West Seattle, Washington
Until 8 pm, you can go check out the newest addition to the West Seattle Art Walk – the Makers’ Market, set up in Junction Plaza Park. Participating makers include Mari from Moss and Branch, one of your West Seattle neighbors:
With sweet treats, here’s Andrea from Dolcetta, also a West Seattleite:
Emily from Panacea and Ceres, with watercolor on a 19th century print:
The park is at 42nd SW and SW Alaska.
Thanks to Jennifer for the tip! That’s artist Jesse Link painting his third West Seattle mural on the north side of the California/Lander building that’s home to Evergreen Tang Soo Do Academy and Sea-Town Real Estate (WSB sponsor) among others. In summer of 2015, he painted the bear mural on Shack Coffee in Luna Park; in fall 2015, he painted the heron mural at Lofts At The Junction. This one, he told us in our quick ground-to-air interview, is a “giant festoon.”
Thanks to the Smiths for sending photos of this new “temporary art installation” in the park outside Delridge Community Center. The sign says it’s the work of local artist Yeggy Michael, part of the city’s Arts in Parks program, and that you’re invited to contribute your story:
These maps are part of it:
We’ll be checking to find out how long it’ll be on display – the Smiths believe it just went up in the past day or so.
ADDED: We’re told it will be there until July 20th, and after that, your next chance to see it is at the Arts in Nature Festival August 26-27.
(UPDATED SUNDAY with another photo)
Thanks to parent Steve White for the report and photos on West Seattle High School musicians’ cross-country journey!
The Jazz 1 and Jazz 2 bands (directed by Ethan Thomas) flew to New York City yesterday to participate in a workshop at Lincoln Center. While here we are also touring the 9/11 Memorial, seeing a Broadway show and some other sights. Last night we attended the “World of Monk” concert at Lincoln Center featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis.
And tonight, their travels took them to “The Lion King” at the Minskoff Theater.
ADDED SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Another photo from Steve, who reports: “The group went on tours of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building and are spending the evening in Times Square.”
The musicians are headed back home on Monday.
Summer vacation is weeks away – and so is camp season! Rainbow Parrot Art is a new WSB sponsor, and here’s what they’d like you to know about what they offer:
“Ms. Reuter is very cool! She takes art to the next level, and the next! In Art Workshop, we make gingerbread houses, A LOT of awesome clay sculptures, and toilet-paper clothing! Art with her rocks!”
~ Mia, 5th-grade student
“After attending her first class, my daughter asked to be signed up for the rest of the year. The projects are always unique and the environment is very caring. She comes out with a smile each week.”
~ Kristi, parent of 3rd-grade student
Rainbow Parrot Art is celebrating three years of spectacular kids’ art workshops, camps, and classes in West Seattle. Rainbow Parrot Art has recently expanded its course offerings to include 4 weeks of summer camps and 2 weekly after school classes during the school year. “There is nothing more exciting than watching my students light up with joy when they get excited about their art. Art has the power to really transform kids,” says Rainbow Parrot Art founder Lacey Reuter.
Reuter, a Tacoma native, graduated from the American University of Paris, France, and has a background in fine art, art history, teaching, and mindfulness meditation. She has lived and studied art in Japan, French Polynesia, and Ghana. Since 2011, she has taught hundreds of students at St. Joseph School, Holy Rosary School, and Seattle Lutheran High School.
Glitter-bomb birds of paradise, flying plaster pigs, and rainbow cookie-dough sculpture are just a few of the epic projects that Rainbow Parrot Art looks forward to tackling during this summer’s art camps.
We thank Rainbow Parrot Art 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.
11:02 AM: Thanks to Chi Krneta for the photos and report:
I saw this art display at the Statue of Liberty this morning on Alki. There are pens and stencils for people to leave comments on the artwork.
Chi wonders if anyone knows who created and placed this. Certainly not the first guerrilla art to show up at Statue of Liberty Plaza – but the first we’d heard of this.
1:44 PM: We’ve heard from the artist, Sarah Reitz, who explained via text that it’s part of her graduate thesis work.
4:41 PM: Thanks to Max Szyszkowski for this photo taken a few hours ago after more participation:
9:53 PM: Artist Sarah Reitz has just sent us more about her project:
I spent the day on Alki with the installation and have now moved it back to my studio (didn’t want it to be in the way of 5k activities tomorrow).
I’m a graduate student at the University of Washington studying visual communication and experience design in the School of Art + Art History + Design.
