West Seattle Blog... » WS culture/arts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:47:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle scene: Why people are in line outside Easy Street http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-scene-why-people-are-lined-up-outside-easy-street-records/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-scene-why-people-are-lined-up-outside-easy-street-records/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:27:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293342

The line outside Easy Street Records in The Junction right now – wrapping around the building and up the alley – isn’t in advance of a Black Friday deal. But it DOES involve the day after Thanksgiving. At 3 pm, as explained on the Easy Street website, tickets go on sale for a just-announced performance by Foo Fighters, Friday at the Showbox downtown. The show also includes a screening of “Sonic Highways,” the HBO series in which the band travels to cities around the U.S. while recording its new album.

Foo Fighters have been performing “surprise” shows in connection with the show’s episodes, and the Showbox plan fits right in with that.

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Eat, drink, and jam! Support student musicians @ West Seattle Community Orchestras’ gala http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/eat-drink-and-jam-support-student-musicians-west-seattle-community-orchestras-gala/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/eat-drink-and-jam-support-student-musicians-west-seattle-community-orchestras-gala/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:31:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292458 Saturday night at Highland Park Improvement Club, you can enjoy food, beverages, and music while supporting student music programs via the West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ fifth annual “Fall for Music” fundraiser. Tickets are on sale online, and WSCO has sent an update:

The weather may be getting colder, but our planning committee has designed a fun and family-friendly evening to bring out the warmth of the season. Doors open at 6 pm

Guests will walk in to a fall-themed scenery infusing the gathering, to celebrate and harvest the music education for our student musicians. The soiree will also include a silent and live auction, along with a 50/50 Raffle; new this year, our Wine Cellar Raffle.

Our attendees will enjoy a wide variety of scrumptious and flavorful fare such as Indian samosas with cilantro chutney, Thai chicken skewers, grilled veggie platter, pesto pasta salad, assorted local cheeses with grapes & crackers, olive oil poached shrimp cocktail platter, and much more. A dessert buffet with chocolate truffles, pies, cake, and cookies will also be offered.

Our bar will present delicious beverage concoctions like Veuve Clicquot champagne, and top liquor like Grey Goose Vodka, Makers Mark Bourbon, and local microbrew selection, just to name a few. Children are welcome to attend the event and we will supply non-alcoholic beverages.

Several WSCO musicians will showcase their love of music through small ensembles, featuring a flute ensemble and a performance led by student violinist playing fiddle tunes. After the auction, there will be an open jam session performing jazz standards. We invite all levels of musicians to bring their instruments and participate and have fun!

The West Seattle Community Orchestra continues to fill a much-needed role in the community for all ages. New this season WSCO has opened two music programs: Wind Symphony for musicians with experience of 6 years and a Student Beginning Strings Class. The goal is to provide more opportunities to explore their music abilities and become more familiar with classic repertoire.

Advance tickets are on sale now!! Adults $25/each; Students (K-12) $10/each; Seniors (65 & over) $10/each, 5 and under FREE. Purchase your ticket at www.WSCOrchestras.org. For more information about The West Seattle Community Orchestras, please email info@WSCOrchestras.org

HPIC is at 12th/Holden.

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Followup: Seattle Farm School’s first class, crocheting http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-seattle-farm-schools-first-class-crocheting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-seattle-farm-schools-first-class-crocheting/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:57:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292397

Just a month after Seattle Farm School founder Katie Stemp went public with a request for community members to teach classes in the “home arts,” it’s officially launched with its first class tonight. Katie sent photos and

I’m so excited to share these pictures with you of our very first class with Seattle Farm School that is taking place at C&P Coffee right now!!

In a little over 2 months we have gone from concept to live classes right here in West Seattle! We are thrilled to teach sustainable living skills to our community! This is a sold-out Beginning Crochet Class with Kelli Thomas.

Katie says two Beginning Sewing classes are ahead this week (“Comfy Lounge Pants” and “Pillowcases”) as well as a class in soapmaking. More info at seattlefarmschool.com.

