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SATURDAY: Joyas Mestizas recital, benefit at Hiawatha

(West Seattle Grand Parade 2016 – photo by Don Brubeck)

They’ve been among the judges’ favorites for years in the West Seattle Grand Parade, but this year you don’t have to wait until July to see the Joyas Mestizas Mexican folk-dance troupe in West Seattle – if you haven’t already seen the listing in the WSB Event Calendar, their spring recital and benefit is happening at Hiawatha Community Center this Saturday night (doors at 5, show at 6). It’s been more than 25 years since a group of parents founded Joyas Mestizas, and community support keeps it going … here’s a way to show yours. Tickets are $10 including refreshments, recital, and auction – at the door, or online in advance.

YOU’RE INVITED: Community Pow-Wow at Highland Park Elementary Friday night

That’s our video from the “grand entrance” during last year’s Niksokowaaks Community Pow-Wow at Highland Park Elementary. Organizers of this year’s Pow-Wow are inviting you, your neighbors, and everyone in the community to join them this year: “There will be incredible dancing, beautiful arts and crafts from vendors all over the United States, delicious food, and drumming.” It’s happening 6-10 pm Friday inside HPE, 1012 SW Trenton. Its main goal, organizers add, is to “help support the Native youth” in the community, especially in deepening their connection with Native culture, and to bring everyone together “to share in this celebration.” Here’s the flyer with more info.

West Seattle weekend scene: Girls Jazz Band and SWOJO @ Madison

Thanks to the anonymous reader who sent photos from last night’s first-ever Girls Jazz Band concert at Madison Middle School, where students performed after eight weeks of mentoring by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra. Above are the student performers; below, SWOJO:

This reader said they had heard about the event via WSB and hadn’t heard of SWOJO before, but loved the concert. (Here’s the SWOJO performance calendar.) And from us, thanks for the event report!

PHOTOS: Artists’ reception @ Virago Gallery in The Junction

Beautiful non-rainy night – so if you’re not already busy, get out and check out art! Above, that’s Tracy Cilona, proprietor of the recently rechristened Virago Gallery (formerly Twilight) at 4306 SW Alaska. She says the name is from Latin, for “woman warrior.” Tonight, Virago has three artists in for a reception that’s continuing until 8 pm – Jordan Christianson, below, a couturier, is showing [S]HEROES: Side B:

The focus is a series of handbags inspired by woman musicians. The theme of “women in music” also runs through art painted by Mariel Andrade, who’s there tonight too:

If you don’t recognize them – Patti Smith and Poison Ivy are the musicians on the jackets in our photo (and in the top photo with Cilona, Annie Lennox and Grace Jones). While you’re at Virago Gallery tonight, you can also meet fragrance creator James Elliott:

If you can’t get to Virago before 8 tonight for the reception, this exhibit continues through month’s end at the gallery/shop in the heart of The Junction, open Tuesdays-Sundays.

SATURDAY: First-ever Girls Jazz Band concert in West Seattle

Before we get to the highlights for today/tonight, we’re shining a spotlight on a free concert coming up Saturday night in West Seattle:

Girls Jazz Band
Hosted by Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra

Join SWOJO in concert with our first-ever Girls Jazz Band featuring middle-school girls from West Seattle!

Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 pm
Madison Middle School Auditorium
3429 45th Avenue SW
Free, all ages. Donations accepted at the door.

Support the next generation of women in jazz!

As explained on the SWOJO website, this concert is the culmination of a two-month program.

Sales-tax increase for art, science, cultural education & access proposed by County Executive Dow Constantine

Arts, science, and cultural education and access in King County would get a $67 million a year boost if a sales-tax increase proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine is passed by voters.

Today he sent the County Council a proposal for the August ballot, seeking to increase the county sales tax by a tenth of a cent per dollar spent. The measure dubbed “Access for All” would generate an estimated $469 million over the seven-year life of the proposal. From today’s announcement:

… The funding will focus on four primary areas:

Education for Kids: Students at all 19 King County school districts will see a dramatic increase in free access to curriculum-related art, science and heritages programs, both in-class and at cultural sites, with an emphasis on underserved students. Twenty percent of Access for All funding will ensure access for public school students, including transportation for students and in-class programming.

Equity and Inclusion: Recognizing that philanthropic funding for arts, heritage and science has historically been distributed inequitably, Access for All will intentionally provide higher levels of funding to community-based organizations that serve communities of opportunity. An Equity Advisory Committee will be established to evaluate progress toward achieving equity goals and outcomes.

