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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Ural Thomas and The Pain open 2018 Summer Concerts at Hiawatha

Photos and video by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

This year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha have begun! That’s Ural Thomas and The Pain, up from Portland, shaking the stage tonight for the first of six free Thursday night shows.

The Admiral Neighborhood Association has presented the concert series since 2009, and we’ve been co-sponsoring it since the start. Lots of other community businesses support the series, too, keeping it free.

As usual, the littlest concertgoers were the most prone to getting up and moving to the music. If you missed it, here’s a snippet of sound:

OK, some grownups did dance too:

Next Thursday (July 26th), 6:30 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha, the concerts continue with Good Quiver – see you there!

VIDEO: West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park

7:21 PM: Not on the Hiawatha east lawn yet? You have time to get here and enjoy the West Seattle Big Band‘s only local outdoor concert this summer – the annual Concert in the Park, on until about 8:30 pm, with a special West Seattle Grand Parade-related presentation at intermission around 7:45. The band’s second number was “Warm Breeze,” perfect for this night, as WSBB director Jim Edwards noted.

Bring a chair/blanket and come join the 100+ people already enjoying the music – free!

7:35 PM: Ever seen the legendary CC at Chelan Café on Monday nights (6-9 pm)? She’s a special guest tonight:

And she’ll be back before the show’s over!

8:43 PM: The concert’s wrapping up with “New York, New York.” More to add when we’re back at HQ!

ADDED: More photos! Vocalists Jenaige Lane and Jeff Carter:

The band:

Yes, some people danced!

The program was mostly classics – plus an old rock song, Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.” CC was back for songs including “All of Me“:

Jenaige sang “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing“:

Watch for the West Seattle Big Band’s performances at a variety of venues around the area – especially school benefits, a special focus of this group that has its roots at West Seattle High School.

TUESDAY: Cool off with West Seattle Big Band’s Concert in the Park

(Video courtesy West Seattle Big Band)

Tomorrow (Tuesday) night, the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center is the place to be – you can stay cool(er) in the shade while enjoying a free concert by the West Seattle Big Band! 7 pm Tuesday will be the start time for this year’s WSBB Concert in the Park. It’s co-sponsored by WSB and the West Seattle Grand Parade, with a special tie between the parade and the concert – again this year, the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community will be presented during the concert. As noted here last week, this year’s trophy recipient will be recently retired West Seattle High School baseball and golf coach Velko Vitalich – that means he’ll be riding toward the start of the parade (which begins at 11 am Saturday, southbound on California SW from SW Lander in The Admiral District to SW Edmunds in The Junction). But first, be on the Hiawatha lawn tomorrow night to enjoy great music – with special guest vocalist CC! – and community spirit; bring a chair/blanket to sit on, and look for the stage along Walnut south of Lander.

West Seattle Monday: Light-rail meeting, music, more!

(2 young Anna’s Hummingbirds, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Happy Monday! Here are highlights of what’s ahead today/tonight:

SOUND STEPS WEEKLY WALK: 10 am in Lincoln Park. If you can’t catch this one, see our calendar listing for how to participate in future walks! (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WADING POOLS: Open today in West SeattleLincoln Park (11 am-8 pm; 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW); Delridge (12 noon-6:30 pm; Delridge Way/Genesee)

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: 1 pm-7 pm blood drive at Our Lady of Guadalupe (closed 3-4 pm for a break), open to the public. (35th/Myrtle)

LIGHT RAIL STAKEHOLDER ADVISORY GROUP: The Sound Transit West Seattle/Ballard light-rail project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group meets 5-8 pm at ST’s board room downtown. Open to the public for observation, but there’s no comment period. (401 S. Jackson)

IF YOU SEE THE ALL-CITY BAND AT SEACREST … tonight is on the calendar as their annual photo night, not a formal performance or public event but always quite the spectacle so we’re mentioning it. And you of course can catch them in the West Seattle Grand Parade next Saturday! *Just got word this is postponed until NEXT Monday

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS, WEEK 3: Third of four Monday nights for the Seattle Chamber Music Society‘s free series at Delridge Community Center Park – at 7:30 pm, a student ensemble plays live, and then at 8 pm the sound system carries live audio from the SCMS Summer Festival concert at Benaroya Hall. (The live music returns during the concert’s intermission.) Bring your own blanket/chair! (Genesee/26th SW)

MONDAY QUIZ: Every Monday at 7:30 pm, all ages, prizes – longrunning quiz night at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

BIG WEEK AHEAD … preview our complete calendar (with more updates added every day) here!

