West Seattle Blog... » WS culture/arts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:36:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle music: New album recorded in a local living room by “Lucky Brown” and friends http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-music-new-album-recorded-in-a-local-living-room-by-lucky-brown-and-friends/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-music-new-album-recorded-in-a-local-living-room-by-lucky-brown-and-friends/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:47:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299333

More West Seattle music! Above, you can preview the audio from a record released today, made in a West Seattle living room, according to the musician/producer who goes by “Lucky Brown.” From his artist statement about “Mystery Road”:

Lucky Brown and his friends play music together on a carpet in the living room. They record to a portable tape machine situated in or near a kitchen because most of this music was recorded after a shared meal. Much of this album is the record of the musicians playing or creating the song for the first time together – listening to and communicating with each other. Searching for a beautiful feeling that has not yet been invented. As his thirst for authenticity remains unquenched, Lucky Brown’s journey transcends limitations of time, space, subject or object.

“Lucky” wanted to share it “to help promote the unique arts and culture environment of West Seattle,” and included “the personnel list and where they live”:

Ollie Klomp – Drums, Percussion – Lives in West Seattle and hosted the session in his living room
Bob Heinemann – Bass – Lives in West Seattle
Jason Gray – Bass – Lives in West Seattle
Marc Hager – Rhodes – Lives in West Seattle
Lucky Brown – Trumpet, Producer – Currently living in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Thomas Deakin – Saxophone, Bell – Lived in West Seattle at the time of the recording, now living and touring in Europe.
Mars – Trombone – Lives in Bellingham
Jabrille ‘Jimmy James’ Williams – Lives in the Rainier Valley
Ben Bloom – Guitar – Lives in West Seattle

Click the title link in the embedded audio player to find out even more about “Mystery Road.”

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West Seattle music: Another ‘Tiny Desk Concerts’ contender http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-music-another-tiny-desk-concerts-contender/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-music-another-tiny-desk-concerts-contender/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:40:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298977 Two weeks ago, we featured video of the West Seattle band Woodland recording a song on the Water Taxi for a contest offering an appearance on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” series. Today, another West Seattle entry:

That’s Margaux LeSourd performing “The Piper.” Her husband Tom sent the link to her video of “The Piper,” explaining it’s her entry in the “Tiny Desk Concerts” contest and also her first video! As noted on the YT page for the clip, she explains:

I love the intimacy of Tiny Desk Concerts… as a musician it is something that both terrifies and touches me. That’s why I chose this song for the submission – I feel that in light of recent and ongoing national events, I have a responsibility to say something meaningful in this small, vulnerable space where people are truly listening.

Margaux teaches music in West Seattle and Georgetown. According to the NPR website, the winner will be announced on February 12th.

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Also tonight: Benefit for Jasmin; opening night at ArtsWest http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/also-tonight-benefit-for-jasmin-opening-night-at-artswest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/also-tonight-benefit-for-jasmin-opening-night-at-artswest/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:24:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298931 The trajectory of today’s coverage kept us from our usual preview of various events, so as we arrive at mid-afternoon, here are two more to mention, both happening in The Junction:

BENEFIT FOR JASMIN: In November and December, we mentioned benefits for Jasmin Egan, who grew up in West Seattle and is fighting leukemia. Friends at Brunette Mix (longtime WSB sponsor) in The Junction are organizing another benefit tonight, 5-8 pm, just around the corner at Lika Love Fashion Boutique (4447 California SW) – a sip-and-shop event, with a percentage of tonight’s sales proceeds going to help Jasmin and her family with mounting medical bills. You can even stop in while on your way to …

OPENING NIGHT FOR ’4000 MILES’: Be among the first to see the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), the Northwest premiere of “4000 Miles“:

(ArtsWest photo by Michael Brunk; cast, L-R, Adria LaMorticella, Adam Standley, Susan Corzatte, Sara Porkalob)
Amy Herzog was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for writing “4000 Miles,” a dramatic comedy telling the story of a 91-year-old grandmother and her 21-year-old grandson, and who really needs who and why. ArtsWest’s artistic director Mathew Wright directs. Curtain time tonight is 7:30 pm; tickets are available online here. “4000 Miles” will run through February 15th.

