Art Chantry at Fantagraphics Bookstore on July 11

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to announce the global debut of Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic’s History of 20th Century Graphic Design from Port Townsend’s Feral House press. The reception, book signing and companion exhibition by one of the country’s most influential graphic designers opens Saturday, July 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The exhibition continues though August 6, 2015.

Chantry’s idiosyncratic style dramatically impacted contemporary graphic design throughout the 1980s and 1990s with his emphasis on hand-crafted techniques just as digital graphics were becoming ubiquitous. His new book collects captivating essays and illustrations that document the essential elements of graphic arts before the invention of computer technology. Chantry’s unique aesthetic was central in the formulation of Seattle’s grunge youth movement in the 1990s and influenced a generation of designers in all fields. His artwork has been the subject of exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, including a solo show at the Seattle Art Museum in 1993. His work remains relevant and his insights instructive.
Meet this amazing artist from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coinciding with the July 11 edition of the festive Georgetown Art Attack. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Ries Niemi at Punch Gallery

Reis Neimi

Lids and Colors a new show by Ries Niemi at Punch Gallery

July 2 – August 1, 2015

Opening Reception: 5 – 8pm
First Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ries Niemi has been making clothes and hats since he was a teenager. 

He’s still at it. 

Clothing is how we communicate to the world our tribal affiliations, and, today, you can choose your tribe, and change it as often as you want. 

Fashion transcends heredity. 

Enormous hats hang from the ceiling of the gallery, ready for your selfie moment. 

Coats and vests with gangs, clubs, and affiliations are ready for you to wear, and transform your allegiances.

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Shatfest: Thrillville’s Tribute to William Shatner!


Join your hosts, B movie tiki lounge lizard/pulp fiction author Will “the Thrill” Viharo and his wife/lovely assistant/UDub PhD student Monica “The Tiki Goddess” Cortes Viharo, as they present their first official “Thrillville Theater” in Seattle (after nearly two decades in the Bay Area), featuring one of their most popular theme nights, SHATFEST, a tradition dating back to the turn of the century, celebrating the unsung thespian (and musical) talents of William Shatner!

Along with specially selected Shat-shorts, the feature film will be the immortal/immoral 1974 grindhouse masterpiece IMPULSE, directed by the legendary William Grefe (Sting of Death, Mako, Jaws of Death, etc.). SEE! film noir style flashbacks, psychotic behavior, outrageously over-the-top acting, gratuitous belly-dancing, cringe-inducing ’70s pimp-disco outfits, the original “Dr. Evil” pinky-in-the-mouth gesture, and even Harold “Oddjob” Sakata! Trust us: this is the ULTIMATE “long lost” (for good reason) Shat-flick! The Thrills will also offer cheap prizes for easy trivia! Cheers!

Thursday, June 11th at 8pm. Tickets available online from Central Cinema

Central Cinema, 1411 21st Avenue in Seattle

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Raise Your Glass for WAVE – Women Against Violence Everywhere


Raise your glass

Enjoy a gala evening in Seattle’s SODO district in the former tasting room of the old Rainier Brewery for the event “Raise Your Glass, Raise Some Funds”  to benefit WAVE Foundation.  Enjoy gourmet food and tastings from multiple award winning wineries, a local brewery and cidery.

There will also be a silent auction featuring many awesome items (including passes to the “sold out” STP ride). In addition to the free tastings, you may purchase alcohol to enjoy later at home.

The best part? All profits go directly to The WAVE Foundation. Get your crew together and join us for a fun filled event – only 200 spaces available!

$40 per person (21 and over only)

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Lushy plays at the opening of Chophouse Row on Capitol Hill

Liz Dunn's New Chop House opening

June 11th, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Chophouse Row
1424 11th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

Chophouse Row a cluster of properties bounded by 11th, 12th and Pike St. in the Pike-Pine neighborhood. Completed in spring of 2015, it includes retail, office space and three penthouse apartments. The mix of historic and modern structures surrounds an outdoor retail pedestrian plaza in the center of the block that provides a walk-through connection from 12th Avenue to 11th Avenue. Ground floor alley and courtyard tenants now open for business include: NICHE outside, Kurtwood Farms, and PLAY on the Hill.

Lushy will be performing and it should be a great show!

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Open Studio and “100 Under 100″ Art Show

Art Show

It’s coming up to that time of year again. Summer Open Studio will be on June 4th this year, and Jane Richlovsky and the amazing Dara Solliday will be curating an awesome 100 under 100 show (100 small works under $100) so stop by for some affordable art at 110 Cherry Street, Seattle, Washington 98122. This event will be open First Thursday, June 4th from 6-9pm

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Amazing Artist’s home and studio for sale – Open House Sunday 1-4pm

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Calling all artists, rock stars and karaoke singers!

Unique 1906 Craftsman Bungalow, set back from street & nestled in green, designed for live/work/entertainment if for sale and open today 1-4pm. Main floor has living, dining room, kitchen, bedroom/baths + amazing atrium-style art studio or guest room. Upstairs is Master w/sumptuous tiled bath and incredible music studio w/12.5′ ceilings, skylights & stage for your hootenannies, soirees, shindigs, or use for art gallery live/work space. Fabulous rooftop deck w/360 views. Workshop in bsmt. & storage shed, lots of extra parking.

