West Seattle scene: ‘I Am Eleven’ filmmaker at The Admiral

October 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm | In Admiral Theater, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

I AM ELEVEN – Official trailer 2014 from I Am Eleven on Vimeo.

At Admiral Theater tonight, a sold-out house – about 300 people – got a bonus after watching the documentary “I Am Eleven” – they got to talk with its filmmaker, Genevieve Bailey, and her co-producer Henrik Nordstrom:

We caught up with Bailey, who is from Australia, and Nordstrom in the Admiral lobby, just before the post-film discussion with the audience. She said they had been in Atlanta previously and just decided to come – a modest jaunt for Bailey, who made her film by spending six years traveling the world filming the lives of 11-year-olds. Tonight’s screening was arranged by West Seattleites Susanna Moore and Anita Lavine through the on-demand service Gathr.

ADDED: Nordstrom shared this photo of the 11-year-olds in the audience, invited up to the stage (as mentioned in comments):

West Seattle development: Equity Residential announces art-commission program, other details for Junction 47 project

October 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm | In Development, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 21 Comments

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The two-building Equity Residential project in the heart of The Junction, at California/Alaska/42nd, is “on schedule,” according to an ER executive, and expecting its first tenants to move in next summer.

Today, ER has just announced a plan to commission local artists for work inside and outside the project. This, though the company’s first vice president of development, Bradley Karvasek, says the original mandate for an art project no longer exists – the project has “abandoned” the underground alley vacation that was approved for the original development after a community agreement contingent on public benefits including art.

Karvasek talked with WSB today for the first official update on the project in almost two years; it’s now been under construction for one year, since demolition began in October 2013.

Click to read the rest of West Seattle development: Equity Residential announces art-commission program, other details for Junction 47 project…

West Seattle park art: ‘Flyers’ now installed at expanded Westcrest

October 28, 2014 at 11:52 am | In Highland Park, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

(Added: City of Seattle photo by Jason Huff, republished with permission)
Thanks to Lola for pointing out the announcement on the city Arts and Culture Department‘s website – the kinetic artwork “Flyers” is now in place at the Westcrest Park expansion in Highland Park. More than four years have passed since artist David Boyer announced the concept (here’s our coverage from June 2010).

2:16 PM NOTE: The city seems to be having a bit of website trouble; the story’s 404ing but here’s the cached version.

WEDNESDAY NOTE: The original link is working again.

West Seattle Saturday: See what’s up today and tonight

October 25, 2014 at 7:14 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Osprey, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Halloween Guide:

WEST SEATTLE MONSTER DASH: 9 am in south Lincoln Park, near the zipline, it’s the annual 5K – costumes encouraged (but not mandatory) – benefiting Co-Op Preschools. Followed by the Little Monster dashes at 10 am, preceded by last-minute signups ($40) at 8:30 am, full race-day schedule here. (Fauntleroy/Cloverdale)

DECORATE A PUMPKIN: Kids’ pumpkin-decorating at PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor), 9-noon. “Come decorate your very own pumpkin to take home. PCC will supply free pumpkins and decorating supplies. There also will be healthy snacks to stir those scary, creative juices. Free for kids 12 and younger.” (California/Stevens)

BEAUTIFY NORTH DELRIDGE: 10 am-noon, just two hours of your time can make a major difference. Join North Delridge Neighborhood Council‘s beautification chair Lisa Taylor Whitley and neighborhood volunteers, starting at Delridge Community Center and fanning out to pick up trash and clear storm drains along Delridge Way SW. Bags/pickers provided! (4501 Delridge Way SW)

GEAR SWAP: 10 am-6 pm, it’s the annual Mountain to Sound Outfitters-presented gear swap at VFW Hall across the street. Details in our calendar listing. (3601 SW Alaska)

THRIFTWAY HALLOWEEN PARTY: Annual kids’ Halloween party at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 11 am-1 pm. (Fauntleroy/Morgan/California)

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE HALLOWEEN PARTY: 1-3 pm, with games, prizes, refreshments. Details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 1 pm, Chief Sealth International High School plays Cleveland HS at Memorial Stadium downtown.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS @ THE LIBRARY: Dia de los Muertos event for ages 5-up at Southwest Branch Library, 2-3:30 pm. Details here. (35th/Henderson)

