West Seattle Blog... » WS culture/arts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:11:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Summer Concerts at Hiawatha update: Tonight’s show is a go! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-update-tonights-show-is-a-go/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-update-tonights-show-is-a-go/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:25:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280439 The clouds have lifted and Eclectic Approach is playing outdoors as scheduled on the east lawn at Hiawatha in this year’s first concert of the Admiral Neighborhood Association-sponsored series, reports ANA president David Whiting. Metropolitan Market (a series sponsor, as are we, and a WSB sponsor) is there with brownies, he adds. Official start at 6:30, music at least until 8, have fun!

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Video: All-City Band’s Seacrest photo night and mini-performance http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/video-all-city-bands-seacrest-photo-night-and-mini-performance/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/video-all-city-bands-seacrest-photo-night-and-mini-performance/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:34:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280181

Some of Seattle’s hardest-working young musicians were at Seacrest tonight, as previewed here this morning: It was the annual photo shoot and mini-performance by the All-City Band, marching-band musicians from high schools around the city, directed by Marcus Pimpleton, who leads music programs at Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School here in West Seattle.

After all the picture-taking, some music-making along Harbor Avenue:

The clear weather was perfect for the occasion.

As also mentioned here this morning, before their next round of parades – particularly Saturday night’s Seafair Torchlight Parade downtown – you can see them during Band Jam at Southwest Athletic Complex, 6:30 pm Friday night, also featuring other musicians (and flag-twirlers) getting ready for Saturday night.

Don’t miss Friday night – it’s free and fun.

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Marching-band fan? All-City Band at Seacrest tonight; Band Jam at SWAC on Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/marching-band-fan-all-city-band-at-seacrest-tonight-hosting-band-jam-at-swac-on-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/marching-band-fan-all-city-band-at-seacrest-tonight-hosting-band-jam-at-swac-on-friday/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:58:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280112

ORIGINAL REPORT, 9:58 AM: If you love marching bands, two things you’ll want to know: First, the All-City Band – which won the grand prize in the West Seattle Grand Parade on Saturday – will be in the Seacrest vicinity this evening for its annual photo shoot, 5:30 pm per its boosters’ Facebook page. The photo above (shared by Toni) is from last year’s session. It’s not an official concert, but if you’re in the area, maybe returning from a Water Taxi commute, you’ll hear music post-photos, since one tipster tells us they’ll be “marching around” as part of it.

Second, this Friday (July 25th) at Southwest Athletic Complex, on the eve of the Seafair Torchlight Parade, ACB and director Marcus Pimpleton again host Band Jam, a chance for some of the parade bands to practice and perform. The formal announcement hasn’t arrived yet but it’s on the ACB calendar and in a comment discussion, we were told it’s set to start around 6:30 pm. Open to the public and free! (The stadium/field is at 2801 SW Thistle, east of Southwest Pool and across the street from Chief Sealth International High School.)

11:37 AM UPDATE: More info just in re: Band Jam – 6:30 pm is the confirmed time, and here are the bands expected:

(Chaotic Noise Marching Corps – WSB photo from 2013 Band Jam coverage)
*The Junior All-City Marching Band
*The Pacific Northwest Drumline
*The Ten Man Brass Band
*The Sumner High School Marching Band
*The Chaotic Noise Marching Corps
*The Seattle Sounders F.C. Soundwave
*The Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band

(Sumner was also honored for its performance in Saturday’s WS parade.)

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Happening now: Alki Art Fair 2014, creativity with a view http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-alki-art-fair-2014-creativity-with-a-view/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-alki-art-fair-2014-creativity-with-a-view/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:14:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280025

The “Share the Shore” T-shirt is on sale in the Seal Sitters‘ booth at the Alki Art Fair, lining the promenade on the west end of Alki Beach Park until this evening. Today artists and musicians are sharing the shore as the festival continues – the Tri-Cities Steel Band Association played during our visit:

The music lineup is on a whiteboard at the site – click here for a photo. Artists include locals such as North Delridge photographer Holli Margell:

While you’re there – at the east end of the promenade, admire the piano that just arrived as part of Pianos in the Parks (reported here Thursday):

Transportation to the fair includes a shuttle bus from West Seattle High School (3000 California SW) again this year.

