West Seattle Blog... » WS culture/arts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:46:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Friday: Music, theater, science, Timebank, produce http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-friday-music-theater-science-produce/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-friday-music-theater-science-produce/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:00:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283233

(WSB photo, looking southwest from Constellation Park earlier this week)
We’re sailing into the weekend with Friday fun ahead. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

JOIN THE WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK! 11 am, new member orientation at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Libraryread the calendar listing first for important info. (2306 42nd SW)

HANDS-ON ‘WEIRD SCIENCE’: For ages 9-12, 2 pm at Southwest Branch Library. (35th/Henderson)

DELRIDGE GROCERY’S FRIDAY FARMSTAND: The fresh-produce stand just south of Delridge Library is open again, 4:30-7:30 pm, promising, this time around, offerings “from apples to zucchini.” (5435 Delridge Way SW)

FINAL CONCERT AT THE MOUNT: 6 pm, The 85th Street Big Band, free live music on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent campus. Dinner/drinks available for purchase starting at 5:30 pm. (4831 35th SW)

HIGHLAND PARK TAILGATE PARTY: Doors open at 6:30 pm, show your Seahawks spirit at 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th/Holden)

‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’: 7:30 pm, the youth-conservatory production at ArtsWest is back onstage! (4711 California SW)

MORE LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT including …
*The True Romans at Salty’s (WSB sponsor), 5:30 pm
*Chad Knight at The Cask (WSB sponsor), 9 pm
*Roo & The Few at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), 7 pm
*Marley’s Ghost at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm
*Ted Dortch Quartet at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm
*Three bands at Skylark, 9 pm
(Know of a venue with live music tonight NOT on the list? Tell ‘em to send us their listings – it’s free!)

PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … by browsing our calendar!

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Happening now: Jessica Lynne @ Summer Concerts at Hiawatha http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-jessica-lynne-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-jessica-lynne-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:00:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283199

One hour of excellent free live music still left on the east lawn at Hiawatha – with Jessica Lynne belting out contemporary-country tunes onstage.

Tonight is the fifth show in the concert series presented each summer by the Admiral Neighborhood Association (with sponsors including WSB); next week’s the finale with Funky 2 Death, 6:30-8 pm.

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Mode Music Studios: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor, with grand-opening celebration on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/mode-music-studios-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor-with-grand-opening-celebration-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/mode-music-studios-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor-with-grand-opening-celebration-on-saturday/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:42:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283166 We’re welcoming Mode Music Studios as a new WSB sponsor. You can welcome them to the neighborhood at their Grand Opening on Saturday! Here’s their story:

We offer music lessons at an affordable cost with a unique, intuitive approach. Every Mode Music Studios teacher is prepared to mold a lesson to each student’s needs and wants. We’re all multi-instrumentalists, so some students will go back and forth between several instruments or reference another instrument to put music in perspective. We’re all hard-working musicians who play locally and tour, so we have to be able to step in for each other and help out. It makes for a tight family of staff and a more enjoyable environment for our clients.

I think the families that come to Mode Music Studios understand that our methods are unconventional. They come to us when the basic approach to music isn’t working for themselves or their child. We come from all sides in order to keep the student engaged while getting a well-rounded education through classical, jazz, pop, country – whatever music interests the client. We’ve built the studio off recommendations from our existing families and have been lucky enough to keep a steady flow of new students through the expansion. It’s a true testament to the dedication our teachers have to music instruction.

Our recitals at The Sanctuary at Admiral, summer programs, and rock bands at The Skylark Cafe also keep the students growing and interested. Playing music with others and performing on stage has motivated some of our students to continue onto other instruments, start their own bands and compose their own songs. We just attended Delridge Day for the first time with our friends and neighbors from The Skylark and had a blast. We’re so excited to form relationships in our new neighborhood and get more involved in the community.

This Saturday (August 23rd), 3-6 pm, Mode Music Studios celebrates its Grand Opening, including a party next door at Skylark (free admission) with student rock band performances, teacher performances, and a raffle for lessons and prizes. The studio itself will be open for punch and cake, so you can take a full walkthrough of the new facilities. Find Mode Music Studios at 3805 Delridge Way SW, online at modemusicstudios.com, and by phone: 206-659-4018.

We thank Mode Music Studios 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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West Seattle music: Jon Auer performs at C & P Coffee next week http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-music-jon-auer-performs-at-c-p-coffee-next-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-music-jon-auer-performs-at-c-p-coffee-next-week/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:30:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282914 Several days/nights a week, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) features live music, free admission. Today we have word of a show that C & P proudly announces as “kind of a big deal,” and seating is limited, with an admission charge, so here’s early word: Jon Auer, co-founder of The Posies, is playing at C & P 7-9 pm Thursday, August 28th, admission $21 – RSVP ASAP to nancystandifer1@msn.com.

