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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

(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

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

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

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

(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.

@ Highland Park Improvement Club: Trees and raingardens today, invitation for artists next month

January 28, 2017 1:19 pm
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Until 3 pm – as previewed in today’s list of calendar highlights – you’re invited to stop by Highland Park Improvement Club to learn more about raingardens with RainWise, to help maintain the raingardens and related areas at HPIC, and/or to pick up free tree(s) for your yard! We took the photo while leaving HPIC after this morning’s Delridge Bus Triangle Park workshop (separate story coming up later).

Meantime, HPIC sent out this announcement today for its new art initiative:

Highland Park Improvement Club is looking for art teachers!

2017 brings new programming ideas to HPIC that showcase the artist talents of our neighborhood. Starting in February, we’re kicking off an art night at the club! HPIC will serve as a venue for local artists to teach a class, as well as offer a community art room. And yes, the HP bar will be open!

Are you interested in sharing your craft? All ideas are welcome! Sewing, knitting, a DIY project, jewelry making, pottery, painting, collage, making dream catchers, etc. Our pilot painting class in December – Bottles & Brushes – was a sold out success!

Please come to our info session to learn more about the opportunities to teach your classes at our neighborhood club!

Date: Tuesday February 7th at 7 PM
Location: HPIC (1116 SW Holden)

Come share your talents, interests and ideas! If you have any questions please email

West Seattle Garden Tour art competition: 2 weeks to go

January 28, 2017 10:03 am
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Something else you can do today — create art for the West Seattle Garden Tour. The volunteers behind the WSGT asked if we would remind you one more time about the annual competition, because turn-in time is now just two weeks away – February 10th-12th. The theme is “The Art of Gardening” and the winner is showcased on the poster and ticket-book cover as well as during the West Seattle Art Walk, as well as receiving a $500 prize. This year’s WSGT, by the way, is on June 25th.

VIDEO: New president, same treaty-rights fight for Duwamish Tribe

On Saturday, while tens of thousands of people were marching downtown out of concern over the newly inaugurated administration, the White House transition was also a topic of discussion at the Duwamish Longhouse. The day was in part a celebration of the longhouse itself – completed and dedicated eight years ago – but it began with a focus on the Duwamish Tribe‘s continued quest for its treaty rights. Our video above is from a Q/A session that followed the Longhouse’s first screening of the new documentary “Promised Land,” which is about the Duwamish and Chinook Tribes’ struggle to get the federal government to honor those rights.

In our video, after lauding the filmmakers for their work, Duwamish chair Cecile Hansen answered questions (others were fielded by James Rasmussen and Ken Workman, also of the tribe). Hansen said she is “not too encouraged about the new administration, but you never know what could happen.” Rasmussen said they also are dealing with a change in who represents Seattle in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, who just retired, was a longtime champion of the Duwamish pursuit of federal recognition; his newly elected successor, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, hasn’t been to the Longhouse, Rasmussen noted, and they don’t know whether she is supportive or not. He also explained, when asked for details of what would be different if they had treaty rights, that Duwamish youth are not recognized as Native Americans when enrolling in college – they have been offered the chance to do so if they enroll with a recognized tribe, but, Rasmussen said, usually decline.

Other tribes in the area have opposed Duwamish treaty rights, Rasmussen went on to say, because of concerns over casino competition. The Duwamish have “no plan to build a casino – never has been a plan,” he said, but he also said that when once offered the chance at recognition if they permanently renounced that option, they put the question to their membership and they said no, “we’re not giving up anything.”

Hansen, by the way, says she’s writing a book. She’s been fighting for the treaty rights for more than 40 years; the tribe briefly gained recognition in the final days of the Clinton Administration, saw it subsequently canceled by the Bush Administration, and then came another denial, from the Obama Administration, in summer 2015.

(August 2015 WSB photo)

As you will also hear her say in the video – and as we reported here a year and a half ago – she took the Duwamish’s case directly to now-former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, a West Seattle resident (photo above). While Jewell touted the department’s work with tribes in her farewell, that didn’t include any progress for the Duwamish, Hansen noted. “If she had brought the tribes together, we would not be suffering with this non-status. … She should have done more for the Duwamish people.”

VIDEO: ArtsWest ‘Ghostlight Project’ gathering tonight, one of hundreds coast to coast


About 30 people gathered in the ArtsWest Playhouse lobby tonight as part of the nationwide “Ghostlight Project” – reaffirming “a commitment to values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.” The original plan was to gather out front, but they moved inside for several reasons. Another change: AW artistic director Mathew Wright explained the concept:

He said that instead of keeping the “ghostlight” on for a limited time, as first planned, the playhouse will leave theirs on for the next four years. Each participant held their own small light for the brief gathering.