VIDEO: Shannon & The Clams at West Seattle Summer Fest

(WSB photos/video. Above, band leader Shannon Shaw)

Up from the Bay Area to headline the second night of West Seattle Summer Fest, behold Shannon and The Clams! We recorded video of parts of the first three songs in their Summer Fest set:

The group’s bio notes they’ve toured and recorded extensively in the near-decade since they formed. They were introduced – as were Friday night’s headliners The Briefs – by West Seattle musician Brent Amaker.

No late-night concert for Summer Fest’s final day – when the festival wraps up Sunday at 5, that means everything. But it’ll be going out in style with the always-popular Dusty 45s at 4 pm (see the full schedule here).

COUNTDOWN: 1 week until 2018 Summer Concerts at Hiawatha start!

Before we get to the big list of what’s up today/tonight, yet another summer-fun countdown reminder: We are now exactly a week away from the first of this summer’s six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association (with co-sponsors including WSB). Here’s the lineup as announced back in May for these six free 6:30 pm outdoor concerts on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (along Walnut south of Lander). First up next Thursday (July 19th) – Ural Thomas and The Pain. Bring a chair/blanket – see you there!

Morgan Junction mural restoration complete – with Easter eggs!

(WSB photos)

After 176 hours spread across 22 days, the Morgan Junction mural restoration is complete! (See a “before” image here.) We stopped by this afternoon as restoration artist Bob Henry met with project masterminds Dan Austin – who first hatched the idea more than 2 1/2 years ago – and Lora Swift.

We also got a tour of the “Easter eggs” you can look for in the finished work (west wall of the building on the southwest corner of Fauntleroy/California) – like a license plate honoring a key figure in the West Seattle murals’ creation and restoration, Earl Cruzen:

And another one in honor of this particular mural’s co-creator:

The restorer added a self-portrait too:

Next up in the quest to restore the murals – the Mosquito Fleet mural on the east side of the Campbell Building in The Junction.

VIDEO: Music Under The Stars at Delridge CC Park, rain or shine!

7:36 PM: A raindrop here and there isn’t getting in the way of the second of four Music Under The Stars events, presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society at Delridge Community Center Park (Genesee/26th) – live music by a student ensemble until 8, then live audio streamed in from the SCMS Summer Festival concert at Benaroya Hall. (Added – two longer clips from the live-at-Delridge mini-concert:)

Free – and North Delridge’s own Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) is here too with a kids’ activity booth.

7:59 PM: The live concert has ended – but the UW student musicians (who are awesome – we’ll add a clip or two when back at HQ) will be back during intermission, the SCMS rep has announced. Also: A prize drawing for everybody here – concert tickets. We’re headed in but the live audio from downtown is just about to start and there’s a lot of fun to be had at the park. (The drizzle, by the way, has long since stopped.)

More West Seattle outdoor music! 2018 lineup for Summer Concerts at The Mount

(WSB photo from 2017 Summer Concerts at The Mount)

In a summer full of outdoor music – West Seattle Summer Fest, Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, the Alki Art Fair, SPF 30, and more – here’s the newest lineup: Summer Concerts at The Mount! Four free Friday night shows on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent campus (4831 35th SW). We just checked in with The Mount after a reader question, and found out this is the plan:

Aug. 3rd: The Abbagraphs
Playing the pop hits of ABBA and the disco era

Aug. 10th: The Illusion of Elvis by Danny Vernon
The King is back by popular demand!

Aug. 17th: Maia Santell and House Blend
Jazz, Big Band, Contemporary Favorites and Classic Hits

Aug. 24th: The 85th Street Big Band
Featuring swing favorites from the 30s, 40s & 50s

Dinner: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Live music: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Dinner is optional and available for purchase at all Mount concerts.

More summer music: West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park coming up!

(WSB photo from 2017 concert)

Now that outdoor summer music season has begun in a big way, we want to be sure the West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park is on your calendar! It’s on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (along Walnut south of Lander), 7 pm Tuesday, July 17th, free and fun. This year, WSBB director Jim Edwards tells us, they’ll have a special guest – “CC,” who you might know as a regular performer at Chelan Café. Haven’t seen the WSBB before? Here’s the band’s history – dating back more than 20 years, with a tradition of not only musical excellence, but also support for local schools. All you have to bring on the 17th is a blanket or chair, picnic dinner if you feel like it, the family, the neighbors, whoever else, and get ready for a one-of-a-kind summer concert (you can get up and dance too). See you there!

VIDEO: This summer’s first ‘Music Under the Stars’ concert in Delridge

7:41 PM: The evening sunshine is gracing the park outside Delridge Community Center as the Seattle Chamber Music Society‘s first of four “Music Under the Stars concerts gets under way.

