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Entries from August 2009

Easy Street giving away Bumbershoot tickets

August 31st, 2009 by Thea

With Labor Day weekend just five days away, many Seattleites have one thing on their minds: Bumbershoot! And if you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, you could always win them from Easy Street Records, who will be giving away a pair of tickets for each day of the three-day festival.

For information on how to enter, click here. You can buy tickets here, or at the stands (incentive to enter the contest: a one-day pass goes for $50!).

The festival is celebrating it’s 38th year in Seattle this year. It is put on by One Reel.

(As always, thanks to Jesse and Easy Street Records for the image!)

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My Ballard nominated for journalism award

August 31st, 2009 by Thea

Our sister site, My Ballard (and Next Door Media) has been nominated for an Online Journalism Award in the “community collaboration” category. Proof that neighborhood sites are powered by the communities they serve!

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Queen Anne street art

August 31st, 2009 by Thea

Walking around the hill over the last few days, I’ve come across some cute anonymous street art.

This little ladybug is right outside Ten Mercer, on Mercer Street.

This rocket ship is on an electrical box on Queen Anne Ave N. and Aloha.

Has anyone else come across any cute, random, anonymous art in Queen Anne recently?

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Public meeting called concerning land use application on Perkins Lane

August 31st, 2009 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development is holding a meeting to review that application for a second single-family structure on a 15,547 sq. ft. lot in what the city describes as an “environmentally critical area.”

The application concerns the lot at 2801 Perkins Lane W. an area zoned as archaeological buffer area, conservancy recreation, fish & wildlife habitat area, flood prone, potential slide area, Shoreline habitat buffer, steep slope and single family/urban residential.

The public meeting will be a forum for written and oral comment on the project, and will be held on Tuesday, September 15, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Magnolia Branch of the Seattle Public Library, located at  2801 34th Ave. W.

To obtain a copy of the proposed plans and other application materials, see the DPD Public Resource Center at 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, or call (206) 684-8467.

For more information, see the Seattle DPD land use information bulletin.

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Michael Jackson flash mob ‘beat it’ at Kerry Park

August 30th, 2009 by Thea

Around 3 p.m. yesterday a flash mob gathered at Kerry Park and danced to Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ for what would have been the late pop star’s 51st birthday. The mob at the famous Queen Anne viewpoint, was the last of three that happened all around the city yesterday, put on by One Degree Events.

Above is a video that shows all three flash mobs – first in Pioneer Square at 1:10 p.m., then at Pike Place Market at 2:05, and then at our very own Kerry Park. One Degree Events says that over 300 people participated. And as you can see, this was a very coordinated event.

Kept super secret until the very end, the locations of the three events were only released to participants who showed up at Cal Anderson Park at 10 a.m. this morning at to learn the choreography. That’s one dedicated group of flash mobbers!

We think MJ would have been proud.

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This weekend in Queen Anne

August 28th, 2009 by Thea

It’s a busy weekend on the hill with so much to do and oh, so little time.

Saturday is going to the arts, with “Uptown Stroll” and “Art in the Alley” – two opportunities to check out what local artists are up to these days (and guess what, both are free!)

Uptown Stroll: A Festival of Art in Action” will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Counterbalance Park, located at the intersection of Roy Street and Queen Anne Ave. N.

In the afternoon head over to “Art in the Alley” located in (you guessed it!) the alley between 9th and 10th avenues, at 1610 10th Avenue West (open from 2-6 p.m.).

Or, for an early start (11:30 a.m.), participate in a pub crawl for a good cause.  Join “Ring Around the Needle” and help raise money for the Melissa Erickson Foundation, the UW basketball star suffering with ALS. More information here.

Also on Saturday hit the Queen Anne library (open until 6 p.m.), because as of Sunday Seattle Public Libraries will be closed until September 8th! (Some locations will be open for a few hours on Sunday, like the Central and Ballard locations. For a list of locations and their hours, click here.) Thanks to Queen Anne Mama for the update!

Don’t forget, the Aurora Bridge will be down to one lane of traffic in each direction Sunday night, from 5 p.m. to midnight.

And if you have any extra time during this jam-packed weekend, why not try one of Queen Anne’s historic stairway treks?

Enjoy the weekend!

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“Uptown Stroll” – a festival of creating art

August 28th, 2009 by Thea

The ninth annual “Uptown Stroll: A Festival of Art in Action” is happening tomorrow, Saturday, August 28, at Counterbalance Park. The event will be going on all day – from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – and will include around 50 local artists who will be creating artwork right there on the spot.

Many of the artists are returning participants, though quite a few are newcomers eager to join in the festival tradition. The event is free to the public, and viewers are encouraged to watch the artists at work, ask questions and engage in conversation.

