins with pencil sketch, or as a result of years of drawing practice, or even through a full-time application of this most wonderful piece of hardware ~ which even comes with its own rubber ‘undo’ button at the other end!

White therefore is seeking to put the pencil back on its pedestal where it belongs. DRAWTASTIC is a ‘Pencil-fest’ that embraces all the artistic worlds that the pencil touches. Speakers include a top Simpsons animator from LA, an Australian living in New York who has made his own drawn movie and who is flying in to present it for its Seattle premiere, a caricaturist who is acknowledged as the very best the industry offers, and a respected game industry professional who acknowledges like everyone else how the pencil is so fundamentally important to their work.

Additional DRAWTASTIC events include the screening of 62 animated shorts from around the world ~ all vying for a prestigious ‘Golden Pencil Award’ ~ together with a vendor hall where indie work is shown and sold. Other drawing-based events will take place, including a ‘how to caricature’ session and ‘how to draw an animated flipbook.’ White himself will reflect the huge interest in drawing that he’s found through his online ‘Animator’s Sketchclub’ ~ currently possessing over 6,000 worldwide members ~ by hosting his own drawing for animation ‘Happy Hour.’

Entry is FREE to the festival, although there is a small charge for the speaker presentations to cover basic costs. The event runs from 11:30 am until 5 pm on Saturday, April 30th, with a ‘Meet ‘n Greet’ get-together afterward ~ where speakers, vendors and visitors can all meet and chat (presumably about the pencil) in a friendly and relaxed manner. White hopes that the event will once and for all prove the maxim that… ‘Pencils are Drawsome’!

We thank Tony White and DRAWTASTIC for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

SATURDAY: Record Store Day 2016 @ Easy Street will go super-Sonics

Were you at Easy Street Records for that historic show on Record Store Day 2015The Sonics, with special superstar guests (including Eddie Vedder, 22:26 into the video) – benefiting KEXP? The station just released that video of the show – which figures into Record Store Day 2016 (this Saturday!) in a big way, as announced by ESR, with the vinyl release of “The Sonics Live at Easy Street.” From ESR’s Rod Moody:

This LP will be available at all stores participating in Record Store Day, but we are the only store in the world that will be selling the Easy Street Special Edition, a limited edition of 500, which will include the following:

* Custom-screened, hand-numbered outer sleeve
* Copy of signed set list
* Ticket for the event
* Download card good for two free bonus songs from the concert not included on the album
* Detailed liner notes by Easy Street president Matt Vaughan

The Sonics’ Record Store Day in-store last year was one of the biggest and most awesome events we’ve ever put on, featuring guests such as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready, Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), the Screaming Trees’ Mark Pickerel and Van Conner, Emily Nokes (Tacocat), Chris Ballew (Presidents Of The United States Of America, Caspar Babypants), Matt Lukin (Mudhoney), and many others (including myself!). The album was mixed by legendary NW producer Jack Endino and it sounds fantastic.

Over the weekend, if you’re visiting KEXP’s new home @ Seattle Center, you’ll find an Easy Street pop-up store there, noon-9 pm Saturday and 10 am-6 pm Sunday.

At the Junction store on Saturday, Greg Vandy from KEXP’s The Roadhouse and the online mag American Standard Time will have a book signing and Q&A 3 pm-6 pm. Then Acapulco Lips‘ record-release in-store performance is at 7 pm, “also the debut of their West Seattle-based label, Killroom Records.”

Record Store Day kicks off at ESR (California/Alaska if you somehow didn’t know that already) at 7 am with “hundreds of exclusive, limited titles in all shapes, colors & sizes,” most of which will only be available that day. (Good thing they sell coffee, too.)

YOU CAN HELP! Donations sought for Alki Art Fair silent auction

This summer’s big events are getting closer – and the Alki Art Fair (co-sponsored this year by WSB) has a request right now:

Did you know that the Alki Art Fair includes a silent auction?

Want to promote your business/product while also helping us raise money?

