It’s market day: Queen Anne Farmers Market special events & vendors

QAFM Tomatoes cropIt’s Thursday, and that means another market day along W Crockett. Plus, this week is National Farmers Market Week, what better excuse do you need to swing by the market? The Queen Anne Farmers Market opens for business at 3pm and runs through 7:30pm.

Here’s the info you need to know to plan your late Thursday afternoon and/or evening:

Every Thursday: farm & food vendors can be found here

Musical Guest: Brian Ernst Music returns to the Music Tent with their soulful, world music.

Event Tent: Collections Cafe, the restaurant at Chihuly Garden & Glass, will be at the event tent with delicious samples starting at 5:00.

Information Tent:  To celebrate National Farmers Market Week, you can stop by the Information Tent to show your appreciation to your favorite vendors by writing them a thank you note.

Rotating Food Trucks: Biscuit Box, Napkin FriendsNosh, and Kiss My Grits

Make your plans now. The Queen Anne Farmers Market is today, Thursday, August 11th, 3pm-7:30pm, W Crockett Street between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W.

PNB & SAM partner to bring free Sculptured Dance to Olympic Sculpture Park

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 2.12.21 PMThe free summer arts and music events continue with Sculptured Dance a special “first of its kind” collaboration between Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). This Thursday, August 11th, various artworks at the Olympic Sculpture park become a stage for two hours only, 6pm-8pm. PNB commissioned works from five local choreographers for the special evening, and the performances are free and open to all.

The five new works will be performed in, on, and around Olympic Sculpture Park sculptures, by dancers from PNB, PNB School, Spectrum Dance Theatre, and Whim W’Him. The genesis for the works is a “conversation with sculptures on-site at the park” that features five dances created by Donald Byrd, Kiyon Gaines, Ezra Thomson, Kate Wallich and Olivier Wevers.

The evening of dance + art is part of The Wallace Foundation’s “Building Audiences for Sustainability” initiative. According to PNB Director Peter Boal:

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 2.12.07 PM“Since the opening of the Olympic Sculpture Park, I’ve wanted to program dance in and around the art… The site is naturally conducive to movement as viewers are lured from one sculpture to the next. Adding dance into the mix seems a perfect fit…. 

Bringing dance to the Olympic Sculpture Park offers the brilliant backdrop of great art as inspiration for dance. Add in the cross-pollination of unfamiliar pairings between three different dance companies and five innovative local choreographers, throw in a little unpredictable weather and an occasional train whistle, and you get something completely thrilling and fresh. There are elements we can’t control and the randomness becomes exciting. No curtain time, no seat assignments, just art, dance and you.”

The free, one-time-only performance takes place this Thursday, August 11th from 6pm-8pm at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Avenue. You may bring chairs, but keep in mind that the performances will take place at various locations in the park, so make sure they’re portable. All are welcome to enjoy a summer evening with art and dance!


It’s market day: Queen Anne Farmers Market special events & vendors

QAFM instagram 073015It’s Thursday, and that means another market day along W Crockett. The Queen Anne Farmers Market opens for business at 3pm and runs through 7:30pm. It’s a perfect summer day to get outside and go to the market!

Here’s the info you need to know to plan your late Thursday afternoon and/or evening:

Every Thursday: farm & food vendors can be found here

Musical Guest: DJ Space Station 206 will be here with some amazing summer spirit music.

Event Tent: Homegrown will be giving away some delicious samples. Make sure to stop by to learn about their passion for sustainable food.

Community Tent: Come see Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool at the Community Tent to learn about ages 1 to 5 early education opportunities while creating a crafty take-home garden/produce themed goodie bag for your kiddos to shop with at the market.

Rotating Food Trucks: BUNSPeasant Food ManifestoPoke to the Max, and The Grilled Cheese Experience

Make your plans now. The Queen Anne Farmers Market is today, Thursday, August 4th, 3pm-7:30pm, W Crockett Street between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W.

Simple & Just bringing high-end resale with a cause to Queen Anne

Simple & Just coming soonMany readers have been asking about the new Simple & Just storefront at the old Video Isle location. The shop has a website along with the “coming soon” signs in the windows of 2213 Queen Anne Ave N. The .org in the website name has piqued a lot of interest in the mystery shop, indicating a new nonprofit venture on Queen Anne.

Simple & Just is indeed a nonprofit with a good cause: helping women and children who are victims of exploitation and trafficking. And, it’s a cause that Queen Anne resident Carolyn Quatier, Founder and Board President of Simple & Just, invites the Queen Anne community to support via the new Simple & Just high-end resale shop.

The concept is simple and the impact is powerful. Simple & Just will be a retail shop with 100% of profits supporting after-care efforts. It will offer sustainable funding to several organizations that offer collaborative after-care, as well as internships for local university students. According to Quatier, the idea is to invite a broader group of people to engage via a retail store.

