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Northwest Folklife Festival returns to Seattle Center this weekend

May 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Folklife Poster 2015Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and that means the annual Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. It’s Folklife’s 44th year bringing performers and artists together to celebrate Pacific Northwest culture.

Folklife kicks off tomorrow, Friday, May 22nd and runs through Monday, May 25th. About 5,000 performers will take part in Folklife this year, and the 2015 Cultural Focus is “Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today’s Branches” highlighting the cross-cultural roots of Hip Hop in the Pacific Northwest.

This year, the Back Porch Stage is back, featuring traditional styles of American music, plus Paperstock returns for a second year with Pacific Northwest poster art. Folklife also features a family-friendly Discovery Zone with family entertainment, including the Seattle Center’s new Artist at Play area.

Folklife is free, although donations are gladly accepted. You can plan your visit here.

And, a heads up that this event will also impact traffic on Lower Queen Anne, as 60,000 people are expected to attend each day of the Festival. Plan on walking or biking if you’re around for the holiday weekend.

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Help Uptown become a Cultural Arts District

April 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

uptownThe Uptown Alliance has put out the rallying cry to help document art in Uptown. As part of its effort to have Uptown considered a Cultural Arts District, the organization is documenting art and creative endeavors in Uptown. This inventory of creative work is part of the application process to be named a Cultural Arts District.

What does the Uptown Alliance need? Organizations and businesses in Uptown that support the arts need to help document their efforts. If you represent an organization or business, or know someone who does, check out the survey information below:

The Uptown Alliance is working with the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and other Uptown organizations (Seattle Opera, Teatro Zinzanni, SIFF, KEXP and others) to complete an inventory of all of the creative work going on in the Uptown neighborhood as part of applying for a Cultural Arts District designation for our neighborhood.

We need your help!  Are you affiliated with an organization that supports arts and culture in Uptown?  Do you know someone who is?  Fill out the Cultural Space Inventory form about your organization and submit it by Wednesday, April 15th.

More details on Uptown’s application and information on Cultural Arts Districts will be provided at a June 25th commuity meeting. In the meantime, take the survey and help the Uptown Alliance with its inventory of art!

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The modern day portrait on display at Stacya Silverman Fine Art starting this Sunday

March 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Freeman_FarrThis Sunday, Stacya Silverman Fine Art Photography Gallery is hosting an opening reception for “The Portrait Reframed” – an exhibition of photographic portraiture by local Northwest artists – this Sunday, March 8th from 1pm to 4pm.

All of the artists featured demonstrate unique abilities to capture images of living, breathing, human beings in the historic tradition of portraiture.

JayDeFehrStacyaPosed and thoughtful, the portraits these artists create go beyond the modern selfie or quick snapshot that are ubiquitous in today’s online world. With modern technology, everyone can be a photographer – but not everyone is an artist.

The Portrait Reframed aims to show the key difference between the average iPhone photo and a professional artist’s personal view of a portrait. Artists featured include Anita Nowacka, Davis Freeman, Edye Colello-Morton, Jay Defehr, Ron Reeder and Thomas Schworer.

Here’s an excerpt from the show’s description that provides some insight on the photographers you can meet on Sunday:

“Davis Freeman often photographs his subjects with their eyes closed. Both Anita Nowacka and Edye Colello-Morton look for a certain spark that lets us into their subject’s world. Jay Defehr ignores conventional ideals by celebrating scars, ridges, angles—even perspiration. Ron Reeder often draws upon the style, lighting and composition of photographers from the past. Thomas Schworer has people answer a questionnaire, so that he can incorporate images of their inner-life and history within their portrait.”

This post includes photos from all six artists – Davis Freeman at the top, followed by Jay Defehr, and Thomas Schworer. Below are images from Ron Reeder and Edye Colello-Morton. A portrait by  Anita Nowacka is at the end of the post.

Ron Reeder Edye Colello Morton

Anita Nowacka Photography The show runs from this Sunday, March 8th through June 15th.

For more information, you can contact Stacya Silverman via phone 206.270.9465 or email or visit the gallery website.

Stacya Silverman Fine Art Photography Gallery is at 614 West McGraw Street, Suite 101 (across from Macrina Bakery).

Stop by on Sunday for the artists’ reception or anytime through June to check out the modern portrait.

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Queen Anne Historical Society wins 4Culture grant

February 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QAHS logoThanks to its ongoing efforts to preserve the heritage of Queen Anne, the Queen Anne Historical Society has been awarded a grant from 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency.

After a highly competitive process through 4Culture’s Heritage Sustained Support program, QAHS was named a recipient of an award of $2,000 per year for both this year and next.

4culture logoThe Heritage Sustained Support program recognizes organizations with a two-year history of interpreting heritage and providing programs and experiences to King County residents. QAHS meets these requirements with ease; it’s been active since 1971, has documented our neighborhood’s history in a community archive, and hosted free events including historical presentations and the annual Mt Pleasant Cemetery tour.