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Six options for your sunny West Seattle Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/six-options-for-your-sunny-west-seattle-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/six-options-for-your-sunny-west-seattle-sunday/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:24:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292273

(Alki Beach promenade’s west end, by Laura Goodrich, shared via WSB Flickr group)
Happy Sunday! Some of what’s on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, every Sunday of the year. (44th/Alaska)

FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND GIFT FAIR: 11 am-2 pm, final chance to shop this elegant sale at Fauntleroy Church. (9140 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE SIP & SHOP: 2-5 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church – details and vendors in our calendar listing. (California/Hanford)

‘CURIOUS SAVAGE’ AT SLHS: 2:30 pm, the final performance of the Seattle Lutheran High School Drama Club presentation of “The Curious Savage,” in the school gym – details in our calendar listing. (4100 SW Genesee)

FAMILY MUSIC CONCERT WITH CHARLIE HOPE: 4 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church in Gatewood – find out more about Charlie here; suggested donation and other details in our calendar listing. (California/Othello)

SEATTLE GREEN SPACES COALITION: Can’t make all those evening community meetings? Here’s one in the heart of Sunday afternoon. Come find out the latest about the campaign to keep city-owned properties (such as former West Seattle substations) as open space. 2:45 pm, High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

AND OF COURSE THERE’S MORE … if you take a minute to browse the full calendar page for today.

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Speaking of West Seattle art: Spotted in Lincoln Park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/speaking-of-west-seattle-art-spotted-in-lincoln-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/speaking-of-west-seattle-art-spotted-in-lincoln-park/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:40:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292070

This wasn’t a stop on tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk but perhaps should have been – temporary art spotted in the south end of Lincoln Park.

Patti McCall sent the photos, and tonight Karen sent a tip about it too, saying one side showed up yesterday, the other today. (Thank you both!) Backstory, anyone?

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Scenes from November 2014 West Seattle Art Walk! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-november-2014-west-seattle-art-walk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-november-2014-west-seattle-art-walk/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:17:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292062

Until 9 pm, it’s West Seattle Art Walk night around the peninsula! Above, artists and spouses Kate Endle and Chris Ballew are at CAPERS, as previewed in our daily highlights list earlier today. South to Morgan Junction:

Office Junction (WSB sponsor) is at 6040 California SW. And back in The Junction, wearable art is part of the new group show at Twilight Gallery:

Adding more when our crew gets back!

10:17 PM: Click ahead for three more views from our two stops:

Chris Ballew at CAPERS:

Also there – Chief Sealth International High School students selling the benefit West Seattle Wildlife calendar featuring photos by Mark Wangerin:

And at Twilight, we met Jennifer Charkow from Stone Crow Designs:

Most of the displays highlighted during Art Walk are up all month long, so if you missed the chance to enjoy art tonight, you’re not entirely out of luck.

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West Seattle art: Local artist Kelda Martensen beautifying Junction signal boxes http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-art-local-artist-kelda-martensen-beautifying-junction-signal-boxes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-art-local-artist-kelda-martensen-beautifying-junction-signal-boxes/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:07:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291766

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
On this chilly, breezy, sunny day, outdoor art is happening in The Junction. It’s the beautification project noted here when artist recruitment was under way last spring. West Seattle artist Kelda Martensen (below) was chosen, and today she and assistants are out installing her vinyl-wrap creations on five signal boxes in The Junction:

They started at California/Oregon (top photo). We then caught up with them again at California/Edmunds (where we photographed Martensen). The other three are going up at California/Alaska, 42nd/Alaska, and 39th/Alaska. You can see all five designs here.

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Video: Skeleton Theatre goes ‘Beyond the Pale’ for 2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-skeleton-theatre-goes-beyond-the-pale-for-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-skeleton-theatre-goes-beyond-the-pale-for-2014/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:59:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290670

That’s our on-the-fly video with the first few minutes of this year’s animatronics-and-more Skeleton Theatre show, “Beyond the Pale,” which debuted tonight on the lawn at 36th SW/SW Hanford and will continue tomorrow (Saturday) night. As previewed earlier, it’s the tale of a skeleton super-spy. The ST team proclaims it “by far the biggest show we’ve ever produced”:

Great night for outdoor animatronics, and as usual, it drew a crowd:

Check out the backstory, and previous years’ highlights, on the Skeleton Theatre website, where you can also meet the people behind the skeletons. This is the 9th year they’ve put on an elaborate animatronic/video Halloween extravaganza; it’s free of charge, but if you feel like donating to help them with the costs, show appreciation, etc., you can donate online (scroll down the home page).