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West Seattle scenes: Denny/Sealth bands’ winter concerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-scenes-dennysealth-bands-winter-concerts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-scenes-dennysealth-bands-winter-concerts/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:41:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298906

(Denny IMS Senior Band)
Thanks to Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark for sharing photos from last night’s concert by bands from his school and Chief Sealth International High School next door:

Congratulations to all of the Denny and Sealth band and jazz band musicians on an outstanding concert last night! Thank you to our terrific teachers, Mr. Pimpleton and Ms. Chutich, for all of their amazing efforts with our scholars. Thank you also to the Denny Sealth Performing Arts volunteers and to all of our families for supporting great music in our pathway! Go Dolphins and Seahawks!

(Chief Sealth IHS Symphonic Band)
P.S. If your school – public or private, anywhere on the age spectrum from pre through college – has a concert/performance/other public event coming up, please let us know in advance, both so we can include it in our calendar, and so we can consider it in our coverage plans – thanks! editor@westseattleblog.com any time …

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WordsWest Literary Series this Wednesday: Jennie Shortridge now set to join Frances McCue, taking on New Year’s resolutions http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/wordswest-literary-series-this-wednesday-jennie-shortridge-now-set-to-join-frances-mccue-taking-on-new-years-resolutions/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/wordswest-literary-series-this-wednesday-jennie-shortridge-now-set-to-join-frances-mccue-taking-on-new-years-resolutions/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:39:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298667

This Wednesday (January 21st), you’re invited to the next edition of the WordsWest Literary Series at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), and with two days to go, there’s been a last-minute change in readers – Jennie Shortridge (above right) will now join Frances McCue (above left). Here’s the updated announcement from the WordsWest curators:

From fad diets to online dating to world peace — this is the exhaustingly inexhaustible material of New Year’s Resolutions. Join us for the perspectives of two amazing local authors as they take a new look at the old tradition of making and breaking our resolve. For the January 21, 2015, edition of WordsWest Literary Series, best-selling novelist Jennie Shortridge and award-winning poet Frances McCue will read their work which invites all of us to explore our ideas, hopes and intentions for the coming year.

This month WordsWest is thankful for support from Poets & Writers.

Frances McCue is a poet, essayist, reviewer and arts instigator. From 1996-2006, she was the founding director of Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Her poetry collection The Bled won the 2011 Washington State Book Award. McCue’s other work includes the essay collection The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs (runner-up for the Washington State Book Award), poetry collection The Stenographer’s Breakfast, and prose in Mary Randlett Portraits.

Jennie Shortridge is the author of five bestselling novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew. Her books have been selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next picks, Target Bookmarked picks, and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks. Three have been optioned for film. An avid volunteer, Jennie is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy.

Every third Wednesday, 7 pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Folks from local, independent businesses share a favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. On January 21st, Twilight Gallery and Boutique will join us.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. Join us on Facebook at facebook.com/WordsWestLiterary. For more information, please contact wordswestliterary@gmail.com or visit WordsWestLiterary.com.

C & P is at 5612 California SW.

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Concert-band musician? You’re invited to check out West Seattle Community Orchestras’ Wind Symphony http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/concert-band-musician-youre-invited-to-check-out-west-seattle-community-orchestras-wind-symphony/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/concert-band-musician-youre-invited-to-check-out-west-seattle-community-orchestras-wind-symphony/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:27:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298658

(WSCO photo: Wind Symphony in concert, December 2014)
The West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ new Wind Symphony, just launched last fall, is open to new members – and if you’re interested, you can check it out as soon as tomorrow night’s rehearsal, says orchestra manager Mariane Hermanson:

Following the great concert which concluded the fall season, the Wind Symphony of the West Seattle Community Orchestras is jumping into spring season rehearsals.

