WS culture/arts – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 25 May 2018 08:07:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle High School musicians back from triumphant California visit http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/congratulations-west-seattle-high-school-musicians-back-from-triumphant-california-visit/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/congratulations-west-seattle-high-school-musicians-back-from-triumphant-california-visit/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 18:55:00 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917572

Thanks to West Seattle High School music director Ethan Thomas for the photo and report:

The West Seattle High School Concert Band and Orchestra traveled to Southern California last weekend. While down there, we participated in the Music in the Parks competition at Disneyland, took part in a studio soundtrack session led by renowned conductor/musician Stan Freese, and performed at Disney’s California Adventure Park. Both groups placed 1st in their division of the competition. While in California we had the opportunity to visit Balboa Beach, spent two days at Disneyland, and one day at Universal Studios. Our orchestra is conducted by Taylor Fritts.

You can catch the WSHS groups in concert next month, according to the program calendar.

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THE LINEUP! See who’s playing Summer Concerts at Hiawatha 2018 http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/the-lineup-see-whos-playing-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/the-lineup-see-whos-playing-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-2018/#comments Wed, 16 May 2018 18:43:04 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916863 WestSeattleBlog_CasparBabypants_02(WSB file photo)

Just announced by the Admiral Neighborhood Association – the lineup for this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, six free outdoor concerts, 6:30-8 pm Thursday nights starting July 19th. From ANA’s concert coordinator Stephanie Jordan:

The Admiral Neighborhood Association is getting ready for summer with a fresh lineup of artists to play at Hiawatha. Save your Thursday evenings for some incredible music in the park, made possible through the generous support of community businesses, Seattle Parks, and the Associated Recreation Council. Here’s what’s ahead:

July 19th
URAL THOMAS AND THE PAIN

Ural Thomas started singing beneath his mother’s knee in church at the age of 3. By high school he led the doo-wop group the Mono Rays. Ural’s voice and songwriting soon gained national attention and he found himself sharing the stage with the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding, Johnny Guitar Watson, and “Little” Stevie Wonder. He played the Apollo 44 times. He backed the Northwest’s biggest soul and garage outfits of the 1960s (The Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Cavaliers Unlimited) and he never for a moment stopped teaching, singing and loving soul music.

July 26th
GOOD QUIVER

Good Quiver is a relatively new band, but the bandmates have a long and winding history playing music together, featuring high-school friends Ehssan Karimi on drums and West Seattle resident Martin Celt on bass. He and vocalist Katelyn Berreth have also been playing music together since high school. Their groovy, fresh sound is rooted in soul, jazz, funk, hip hop, and “everlasting friendship”!

August 2nd
MICAIAH SAWYER

Micaiah Sawyer is a prolific singer-songwriter from Olympia, playing a catchy blend of folk, blues and rock. Her relatable and wise-beyond-years lyrics quickly make an impression on the listener, connecting them with not just a piece of music, but with the artist herself. Armed with an accompaniment of energetic and talented musicians, Micaiah recently won the Sound Off 2018 competition hosted by Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture and KEXP 90.3 FM. She will be releasing her first full-length album this summer.

August 9th
GENERAL MOJO’S

General Mojo’s is a space-elevator ride of psychedelic pop, reminiscent of the past with all courses set for the distant future. Despite their light-hearted approach to stage presence and style, General Mojo’s provides a serious sound, collecting the hook-laden melodies and complex lucid solo sections evocative of Yes and Emerson Lake & Palmer. General Mojo’s plays both the loose and groovy rock you remember and a buttoned-down psychedelic sound you’ve never experienced before!

August 16th
THE SERVICE PROVIDERS

Labeled a “Superband” by The Stranger, the Service Providers are as mysterious as they are deeply rooted in the northwest music scene: “Not all bands are good. These ones are.” The Service Providers is a new project of Mike Musburger, Arthur Roberts (formerly of The Posies), Dave Fox, and Brian Naubert.