ORGAN BENEFIT: 3 pm at Admiral Church, an all-star musical lineup to help raise money to renovate the church’s 52-year-old pipe organ – read about it here. (California/Hill)

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: 4-8 pm, Halloween Carnival at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. Details on the school website. (34th/Myrtle)

OKTOBERFEST: The West Seattle Lions Club‘s Oktoberfest celebration starts at 5:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

‘DOGFIGHT’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), it’s your next chance to see the musical “Dogfight,” described as “the romantic and heartbreaking story of three young marines in 1963 on the eve of the deployment to the small but growing conflict in Vietnam.” Directed by AW’s new artistic director Mathew Wright. (4711 California SW)

LOTS OF NIGHTLIFE: Live music and more – see the venues/listings on the calendar.

Video: Opera for a cause! Singing for SWYFS in Fauntleroy

October 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Lyric soprano Vicky Oxley and mezzo-soprano Linda Rough are the Opera Belles, and their 10-song “Parade of Operatic Hits” was the perfect note to end a sunny Sunday in Fauntleroy. With accompanist Hartwig Eichberg, they sang the music of nine composers in a house-recital benefit for Southwest Youth and Family Services, whose director Steve Daschle was their opening act, explaining Delridge-based SWYFS’s community work to help thousands of people every year, in multiple ways:

Susan Lantz-Dey from the SWYFS Board hosted the recital and a wine/cheese reception preceding it.

P.S. The song in our clip is an original Opera Belles arrangement of “Voi Che Sapete” from Mozart‘s “Marriage of Figaro.”

West Seattle Halloween 2014: New show for Skeleton Theatre

October 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

Halloween is exactly two weeks away – and yes, West Seattle’s own Skeleton Theatre is back, according to ST’s Maia Low, who tells WSB, “It’s a brand-new show called ‘Beyond the Pale.’ It’s the story of a skeleton super-spy, Mason Tanner.” The ~20-minute show will run multiple times between 6 pm and 9 pm on Halloween (Friday, October 31) and the night after, Saturday, November 1st, at 36th/Hanford (map). Visit the ST website for behind-the-scenes info, cast details, more (including backstory if this is the first time you’ve heard of Skeleton Theatre!).

P.S. The WSB Halloween page – with this event and lots more over the next 2 weeks – should be up tonight; if you still haven’t sent us your listing (including bar parties), editor@westseattleblog.com ASAP – thanks!

Seattle Symphony, here, free! Friday concert also features WS Community Orchestra

October 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

In case you missed the mention when the West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ new season started – tomorrow night at Chief Sealth International High School, some of their musicians will be featured in the first Seattle Symphony community performance this fall – free admission! Here’s the lineup and program for the 7 pm concert:

Click to read the rest of Seattle Symphony, here, free! Friday concert also features WS Community Orchestra…

Young writer in the house? Enter the VFW essay competition!

October 9, 2014 at 9:40 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

Young writer in the house? Here’s a chance to win money and recognition! From Kyle Geraghty at the West Seattle VFW:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2713 of West Seattle is holding its annual youth competitions. All students in public, private, and home school are invited to compete. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded for each grade and are invited, with their families, to the VFW holiday party later this year to receive their prizes. First place winners from all contests will advance to higher levels and greater prizes. The competitions are:

Youth Essay – Grades 3rd-5th
Topic “What can I do to make our country better”
Prizes: 1st $50, 2nd $25, 3rd $15
Rules and entry forms here

Patriot’s Pen – Grades 6th, 7th, 8th
Topic “Why I appreciate America’s Veterans”
Prizes: 1st $50, 2nd, $25, 3rd $15
Rules and entry forms here

Voice of Democracy – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12.
Topic “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future”
Prizes: 1st $100, 2nd $50, 3rd, $25
Rules and entry forms here

The VFW says all submissions must be turned in by November 1st to the West Seattle VFW at
3601 SW Alaska St. Seattle, WA 98126.

Couch Fest Films invites you to be a film-fest host – at home, or…

October 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

Couch Fest Films is recruiting for hosts! Organizers of this self-described “scrappy film festival” are hoping some West Seattleites will want to be part of it – the festival isn’t until December 6th, but they are only taking signups until next Tuesday, October 7th.

