West Seattle, Washington
For those asking how to help residents of the units burned in the Green Acres apartment complex fire (WSB coverage here) early Friday – a crowdfunding campaign has just launched. Jilyan Perry, who works less than a block away at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), has organized fundraisers before – two years ago, for Nepal earthquake relief, and she’s in our archives before that as a leader of the cancer-fighting annual Relay for Life. Jilyan tells WSB she’s working on planning a benefit event but wanted “to get the ball rolling” by setting up a GoFundMe page. As reported in our Friday coverage, SFD investigators ruled the fire of “undetermined cause” and estimated damage to units and their contents at half a million dollars.
Catching up on some of the new businesses that are on the way … we start with two Westwood Village notes tonight. The space next to Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor), from which NK Nails moved to take the former Jamba Juice space on the east side of the center, will become a haircut shop called SportClips, according to notices posted on the door. It’s a chain geared toward men – in particular, men who like watching sports on TV, which SportClips promises will be “everywhere” in its shops. The notice on the door says they’re hoping “to open around end of October, beginning of November.” … And on the south side of the center, along Barton, another nationwide company is setting up shop – the long-vacant space that back in 2013 had a Panda Express penciled in is now becoming a branch of ATI Physical Therapy.
Tonight’s the night you can congratulate Frances and John Smersh on 13 years in business with Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) – originally opened in Admiral, then moved to 4540 California SW in The Junction seven years ago. Tonight’s centerpiece – a pop-up in the Click! loft with creations by Click! team members, including this work by Chayse:
You’ll also find some of Frances’s 2-D work (she’s branched out from jewelry) – look for even more during the next West Seattle Art Walk on October 12th. Tonight’s party is on until 8 pm, with treats and in-store specials as the Smershes celebrate another year of selling cool stuff from furnishings to accessories and beyond (including locally themed items you won’t find anywhere else) as well as art and wearables.
The rain stopped in time for the welcoming ceremony and performances at Duwamish Waterway Park (7900 10th Ave. S.) in South Park, where you have until 9 tonight to see the Seattle debut of Lelavision‘s kinetic/musical sculpture Interspecies Communication, also seen at Black Rock City (aka the annual “Burning Man” festival in Nevada – video here).
The performance continues at Duwamish Waterway Park, where other flight sounds have since interrupted (jets) pic.twitter.com/YfqMkfxLxz
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) September 30, 2017
The welcoming featured Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen
Then those gathered at the park saw Vashon-based Lelavision‘s duo ascend the sculpture, and then descend to continue the event.
Participatory “human murmuration” was to follow, and then what Leah Mann promised would be a big dance party. We’re not sure what’ll be happening if you head over when you see this, but the sculpture itself is a sight to see. According to the Kickstarter page with which money was raised for the project, Lelavision hopes it will eventually find a permanent public home.
P.S. Thanks to Tom, who tipped us off to this!
That photo shows one of three donation presentations made this week by VIEWS (Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle), whose Pete Spalding – sending photos and news of the donations – describes it as “a non-partisan community organization comprised of local citizens creating programming to educate, engage & mobilize West Seattle citizens to sustain & improve the quality of life & services available across the peninsula.” At center above, accepting a $250 check from VIEWS, are David Bestock and Nafasi Ferrell of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, with, from left, Chas Redmond, Ron Angeles, Pete Spalding, and Larry Winkler from VIEWS. “This donation of $250 will be used to help support youth and cultural programming that this organization presents to our Delridge Community,” Pete explained. “It was also given in recognition of the untiring efforts of Nafasi Ferrell, who has assisted VIEWS at Delridge Day the last two years in arranging our entertainment.” The other two recipients:
The Associated Recreation Council (ARC) based at the Delridge Community Center. This donation of $2,000 will be used to support the preschool and teen programs offered at the Delridge Community Center.
Wendy Westover (below left) accepted the check.
And on behalf of the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs, Cindi Barker (above right) accepted a $250 donation to help pay for new communication equipment. The VIEWS announcement adds:
Due to scheduling conflicts, VIEWS mainstays Michael Taylor-Judd and Ann Martin were not available for the presentation ceremonies held at the Delridge Community Center.