August 23rd
CASPAR BABYPANTS

Summer favorite Caspar Babypants will be back to sing songs for parents and kids ages 0-6 with a catchy simple sing-along good-time folk acoustic country rock-and-roll feel that will make you smile and dance at the same time.

The stage and lawn are on the east side of Hiawatha Community Center, along Walnut south of Lander. (WSB is a co-sponsor again this year, as we’ve proudly been each year since the concert series launched in 2009.)

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VIDEO: ‘The West Seattle story will live on,’ thanks to Adah Cruzen’s gift toward restoring the murals her husband made happen http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/the-west-seattle-story-will-live-on-thanks-to-adah-cruzens-gift-toward-restoring-the-murals-her-husband-made-happen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/the-west-seattle-story-will-live-on-thanks-to-adah-cruzens-gift-toward-restoring-the-murals-her-husband-made-happen/#comments Wed, 16 May 2018 02:55:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916801 (Adah Cruzen, left, with Lora Swift and photo of Earl Cruzen)

Story by Tracy Record
Photos by Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

The “father of West Seattle’s murals,” Earl Cruzen, was there not only in spirit but also in photo as his widow Adah Cruzen announced a big gift toward their restoration.

“He left me a bunch of zeroes,” Adah Cruzen quipped about her husband, who died last year at age 96. Five of them were on the ceremonial $100,000 check displayed this afternoon, as she joined community leaders at the foot of the mural that’s being restored right now in Morgan Junction.

The announcement was hosted by Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association and Dan Austin of Peel & Press, whose restaurant is in the building that’s home to the Morgan mural that artist Bob Henry is now working on. (Added: Video of the event:)

As it began, both Swift and local journalist/historian Clay Eals told the story of the murals – 11 in all – that were painted in West Seattle between 1989 and 1993.

Swift said the money – plus community contributions, with a crowdfunding campaign to come – would “restart, restore, refinish” and return the murals’ historic scenes to West Seattle in all their glory.

Eals explained that he was the president of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s board at the time of the mural project.

“We were in the midst of history fever in West Seattle,” he explained, for a variety of reasons, and The Junction – home to 10 of the murals – “needed a tonic.” Earl Cruzen was inspired by murals he had seen traveling along the Northwest coast, as far north as British Columbia, and he had a “vision and a mission” to bring murals to West Seattle. So he “brought people together” while finding walls and money and artists. “The murals are his most prominent gift to our community.” They won awards, too, and played a big role in the final award of Earl Cruzen’s life, the 2014 Orville Rummel Trophy for Community Service, which Adah Cruzen carried in that year’s West Seattle Grand Parade (Earl was on doctor’s orders to stay home):

(2014 photo by Steve Fuller)

With the gift to the murals’ future, Eals said today, “Now, the murals will have new life … today is proof the West Seattle story will live on.”

It’s an “essential project,” agreed Jeff McCord, who succeeded Eals as executive director of the Historical Society. He also expressed hope of new future murals featuring historical West Seattle scenes – perhaps the Duwamish people, perhaps the truck farmers of Westwood.

Also at the podium, Dan Austin recalled how it’s been two and a half years since he started talking about getting the Morgan mural restored. Above him, Bob Henry – first introduced last month as the restoration artist – continued to work:

“Art is alive in West Seattle!” Austin exclaimed jubilantly, not only because of the restoration project but because of new work – Graves “Desmond” Hansen‘s signal boxes, starting with the Jimi Hendrix portrait just yards away; Jesse Link, with work on 3 West Seattle buildings so far – too. He said his simple goal was to save the Morgan mural and to perhaps set up a “blueprint” for “someone” to save others – and then he partnered with Swift, and the rest was, well, history. He also thanked major contributors toward the Morgan restoration, including building owner Frank Genzale and Ken Olsen, longtime proprietor of a drugstore in the building, who was at the announcement with daughter Pam:

As Morgan Community Association vice president Phil Tavel (below with MoCA president Deb Barker, and Austin in the background) enthused, “It’s a great moment for West Seattle!”