Erin Knobler, a community organizer for Couch Fest Films and resident of High Point, asked us to share the invite. She says Couch Fest started in Seattle in 2008 and “is a cozy shorts film fest hosted in people’s houses and community spaces all over the world, all on the same day. The shorts come from some of the top festivals around the world, and we even highlight local artists as well as some virtually unknowns. … We typically have themed houses, such as ‘Comedy,’ ‘Animation,’ ‘Documentary,’ ‘Inappropriately Awesome’ and more!” You don’t even have to have a couch: “You can host at home, at work, with a community org, at school, on a pirate boat, in a tree house, at your local theater, in a cave, or wherever!” Curiosity piqued? Here’s how to apply.

‘Red Light Revolution 2.0′: Benefit Saturday @ Youngstown

October 1, 2014 at 2:45 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Just found out about this benefit Saturday at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, for the fight against sex trafficking:

“The Seattle-Tacoma sex industry’s growth is notable… because it more than doubled in four years (March 2014).” -The Seattle Times

After two years, we present to you…. RED LIGHT REVOLUTION 2.0., a benefit show showcasing local hip hop dance teams, singers, spoken word, & rap artists coming together to:

EXPRESS freedom in arts, and INSPIRE others to join the movement to advocate for victims of sex trafficking. MAKE NOISE & let it be known through the arts and our voices that OUR CITY is anti-trafficking.

RLR in partnership with local non-profits and groups: REST, Seattle Against Slavery, World Concern, Youthcare, New Horizons, Friday Night Hip Hop, and Youngstown Cultural Center.

Mark your calendars for October 4, 2014. Red Light Revolution 2.0 hosting the best Northwest hip-hop crews, singers & spoken word artists in the Northwest! A great cause by a great group @withliving. Come help unite the community around the tragic effects of human trafficking in the Seattle area. Only $8 online and $12 at the door. Limited seating so buy early!

Doors open 5 pm Saturday, show at 5:30 pm. Here’s the Facebook event page.

Happening now: Chinese-culture celebration at Confucius Institute Day

September 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

You still have time to get to Chief Sealth International High School for the culmination of Confucius Institute Day – performances including the Seattle Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team, whose members were there early, checking out other activities including language and writing instruction. The schedule, as featured in our preview earlier this week, also includes lion dancing:

Another highlight – a demonstration of Peking Opera. Costumes and props were shown off earlier in the afternoon:

It’s a free festival, open to all:

Sealth and adjoining Denny International Middle School are home to a branch of the Confucius Institute, a “nongovernmental and nonprofit organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China,” focused on cultural education and understanding, with 400 branches in 130 countries. This festival and others are part of Global Confucius Institute Day, marking the program’s 10th worldwide anniversary.

Celebrate Chinese culture at Confucius Institute Day on Saturday

September 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

“Experience China without leaving Seattle!” Organizers say you can do that this Saturday afternoon at Chief Sealth International High School, during Confucius Institute Day, a mini-festival with free Chinese language/culture activities for all ages. Here’s the flyer with details:

The Confucius Institute has a center at the Sealth/Denny campus – you might recall the celebration back in 2010. This Saturday’s activities are set for 1-4 pm; the schedule is here, where you also can RSVP to let organizers know how many people to plan for.

West Seattle scene: Marijuana message materializes at ‘Walking on Logs’

September 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 46 Comments

The so-called “dancing children” who comprise the Walking on Logs sculpture along the Fauntleroy Way end of the West Seattle Bridge sometimes are decorated with T-shirts. Today, they’re wearing black T-shirts bearing the message “Marijuana is safer than alcohol.”

After getting the tip from Jake, we went over to see if the T-shirts listed a sponsoring organization, maybe fine print, or on the back. Nope. No banner or signage nearby either (aside from campaign messages for a couple of people running for judge). The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has long kept the list of authorized “Walking on Logs” decorators, so we’re checking to see if someone signed up to promote this message – the first pro-cannabis display we recall seeing there – but CEO Lynn Dennis is out of the office today. Looking around online, we did find a Federal Way group that offers T-shirts like these.

P.S. Authorized or not, it’s not the only marijuana message on the bridge right now; on the westbound leg of our bridge trip to check this out, we took note of the Dama Cannabis billboard alongside the Spokane Street Viaduct just before the 99 overpass.

