West Seattle Blog... » WS culture/arts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10:58:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Video: Skeleton Theatre goes ‘Beyond the Pale’ for 2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-skeleton-theatre-goes-beyond-the-pale-for-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-skeleton-theatre-goes-beyond-the-pale-for-2014/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:59:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290670

That’s our on-the-fly video with the first few minutes of this year’s animatronics-and-more Skeleton Theatre show, “Beyond the Pale,” which debuted tonight on the lawn at 36th SW/SW Hanford and will continue tomorrow (Saturday) night. As previewed earlier, it’s the tale of a skeleton super-spy. The ST team proclaims it “by far the biggest show we’ve ever produced”:

Great night for outdoor animatronics, and as usual, it drew a crowd:

Check out the backstory, and previous years’ highlights, on the Skeleton Theatre website, where you can also meet the people behind the skeletons. This is the 9th year they’ve put on an elaborate animatronic/video Halloween extravaganza; it’s free of charge, but if you feel like donating to help them with the costs, show appreciation, etc., you can donate online (scroll down the home page).

Meantime, again, Skeleton Theatre also has shows tomorrow (Saturday, November 1st) night, running almost continuously between 6 and 9 pm.

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West Seattle scene: ‘I Am Eleven’ filmmaker at The Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scene-i-am-eleven-filmmaker-at-the-admiral/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scene-i-am-eleven-filmmaker-at-the-admiral/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:56:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290263

I AM ELEVEN – Official trailer 2014 from I Am Eleven on Vimeo.

At Admiral Theater tonight, a sold-out house – about 300 people – got a bonus after watching the documentary “I Am Eleven” – they got to talk with its filmmaker, Genevieve Bailey, and her co-producer Henrik Nordstrom:

We caught up with Bailey, who is from Australia, and Nordstrom in the Admiral lobby, just before the post-film discussion with the audience. She said they had been in Atlanta previously and just decided to come – a modest jaunt for Bailey, who made her film by spending six years traveling the world filming the lives of 11-year-olds. Tonight’s screening was arranged by West Seattleites Susanna Moore and Anita Lavine through the on-demand service Gathr.

ADDED: Nordstrom shared this photo of the 11-year-olds in the audience, invited up to the stage (as mentioned in comments):

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West Seattle development: Equity Residential announces art-commission program, other details for Junction 47 project http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-development-equity-residential-announces-art-commission-program-other-details-for-junction-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-development-equity-residential-announces-art-commission-program-other-details-for-junction-project/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:33:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290213

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The two-building Equity Residential project in the heart of The Junction, at California/Alaska/42nd, is “on schedule,” according to an ER executive, and expecting its first tenants to move in next summer.

Today, ER has just announced a plan to commission local artists for work inside and outside the project. This, though the company’s first vice president of development, Bradley Karvasek, says the original mandate for an art project no longer exists – the project has “abandoned” the underground alley vacation that was approved for the original development after a community agreement contingent on public benefits including art.

Karvasek talked with WSB today for the first official update on the project in almost two years; it’s now been under construction for one year, since demolition began in October 2013.

(added) We’ve also learned the project has a name: Junction 47.

(back to original report) The current numbers for the project: 206 apartments, 202 parking spaces (25 “prioritized” for retail); Karvasek says they expect to lease units in the west building, fronting California/Alaska, in June of 2015. That building is topped out and getting its roof (“as weather allows”), with the east building, fronting 42nd/Alaska, a few months behind; its garage (with a dedicated elevator for retail) will have an entrance on 42nd, while the west building will be entered from the alley.

No retail leases to announce yet for its nearly 20,000 square feet of space, but that could be as close as a month away, Karvasek said, describing “fantastic” interest from “a lot” of prospective tenants.

Now, more about the art program. “We install public art in a lot of our buildings” but never quite like this, Karvasek said. The local artist who curated a wide-scale art program for Youngstown Flats (WSB sponsor) in North Delridge, Sara Everett, is on board as a consultant to manage what’s in the works for the Equity Residential project.

ER currently has a Request For Proposals (RFP) for its Artist Engagement Program, which today’s announcement says “will incorporate art into the architecture and design of both interior common spaces and exterior walkways of the project … Equity’s goal is to source locally focused, site-specific artwork that will be directly purchased or commissioned from West Seattle artists, without a curatorial commission percentage.”