So what’s next? The Morgan restoration has more than a week of work to go. The other mural work is not yet scheduled, and is likely to cost a total of $195,000, so it’s now more than halfway to its goal, with crowdfunding and other fundraising measures ahead – you’ll hear more about those before the end of the month.

P.S. From the Junction Association, a full list of the murals:

Mural #1: West Seattle Ferries by Bill Garnet
4707 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #2: The Junction by Eric Grohe
4747 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #3: Midnight Call by Don Barrie (removed in 2016)
4713 44TH AVE SW

Mural #4: Mosquito Boat Landing by Susan Tooke
4554 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #5: The First Duwamish Bridge by Robert Dafford
4740 44TH AVE SW

Mural #6: Morgan Street Market by Bruce Rickett
6501 CALIFORNIA AVE SW 98136

Mural #7: Alki in the Twenties by Bruce Rickett (re-created in 2016)
4755 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW

Mural #8: Tuesday Bank Day by Alan Wylie
4501 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #9: The Hi Yu Parade by Lanny Little
4412 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #10: The Old Mud Hole by Mike Svob
4520 44TH AVE SW

Mural #11: Press Day by Alan Wylie
4727 44TH AVE SW

There’s more backstory on the murals here.

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PLAN A MURAL! Friends of Roxhill invites kids to upcoming workshops. P.S. Playground builders needed too! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/plan-a-mural-friends-of-roxhill-invites-kids-to-upcoming-workshops-p-s-playground-builders-needed-too/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/plan-a-mural-friends-of-roxhill-invites-kids-to-upcoming-workshops-p-s-playground-builders-needed-too/#respond Sun, 13 May 2018 22:04:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916624 As Roxhill Elementary prepares to move to EC Hughes, it’s time to ramp up the community mural project at the new site. From Jenny Rose Ryan of Friends of Roxhill Elementary, a special invitation for kids (and read through to the P.S. for adults):

Friends of Roxhill Elementary (FoRE) is pleased to announce the selection of Henry Luke as the artist to lead our community mural project. To kick off the project and help develop our community’s vision, Henry invites youth ages 7 to 13 to a series of workshops in the upstairs meeting room at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on three upcoming Friday afternoons: May 18, May 25 and June 1. All kids are welcome — not just those from Roxhill.

Our goal is to create a long-lasting piece of art that truly represents the history, culture, and aspirations of the people in the neighborhood who will see it every day. We are excited to work together with Henry to create a mural that reflects our hopes, dreams, and visions for the future while making connections with each other.

The mural will be located at the concrete retaining wall at the corner of 32nd Avenue SW and SW Holden Street, along the street side of Roxhill’s new home at the historic E.C. Hughes Elementary. If you are an adult interested in participating in the mural design or volunteering to help paint the mural, please contact us at friendsofroxhill@gmail.com. It will be painted this summer, after installation of our new playground.

P.S. Friends of Roxhill will also be hosting a community build day for our new playground at our new home at the renovated and restored E.C. Hughes, where Roxhill is moving in the fall. Volunteers will be supervised by our selected playground firm, PlayCreation, on June 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details are coming very soon — if interested now, you can sign up here. We have morning and afternoon shifts.

Both the mural and the playground have been made possible by a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant.

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FOLLOWUP: Work begins on Morgan Junction mural http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-work-begins-on-morgan-junction-mural/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-work-begins-on-morgan-junction-mural/#comments Sun, 13 May 2018 01:37:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916563

Thanks to Meyer for the photo: A little over two weeks after we reported that the project to save West Seattle’s murals would kick off with restoration of the one in Morgan Junction, the artist is at work. Meyer spotted Gig Harbor artist Bob Henry at work today on the mural behind the California/Fauntleroy building that houses five businesses including Peel and Press, whose proprietor Dan Austin is spearheading this part of the project. We expect to hear more next week about broader plans for restoring more of West Seattle’s murals.