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Video: Radio Raheem @ Summer Concerts at Hiawatha! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-radio-raheem-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-radio-raheem-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:03:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282582

7:03 PM: Radio Raheem is raising the roof in the Hiawatha Community Center gym right now, during an indoor edition of the Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series – moved inside because of the possibility of showers. They’re doing original songs and ’80s covers; band members include singer Josie Howell, known for her work with the Total Experience Gospel Choir, and West Seattle-based sax+ player Trevor Rasmussen:

The show started with guest emcee Brent Amaker – himself a musician as well as Admiral District business owner (in photo below with Katy Walum, ANA’s concert-series organizer) …

… and a demonstration by kids from The Little Gym of West Seattle, which has mats here in the back of the gym for any young audience members who want to play.

Also here, Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), with free mini-cones of strawberry frozen custard. The show’s on until about 8.

8:28 PM: Show’s over – excellent mix of ’80s covers and original tunes. Next Thursday (August 21st), get your country on with Jessica Lynne, 6:30 pm as always.

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VIDEO/PHOTOS: It’s done! Celebrating the new mural at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/videophotos-its-done-celebrating-the-new-mural-at-youngstown-cultural-arts-center/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/videophotos-its-done-celebrating-the-new-mural-at-youngstown-cultural-arts-center/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:45:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282568

The youth artists who have just finished the mural along Delridge outside Youngstown Cultural Arts Center had a big community turnout for this afternoon’s celebration of their creation – including local leaders:

With Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen, who is featured on the mural, in the photo above, is Louis Chinn, one of the artists who mentored the youth. The mural was created as part of the Work Readiness Arts Program, under the city Office of Arts and Culture, whose leader Randy Engstrom is a former Youngstown director – he’s at left below with the center’s current leader David Bestock:

The mural’s story was told by two of the young artists:

Admiring the mural’s celebration of history – including a totem pole! – was Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals:

The RecTech youth who have been documenting the project via photo and video were of course there too – we’re told their work will premiere later this month:

Just in case you can’t get to 4408 Delridge Way SW for a first-person look at the mural any time soon, we walked its 200-plus-foot length in this next clip:

Just sixteen days ago, that entire wall was blank, as shown in our July 29th story.

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West Seattle scene: Final touches on Youngstown mural http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-final-touches-on-youngstown-mural/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-final-touches-on-youngstown-mural/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:47:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282459

Tomorrow, the new youth-painted mural along the 4400 block of Delridge Way in front of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center will be officially “unveiled.” Tonight, it’s still getting some last-minute touches. What you see in our quick pic is only about a third of the mural – the rest of it looks pretty cool too – so come to the ribbon-cutting at 2 pm tomorrow (Thursday, August 14th) if you can, and meet the artists! If you’ve missed the backstory in our previous coverage (here, here, and here) – check out the Youngstown website.

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Radio Raheem ready for Summer Concerts at Hiawatha on Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/radio-raheem-ready-for-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-on-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/radio-raheem-ready-for-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-on-thursday/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 01:10:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282338

That’s Radio Raheem, the self-described “hip hop/new wave/soul/disco superbot Seattle band” headed your way for Thursday night’s episode of Summer Concerts at Hiawatha (as in, Community Center, outdoors, east lawn, 2700 block Walnut), presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with co-sponsors including WSB. Show’s free, 6:30 pm start, bring your own chair/blanket, rain or shine – too soon to tell what Thursday night’s going to be like, but this series has the Hiawatha gym as an indoor backup venue if necessary, steps away.

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Hiawatha concert, DIY Bikes under the bridge, wildfire benefit, more for your West Seattle Thursday night http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/hiawatha-concert-diy-bikes-under-the-bridge-wildfire-benefit-more-for-your-west-seattle-thursday-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/hiawatha-concert-diy-bikes-under-the-bridge-wildfire-benefit-more-for-your-west-seattle-thursday-night/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:11:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281843

(Photo taken at Alki Beach: ©2014 Eric Shalit)

A special stop for bicycle commuters is among the highlights for tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DIY BIKES – UNDER THE BRIDGE: Per the following announcement:

Bicycle commuters coming home from work tonight may find a surprise under the West Seattle Bridge. The West Seattle Tool Library’s Fixers Collective and DIY Bikes will be doing their monthly workshop under the West Seattle Bridge” “It’s been a long summer so far and many of our daily bicycle commuters have not found the time to work on their bicycles or take them into a local shop. We are coming to the riders to make ourselves more available.” The West Seattle Tool Library and DIY Bikes are projects of Sustainable West Seattle.

HEALTH AND HARVEST: 5-7 pm tonight and every Thursday, you’re welcome at the Community Orchard of West Seattle for a lesson in urban gardening, teamed with a mini-work party. Northeast side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)

BENEFIT FOR EASTERN WASHINGTON FIRE VICTIMS: Proceeds tonight at Matador-West Seattle (and five other restaurants elsewhere in the city) go to a fire benefit organized by Band of Brothers Northwestdetails in our preview. (4546 California SW)

WATCH THE GAME AT THE CASK: Tonight’s pre-season Seahawks game is onscreen at The Cask (WSB sponsor) in The Admiral District, 6 pm. (2350 California SW)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: Tonight, it’s The Guessing Game, 6:30 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha (along Walnut), free – BYO chair/blanket, picnic, etc. Presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association – here’s our preview with a peek at the band. (2700 California SW)

MORE MUSIC … see individual West Seattle venues’ listings for tonight on our calendar!