The first RFP, continues the announcement, “will address art for the building’s 20 exterior support columns, each given a specific art niche. Two artists will likely be chosen for exteriors, and separate calls for submissions will be issued in the next few months for the project’s interior spaces. The focus of the work will reflect the idea of a ‘junction’ as a transition, or a boundary between two places, things or ideas – such as between city and quiet, water and land, or neighborhood and industry, according to Everett. The program will pursue visual representations of industrial contemporary, or those which span between nature and man-made.”

Interested artists can see details on Everett’s website and/or e-mail her at info@saraeverett.com.

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West Seattle park art: ‘Flyers’ now installed at expanded Westcrest http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-park-art-flyers-now-installed-at-expanded-westcrest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-park-art-flyers-now-installed-at-expanded-westcrest/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:52:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290178

(Added: City of Seattle photo by Jason Huff, republished with permission)
Thanks to Lola for pointing out the announcement on the city Arts and Culture Department‘s website – the kinetic artwork “Flyers” is now in place at the Westcrest Park expansion in Highland Park. More than four years have passed since artist David Boyer announced the concept (here’s our coverage from June 2010).

2:16 PM NOTE: The city seems to be having a bit of website trouble; the story’s 404ing but here’s the cached version.

WEDNESDAY NOTE: The original link is working again.

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West Seattle Saturday: See what’s up today and tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-saturday-see-whats-up-today-and-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-saturday-see-whats-up-today-and-tonight/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:14:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289807

(Osprey, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Halloween Guide:

WEST SEATTLE MONSTER DASH: 9 am in south Lincoln Park, near the zipline, it’s the annual 5K – costumes encouraged (but not mandatory) – benefiting Co-Op Preschools. Followed by the Little Monster dashes at 10 am, preceded by last-minute signups ($40) at 8:30 am, full race-day schedule here. (Fauntleroy/Cloverdale)

DECORATE A PUMPKIN: Kids’ pumpkin-decorating at PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor), 9-noon. “Come decorate your very own pumpkin to take home. PCC will supply free pumpkins and decorating supplies. There also will be healthy snacks to stir those scary, creative juices. Free for kids 12 and younger.” (California/Stevens)

BEAUTIFY NORTH DELRIDGE: 10 am-noon, just two hours of your time can make a major difference. Join North Delridge Neighborhood Council‘s beautification chair Lisa Taylor Whitley and neighborhood volunteers, starting at Delridge Community Center and fanning out to pick up trash and clear storm drains along Delridge Way SW. Bags/pickers provided! (4501 Delridge Way SW)

GEAR SWAP: 10 am-6 pm, it’s the annual Mountain to Sound Outfitters-presented gear swap at VFW Hall across the street. Details in our calendar listing. (3601 SW Alaska)

THRIFTWAY HALLOWEEN PARTY: Annual kids’ Halloween party at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 11 am-1 pm. (Fauntleroy/Morgan/California)

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE HALLOWEEN PARTY: 1-3 pm, with games, prizes, refreshments. Details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 1 pm, Chief Sealth International High School plays Cleveland HS at Memorial Stadium downtown.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS @ THE LIBRARY: Dia de los Muertos event for ages 5-up at Southwest Branch Library, 2-3:30 pm. Details here. (35th/Henderson)

ORGAN BENEFIT: 3 pm at Admiral Church, an all-star musical lineup to help raise money to renovate the church’s 52-year-old pipe organ – read about it here. (California/Hill)

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: 4-8 pm, Halloween Carnival at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. Details on the school website. (34th/Myrtle)

OKTOBERFEST: The West Seattle Lions Club‘s Oktoberfest celebration starts at 5:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

‘DOGFIGHT’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), it’s your next chance to see the musical “Dogfight,” described as “the romantic and heartbreaking story of three young marines in 1963 on the eve of the deployment to the small but growing conflict in Vietnam.” Directed by AW’s new artistic director Mathew Wright. (4711 California SW)

LOTS OF NIGHTLIFE: Live music and more – see the venues/listings on the calendar.

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Video: Opera for a cause! Singing for SWYFS in Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-opera-for-a-cause-singing-for-swyfs-in-fauntleroy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-opera-for-a-cause-singing-for-swyfs-in-fauntleroy/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:15:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289362

Lyric soprano Vicky Oxley and mezzo-soprano Linda Rough are the Opera Belles, and their 10-song “Parade of Operatic Hits” was the perfect note to end a sunny Sunday in Fauntleroy. With accompanist Hartwig Eichberg, they sang the music of nine composers in a house-recital benefit for Southwest Youth and Family Services, whose director Steve Daschle was their opening act, explaining Delridge-based SWYFS’s community work to help thousands of people every year, in multiple ways:

Susan Lantz-Dey from the SWYFS Board hosted the recital and a wine/cheese reception preceding it.