Meantime, again, Skeleton Theatre also has shows tomorrow (Saturday, November 1st) night, running almost continuously between 6 and 9 pm.

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West Seattle scene: ‘I Am Eleven’ filmmaker at The Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scene-i-am-eleven-filmmaker-at-the-admiral/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scene-i-am-eleven-filmmaker-at-the-admiral/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:56:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290263

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):

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West Seattle development: Equity Residential announces art-commission program, other details for Junction 47 project http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-development-equity-residential-announces-art-commission-program-other-details-for-junction-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-development-equity-residential-announces-art-commission-program-other-details-for-junction-project/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:33:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290213

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.

(added) We’ve also learned the project has a name: Junction 47.

(back to original report) The current numbers for the project: 206 apartments, 202 parking spaces (25 “prioritized” for retail); Karvasek says they expect to lease units in the west building, fronting California/Alaska, in June of 2015. That building is topped out and getting its roof (“as weather allows”), with the east building, fronting 42nd/Alaska, a few months behind; its garage (with a dedicated elevator for retail) will have an entrance on 42nd, while the west building will be entered from the alley.

No retail leases to announce yet for its nearly 20,000 square feet of space, but that could be as close as a month away, Karvasek said, describing “fantastic” interest from “a lot” of prospective tenants.

Now, more about the art program. “We install public art in a lot of our buildings” but never quite like this, Karvasek said. The local artist who curated a wide-scale art program for Youngstown Flats (WSB sponsor) in North Delridge, Sara Everett, is on board as a consultant to manage what’s in the works for the Equity Residential project.

ER currently has a Request For Proposals (RFP) for its Artist Engagement Program, which today’s announcement says “will incorporate art into the architecture and design of both interior common spaces and exterior walkways of the project … Equity’s goal is to source locally focused, site-specific artwork that will be directly purchased or commissioned from West Seattle artists, without a curatorial commission percentage.”

The first RFP, continues the announcement, “will address art for the building’s 20 exterior support columns, each given a specific art niche. Two artists will likely be chosen for exteriors, and separate calls for submissions will be issued in the next few months for the project’s interior spaces. The focus of the work will reflect the idea of a ‘junction’ as a transition, or a boundary between two places, things or ideas – such as between city and quiet, water and land, or neighborhood and industry, according to Everett. The program will pursue visual representations of industrial contemporary, or those which span between nature and man-made.”

Interested artists can see details on Everett’s website and/or e-mail her at info@saraeverett.com.

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West Seattle park art: ‘Flyers’ now installed at expanded Westcrest http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-park-art-flyers-now-installed-at-expanded-westcrest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-park-art-flyers-now-installed-at-expanded-westcrest/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:52:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290178

(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.

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West Seattle Saturday: See what’s up today and tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-saturday-see-whats-up-today-and-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-saturday-see-whats-up-today-and-tonight/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:14:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289807

(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.

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Video: Opera for a cause! Singing for SWYFS in Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-opera-for-a-cause-singing-for-swyfs-in-fauntleroy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-opera-for-a-cause-singing-for-swyfs-in-fauntleroy/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:15:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289362

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.”

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West Seattle Halloween 2014: New show for Skeleton Theatre http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-new-show-for-skeleton-theatre/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-new-show-for-skeleton-theatre/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:19:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288965

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!

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Seattle Symphony, here, free! Friday concert also features WS Community Orchestra http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/seattle-symphony-here-free-friday-concert-also-features-ws-community-orchestra/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/seattle-symphony-here-free-friday-concert-also-features-ws-community-orchestra/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:46:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288890 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:

Stilian Kirov, Seattle Symphony Associate Conductor
Christina Ding, Young Violinist
West Seattle Community Orchestra
Seattle Symphony

Overture to Cosìfan tutte, K. 588

Allegro aperto [mvmt. 1] from Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219

Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485

Christina Ding is a high-school student at the International School in Bellevue. She is currently a student of Simon James and piano collaborator Hiro David. In 2014 she won second place in the Music Teachers National Association Junior Composition Competition. She was also selected for the Seattle Symphony’s Young Composers Workshop, during which her composition was premiered by members of the Symphony. For the past two summers she has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School as a violin student.

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