My graduate thesis (working title “Landmark”) focuses broadly on the area of participatory exhibit design. Through it, I’ve been exploring ways to make the visitor experience at memorials or monuments more interactive. I picked the Alki Statue of Liberty as a case study for my research several months ago, and since then I have conducted a series of smaller prototypes at the statue that ultimately informed the design of today’s installation. The prototypes helped me determine what material to work with, what prompt to ask, and how to make the interaction as welcoming as possible for park visitors.
The main questions I explored through my research are:
Do people value experiences that ask them to write, draw, or materially contribute information in an outdoor setting? If given the opportunity, would people participate?
Would the installation spark conversation? What types of responses would I receive and what types of interactions would I observe?
Most importantly, what kinds of things could I do as a designer to make participation intuitive, delightful, and meaningful?
ADDED 11 AM SUNDAY: The artist also tells us in response to our followup question that while she has no current plan to bring it back, she’s open to the idea, or to “donating it to any community group that might be interested.” It’s not available until late June, though – it’ll be on display with other students’ theses at the Henry Art Gallery June 3-25.
It’s been a week of lineups – from West Seattle Outdoor Movies to West Seattle Summer Fest music – and today, another one has gone public: ArtsWest has announced its 2017-2018 season, themed “I AM,” described by artistic director Mathew Wright in the announcement: “Our six plays this season are full of characters (and playwrights) who are unafraid to say ‘I AM’ – and who refuse to allow their identity to be defined by others. …” Here’s the lineup, with excerpts from the descriptions:
The Who & The What
September 7 – October 1, 2017
By Ayad Akhtar
“…a thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion and the contradictions that make us who we are.”
October 26 – November 19, 2017
By Douglas Carter Beane
“Set in the beating heart of the naughty, raucous world of 1930s burlesque, THE NANCE brings to life an American era when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay. …”
ArtsWest Holiday Cast Party
December 1 – December 23, 2017
“… At the Holiday Bash, celebrated Seattle performers take the stage one by one to wow the crowd, each with their unique brand of unplanned, unscripted and wildly talented merriment. …”
January 18 – February 11, 2018
By Jiehae Park
“… clever and incisive adaptation of Macbeth explores how the drive to succeed can become an all-consuming – and deadly – obsession.”
March 1 – March 25, 2018
By Taylor Mac
“… sly, subversive comedy … annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.”
April 19 – May 13, 2018
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
“… bold, imaginative re-envisioning of a 19th century antebellum drama as an urgent message for today.”
Kiss of the Spider Woman
June 7 – July 8, 2018
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Terrence McNally
“The Tony-award winning musical … tells the tale of two cell mates in a Latin American prison – one a Marxist revolutionary, the other a gay window dresser – who form a bond in captivity. …”
We invite you to join us at Easy Street tonight at 7 pm for a humble celebration of the music and life of Chris Cornell, who tragically left us this week.
And since today marks the release of the 25th anniversary deluxe edition of the soundtrack to the movie that grunge built, Singles, we will be playing the soundtrack while showing the movie on the small screens and giving away some really cool prizes. We’ll also be spinning Soundgarden/Audioslave/Solo Chris/Singles tracks, serving up dollar Oly beers, and most importantly, remembering and honoring one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll.
We’ll miss you, Chris Cornell. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, as well as all of his bandmates and friends.
(Thunderpussy’s 2016 KEXP performance)
Less than two months until the peninsula’s biggest party of the year – West Seattle Summer Fest, in the heart of The Junction, this year set for Friday-Sunday, July 14th-16th. And we’ve just received first word of this year’s music lineup – headlined on Night 1 by Thunderpussy (video above), on Night 2 by Brent Amaker and The Rodeo (video below), and wrapped up on Day 3 by The Dusty 45s.
(Brent Amaker and The Rodeo’s 2012 Seattle Channel/ArtZone performance)
Here’s the full lineup:
3:30 – Po Boys
4:30 – Wiscon
5:30 – Dryland
6:30 – Hotels
7:30 – Sassy Black
8:30 – Purple Mane (Prince Tribute)
9:30 – DJ Kurt Bloch
10:00 – Thunderpussy
1130 – School of Rock
12:30 – Wild Wild Mexico
1:30 – Lisa Prank
2:30 – Thee Sgt Major III
3:30 – The Gods Themselves
4:30 – Golden Gardens
5:30 – Genders
6:30 – Sisters
7:30 – CHARMS
8:30 – Porter Ray
9:30 – Vox Mod
10:00 – Brent Amaker & The Rodeo
12:00 – South Sound Tug & Barge
1:00 – Mega Bog
2:00 – Swedish Finnish
3:00 – Carrie Akre & Danny Newcomb from Goodness
4:00 – Dusty 45’s
These are all the main-stage acts on the north end of the festival zone, between SW Oregon and SW Genesee. Summer Fest info continues to be rolled out on the official website – go here – so set your calendar for July 14-16! (WSB is a Summer Fest sponsor again this year.)