Opening Doors for All: Families and seniors who earn a lower income will receive free or low-cost admission to nearly 40 major arts, science and heritage organizations, including Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Flight and others. Everyone in King County will have the opportunity to experience diverse performances and programs.

Investing in Local Communities: Cultural organizations such as heritage museums, organizations that serves communities that are underserved, botanical gardens, children theaters and music training programs, and local art and science groups throughout King County will be able to use the additional funding to meet their specific programming needs and provide enhanced cultural activities.

Funds will be collected by King County and awarded by 4Culture through public panels and contracts for service that call for each recipient to provide continual, measurable public benefits. Every organization that receives public funding through Access for All will provide ongoing documentation of program benchmarks, visitors serviced, and community impact. Their reports, site visits, audits, and program evaluations will be available to the public.

King County Council Chair Joe McDermott, who represents our area on the council, is listed as a co-sponsor of the legislation to create the ballot measure. You can read the legislation in its entirety on the county website, here. No date yet for a County Council vote on sending it to the ballot.

VIDEO: West Seattle Symphony Orchestra, violinist Quinton Morris get ready for Friday concert

(WSB photo & video)

Friday night, you can enjoy beautiful music for free without leaving the peninsula. The West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ Symphony Orchestra is getting ready for its “Spring Celebration” concert; we stopped by last night’s rehearsal to record a bit of video with internationally acclaimed guest violinist Quinton Morris:

Dr. Morris will be performing Mozart‘s “Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major” with the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Pham, in the auditorium at Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle). Showtime Friday night (March 10th) is 7:30 pm. No admission charge, no tickets required, but as always, donations “will be gratefully accepted,” WSCO says.

West Seattle weekend scene: Big Band Dinner Dance @ WSHS

(Photos by Steve White)

Thanks to Steve for the photos – West Seattle High School presented its annual Big Band Dinner Dance this past Friday night, and student musicians were a big part of the lineup:

This fun(draiser) also starred the West Seattle Big Band, whose main mission is to support school music programs. If you missed it – or if you were there but want to see/hear/dance to the WSBB again, while supporting more student musicians – the WSBB is on the slate for the Madison Middle School Swing Dance and Auction in less than three weeks. All the details are in our calendar listing for the March 24th event.

All-City Honors Elementary concert features students from West Seattle schools

Thanks to Vy Duong for the photos and report:

2017 All City Honors Elementary Orchestra and Band Concert today at Asa Mercer Middle School. Participation is by invitation only from their music teachers.

Elementary students from the following West Seattle schools performed:

Highland Park

Congratulations to the young musicians, their families, and their teachers!

CALL FOR ARTISTS: New monthly show/sale in Highland Park

March 3, 2017 12:20 pm
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Dutchboy Coffee proprietor Jenni Watkins is looking for artists interested in a new monthly show and sale she’s planning at her stand in Highland Park:

Every month Dutchboy Coffee will be hosting an art show.

Novice artists or people that want to share their talent: 75% of sales will go to the artist and 25% to the charity of the artist’s choice.

First show: Saturday 4/1 from 7-9 at the Dutchboy coffee stand, 1513 SW Holden St.

It’s a small stand, so it’ll be a cozy show – if you’re interested in participating, please e-mail photos of your work to

‘The Sower’ by Sarah Mottaghinejad wins West Seattle Garden Tour art competition

(Photos courtesy West Seattle Garden Tour)

That’s “The Sower” by West Seattle artist Sarah Mottaghinejad, just announced as the winner of this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour art competition:

The winning piece features cherry veneer, acrylic, watercolor, mica, and hollyhock seeds on a clay panel measuring 18” x 24”. The artwork will be featured on the 2017 Garden Tour’s marketing materials, including the official poster and ticket book. Ms. Mottaghinejad will also receive a $500 cash prize.

Ms. Mottaghinejad says she is a storyteller before anything else. As a letterpress printer and bookbinder, she mostly works with paper, but will use any medium that best tells the story. She has a master’s degree in Linguistics, but very little formal art training. She currently works as an instructional designer, practicing her art and craft on the weekends.

Read more about her and her work on the WSGT website. This year’s tour will be earlier than recent years – June 25th; the winning work will be auctioned in one of the gardens that day, with proceeds going toward this year’s nonprofit beneficiaries, which WSGT organizers plan to announce next week.