Open Sunday 1-4pm. 1127 NW 65th in Ballard – $599,000

More details and information about this home and Seattle Real Estate at Seattle Dream Homes.

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Seattle Peace Chorus presents “Revisiting Russia through Rachmaninoff” with special guests The Magi Ensemble

PrintSaturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 at 7 p.m.
Pre-concert conversation begins 45 minutes before each performance
St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1805 N. 49th St., Seattle (Wallingford)

When the Seattle Peace Chorus toured Russia, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev spoke about their ability to bridge the gulf between cultures peacefully through music in one of his speeches. Pretty amazing!
Tickets are available at:

If you’re not doing anything this weekend, check out this concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece “Vespers,” sung from the heart of this choral group directed by Seattle’s own Frederick N. West. “Vespers” is considered Rachmaninoff’s a capella masterpiece and “the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church.”

The evening promises to be uplifting, moving and adventurous, as the Seattle Peace Chorus continues their tradition of singing from the heart in the name of peace.

Thanks to our funders: Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Arts Washington.

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Leo Saul Berk – Structure and Ornament – Frye Art Museum

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I’m a big fan of unusual architecture, and I can trace my love of odd structures to childhood visits to rock gardens, grottos and other strange roadside attractions as a child. So when I learned that artist Leo Saul Berk grew up in one of the most unusual homes in the U.S., I knew I had to go see his show “Structure and Ornament”, inspired by his childhood growing up in a Bruce Goff architectural masterpiece.

Berk spent the formative years of his childhood living in a remarkably unconventional house designed by the progressive American architect Bruce Goff (1904–1982). This residence in Aurora, Illinois, known as the Ford House, is one of Goff’s groundbreaking residential projects and one of the last extant examples of his architecture. Built in 1948, the Ford House is a primary example of Goff’s eclectic choice of materials, unusual volumes, organic forms, and dramatic use of natural light. Utilizing extraordinary techniques, Goff achieved forms reminiscent of nautical motifs, both natural (like nautilus shells) and manmade (such as sailor’s rope). Perceptions of inside/outside, fluid/solid, curve/line, and here/there shift and realign in ambiguous ways.

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Berk believes that growing up in the house influenced his path as an artist. Since 2011, he has made a series of works that arise from his memories of the house, his research with archival materials, and conversations with the house’s current owner, who is an architectural historian and preservationist. These sculptures, photographs, and videos reimagine Goff’s radical forms. The works isolate key architectural aspects of the house in consideration of both their formal properties and their poetic resonances. Waking to His Dream, for example, is a sculpture based on the domed ceiling of the house, not as it was built, but as Goff had originally conceived it. Goff’s expert builder Don Tosi could not execute the intricate spiral despite his sophisticated craftsmanship. Today, CAD and other technological tools have allowed Berk to make Goff’s fantastic vision a reality. Clinkers, a work in the collection of the Frye Art Museum, is a true-to-scale, back-lit photograph of the glass cullet in the masonry walls while illuminated by the setting sun. It reveals the mesmerizing complexity of the glass while reducing the surrounding masonry to black. This dark void in the image emphasizes the architect’s bold choice to employ cannel coal as a building block.

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May 30th – Sept. 6th at the Frye Art Museum

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Lushy at the Royal Room, Friday May 22

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Poland will be performing at the Royal Room Friday, May 22nd, opening the night for Lushy.. Poland lead singer/guitarist Mark Romanowski will be in Seattle that week to perform the Poland show and Super Jam at The Triple Door the following evening.

Lushy is Seattle’s favorite lounge band and will be playing all their favorites. Free, but donations for your fun evening appreciated. Good food and drink too!

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Theresa Neinas art show at Two Bells in Seattle

Theresa Neinas
Theresa Neinas will be having a solo show at Two Bells in downtown Seattle located at 2313 4th Avenue and will be having an opening reception Friday, May 8th 7-9pm.
In addition to original art, there will be 20 “Bigfoot winters in Mexico” images in a poster size now for $20 each, so stop by and say Hello!

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Huge Drumline Exhibition (just like the movie!) May 30th in Seattle with Blue Thunder + 15 drumlines

Garfield High School Drumline Competition 2015

7th Annual Garfield BDX Drumline Competition
May 30th, 2015, Noon – 3pm
Garfield High School Gymnasium
$10 Door – All Proceeds support GHS Drumline Program

Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Bulldog Drumline Expo (BDX) on May 30th, 2015 from 12 noon to 3pm at the Garfield High School Gymnasium in Seattle. The event brings middle and high school drumlines from across the state to showcase their talent and compete in friendly drumline battles. Garfield’s Varsity Drumline as the host school will showcase their music and perform cadences.

Garfield HS
Aki Kurose MS
Lincoln HS
Cleveland HS
Moses Lake HS
Roosevelt HS
Glacier Peak HS
Bellevue HS
O’Dea HS
Chimacum HS
Graham Kapowsin
PNW Drumline
Emerald City BOOM!
The Ten Man Brass Band
Seahawks Drumline Blue Thunder!