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Happening now: Mediterranean Fantasy Festival 2014 @ Hiawatha http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-mediterranean-fantasy-festival-2014-hiawatha/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-mediterranean-fantasy-festival-2014-hiawatha/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:55:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279872

You can see a lot in just a little time at the Mediterranean Fantasy Festival, where dance performances continue until 7 tonight – two stages – schedule here! During a brief visit this afternoon, we saw 3 groups/performers – including Saqra’s Shamal Dance Co. (above) and Christine (below):

And back outdoors, Rachel George was onstage:

All free! And it’s not just dancing – outside (plus a few tables inside), dancing apparel, accessories, and another adornments are available – as is food! Tomorrow’s hours for the festival at Hiawatha Community Center are 11 am-5 pm.

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Pianos in the Parks: West Seattle, White Center parks included http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/pianos-in-the-parks-west-seattle-white-center-parks-included/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/pianos-in-the-parks-west-seattle-white-center-parks-included/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:12:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279697

(The Alki piano – photo courtesy Pianos in the Parks)
If you weren’t already planning to spend part of your summer at city/county parks – a public/private-partnership plan announced today is meant to give you a reason to visit. It’s called Pianos in the Parks, and it’s placed 20 donated and decorated pianos in 20 Seattle and King County parks, for one month, starting today. The parks, listed here, include Alki Beach Park in West Seattle and Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. Since those are both fairly sizable parks, we asked a Pianos in the Parks spokesperson where to find the pianos. Reply: “The Alki piano is located just across from Spud Fish & Chips at the edge of the grassy area and the Steve Cox piano is roughly in the middle of the park by the picnic huts and the playground.” (Above, that’s the Alki piano, decorated by artist Kerstin M. Graudins, before it was to be placed at the beach, where we’re hoping to get a photo of it this evening.) And yes, the pianos are playable – that’s even at the heart of a contest. What happens to them after August 17th? They’re being auctioned off; you can bid on any or all of them online by clicking any individual park photo here to see its piano.

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West Seattle music: Richie Jenkin marks new life with ‘New Songs’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-music-richie-jenkin-marks-new-life-with-new-songs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-music-richie-jenkin-marks-new-life-with-new-songs/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:11:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278510 Ever dream of ditching the day job – assuming it’s NOT your dream job – and making a living doing something you love?

West Seattle musician Richie Jenkin worked as a social worker downtown, coordinating a program for homeless men. He says it was good work he enjoyed, but the time came for it to end.

All his life, Richie had been a musician, sometimes in clubs, sometimes in bands, sometimes teaching guitar, sometimes playing at home alone, or with friends. So as his social-work job started to wind down, he wondered what was ahead. First, he says, “I began teaching guitar again, and when I had built up a big-enough student load, I resigned from my day job. Thoughts ran through my head about doing some recording of songs, but I took no action. Six months went by. One morning while sitting quietly in my music room, and without prior thought, I got up and walked over to my recording equipment that had been lying dormant for many years, and began work on a version of an old favorite folk song: ‘500 Miles.’ “

In the three years since then, Richie says, he has been consumed with writing, playing, singing and recording songs, both originals and covers. He continues teaching. And now he has released a CD, “Richie Jenkin: New Songs,” a product of his new life. Here’s a sample track:

You can hear more of his album at his website, richiejenkin.com. It is also available for download from iTunes and from Amazon.

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West Seattle summer: 1 week until Hi-Yu Concert in the Park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-summer-1-week-until-hi-yu-concert-in-the-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-summer-1-week-until-hi-yu-concert-in-the-park/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:40:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278701

(WSB file photo)
Just in case this isn’t already on your calendar: A West Seattle summer-outdoor-music tradition is just one week away – 7 pm next Tuesday (July 15th), the West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park, featuring the West Seattle Big Band. Bring your family, friends, picnic dinner, blanket and/or chairs, and enjoy great music for free on the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center (2700 California, but the concert area faces Walnut, to the east).

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More West Seattle summer music: The Mount’s concert lineup http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/more-west-seattle-summer-music-the-mounts-outdoor-concert-lineup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/more-west-seattle-summer-music-the-mounts-outdoor-concert-lineup/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:01:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278582

(2012 WSB photo: Danny Vernon at The Mount)
West Seattle’s summer outdoor-music scene gets into high gear with Summer Fest this Friday-Saturday-Sunday (lineup here), presented by the West Seattle Junction Association (co-sponsored by WSB), but that’s just the start. The Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association (co-sponsored by WSB), starts July 24th (lineup here). And today, we have word of this year’s Providence Mount St. Vincent outdoor-concert schedule, starting August 1st:

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Free popcorn and snow cones. Great food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Special activities just for kids, such as face painting. And wonderful music to get your weekend started on the right note! Be sure to wear your dancing shoes!