Before we get to what’s happening for the rest of today – Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer explains why you might hear music in the Westwood area tomorrow morning:
Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 16th) from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, the students at Chief Sealth International High School will be rocking out to the music of platinum-selling rock band Plain White T’s (who are famous for the songs “Hey There Delilah” and “Rhythm of Love”) as well as other rising young musicians. This concert will be part of a festival organized by High School Nation, a non-profit traveling Music & Arts Festival that visits public high schools all across the country introducing students to opportunities in the arts. It is the largest secondary school touring music festival, and their services are provided to public schools free of charge.
High School Nation selected Chief Sealth as one of only 60 high schools from across the entire country to benefit from the Festival, which supports and showcases journalism, film, fine and performing arts, fashion, photography, and stage production. High School Nation will also donate and establish a professional recording studio at Chief Sealth with gear and components from high-end equipment manufacturers. Their total donations to Chief Sealth will top over $30,000 as they continue to achieve their goal to promote and support the arts and music programs within public schools.
During the Festival, High School Nation will take over the SW Athletic Complex for the morning. Students will have the opportunity to visit hands-on zones where they will interact directly with products and educational programs such as tie-dyeing and printing shirts, painting records, recording music, and playing various instruments, arts and crafts booths, and other attractions. They will also participate in other events geared at celebrating the arts.
Find out more about High School Nation here.
Festive Friday night at Our Lady of Guadalupe School (WSB sponsor) – more than 200 people gathered for a cultural celebration. Thanks to Brian Callanan for sharing photos. Above is the Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team, one of five groups that performed.
Brian says OLG parent Joy Gonzalez coordinated the event, which spotlighted more than a dozen cultures, including foods.
The event’s theme was “One World, One Night.”
Seven highlights for your Friday, starting with music!]
WEST SEATTLE SYMPHONY: The video above from West Seattle Community Orchestras – parent organization of West Seattle Symphony – features Chris Blakely, winner of WSCO’s second-annual concerto competition, who will be featured during tonight’s 7:30 pm concert “Love Stories and Dances” at Chief Sealth International High School. The program includes Saint Saëns’ Morceau de concert for Horn and Orchestra, during which you’ll see Blakely, who has played with WSCO for more than two years. Tonight’s concert, led by conductor James Pham, is free – donations welcome, of course. (2600 SW Thistle)
Also in the hours ahead:
ALCHEMY OPENS: As previewed in our story earlier this morning, the new bar in The Junction opens at 3 pm. (4717 42nd SW)
GARY BENSON AT C & P: Gary Benson will be joined by Nelson Wright and Jenaige Lane at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
‘THE MAMA-LOGUES: A COMEDY ABOUT MOTHERHOOD’: 7 pm tonight (and tomorrow!) at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, ages 13 and up – if you’ve seen it before, see it again, lots of new stuff! Benefits WestSide Baby and Open Arms Perinatal Services. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
ROLLER DERBY: Rainier Roller Girls‘ fifth bout of the season starts at 8:30 pm at Southgate Roller Rink. (9646 17th SW)
3 BANDS AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: 9 pm-midnight at Parliament Tavern, the lineup is Hostile Makeover, The Viking Surfers, The Paper Dolls. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
LOTS MORE ON OUR CALENDAR … see it here!
We often get asked about rental/event spaces in West Seattle. Here’s a new one: Muse Gallery and Studio, in North Delridge. It’s a new venture by the proprietors of The Skylark next door. Matt Larson explains:
We are trying to provide a space for artists and artisans to show/sell/teach their craft in West Seattle. It also makes for an affordable and spacious photo studio as it includes seamless backgrounds and tall ceilings.
Muse Gallery and Studio is available to rent for a wide variety of events. Pop-up art shows, photo studio rental, private parties, classes, recitals, etc. can all be held in this warm, open space. Gallery lighting, wood floors, open floor plan, and seamless backdrops make it versatile for a number of uses. There is also plenty of free parking, and catering available. First and foremost, Muse is about finding inspiration and making connections in our art community. Our goal is to draw attention to and promote artists, studios, and collectives from all the neighborhoods in Seattle by showcasing them here in West Seattle.
