West Seattle Blog... » WS culture/arts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 28 May 2015 08:07:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 VIDEO: Lafayette Elementary students perform for Seattle School Board http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/video-lafayette-elementary-students-perform-for-seattle-school-board/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/video-lafayette-elementary-students-perform-for-seattle-school-board/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 14:47:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311203

Encore performance this week for part of the cast of Lafayette Elementary‘s recent musical! From Luckie:

Lafayette Elementary was invited to performed a scene from this year’s school play, “The Barnyard Musical Mystery,” at the May 20 Seattle Public Schools board meeting in the John Stanford Center auditorium. It was broadcast live on Channel 26 (see the archived video above).

“The Barnyard Musical Mystery” is a one-hour play written by Lafayette Elementary parent Laurie Utterback, who also directed it along with fellow parent volunteer Joel Oltyan and Lafayette’s multi-arts teacher Melia Scranton. A cast of 80 students in third through fifth grade rehearsed after school once a week beginning in January, and performed the play on May 7, 8, and 9 at the Chief Sealth International High School auditorium.

The performers at Wednesday’s school board meeting:

Jane, grade 5
Daisy, grade 4
Audrey, grade 4
Millie, grade 4
Zhaiarah, grade 4
Mason, grade 5
Myah, grade 4
Stella, grade 4
Jordan, grade 4

Lafayette Elementary is very proud of the dedication, enthusiasm, and teamwork shown by all of its talented young actors!

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West Seattle summer songwriting camp with Ivory Smith and Kelli Frances Corrado: New WSB sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-summer-songwriting-camp-with-ivory-smith-and-kelli-frances-corrado-new-wsb-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-summer-songwriting-camp-with-ivory-smith-and-kelli-frances-corrado-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 00:44:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311163

Looking for summer options for kid(s) 7-12? How about a West Seattle summer songwriting camp, taught by two acclaimed local musicians? They’re sponsoring WSB right now to get the word out, and here’s what they’d like you to know:

What makes this music camp unique, is that it’s the first of its kind, a SONGWRITING camp, for children this age. Kelli Frances Corrado (above left) and Ivory Smith (above right) worked for over six years at various rock camps and schools, none of which taught students how to write their own songs. While it is important to learn technique and theory, the value of empowering the individual creative voice is essential, not only in making music, but for childhood development.

We are pursued by parents not only because of our teaching history but our experience as songwriters. We are active professional songwriters. Our resumes cover a wide range of experience from college training, performance, touring, recording, radio play, to receiving grants. For example, Ivory has scored numerous pieces for performances at On The Boards and ACT Theaters, has vocal training from Cornish, and has written songs with many ensembles including her band Ivory In Ice World. Kelli is a touring musician who writes songs that have been featured on various radio stations from KEXP to BBC6, and in 2014 received a grant from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture to teach a songwriting camp for young women.

Kelli and Ivory’s summer songwriting camp has two week-long sessions in West Seattle in August – get the details here, including how to register.

We thank the West Seattle summer songwriting camp taught by Ivory Smith and Kelli Frances Corrado 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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New movie ‘Tomorrowland’ co-created by West Seattle native Jeff Jensen http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/new-movie-tomorrowland-co-created-by-west-seattle-native-jeff-jensen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/new-movie-tomorrowland-co-created-by-west-seattle-native-jeff-jensen/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 02:33:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311058 Planning to see the about-to-open movie “Tomorrowland“? You’ll be watching the work of a West Seattle native.

It’s co-written and executive-produced by Jeff Jensen, who grew up in West Seattle and went to Hope Lutheran School and Seattle Lutheran High School.

(Photo of Jeff Jensen, courtesy Mike Jensen)
That news is courtesy of Jeff’s proud brother Mike Jensen, who got to join his brother at the recent world premiere of “Tomorrowland” at the home of the film’s namesake, Disneyland. (The movie, starring George Clooney, is NOT about that part or any part of Disneyland, however.)

