Entries Tagged as 'Arts & Culture'
January 27th, 2015 by Laura
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:
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.
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!
Tags: Seahawk, Seahawks, stolen property
January 13th, 2015 by Laura
The 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.
Tags: free event, Queen Anne Library, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Seattle Public Library
January 1st, 2015 by Laura
If 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.
Tags: IMAX, Pacific Science Center, renovations
December 23rd, 2014 by Laura
If 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!
Tags: benefit, concert, jazz, Queen Anne Helpline
December 21st, 2014 by Laura
The 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.
The 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)
Hip Pop 2 (ages 8-10 or 3rd-5th grade)
Pre-K Pop (ages 4-5)
Hip-Pop Middle School
Adult Hip-Pop (16 and up)
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.
Tags: dance classes, Queen Anne Community Center
November 30th, 2014 by Laura
Tomorrow, 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!
Tags: EMP, free concert, gates foundation, KEXP, Wo'Pop, World AIDS Day
November 2nd, 2014 by Laura
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:
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.
Tags: Books, LFL, Little Free Library
October 21st, 2014 by Laura
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.
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.
Tags: City of Seattle Landmark, landmark, Seattle Center
October 15th, 2014 by Laura
It’s the third Wednesday of the month, and that means it’s time for the Uptown Art Walk.
The free walk is a great way to celebrate local artists and businesses in Uptown/Lower Queen Anne. Sponsored and hosted by local merchants, the Uptown Art Walk runs from 3pm to 9pm (or 10pm, depending on merchant).
Here’s a sample of some of tonight’s events:
The Sitting Room is hosting a carved pumpkin installation, with pumpkins donated by Trader Joe’s.
The Vera Project is celebrating 10 years of screen-printed posters and art created by Weapons of Mass Design. There will be a live demo and prints will be available for sale with part of the proceeds helping buy Vera a new conveyor dryer for their screen printing studio.
Solo Bar is throwing an artist reception for Stasia Burrington’s mixed media on handmade paper exhibit “Stargazing”, curated by Ghost Gallery.
After a long stretch of summery weather, get used to getting out in the rain again and enjoy tonight’s Uptown Art Walk!
Tags: Uptown Art Walk
July 21st, 2014 by Laura
Nothing says summer like Shakespeare in the park – or, even better, Shakespeare in a Queen Anne park!
Green Stage’s Backyard Bard performances brought Shakespeare comedies to David Rodgers Park last summer, playing to a full lawn of adults, kids, and even dogs. This year, they’re back with two plays at Rodgers Park.
The theatrical spectacle begins this Saturday with a double feature of All’s Well That Ends Well and The Comedy of Errors. Then, on Saturday, August 9th, the troupe returns for an encore performance of The Comedy of Errors. Each performance is about 45 minutes long and four actors perform all the roles. Hilarity ensues!
Green Stage is performing across Seattle through August 16th. Last year’s performances were a lot of fun, so grab a blanket or chair, a picnic or snacks, and head to Rodgers park this Saturday or August 9th.
Performances begin at 7pm both dates and are free to all!
Tags: Backyard Bard, free event, Green Stage, Shakespeare
July 20th, 2014 by Laura
Earlier this week, the City of Seattle and King County Parks launched Pianos in the Parks, a summer campaign that runs from July 17 to August 17. Twenty pianos that were nearing the end of their lives have been refurbished and made into works of art by the Gage Academy of Art faculty, students and friends.
Seattle Center piano, courtesy of Pianos in the Parks
Fifteen Seattle parks and public locations each got a piano as part of the program.
According to Mayor Ed Murray, “We are delighted to host the pianos at 13 city parks, Seattle Center and City Hall plaza. Pianos in the Parks will enliven our parks and engage communities through the power of art and music.”
Each piano is open to the public and play is encouraged! Plus, to invigorate a sense of competition, KEXP has joined in to sweeten the pot with a Facebook contest. All you have to do is play the Seattle Center piano (or any of the other pianos outside of our neighborhood), upload your performance to the Facebook page, and wait for the “likes” to pour in.
Your music selection must be original music or a piece from the public domain, and you have to be ready to perform! The 5 most-liked videos will be judged by a community panel and the winner will have a feature performance at the August 22nd Concerts at the Mural event.
At the end of the summer program, the pianos featured in the parks will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds will benefit Seattle Parks and Recreation, King County Parks, Seattle Symphony, KEXP and Gage Academy of Art.
Check out the Seattle Center piano at the Mural Amphitheatre or discover other pianos in the program, and enter to win your 15 minutes of fame!
Tags: contest, KEXP, piano, Pianos in the Parks, Seattle Center
July 15th, 2014 by Laura
The time seems to fly this summer! It’s already time for another Uptown Art Walk, and the weather (while a bit warm for some) continues to cooperate for the monthly event.
Special events on tap for tomorrow night include:
- Meet the Queen Anne Historical Society and the Uptown Alliance at SIFF Uptown Cinema to grab some chalk and create art right where the proposed Uptown Parklet will reside!
- Mercer Street Books will host a live reading with author William Kuko at 8:30pm. Also showing accompanying art from Nathan Wood.
- Caffe Ladro will be showing works by Lashem from Mossy Tree Mercantile.
- Oil painter Tracy Wallschlaeger will be showing her latest work at BECU.
This go around, the Art Walk committee has provided a map of the walk along with a list of participating vendors and merchants, so you can plan ahead:
Enjoy tomorrow’s Art Walk and mark your calendars for the third Wednesday of August (August 20th), when the Art Walk energizes the area again!
Tags: events, Uptown Art Walk