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QA Movie Guild presents “Burning the Future: Coal in America” screening Saturday

May 7th, 2010 by Thea

The Queen Anne Movie Guild‘s monthly Second Saturday screening series is coming up this Saturday, May 8. This week they’ll be showing “Burning the Future: Coal in America,” a documentary about the “the explosive conflict”that has sprung up between the coal industry and the residents of West Virginia.

Burning The Future: Coal in America – Trailer from Odessa Films on Vimeo.

From the Guild:

Confronted by emerging “clean coal” energy policies, local activists watch a world blind to the devastation caused by coal’s extraction. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, our heroes demonstrate a strength of purpose and character in their improbable fight to arouse the nation’s help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life.

As always, the event is free and open to the public. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday and the Queen Anne United Methodist Church , located at 1606 5th Ave W right next to the Queen Anne Library. Movie-goers should use the Fellowship Hall entrance on W. Garfield St.

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See “Dirt! The Movie” at the Movie Guild Saturday

April 7th, 2010 by Thea

This week for its Second Saturday Free Movie Series, the Queen Anne Movie Guild will be screening Dirt! The Movie, which delves into the the world and wonders of–you guessed it–soil! From the Guild:

It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and under-appreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, “dirt is very much alive.” Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. “Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”

Narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis, Dirt! is described as a “call to action” for the reconnection of humanity to the environment we live in. The film encapsulates the environmental, economic, social and political impact of soil by sharing stories from experts all over the world who “are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.”

The movie teaches us: “When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked…The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.” What we’ve destroyed, we can heal.

As always, the QA Movie Guild’s Second Saturday Series is free and open to the public. The screening of Dirt! The Movie will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church, located at 1606 5th Ave W (the pink building next to the Queen Anne Library). Movie goers should use the Fellowship Hall entrance located on W Garfield St.

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Check out the Spring Flea Market Saturday

April 7th, 2010 by Thea

The Queen Anne Community Center‘s Spring Flea Market is happening this Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A variety of vendors will be setting up booths in the community center lobby and gym for the event, which is free and open to all ages.

“There’s going to be a number of vendors out there–arts and crafts stuff, antiques, stuff from peoples’ houses,” said one community center employee. The Queen Anne Farmers Market will be at the flea market selling posters and totes for the upcoming 2010 season, which kicks off next month.

If you’re a fan of bargain shopping, stop by and check it out. If you’re a local vendor, or simply looking to get rid of a few things, consider getting a booth at the market. Booths costs $25 and the community center will provide up to two tables per vendor. For more information, stop by the Queen Anne Community Center, located at 1901 1st Ave W, or call (206)386-4240.

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The Dusty 45s live at Easy Street Friday

March 24th, 2010 by Thea

The Dusty 45s, a group that prides itself on mixing musical styles such as “honky-tonk, jump blues, and rock and roll,” will be doing a live, all-ages and best of all free performance at Easy Street Records at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 26.

And as if that weren’t exciting enough, Easy Street is giving away free downloads of a song off their new album, Fortunate Man. Get it here.

(As always, thanks to Jesse and Easy Street Records for the picture!)

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Poets on the Hill open mic tonight

March 23rd, 2010 by Thea

Poets on the Hill is having another famed open mic night tonight, at El Diable Coffee (1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Suite 101). Arrive at 6:15 to sign up for a turn in front the mic. Readings will begin at 6:30 p.m. Too much fun!

Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll even get a little devil in your drink!

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Spring egg hunt at QA community center April 3

March 23rd, 2010 by Thea

On Saturday, April 3 community centers across the city will be hosting free spring egg hunts for neighborhood kids. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center, located at 1901 First Ave. W., kids 11 and under are invited to “bring a basket or a bag to gather up all of the goodies.”

daily reject: my easter egg hunt

(Photo by Chelsea Dagger courtesy of Flickr).