You might know Jeff Jensen already for his writing – which most recently has included what he called a “distant prequel” to the movie, “Before Tomorrowland.” He’s particularly well-known for what he’s written about the TV series “Lost.”

You will be able to watch this movie co-written by a West Seattleite without leaving West Seattle – it’ll be at The Admiral Theater starting Friday. (Jeff Jensen pointed that out on his Twitter feed.)

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Big gigs! West Seattle HS Band & Orchestra perform in SoCal http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/big-gigs-west-seattle-hs-band-orchestra-perform-in-socal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/big-gigs-west-seattle-hs-band-orchestra-perform-in-socal/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 09:02:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310733

Members of the West Seattle High School Band and Orchestra, directed by Ethan Thomas, are wrapping up an extended-weekend trip to California – thanks to Band Booster President Steve White for the report and photos:

Our first stop after arriving at LAX (on Friday) was at the LA Farmers’ Market – where both the orchestra and band (above) performed.

We (then were) on our way to a local college for a clinic and some music instruction, then a group dinner at Medieval Times.

Saturday was spent at Disneyland, with a recording session in the evening, where the students experienced recording a soundtrack for a movie clip.

Sunday there were performances in the park by both groups [orchestra above] and more free time at the park.

Monday morning, both groups will take a tour of Hollywood and the Dolby Theater, then spend the afternoon at the Santa Monica Pier before returning home.

Find out more about the WSHS music program on its website – where we see via the calendar that you’ll get the chance to hear the student musicians at their spring concert June 4th.

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FOLLOWUP: Who’s playing KEXP’s West Seattle ‘Hood-To-Hood Challenge’ victory party May 29th http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/followup-whos-playing-kexps-west-seattle-hood-to-hood-challenge-victory-party-may-29th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/followup-whos-playing-kexps-west-seattle-hood-to-hood-challenge-victory-party-may-29th/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 04:41:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310379

(Telekinesis, one of the bands playing Hood-To-Hood Day in West Seattle)
One week ago, we reported the date, and a few details, for the Hood-To-Hood Challenge victory party that KEXP is throwing in West Seattle – because people here gave more money to the station during that specific donation drive last year than residents of any other local neighborhood. Today, KEXP revealed more about who’s playing and what’s happening:

After winning KEXP’s annual Hood-to-Hood Challenge by a razor-thin margin of $100 in 2014, West Seattle will host KEXP’s Hood-to-Hood Day on Friday, May 29.

KEXP welcomes music lovers from all neighborhoods to join us from noon to 6:00 p.m. for a free live broadcast of The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters and The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, featuring live performances by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, Australian band Miami Horror, Hop Along, and Telekinesis, plus a free street festival with bands, booths, and a beer garden.

After 6:00 p.m., KEXP DJs will take over bars and restaurants throughout West Seattle, spinning diverse, upbeat sets until the night concludes with a showcase at the Skylark Lounge featuring SISTERS, Fauna Shade, and Bod, as well as the Feedback Lounge with artists TBA.

The street festival will be in The Junction, with California closed to vehicles between Oregon and Alaska for the occasion. Last year was the first time in five years that West Seattle won the Hood-To-Hood Challenge.

ADDED 11:14 PM: A few more details are on KEXP’s website, including the band schedule for the live broadcasts during the day.

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FOLLOWUP: Admiral Theater expects digital projectors in June http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/followup-admiral-theater-expects-digital-projectors-in-june/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/followup-admiral-theater-expects-digital-projectors-in-june/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 21:52:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310218

(WSB photo: February marquee message at The Admiral, announcing the renovation plan)
The city-landmark Admiral Theater says its renovations – announced in February – are finally about to begin. It’s just announced that “two new state-of-the-art NEC Digital Laser Projectors will be installed early next month.” The theater’s announcement explains:

Laser technology offers an unparalleled viewing experience that is brighter, crisper and highlights the intensity of colors unlike traditional digital cinema projectors. In addition, moviegoers watching 3D films will view an image much brighter than is seen in systems now in use.