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The Guessing Game up next for Summer Concerts at Hiawatha http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/the-guessing-game-up-next-for-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/the-guessing-game-up-next-for-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:00:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281821

That’s The Guessing Game, third up in this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with co-sponsors including WSB. You’ll see and hear The Guessing Game live at 6:30 pm tomorrow (Thursday, August 7th). Find out a bit more about the band – which released its first album “Holy Crow” in May – via this online interview with leader Jeff Rouse. Then pack up your chairs/blanket/picnic dinner/etc. and make plans to be on the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center for a free night of music.

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Halfway there! Youngstown Cultural Arts Center mural update http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/halfway-there-youngstown-cultural-arts-center-mural-update/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/halfway-there-youngstown-cultural-arts-center-mural-update/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:51:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281762

Just stopped by the mural project outside Youngstown Cultural Arts Center for a quick update. We reported last week on the start of work on what was a blank 200-foot wall along Delridge Way SW beneath the center’s parking lot, with participants in a summer arts-jobs program, same one that led to the signal-box mini-murals last year. This mural is still scheduled for completion and “unveiling” one week from tomorrow; its features so far include not just Northwest beauty like water and mountains but also a hint of the nearby maritime industry (the iconic red cranes).

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ArtsWest announces Mathew Wright as its new artistic director http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/artswest-announces-mathew-wright-as-its-new-artistic-director/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/artswest-announces-mathew-wright-as-its-new-artistic-director/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:57:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281291 Just announced by ArtsWest: A new artistic director, Mathew Wright (AW-provided photo at right). According to the news release – which you can read in full here – “Mathew is familiar to ArtsWest’s audiences as both the Director of ‘Little Women’ and the Music Director of ‘HAIR,’ two of the most loved and successful shows of the 2013-2014 season. … Mathew will begin his tenure at ArtsWest on September 1, following the departure of Annie Lareau, ArtsWest’s Interim Artistic Director. ” Wright has been working full time as education-programs coordinator at The 5th Avenue Theatre downtown. He’s joining ArtsWest one year after the departure of Christopher Zinovitch, whose thirteen years with the organization concluded with two as its artistic director.

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Video: Mega-crowd for Caspar Babypants’ ‘Summer Concerts at Hiawatha’ show http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-mega-crowd-for-caspar-babypants-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-show/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-mega-crowd-for-caspar-babypants-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-show/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:21:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281207

7:21 PM: If you’re not already among the hundreds of people on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center – there’s still time to get there for the Caspar Babypants concert that’s happening tonight in the second Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show, until about 8 pm. Thanks to Jason Grotelueschen for the photo – we’ll have more photos/video to add later.

8:37 PM: As promised, video! More photos ahead.

Some of the young fans “rushed the stage”:

How big was the crowd? Admiral Neighborhood Association president David Whiting told us he had counted more than 1,600 people … and was still counting when he told us that.

CB previewed “Rise and Shine,” officially out next month:

Assisting with the merch – Kate Endle, official CB artist (among her many projects):

Offering treats on the sidelines, concert-series sponsor Metropolitan Market (also a WSB sponsor)

(Next Thursday at Hiawatha – August 7th at 6:30 pm – The Guessing Game!)

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West Seattle outdoor art: Youngstown mural painting, starting today http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-outdoor-art-youngstown-mural-painting-starting-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-outdoor-art-youngstown-mural-painting-starting-today/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:08:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280851

Stopped by Youngstown Cultural Arts Center at midday to check on the progress of this year’s mural project – and we discovered the young artists are officially starting work on the mural today! They actually have been working on the 210-foot retaining wall along Delridge for a while now, but first job was to get it primed, and now that that’s done, it’s mural-painting time. That’ll take about two weeks – the grand unveiling is planned for August 14th. As noted here last month, this is part of the same city-funded summertime program that resulted in more than a dozen mini-murals on signal boxes along Delridge last year. The youth are working with professional artists, and according to this online update, they welcome community volunteers, too.

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Summer Concerts at Hiawatha this Thursday: Caspar Babypants http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-this-thursday-caspar-babypants/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-this-thursday-caspar-babypants/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:57:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280802

(WSB photo from 2011 Hiawatha show)
The most popular performer ever at Summer Concerts at Hiawatha returns to the Admiral Neighborhood Association-sponsored series this week – Caspar Babypants, the West Seattle-based kiddie-rock star, takes the stage at 6:30 pm Thursday (July 31st). Via his website, he’s promising “a 90-minute show full of every hit you can sing!” as well as a chance to buy advance copies of the new CB album “Rise and Shine!” The concert itself is free – come early, bring your own chair/blanket, picnic dinner if you feel like it, and get ready to have a great time.

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