Larson says you can get a firsthand look at Muse (3801 Delridge Way SW) during two upcoming events: Night Circus #5, an “art and social gathering” 6-9 pm this Thursday (May 11th) followed by music next door at Skylark, and a one-night art show May 20th by Casey Brookbush, with live acoustic music by Jake Carden, 6-10 pm May 20th, with music afterward at Skylark.
As a result of a 7-2 King County Council vote tonight, the “Access for All” tenth-of-a-percent sales-tax increase is headed for the August 1st ballot. This comes two months after King County Executive Dow Constantine sent the proposal to the council, which at one point mulled shelving it. If approved by voters, it will add one penny of tax to every $10 you spend in King County, and that is expected to raise $67 million a year for about 350 arts, science, and heritage organizations, as described in the original announcement. County Council Chair Joe McDermott, who represents our area on the council, is a co-sponsor of the proposal; tonight’s two “no” votes were Councilmembers Larry Gossett and Dave Upthegrove.
Artist Rajaa Gharbi has lived in West Seattle for seven years and has just opened her own gallery north of The Junction, upstairs at 4425 41st SW, where her grand-opening reception is happening right now, until 7 tonight.
Gharbi explained that she had noticed West Seattle had no solo-artist galleries – and the time seemed right to open her own. She is a much-honored poet as well as visual artist – as you’ll see in her biography – and a trailblazer, including having been the first Tunisian woman (she was born and raised in Tunisia) to work as a salaried marionettist, and the “first North African English-language poet in the United States to have been published and awarded public funding for literary work.” She told us she is still settling on official gallery hours, but you can definitely go until 7 tonight – as noted in our West Seattle Sunday preview, some of her framed prints are on sale during the opening as a benefit for K-Love 4 Art.
Thanks to Chief Sealth International High School for again inviting us to stop by during the annual Multicultural Night celebration! We were there for two groups’ performances tonight – above, the East African Dance group; below, dancers from the Van-Lang Vietnamese Cultural School:
The celebration also featured food, and smiles:
This year’s theme was “Pass the Plate: Positivity and Peace.”
Friday, a commercial in Sunrise Heights; this weekend, a short film along Beach Drive. We saw the trucks and equipment late today outside a waterfront complex south of Constellation Park and stopped by to inquire; they just said the shoot is for a “short film” and they will be done this evening. Subsequently combing various corners of the internet, we turned up a production-help-wanted listing mentioning a West Seattle shoot this weekend for an independent short film called “Victory“; cross-referencing that to an audition call, the plot summary is: “Our film catapults the viewer into the last fifteen minutes of the story of a mysterious insurgency group trying to do something about a chain-reaction holocaust.” We’ll make a note to watch for it when it’s done.
You might know artist Rachel Austin for her map-based paintings … right now, she’s at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) in The Junction for a preview of her new Shadow series, “born out of her love of plants, color, and shape.” Click! tells us this is her only visit this year – and your first chance to see work from her upcoming show, debuting during the May West Seattle Art Walk (May 11th). Go drop by Click! and hop up to the loft to see her.
“It’s hard to think of an accolade that he doesn’t have.” That’s what Susan Rich, one of the curators of the monthly WordsWest Literary Series presentations, says about National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes, who will be featured at WW this Wednesday night. Hayes and Jane Wong, a former student of his who also is an award-winning poet, headline “A National Poetry Month Celebration” at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7 pm Wednesday (April 19th). The WW announcement (see it in full here) says they will “read their work as a ‘living anthology’ — a distinctive WordsWest reading format that weaves the ideas and images of each poet’s work into a never-to-be-duplicated collaboration of echoes and connections. No admission charge (you can support the volunteer-run series here) – so get there early enough to ensure yourself a seat!
“A sign might not seem like a big deal, but a sign is everything.” That’s how Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals kicked off a media briefing this morning next to the sign you see above – one of four now in place on the low and high West Seattle Bridges, marking the waterway they span, which carries the name of our area’s First People.