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PHOTOS: West Seattle Art Walk, May 2018 edition http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-west-seattle-art-walk-may-2018-edition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-west-seattle-art-walk-may-2018-edition/#comments Fri, 11 May 2018 01:12:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916304 (1st 2 photos courtesy John Smersh of Click! Design That Fits)

6:12 PM: Wearable art! That’s some of what you’ll find on tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk – at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), the artist is Elyssa Cichy:

Here again is tonight’s map/venue list – with places you’ll find food and drink specials, as well as places with art:

ADDED 6:37 PM: Stop by Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW) and meet artist Heidi Bruns Shank:

The display description explains that her “series ‘Adapting Clarity’ explores individuality of sight and perception.”

7:30 PM: Also in The Junction, Graystone Mortgage in Jefferson Square is featuring art by Chief Sealth International High School students – including Tuvy!

Says the WSAW preview: “The student art … on display represents work from the beginning Drawing/Painting class and the International Baccalaureate Art program.” Between there and WSB HQ, we stopped at Locöl for Graham Vittum, presented by the Bruno B Art Colletif:

Next month’s Art Walk – always the second Thursday – is June 14th.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth IHS student wins art competition http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/congratulations-chief-sealth-ihs-student-wins-art-competition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/congratulations-chief-sealth-ihs-student-wins-art-competition/#comments Fri, 04 May 2018 03:07:11 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915626

Congratulations to Chief Sealth International High School artist Zhen Williams for winning a competition that will see her winning work displayed in D.C.! The announcement and photo are from our area’s U.S. House Rep. Pramila Jayapal‘s office:

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal announced the winners of Washington’s 7th District 2018 Congressional Arts Competition. They are:

1st: Zhen Williams, Chief Sealth International High School, “Voice Through My Hands”

2nd: Marlowe Pody, Garfield High School, “Fleeting”

3rd: Min Jeong Lee, Shoreline Christian School, “Hope”

Zhen’s painting will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year; Jayapal will hang the second place entry in her congressional office.

“Congratulations to Zhen on winning this year’s Congressional Arts Competition. I’m proud of the 7th District for another successful year celebrating the arts. This would not have been possible without the six schools who participated or without our amazing judges, supportive parents and teachers,” said Rep. Jayapal. “Every year, students have raised the bar, and I look forward to seeing the entries we receive in next year’s competition.”

Six high schools from around the district participated in this year’s contest, including Chief Sealth International High School, Shoreline Christian, Ingraham, Garfield, The Northwest School and New Start High School.

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YOU’RE INVITED! Spanish-language film festival at Chief Sealth International High School http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/youre-invited-spanish-language-film-festival-at-chief-sealth-international-high-school/ Tue, 01 May 2018 15:59:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915401 Chief Sealth International High School will host a film festival this Friday and Saturday – and the second day is open to the community. This celebration of Spanish-language films has quite a backstory – it’s a program with University of Washington involvement, and this UW article explains how it happened, who’s involved, and why. Here’s the announcement we received from the school:

You are invited to Chief Sealth International High School’s Spanish Language Film Festival this upcoming Friday and Saturday. While Friday’s events will be during school hours and mostly open to only students, the events on Saturday, May 5, are open to the community.

We will be viewing the Chilean film Rara and the Colombian/U.S. film Entre Nos (trailer above), with screenings, time for food, and other activities happening between 11-6 that day. We hope you can join us at Chief Sealth International High School. And please encourage your students to attend as well!

Schedule for Saturday:

11:00 am: Doors open. Light snacks

11:30 am: Brief intro to Pepa San Martín’s Rara; Screening of Rara (Chile)

1:00-2:00 pm: Food and social hour

2:00-3:15 pm: Workshops

3:30 pm: Brief intro to Gloria La Morte and Paola Mendoza’s Entre Nos (Colombia/U.S.) Screening of Entre Nos

6:00 pm: Closing Ceremony

The film festival’s theme is “Outsider Heroes.” Chief Sealth IHS is at 2600 SW Thistle; festival admission is free.