GET ONSTAGE / GET INVOLVED: Mode Music Studios partners with Social Justice Fund NW for Sunday all-ages open mic

February 25, 2017 11:41 am
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It’s a good time for a good cause – whether you plan to perform, or to watch. Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) is raising money for Social Justice Fund NW at its monthly open-microphone event tomorrow (Sunday, February 26) next door at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW). Here’s the announcement:


This month, we’re starting our Get on Stage / Get Involved series of all ages Open Mics. We encourage all of our students to participate in our monthly Open Mics next door at the Skylark, especially if they’ve been working on a song (or three) and want to show it off in front of a supportive audience. If they’re voice students, their teachers can definitely accompany them on stage.

Sign up at 3:00, grab some food and drink, learn about this month’s Get Involved partner, then get on stage starting at 4:00.

This month, Mode Music Studios is partnering with Social Justice Fund NW, a foundation working at the frontlines of social change. They leverage resources to foster significant, long-term social justice solutions throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. We’ll have a representative from SJF who can answer questions, give you information, and accept donations.

Find out more about Social Justice Fund NW by going here.

VIDEO: See 11 ‘Page to Stage’ performances by Chief Sealth International High School students

So much is happening at our local schools, both during classes, and before/after … Earlier this month, we were invited to cover the culmination of a month of work by 9th-grade classes at Chief Sealth International High School, with teaching artists from Book-It Repertory Theatre. As explained here, the program is a “synthesis of literature and theater.” And indeed, that’s what we saw inside the Sealth auditorium – poetry, not presented by a reader standing static in front of a microphone, but performed, in small ensembles, with movement, sometimes matched to the words, sometimes just adding emphasis or flair.

The students were from the freshman classes of Luke Azinger and Heather Griffin. The teaching artists from Book-It, who introduced themselves to the audience before the program, were Kelly Kitchens and Samara Lerman. As explained in the program for the performance:

This semester, Ms. Griffin worked with students to write original poetry. After the writing process, Book-It worked with Mr. Azinger’s classes to analyze and adapt student and professional poems into scripts for the stage in the Book-It Style. Then, the students collaborated to create live plays out of the poems – taking them from page to stage.

With small ensembles trading places while two students drummed interstitially, 23 poems were performed. We recorded them on video from mid-auditorium; all were excellent, but our audio had its shortcomings, so we are featuring the 11 that are clearest in our recordings. We were asked not to publish the authors and performers’ names, but we do have the poems’ titles.



“Wake Up”:

“Once a Friend, Now an Acquaintance”:


“Constellation Nights”:

“The Hole”:


“Border Justice”:



Speaking of the passage of time – as did that last poem – this is the 17th year of collaboration between CSIHS and Book-It. Congratulations to the writers, performers, teachers, and teaching artists – and to the students’ families, many of whom were there that night to cheer them on. (The program also was performed earlier in the day during school hours, so other students could see it.)

SATURDAY: You’re invited to annual Black History Month Community Dinner

February 16, 2017 10:47 am
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(Photo from 2016 Black History Month Community Dinner)

Thanks to Chief Sealth International High School Black Student Union senator Khaim Vassar for sharing the photo and invitation:

The Chief Sealth International High School Black Student Union will be hosting our 2nd Annual Black History Month Community Dinner at Southwest Teen Life Center on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm (doors will be opening at 4:45 pm). All are welcome. Free to attend.

We encourage our community to come together and celebrate the accomplishments of Black People locally, nationally, and globally.

“Unity is Strength, Division is weakness” ~ Swahili Proverb

Southwest TLC is in the same building as Southwest Pool – 2801 SW Thistle.

VIDEO: West Seattle duo SISTERS launches debut album @ Easy Street Records

If you love local music – Easy Street Records was the place to be this Valentine’s night, as the West Seattle duo SISTERS rocked the shop with an in-store show to celebrate their debut album “Drink Champagne,” which their website says “depicts a teeming musical landscape, vast and alluring, occupied by restless creatures longing for connection and humble protagonists searching for salvation. Songs play out like glistening vistas whizzing by a car window, all kinetic motion and mystery, contiguous but discrete. Every instrument, from a squadron of guitars and a slew of synths to hammer dulcimer and marimba and cowbell, tells its own story.” The musicians who comprise SISTERS are Andrew Vait

… and Emily Westman:

If you weren’t at the show, we recorded a bit of the performance:

“Drink Champagne” is available, of course, at Easy Street.

YOU CAN HELP: Ticket time for West Seattle High School Big Band Dinner Dance 2017

February 14, 2017 9:43 am
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That’s the musical invitation for you to help local students while enjoying a fab night of music and food – full details in this announcement:

Funding for public education may be stuck in Olympia, but here in West Seattle the music still swings, and our talented high school students want to share a few tunes with you at the annual Big Band Dinner Dance!