ADDED TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Chamber CEO Dennis says they don’t know who’s responsible for the pro-pot shirts, but the sculptures were supposed to be in use this week by Run of Hope supporters, who were expected to put their group’s shirts on “Walking on Logs” sometime today.

If you wondered what was going on in Schmitz Park tonight …

September 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle parks, WS culture/arts | 12 Comments

After several texts and e-mails asking what was going on in Schmitz Park – crowd sounds and music, carrying for a distance – we went over just in time to see everybody leaving, with someone explaining it was a “one-time theater performance” for which the producers had a permit until 9 pm. Just got back and now a web search turns up more details. “Din V: A Convergence” was a joint production of Washington Ensemble Theatre and the band Kithkin, free but with only 100 tickets available, given out at a Capitol Hill coffee shop earlier this month. Full description on this Facebook event page.

Looking for someone to sing with? Seattle Metropolitan Glee Club might be looking for you.

September 21, 2014 at 10:47 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Next Tuesday is just the second week of the season, so this citywide group rehearsing in West Seattle is still recruiting:

Ladies, are you interested in singing with an amazing group of women, but don’t know where to go? The Seattle Metropolitan Glee Club, a non-profit women’s singing group, is looking for new members this fall. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7:15 – 9:15 p.m. at the ActivSpace building on Harbor Avenue SW in West Seattle. … After a casual audition, we hope that you will be able to join us. Please send an email to The_Met@seattlegleeclubs.org, or check out our website at seattlegleeclubs.org for more information.

West Seattle Community Orchestras want you! (Almost) any age, any skill level – it’s signup time

September 17, 2014 at 9:40 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

Make music! The West Seattle Community Orchestras are almost ready for this year’s season – just a few weeks away – and are sharing this announcement to let you know what’s new this year, as well as what’s continuing, so you (or another musician in your household!) can sign up:

Develop your musical skills as West Seattle Community Orchestras expands your opportunities for the fall session. There is a group for just about everyone!

► NEW! Wind Symphony (concert band) for students and adults, 6+ years’ experience on woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Particularly in demand for this new group are trumpets, baritones, trombones, tubas, and saxophones. The group will be playing classic wind band/concert band favorites including Liberty Bell March, Flourish for Wind Band, and Overture for Winds.

► NEW! Student Beginning Strings Ensemble for students (3rd -12th) in first year of school participation or private lessons. This ensemble will enhance the learning students are already receiving in a fun, encouraging atmosphere.

And there’s more: Click to read the rest of West Seattle Community Orchestras want you! (Almost) any age, any skill level – it’s signup time…

First chapter in West Seattle’s newest literary series: WordsWest debuts tomorrow

September 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Tomorrow opens the book on the first chapter of West Seattle’s newest literary series – WordsWest.

7 pm Wednesday (September 17th) at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), you’re invited to “An Evening with Karen Finneyfrock and Elissa Washuta.” The WordsWest curators – West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw – describe the series as “a monthly invitation to hear world-class writers from near and far, and to join and nurture the West Seattle literary community.” They plan to present events every third Wednesday “that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level.” The events will include a local-business rep reading a favorite poem – starting with Pegasus Book Exchange. Read about Wednesday’s featured writers on the WordsWest website.

West Seattle Monday: ‘School Your Parents’; pooches in the pool; Roxhill Elementary PTA; more…

September 15, 2014 at 10:26 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | 5 Comments

(Pan of paella, photographed by Paul Brannan at Senior Center’s ‘Night in Spain last Thursday)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, and our inbox, here are highlights for the rest of this late-summer Monday:

CLOSED TODAY: Elliott Bay Brewery in The Junction sends word that they’re closed today for some maintenance work. They expect to reopen tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16th).

‘DOG DAYS OF SUMMER’ POOCHES IN THE POOL: Today is the first of six days in which dogs are welcome to swim in the closed-to-humans-until-next-year Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club pool (one day added since we mentioned this on the main page). It’s a fundraiser for youth at the club; details here. Today’s session is 5-7 pm. (11003 31st SW)

‘SCHOOL YOUR PARENTS’! 5:30-7:30 pm, families are welcome at the Delridge Branch Library to find out how Seattle Public Library supports scholars – more in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way)

ROXHILL ELEMENTARY PTA: 6 pm tonight at Roxhill Elementary, first PTA meeting of the year. (30th/Roxbury)

PERSONAL SAFETY NETS: Free presentation 7-9 pm at the Fauntleroy YMCA, to “teach you how to find the tools, knowledge & resources which will prepare and organize you for life’s upcoming challenges and changes.”