As previewed this morning, University of Washington graduate students are playing until 8 pm, when the event switches to live audio from the society’s Summer Festival concert at Benaroya Hall.

This is free, and kids are welcome – the West Seattle Art Nest is in fact here with activities for any young attendees who are interested. Just bring your own blanket or chair. If you can’t make it to this one – the series continues for each of the next three Monday nights, 7:30 pm at Delridge/26th. More video, plus photos, when we’re back at HQ.

8:07 PM: The broadcast from Benaroya has begun, and we’ve moved on, but a beautiful night full of music continues at the park. And before leaving, we heard something we hadn’t heard before – the live musicians return when the Benaroya broadcast concert goes to intermission, so it’s not too late to head to the park for in-person music as well as the live audio feed.

9:23 PM: Photos added; another clip to come added:

Tonight’s musicians were Caitlin Beare and Brian Schappals on clarinet, Abbey Blackwell on bass, and Emerson Wahl on drums. Their program had a big helping of jazz.

TONIGHT: ‘Music Under the Stars’ returns to Delridge Community Center park

(File photo from Music Under the Stars @ Delridge, courtesy SCMS)

Just one major calendar highlight for today/tonight (the full list of what’s going on is here): The first of four free Music Under the Stars mini-concerts at Delridge Community Center park! This is the third year that the Seattle Chamber Music Society has presented this free outdoor classical-music series, perfect for a picnic dinner. It starts at 7:30 pm with live music by a student ensemble and continues at 8 pm with live audio from the SCMS’s Summer Festival at Benaroya Hall. (Tonight, SCMS tells us, “The ensemble is a quartet of UW grad students. They will be performing a variety of music, combining in various ways as the UW Grad Clarinet Duo, UW Jazz Trio, and the UW Clarinet and Bass Duo.”) As shown in the photo, you’ll find the event north of the community center, toward the west side of the park (Genesee/26th is the best locator). See you there!

HAPPENING NOW: Art-studio open house at Apartment On Belmont

(Photo courtesy Michael Doyle)

You might recognize Michael Doyle, at left, from his dozen years at West 5 (WSB sponsor). Today, you are invited to an open house at his studio as he launches his next adventure: “I’m hanging up the towel to pursue my illustration work full time. … The event is a way to say thank you to the community and goodbye to a lot of wonderful customers from West 5.” He and Samantha Wagner invite you to their illustration company, Apartment On Belmont, now through 6 pm, at 41st SW/SW Genesee. You’ll find them in the building off the parking lot on the southwest side of the intersection “in the burgundy building, take the stairs on the right!”

FEEDBACK TIME! Which version of the future Roxhill Elementary at EC Hughes mural do you like best?

Lots of new mural art happening around West Seattle – but you don’t always hear about it until it’s done. This time, not only has there been lots of advance word, now you have a chance to voice your views on the design options! It’s about the mural going on the corner shown above, as Roxhill Elementary moves to EC Hughes in Sunrise Heights:

Friends of Roxhill Elementary invites the community to view and share feedback on three options for a public art mural to be painted at the intersection of 32nd Ave SW and SW Holden St. Artist Henry Luke has been working with the Roxhill and southwest West Seattle community to identify themes and create a concept for the mural. Informed by hours of interviews, outreach and personal conversations, Henry has imagined a story of migration and resilience, with connections to history and our shared sense of home in the shadow of Mt. Rainier.

Share your thoughts in the online form linked here [where you can see the three options]. This is the story of Roxhill, told by our community members, featuring images and people important to our history and our future. We want the mural to be a beacon of safety, comfort and hope for all people, and reflect a shared sense of identity and meaning as we move into our new school. Please keep our community’s goals in mind as you share feedback and thoughts. Thank you!

This project has been made possible by a partnership between Friends of Roxhill Elementary and Seattle Public Schools, with funds provided by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund. The mural will be painted later in the summer and unveiled in the fall.

Work is getting close to wrapping up at the renovated EC Hughes – we’ll take you inside the school in another story coming up!

FOLLOWUP: Movie crew in West Seattle

As previewed here last night, a movie crew has been busy in north West Seattle this morning, shooting “driving scenes” for an unspecified FOX movie (which one educated guesser suggests is likely the Seattle-set The Art of Racing in the Rain,” based on the book by Seattle author Garth Stein, which otherwise has been primarily shooting in Vancouver, B.C.). They had cleared Hamilton Viewpoint Park by the time we checked around 9:30, but we found them in the Duwamish Head vicinity, including the boom-equipped car above and another car being prepped at Don Armeni Boat Ramp:

That’s also where the telltale signs of a film crew – unmarked trucks – were parked:

It’s all supposed to be wrapped up before noon.