Utilizing a laser light source in lieu of traditional projector bulbs also extends the life of the projector and eliminates gradual dimming of images as a bulb begins to wear out.

“Everything we will be doing as a part of this renovation is designed to create a superior viewing experience and facility that while functionally modern, respects viewer comfort and the historical character of the theater,” said Jeff Brein of Far Away Entertainment, which operates and manages the theater. “We wanted the very best and latest projection technology to accompany what we’re planning with seating, sound, carpeting, new restrooms our concessions area and historical preservation. These initial laser projectors represent a first step in a journey that will culminate in a beautiful neighborhood theater.”

The permitting process for the Admiral will soon begin with the City of Seattle, while discussions with historical and neighborhood groups will be well underway this summer.

The Admiral says it’s now hoping to have renovations complete by this year’s holiday season.

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West Seattle Summer Fest 2015: Here’s the music lineup! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-summer-fest-2015-heres-the-music-lineup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-summer-fest-2015-heres-the-music-lineup/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 17:09:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310018

Announced minutes ago by the West Seattle Junction Association – the music lineup for this year’s West Seattle Summer Fest, coming up July 10-12.

With a bigger emphasis on the musical portion of the event, the line-up includes some of the hottest bands in the Northwest including The Thermals, The Cave Singers, La Luz, Sisters, VOX MOD, “S,” Kithkin, The Fame Riot, and West Seattle’s own DJ Lance Romance among others. This FREE 3-day party in the streets celebrates West Seattle as a thriving music and arts community.

You can catch more than 20 artists performing on the California main stage all weekend from up-and-coming artists like Pig Snout (a father & his two kids-that ROCKS), NAVVI, Solvents, Evening Bell to Seattle music heavy hitters like Gibraltar, Sisters, and Black Whales.

Here’s a YouTube playlist put together by The Junction. And – the schedule:

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West Seattle art: Fauntleroy/Alaska mini-park plaza taking shape, with Lezlie Jane’s art http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-art-fauntleroyalaska-mini-park-plaza-taking-shape-with-lezlie-janes-art/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-art-fauntleroyalaska-mini-park-plaza-taking-shape-with-lezlie-janes-art/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 04:45:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309898

With construction winding down at Spruce, the mixed-use project that filled what for years was “The Hole,” the sidewalk along 39th SW is open and that provides a view of the plaza on what is actually a bit of city parkland along the corner where Fauntleroy/Alaska/39th meet. At the heart of the plaza, art by Lezlie Jane, the West Seattle artist whose creations grace other spots including Constellation, Cormorant Cove, Weather Watch, and Dakota Place Parks.

We first reported her role in this project when the “public benefit” package for Spruce – required because it includes an “alley vacation” – went to the Seattle Design Commission in December 2012. You can see the concept for the “medallion” in our coverage of the meeting, and how it’s turning out, above, and below in our quick walkaround captured in a 15-second Instagram video clip (we focused on the wording around its perimeter, which includes an explanation of the bear, if you don’t know that part of West Seattle history on sight):

Our visit to the site this afternoon was inspired by the announcement of next Tuesday’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting – JuNO director René Commons mentioned it while saying the group will talk about the mini-park’s future, as well as other public/green space issues, at 6:30 pm Tuesday, at the Senior Center of West Seattle.

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West Seattle’s KEXP Hood-To-Hood victory party set for May 29th http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattles-kexp-hood-to-hood-victory-party-set-for-may-29th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattles-kexp-hood-to-hood-victory-party-set-for-may-29th/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 23:32:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309533

(WSB photo from 2010 Hood-To-Hood Challenge party in West Seattle)
The full announcement isn’t until next Tuesday, but KEXP is offering a sneak peek of the details locked in for the West Seattle’s Hood-To-Hood Challenge victory party – first one here since 2010. Every year, fundraising drive, KEXP offers the party as a prize to the neighborhood that yields the most money during its summer fundraising drive, and last time West Seattle came out on top – a narrow victory, 100 dollars or so, but a win it was, so KEXP is planning the big bash here for Friday, May 29th.