According to QAHS President, Michael Herschensohn:

“We are so proud to be recognized in this way by 4Culture. Funding from 4Culture will allow us to carry on important work to preserve Queen Anne’s heritage, while providing an opportunity to extend our footprint in the community.”

4Culture praised QAHS’ work in promoting diverse creative activities, community identity, and history for King County residents and visitors. QAHS President Michael Herschensohn commented on both the role of QAHS and the significance of a supporting organization like 4Culture:

“The Queen Anne Historical Society is uniquely positioned to influence the preservation of the historic character of our neighborhoods. This award acknowledges our successes and provides resources to continue the good work. 4Culture’s grant programs sustain many arts and heritage organizations. King County is lucky to have such a forward looking funding source.”

The Queen Anne Historical Society is an independent non-profit organization and is open to all with an interest in the history of Queen Anne. You can check out membership information and learn more about our neighborhood’s history via QAHS articles and upcoming events.

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Paper mache Seahawk stolen from Queen Anne artist’s yard

January 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

A reader sent in a photo of a sign posted on 8th W and Raye St, across from the Mt Pleasant Cemetery – someone has stolen a local artist’s paper mache Seahawk:

Paper Mache Seahawk sign

Taking (or stealing) a unique Seahawk right before the Super Bowl seems especially low. This particular hawk has been outside during the football season for the past two years, but now he’s gone missing. Queen Anne residents, especially kids, have taken a keen interest in the Seahawk. The reader who sent us the photo did so because she was sad to see that someone had stooped so low.

Dan aka “the Monster Man” updated the Seahawk for this season, so the photos below have an older color scheme. The 2 foot tall hawk currently has a silver belly and green eyes, and a white and blue beak to match the new team logo.

paper mache seattle seahawk paper mache seattle seahawk back

He’s hoping to have the Seahawk returned, so if you spot it or know of its whereabouts, let us know.

We all know that property theft is becoming a common occurrence on Queen Anne, but this theft will hit close to home for all 12s. Keep an eye out for Dan’s Seahawk, let’s see if we can bring it home to roost! Go Hawks!

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Join the Seattle Chamber Music Society for a free lecture at the Queen Anne Library

January 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

SCMS Winter Festival previewThe Seattle Chamber Music Society will kick off its Winter Festival later this month. The 2015 Winter Festival includes both paid concerts and free recitals at Benaroya Hall, plus a Family Concert on January 24th.

To give you a taste of what they have on tap for the upcoming Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) is hosting a free Preview Lecture at the Queen Anne Library tomorrow, Wednesday, January 14th, from 3pm to 4pm.

According to SCMS, the multimedia presentation will “explore the development of the accompanied violin sonata as well as the birth of the concerto. We’ll explore violin sonatas by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, a viola sonata by Schubert, and also have a look at the earliest form of concerti with Vivaldi’s 1711 L’Estro Armonico.”

Jeremy Jolley, Director of Education Programs, and Seneca Garber, Director of Marketing will lead the informal presentation that will include a background on the history and impact of the upcoming musical works, plus recorded musical examples.

The event is free and open to all.

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Pacific Science Center IMAX closes Sunday for renovations that include the latest IMAX technology

January 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Boeing IMAXIf you’re planning to catch an IMAX movie at PacSci in early 2015, do so before the weekend ends or wait until May 2015 for the latest and greatest IMAX technology. The Boeing IMAX Theatre will close after the final showing of Interstellar this Sunday night for major renovations to the 15 year-old theatre. The newly renovated Paccar IMAX Theatre will remain open for documentaries and feature films.

The Boeing IMAX Theater has hosted over 5.3 million viewers in its lifespan, and in four months it’ll thrill new and repeat guests again. The renovations planned will make PacSci the first science center in the country to showcase IMAX’s next-generation digital laser projection technology.

According to PacSci, the upgrades include “a new, custom-designed, laser-powered, digital projector enabling us to show movies with enhanced picture quality. This will be the world’s most advanced digital projection system designed specifically for giant IMAX screens. Plus, the renovated theater will boast a new screen, new seats, and a powerful new immersive sound system, with speakers surrounding you (even above you).”

The fancy new state-of-the-art theatre is expected to reopen in May 2015, just in time for summer blockbusters and more. If you want to catch a flick this weekend, you can purchase tickets online.

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Mike Davis All Stars jazz concert this Sunday benefits Queen Anne Helpline

December 23rd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Mike Davis JazzIf you like jazz and want to help out the Queen Anne Helpline, mark your calendar for this Sunday. Mike Davis, a Seattle native who plays trumpet in Manhattan and performed at Lincoln Center last month, is hosting an All Stars Helpline Benefit Concert this Sunday, December 28th.