Tickets are on sale, and the community is invited. This evening of entertainment will feature West Seattle High School’s two jazz bands and the West Seattle Big Band. Delicious appetizers, dinner and desserts will be prepared and served by our students with the school’s cutting-edge Culinary Arts Program.

The night showcases of our students’ talents, and raises money to support the West Seattle High School Music Program — whose public funding does not even cover the annual cost of sheet music.

So dine, dance, applaud and enter to win restaurant certificates and other exciting raffle prizes at this annual celebration of West Seattle’s next generation of gifted musicians.


West Seattle High School Commons (3000 California SW)

March 3, 6:00 pm

Tickets: $20 in advance, $22 at the door

Purchase online (no ticketing fee) at

All tickets purchased online by February 15 will receive reserved seating and priority dinner service!

PHOTOS: Lunar New Year celebration at West Seattle High School

February 12, 2017 11:08 am
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Thanks to West Seattle High School Mandarin teacher Su-Chun King for sharing her students’ report and photos from the school’s Lunar New Year celebration earlier this month. The report is by Greta Guess, the photos by Brielle Martin:

On February 2nd, West Seattle High School students celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year, the year of the rooster. The Chinese language program hosted the activity. They did this by setting up different booths in the cafeteria based on how people in the Chinese language world celebrate the traditional New Year. Many booths were open for the students to participate in! For example, there were games, such as the chopstick contest. Students could see how many M&Ms they could take out of a bag and put into a bowl in a certain amount of time.

There were also plenty of other activities, like doing spring festival couplets, Lunar New Year painting, making bookmarks, paper sky lanterns, Chinese chess, Chinese spinning tops game, traditional Chinese wedding costume show, Chinese god of wealth visiting, and even tea tasting in traditional Chinese tea ceremonies. On top of that, there was a variety of traditional Chinese foods to be served. These included egg rolls, chow mein, edamame, dumplings, sticky rice cakes, Chinese New Year candies/fortune cookies, and more.

There was even a lion dance performed, entirely by the students, which is a big part of a traditional Chinese New Year’s celebration.

Big thanks to the CIWA (Confucius Institute of the state of Washington) for sponsoring the food cost.

VIDEO: Soul Jambalaya ‘musical melange’

(WSB video)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 7:30 PM SATURDAY: A night of great music just got going in the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium with the annual Soul Jambalaya “musical melange of blues, Caribbean, funk, gospel, and Jazz in celebration of the contributions of African Americans to the soundtrack of America.” Our video clip (updated at 9 pm with full-song version) features the Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project, based at the Martin Luther King Community Center, performing Bob Marley‘s “Is This Love.” Still time for you to get to the auditorium and enjoy the rest of the concert, which will also feature K-Project, the Total Experience Gospel Choir, and the Jazz Ensembles of Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth IHS. Free! 2600 SW Thistle, and the parking lot is just east of the auditorium. Soul Jambalaya is organized by Marcus Pimpleton, Denny assistant principal, dating back to his years as music-program leader at Denny and Sealth.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: Thanks to Denny principal Jeff Clark for photos from Soul Jambalaya and a Denny event that preceded it:

Saturday evening was a big night at Denny International Middle School! The festivities began at 5:30 pm with our African American Family Involvement Dinner.

This event was focused on sharing information about educational opportunities both now and in the future for our scholars and building relationships.

Families shared ideas and a great meal with staff and each other.

After the family involvement event, at 7:00pm, it was time for the start of our Soul Jambalaya Concert …

Thank you to all of the families who came and to our guest performers! Thanks also to Dr. Pimpleton, Ms. Moland, Ms. Farah, Mr. MacIntyre and all of the other Denny staff who supported both events. Go Dolphins!

SATURDAY NIGHT: Soul Jambalaya concert

February 10, 2017 9:18 am
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Before we get to our preview of what’s up for the rest of today/tonight, we wanted to make sure you had advance word of a Saturday night highlight – an awesome free concert, this year’s Soul Jambalaya event at the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium, 7 pm tomorrow.

As described in the announcement:

Soul Jambalaya is an annual musical celebration – a mélange of gospel, blues, jazz, funk , reggae and Caribbean music in celebration of the contributions of African American and other black people to the musical soundtrack of America.

