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Love cat videos? Attend the Internet Cat Video Festival and help out SPU’s Theatre Program

April 11th, 2014 by Laura

Henri Film FestivalWhat would the internet be without cat videos? If you like classics like keyboard cat or moody films featuring Henri, or, just about any random cat doing cat-like things that we humans find hilarious, you’re in luck!

Tonight only you can catch 75 minutes worth of cat videos at SPU, with ticket proceeds helping fund SPU’s Theatre Program.

The Internet Cat Video Festival features “the best and funniest Internet cat videos” curated by the SPU Theatre Department. After the compilation, there’ll be a Q&A with SPU alum Wil Braden, creator of the Henri le Chat Noir videos.

The feline festival is tonight at 7:30pm in SPU’s Upper Gwinn Commons (3310 6th Ave W). Tickets are $5 for SPU students, $10 for everyone else.

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Learn iPhone and Instagram photo secrets from a pro at a Queen Anne photography workshop

April 7th, 2014 by Laura

Davis iPhone flowerAre you new to using iPhone photo apps? Looking for tips on how to get up and running on Instagram? Or, do you just want to be armed with the secrets you need to take amazing photographs with your iPhone?

Well, there’s a workshop for you, and it’s run by Davis Freeman, a professional photographer and Queen Anne resident.

Davis iPhone portraitThe “Connect with Your Creative Core: iPhone Edition” workshop is being held on Sunday, April 27th from 1pm to 4pm at Davis’ Queen Anne studio.

After a meet-and-greet with refreshments (12:30-1pm), the first two hours cover using your iPhone for photography, including the tools available to take great-looking photos and videos.

The last hour features an Instagram expert who’ll help you expand your photographic vision to the world of social media.
Davis iPhone kid
The workshop is designed for people new to using photo apps on the iPhone – and without a lot of technical photography know-how. Professional tips will cover backlighting, composition and framing, and capturing expressions, and in addition to Instagram, apps covered will include TrueHDR, Grungetastic, and Camera+.

Davis iPhone Panorama

All images above are courtesy of Davis Freeman Photography – and, they’re all taken with an iPhone.

Workshop space is limited, so reserve your spot soon. Cost is $89 per person, or $79 for friends who register together. To register or for more information on the workshop, contact Davis Freeman Studios at 206-284-1767 or via email.

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Art exhibit features birds envisioned by three different artists

March 31st, 2014 by Laura

A new art exhibit at Stacya Silverman Art & Beauty features the beauty of our fine feathered friends – “Flocks, Murders, Gaggles and Coveys: A Celebration of Birds” opens this Sunday, with an opening reception on Sunday, April 6th from 1pm to 4pm.

The exhibit features bird photography by Judith Roan, mechanical birds that move and sing by Bliss Kolb, and birds on paper with dried leaves by Fred Martell. The show runs through June at the gallery located at 614 W McGraw St, Suite 101.

Here’s the rundown on the featured artists:

Mallard, preeningJudith Roan began seriously photographing birds in the early nineties when she started making weekly tallies of the birds she observes and studies on Mercer Island where she lives. Her photos are not merely studies of the birds in the area, but images that capture their routines, nature, and habitat. The song, movement, action and drama of the birds are carefully observed and recorded. The birds in her extraordinary pictures are all photographed here in the Pacific Northwest. Roan works closely with her photographer husband, Ron Reeder, and they often share work and images with one another.

Crowsm3Bliss Kolb has long been drawn to machines and the beauty of engineering, both of which are immediately apparent in his astonishing moving bird sculptures. For over 30 years, he has been designing and building cabinetry, award-winning theatrical sets, props, lighting and furniture. In 2010 he began pursuing a lifelong interest in Automata, or mechanical moving creatures. Kolb states, “Looking over the wonderful, clever works of automata throughout its history, the thing that continues to hook me is the imitation or illusion of life: an obvious machine that moves so realistically it seems to be alive”. Kolb was born and raised in Seattle and attended The Evergreen State College and the University of Washington, with additional training in musical instrument construction and clock repair.

Martell SongbirdFred Martell has been a resident of Manhattan’s East Village for the last 50 years. He studied design and architecture at Kansas State University, where he also studied theater. Fred collected leaves wherever he went, including leaves where he was born and raised in Vermont. He pressed and cured the leaves in phone books. No inks or dyes are used in creating his works. The color and detail that make up the beauty of the bird image is provided by cutting and assembling different leaves. His frames are hand-made from found objects and discarded scrap lumber. Martell’s work reflects the spirit of the arts and crafts movement as well as American folk art traditions.