VIEWS has a history of making donations like these over its history to organizations that are striving to improve and build a better Delridge community. VIEWS organizes the Gathering of Neighbors and Delridge Day festival annually. In addition VIEWS also has hosted city council candidate forums and other community building efforts. If you are interested in the work that VIEWS does and would like to engage with VIEWS, please contact us at wsgathering.org.
Sorry that our list is much later than usual today – we lost some production time to our overnight maintenance work, which is now over and appears to have succeeded (but please let us know if you see anything unusual!). Highlights for the rest of today/tonight:
LAST DAY TO DROP OFF ART FOR SOUTHWEST LIBRARY SHOWCASE: Tomorrow, the show begins – and anyone who has created visual art (up to 3 pieces) to display can be part of it! Full details here. The library’s open until 6 pm tonight. (9010 35th SW)
FROM THE PLAYA TO SOUTH PARK: Happening 3-9 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, featuring art that appeared at Burning Man:
This Seattle premiere of Lelavision’s new performance work featuring Ela Lamblin’s large scale kinetic and musical sculpture, Interspecies Communication, and Leah Mann’s choreography is a performative ritual that brings together diverse local dance and music groups, as well as, audience participants for a “human murmuration” or group behavior game.
Members of the Duwamish Tribe will welcome people to start the event at 3 pm. (7900 10th Ave. S.)
Arts & Crafts (learn how to make a paper lantern), Moon cake sample 4:30-5:30 pm
Lion Dance & Cultural performances 5:30-8:00 pm
Free lantern handout and night walk with the lanterns 8:00-8:15 pm
(2600 SW Thistle)
DON’T ASK: Acoustic-electric mix of original music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
WEST END GIRLS – A DRAG EXTRAVAGANZA: 9 pm at The Skylark, the latest showcase curated by Cookie Couture features this all-star cast:
✪ Betty Wetter
✪ Butylene O’Kipple
✪ Cookie Couture
✪ Fraya Love
✪ Honey Bucket
✪ Londyn Bradshaw
✪ Old Witch
✪ & the debut of Dion Dior Black!
Ticket info here. Seating is first-come first-served. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
PARLIAMENT PARTY CONTINUES: 2nd anniversary celebration at Parliament Tavern continues with Afrocop w/Bill Horist tonight, 9 pm-midnight: “An instrumental based groove quartet that explores otherworldly sound states.” $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
AND MORE … on our complete-calendar page!
Fighting hunger is serious business – but that can be facilitated by fun, like the West Seattle Food Bank‘s games-drinks-and-auction fundraising party “A Grand Affair” in SODO Friday night. The folks who make the Food Bank run were among those mingling (and wrangling) at Westland Distillery – during our stop, we spotted WSFB executive director Fran Yeatts:
Development director Judi Yazzolino (below right) paused for the briefest of instants for a photo with Lora Swift, who by day is West Seattle Junction Association executive director but at “A Grand Affair” was volunteering:
If you haven’t figured it out already, the party was Roaring ’20s-themed, including a “speakeasy”-type entry at the door – below are WSFB’s operations manager Lester Yuh, operations/development assistant Karla Marifjeren, and operations director Steven Curry:
We also found WSFB board president Ben Viscon (who you likely know as winemaker for Viscon Cellars [WSB sponsor]):
Casino-style games enhanced the fun, with Vegas-style winning shrieks around the tables:
Those who preferred cards might have found themselves with a celebrity dealer, radio personality Jodi Brothers from 95.7 The Jet:
Others you might have recognized included Peel and Press (WSB sponsor) proprietor Dan Austin, pouring special cocktails:
Husky Deli‘s Jack Miller was there too, creating floats with his famous ice cream. And all around the venue, easels carried reminders of how and who the WSFB helps.
It’s not just about food – the Food Bank provides clients of all ages with more than 14,000 books a year, for example. So events like the second annual “Grand Affair” help WSFB nourish minds as well as bodies. Within a few days, we’ll know how much tonight’s event raised and we’ll update this story.