And they sang “Imagine”:

This was one of hundreds of similar gatherings around the nation tonight. At ArtsWest, once it was over, most continued on into the theater, where ArtsWest’s new production “Mothers and Sons” debuted tonight.

WHOSE ART? Young West Seattleite has a question for you


That photo of A-board artwork was sent by Natalie W., 12 years old, with this question:

I have been seeing these paintings around West Seattle and I have been wondering what they are for. What’s the scoop? It would be awesome if you could put this on the West Seattle Blog with the question, why are these around West Seattle. Thank you!

We have to admit, we’ve wondered too. We’ve seen them along Fauntleroy now and then. If you know the backstory – please comment (or e-mail – thanks!

FRIDAY: Free film festival @ Emerald Water Anglers – RSVP ASAP

January 18, 2017 9:28 am
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Not everything this Friday is inauguration-related. Here’s one example: The second annual 5 Minutes or Less Fly Fishing Film Fest at Emerald Water Anglers (42nd SW/SW Oregon; WSB sponsor) in The Junction. It starts at 7 pm Friday and admission is free, but space is limited, so you need to RSVP ASAP – or 206-708-7250.

YOU’RE INVITED: Duwamish Tribe to celebrate Longhouse anniversary Saturday

Eight years after we took that photo – just after the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle was completed and dedicated in January 2009 – its next anniversary celebration is days away. You’re invited to the Longhouse next Saturday (January 21st), 10 am-5 pm, for an open house that will start with a screening of the new documentary Promised Land,” featuring the Duwamish and Chinook Tribes’ fight for restoration of their treaty rights – here’s the trailer:

This is the first time the film will be shown at the Duwamish Longhouse. Here’s the longhouse’s backstory, as shared by the tribe:

It is the 8th Anniversary of the building of the first Duwamish Longhouse since the last one was burned down in West Seattle in 1894 to push the Duwamish off their land. In 1851, there were over 90 Duwamish Longhouses. Opened in 2009, the Longhouse is a traditional cedar post and beam structure designed in the Puget Salish Longhouse style. It houses a Native Art Gallery, Duwamish History Museum, Gift Shop, Duwamish Tribal Offices, and traditional Longhouse. As in ancient times, the Longhouse is the site where tribal business is conducted and cultural & educational events are held.

Now, the plan for Saturday’s event:

Open house featuring new Duwamish film, cultural program & reception. Celebrate the heritage of Greater Seattle’s First People, Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe. Open house, 10-5, visit exhibit areas and art gallery. Festivities include:

10 am – Duwamish Film: “Promised Land” – This new documentary revisits Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe’s continuing struggle for justice in its own land. The filmmakers & Duwamish tribal leaders will be present for a brief discussion after the film, to be followed by a reception.

“Promised Land” is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. The film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty. Produced and directed by Vasant and Sarah Samudre Salcedo, and sponsored by 4Culture and San Francisco Film Society.

12 pm – Reception

1-3 pm – Cultural Program with special guests & native storytelling. Duwamish Heritage Group will invite friends to join in song and dance.

Free admission & parking.

The Duwamish Longhouse is at 4705 W. Marginal Way SW.

INAUGURATION WEEK: ‘Ghostlight Project’ gathering Thursday at ArtsWest

January 15, 2017 9:20 pm
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Continuing our look at local events planned during this Presidential Inauguration week – ArtsWest is one of more than 300 theaters participating nationwide in the “Ghostlight Project.” All are welcome at a gathering outside the playhouse in The Junction, 6:45 pm-7 pm Thursday night:

ArtsWest will participate in the GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT, a nationwide event on January 19, 2017 for theatres and arts organizations to reaffirm a commitment to values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

On January 19 at 6:45 pm, ArtsWest will welcome members of the community to gather outside the doors of our Playhouse to celebrate the GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT. After remarks from ArtsWest Artistic Director Mathew Wright, participants will each be given a light and asked to turn them on simultaneously and create a “light” for challenging times ahead. The GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT coincides with Opening Night for MOTHERS AND SONS, and both events are occasion for ArtsWest to reaffirm a commitment to telling the stories of underrepresented, marginalized communities and using live theater as a powerful agent of change.

By participating in the GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT, ArtsWest joins fellow Seattle theater companies ACT, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the University of Washington School of Drama.