Dinner: 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Live music: 6 to 7:30 pm

*August 1st — Danny Vernon, The Illusion of Elvis
He’s back by popular demand! Internationally known for his tribute to the King.

*August 8th — Alma y Azucar
Saucy music ensemble providing a wide range of exquisite and passionate selections of Latin styles and flavors.

*August 15th — The Spyrographs
Playing the best of spy, pop, surf, and Bossa Nova hits of the 1960s.

*August 22nd — The 85th Street Big Band
Lively 20-piece big band featuring swing favorites from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s including classic songs by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Nat King Cole.

The Mount is at 4831 35th SW; the concerts are on the building’s south side.

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West Seattle 4th of July: Denny stories on the radio http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-denny-stories-on-the-radio/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-denny-stories-on-the-radio/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:40:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278258 In honor of the USA’s birthday, KBCS Radio is spotlighting stories narrated and produced by students from West Seattle’s Denny International Middle School. Not just via interviews – the students also worked on production of the stories, in conjunction with teaching artists from the Jack Straw Cultural Center:

Denny International Middle School students and staff come from diverse backgrounds and represent many nations. This spring, 8th grade Washington state history students at Denny interviewed staff and students, capturing their immigration stories. The students worked with Jack Straw teaching artists at their school and in the Jack Straw studios to create Immigration Portraits: Voices from Denny, a series of radio pieces documenting the immigration experiences of Denny students and staff.

The broadcast schedule on KBCS (91.3 FM on-air, kbcs.fm online) is one story a day starting today, at 7:30 am and 6:50 pm; the audio stories are also already published online, here.

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Followup: Stolen ‘Walking on Logs’ sculpture still missing; theft returns its past and plight to the spotlight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/followup-stolen-walking-on-logs-sculpture-still-missing-theft-returns-its-past-and-plight-to-the-spotlight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/followup-stolen-walking-on-logs-sculpture-still-missing-theft-returns-its-past-and-plight-to-the-spotlight/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:22:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277364

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Exactly one week has now passed since one of the four “Walking on Logs” sculptures was discovered missing, but there’s still no word of breakthroughs in the case.

The theft was discovered when volunteers from the Walking on Logs Landscape Restoration Group and Kiwanis Club of West Seattle arrived at the site alongside the Fauntleroy end of the West Seattle Bridge last Saturday morning for cleanup and weeding. (Here’s our first report, from last Saturday night.) The sculpture was severed above the foot that had balanced atop a “log,” as shown in our top photo (from Friday), leaving behind these three:

It’s not the first public-art theft in West Seattle; the Rotary Viewpoint Park totem-pole heist of 2009 comes to mind, as do years of vandalism/theft incidents targeting the original Alki Statue of Liberty.

But the Dancing on Logs site has had other challenges. First, some history: The four bronze “dancing children” by renowned artist Phillip Levine of Burien were installed in 1996. Following up on the installation’s history and context over the past week, we learned that Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, interviewed Levine on video just last month, out at the sculpture site, with traffic whizzing by. He and Levine agreed that this unedited interview could be published as part of our followup:

He talks about location as well as the inspiration for the “sheer joy” exuded by the sculptures’ pose. (You can see more of Levine’s work here.) Eals also recorded video of each of the sculptures – starting with the one that is now gone (also visible behind Levine during much of the interview above):

Eals then photographed Levine with Earl Cruzen, who made the Murals of West Seattle project happen – that’s what the statue was part of, confirmed Calandra Childers of the city Office of Arts and Culture, noting that “the whole project was funded from matching-fund grants from both King County and from Department of Neighborhoods. SDOT allowed the artwork in the right of way with the understanding that the community would maintain the artwork.”

In Eals’ May photo below, that’s Levine at left, Cruzen at right, and the now-stolen sculpture at top left:

Cruzen, now 93, took care of the sculptures’ site often singlehandedly until four years ago, when Nancy Driver of Fairmount spearheaded the organization of what became the Walking on Logs Landscape Restoration Group, as reported here in March 2010. Volunteer cleanups organized since then have not drawn much response. Driver got a few volunteers from the Kiwanis Club for the one last Saturday.

The theft of one of the sculptures might lead to renewed attention for the site’s plight. The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has long been accountable for giving permission for nonprofits to display messages there, and board president Nancy Woodland tells WSB:

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has been calendaring the Walking on Logs decorations for years. Local non-profits schedule time to dress the statues to promote activities that support the local community. The Chamber is now committed to stepping up that involvement to help support the dedicated work of others including Nancy Driver, the Department of Neighborhoods, SDOT, and SPU to maintain the site. We’re exploring all options for involvement but are hopeful that our membership of business owners will step in to help with clean-up efforts bi-annually at a minimum. This is a first impression of our amazing community and we want to help make it a good one.

