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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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Queen Anne now home to 19 Little Free Libraries – who will help us hit 20?

April 6th, 2014 by Laura

We are so close to hitting 20 Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne! A little over a week ago, we got a tip via Twitter about a Little Free Library (LFL) on Queen Anne. It wasn’t one that we’d cataloged already in our online gallery or map – so I headed out with the pup to check it out in person.

The newest LFL is nestled just a few houses away from Mount Pleasant Cemetery on W Armour St, filling in a gap on the map between the LFL south of Rodgers Park and the LFL on northwest Queen Anne on Etruria St.

LFL Armour

Speaking of gaps, what’s up with southwest Queen Anne – are there really no LFLs west of Queen Anne Ave N and south of Galer St? I have yet to see one, but since I travel by foot, it’s easy to miss a new one popping up. As always, if you have a LFL, spot one that’s not on our map, or add one of your own, let us know!

The map is below, and photos of all 19 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

LFL Map 040614

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading by Martha Silano at Queen Anne Book Company

April 5th, 2014 by Laura

April is National Poetry Month, and local indie bookstore Queen Anne Book Company is hosting Martha Silano, winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, this Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm for a poetry reading.

SilanoThe author of three previous collections of poetry – including the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize winner, The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception – Silano will be reading from her new book of poetry, Reckless Lovely.

The new collection begins with The Big Bang and ends with twelve million bees released from a jack-knifed semi truck. The poetic travels in between include Renaissance masterworks, amusement parks, the peregrine, the paramecium, and more.

If you can’t make Tuesday’s reading, you can contact Queen Anne Book Company for a signed copy via phone at 206-284-2427 or their web site.

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UPDATE Intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St closed this weekend

April 4th, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE: The planned Mercer closure has been cancelled due to (impending) inclement weather. The Queen Anne Ave N & Roy Street intersection work will proceed as planned.

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SDOT will be closing the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St from 4am Saturday through 5am Monday.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Eastbound Mercer Closure– 5am Friday, April 4 to 5am Monday, April 7: CANCELLED

Queen Anne Ave N & Roy St Closure: 4am Saturday, April 5 through 5am Monday, April 7

    QA & Roy

  • Access to northbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be fully closed to traffic from Roy St to accommodate signal pole installations and sidewalk work.
  • Travelers heading north from westbound Roy St will be detoured onto southbound Queen Anne Ave N and then right onto Mercer St to proceed north on 2nd Ave W.
  • To access Queen Anne from Downtown, travelers should use westbound Mercer St to 2nd Ave W or 5th Ave N and Taylor Ave N.
  • Southbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be reduced to one lane between Valley and Roy streets.

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Seattle Center Whirligig returns this Friday for a limited time only

April 3rd, 2014 by Laura

WhirligigThe Seattle Center Armory becomes the center of the whirly universe this Friday as the Seattle Center Whirligig returns for a 3 week run of fun, April 4-April 20. Kids can “bounce with abandon” on giant inflatable rides, plus, there’ll be balloon artists, face painters, and caricaturists on hand for even more fun.

Whirligig is designed for kids 12 and under, and a Toddler Zone will be available for the younger ones. Tickets are $7.50 for all-day passes, $4.50 for toddler all-day passes, and $1.50 for single rides.

Plus, Thursdays are FREE (note: on Thursday, April 17th , the rides close at 2pm, so get there early).

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Kraken Congee returns to Grub with one-year anniversary pop-up on Monday

April 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Grub is closed on Mondays, and owner Sharon Fillingim continues to turn her restaurant spot over to new and innovative pop-up concepts, providing Queen Anne with new one-night-only dining experiences.

Kraken CongeeThe next pop-up at Grub is the celebratory return of Kraken Congee. On Monday, April 7th, Kraken Congee is marking its one-year anniversary with a menu of new and old items at Grub.

According to Kraken’s Garrett Doherty, Kraken Congee will be “re-releasing fan favorites like the award winning Pork Belly Abodo with Lugaw, Five Spice Duck Confit, and Longanisa Dumplings. You’ll also find new dishes that have risen from our winter slumber, like Octopus and Kimchi Congee and a special Thai Style Whole Fried Red Snapper. “ You can check out the menu below:Kraken Menu

Kraken Congee’s service begins at 5 pm and runs through 9pm. They’re not taking reservations, so plan ahead to get to Grub at 7 Boston St on Monday.