The entire new 2015 Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline will amp it up and break it down in exposition as a featured performance at this event. This will be the first performance of the 2015-2016 season for new members of Blue Thunder. Other local community brass and drum ensembles will also be making special guest appearances at this event.

$10 for entry. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to support the GHS drumline program. Garfield High School is located at 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. Ample street parking is available along 24th Ave.

This year Garfield BDX Drumline Competition is brought to you in part by HONK Fest West, a small, non-profit organization, which is dedicated to community music outreach and development through year-round special events and an annual festival that supports local music culture. HONK! Fest West is proud to support the Garfield High School Drumline Program through production management and promotional sponsorship of this event.

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When real estate and art collide: Your [____] Neighborhood, an exhibition exploring gentrification in Seattle


An exhibition of new works investigating gentrification at Fremont Abbey Arts Center on Wednesday, May 6th.

Forward Flux Productions with Parley and Nate Omdal Productions presents Your [ ____ ] Neighborhood, an exhibition of new works investigating gentrification. This one-night-only event marks the completion of an artists’ residency program called collaborate:create. 20 artists have worked across disciplines to create new works in 21 days that investigate this timely topic. Engage with art and artists to make your voice heard!

The exhibition has a pARTy atmosphere with a full evening of new works including dance, film, visual art, 10min plays, performative and multimedia installations, music, and more, all exploring the changing face of Seattle’s neighborhoods. There will be opportunities to meet the artists, and engage in conversation with your fellow neighbors at the show.

Cash bar on site.

This diverse group of artists includes six playwrights from Parley playwrights group and three musicians that form the Nate Omdal Trio. In addition to new works, the exhibition highlights the artists’ creative processes as a platform to foster the artist-audience relationship. Your [ ____ ] Neighborhood marks the culmination of the fifth cycle of collaborate:create, and the first in Seattle. The program started in NYC in 2013, and continues there now (the 6th cycle is running concurrently in NYC investigating the same theme; exhibition date: May 17th in Brooklyn).

The Seattle based artists, playwrights, and musicians involved in this cycle of collaborate:create are as follows: Benjamin Benne, Sheri Brown, Grace Carmack, Caitlin Coey, Rachel Delmar, Kyle Doran, Ryan Fields, Amber Hughes, Barry Johnson, Elise Koncsek, Cade MaGee, Sue McNally, Angel O’Leary, Nate Omdal, Sydney M Pertl, Anthony Phillips, James Price, Ashley Rang, Cara Romanik, and Emma Watt.

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

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Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, Sazerac Orkestra and m9 at The Royal Room May 6th

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Seattle, get ready! The m9 , Chaotic Noise Marching Corps and Sazerac Orkestra are taking over The Royal Room on May 6th, 2015.

Come pack the house and witness the epic brass brawling that will unfold before your very eyes and ears.

The Royal Room has a fantastic happy hour and great menu to keep you satiated, and we have hours of obliteratingly beautiful music to lift your soul to new heights.

While there is no cover charge at the Royal Room, we’re suggesting a $10-15 donation, and ALL tips go to the performing bands. Please support the hard-working musicians by putting what you can in one of the envelopes and put it in the box during the evening.

Get ready to celebrate cresting the hump of your work week in style: join us at 5000 Rainier Ave. S. in Columbia City for a Wednesday evening you won’t soon forget!

8:00 p.m.: Sazerac Orkestra*
9:30 p.m.: The m9
11:00 p.m.: Chaotic Noise Marching Corps

*All times approximate – set trading, wild interruptions, and other musical debauchery may occur! Get your seat early!

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City Cantabile Choir premieres “The Tiger and the Deep Blue Sea” in honor of Earth Day

Tiger and the Deep Blue Sea seattle twistSaturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

University Congregational Church, 4515 16th Avenue NE, Seattle

Delight in this new original cantata that brings together three local composers who share a concern for the environment.
• Frederick N. West, who is classically trained with roots in rock ‘n roll.
• Kent Stevenson, a composer and gospel pianist who will be joined by singers from St. Therese Parish, Shades of Praise and Jubilation Choirs and the Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir
• Eduardo Mendonca, a Brazilian singer and director of BrazilFest at the Seattle Center.
Tickets: or call 800.838.3006.
$15 Advance $20 At the door

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Intruders Join Josh Simmons at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present the debut of Josh Simmons latest work, Black River, with an art exhibition, short film screening and book signing on Saturday, April 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007’s acclaimed House. A group of women, one man, and two dogs make their way through a post-apocalyptic nightmare in search of civilization in this epic horror comic. Simmons will present original pages from the book together with prints, two film shorts, and a book signing. Adding to the atmosphere, Fantagraphics Bookstore is located along the former banks of Seattle’s Black River, which dried up after the dredging of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in 1916.

Joining Josh Simmons on April 25 will be his colleagues from Seattle’s adventurous Intruder comix tabloid celebrating the release of their 15th issue. The Intruder regularly publishes the work of the region’s most accomplished contemporary cartoonists. Simmons contributes a two-page story in the latest issue.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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