Please consider a donation. Past auctions have included lots of original artwork, gift certificates for local health+beauty services/ restaurants/ shops/ performances and more, and fun items for home and garden use.

Please email info@alkiartfair.org if you can help.

The fair is set for July 23-24 along the Alki Beach Park promenade.

Last call for West Seattle Junction mural ‘Midnight Call’

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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

One of the West Seattle Junction’s historic murals is history.

The mural called “Midnight Call” was removed today from the south side of 4711 44th SW.

By the time we noticed the removal work in progress, while passing through The Junction earlier this afternoon, most of it was down already, and a short time later, the remaining panels were gone. The mural by Don Barrie depicted a horse-drawn fire rig leaving a long-ago firehouse nearby, as explained toward the end of this page about some of Barrie’s work.

It was removed with regret, we heard from Mark Swanson, son of the namesake of the building’s main tenant, Don Swanson Insurance, telling us his dad was so proud of the mural. Swanson says the building’s owners are having some exterior work done, and the mural already was rotting – it had to be taken down and couldn’t be saved. As you can see in this photo from five years ago, it was also faded – compare it to the photo below, from the mid-’00s:

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While checking into the situation, we noticed vandalism on another mural on the west side of 44th SW, “Press Day” – tagging vandalism in brown paint over its lower-right corner. And that is almost directly across 44th from the “First Duwamish Bridge” mural, which, as first reported here in February, was badly defaced by vandal(s) with black spray paint. The West Seattle Junction Association has continued to work on figuring out whether it can be saved; director Susan Melrose told us today that they have a $5,000 bid for repair work, but no plan yet on how to proceed.

You might be surprised to hear the murals aren’t publicly owned. They were commissioned a quarter-century ago as part of a project that won a national award in 1992, as noted here, but most have deteriorated to some degree, with no central plan for care or preservation. One exception: The parade mural on the side of the Junction Post Office, restored in 2007.

Coincidentally, the West Seattle Art Walk committee had been working on a plan for a walking tour of the murals sometime later this year. Now, there’s one less mural to see.

West Seattle scene: Junction art dedication

April 7, 2016 9:26 pm
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(WSB photos. Above, artist Lezlie Jane, with former City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen)

It’s been years in the making – in this WSB story from five years ago, for example, you’ll find a mention of sculptural art planned at what is now Junction 47, as part of the “public benefits” required for the City Council to grant an alley vacation for the two-building megaproject. Tonight, community advocates and neighbors gathered to celebrate what was eventually created and installed – prolific local artist Lezlie Jane‘s 10 panels telling West Seattle stories, including that of our area’s First People:

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With the panel honoring the Duwamish, we photographed Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen and Ken Workman. Tonight’s gathering included a walking tour and cake from Bakery Nouveau:

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The Junction Neighborhood Organization and West Seattle Junction Association, both involved in advocacy throughout the planning of the development as well as its public benefits, co-hosted tonight’s gathering.

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(From left, JuNO’s René Commons, WSJA’s Susan Melrose, JuNO’s Abdy Farid, past JuNO leader Erica Karlovits)

You can go see Jane’s artwork any time, on the southeast corner of California and Alaska – view and learn about each of the 39-inch-tall panels via this section of her website.

YOU’RE INVITED: Dedication celebration for new Junction art

The forecast for Thursday looks spectacular, and here’s one way to spend part of your evening outdoors: Celebrate the dedication of the newest public art in The Junction! You might have noticed the art on the street-facing sides of Junction 47 at the southeast corner of California and Alaska – here’s the 6 pm Thursday (April 7th) event announcement from the Junction Neighborhood Organization, which is presenting the event at 6 pm Thursday along with the West Seattle Junction Association:

The bronze panels & glass artwork by Lezlie Jane and metal artwork by Miguel Edwards reflect the evolution of the community. The artwork and other building improvements were a result of six years of community involvement working with the current owner Equity Residential, the former developer Conner Homes, and the City of Seattle to make this a great building for ‘The Junction,’ which has been the active center of West Seattle since 1907.