NIGHTLIFE! See the listings here.

More than a dozen ways to enjoy your West Seattle Saturday

September 13, 2014 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Friday’s sunset, by John Hinkey)

Happy weekend! Sunshine and options aplenty. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FREE LUNCH AND TREATS! ADMIRAL ADOPT-A-STREET: Grab the kids, the neighbor, everyone you can find, and go join the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s quarterly cleanup. You get treats before hitting the street AND a sack lunch for afterward, courtesy of Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), which is where you’ll meet – look for ANA outside the store, 9 am. You don’t have to bring ANYTHING but yourself – tools, bags, etc., all provided. (42nd/41st/Admiral Way)

SECOND-TIME SALE: 9 am-3 pm, you just don’t know (until you get there) what treasures you’ll find at Fauntleroy Church‘s famous sale. Maybe something Christmasy:

Bake sale too! (9140 California SW)

FAMILY PICNIC: Freedom Church of Seattle invites everybody to come join in their Family Picnic, 10 am-3 pm, including a food-bag giveaway as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages for everyone, and lots of fun. Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Roxbury)

TREE WALK: Meet your neighbors and learn about the trees in North Delridge during this morning’s Tree Walk – meet at 10:30 am at the Greg Davis Park boulders; details here. Free! (26th/Brandon)

LOUIE FOXX SHOW: Fabulous Family Fun Saturdays return to High Point Community Center starting today, 10:30 am, with Louie Foxx‘s “One Man Sideshow filled with tons of magic, comedy, cowboy tricks, juggling and more audience interaction than you can shake a stick at!” $7/person, $30 max for families. (6920 34th SW)

BENEFIT BARBECUE AT THRIFTWAY: Still barbecue season! West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is cooking lunch again today, 11 am-4 pm, this time to benefit the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle. Kiwanian Linda Cox reminds us of some of how the Kiwanis has been working in and for the community for 80+ years:

Key Clubs for high school students at West Seattle Hi, Chief Sealth, and
Seattle Lutheran

*Circle K clubs for college students at Seattle University
*Boy Scout Troop 284, Crew 284, Venture Crew 760, Cub Scout Pack 136
*South Seattle College scholarships
*Hi-Yu Scholarships
*Seasonal support of West Seattle Farmers Market
*Food Bank collections
*WestSide Baby
*Northwest Hope and Healing Fashion Show and Alki Beach 5K Run/Walk
*Annual community Pancake Breakfast the first Friday in December
*Plus many, many other projects

More info at kiwaniswestseattle.org. Or come buy your lunch and chat with a Kiwanis member at the barbecue tent outside Thriftway! (California/Fauntleroy/42nd)

CAR WASH: 11 am-4 pm, fundraising car wash at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) by, and benefiting, West Seattle High School‘s music program. (35th/Webster)

HOMEOWNERSHIP WORKSHOP: Interested in buying a home, but not sure if you can afford it? Come to a free workshop – with lunch and child care provided – 11 am-3 pm today at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

FIESTAS PATRIAS PARADE/FESTIVAL IN SOUTH PARK: 11 am, come enjoy the Fiestas Patrias parade in South Park, followed by a festival until 6 pm at Sea-Mar. Here’s the parade route, according to SDOT:

Starts at 12th Avenue South and South Henderson Street, proceeds east on Henderson to 14th Avenue South, then north on 14th to South Cloverdale Street, then west on Cloverdale to Eighth Avenue South, and north on Eighth to South Rose Street. Seattle Police will escort the parade. There will be a rolling slowdown in traffic as the parade moves along the route.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY: Nature Consortium hosts a party at Pigeon Point Park by Pathfinder K-8, honoring the volunteers who help with so much of what NC does. 11 am-1 pm. (1901 SW Genesee)

GOLF TOURNAMENT: Even if you didn’t pre-register for the Chuck Diesel Invitational, benefiting youth golf, you can still show up at West Seattle Golf Course at noon – here’s our recent preview. (4457 35th SW)

WATCH THE HUSKIES AT THE CASK: Not going to the game? UW Football will be on at The Cask (WSB sponsor) in The Admiral District. Get your gameday in gear at noon; game vs. Illinois starts at 1 pm. (2350 California SW)

LAST DANCE: Salsa on Alki‘s season finale gets going at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza at 5:30 pm with a lesson that’s included in your $10 cover to dance all night (until 10-ish).