All kids participating will be divided up into different groups based on age, and each age group will be given their own section of the field to hunt for eggs (to ensure that everyone gets a chance to stock up on chocolate)!

For more information on the event, call (206) 386-4240.

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Demon Hunter live at Easy Street tonight

March 12th, 2010 by Thea

Local Christian metal band Demon Hunter will be doing a free, live show at Easy Street Records tonight, Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

The group will be playing songs from their new album, The World Is a Thorn, which is said to have a Gospel feel.

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QA Movie Guild presents “Sick Around the World”

March 11th, 2010 by Thea

The Queen Anne Movie Guild will be showing Sick Around the World, FRONTLINE as part of their monthly second Saturday film screening this Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church, located at 1616 5th Ave W., across from the QA branch of the Seattle Public Library.

In Sick Around the World, FRONTLINE, PBS and veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent T.R. Reid investigate health care in the United States by comparing how five other capitalist democracies – Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Taiwan – handle health care, tackling the question of what we might learn from their successes and failures.

Get a full synopsis of the film here.

As always, the QA Movie Guild’s second Saturday series is free and open to the public. Each month the volunteer group brings different independent documentary films to the Queen Anne community,  focusing on prevalent issues that provoke conversation.

The focus of the movies will be what makes communities work, community sustainability and environmental issues. Some of the questions we ask when previewing films are: “Does this film address solutions to the economic or environmental issues we have in Seattle? Does it give useful approaches to the economic changes we are facing? Does it realistically inform us about how to be wiser consumers? Is it interesting and does it have entertainment value?”

For more information see

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New chamber orchestra to give free performance in Interbay Thursday

March 8th, 2010 by Thea

Seattle’s newest community orchestra, Cadence Chamber Orchestra (CCO), will be performing at a free concert in Interbay  this Thursday, March 11. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Q Cafe, at 3223 15th Ave W. They will also be doing a free show the following day in Magnolia.

The program will feature two world premieres by Seattle-based composer Jon Brenner and will include Haydn’s well-known Symphony No. 88 and Mendelssohns Hebrides Overture.


Founded last year by a group of entirely volunteer musicians, the new alternative group hopes to widen the usual orchestral audience through its music, by giving those who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to experience a live show the opportunity. The group plays free concerts throughout Seattle, performing each program at both an unconventional location, and a more typical performance space. Every concert also includes a world premiere piece alongside some more well known orchestral favorites.

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Blue Highway Games gives to Lawton math night

February 24th, 2010 by Thea

Blue Highway Games is participating in Lawton Elementary‘s Math Night, a free family event meant to get kids excited about math through games, interactive presentations that illustrate the practical, everyday application of math, and even a Math Olympiad for 4th and 5th graders!

Math Night is being held tomorrow, Thursday, February 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lawton, located at 4000 27th Ave W.

Blue Highway Games will be selling games (especially those related to math!) at the event. A percentage of their proceeds will be going to the Lawton PTA.

Interested in volunteering? Email Amy Burton at for more information.

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Open mic poetry night at El Diablo

February 23rd, 2010 by Thea

Do you speak in rhymes? Think in rhythm? Do you have a way with prose? Write lyrics? Keep it all tucked away in a journal never to be read aloud or shared? Feel like taking a plunge? Professional, amateur and self-proclaimed poets alike can share their work tonight, Tuesday, February 23 at El Diablo‘s open mic poetry night with Poets on the Hill. Readings will start at 6:30 p.m. Sign-ups begin at 6:15.

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Live shows at El Diablo this weekend

February 12th, 2010 by Thea

El Diablo will be having more live (and best of all, free) entertainment this weekend, with shows lined up for both tonight, Friday, February 12 and tomorrow, Saturday, February 13. Shows start at 8 p.m. each night. Swing by tonight for Gillian Tart and Seth Hayden, Until it Breaks and Kevin Murphy (from The Moondoggies’). Tomorrow night: Brad Benefield (from the Seattle Jazz Guitar Collective). El Diablo is located at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N.

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