P.S. The song in our clip is an original Opera Belles arrangement of “Voi Che Sapete” from Mozart‘s “Marriage of Figaro.”

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West Seattle Halloween 2014: New show for Skeleton Theatre http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-new-show-for-skeleton-theatre/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-new-show-for-skeleton-theatre/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:19:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288965

Halloween is exactly two weeks away – and yes, West Seattle’s own Skeleton Theatre is back, according to ST’s Maia Low, who tells WSB, “It’s a brand-new show called ‘Beyond the Pale.’ It’s the story of a skeleton super-spy, Mason Tanner.” The ~20-minute show will run multiple times between 6 pm and 9 pm on Halloween (Friday, October 31) and the night after, Saturday, November 1st, at 36th/Hanford (map). Visit the ST website for behind-the-scenes info, cast details, more (including backstory if this is the first time you’ve heard of Skeleton Theatre!).

P.S. The WSB Halloween page – with this event and lots more over the next 2 weeks – should be up tonight; if you still haven’t sent us your listing (including bar parties), editor@westseattleblog.com ASAP – thanks!

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Seattle Symphony, here, free! Friday concert also features WS Community Orchestra http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/seattle-symphony-here-free-friday-concert-also-features-ws-community-orchestra/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/seattle-symphony-here-free-friday-concert-also-features-ws-community-orchestra/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:46:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288890 In case you missed the mention when the West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ new season started – tomorrow night at Chief Sealth International High School, some of their musicians will be featured in the first Seattle Symphony community performance this fall – free admission! Here’s the lineup and program for the 7 pm concert:

Stilian Kirov, Seattle Symphony Associate Conductor
Christina Ding, Young Violinist
West Seattle Community Orchestra
Seattle Symphony

Overture to Cosìfan tutte, K. 588

Allegro aperto [mvmt. 1] from Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219

Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485

Christina Ding is a high-school student at the International School in Bellevue. She is currently a student of Simon James and piano collaborator Hiro David. In 2014 she won second place in the Music Teachers National Association Junior Composition Competition. She was also selected for the Seattle Symphony’s Young Composers Workshop, during which her composition was premiered by members of the Symphony. For the past two summers she has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School as a violin student.

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Young writer in the house? Enter the VFW essay competition! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/young-writer-in-the-house-enter-the-vfw-essay-competition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/young-writer-in-the-house-enter-the-vfw-essay-competition/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:40:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288162 Young writer in the house? Here’s a chance to win money and recognition! From Kyle Geraghty at the West Seattle VFW:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2713 of West Seattle is holding its annual youth competitions. All students in public, private, and home school are invited to compete. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded for each grade and are invited, with their families, to the VFW holiday party later this year to receive their prizes. First place winners from all contests will advance to higher levels and greater prizes. The competitions are:

Youth Essay – Grades 3rd-5th
Topic “What can I do to make our country better”
Prizes: 1st $50, 2nd $25, 3rd $15
Rules and entry forms here

Patriot’s Pen – Grades 6th, 7th, 8th
Topic “Why I appreciate America’s Veterans”
Prizes: 1st $50, 2nd, $25, 3rd $15
Rules and entry forms here

Voice of Democracy – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12.
Topic “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future”
Prizes: 1st $100, 2nd $50, 3rd, $25
Rules and entry forms here

The VFW says all submissions must be turned in by November 1st to the West Seattle VFW at
3601 SW Alaska St. Seattle, WA 98126.

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Couch Fest Films invites you to be a film-fest host – at home, or… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/couch-fest-films-invites-you-to-be-a-film-fest-host-at-home-or/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/couch-fest-films-invites-you-to-be-a-film-fest-host-at-home-or/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 04:34:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287516 Couch Fest Films is recruiting for hosts! Organizers of this self-described “scrappy film festival” are hoping some West Seattleites will want to be part of it – the festival isn’t until December 6th, but they are only taking signups until next Tuesday, October 7th.

Erin Knobler, a community organizer for Couch Fest Films and resident of High Point, asked us to share the invite. She says Couch Fest started in Seattle in 2008 and “is a cozy shorts film fest hosted in people’s houses and community spaces all over the world, all on the same day. The shorts come from some of the top festivals around the world, and we even highlight local artists as well as some virtually unknowns. … We typically have themed houses, such as ‘Comedy,’ ‘Animation,’ ‘Documentary,’ ‘Inappropriately Awesome’ and more!” You don’t even have to have a couch: “You can host at home, at work, with a community org, at school, on a pirate boat, in a tree house, at your local theater, in a cave, or wherever!” Curiosity piqued? Here’s how to apply.