MONDAY ALERT: Movie crew in north West Seattle tomorrow

4:33 PM: Heads up for North Admiral and the Harbor Island waterfront downhill – a film crew will be working in the area tomorrow morning (Monday, June 25th). Signs in the area and a notice to North Admiral neighbors (thanks to the resident who shared it) indicate that:

*Hamilton Viewpoint Park will be closed in the morning
*Traffic will be held in the area, a few minutes at a time, including on the California Way hill
*No parking along a section of Harbor Avenue in the morning, mostly east of Luna/Anchor Park (the signs are already up)

The North Admiral neighborhood notice said the crew “will be filming upcoming scenes for a movie that will include driving shots.” What movie? Doesn’t say, and we haven’t yet figured it out. After an e-mail went unanswered, we reached the location manager by phone. He apologized that he couldn’t comment but said he had forwarded our original request for more information to “FOX PR.” And, he said, they’re going to keep it as low-impact as possible.

10:03 PM: We have one educated guess that this might be the movie – set in Seattle, currently doing principal photography in Vancouver, and what better place to get a Seattle backdrop than here?

Music, drama, cooking, sewing interest your potential camper(s)? Come to Mode’s summer-camp fair Sunday!

June 23, 2018 8:32 pm
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From Erin Rubin of Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) and its nonprofit offshoot Mode Music and Performing Arts:

We’ve got a summer camp fair tomorrow (Sunday) from 12 pm-3:00 pm at our nonprofit space Mode Music and Performing Arts (3801 Delridge Way SW) and invite all to come – we’ll have a prize wheel, open music, crafts and more! It’ll be followed by the All-Ages Open Mic at The Skylark (next door).

Signup available for all Mode camps:

“Mode Music and Performing Arts All-Day Drama Camps”
M-F 9-3:30 (before and after care available)

“Mode Music Studios Rock Band Camps”
M-F 9-11:30 and 12-2:30 with a Saturday performance at The Skylark

“Little Hands Rainy Day Studios All-Day Sewing/Cooking/Music Camps”
M-F 9-3:00 (after care available)

Here’s the grid showing dates and themes for the camps. Erin adds, “Our summer camps are offering partial and full scholarships for families in need.”

P.S. All are welcome to play in the “open music” during the fair. Plus – this fall Mode is carrying out its mission of bringing arts programming to local schools – 13 schools in the fall, Erin says, with discounted and free programming to local Title I schools, funded by proceeds from after-school programs: “Our goal is to bring music and theater to students in our area and create equity in our Seattle Public Schools.” But first, it’s camp time, so go check out Mode’s fair on Sunday afternoon!

TONIGHT: Neighbors invited to concert west of The Junction

Just got word that the traditional end-of-school neighborhood concert near Ercolini Park is on tonight – featuring the band DAD, 6:30 pm-9 pm. Neighbors are invited to the concert – BYO chairs and food/drink (an adjacent pig roast is not a public event). Kids will be playing in the park during the concert; all ages welcome. Free but if you care to donate, it’ll go to support the Genesee Hill Elementary music program.

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Art Walk, June 2018 edition

June 14, 2018 6:16 pm
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6:16 PM: It’s on! You are invited to get out and enjoy the June 2018 West Seattle Art Walk right now. We featured this month’s map and venue list in our daily preview – one of this month’s featured venues is Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), with three watercolor artists in the house tonight, and Click! shared the photo. Remember that food and beverage venues are on the list too, some with specials you can enjoy while out on the Art Walk. More to come!

7:51 PM: On the other side of the street, we stopped by CAPERS (4525 California SW), which is spotlighting painter Magdalena Cooney:

While you’re there, wish proprietor Lisa Myers “happy anniversary”:

CAPERS has been in business for 33 years!

Seen under the bridge: Harbor/Spokane work begins (with new detours ahead); new signal-box art appears

Seen on our way back from low-low tide photos:

HARBOR/SPOKANE WORK BEGINS: As previewed earlier this week, work is now under way on the Harbor/Spokane project. That lane – westbound Spokane to north/westbound Harbor – will be kept open during peak pm commute hours, 3 to 7 pm weekdays, per SDOT, but remember that continuous work is planned this weekend.

ADDED THURSDAY EVENING: More info on upcoming Alki Trail closure/detours:

Starting Monday, June 18, crews will close part of the Alki Trail in order to remove sections of the sidewalk and road in preparation for the safety improvement work at the intersection. This phase of work is expected to take 3 weeks (construction dates and duration are subject to change). We wanted to share with you the Alki Trail detour information for people walking and biking.