This group of musicians, including students and adults, is combining talents to perform two concerts this spring, the first at Providence Mount St. Vincent on March 20, 7:00 PM, to which the public is invited!

Anton Coleman, director of the group, has selected a program of wind band classics for the upcoming concert, including Alfred Reed’s “A Festive Overture,” Samuel Barber’s “Commando March,” and a band transcription of the finale from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

More musicians are welcome to join in the fun and camaraderie of playing in a large ensemble. Woodwind, brass, and percussion players with high school level or above skills may join in; students participate without charge. Rehearsals are at Chief Sealth International High School, Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:30. More information at WSCOrchestras.org.

CSIHS is at 2600 SW Thistle.

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Adam Cozens: West Seattle-raised comedian coming home this month: ‘I think I’m doing the best stand-up of my life’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/adam-cozens-west-seattle-raised-comedian-coming-home-this-month-i-think-im-doing-the-best-stand-up-of-my-life/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/adam-cozens-west-seattle-raised-comedian-coming-home-this-month-i-think-im-doing-the-best-stand-up-of-my-life/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:20:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296649 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“In general, when I look back at where I was and where I wanted to be, if I knew I would be doing the things I’m doing now, I’d be so ecstatic.”

That’s how comic Adam Cozens, a West Seattle native, sums up what’s transpired in the four years since last we checked in with him. He had already been pursuing his dreams in New York for a few years when we interviewed him during holiday-season visits home in 2009 and 2010.

Then in December, he e-mailed WSB to let us know he’ll be back in the area this month, starting with a headliner show at Comedy Underground on January 21st. So we talked with him by phone to find out what’s changed in the four-plus years since he was last here doing a Seattle stand-up show while visiting family (his parents are still here in West Seattle, where, as we first noted in 2009, he attended Schmitz Park Elementary, Madison Middle School, West Seattle High School, and Seattle Lutheran High School).

One big change: He lives in Los Angeles now. (Pasadena, to be specific.) But that might not be the biggest.

Adam got married back in May, to his longtime girlfriend Laura – five years of dating, more than a decade as acquaintances, since his freshman year in college; they reconnected when she showed up in New York for grad school.

NY was his home for about five years, as he focused on standup comedy. “In hindsight, I really should have started in Seattle – some people think you should start in a smaller place.” But he has no regrets about that: “It was good for me to just get thrown into it.”

What wasn’t so good about life back east: His work was his “entire life.” Even though he and his now-wife were dating, his career seemed to override everything. “I was learning every night – it was much more of a ‘comedy education,’ getting exposed to all of it, learning all of it, similar to college – college was fun, but when school wasn’t going well, nothing was going well, and that was kind of how New York was me. If I wasn’t doing well in standup … my entire life was awful, because that’s what I was out there for. I was getting up on stage, like five times a night, seven nights a week.”

Now, he continues to perform often – here’s a clip he pointed us to:

You can see the most recent gigs listed on his website; he’s been performing “regularly at the Hollywood Improv, The UCB Theater, The Ice House, and really wherever else they will let me get on stage” – and he is writing professionally (more on that shortly). Being in Los Angeles, he says, has led to a “much-more-fulfilling quality of life outside of work, and I think that makes my work itself that much better. I have friends who aren’t comedians, friends who don’t talk exclusively about show business.”

When he’s onstage, “I try to make the most of it, quality over quantity. I’ll still do any show people ask me to do, but I like having a night at home with my wife, real moments that I can write about and talk about on stage. If your life is (just) going from club to club, you don’t have much to talk about.”

And yes, he has “day jobs” – including dog-walking. “It’s important to have a routine, important to make money, important to maintain sanity.”