Simple and Just websiteHow can Queen Anne residents participate? There are several options. First, donations – Simple & Just will take high-end donations of clothing and accessories, all tax deductible to the donor, and sort them for sale in the shop. Second, volunteers – Simple & Just will have volunteer opportunities for people who would like to get involved in the back office, sorting through donations and tagging them for sale. Third, shopping – the retail storefront will be open to all, so you can browse and shop for upscale items, both new and one-of-a-kind treasures.

Donations are welcome and will help keep the shop running and supporting the cause. If items don’t make the cut for the shop or there are too many of a specific item, the organization will turn them over to other local nonprofits. While the shop will focus on high-end clothing and accessories, it will also feature unique and cool items as they become available. Think art, household décor, brand-new department store lines, etc., all available as the shop hosts impromptu pop-up shops throughout the year.

To get the shop up and running, Simple & Just will hold a Shelf Filling Party in September. All are invited to attend and bring along donations to help fill the shop in advance of its opening in late September/early October. As the date draws closer, we’ll get the info out so you can welcome Simple & Just to Queen Anne and help give it a great start.

In the meantime, you can follow Simple & Just on Instagram to witness the transformation from video store to upscale resale for a cause.

Free summer Concerts at the Mural begin this Friday

First it was Movies at the Mural, now it’s time to kick off Concerts at the Mural. Starting this Friday, August 5th, KEXP and the Seattle Center present the 9th annual series of free Friday evening concerts at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. Just as with Movies at the Mural, the concerts are first-come, first-served, and free!

Concerts at Mural

All concerts begin at 5:30pm on Friday evenings through August 26th. The performances feature both national and local artists. The concerts are all-ages and for those 21+, there’s also a beer garden, thanks to a partnership with Redhook. Plus, Seattle Center Armory food merchants will be open for both food and beverages.

Here’s the 2016 concert lineup – * denotes headliners:

SpaceNeedle with Mural AmphitheatreFriday, August 5th
The Thermals*
Acapulco Lips
Mommy Long Legs

Friday, August 12th
Naked Giants
Bread & Butter

Friday, August 19th
The Mynabirds*
Radiation City

Friday, August 26th
Special Guests*
Kyle Craft
Industrial Revelation

Please note that seating is on a first-come basis. You can bring folding chairs and blankets, but leave large coolers/ice chests, umbrellas, pets, video and audio recorders at home.

Enjoy the summer with free live music on Fridays and free movies on Saturdays, all at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre!

Visual arts and classical music come together at Fountainhead Gallery in August

Transcendence green

Kaz Poznanski, White Wash

A new exhibit, Transcendence: Here and Now, opens at Fountainhead Gallery this Thursday, August 4th and runs through August 27th.

It features not only stunning landscape paintings, but also live musical performances to celebrate the visual and performing arts.

Transcendance trees

Michael Ferguson, Kachess Ridge

The cooperative exhibit features five painters and three classical musicians from five different countries – Russia, Poland, Romania, Canada and the US – making for a global perspective on transcendence via landscapes, seascapes, and music.

Over thirty works of art by Michael Ferguson, Patricia Johnston, Kaz Poznanski, Claudiu Presecan, and Vasily Reshchuk will be on display at Fountainhead.

Transcendence fall

Vasily Reshchuk, Autumn Lace

Dazzling imagery will be accompanied by two live concerts, a free one at the opening reception and a paid, ticketed concert to close out the month-long event. Plus, the gallery has also lined up award-winning young pianists to perform throughout the month.

In addition to these live performances, you may also be lucky enough to stumble upon an impromptu piano concert.

Transcendence sea

Patricia Johnston, Northern Light 2

Fountainhead has partnered with Steinway & Sons for the month for a grand piano that’ll take center stage at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit – and some of those spur-of-the-moment interludes may be by your own Queen Anne neighbors. Fountainhead welcomes local pianists to drop by the gallery and try out the grand piano Thursday through Sunday 11am to 6 pm.

Opening Reception: Free, Saturday, August 6th, 4pm-8pm
4pm: Free opening reception and Queen Anne Art Walk
5:30pm: Free RSVP private concert, Oana Rusu Tomai, pianist and Mikhail Shmidt, violinist
6:15 to 8:00 pm Reception with visual and performing artists
To RSVP: contact Laura at 206.285.4467 or Sue at 206.227.8162 or email

Closing Concert & Reception: Saturday, August 27, 6pm-8pm
6pm to 7 pm: Concert with Oana Rusu Tomai on piano and Marcy Stonikas, soprano soloist
7pm to 8 pm: Reception with visual and performing artists
Tickets: tickets for this event will be available at in August (not posted yet)

Fountainhead Gallery is located at the corner of W McGraw St & 7th Ave W. Stop by 625 W McGraw St in August for both art and live music – and if you’re a pianist, flex your fingers and get ready to perform!

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