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

Just found out about this benefit Saturday at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, for the fight against sex trafficking:

“The Seattle-Tacoma sex industry’s growth is notable… because it more than doubled in four years (March 2014).” -The Seattle Times

After two years, we present to you…. RED LIGHT REVOLUTION 2.0., a benefit show showcasing local hip hop dance teams, singers, spoken word, & rap artists coming together to:

EXPRESS freedom in arts, and INSPIRE others to join the movement to advocate for victims of sex trafficking. MAKE NOISE & let it be known through the arts and our voices that OUR CITY is anti-trafficking.

RLR in partnership with local non-profits and groups: REST, Seattle Against Slavery, World Concern, Youthcare, New Horizons, Friday Night Hip Hop, and Youngstown Cultural Center.

Mark your calendars for October 4, 2014. Red Light Revolution 2.0 hosting the best Northwest hip-hop crews, singers & spoken word artists in the Northwest! A great cause by a great group @withliving. Come help unite the community around the tragic effects of human trafficking in the Seattle area. Only $8 online and $12 at the door. Limited seating so buy early!

Doors open 5 pm Saturday, show at 5:30 pm. Here’s the Facebook event page.

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

You still have time to get to Chief Sealth International High School for the culmination of Confucius Institute Day – performances including the Seattle Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team, whose members were there early, checking out other activities including language and writing instruction. The schedule, as featured in our preview earlier this week, also includes lion dancing:

Another highlight – a demonstration of Peking Opera. Costumes and props were shown off earlier in the afternoon:

It’s a free festival, open to all:

Sealth and adjoining Denny International Middle School are home to a branch of the Confucius Institute, a “nongovernmental and nonprofit organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China,” focused on cultural education and understanding, with 400 branches in 130 countries. This festival and others are part of Global Confucius Institute Day, marking the program’s 10th worldwide anniversary.

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Celebrate Chinese culture at Confucius Institute Day on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/celebrate-chinese-culture-at-confucius-institute-day-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/celebrate-chinese-culture-at-confucius-institute-day-on-saturday/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:27:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286783 “Experience China without leaving Seattle!” Organizers say you can do that this Saturday afternoon at Chief Sealth International High School, during Confucius Institute Day, a mini-festival with free Chinese language/culture activities for all ages. Here’s the flyer with details:

The Confucius Institute has a center at the Sealth/Denny campus – you might recall the celebration back in 2010. This Saturday’s activities are set for 1-4 pm; the schedule is here, where you also can RSVP to let organizers know how many people to plan for.

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

The so-called “dancing children” who comprise the Walking on Logs sculpture along the Fauntleroy Way end of the West Seattle Bridge sometimes are decorated with T-shirts. Today, they’re wearing black T-shirts bearing the message “Marijuana is safer than alcohol.”

After getting the tip from Jake, we went over to see if the T-shirts listed a sponsoring organization, maybe fine print, or on the back. Nope. No banner or signage nearby either (aside from campaign messages for a couple of people running for judge). The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has long kept the list of authorized “Walking on Logs” decorators, so we’re checking to see if someone signed up to promote this message – the first pro-cannabis display we recall seeing there – but CEO Lynn Dennis is out of the office today. Looking around online, we did find a Federal Way group that offers T-shirts like these.

P.S. Authorized or not, it’s not the only marijuana message on the bridge right now; on the westbound leg of our bridge trip to check this out, we took note of the Dama Cannabis billboard alongside the Spokane Street Viaduct just before the 99 overpass.

ADDED TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Chamber CEO Dennis says they don’t know who’s responsible for the pro-pot shirts, but the sculptures were supposed to be in use this week by Run of Hope supporters, who were expected to put their group’s shirts on “Walking on Logs” sometime today.

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If you wondered what was going on in Schmitz Park tonight … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/if-you-wondered-what-was-going-on-in-schmitz-park-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/if-you-wondered-what-was-going-on-in-schmitz-park-tonight/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:17:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286498 After several texts and e-mails asking what was going on in Schmitz Park – crowd sounds and music, carrying for a distance – we went over just in time to see everybody leaving, with someone explaining it was a “one-time theater performance” for which the producers had a permit until 9 pm. Just got back and now a web search turns up more details. “Din V: A Convergence” was a joint production of Washington Ensemble Theatre and the band Kithkin, free but with only 100 tickets available, given out at a Capitol Hill coffee shop earlier this month. Full description on this Facebook event page.

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