KEXP’s Jeff Vetting tells WSB that one block of California SW will be closed to motorized vehicles that day, between Alaska and Oregon. The fun will include KEXP DJs broadcasting live, including West Seattleite Kevin Cole in the afternoon. Live music is planned on a stage that’ll be set up at SW Alaska – the full lineup isn’t public yet, except for Australia’s Miami Horror, which will be here as part of its U.S. tour. Then 6-9 pm, more KEXP DJ action at venues around West Seattle, followed by band showcases around town starting at 9 pm. Full announcement during Kevin’s show on KEXP next Tuesday (2-6 pm) – the bands, the venues, the extras.

(Wondering what Hood-to-Hood Day was like last time around? See our updates from 2010 here, here, and here.)

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‘Barnyard Musical Mystery’: All invited to Lafayette Elementary’s production Thursday-Saturday nights at CSIHS Auditorium http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/barnyard-musical-mystery-all-invited-to-lafayette-elementarys-production-thursday-saturday-nights-at-csihs-auditorium/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/barnyard-musical-mystery-all-invited-to-lafayette-elementarys-production-thursday-saturday-nights-at-csihs-auditorium/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 21:38:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309362

(Photo courtesy of ‘Barnyard Musical Mystery’ production advisers)
It’s not just a school play – Lafayette Elementary‘s production is an original musical written by a West Seattle resident. Here’s the announcement – and even if you’re not associated with the school, we’re told, you are by all means invited to come cheer the student performers and their grownup helpers:

This year’s Lafayette school play is “The Barnyard Musical Mystery,” presented May 7, 8, and 9 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Chief Sealth International High School.

The award for Best Exhibit at the County Fair is a shiny new tractor, and Miss Lucy hopes to win it by exhibiting her prize carrots. But something’s afoot: a spooky creature is haunting Miss Lucy’s garden, scaring away her farmhands and keeping them from tending the crops! To solve the mystery, Miss Lucy calls in Hamhock Holmes and Dr. Dachshund, the famous pig detective and her canine assistant. Holmes and Dachshund investigate the case, with help from dancing bees, timid rabbits, sassy singing hens, crooning raccoons, and prankster goats.

Meanwhile, at the farm down the road, Farmer Jacky and his minions plot to make sure Farmer Jacky’s beloved giant pumpkin will win the prize instead.

Will Holmes and Dachshund find an explanation for the mystery? Who will win the shiny new tractor?

Written by Laurie Utterback and directed by Melia Scranton, Laurie Utterback, and Joel Oltyan, The Barnyard Musical Mystery features an enthusiastic cast of 81 Lafayette students in grades 3 through 5. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $1 per ticket to help cover production expenses.

Chief Sealth IHS is at 2600 SW Thistle.

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Scenes from Chief Sealth International HS Multicultural Night http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/scenes-from-chief-sealth-international-hs-multicultural-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/scenes-from-chief-sealth-international-hs-multicultural-night/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 07:18:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308920

From the seats to the stage, Chief Sealth International High School‘s Multicultural Night filled the campus Galleria with sights and sounds on Thursday night.

Dance, music, and costumes enthralled all who came to be part of it.

Even the tables were decorated.

Brightest sights of all … the smiles.

Along with student performances, the annual event offered free food and an open invitation to the entire community to attend, not just students and their families. It was part of Spring Spirit Week at Sealth, which concluded tonight with the Spring Fling dance.

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You’re invited to Multicultural Night at Chief Sealth IHS http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/youre-invited-to-multicultural-night-at-chief-sealth-ihs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/youre-invited-to-multicultural-night-at-chief-sealth-ihs/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:45:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308584

One more big school event to which you’re invited this week – tomorrow (Thursday, April 30th), Chief Sealth International High School opens the door to the community for Multicultural Night. 6-8 pm at the Sealth Galleria, it’s “our annual celebration of diversity at Sealth and is a fun event with student performances, free food and a great chance to see what our clubs and programs have been working on this year,” according to CSIHS’s Sarah Martin (who also provided the photo above, from a previous Multicultural Night). No RSVP needed – just show up. The Galleria entrance is off the courtyard between the main building and gym, north of the parking lot, at 2600 SW Thistle.