His offstage time is also spent with paying work relating directly to his art – writing for TV. “That was one of the reasons I got into standup in the first place, to become a writer … I would like to be doing it full time.”

But you have to start somewhere. And right now, he has a prestigious freelance gig: “I got picked up as a freelance ‘Weekend Update’ writer for ‘Saturday Night Live.’ It’s a huge opportunity and a huge thrill for me, one of the shows I watched growing up, such a huge influence on what I do and on my writing.”

So how did that happen?

“Years ago, I was an opening act for a comedian who did some writing for ‘Saturday Night Live’ and he knew that just for fun I would write a prospective monologue for (TV shows) and post it on social media. He thought I would be a good fit (for SNL) because they do use freelance writers. So he recommended me to the producer.”

But if you think “knowing someone” is a sure bet for getting a gig – not so, Adam says. Every year SNL considers adding freelancers to the roster, via a week of tryouts – he got rejected “three or four years in a row” before making the cut. “This year I got accepted; I kept improving and working hard at it.”

Since he’s not in New York, sitting in a room with the writing staff, what freelance writing involves is getting a “packet” with what they’re looking for on a given day; he writes jokes, sends the packet back, and “sees what might get on.”

Back to his impending return to Seattle, and his January 21st show. The plan started because of something he’s doing nearby immediately afterward – sharing the bill with a friend.

“When I was first starting in standup, I became good friends with comedian Joe Machi. We were starting out together. He was hilarious. Last year, through his incredible talent, he got fourth place in (the TV show) ‘Last Comic Standing.’ America’s going crazy for Joe. He’s having me open for him on the road this whole next year (when) we can make it work with our schedule.”

That includes a stint in Kirkland, January 22nd-24th (more on that here). But an opening act is maybe 10 to 15 minutes. Adam decided to make even more out of his visit back home.

“So I thought, ‘I haven’t produced my own show in Seattle in four years now!’ Since I was going to be here, I thought it would be fun to do another show.” He’ll do a full hour on January 21st at Comedy Underground, preceded by two friends, “Daniel Carroll, who is also from West Seattle – we met in New York and realized we both grew up (here),” and Scott Losse. (Tickets, only $10, are available online.)

That in turn is a prelude to a big gig coming up in May: The first time he’s headlined a club for a full weekend. “I’ve headlined off-nights here and there, different clubs on a Tuesday or Wednesday somewhere.” But nothing like this – a club outside Detroit, Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he’s headlining May 28-30.

We ask, for at least the second time in our conversation: How did THAT happen?

“Years ago I submitted to (the owner) to come work as a host or middle act. He watched my tape and thought I was funny but didn’t know if it would be worth it to fly me in for the amount they could pay me, just not a lot of money when you’re the middle act. We stayed in touch through the years, I submitted (a tape) to him again,” and this time he got the invitation to come headline.

So, more than a few years after leaving West Seattle and heading out on the classic quest for show-biz success, Adam says, “I couldn’t be more excited about where I am … going on the road, opening for people, writing for TV shows, being able to have a successful personal life and getting married to the girl of my dreams – I always thought it would be one or the other, happy personal life OR successful in my dream career.”

He has a realistic view of it too: “I know my limitations and I know my strengths. I used to think I could do everything. I now know I can do some things better than other things. I tried writing movie scripts, not my strongest suit, but I’m good at writing short things like topical monologue jokes, so I’m playing to my strong suits. Instead of trying to be OK at a lot of things, I’m (working at) being good at, what I’m good at.”

And that includes working at “being a much-better comedian onstage. I hope to never get content at what I’m saying and doing; I would hate to look back after 10 years and be doing the same thing. As I grow up and age, I hope my act grows up and ages.”

As for how he’s grown up in the four years since his last Seattle show – “I want (people) to know I’m really happy.” And he’s hoping to make you happy, at least for an hour or so, by making you laugh: “I think I’m doing the best standup of my life. I’m writing from a clear perspective, jokes but not long stories … I like to take very real moments and condense them down to a :30 observation. I’ll be doing a lot of that.”

