West Seattle Blog... » WS culture/arts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:47:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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Young writer in the house? Enter the VFW essay competition! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/young-writer-in-the-house-enter-the-vfw-essay-competition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/young-writer-in-the-house-enter-the-vfw-essay-competition/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:40:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288162 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.

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Couch Fest Films invites you to be a film-fest host – at home, or… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/couch-fest-films-invites-you-to-be-a-film-fest-host-at-home-or/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/couch-fest-films-invites-you-to-be-a-film-fest-host-at-home-or/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 04:34:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287516 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.

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‘Red Light Revolution 2.0′: Benefit Saturday @ Youngstown http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/red-light-revolution-2-0-benefit-saturday-youngstown/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/red-light-revolution-2-0-benefit-saturday-youngstown/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:45:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287471

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.

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Happening now: Chinese-culture celebration at Confucius Institute Day http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-chinese-culture-celebration-at-confucius-institute-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-chinese-culture-celebration-at-confucius-institute-day/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:01:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287089

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.

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Celebrate Chinese culture at Confucius Institute Day on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/celebrate-chinese-culture-at-confucius-institute-day-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/celebrate-chinese-culture-at-confucius-institute-day-on-saturday/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:27:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286783 “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.

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West Seattle scene: Marijuana message materializes at ‘Walking on Logs’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-marijuana-message-materializes-at-walking-on-logs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-marijuana-message-materializes-at-walking-on-logs/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:41:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286544

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.

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If you wondered what was going on in Schmitz Park tonight … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/if-you-wondered-what-was-going-on-in-schmitz-park-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/if-you-wondered-what-was-going-on-in-schmitz-park-tonight/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:17:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286498 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.

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Looking for someone to sing with? Seattle Metropolitan Glee Club might be looking for you. http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/looking-for-someone-to-sing-with-seattle-metropolitan-glee-club-might-be-looking-for-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/looking-for-someone-to-sing-with-seattle-metropolitan-glee-club-might-be-looking-for-you/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:47:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286455 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.

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West Seattle Community Orchestras want you! (Almost) any age, any skill level – it’s signup time http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-community-orchestras-want-you-any-age-any-skill-level-its-signup-time/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-community-orchestras-want-you-any-age-any-skill-level-its-signup-time/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:40:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285980

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:

► Debut Orchestra for students and adults early in their musical education

► Intermediate Orchestra for students and adults playing at approximately Middle School or early High School level

► Symphony Orchestra for students and adults ready for standard orchestra literature. Highlights for this fall include a side-by-side Community Concert with the Seattle Symphony at Chief Sealth International High School on Friday, October 17th, and performing at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival on Sunday, October 19th.

Adults can join the fun, too, whether brand-new beginners or those looking to rejuvenate skills! Here is the opportunity to catch up with the kids in supportive, fun classes:

► Adult Beginning Strings Class for violin, viola, cello, and bass

►Adult Beginning Winds and Percussion Band Class for flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, trumpet, baritone, tuba, drums, and percussion

Students participate free of charge in WSCO groups! Please check the website for adult fees. West Seattle Community Orchestras has been offering students and adults in the West Seattle area opportunities to play and perform great music for more than 10 years. Professional string coaches are supported through a partnership with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and made possible with a Youth Arts Grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Our annual Fall concerts are scheduled for December, also at Chief Sealth International High School.

All rehearsals and classes begin on Tuesday, October 7th; register now on the website at WSCOrchestras.org. For more information, check the website, email info@WSCOrchestras.org or phone 206-484-9110.

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First chapter in West Seattle’s newest literary series: WordsWest debuts tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/first-chapter-in-west-seattles-newest-literary-series-wordswest-debuts-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/first-chapter-in-west-seattles-newest-literary-series-wordswest-debuts-tomorrow/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:44:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285907 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.

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West Seattle Monday: ‘School Your Parents’; pooches in the pool; Roxhill Elementary PTA; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-monday-school-your-parents-pooches-in-the-pool-roxhill-elementary-pta-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-monday-school-your-parents-pooches-in-the-pool-roxhill-elementary-pta-more/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:26:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285772

(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.

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