(Last Saturday’s Salsa on Alki; photo by Jonathan Vogel)
Details in our calendar listing. (61st/Alki)

NIGHT 3 FOR ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: 7:30 pm is curtain time for the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), the Seattle premiere of “The Mountaintop,” directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Buy your ticket(s) online, here. (4711 California SW)

MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC – so much live music tonight, we just have to point you to our calendar to see the venues and times!

Weekend time! 6 highlights for the rest of your West Seattle Friday

September 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(From upper Lincoln Park, by Mark Ahlness, via the WSB Flickr group)
Before we get much further into the afternoon – a quick look at half a dozen highlights ahead through tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

HIGH-SCHOOL AEROSPACE-CAREER EXPO: New timespan for this event, 3-4:30 pm – otherwise, details are in our preview. Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY’S FRIDAY FARMSTAND: The fresh-produce stand just south of Delridge Library is open again, 4:30-7:30 pm, with farm-fresh fruit and vegetables. (5435 Delridge Way SW)

INSTAGRAM PICNIC ON ALKI: If you’re anywhere near Alki tonight, your chances of winding up in someone’s photo are greater than ever (or perhaps you’ll be taking the photos): Seattle Instagramers are invited to gather for a picnic near Statue of Liberty Plaza to celebrate the group’s 3rd anniversary, 6 pm. (61st/Alki)

‘KIWI MEETS THE SEA’ WINE, OYSTERS, MUSIC: That’s all in one event at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) tonight, with the wines of New Zealand’s much-honored Villa Maria and local Taylor Shellfish Farms oysters, 6:30-7:30 pm; plus music (6-9 pm) by The W Brothers, guitar and mandolin. (1936 Harbor SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: One game in town tonight – West Seattle High School hosts Washington at Southwest Athletic Complex (2601 SW Thistle), 7 pm. That’s also when Chief Sealth International High School visits Rainier Beach at Southeast Athletic Complex.

NIGHT 2 FOR ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: 7:30 pm is curtain time for the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), the Seattle premiere of “The Mountaintop,” directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Buy your ticket(s) online, here. (4711 California SW)

MORE TO SEE AND DO … just check our calendar.

West Seattle Thursday: WS Art Walk; ‘The Mountaintop’ opening night; Duwamish River kayak tour; more…

September 11, 2014 at 10:46 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(WSB photo: Art we noticed while out walking – memorial bench along the Harbor Avenue shore)
Highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TODDLER STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Branch Library, free as always. (35th/Raymond)

‘NIGHT IN SPAIN’: Paella dinner, flamenco dancing, big night at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 5 pm – check to see if any reservations remain; info’s in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

‘SECOND THURSDAY OUT’: Also at the Senior Center tonight, LGBTQ community members and friends are invited to a no-host happy hour followed by a dinner gathering at Talarico’s. 6 pm – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: Great reason to enjoy this late-summer sunshine – spend the evening stopping by some of the venues in this month’s West Seattle Art Walk. Here’s the venue list/map:

Almost all are open 6-9 pm, usually with a chance to meet the artist (and business owners are there at many venues too) and enjoy refreshments. Preview venues/artists via the official Art Walk website at wsartwalk.com. Among them, Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), with two artists’ work this month:

That’s by Steve Lawler, who Click! says “will be on hand showcasing his plywood furniture, made entirely of remnants left over from cabinet shops.” They’re also featuring Shelli Markee‘s wire-sculpture birds. Click! is in The Junction, which has the major concentration of Art Walk participants, but check the map for other areas – just north of Morgan Junction, for example, West Seattle Cellars has two artists tonight, Tim Marsden and Rich Lehl. (Full-size venue map here)

FRIENDS OF SCHMITZ PRESERVE PARK NATURE WALK: Learn about the history and the ecology of West Seattle’s old-growth-forest treasure, 6 pm. Call to see if there’s still room – info’s in our calendar listing. (Admiral/Stevens)

TOUR THE DUWAMISH: Should be a great night to get out on the water somewhere. Why not the Duwamish River? If you see this before mid-afternoon or so, check to see if there’s still room on tonight’s community kayaking tour from Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park at 6 pm. Details are in this preview. (7900 10th Ave. S.)