Lezlie Jane will share her story of the 10 historic bronze panels which are installed in alcoves of the brick columns around the Junction 47 Starbucks store. The bas-relief panels were hand carved in clay, cast in bronze, then finished with a custom patina. Each panel has art depicting past and present places that are unique to the Duwamish Peninsula and the history of West Seattle.

o Fir Lodge/The Log House Museum
o Geographic Legacy/4.8 Miles of Beach
o Duwamish/The First People/ DKH’ DUW”ABSH /Time immemorial [top left photo] o Old Mudhole/Colman Pool Lincoln Park
o Alki Point/ 1868 Lighthouse [top right photo] o First Ferryboat/1888
o Fauntleroy Creek/Longfellow Creek
o City Views/Then and Now
o Alaska Junction/1907
o Station 32/ Seattle Fire Department

We hope you will join our community to share this opportunity to meet the artist, developer, city officials, and community volunteers who helped make it a reality.

Get a sneak preview in this video tour with Lezlie Jane, recorded and published (via YouTube) by the Clay Eals of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

Learn more about each panel on Jane’s website, where you can also browse her huge body of work, which includes iconic art at parks all around West Seattle.

Alki Art Fair 2016: 2 invitations for artists

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This year’s Alki Art Fair is set for July 23rd and 24th, and, on behalf of the AAF, Diane Venti shares the news that local artists are invited to get involved right now in one or both of the following ways. First, the annual T-shirt art contest:

This year’s T-shirt design contest theme is “Around the Sound.” All entries will be considered. Winning design will be selected by the Board of Directors. Please send your entry to vendors@alkiartfair.org by June 7. Design entry is open to the public and should include ‘Alki Art Fair 2016’ in the design.

Second, if you are an artist interested in showing/selling your creations, there’s still time to apply to be part of the Alki Art Fair this year:

So far we have 64 spaces filled, and are striving to make this the biggest and best year yet!

Selling art on the beach July 23rd & 24th – Come on…you know this will be fun!!!

Find out how to apply by going to the official website.

West Seattle weekend scene: Pow Wow in Highland Park

March 27, 2016 5:17 pm
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For the third year, Highland Park Elementary was the scene of drumming, singing, and dancing during the Nik-So-Ko-Waaks Pow Wow. Friday night’s event was highlighted by the Grand Entry, shown in our short clip above, featuring HPES students as “head young lady” and “head young man.” Food and vendors were also part of the gathering, which an organizer explained was created to ensure that city-dwelling Native children would have the chance to experience a traditional Native gathering.

CONGRATS! Honors for another young West Seattle playwright

Congratulations to Lily Bertucci, honored for a play she wrote in ACT’s Young Playwrights Program, which has spotlighted other local student writers before. Her family shares the news and photo:

Lily Bertucci, 8th grader at Madison Middle School, was awarded Honorable Mention for her play, “More Than a Knight,” written during the Young Playwrights Program (YPP) After-School Program at ACT Theater. Her play was selected by theater director and educator Meghan Arnette, to be performed on March 25th (this Friday) at TOPS K-8 Middle School.

Here’s what Lily has to say: “The YPP program was a great experience for me. I learned about what goes into writing a play, what a play is as a form of writing, and how to express my character’s feelings and personality through dialogue. I would recommend the YPP program to anyone, even if you have never done playwriting before. The program helped me step out of my comfort zone. It was a chance to work with a great instructor, K. Brian Neel, meet new people, and improve my writing. One of my favorite parts was being able to hear my play being read out loud. I am happy to have been awarded Honorable Mention and to have Meghan Arnette select my play to be performed at the TOPS school. I am really looking forward to seeing the performance.”

Lily’s mom wants to get the word out that ACT offers their 10-week after-school playwriting class in Seattle at the ACT theater: “YPP at ACT is an outstanding opportunity for kids who are interested in playwriting but do not have the YPP integrated into their school’s curriculum.”

According to the ACT website, the afterschool program starts up again in September.