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Morgan Junction mural to be restored soon: ‘Spark to help save the others’ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/morgan-junction-mural-to-be-restored-soon-spark-to-help-save-the-others/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/morgan-junction-mural-to-be-restored-soon-spark-to-help-save-the-others/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:57:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915025 (WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After years of planning and discussion, the next step toward restoring West Seattle’s murals will soon go from plans and hopes to reality.

We first reported in October 2015 that Dan Austin, owner of Peel and Press in Morgan Junction, was leading a project to save the mural on the west side of the California/Fauntleroy building that holds his business and four others.

It’s been a long road but that road reached one big milestone back in January, when the Morgan Community Association committed money to the restoration project. Then, another milestone this week, when the muralist who will restore it got his first look at it.

(L-R, Lora Swift, Deb Barker, Phil Tavel, Dan Austin, Bob Henry, Clay Eals)

He is Bob Henry from Gig Harbor, and we were there as he visited the mural Tuesday with Austin, MoCA’s president and vice president Deb Barker and Phil Tavel, and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s executive director Jeff McCord and past ED Clay Eals, plus Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association, which is working toward restoration of the Junction murals too.

Though a long-gone group called the Junction Development Committee led the mural effort almost three decades ago, the murals now basically belong to the buildings where they were painted, and that has already led to some changes and losses – we reported two years ago on the removal of one mural, “Midnight Call,” because of unfixable rot. Another mural was re-created on a wall at The Whittaker (WSB sponsor) after the teardown of the building where it was painted. Other Junction murals have been tagged – like this one, “First Duwamish Bridge,” which got an unofficial partial restoration thanks to a mystery artist, but needs a lot more help. One Junction mural has already been restored – the one on the Post Office, more than a decade ago – but just one.

Back to the Morgan mural:

As Austin put it on Tuesday, they hope to “use this one as a spark to help save the others.” The owners of the building have given their blessing and do not expect to redevelop it for a long time; they also are contributing to the restoration effort. The reason this one mural was painted outside The Junction was that Ken Olsen, owner at the time of Olsen’s Drug Store in the building, was heavily involved in the community and “wanted something here.” It was painted in 1990 by Nova Scotia muralist Bruce Rickett:

Restoration organizers found him and he said that he couldn’t help due to health challenges, but also gave his blessing to the idea of restoration.

The wall will require washing before painting, and that is expected to take off some of the paint; photos will help Henry restore those spots, and the original colors. But if you happen to have any photos of the mural, especially from its early days, that could help (more on that at story’s end).

Henry, by the way, says he has a long history as a wall painter, including commercial work. You can see his work at muralmastersnw.com. This mural was painted directly onto the brick/mortar wall, and that presents some challenges, but it will be coated before and after restoration (which will also protect it from vandalism).

Henry estimates the work will take about two weeks; it’s likely to happen this summer. But the money raised so far is not completely covering the cost yet, so Austin expects to launch a fundraising campaign soon.

It will be teamwork with WSJA, which will serve as the nonprofit fiscal agent for the fundraising. And, as WSJA’s Swift said during a conversation at Peel and Press before the mural inspection on Tuesday, there’s hope that this all may result in a “plug and play” outline for other projects, “giving people the tools to be successful.” And the group also is well aware that murals aren’t just a thing of the past – West Seattle has had a recent renaissance in mural-painting, from Jesse Link‘s work, to Graves “Desmond” Hansen‘s signal-box murals (the first of which is right across the Fauntleroy/California intersection from the soon-to-be-restored mural):

The organizers hope this all will grow into a community-embraced initiative.

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW: Though crowdfunding won’t start for a few weeks, Austin says, “We can accept personal pledges for the project and people could contact me at Dan@peelandpressws.com.”