K-5 STEM PTA MEETING: First meeting of the school year, 6:30 pm, school library. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

WINE TASTING AND MUSIC: Second Thursday is also wine tasting night – bring an appetizer, bring a friend – at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), with Brazilian music by Choro Tocando. Starts at 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

OPENING NIGHT FOR ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: 7:30 pm is curtain time for the official opening night of the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), the Seattle premiere of “The Mountaintop,” directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. You can buy your ticket(s) online, here. (4711 California SW)

AS USUAL … there’s more on the calendar beyond the highlights above – go here to see for yourself!

West Seattle weekend scene: 100+ watch ‘Princess Angeline,’ meet filmmakers, with WS Meaningful Movies & SWSHS

September 6, 2014 at 11:29 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

Thanks to Clay Eals from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for the photo from Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, where more than 100 people came to tonight’s screening of “Princess Angeline,” and talked with filmmakers Sandy and Yasu Osawa. He explains: “The 53-minute film focuses on the history of the Duwamish Tribe and its efforts to become federally recognized. Princess Angeline was the daughter of Chief Seattle. Sponsoring the presentation were West Seattle Meaningful Movies and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Those attending were encouraged to inscribe pre-addressed postcards to President Obama asking that the tribe be recognized.” The latest version of the recognition bill is languishing in the U.S. House.

West Seattle weekend scenes: In The Junction last night …

August 31, 2014 at 3:25 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

Photos are in from two events in The Junction last night (both featured in our “West Seattle Saturday” preview) …

ON THE RUNWAY: Thanks to Unified Outreach for the photo from its youth-organized “Urban Hollywood Meets Seattle” runway show last night at the West Seattle Christian Events Center. Here’s the accompanying summary:

Side note: UO points out that MAC Fashion House‘s Carlisia Minnis, third from left in the photo, was a newsmaker this past week – for helping rescue the baby left in a stolen SUV when a car thief abandoned it in the middle of a White Center street (see her in the KING5.com coverage).

IN THE STORE: Standing-room-only at Easy Street Records as The Posies played a set:

That photo is courtesy of King County Councilmember Joe McDermott (who we bumped into at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market; he mentioned he’d been to the show, and agreed to share a photo). Also at the show, Brian Presser of TouchTech Systems – just up the street from Easy Street – who photographed the cool poster:

“Failure” is The Posies’ 1988 debut, just re-released.

P.S. To preview what else is ahead in West Seattle, you can check our calendar any time.

Summer Concerts at Hiawatha 2014 wrapup: ‘A big high-five’

August 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm | In Neighborhoods, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 4 Comments

Thursday night was the last of this year’s six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented for the sixth consecutive year by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, whose president David Whiting shares this wrap-up:

“A Big High-Five to Our Sponsors!”

The Admiral Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of our sponsors that contributed to make the Hiawatha Summer Concerts possible. We especially want to acknowledge Metropolitan Market, who, in addition to their support, handed out treats at every one of the six concerts. Christian Heilman, our sound engineer this summer, did a great job and we were fortunate to have his expertise.

Gold Sponsor
Metropolitan Market

Silver Sponsors
Associated Recreation Council
Bank of America
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate
The Cask
Curious Kidstuff
Emeritus Senior Living at Admiral Heights
Menchie’s Admiral
Ranger Chicken – Draper Valley Farms
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Weitzel Construction
West Seattle Blog

Bronze Sponsors
Alki Mail and Dispatch
Brent Amacher State Farm Insurance
Bob and Dawn Brown
Flower Lab
Head to Toe Day Spa
Little Gym of West Seattle
Kayle Shulenberger Speech Pathologist
Stuffed Cakes
Thunder Road Guitars
Wiseman Appliance

Nearly 3,000 people listened and danced to musical acts that ranged from rock, country, funk to kid friendly pop. If you enjoy concerts and similar community events your local neighborhood association or community council needs to hear from you. The West Seattle Blog announces all West Seattle community councils’ meetings and their activities. The ANA is planning a December holiday event and could use your participation. Learn more at our upcoming meeting, 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 9th, at The Sanctuary.

