First movies and now concerts – we should paint more murals in this city. Beginning tomorrow, August 2, KEXP and Seattle Center present a series of concerts at the Mural Amphitheater.
The free concert series runs every Friday night from August 2 to August 23 Tomorrow’s concert, co-presented by No Depression, begins at 5:30pm and features “retro and danceable JD McPherson, folk rockers Rose Windows, and the underground blues of GravelRoad.”
So grab a blanket, pack some snacks, and head on down to the mural. If you’re 21 or over there’s even a bar to help you kick back and appreciate our wonderful summer weather while enjoying these great free concerts. Check out all the bands and some of their music in the list below.
KEXP and Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural 2013
One of the fun summer things to do around Queen Anne kicks off this Saturday – the Seattle Center Movies at the Mural run every Saturday from July 27th through August 24th. All of the movies start at 9pm (dusk), shown on a 45-foot screen at the Mural Amphitheatre.
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Center
The Seattle Center pitches these free movies as “the perfect destination for a gathering of friends and family or casual weekend date” – plus, great entertainment!
This is the 9th year of Movies at the Mural, and all movies are free with quite a few family-friendly flicks on the list. The Seattle Center advises people to arrive early, and bring a blanket for the sloped Mural Amphitheatre. For your seating comfort, low-back chairs and bean-bags are recommended – but no large bags, large coolers/ice chests, umbrellas or audio/video recorders please.
Movie-goers are welcome to bring a picnic or you can purchase dinner from select Seattle Center Armory food merchants. Seating at Movies at the Mural is first-come, first-served, and four-legged friends are not allowed, so leave your pup at home.
Without further ado, here are the films scheduled for the summer, with descriptions courtesy of the Seattle Center:
The Princess Bride – PG, July 27
The beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, crafty Sicilians and rodents of unusual size.
Hugo – PG, Aug. 3
When his father dies, 12-year-old orphan Hugo takes up residence behind the walls of a Parisian train station. There, he meets Isabelle, the daughter of filmmaker Georges Méliès, who holds the key to Hugo’s destiny.
The Avengers (2012) – PG 13, Aug. 10
Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.
The Help – PG 13, Aug. 17
In 1960s Jackson, Miss., aspiring writer Eugenia Phelan crosses taboo racial lines by conversing with Aibileen Clark about her life as a housekeeper, and their ensuing friendship upsets the fragile dynamic between the haves and the have-nots. When other long-silent black servants begin opening up to Eugenia, the disapproving conservative Southern town soon gets swept up in the turbulence of changing times.
Les Misérables (2012) – PG 13, Aug. 24
Nominated for eight Academy Awards in 2013, the musical version of Victor Hugo’s epic tale of love and sacrifice, first produced for the stage in 1985, now receives the big-screen treatment. The bloody era of the French Revolution is the backdrop to Jean Valjean’s long struggle for redemption.
A couple months ago, Shakespeare in the Park plays were scheduled across the city by different theatre troupes, but nothing for Queen Anne. That sad situation has changed however, with local troupe GreenStage bringing Shakespeare in the Park to Queen Anne – and there’s a twist!
Photo courtesy of Ken Holmes, GreenStage
The Backyard Bard series makes Shakespeare fun and accessible with a free one-hour production with only 4 actors. That’s right – 4 actors, 1 hour, tons of fun! Green Stage has been performing Twelfth Night since 2008 as a show-for-hire (think theme parties, community events, actual backyards, etc), and now they’re taking the show on tour to 10 Seattle locations – and for the first time, Queen Anne is on the schedule.
David Rodgers Park will be the stage for the four actors who will perform two of Shakespeare’s comedies with a fast-paced, fun approach.
According to GreenStage:
“It is our hope, and our mission, to take Backyard Bard to all the places where a bit of poetry in the sun might bring new possibilities to new audiences, start new conversations with new friends of GreenStage, and make it even easier for people to… go see a play.”