Others participating around the country are listed here. ArtsWest is at 4711 California SW.

Planning an Inauguration Week event but haven’t sent it in for our calendar yet? – thanks!

CONGRATULATIONS! Student artists move to state level in Reflections arts competition

Congratulations to nine local students for their success so far in a national arts competition! Thanks to Lindsay Yost for sharing the news tonight, on the eve of districtwide recognition for them:

Students from three schools in West Seattle have qualified to advance to the state level of the National PTA Reflections arts program! These students will be competing against students from all over Washington State. The Seattle Council PTSA is hosting a recognition ceremony, with special guest, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland, tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 8th) at the Seattle Armory from 2-3pm. The schools are:

Alki Elementary
Literature – Collin Temme, Where I’m From

Denny International Middle School


Visual Art – Kai Jackson, Girl in the Galaxy (above)


Visual Art – Daniel Crawford, My Weirdness (above)

Literature – Richard Garcia, The Meadow of Death
Literature – Kendall Sementelli, The one with scars


Photography – Veronica Dempster, Headshot (above)

Dance – Ruby Martin, Ruby’s Dance Choreography

Chief Sealth International High School
Literature – Audriana Slye, Four
Literature – Olivia Palmer, ON WRITING

Yost is Reflections chair at Alki Elementary and co-chair of the districtwide event (with Liza Rankin); Manuela Slye is Reflections chair for Denny and Sealth. Good luck to the young artists at the next level of competition! (You can see all their work on the Seattle website for Reflections – browse school-by-school.)

HAPPENING NOW: C & P, Sound & Fog, Hotwire events putting the ‘shop’ in ‘coffee shop’

11:33 AM: Local artists, crafters, and other vendors are showing and selling at two West Seattle coffee shops right now:


C & P COFFEE COMPANY: Haven’t finished your holiday decorating yet? Above, Jen Largent from Village Mouse might have what you’re looking for. She’s at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) for the first day of this weekend’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. So is Betty Laughlin from Pieced Together Design:


Betty’s wares include felted-wool necklaces (she’s wearing one), bowls, and more, as well as photo art. And right next to her on the north side of the main room at C & P are crafters whose enterprise doesn’t even have a name yet – but their Seattle-themed items include a stocking-stuffer for Seahawks fans:


Other vendors include Crossroads Trade. The C & P fair continues until 2:30 pm today and is also on 8 am-2 pm tomorrow BUT the vendors will be different, we’re told – stop by both days! (5612 California SW)

SOUND & FOG: First holiday season for Sound & Fog Coffee & Wine Bar, but not the first vendor event!




Jewelry, men’s wear (Radley Raven, third pic above), adventure gear (Uphill Designs, pic above), candy (Edward and Darcy from Scarlata Chocolate, second pic above), and more are at the Sound & Fog event, continuing until 3 pm. (4735 40th SW)

12:41 PM: We also just got word that a third coffee shop has a pop-up sale today – Hotwire Online Coffeehouse. The photo is from Todd D. Martin:


This is on until 4 pm and is also a benefit for the West Seattle Helpline. (4410 California SW)

HAPPENING NOW: Duwamish Longhouse Native Holiday-Gift Fair, day 2

November 26, 2016 11:34 am
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(WSB photos)

The beautiful Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center in West Seattle is hosting the annual Native Holiday-Gift Fair right now – second of three days – with artists and craftspersons set up in both the main hall (above) and the lobby/display area (below):


Many items are wearable – including these shoes and hats by Ben and Gerry:


Among the artists selling their work is John Romero:


(You might recall his mural in last year’s Duwamish Revealed project.)

The gift fair is on until 4 pm today and again 10 am-4 pm tomorrow. You can park free at the longhouse – enter from its north side at 4705 West Marginal Way SW – with overflow parking at the city parks across the street.

‘May love get us through’: Alki artist’s message

Chatara Hajje created art at Alki Beach on November 10th, “in response to the election,” and sent it to us the next day. We didn’t see it until some days later, and decided to save it for the holiday. Here are her photos, and the message she said she wanted her creation to convey:

May love get us through all that is currently happening and all that is to come. May it be enough. May it overcome fear, despair, and isolation. May it unite instead of separate. May it heal instead of sicken. May it empower, inspire, uplift, and enlighten. May it lead us through this time of darkness to a future that is bright and beautiful. May it bring opportunities and blessings we don’t yet know are possible. May it move us to live a life that is fueled by our deepest dreams. May it plant seeds of magic in the soil of our souls. May it grow abundantly. In all things. Always.


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