Art ranges from paintings and pottery to jewelry making, puppeteering, balloon art, craft projects, and music and spoken word (to name just a few). Works created at the “Uptown Stroll” will be available for purchase during the event.

Counterbalance Park is located at the intersection of Roy Street and Queen Anne Ave. N. For more information call (206) 283-9047.

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We hear Citizen creperie is opening next week

August 28th, 2009 by Thea

One of our readers tells us Citizen creperie, currently under construction next to Werner’s Crash Shop on Taylor and Roy, is opening for business on Tuesday, September 1!

Our reader/Queen Anne resident writes,

This morning I asked a man working outside on a picnic table. He said they just were finishing up and would be open 9/1. :)

Last time we checked in, they were slated to open at the end of the month. But what’s a few days waiting when there are sweet, sweet crepes involved? We’re still waiting to hear back from the owner, Suzana Olmos. We’ll keep you updated when we get confirmation on the opening date.

Citizen is located at 706 Taylor Ave N. on Lower Queen Anne.

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Two Queen Anne artists open their doors for “Art in the Alley” this weekend

August 28th, 2009 by Thea

Swing by “Art in the Alley” this Saturday as two Queen Anne artists, Jennifer Phillips and Jean Bradbury, open their studios to the public and showcase work by a total of eleven local artists.

The event is located in the alley between 9th and 10th avenues, at 1610 10th Avenue West from 2-6 p.m. this Saturday, August 29. There you can sip wine and snacks while you meet and greet with the artists, view their work, check out gifts, prints and original pieces, and have a good time.

This is the first year Bradbury and Phillips, who happen to be neighbors, have done the event.

Bradbury writes,

The idea comes from wanting to share my latest work with friends…I keep inviting people to the studio and then realized I should have everyone over at the same time.

According to Phillips, Bradbury organized the whole event, which has now turned into a local artist soiree.

I live two doors down from her and being that we are both artist’s, she so graciously invited me to open my studio doors as well. So we both invited a few of our artist friends to hang work with us at our studios and viola! Now we have 11 artists all coming together to share our beautiful work!

The artists participating in “Art in the Alley” include Chris Rollins, Amy Hevron, Nick Orban, Lori Ransom, Dave Badders, Ethan Jack Harrington, Susan Melrath, and of course, Jennifer Phillips and Jean Bradbury.

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Sunset magazine highlights QA’s historic stairs

August 28th, 2009 by Thea

I finally got my hands on a copy of the latest Sunset Magazine (the September issue) and sure enough, there is in fact a three-page spread dedicated to Queen Anne.

Our neighborhood hill has – count them – 121 hidden public stairways. And for the “Inside Seattle” city scape feature, writer Kathryn True highlights four can’t-miss routes for urban hiking up and down Queen Anne’s historic staircases.

For those of you who aren’t able to pick up a copy, here are True’s top picks:

The Galer Traverse: a nine stairway, 225-step (QA’s longest!) route beginning at the East Queen Anne Greenbelt and ending at the Galer Crown, the highest stairs on the hill.

From Kinnear Park to Kerry Park: soaks in the views from Kinnear to Parsons Gardens Park to Wilcox Wall and finally Kerry Park, where you can catch a view of the whole city.

The Garden Route: Start at Soundview Terrace Park and make you way over to the Interbay P-Patch Community Garden for a tour of colorful gardens with a view of the Olympic mountains in the background. (P.s. Keep you eye out for pick-able blackberries along the way).

The Romantic Walk: Begin at the Comstock Grande Dame and make your way down the “kissing” staircase just a hop and a skip away from Queen Anne Avenue.

Back in February True did a longer piece about Queen Anne’s hidden stairways for the Seattle Times. Read that story here.

For a hand-drawn (and waterproof!) map of Queen Anne’s historic stairways, check out the “Map of the (Oft) Pedestrian Public Stairs of Queen Anne Hill”, created by Thomas Horton, an architect and cartographer who lives on Queen Anne Hill. You can pick one up at Queen Anne Books for $5, or order it online from the Queen Anne Historical Society.

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QA Farmers Market keeps the summer spirit alive

August 28th, 2009 by Thea

Seattle Times writer and illustrator Gabriel Campanario, swung by the Queen Anne Farmers Market yesterday afternoon, and says a trip to the top of the hill “is worth it for an extra dose of summer spirit.”

The Queen Anne Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. at Queen Anne Ave. N. and West Crockett Street through October 1. That means there are only five more chances to enjoy the fresh eats, chef demos, book signings and live music at the market this year. Don’t miss out!

To read Campanario’s piece, click here.

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Deadline to register for PARK(ing) Day tomorrow

August 27th, 2009 by Thea

Want to bring PARK(ing) day to Queen Anne? The last day to register with organizer Feet First is tomorrow, Friday, August 28.

For more information on global PARK(ing) Day, and how to participate, click here.

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