Photo courtesy of Ken Holmes, GreenStage
So, pack a blanket and snacks and head to Rogers Park this Friday, July 26th at 7pm for Twelfth Night and/or Sunday, August 11th at 3pm for The Merry Wives of Windsor. The plays will be staged in the southeast corner of the park, near the intersection of W. Raye St. and 1st Ave. W.
And, if you’re new to Shakespeare or need a refresher, check out the following synopses from Green Stage:
Twelfth Night – Friday, July 26, 7pm
Shipwrecked in Illyria, separated from her twin brother Sebastian, Viola disguises herself as a man and hides in the court of her nation’s enemy, Duke Orsino, who also happens to be the man of her dreams. The course of true love ne’er ran less smoothly than in this delightful tale of mistaken identity, passions poetically misdirected, and two or three or four hearts bourne aloft on the clumsy wings of romance.
The Merry Wives of Windsor – Sunday, August 11, 3pm
Falstaff is experiencing an economic downturn. What better way to refill his empty purse than to woo two wealthy married women he’s only just met? What could possibly go laughably, horribly wrong for this beloved, famous knight? Discover the heights to which a noble suitor will pretend to aspire, and the depths to which he’ll also sink, just to win the hearts and coffers of women much, much smarter than he.
Looking to find some unique handmade items for yourself or as gifts? This Saturday, Red Square Yoga is hosting an Arts & Crafts Open House featuring local artists and crafters, conveniently located under one roof. Stop by Red Square Yoga at 1911 10th Ave W on Saturday between noon and 5pm to check out the featured artists.
What can you find? Handmade and ecofriendly items that will include jewelry, pottery, housewares, wall art, cards, organic body care products, clothing, bags, accessories, and more. Plus, refreshments! So, if you’re looking to shop local and support local artists, check out the open house. Here’s a list of the artists who’ll be on hand:
A nice weekend is on tap (per our local meteorologists), so check out some outdoor activities this weekend, including the Bigelow Block Sale, Lower Kinnear Park work party, a concert at the Ballard Locks, or a Queen Anne Historical Walking Tour.
520 Bridge: closed to traffic 11pm Friday, May 31 to 5am Monday, June 3
Happy Memorial Day (aka Folklife Festival) weekend! Be prepared for lots of traffic around Lower Queen Anne/Uptown and scarce parking as thousands (SDOT estimates 10K) descend upon the Seattle Center for the free festival, which runs Friday through Monday.
The SPU Theatre department describes the play as a twist on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale with the prince turned into a frog when he refuses to give up a bouquet of flowers. The Prince and his Servingman embark on a journey to find the only Milkmaid who can undo the spell.
Mamet’s version of the classic Grimm fairy tale was first staged in 1982 as a short play in Chicago in 1982. The Chicago Tribune described it as follows:
“In Mamet’s treatment, this familiar tale is a tender and witty account of the prince’s education, from spoiled snob to loving friend. Through adversity, he learns the value of devotion and bravery, and becomes a sadder, wiser and better person because of it… The play, only about a half-hour long, is a beautifully constructed work, beginning and ending with the prince picking a bunch of flowers in the woods. In between those two events, however, Mamet shows, in a few spare scenes and with a few simple words, how much the character of the once vain and selfish prince has changed.”
SPU promises it will provide entertainment for the whole family, but notes that children under 5 will not be admitted. On their Facebook page, they suggest that a 4th grader will enjoy it, but it may not hold the attention of a 1st grader.
The production runs May 21-25, with a 2pm matinee performance only on the 25th. All performances begin at 7:30pm except for May 25, which is a matinee only performance at 2pm. Tickets are $6 each, with group rates available for 20 or more.
For tickets, visit the box office online or call 206.281.2959.
Sherlock Holmes first came to life in 1886 in the page of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A” Study in Scarlet” – a work that he wrote in 3 weeks and published in 1887. Since then, over 125 years later, Holmes has appeared in books, television shows, and feature films, remaining relevant today.
A free talk by the Seattle Times’ Tom Keogh will examine the history and allure of Doyle’s character over the years. The discussion is part of a series of arts lectures from Humanities Washington and is being hosted by Bayview Retirement Community. “Dr. Doyle and Mr. Holmes: The Cultural Staying Power of Sherlock Holmes” will be held at 7pm next Tuesday, May 7th at Bayview’s Albertson Center at 11 Aloha St.