See for yourself at 8 pm January 21st:

Comedy Underground is just across the bridge, in Pioneer Square, at 109 S. Washington. (Tickets are $10, available online.) The rest of Adam’s 2015 performance schedule, so far, is here.

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VIDEO: Bluegrass on the bay! West Seattle Water Taxi ‘concert,’ explained http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/video-bluegrass-on-the-bay-west-seattle-water-taxi-concert-explained/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/video-bluegrass-on-the-bay-west-seattle-water-taxi-concert-explained/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:19:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297715

No, the West Seattle Water Taxi won’t be featuring live music regularly – so far as we know – but it was the venue for a mini-concert on Friday morning, as you can see and hear in the video above. First we got a note from a rider wondering about the band; while researching, we received another note that solved the mystery – Stephanie from the West Seattle-based band Woodland explained that they were “filming a video of (the band’s) song ‘Coal Train Rain’ for NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk Concert Series‘ contest. The contest draws thousands of entries from all over the country, for a chance to perform behind Bob Boilen’s desk for NPR Music in Washington, DC.” While on board the Spirit of Kingston, the band even managed a photo session:

Stephanie added that Woodland has a West Seattle gig coming up, January 26 at Locöl Barley & Vine; its full performance schedule is here.

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West Seattle scene: Painting Jini in The Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-scene-painting-jini-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-scene-painting-jini-in-the-junction/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:31:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297688

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
If you’ve been in the Easy Street Café any time in recent months, you’ve likely admired the work of Jini Dellaccio, famed for her rock ‘n’ roll photography, gone last year at 97. Now she’s being celebrated outside Easy Street.

On Friday afternoon, WSB’s Katie Meyer happened onto Don Rockwell painting from a self-portrait by Ms. Dellaccio. This is the final month of her show at ESR, building up to a closing party and sale on January 26th.

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West Seattle Friday: On the way to 2015′s second weekend http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-friday-on-the-way-to-2015s-second-weekend/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-friday-on-the-way-to-2015s-second-weekend/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:04:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297615

Got patience? That’s what it takes to get an image like that, says photographer Mark Wangerin (it’s a male Anna’s Hummingbird, at Jack Block Park) – “taken from 10-12 feet away, (requiring) stealth/standing still for up to an hour.” Thanks again to Mark and other wonderful West Seattle photographers who share images, from birds to breaking news and beyond, for us to share in turn with you. Impatient to get to the weekend? Here’s how today/tonight gets the party started:

FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: Classic films are screened at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 1 pm Fridays, suggested donation of at least $1 – check the schedule here. (Oregon/California)

THE TRUE ROMANS @ SALTY’S: Start your weekend right after sunset, with live music at 5 pm at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), no cover/minimum (but happy-hour specials are on until 6 pm) – rock-cover band The True Romans will perform tonight. (1936 Harbor SW)

FREE TEEN ART CLASS: 5 pm every other Friday at High Point Community Center – details in our calendar listing. (6920 34th SW)

FRIDAY NIGHT SKATING: 6:45-8:45 pm, get rolling at Alki Community Center! Details in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)

PETER MINTUN IN CONCERT: 7:30 pm, pianist Peter Mintun plays at Kenyon Hall – details in our calendar listing.

EVEN MORE … on our calendar!

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Wildlife in the window: ‘Exposition’ at Twilight Gallery & Boutique http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/wildlife-in-the-window-expedition-at-twilight-gallery-boutique/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/wildlife-in-the-window-expedition-at-twilight-gallery-boutique/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:10:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296645

(WSB photos unless otherwise credited)
One more way to see wildlife in West Seattle – the display currently on view in the window at Twilight Gallery and Boutique in The Junction. Twilight’s Tracy Cilona called our attention to its unusual nature (so to speak), and we stopped by for photos.