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Queen Anne Community Council meets Wednesday, grain silo public art on the agenda

April 1st, 2014 by Laura

The Queen Anne Community Council meets at 7:30pm Wednesday, April 2 at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). In addition to the usual committee reports, Betty Winfield will speak about a public art proposal for the Pier 86 grain silos. For an example of public art on grain silos, check out San Francisco’s Pier 92.

Here’s tomorrow’s agenda:

  • 7:30-Adoption of Agenda
  • 7:35- Open Forum- Comments
  • 7:45 -Mercer  Corridor Update-SDOT
  • 8:10-Pier 86 Silos, A public Art Proposal- Betty Winfield
  • 8:45 Committee Reports
  • 9:20- New Business
  • 9:30- Adjournment

The meeting is open to all, if you’re interested in any of the topics or want to learn more about the proposed Pier 86 grain silo art, join the meeting at 7:30pm

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Gates Foundation’s free Family Day celebrates Food for Good this Saturday

April 1st, 2014 by Laura

For its first free Family Day of the year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is hosting “Food for Good” this Saturday, April 5th. The event is family-oriented and designed to engage all ages with activities and performances focused on food and nutrition both locally and around the world.

Food4GoodAt Saturday’s Food for Good Family Day, visitors can learn about seasonal crops and good nutrition through storytelling, games, and art activities from local community organizations.

The Visitor Center Family Day is free and runs from 10am to 3pm. Highlights of the day will include:

  • Hands-on games and art activities that show how easy and exciting it can be to make a difference – one seed or book at a time
  • Innovative tools and ideas that help farmers and families around the world
  • Storytime with children’s book authors Katherine Pryor and Rick Swan who will lead kids in a discussion about gardening and the importance of trying new foods
  • Family-friendly volunteer opportunities in your community
  • Performance by Ocheami
  • Sampling food from TanzaniaEthiopia, and Nigeria
  • Learning local and global food facts from different community organizations

Many community organizations such as Beecher’s Flagship Foundation, Bastyr University, Seattle Tilth, Solid Ground, and more will help make Family Day fun and educational. You can see the list of all participating organizations and RSVP online at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center Facebook page.

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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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Queen Anne Farmers Market opens in just over two months

March 27th, 2014 by Laura

This morning, Summer felt ages away as I walked my dog in the kind of drizzle that soaks you from head to toe and seems to slant sideways from every direction. But, it’s Spring, and that means sunbreaks and looking forward to Summer – and the Queen Anne Farmers Market!

QAFM logoThe 2014 dates for QAFM are set: the market will be open from 3pm-7:30pm every Thursday, from June 5 through October 16. It’ll be at its usual spot, at Crockett St and Queen Anne Ave N, and will feature over 50 Washington farms, artisan food and street food vendors, live music, and cooking demonstrations.

QAFM’s goal for 2014 is “to continue building a dynamic community hub for our neighbors and greater Seattle.” Last year, Seattle Weekly named QAFM the best farmers market in Seattle – let’s all help that happen for 2014!

More info will follow in the coming weeks as the QAFM team works behind the scenes to get this season up and running. A new poster will be unveiled soon, as well as a 2014 QAFM Rose produced by Canlis (proceeds benefit QAFM, and last year’s Rose was tasty!) – stay tuned and think Summer!

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Writing class on Lake Union focuses on capturing your adventures

March 25th, 2014 by Laura

Adventure Writing PosterAre you an aspiring travel writer? Looking to start a blog? Or, perhaps you’re a seasoned journalist or author looking for new inspiration?

The UW Experimental College is taking to the seas – or, rather, Lake Union – for a one-night Adventure Writing Class. What sets this class apart from the usual writing class is that it takes place on a boat moored on Lake Union. Inspiring views and a tranquil location will serve to inspire your inner writer.

Here’s the course description:

“Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a Himalayan climber, you can write (and publish!) about your travels. As you learn how to transition from keeping a travel journal to creating publishable work, we’ll read examples of successful magazine pitches, practice pitching stories to best attract the attention of editors, generate ideas from your own travel history, and refine your writing so that your stories will be as moving to readers as they are to you. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to start a blog or an established writer aiming for National Geographic, you’ll learn something here.”

The one-night class will be held on one of the boats at Lake Union Charters & Adventures at 2420 Westlake Ave. The boat won’t actually set sail, it’ll stay moored with views of Lake Union from the Queen Anne side (good news for those prone to sea-queasiness who still want to enjoy the view).

The class is open to the public, and there are two dates to choose from – Tuesday, April 22nd or Wednesday, May 14th. Fee information and registration is available online.

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