West Seattle weekend scene: Chinese Language and Talent Competition @ Denny/Sealth campus

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FIRST REPORT, 1:42 PM: Though it’s not a school day, hundreds of students are busy at the Denny International MS/Chief Sealth International HS campus today. It’s the scene of the fourth annual Washington State Chinese Language and Talent Competition, explained here. The categories in which students are competing include:

Group Poetry Recitation 團體詩詞朗誦
Individual Poetry Recitation 個人詩詞朗誦
Group Talent Show 團體才藝競賽
Individual Talent Show 個人才藝競賽
Group Chinese Singing 團體歌唱比賽
Individual Chinese Singing 個人歌唱比賽
Language Art 口语才艺竟赛
Story Telling 說故事
Public Speaking 演講
Drawing 繪畫比賽
Chinese Chess 象棋
China Knowledge Bowl 中國常識競答

When we dropped by, the performances and competitions were in a break, but organizations were holding court in the Sealth hallway.

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And art was on display:

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The event concludes with a 2 pm awards ceremony.

ADDED 6:58 PM: Thanks to Denny principal Jeff Clark for an added report with photos:

At Denny and Chief Sealth, we are proud to have hundreds of scholars learning the Chinese language. Today, 32 of them used their Chinese language skills at the 2016 Washington Chinese Language and Talent Competition held here on our campus. Thanks to the dedication of our four Chinese teachers, Ms. Lin, Mr. Teddy, Ms. Wang, and Ms. Gong, and the hard work of our scholars, they won many awards, competing against schools from all over the Puget Sound area. Congratulations to all of them and to all of the scholars learning Chinese!

Ms. Fraser-Hammer presented awards to middle school students, including Denny scholar Aaron Burnham!

Chief Sealth 9th grader Khaim Vasser Fontenot demonstrated his Chinese proficiency as an emcee at the award ceremony:

OSPI Deputy Superintendent for K-12 Education Gil Mendoza celebrated with elementary school-age award winners:

All of us at Denny and Chief Sealth would also like to recognize and thank our partners, Wenqiu Wang from the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, and Michele Aoki, International Education Administrator from Seattle Public Schools, for all of their support. Thank you! Go, Dolphins and Seahawks!

Mariachi on the rise at Chief Sealth IHS as musicians return from regional festival

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Students in the resurgent mariachi program at Chief Sealth International High School have new inspiration after a big festival trip. The story and photos are shared by Sealth teacher Noah Zeichner:

On Friday, 12 students from Chief Sealth’s mariachi program participated in the 18th annual Mariachi Northwest Festival in Wenatchee.

They spent the day in workshops, learning from members of Mariachi Divas, a Grammy-winning all-female mariachi group from Los Angeles.

In the evening, they attended a gala concert. Mariachi Huenachi, Wenatchee High School’s award-winning mariachi group, performed with Mariachi Divas, Bailadores de Bronce (Seattle’s premier Mexican folkloric dance group), and trick ropers Los Hermanos Escamilla. The trip was supported by El Centro de la Raza, who provided transportation to Wenatchee and meals during the festival.

Chief Sealth’s mariachi program began nearly 20 years ago and was incorporated into the music department in the early 2000s. The mariachi class disappeared from 2011-2014 due to budget cuts, but as a result of student organizing and community support, it returned last year. There are currently about 20 students in the mariachi class.

Mariachi serves as a cultural bridge to school for many Latino students, but the group welcomes students from all backgrounds. Mariachi is also an academic intervention and leadership development program. Wenatchee High School has documented the success of their mariachi program, celebrating a 100% graduation rate (only 40% of the students in the program graduated ten years ago). To learn more about Wenatchee’s program, watch this recent 25-minute TVW documentary.

In the coming weeks, with the support of the Creative Advantage fund, after-school mariachi programs will start at both Denny IMS and Chief Sealth IHS. The program also hopes to expand in future years to feeder elementary schools with the goal of exposing students to mariachi music at a younger age.

More than 450 musicians from around the region were part of the festival.