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West Seattle scene: Alki rocks! New sign catches attention http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-scene-alki-rocks-new-sign-catches-attention/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-scene-alki-rocks-new-sign-catches-attention/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:08:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307925

(Photo courtesy Mark)
Have you seen the sign? ALKI, spelled out with 53 rocks in the 59th SW median south of Admiral Way. We noticed it in passing last week and tweeted a photo, but got caught up in other things and didn’t get around to mentioning it here. Since then, though several other people have called it to our attention, and wondered whose work it is – we don’t know either, so we’re publishing the photo to ask if YOU know!

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VIDEO: The Sonics rock Record Store Day to its final moments @ Easy Street http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-the-sonics-rock-record-store-day-to-its-final-moments-easy-street/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-the-sonics-rock-record-store-day-to-its-final-moments-easy-street/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:07:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307564

It was another chapter for Easy Street Records in The Junction in the rock ‘n’ roll history books: A raucous conclusion to Record Store Day 2015, with legendary, regrouped The Sonics performing a benefit show announced only a day and a half earlier:

If you don’t know their backstory – which spans half a century, and then some – this might help.

The benefit was for KEXP’s new HQ, with tickets at $100 each – and it was promised that surprise guests would make the price more than worth it. We couldn’t stay past the first few songs and are excruciatingly regretful to have missed said guests, who turned out to include Eddie Vedder (photo, photo) and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, Chris Ballew (photo) from The Presidents, Matt Lukin (photo) from Mudhoney and The Melvins, Emily Nokes (photo) from Tacocat … and more. Video of the guest performances will certainly surface – KEXP was shooting, as were countless phone-hoisting showgoers. The Sonics, meantime, are touring to support their first record in half a century, “This Is The Sonics,” which brought them to ESR just last month for a signing party.

ADDED 11:34 AM: No one else had uploaded to YouTube by the time we went off duty this morning, but that’s changed since then. Thanks to those who pointed this out to us – the upload is by @marnankev2:

ADDED 1:48 PM: Another perspective – during the show, outside Easy Street. Artist Joshua Boulet says he was in The Junction to catch the Route 50 bus when he drew the crowd:

He also made a quick drawing of Junction-based Seattle Fire Engine 32, which was outside for a while (it left the same time we did) on safety patrol:

(You might recall his drawing of SFD firefighters at work in our coverage of a Beach Drive fire last fall.)

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: Charles R. Cross‘s review of the “magic night” is up at SeattleTimes.com.

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HAPPENING NOW: Record Store Day 2015 rocks on into the night at Easy Street http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-record-store-day-2015-rocks-on-into-the-night-at-easy-street/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-record-store-day-2015-rocks-on-into-the-night-at-easy-street/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:16:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307517

The biggest day of the year at Easy Street Records in The Junction started around sunrise, and it’s not over yet. It’s Record Store Day around the world, and that means specials and surprises at Easy Street, which is staying open well into the night for the occasion. Part of the fun – guest DJ’s, including one of West Seattle’s resident rock stars:

Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America and Caspar Babypants fame was the guest DJ at mid-afternoon. If you drop by between now and 8 pm, Troy Nelson of The Young Evils and KEXP is scheduled to be DJ’ing, followed by Kevin Cole (also of KEXP) until about 9. Then at 10 pm – a benefit for KEXP as announced on FridayThe Sonics, live (maybe you recognized them in the photo behind Chris B, above?). Online tickets have sold out, according to the KEXP website, which suggests calling ESR to see if there’s room. (Surprise guests are promised; ESR’s Facebook page says Mark Pickerel will be among them.)

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