People walking and biking will be detoured around the work zone as appropriate. The detour routes are:

Eastbound bikes on the Alki Trail

Continue south, past SW Spokane St, to SW Avalon Way
Left onto SW Yancy St
Left onto 28th Ave SW
Right onto SW Andover St
Continue east, across Delridge Way SW, and onto the trail
Detour signs will be posted along this route. A temporary crossing will be added for people biking to cross from the Alki Trail to the west side of Harbor Ave SW. Once on Harbor Ave SW, people biking will merge with traffic and continue following the detour to SW Avalon Way.

Westbound bikes on the Alki Trail

Detoured south toward 22nd Ave SW
Right onto SW Andover St
Left onto 28th Ave SW
Right onto SW Yancy St
Right onto SW Avalon Way
Continue north onto Harbor Ave SW to reconnect with the Alki Trail
Detour signs will be posted at the east end of the trail, directing people biking toward 22nd Ave SW.

People walking eastbound and westbound on the Alki Trail

A uniformed police officer will direct people walking at the intersection of Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane St

Please note: Bikes will not be able to access the walking detour route and must follow the signed bike detour route.

(back to original story) Nearby, under the bridge, along SW Manning, we noticed this:

NEW SIGNAL-BOX ART: The rose-covered signal box is signed by Desmond (aka Graves) Hansen. It’s not mentioned on his Instagram page or elsewhere that we’ve found, so we don’t know yet if this is the finished work or, like the box at California/Graham, another tribute portrait might eventually be painted onto it. As mentioned here earlier this week, he’ll be painting a mural of and at the Morgan Junction Community Festival this Saturday, starting at 1 pm, at Morgan Junction Park [map].

YOU’RE INVITED! Chief Sealth IHS 10th graders’ first film festival

June 13, 2018 10:05 am
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Before we get to today’s highlight list – one to put on your calendar for tomorrow: A festival of short films created by 10th graders at Chief Sealth International High School. The photos shared with us show some of the students collaborating as they edit their films in the project’s final week.

Their work will be shown during the school day tomorrow and then at three evening showings to which you’re invited: 5 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8 pm at the CSIHS Auditorium (2600 SW Thistle). Some of the filmmakers will participate in panel discussions – it’s all detailed on the festival’s website. That’s also where you can see what the films are about – as described in the announcement we received, “local issues that are most important to students of this generation.” From the evening screenings’ schedules, just a few examples:

-“Humanizing the Homeless”
-“Immigration: Our Story”
-“Hip Hop/Rap Shows the Message of the Time”
-“Fishing for Clues”
-“Lockdown”
-“Perceptions of Body Image”

There’s even a short about “Juice the God,” the local rapper murdered downtown for whom a memorial is still in place barely a block northeast of the campus. See the world through the eyes of the up-and-coming generation, tomorrow night at Chief Sealth.

CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth International High School musicians’ Southern California success

Thanks to John Christensen from Denny-Sealth Performing Arts for the report!

The Chief Sealth HS Music program was in Los Angeles / Disneyland last weekend for the 2018 Music in the Parks / Disney Magic Music Days. During the Music program they were awarded for their performances.

(Photos courtesy Zachariah MacIntyre)

Choir received First Place AAA HS Choir and Best Overall (Excellent Rating) – Brittany Delong – Director

Orchestra received First Place AAA HS Orchestra and Best Overall (Excellent Rating) – Jorge Morales – Director

Jazz Band received First Place AAA HS Jazz Band (Superior Rating) – Marcus Pimpelton – Director

Eli Allen-White was awarded the Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award.

We are proud of them.

You can cheer the Sealth musicians in person next Wednesday – the final orchestra/band concert of the year is at 7 pm (June 13th).

VIDEO: Thunderpussy returns to West Seattle Junction, celebrating album release with Easy Street Records show

June 2, 2018 9:16 pm
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Last summer, Thunderpussy performed in the West Seattle Junction, headlining Summer Fest. Tonight, they were back in The Junction, taking the stage at Easy Street Records in honor of their debut album:

Easy Street proprietor Matt Vaughan welcomed the crowd:

After a busy day on the peninsula, it was definitely one of tonight’s hot tickets, with the ESR performance space filling up pre-show:

Sighted outside pre-show: County Executive Dow Constantine and 4-year-old daughter Sabrina:

Tonight’s Easy Street show kicked off an international tour.

Thunderpussy is headed back east, then to Canada, and beyond, starting next week.

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