Tracy’s description:

The Survivors Exposition

Elijah Evenson is a Seattle-based sculptor who combines the aesthetics of a natural history museum with the concept of surrealism. In 2004 he studied sculpture at Gage academy of Fine Art and went on to study at the Seattle Sculpture Atelier in 2007. He currently has a studio at the Inscape building in the international district where he works in a variety of mediums both large and small.

The Survivors Exposition is a large-scale diorama in homage to the animals of the Pacific Northwest, featured in our window gallery for the month of December.

(Photo provided by Twilight)
(From the artist): “Every day that I live in the northwest, I fantasize about the way things were here one hundred thousand years ago. I have always felt a strong connection with the mountains in Washington, the beautiful balance of the very rich and peaceful environment. The animals that live here are elegant and yet apprehensive. There is special quietness that most of the animals share as they listen to the strong sound of the wind blowing through the trees and the rush of the rivers. Through these sounds, the soul of the mountain can be heard. The Coyote, the Elk, and the Falcon all have their own harmonies to sing. When I was in the redwoods, I came upon an elk’s skull that had been buried into a tree. The poor thing had its horns caught up in the branches until the tree eventually ate the carcass whole. Buried in the trunk was the memory of the elk. What survived was a monument of itself. This is my monument to the spirits of the forest.”

Twilight is on SW Alaska just west of California SW, and open until 7 pm tonight.

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West Seattle music: Alki artist’s New Year-season video http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-music-alki-artists-new-year-season-video/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-music-alki-artists-new-year-season-video/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:58:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296578

On Christmas Eve last year, we featured a locally shot music video by Simone Bruyere Fraser, a former professional ballet dancer whose “Nutskracker” rap was about getting some respect for those who practice that art. This holiday season, she’s back with the spoken-and-sung video above, also shot in West Seattle, “Lost at Sea,” with a theme she says is intended for the New Year’s season. She explains:

It is the new year, a time of renewal, a time of rebirth, and with that there is sometimes a letting go of the old and a bringing in of the new, or in a more metaphorical version, losing the old self and a bringing-in of the new self, and that’s what this piece is about for us.

“Lost at Sea” was shot here locally off West Seattle (in Puget Sound), and as an Alki resident I have wanted to try to capitalize on our gorgeous natural surroundings and create art with it since I moved here two years ago. I am the writer and spoken-word artist on the piece, Esy Casey was our director/dp, the original music was done by Carl Clark, and it features singing vocals by Melanie Granger. It was recorded and mixed locally at Jack Straw Productions. This is the same team that worked on our first local piece “Nutskracker,” which was released last Christmas and shot at Salty’s on Alki.

This is a more soulful piece as I wanted to try to stretch our team into new territories and express what I felt about Seattle and Alki specifically when I first moved here and how rejuvenating it was to get lost in the beauty of the ocean and find my next step in that pondering. In our next videos, I’d love be to able to get some local kids involved. I wish everyone the most blessed and wonderful new year; may you be reborn as your truest self!!

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West Seattle schools: Fairmount Park students celebrate heritage http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-schools-fairmount-park-students-celebrate-heritage/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-schools-fairmount-park-students-celebrate-heritage/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:12:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295711

When we toured Fairmount Park Elementary School just before its reopening, we heard a lot about the spaces on its walls where students’ work could be displayed. Thanks to a parent’s tip, we found out about one big example that’s up today for one final day before the work will be shown off at a schoolwide celebration tomorrow – corn-husk dolls celebrating students’ family heritage(s). It’s something that first-grade teacher Kevin Peterson did with his students elsewhere before he joined Fairmount Park – and now, at this school, his new class was joined in the project by another first-grade class and two 1st/2nd classrooms:

Here’s how he explains it:

This project is based around a book called Molly’s Pilgrim, written by Barbara Cohen. … The first and second grade students crafted the corn husk dolls here at school several weeks ago (with the help of parent volunteers from all four classrooms. Once the wet corn husks dried, the kids delivered the doll forms home and exploring a part of our heritage and dressing the doll became a part of a family project over Thanksgiving.