Also – got photos of this mural or any of West Seattle’s others? “We would also love to enlist the help of any one who may have old photos of the murals or are willing to go out and take good quality photos of the murals so we can document their condition. The website MuralsofWestSeattle.org will be live within a few days and we would love to start populating it with more photos.” Same email address.

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WORDSWEST ON WEDNESDAY: Celebrate National Poetry Month with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Susan Rich http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/wordswest-on-wednesday-celebrate-national-poetry-month-with-aimee-nezhukumatathil-and-susan-rich/ Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:56:23 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914018

The two featured writers at this month’s WordsWest Literary Series event, 7 pm Wednesday (April 18th) at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), include one of the series’s co-curators. Here’s the preview of who you’ll see and hear:

Poets Aimee Nezhukumatathil (above left) and Susan Rich (above right) celebrate National Poetry Month with poems that revel in the world’s mysteries, from the vast to the minute, from nature to art, from curiosities to companionship.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s newest collection of poems is Oceanic from Copper Canyon Press. She is also the author of the forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, World of Wonder, and three previous poetry collections. Her most recent chapbook is Lace & Pyrite, a collaboration of nature poems with the poet Ross Gay. Aimee is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and a professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

Susan Rich is the author of four poetry collections: Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue, winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award. Susan teaches at Highline College, where she runs the reading series, Highline Listens: Writers Read Their Work.

The Favorite Poem Project, a vital part of WordsWest’s monthly literary events, invites a community member to share a favorite poem and information about his or her organization. On April 18th, we welcome a favorite poem from Billie Swift, owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw, and this season’s intern/co-curator is Joannie Stangeland. Grant funding from Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Poets & Writers, Inc. allows WordsWest to pay featured writers for their time and talent.

We spotlighted the series curators last September, before the current season of presentations began.

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STREET ART: Desmond Hansen’s fifth West Seattle signal-box portrait http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/street-art-desmond-hansens-fifth-west-seattle-signal-box-portrait/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/street-art-desmond-hansens-fifth-west-seattle-signal-box-portrait/#comments Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:30:49 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913971

Thanks to Nicole for the photos! Graves (aka Desmond) Hansen has just painted another signal-box portrait … this time, a tribute to Kurt Cobain on the southeast corner of California/Graham. He actually painted this signal box first, as we showed you more than a month ago, but it just held the swirling background pattern until he added Kurt today. (Nicole’s photo below features Hansen at right, an assistant Dozer at left:)

He’s also continuing to collect donations to cover his costs. His previous four signal-box portraits are Jimi Hendrix at California/Morgan, Bruce Lee at 35th/Morgan, Chris Cornell at 35th/Alaska, and Layne Staley at Harbor/Spokane.

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HAPPENING NOW: See, sip, snack at stops along the West Seattle Art Walk http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/happening-now-see-sip-snack-at-stops-along-the-west-seattle-art-walk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/happening-now-see-sip-snack-at-stops-along-the-west-seattle-art-walk/#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2018 01:08:00 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913800 Sunbreak! Just in time for you to spend a while on the first West Seattle Art Walk of spring:

AT VISCON CELLARS: This quarter, Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is showcasing the work of West Seattle mixed-media artist Jessie Summa Russo. You can meet her at the tasting room while viewing her art tonight until 9 pm. Viscon waives tasting fees for Art Walk participants – and you can nosh on pasta and cake tonight, too. “Lemon ricotta olive oil ciambellone cake,” to be specific, as Jessie describes it.)

Here’s the full map/list for tonight and the May and June second Thursday West Seattle Art Walks:

ADDED 7:15 PM – AT VIRAGO: You can stop by Virago Gallery‘s new location for its “soft open” during Art Walk tonight:

We first reported back in February that proprietor Tracy Cilona was moving her gallery/store around the corner to 4537 California SW – and now she’s there!

Across the street:

AT CLICK! Salyna Gracie is drawing quite a crowd at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) with her “Poisonous Beauty” paintings. If you can’t get to Click! in person, her paintings are available in their online store, too.

