New & Amazing at EMP: Star Trek and World of Wearables

EMP GornSometimes, playing tourist in your own city is a worthwhile endeavor. Being a huge Star Trek fan, the minute EMP Museum announced that it would host the special Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit, I put it on my wish-list. This week, I finally got a chance to visit EMP and it was well worth the trip for a fan, or, as usual, anyone who has the opportunity to visit this gem at the Seattle Center.

As mentioned, I’m a fan, so Star Trek was well worth the extra $5 per person admission. Everything in the exhibit is authentic, with over 100 artifacts and props spanning the Star Trek television series, spin-offs, and films. That means set pieces like the navigation console, which is on display for the first time to the public (see, told you I was a fan). Plus, costumes, props, and the Enterprise models from Star Trek: The Next Generation:

EMP Bridge and Next Generation

EMP Enterprise

EMP DataWhen you purchase your EMP ticket (or, snag one from Seattle Public Library) and pay the extra $5, you also get access to the entire EMP Museum. That means another visit to the history of Nirvana, We Are 12 (Go Hawks!), and the science fiction, horror, and fantasy exhibits. All worth seeing.

WOW wooden dressAnd, that brings us to the new World of Wearables exhibit. It had just opened when I made it to EMP earlier this week, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But, I can assure you, it is stunning.

If you are a Star Trek fan, and only go to EMP for your Star Trek fix, do not pass up the top floor of EMP. Do not pass go, head straight upstairs to an amazing display of wearable art, much of which takes its cue from science fiction, fantasy, and more:

WOW runway


In closing, if you are a Star Trek fan, know one, or have out-of-town guests, get to EMP and experience the magic of the series that spawned films and a philosophy that still resonates today. Plus, you can crawl through a Jeffries tube, experience the transporter, and get your photo op in a Borg regeneration chamber.

EMP GreedoAnd, don’t forget the other ongoing exhibits – the Science Fiction one includes Greedo from Star Wars (among a slew of other cool TV and film props and costumes) – and don’t miss the World of Wearables on the top level. You won’t regret it!

Memorial Day weekend brings Northwest Folklife back to the Seattle Center

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 7.31.42 PMA reminder to those who’ve lived here for a while and a heads up to newcomers: Northwest Folklife Festival is this weekend, and that’ll bring crowds, traffic, and festival-ness to our neighborhood.

Folklife runs from Friday, May 27th to Monday, May 30th at the Seattle Center. Festival hours are 11am to 10pm, except for Monday, when the event closes up at 9pm.

Folklife celebrates a wide range of arts and cultural activities, with performances that include dancing, poetry readings, films, storytelling, musical acts, and more. Last year, Folklife featured 133 community showcases, 5,000 performers on 25 stages, 160 street performers, 90 hours of participatory dance, a Kid’s Discovery Zone, and roughly 235,000 attendees. You can get the full schedule of events for this year’s Folklife Festival here.

The City estimates that Folklife will bring 60,000 people to our neighborhood each day. Plan ahead, secure your parking spot, and be patient with the influx of people and traffic that comes along with them.


Viaduct traffic to slow during “major film production” shoot

projector-64149_960_720After the Viaduct closure, the next slowdown planned will be for a “major film production” that will feature scenes shot on the Viaduct.

UPDATE: Looks like the film is “Fifty Shades Darker” and will be primarily filmed in Vancouver BC. This week’s filming will likely be establishing shots for the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey” – per usual, Vancouver will be Seattle’s stand-in.

Filming will take place starting this Thursday, May 19th through Thursday, May 26th. Filming will occur between 9am and 3pm, with rolling slowdowns for traffic (meaning: the Viaduct will not be closed, but traffic will slow with the assistance of uniformed SPD officers).

Per Kate Becker, Director of Film + Music + Special Events:

“We are thrilled to host another major film project in Seattle. The project will have a significant economic impact on the city and create high-paying jobs for our local cast and crew.  The competition for film production is fierce, and we are thrilled that our reputation as a film-friendly city helped to secure this project which will be seen by audiences in theaters around the world.”

No word on the film production company, other than that it’s a “major” player. Also no word on the film. The company is hiring over 100 cast and crew during the 6-day filming and 20-day production schedule in Seattle. Additional scenes will be filmed in Pioneer Square.

Fountainhead Gallery continues its 20th anniversary celebration with a special sale

Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 11.12.09 AMAt the beginning of March, we posted on the new era for Fountainhead Gallery as it marked a 20 year milestone on Queen Anne. A celebration was held in conjunction with the last Queen Anne Art Walk, with music, art, and more, as the gallery expands beyond visual art to all cultural arts.

Now, Fountainhead is hosting a special anniversary sale. All art work is 20% off through the end of the month. If you’ve had your eye on a painting you saw at the last Art Walk or you’ve just been admiring something in the window, now is the time to add something unique to your walls.

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The sale, the first ever that Fountainhead has held, also extends beyond the main gallery to its back rooms. Fountainhead has hundreds of works of art, waiting for a new home. Stop by Fountainhead at 625 W McGraw St this week, the sale ends Thursday, March 31st.

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Queen Anne Book Company is celebrating its 3rd anniversary this weekend

QABC doorwayLocal independent bookseller Queen Anne Book Company is turning 3 years old this month. After a brief hiatus without a book store on top of Queen Anne, three years ago co-owners Judy de Jonge and Janis Segress launched Queen Anne Book Company. What has followed in three short years is notable, not only is the shop an haven for bibliophiles, it was also the start of the Indies First movement in 2013.

To celebrate another year on Queen Anne, the bookstore is featuring a weekend-long celebration. This Saturday and Sunday, you can stop by Queen Anne Book Company for birthday cake, activities, and free advanced reader copies for every customer.

Stop by the shop at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N this weekend between 10am and 5pm to help celebrate and wish Queen Anne Book Company a very happy birthday!

Fountainhead Gallery celebrates 20 years on Queen Anne this month

Fountainhead Gallery, our local art gallery and Queen Anne Art Walk destination, is marking a major milestone this month – 20 years on Queen Anne. To celebrate, the gallery is featuring a special opening reception this Saturday as it kicks off “Twenty Springs,” an exhibition of artwork from seven Pacific Northwest artists: Laura Beso, Scott Lantz, Jim Matthew, Bobbie Mueller, Eric Rau, Angelita Surmon and Lou Wall.

Scott Lantz

Scott Lantz, Market Early A.M.

As it turns twenty, Fountainhead is looking to the future with a focus on becoming a community arts and cultural center on Queen Anne.

Owners Sue and Ron envision Fountainhead as a space that “not only features our visual artists in solo and group shows, but will occasionally feature and support select performing arts and artists, showcasing music, poetry, drama, as well as an arts and lecture series, Enlighten Me, where dynamic speakers and visionaries from all walks of life and varied backgrounds share their expertise on a variety of relevant and timely subjects, entertain questions and promote openhearted dialogue.”

The opening reception this Saturday, March 5th signals the transition, highlighting not only visual artwork, but also music. Seattle guitarist Amir Beso will perform his “magical melodies” at the reception. You can check out early previews of artwork not pictured in this post on Fountainhead’s website.

Jim Matthew

Jim Matthew, Love in Warmer Climes

The Twenty Springs reception coincides with this Saturday’s Queen Anne Art Walk, which runs from 4pm to 7pm. The Fountainhead reception and performance by Amir Beso begins at 5pm and concludes at 7pm.

Be sure to stop by Fountainhead, 625 W McGraw St, this Saturday with happy anniversary wishes and promise for the future as cultural arts find a home at the corner of McGraw and 7th Ave W.

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