Photo courtesy of Humanities Washington
A member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, Tom Keogh is an arts journalist and critic forThe Seattle Times and contributor to various arts-industry magazines. A lifelong Holmes fan, Keogh was recently commissioned by Seattle Children’s Theatre to write an original drama featuring the detective.
The presentation will take a conversational format, with Keogh leading the discussion about Sherlock Holmes, the story of his creation by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Doyle’s subsequent love-hate relationship with the character over decades. Key issues for the talk include why Holmes still matters in the 21st century, and why we remain so attached to a character invented in 1886.
The talk is free and open to all, so Holmes fans should mark their calendars for next Tuesday!
For more information, contact Nancy Weinbeck via email or at 206.284.7330.
This Saturday, April 27th, the Queen Anne Book Company will host award-winning author Sherman Alexie from 1-5pm.
Alexie will be selling and signing copies of his books, doing spontaneous readings, recommending additional books, and chatting with readers. Plus, according to the shop, he’ll also take the floor as a bookseller for the day!
Stop by Queen Anne Book Company at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N on Saturday to meet Alexie and talk books between 1pm and 5pm. The shop will have copies of his books for sale, and feel free to bring in your own Alexie books for signing.
On Thursday April 25th, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY, pronounced “Nifty”) kicks off at Seattle’s Cinerama and then moves to the SIFF Uptown for 3 days of films. NFFTY is the premier showcase for directors under the age of 23, and occurs every spring right here in Seattle.
This year’s festival begins with a red carpet gala of short films at downtown’s Cinerama, followed by an after party at South Lake Union’s MOHAI. The films to be shown on opening night include works from the United States, Egypt, South Africa, and New Jersey. The after party is an all ages event, with hors d’oeuvres, and if you’re not one of the talented younger film makers, a cash bar too.
After opening night, NFFTY moves to SIFF Uptown. Over the course of the weekend over 200 films will be shown, with Friday including discussion panels on filmmaking in the digital age, as well as pursuing a career in film. Friday will also see Happy Hour Shorts, with a beer tasting compliments of Fremont Brewing beginning at 5:30pm, followed by the screening of several short films beginning at 6:30pm.
The films continue on Saturday, along with a Masterclass on Documentaries The Danish Way with award winning documentary director Pernille Rose Grønkjær, and the festival ends with the jury and audience awards on Sunday at 8:00pm. Tickets to the films and panels are $11 (10$ youth), with the opening night gala costing $35 ($25 youth). The awards ceremony is free and open to all.
Whether your tastes run to comedy, drama, sports, zombies, or local issues such as Referendum 74, NFFTY has something for you. Head on over to SIFF and see what the next generation of filmmakers can do. Check out the NFFTY 2013 Festival Trailer to get a taste of what’s to come.
Beginning this week, the Seattle Pacific University’s Theatre Department is presenting “Letters to Sala” on its main stage, as well as an accompanying traveling exhibition of letters, photographs, and documents on loan from the New York Public Library and the French Children of the Holocaust Foundation.
Photo courtesy of Seattle Pacific University
Letters to Sala is a new play by Arlene Hutton, based on Ann Kirschner’s book Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story. Kirschner based the book on over 300 letters that her mother received from friends and family when she lived in a World War II labor camp. This week’s opening will be the Northwest premiere of the play.
The traveling exhibit of letters, photographs, and documents from the Sala Garncarz Kirschner Collection is on loan from the New York Public Library and the French Children of the Holocaust Foundation. It’ll be on display in SPU’s Kreider Gallery in McKinley Hall during the month of April.
The play runs April 18-20 and 25-27 on the main stage in SPU’s McKinley Hall. Following the Friday, April 19th performance, both Hutton and Kirschner will participate in a Q&A session with the audience.
Per SPU, tickets are going fast, so get yours now; $12 general admission and $10 for students/seniors. Tickets are available online or by calling 206.281.2959.