Hometown screening next weekend for award-winning ‘Drawing the Tiger’

Next Saturday brings your chance to see the award-winning, West Seattleite-produced documentary “Drawing the Tiger” and meet its filmmakers Amy Benson and Scott Squire right here in their (and your) backyard.

We most recently mentioned their project in spring 2015, when Benson spoke at the WAGIN conference at Chief Sealth International High School, and a few weeks after that, as they prepared for their film’s premiere. And now, she writes:

After 7 years in the making, we completed the film last spring. It has been traveling the world since. It was the Best Feature Award from Northwest Film Forum’s Fest, Local Sightings as well as the UNICEF award at Film South Asia in Nepal.

Now are are bringing it super local for a FREE screening right where we live at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on March 26th @ 4 pm in the theater. My husband and I as well as one of our translators, Neeta Shrestha, will do a short Q&A following the screening.

Here’s the one-paragraph description of their film:

Shot over seven years, Drawing the Tiger takes a sweeping view of one Nepalese family’s struggle to survive off of subsistence farming. Eat, pay their debts, stay alive—that’s their day-to-day reality. But when their bright daughter receives a scholarship to study in Kathmandu, the family’s prospects suddenly improve by leaps and bounds overnight. She promises to return and free her family from their hand-to-mouth existence. But when she doesn’t come home, the family is forced to face their fate. Is their future set in stone or sand; is it solid or ever-shifting? What is the price of this golden opportunity?

No ticket or RSVP required – just show up for the 4 pm screening next Saturday (March 26th) at Youngstown, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Explore your creativity with new Nature Consortium EcoARTs classes

March 16, 2016 7:31 pm
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West Seattle-headquartered Nature Consortium‘s mission is two-fold – involving both nature and the arts. And this year, it’s offering something new, and sponsoring WSB to get the word out: Two new six-week EcoARTs series of art classes for adults – Painting Techniques in Acrylics and Watercolors, for all skill levels, one hour for six consecutive Wednesdays, supplies included. Sign up here. Or, sign up to explore Mosaic Art – no experience necessary for this six-week series of one-hour classes either – register here. Both classes are taught by professional artists and start in late March.

Dance and dine to help Madison MS music

March 15, 2016 9:09 am
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If you missed the recent Big Band Dinner Dance at West Seattle High School – or if you were there and want to experience another night like that – you’ll want to be in the Madison Middle School Commons this Friday, 6-9 pm, for the Jumpin’ Jive Swing Dance and Auction. The West Seattle Big Band – featured in the clip above (courtesy of WSBB director Jim Edwards) from the WSHS event a week and a half ago – will perform, as will Madison’s own Senior Orchestra, Senior Band, and Jazz Band. All ages are invited for music, food, dancing (including lessons!), and auction bidding that will harmonize as the Madison music department’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Ticket information’s here.

Summer Concerts at Hiawatha 2016: Musicians invited to apply now!

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From tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting: Our area’s premiere summer outdoor-music series, Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, is a go for this year, its eighth year, and coordinator Katy Walum is ready to start hearing from musicians interested in applying to be on the six-show slate.

Here are the basics for the series, which is free to concertgoers, who bring their own seating/blankets/etc. to the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center:

*Six Thursday nights, starting July 21st
*The 6:30 pm shows run about an hour and a half, with an opportunity for a 10-minute break

To apply, e-mail info@admiralneighborhood.org with information including:

*Band/performer name
*Description of your music
*Requested fee for 90-minute performance
*Web address where video of your music can be seen
*Staging or sound requirements

The series has generally featured musicians performing their own music. Here are our reports with the lineup announcements from the past four years – a wide range of genres:

*2015
*2014
*2013
*2012

Also, ANA’s Dave Weitzel is rounding up sponsors again this year. Use that same e-mail address if your business is interested in backing the series. (WSB has sponsored Summer Concerts at Hiawatha every year since the start in 2009, and we’ve already signed up again.)