For more information on the show, you can contact contact Stacya Silverman via email or at 206.270.9465.

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Monthly Uptown Art Walk kicks off next Wednesday

March 15th, 2014 by Laura

You’ve likely noticed that many Queen Anne businesses adorn their walls with artwork from local artists. It’s a great way for artists to get exposure and help keep our businesses beautiful at the same time. However, Queen Anne has been lacking an organized art walk – until now.

Starting next Wednesday, March 19th, the Uptown Art Walk kicks off a monthly tour-de-art. The group that’s organizing the walk has lined up the following local businesses to take part in the walk:

Uptown Art Walk

  • Caffe Vita
  • The Vera Project
  • SIFF
  • Tin Lizzie Lounge
  • Queen Anne Psychic
  • Cafe GoldinBlack
  • Pink’s – The Beauty Boutique
  • Oskar’s Kitchen
  • Liberty Tattoo Seattle
  • The Mecca Cafe
  • Peridot Boutique
  • Mercer Street Books
  • Pagliacci
  • Toulouse Petit
  • Obasan

According to the Uptown Art Walk organizers:

“We were encouraged and facilitated by Charley Shore, the Executive Director of the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce and were inspired to do something to involve the community businesses in the art that we see all around us in Uptown in what is becoming a real Seattle arts corridor.”

Going forward, the Uptown Art Walk will take place every third Wednesday of the month. The March event highlights the block around the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Mercer St, and the April event will be on Roy St.

All are welcome to join the Art Walk! It runs til 7:30pm. And, an update: Pagliacci will host a Live Acoustic Music night during the Art Walk. Live music and hot slices beginning at 5pm on Wednesday at the Queen Anne location.

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Local Sweet Pea Cottage hosting its 11th Annual Auction this Saturday

February 27th, 2014 by Laura

Sweet Pea PosterSweet Pea Cottage Preschool for the Arts is a Queen Anne-based nonprofit that connects educators and artists with children to explore a variety of traditions, disciplines, and arts-based experiences. Sweet Pea Cottage’s mission is to “enrich, inspire, challenge, and expand every child’s world through an art-based education.”

This Saturday, Sweet Pea is hosting its 11th Annual Dinner & Auction at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. The event includes both a silent and live auction. This annual event is Sweet Pea’s primary fundraiser and all funds go to providing arts-based experiences for children, including scholarships for foster children and underserved children in Seattle.

Tickets to the event can be purchased online and the Auction Catalog is online as well, so you can take a look at the goods available in advance.

Sweet Pea Auction Poster

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

October 10th, 2013 by Laura

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Film festivals galore at SIFF, Huskies and Seahawks are at home, plus a variety of events from theatre to live music to a feline adoption event. Something for everyone, enjoy!

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, October 11

Saturday, October 12

Sunday, October 13

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KEXP and Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural start Friday

August 1st, 2013 by Greg

KEXP & Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural 2013First 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

No Depression Night
JD McPherson
Rose Windows

Cloud Cult
Deep Sea Diver
Chastity Belt

The Grizzled Mighty
Dude York

Decibel Festival Night
Natasha Kmeto
Vox Mod

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Summer Movies at the Mural start this Saturday

July 23rd, 2013 by Laura

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.

Movies at the Mural

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.

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GreenStage brings Backyard Bard to Rodgers Park with a twist

July 22nd, 2013 by Laura

Backyard BardA 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.

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Arts & Crafts open house this Saturday features local artists

June 18th, 2013 by Laura

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.

Arts & Crafts show

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:

Pearl Moon Designs
Fine handcrafted jewelry featuring silver and gemstones

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs
Upcycled fiber art and textile goods for the home

By My Touch
Sustainable ecofriendly vegan bags and accessories

Jessalin Beutler
Clothing, textiles and original art

French Girl Organics
Vegan, handmade, organic skincare and bodycare products

Marcia Ives Pottery

Free Your Llama
Hand-printed organic t-shirts for men, women and kids

Dahlia Press
Boutique design and letterpressed cards and stationary

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

May 30th, 2013 by Laura


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

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, May 24

Saturday, June 1

Sunday, June 2

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

May 23rd, 2013 by Laura


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.

Memorial Day:

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, May 24

Saturday, May 25

Sunday, May 26

Monday, May 27

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