Queen Anne Presbyterian Church is hosting the concert, and Mike Davis has put together the lineup that consists of “some of the best jazz musicians in the country” who’ll be playing “some of the most swingin’ jazz you will hear anywhere” – all to benefit the Helpline.

Admission to the concert is the donation amount of your choice, and all proceeds will go directly to the Helpline. Queen Anne Presbyterian is at 414 W Howe St and all are welcome to attend, enjoy swinging jazz, and celebrate the good work of the Helpline. The concert starts at 7pm and runs until 8:30pm.

Help out the Helpline and enjoy great jazz at the same time!

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New dance classes for kids and adults start in January at Queen Anne Community Center

December 21st, 2014 by Laura Fonda

QACC signThe Queen Anne Community Center has a roster of dance classes for all ages. Kids can have fun learning new moves and adults can make good on New Year’s resolutions to get in shape as 2015 kicks off.

Metropolis DanceThe Metropolis Dance classes run from January to March, just in time for the New Year. The classes are $130 for the full 3 months. If you’re on the fence, you can sign up for the first class for free to try it out – just send an email at least 24 hours in advance:

Hip Pop 1 (ages 5-7 or K-2nd grade)
Tuesdays 4:30-4:15pm
Thursdays 4:15-5pm

Hip Pop 2 (ages 8-10 or 3rd-5th grade)
Thursdays 5:15-6pm

Pre-K Pop (ages 4-5)
Thursdays 2-2:30pm

Hip-Pop Middle School
Thursdays 2:45-3:45pm

Adult Hip-Pop (16 and up)
Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm
Thursdays 6-7pm

Break Dance
Tuesdays 6-6:50pm (ages 6 and up)
Wednesdays 4:05-4:50pm (ages 4-6)

The classes teach students the fundamentals and begin each class with routine stretching, isolations, and warm ups, all to upbeat music.

A minimum of 5 students is needed for each class, so if you’re interested in a class for your kids or yourself, sign up online today. (search under “Performing Arts & Dance).

If you have any questions, you can send them via email or call Annlee at 206-538-8496.

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Free World AIDS Day concert at EMP on Monday features Wo’Pop artists, art, and more

November 30th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

WoPop concertTomorrow, Monday, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. To raise awareness of the worldwide observance of AIDS, the Gates Foundation, KEXP, EMP Museum, and Lifelong are joining forces to host a free concert at EMP from 5pm to 10pm on Monday.

The event will not only feature a concert, but also highlight African music, art, and culture. The concert brings together World Music artists Chimurenga Renaissance (featuring Tendai “Baba” Maraire of Shabazz Palaces) and Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited. World Music will play through the evening with selections by KEXP Wo’Pop DJ Darek Mazzone.

According to Mazzone: “Seattle is fortunate to have both Chimurenga Renaissance and the lion of Zimbabwe himself, Thomas Mapfumo grace the stage at EMP for this debut event… They represent the spirit of music and culture in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the larger African continent. These performances are great way to raise awareness for World AIDS Day, I’m grateful this event has come together so successfully.”

The event both free and open to all ages – plus, art, snacks, education, culture, and music will be provided throughout the evening. All you have to do is RSVP and show up at the EMP Sky Church tomorrow!

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New Little Free Library brings Queen Anne tally up to 23

November 2nd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Two weeks ago, we posted about a new kid-focused Little Free Library that was number 22 on our map. As always, we put out the call to readers to keep an eye out for LFLs we may have missed – and, a tip came in that day about another LFL (thanks, Justin!).

It took a while to get this LFL posted as the Fall weather just wasn’t cooperating for a trek to track it down. But, we’ve finally captured it on the map and uploaded it to our LFL gallery.

This LFL helps fill in a long-empty gap on the southwest side of the hill. Its paint matches the steward’s house, and per a reader on Facebook, the artwork is a Coast Salish Native American design. Plus, it sits next to a very-cool lamppost. You can find this LFL at the corner of 3rd Ave W and W Lee St:

LFL 3rd Ave W and Lee

And, as always, a call to readers – if you spot a Little Free Library that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! The current map is below, and photos of all 23 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

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Two Seattle Center buildings approved for historic landmark status

October 21st, 2014 by Laura Fonda

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International Fountain Pavilion, photo courtesy of MOHAI

The Seattle City Council has approved the historic designation of the Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms and International Fountain Pavilion. Both buildings were designed by architect Paul Thiry for the 1962 World’s Fair.

These two newest Seattle Center landmark buildings join others such as the Space Needle, the Seattle Center House (aka the Armory), and the Monorail. A complete overview of the Seattle Center campus and the buildings that are either landmarks or pending landmark status is available as a pdf.

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Northwest Rooms, photo courtesy of Ken Prichard

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of over 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels.

You can learn more about landmark designation and also search the full list of city landmarks online.

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