PHOTOS: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis return to Easy Street Records


Among the 100 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis fans who got the chance to meet them tonight at Easy Street Records were mom Michelle and baby Sarah (who we’re guessing might have made the crowd count at least 101). We’re featuring the photo they tweeted – retweeted by ESR – because we weren’t allowed into the signing zone up in the ESR loft. We did catch the grand arrival, in the rain, at dusk:

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(WSB photos from here down – click any image for a larger view)

Just around the corner, the queue stretched along the store’s SW Alaska side:

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Macklemore prepared to take photos –

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So did the rest of the “Lucky 100” waiting inside the store:

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They were the first hundred to pre-order Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s second album “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made,” officially released today, which was the occasion for the stars’ visit to ESR – before they headed to Capitol Hill for a free concert at Neumos. It was an Easy Street encore for them – we photographed their 2011 signing there, a year before their huge first album “The Heist” came out.

And the winner is … Cynthia Turner’s poster art chosen for West Seattle Garden Tour 2016

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That’s the winning art chosen for this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour poster. Here’s the announcement from tour organizers:

The West Seattle Garden Tour received nearly 30 art submissions in response to this year’s artist competition. We are pleased to announce West Seattle artist Cynthia Turner as the winner for her piece entitled “Wild, Wild Flowers.” Her original artwork using a medium of cut paper, gel medium, acrylic on canvas board, will be auctioned on the day of the tour (July 17) to benefit WSGT’s 2016 designated beneficiaries. Cynthia’s art work along with several other ‘honorable mentions’ will also be on display during the June 2016 West Seattle Art Walk.

From Turner’s artist statement: “Using my personal ethos of using mostly up-cycled and re-purposed materials, as well working within the West Seattle Garden Tour’s theme of ‘The Art of Gardening,’ I set out to make a piece that was slightly mid-century in feel, using paper that I found or already had on hand. With this piece, I tried to create a feeling of a wild garden that was designed by nature and happenstance, yet is also clean and graphic.” Read more about Turner and her work here; find out more about this year’s tour here.

Seattle Symphony, free, in West Seattle, two nights away!

February 22, 2016 4:56 pm
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If this isn’t already on your calendar (it’s on ours!): This Wednesday night (February 24th), the Seattle Symphony performs a free community concert at Chief Sealth International High School‘s auditorium – and you can see the Sealth and West Seattle High School orchestras too! CSIHS’s orchestra performs at 6:15 pm, WSHS at 6:30, and the Seattle Symphony at 7, featuring a side-by-side performance with the West Seattle Community Orchestra on “Finlandia” by Sibelius. Again, everybody’s invited, no admission charge; the Denny-Sealth Performing Arts support group plans a benefit bake sale in the lobby. CSIHS is at 2600 SW Thistle.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis signing @ Easy Street Records on Friday

If you’re not in line yourself by then – you’ll see one at Easy Street Records starting at 5 this Friday night, because of this:


The WSB archives remind us that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis drew a crowd for a signing at ESR in 2011, more than a year before their huge hit “Thrift Shop”:

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Friday is the official release date for the new album “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.” More on the ESR website.

CONGRATS! Meet Madison’s all-state violinist

Thanks to Madison Middle School music director Clark Bathum for the photo and report:

On February 13th, Lily Bertucci, 8th grader violinist at Madison Middle School, performed with the 2016 Junior All-State Orchestra in Yakima, at the Washington Music Educators Association annual convention. She was one of 48 violinists from Washington state middle schools who were selected to perform in this concert for music educators from around the state. The ensemble performed Capriol Suite, Battalia, Directions North, and Moondance under the guidance of conductor Charles Schooler, director of the South Puget Sound College Orchestra.

Lily had this to say about her experience playing with the all-state orchestra: “All-State was a great experience, even though I was initially nervous about auditioning. The music was challenging, but I’m happy that I learned new playing skills. One of the best parts was playing with an ensemble of highly gifted musicians that could prepare for a concert after just a few hours of rehearsal. And, I learned about the group dynamics and essentials needed to put the music together for a concert.“

Lily is the fourth Madison musician to be selected to all-state in the past five years. The Madison Middle School community could not be prouder of Lily’s accomplishment and the way that she represented Madison at the state level.

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