Right now, though, the search is still on for the missing sculpture. Here’s another look:

(WSB file photo by Christopher Boffoli)
If you have any information about what happened to it and/or where it is, you can call 911 – mention case number 14-198308 – or contact the Southwest Precinct at 206-733-9800. Its burglary/theft detectives are handling the case, according to the SPD spokesperson with whom we last checked.

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West Seattle scene: New Junction-area mural http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-scene-new-junction-area-mural/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-scene-new-junction-area-mural/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:48:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276650

Thanks to Chris at West Side Music Academy on the north end of The Junction for sharing a photo of the new art on their wall at 42nd and Dakota:

I thought people might get a kick out of this mural that local artist Andrew Miller painted for us last week. Note the “WS Junction Loves You” on the right side… Andrew does this in all his WS murals.

If anyone is still looking for summer activities for their kids, we still have room in some of our music camps and rock band classes.

WSMA is at 42nd/Dakota.

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Ready to get moving with the West Seattle Big Band in Fauntleroy on Friday? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/ready-to-get-moving-with-the-west-seattle-big-band-in-fauntleroy-on-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/ready-to-get-moving-with-the-west-seattle-big-band-in-fauntleroy-on-friday/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 02:19:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276223

(Vocalist Sarah Ackers, scheduled to sing with the WSBB this Friday)
Friday will be a swinging night in Fauntleroy – and you’re invited to be part of it. In case you haven’t seen the “Swing Into Summer” dance listing in the WSB Calendar yet, here’s a preview shared by Judy Pickens:

Swing dances (Charleston, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, etc.) are what enlivened the nation during the Roaring Twenties and carried it through World War II and Korea. Now they’re enjoying a comeback for the fun of it as well as for the exercise. The West Seattle Big Band, Fauntleroy Community Association, and Fauntleroy Church are sponsoring a “Swing Into Summer” dance on Friday, June 13, 7 pm in The Hall at Fauntleroy. If you don’t know swing, check out the primer at youtube.com/watch?v=e7djJUwE9z8. You’ll see that knowing just two or three steps will get you on the floor, then come a half hour before the dance to practice with an instructor.

Choose dance clothes that are easy to move in – roomy slacks and shirt for the men and a comfortable dress for the women (add pretty underwear under that dress if you expect to twirl every which way!). Build your outfit from the shoes up – leather soles and a snug style that you won’t dance out of.

Tickets are $15 at brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Reserve free childcare at jackie@fauntleroyucc.org and plan to purchase refreshments at the dance.

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More music! Summer Concerts at Hiawatha 2014 lineup announced http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/more-music-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-2014-lineup-announced/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/more-music-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-2014-lineup-announced/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 04:35:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276156

(Babypants is back! WSB photo from CB’s 2012 Hiawatha appearance)
For the second night in a row, we have a summer-music lineup to share with you – this time, the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s free Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, as announced by series organizer Katy Walum:

July 24th – Eclectic Approach

July 31st – Caspar Babypants

August 7 – The Guessing Game

August 14th - Radio Raheem

August 21st – Jessica Lynne

August 28th – Funky 2 Death

The series runs for six Thursday nights, 6:30 pm, on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (along Walnut Avenue south of Lander) – BYO chair/blanket, and a picnic dinner if you feel like it! We’ll have info later on this year’s planned added attractions.

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Another Delridge mural project, with an invitation for you http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/another-delridge-mural-project-with-an-invitation-for-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/another-delridge-mural-project-with-an-invitation-for-you/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:53:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276099

Last year, the signal boxes – this year, the retaining wall. The newest newsletter from Youngstown Cultural Arts Center notes that the arrival of summer means a new public-art project involving local youth in the Work Readiness Arts Program, which last year resulted in colorful sea-life designs on otherwise drab and vandal-targeted signal boxes (see video above):

This year, volunteers and students will work with artists Louis Chinn and Tess Gamez to design and paint the 210-foot retaining wall across from the Delridge Skatepark, adding depth, color and art along the busy thoroughfare. The goal is to create a mural that honors the rich history of the Delridge area, and celebrates the bright future being created as a community.

Youngstown has launched an online survey asking for suggested themes and elements for the mural – you can share your ideas here.

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