Here at school, first grade writers (did) a folio featuring a labeled drawing of their doll with descriptive words, a observational writing piece, and a map of which continent/culture their doll is representing. Second graders are doing some beginning research on the countries that their dolls represent.

We will have a heritage festival on Friday 12/19. Each classroom will sample foods from around the world and then will travel to the lunchroom to see the writing folio projects and dolls of more than 100 of their school mates. They will record three dolls from each continent (excepting Antarctica) and celebrate their hard work together.

We asked if we could stop by for photos, and he arranged for us to visit toward the end of the school day on Wednesday and talk to some of his students about their work – keep in mind, these eight are just a sampling of those who created dolls:

From left, the students who spoke with us are Georgia, Sophie, Delilah, Torin, Bear, Lilly, Chloe, and Magdalena. They all spoke enthusiastically about their creations, the country or tradition represented. This is the one Torin made:

He explained that it shows Ethiopian traditions in honor of his brother and sister, who are from Ethiopia. Chloe told us hers represents Colombia – “in South America!” she added. Magdalena mentioned her continent first – “Europe!” and then the specific nation, “Holland.” Take a closer look at a few more:

Toward the right, the doll with red hair and green satin was made by Georgia, who explained that Ireland is the country that inspired her. Other nations celebrated by the creations of the students we met included Japan, Iran, and Sweden. The parent who first wrote us about the project declared it “fantastic,” and we’d have to agree – what we’ve shown you here barely scratches the surface!

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Endolyne Children’s Choir: Welcome, new WSB sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/endolyne-childrens-choir-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/endolyne-childrens-choir-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:29:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295124 Today, we welcome the Endolyne Children’s Choir to the WSB sponsor team. It’s a busy season for the choir, which performed at last Saturday’s West Seattle Junction Tree Lighting and will sing at the Alki Christmas Ship celebration tomorrow (plus a morning concert). They’re welcoming new members, too! Here’s what the choir wants you to know:

The Endolyne Children’s Choir is a non-audition community choir, serving the greater West Seattle area since 2003. Our choristers will learn fundamentals of music theory and vocal training. They enjoy multiple performance opportunities throughout the year, including our spring musical.

Under the direction of Amy Bokanev, ECC provides a fun environment that promotes music appreciation and confidence through performing. All boys and girls grades K-10 who like to sing are welcome. Our Mission: Teaching the joy of singing in a community setting that fosters self-confidence, teamwork, and a lifelong appreciation of music.

Interested members are invited to observe a rehearsal at any time. Stop in on a Tuesday night. Visit our website for rehearsal times and location: endolynechoir.org

We thank the Endolyne Children’s Choir for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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3 things happening before stormy weather’s expected arrival http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/3-things-happening-before-stormy-weathers-expected-arrival/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/3-things-happening-before-stormy-weathers-expected-arrival/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:15:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295002 Busy news day, so we didn’t get to publish the usual daily list of calendar highlights (you don’t ever have to wait for our list, though – the calendar looks ahead days/weeks/months, 24/7). But since the expected wind isn’t here yet – still a few hours away – here are a few things you might want to check out:

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: Holiday edition, 6-9 pm. Map/venue list is above; artist previews are on the official website.

DELRIDGE GROCERY BENEFIT AT SKYLARK: Starting at 7 pm, part of tonight’s beer sales at Skylark go to the Delridge Grocery project, and DG reps will be there to sign up new members – they only need a few dozen, we’re told, to hit the next milestone toward opening the store in North Delridge next year. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THE TEA PARTY AT EASY STREET: 7 pm, free in-store concert; details on Easy Street’s website.

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