This free event will feature performances from:

The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project
The Total Experience Gospel Choir
The Chief Sealth International High School Jazz Ensemble
The Denny International Middle School Jazz Ensemble

Come celebrate black history with us through some beautiful and soul-stirring music.

CSIHS is at 2600 SW Thistle.

SUMMER CAMP SIGNUPS! Mode Music Studios adds something extra

Though it’s midwinter, it’s time for families to think about summer – as in, summer camps. First announcement we’ve received is from Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor), which has just opened registration for its Summer Rock Band Camps – with something extra:

We’re doing something new in 2017.

The new year is a time for resolutions and action. That’s why we’re donating 5% of all Summer Rock Band Camp tuitions to six organizations that we’ve chosen, all of which are doing vital work for our country.

When you sign up for a camp, you choose which organization means the most to your family and we’ll make the donation for you! Email us at to sign up, and be sure to tell us which of the six organizations you’d like to support.

Got Green
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Planned Parenthood
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota Access Pipeline Donation Fund
Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
Mary’s Place


June 26-30 (Performance on July 1st at Skylark 6:00)

BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs M-F 9:00-11:30
ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up M-F 12:00-2:30

July 10-14 (Performance on July 15th at Skylark 6:00)

BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs M-F 9:00-11:30
ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up M-F 12:00-2:30

July 17-28 (Performance on July 29th at Skylark 6:00)

BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs M/W/F 10:00-12:00
ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up M/W/F 12:30-2:30


July 31-August 4 (Performance on August 5th at Skylark 6:00)

BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs M-F 9:00-11:30
ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up M-F 12:00-2:30

August 7-18 (Performance on August 19th at Skylark 6:00)

BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs M/W/F 10:00-12:00
ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up M/W/F 12:30-2:30

August 21-25 (Performance on August 26th at Skylark 6:00)

BEGINNING ROCK BAND – ages 6-11 yrs M-F 9:00-11:30
ADVANCED ROCK BAND – ages 12 yrs and up M-F 12:00-2:30

Tuition and signup info can be found here, and there’s even more info on the Mode Music Studios website. If you have questions, you can email

‘Your story is the message’: Chief Sealth IHS storytellers @ Youngstown

February 3, 2017 11:00 pm
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(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

It wasn’t a Valentine event, but love was the theme that wound through the first three stories told tonight at the Chief Sealth International High School Young Storytellers Project event at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, from “On Forever’s Toes,” a relationship story told by the first student performer, poet/musician Lashaunycee (above), to professional storyteller Danielle K.L. Grégoire, who told of her first lost love (age 10) …


… to Native American storyteller Roger Fernandes, who told the story of a young man coming of age, passing a test by saving those he loved, even while breaking the rules:


Fernandes also counseled the young storytellers not to be nervous, saying they are just the messenger, and their story is the message. The event was emceed by Sealth teacher Paul Fischburg:


A unique component of the teacher-organized event, which began with a potluck and mingling, was the request for the audience to write messages of support for each storyteller afterward, including a comment on how they connected with the story.

SUMMER CONCERTS @ HIAWATHA: Search is on for this year’s performers!

(Total Experience Gospel Choir @ Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, August 2016)

From gospel to kindie-rock and beyond, an almost endless variety of music has been showcased during Summer Concerts at Hiawatha the last eight summers, and in case you missed the news in our report on last month’s Admiral Neighborhood Association (which presents the series) meeting – there WILL be a ninth series this year, with a new volunteer coordinator. So that means it’s time to put out a call for musicians interested in performing this summer. Here’s how to apply:

Please send the following to

(1) Band name;

(2) Band website, or link to website where your band’s performances may be viewed and/or audio recordings listened to;

(3) Brief description of your band’s musical style or genre;

(4) Number of musicians in the band and instruments played;

(5) Band contact name, email, and phone number;

(6) Band’s fee for a 90-minute performance (to include a 10-minute break, if desired). Please indicate whether this fee is negotiable;

(7) Band’s availability for this year’s concert dates (shows are 6 pm-8:30 pm): July 20th, July 27th, August 3rd, August 10th, August 17th, and August 24th;

(8) Any special sound or staging requirements. We can provide up to a 20′ x 20′ stage and have will have a professional sound technician who will be working with the selected bands to help them sound their best;

Thank you to all bands for your interest in being a part of the ANA’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, and here’s to great music in our community this summer!

Here are the lineups from the past four years, just in case you’re curious:


WSB has been a Summer Concerts at Hiawatha sponsor every year since its inception and we’re proud to be joining the sponsor team again for Year 9.

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