That’s our video of the entire event, held along the bicycle/pedestrian path on the “low bridge” alongside its control tower. Eals explained that the signage was first suggested about a year ago at the launch of a photography book called “Once and Future River” and was shepherded by City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. She did not attend this morning’s briefing, but Eals was joined on the bridge by two well-known members of the Duwamish Tribe. Ken Workman, member of the Duwamish Tribal Council, is great-great-great-great-grandson of Chief Seattle, and noted that the sign is over the stretch of the river where his family once had a longhouse:
James Rasmussen is coordinator of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition:
Both acknowledged and hailed the significance of the signage – a small yet mighty form of recognition, even as the tribe continues battling for federal recognition of its existence and treaty rights, which Workman said is a matter once again in Bureau of Indian Affairs review. Rasmussen also talked about the ongoing river cleanup, with which the DRCC is deeply involved, and voiced concern about how the new administration in Washington, D.C., will affect the cleanup. It’s half-done, he said, and that’s no time to stop. He is currently most concerned about the Pollutant Loading Assessment in the watershed, which is suddenly looking for help with “modeling” – “the project right now is basically stopped” without that help, he explained, and in need of more funding.
P.S. You can take personal action to help the Duwamish River, two weeks from tomorrow – it’s the spring edition of the Duwamish Alive! planting/cleanup events held concurrently at many spots along the river and in its watershed, 10 am-2 pm April 22nd – go here to find out how to help.
P.P.S. Though he didn’t take a turn at the podium, the “Once and Future River” photographer Tom Reese was at the briefing too:
Rasmussen also contributed an afterword to the book, which is available through UW Press.
Sunday nights are often relatively quiet in West Seattle – but not this weekend. Here’s what, and who, you’ll find at The Skylark in North Delridge tomorrow night – organizer Ann-Dee Levine tells us it’s the first of what they hope might become a monthly event citywide, each one benefiting “a local non-profit that is doing work in response to what is happening nationally and/or that is at risk of losing funding due to what is happening nationally”:
CLAMOR! – a Musical Insurgency
A benefit for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
n. insistent public expression (as of support or protest).
v. to raise an outcry.
There is both solace and power to be found in art, and we need anthems to help us weather this storm and power up for the battles to come. Five amazing musical acts will fill that need on Sunday, April 2, in the first of what we hope will be many such events. Featuring:
6:30 p.m. – The Hinges
7:15 p.m. – Robert Stewart (photo above)
8:00 p.m. – Young Pioneers (photo above)
8:45 p.m. – Ready Steady Go (photo above)
9:30 p.m. – Jason Webley (top video)
Music is the medium — Resistance is the message! Come listen, laugh, dance, cry, scream and shout, and shake your fist at the sky!
Doors open at 5:30 pm (3803 Delridge Way SW), with music starting at 6:30 pm. All ages welcome. Suggested donation $10, and it all goes to NWIRP.
Those are the West Seattle High School students who, this weekend and three nights next week, are telling a musical version of the tale of “Bonnie and Clyde,” which almost a century after their deaths, remains one of America’s most infamous crime stories. As mentioned in this morning’s “West Seattle Saturday“ preview, there’s a special benefit event tonight, raising money for the WSHS drama program, with a pre-performance reception at 6 and the show at 7:30 pm. We visited the WSHS Theater last night to talk with the cast and crew during their pre-show rehearsal.
Given that Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s crime spree was in the 1930s, ending when law enforcers killed them in 1934, we asked the students how they’d heard of Bonnie and Clyde before this. One said her family went to Louisiana last summer and she noticed the historical markers there. Another said he first heard of them when Sarah Hyland, who played Clyde’s sister-in-law Blanche Barrow in the Bonnie & Clyde mini-series, turned up on “Project Runway.” Others had seen the 1967 movie with Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, as well as their memorable Academy Awards appearance earlier this year. But back to the show:
They were rehearsing the Joplin, Missouri, hideout scene when we visited – the “smoke” coming from the car above is from a fog machine.
The show is a co-presentation of the WSHS Drama Club and Music Department – the score is described as “non-traditional, combining blues, gospel, and rockabilly music.” If you can’t get to tonight’s special benefit, “Bonnie & Clyde” plays next week too, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:30 nightly at the WSHS Theater, 3000 California SW, ticket info here. (See the cast list here.)
“If you follow drag queens at all, you know that basically all drag happens on Capitol Hill.” So says West Seattle resident and drag performer Cookie Couture, who is presenting a show – Friday night at The Skylark in North Delridge – aimed at changing that: “West End Girls: A Drag Extravaganza.” “The queens I’ve corralled for this event are some of the best in the city & represent how truly eclectic the drag scene (in Seattle) is.”
Chico Johnson & Miss Kitty Franzia
Friday night will start with the brand-new episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” onscreen at 8 pm; the show starts at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance – available online here – or $10 at the door. The Skylark is at 3803 Delridge Way SW.