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GOT YOUR TICKET? ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ for, and with, Denny/Sealth Performing Arts http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/got-your-ticket-greatest-show-on-earth-for-and-with-denny-sealth-performing-arts/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:45:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913745 Later this month, you have the chance to both enjoy the talents of, and assist, student performers from Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School. In case you haven’t already seen it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

The Denny Sealth Performing Arts annual fundraiser, Music Night Out, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” will be held on Saturday, April 28th at the Fellowship Hall of UCC Fauntleroy Church. You will enjoy music from the Denny and Sealth Band, Orchestra, Mariachi, Choir and the award-winning musicians in the Sealth Jazz Band led by Dr. Marcus Pimpleton and Ms. Brittany DeLong. Beverages, appetizers, a full dinner and dessert dash will round out the evening. Please join us for this fun night. Early Bird tickets are available if you act fast and can be purchased [here].

The DSPA (Denny Sealth Performing Arts) servers approximately 300 scholars in the Middle School and High School Performing Arts programs.

Band, Orchestra, Jazz, Mariachi and Choir scholars work all year on their craft, and share with the community in a few performances. And performance is a key element in the art.

Many of our scholars will be traveling this spring to destinations such as Disneyland, California and Silverwood, Idaho.

Our high school jazz scholars recently returned from Montana for such an experience. Your ticket purchase allows the DSPA to raise money for scholarships for those students who would not be able to afford the experience of such travel.

Our program serves a population of approximately 63% free and reduced lunch, students. Besides travel, the DSPA helps to cover the cost of maintenance and purchase of musical instruments, band uniforms and all of the small things; sheet music, rosin, strings etc, that, keep our scholars making the beautiful music and creating the amazing performances that we’ve come to expect from our Denny-Sealth programs. Our instructors rely on their ability to write grants and your generosity to be able to provide working instruments for our performing arts scholars.

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THURSDAY: West Seattle Art Walk’s spring season begins! See the new stops and deals http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/thursday-west-seattle-art-walks-spring-season-begins-see-the-new-stops-and-deals/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:09:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913724

That’s the venue list and map for the spring season of the West Seattle Art Walk – second Thursdays in April, May, and June. Take a look to plan where you will stop tomorrow night starting at 5 pm – some venues have art, some venues have food/drink specials, some have both! You can preview many of the venues and artists via this update on the Art Walk website.

Venues are all over the peninsula, and the spring list includes these WSB sponsors:

Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW) – “Deadly Beauty” by Salyna Gracie – a “recent collection of poisonous botanical paintings.”

Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW) – mixed-media art by Jessie Summa Russo, and no tasting fee for Art Walk-ers

Canna West Seattle (5435 California SW) – photos by Machel Spence

Alchemy (4717 42nd SW) – happy-hour menu all night for Art Walk-ers

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VIDEO: 2 more chances to cheer ‘A Chorus Line’ at West Seattle High School http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/video-2-more-chances-to-cheer-a-chorus-line-at-west-seattle-high-school/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/video-2-more-chances-to-cheer-a-chorus-line-at-west-seattle-high-school/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2018 17:05:46 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913206

(WSB video, photo)

Back in 1975, Broadway birthed the Tony and Pulitzer Award-winning sensation “A Chorus Line,” which ran for 15 years. The tale of 17 auditioners is still thrilling crowds today, with songs that have become classics, including “One,” which you can hear in our video clip, featuring West Seattle High School students from the Drama Club and Music Department. “A Chorus Line” is their spring musical, and you have just two more chances to see the 90-minute performance at the WSHS Theater – tonight and tomorrow (Friday) night at 7:30 pm (we recorded them during a runthrough before last night’s show).

It’s a huge production, with more than 60 performers and crew members, led by drama teacher Andrew Finley and music director Ethan Thomas (the program has a shoutout for more than a dozen parent volunteers too). E-mail for a reservation to get tickets at a lower rate. Haven’t been to the WSHS Theater? Enter the school through the courtyard off its parking lot on the west side of the school at 3000 California SW.

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