ANA launched the concert series in 2009, and we’re proud to have been a sponsor every year since the start.

Duwamish River: You don’t have to be an ‘artist’ to answer this local ‘call for artists’

August 30, 2014 at 10:57 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 3 Comments

(2011 photo by Danny McMillin)
The project is called Duwamish Revealed, “a large program of temporary, site-specific public art, music, performance and other creative activities and events that will bring people to the river and celebrate its unique culture, communities and history.” It will unfold along, near, and on the Duwamish River next year, thanks to a $300,000 grant the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) received from ArtPlace America (whose funding is explained here). Now that we have the basics out of the way, here’s what artistic directors Sarah Kavage and Nicole Kistler want you to know about why they’re not just seeking people who already consider themselves artists:

You don’t have to be an artist to apply. Are you a scientist? Do you have serious computer skills? Are you a passionate gardener, a wood or metal worker longing to build something really big, or a backyard tinkerer? Is your grandmother full of stories about what the Duwamish used to be like? We want you to contribute your skills and ideas. Please tell us about yourself and your vision for a project on the river.

The deadline to answer the initial call is just a month away – September 29th. This page on the Duwamish Revealed website explains how to do that, and stresses that they’re not looking for extensive details for starters – just get them your idea.

P.S. As originally announced back in June, Duwamish Revealed was one of just “55 projects selected out of 1300 applicants nationally” to receive one of these grants – so help them make the most of it!

Video: Summer Concerts at Hiawatha’s 2014 finale

August 28, 2014 at 7:02 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

7:02 PM: Onstage on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center for another hour, that’s Funky 2 Death, the final band to play the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series. Nice night, music’s free – take a chair, your dinner, your family – it’s on until 8 pm. As a series sponsor, we share in saying thanks to everyone who’s attended, performed, volunteered, and otherwise been part of it this year!

P.S. ANA, of course, does more than present concerts. It’s the community council for the Admiral area and you can check out its next meeting at 7 pm Tuesday, September 9th, at The Sanctuary at Admiral (right across from the north side of Hiawatha, 42nd/Lander).

ADDED 8:17 PM: A few more photos – first, a reminder that kids are welcome at the Hiawatha concerts. Including babies. King County Executive Dow Constantine and wife Shirley Carlson were there tonight with three-and-a-half-month-old daughter Sabrina:

Back to the band:

Oops, our photographer was spotted:

If you enjoyed Funky 2 Death and want to see them again – catch the band Fridays at the Seamonster Lounge in Wallingford.

West Seattle Friday: Music, theater, science, Timebank, produce

August 22, 2014 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

(WSB photo, looking southwest from Constellation Park earlier this week)
We’re sailing into the weekend with Friday fun ahead. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

JOIN THE WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK! 11 am, new member orientation at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Libraryread the calendar listing first for important info. (2306 42nd SW)

HANDS-ON ‘WEIRD SCIENCE’: For ages 9-12, 2 pm at Southwest Branch Library. (35th/Henderson)

DELRIDGE GROCERY’S FRIDAY FARMSTAND: The fresh-produce stand just south of Delridge Library is open again, 4:30-7:30 pm, promising, this time around, offerings “from apples to zucchini.” (5435 Delridge Way SW)

FINAL CONCERT AT THE MOUNT: 6 pm, The 85th Street Big Band, free live music on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent campus. Dinner/drinks available for purchase starting at 5:30 pm. (4831 35th SW)

HIGHLAND PARK TAILGATE PARTY: Doors open at 6:30 pm, show your Seahawks spirit at 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th/Holden)

‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’: 7:30 pm, the youth-conservatory production at ArtsWest is back onstage! (4711 California SW)

MORE LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT including …
*The True Romans at Salty’s (WSB sponsor), 5:30 pm
*Chad Knight at The Cask (WSB sponsor), 9 pm
*Roo & The Few at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), 7 pm
*Marley’s Ghost at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm
*Ted Dortch Quartet at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm
*Three bands at Skylark, 9 pm
(Know of a venue with live music tonight NOT on the list? Tell ‘em to send us their listings – it’s free!)

PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … by browsing our calendar!

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