“Help Us Help the Homeless” Donations of twin-size blankets & sleeping bags (machine washable) will be accepted at both concerts & distributed to area emergency shelters.
Hear some of the most definitive and popular songs that influenced events, moved people to action and helped alter the course of history throughout the world. Pop to folk, world music to anthems, this concert covers the gamut and will include audience sing-alongs of several songs.
From Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s protest of the Vietnam War and John Lennon’s Imagine to the Suffragettes battle song and protest songs against the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela, this concert conveys the power of song to resist oppression, inspire freedom and galvanize and rally communities around the globe.
Additional concert: Sunday, November 23, at 7 p.m.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in association with Short Run Comix and Arts Festival, is pleased to present Marathon II, the second annual Short Run art show featuring Tom Neely, Ed Piskor, Josh Porcellino, MariNaomi, Josh Simmons, and Pam Wishbow. The exhibition and book signing on Friday, November 14 serves as a reception for participants and fans of the lively comix convention held the following day at Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District.
The exhibition title references the daunting challenge of establishing a viable career in alternative comix. Marathon II showcases a diverse group of gifted artists that defied the odds. John Porcellino is one of the pioneers of the minicomics movement. His primitive King-Cat Comics, which debuted in 1989, document his determination to change perceptions of contemporary cartooning. Tom Neely similarly struggled to fashion a livable income in self-publishing. His fortunes turned when he began producing Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, which follows the fictional romance of punk rock personalities Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig. This modest minicomic became a pop culture sensation, and has since been collected into a full graphic novel featuring Neely and other independent cartoonists, including fellow Los Angles artist MariNoami, who will present her new collection Dragon’s Breath at the event.
Pittsburg’s Ed Piskor collaborated with seminal self-publisher Harvey Pekar on American Splendor and other projects. He current series, Hip Hop Family Tree, from Fantagraphics Books, follows early practitioners of the inner city idiom through their rise to international notoriety. Seattle-based artist Josh Simmons also self-published comix prior to his association with Fantagraphics Books. Pam Wishbow represents an emerging artist at the outset of her career.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet exhibiting artists and other participants in the Short Run Comix and Arts Festival on Friday, November 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore 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.
The world premiere of Juxtapoz Presents: Gone Again will take place at the 31st Olympia Film Festival on November 9, 2014 at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia, Washington, followed by a revival screening of The Treasures of Long Gone John. The new short film will also premiere simultaneously on Juxtapoz.com, followed by a Q&A with director Gregg Gibbs and producer Maura McCoy will follow the short film
Juxtapoz Presents: Gone Again is a visual tour of the elaborately decorated surroundings of the legendary art and music collector Long Gone John. Filmed at his estate in the upper woods of Olympia, WA, this short film is a fantastical journey through the maze of John’s aesthetic mind and personal obsessions. John’s spare, singular narration gives voice to an interior monologue set against the backdrop of an optical nirvana. The Treasures of Long Gone John celebrates its 10 year anniversary.
Michael Alm’s “The Wild Hunting Dog (Wandering Diorama)” opens Thursday, November 6th at Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle. The Diorama was first installed at the LoFi 2014 Ad Hoc Festival this past summer and we will host its second appearance at the First Thursday Art Walk on November 6. The installation will be up through Saturday 8 November.
Alm’s installation is inspired by the Hunting Dog diorama at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and its 7ft tall 14ft wide freestanding frame commands attention. From the side the installation is flat and lifeless, but as a viewer squares their gaze with the frame, the composition dramatically solidifies.
Michael Alm is a Seattle-based mixed media sculptor. His lifelike and intricate studies address wildness, native nature, and the dynamics of animal movement. Each sculpture is imbued with the passion he has for wildlife and anatomy. Alm’s understanding of materials and techniques are distinctive and have been distilled from years of development in his studio. Inspired by biology, natural history, and exploration, Alm spends much of his time researching animal physiology, and reading biographies of the naturalists who have expanded this field. Not unlike natural history museums, Alm brings his audience face to face with the beauty, oddity, and fragility of nature.
Local author and therapist Joe Guppy writes about his experience with paranoid psychosis caused from taking some medication proscribed by his doctor for gastrointestinal distress. Following the breakdown, Joe spent two and a half months in a mental hospital and another two and a half months at a halfway house. His book My Fluorescent God details his journey of illness and recovery.
Tattoo and visual artists Roni Falgout, Erika Jones and Charliegrrl bring their tat-inspired art to the Seattle School of Rock for the monthly Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Art Walk on Friday, November 14th, 6-9pm. Stop by for some great art, live music by the School of Rock kids and light refreshments. Seattle School of Rock is located at 106 N. 85th, in the lane behind Bartells. Look for the signs!
Roni Falgout is from Louisiana, but has lived in the Seattle area since 1980. Roni’s main gig is as a tattoo artist. She has been professionally tattooing since 1992, and is currently at 522 Tattoo in Lake Forest Park, Wa. She feels extremely lucky to be able to do art for a living as well as getting the unique opportunity to share in the experiences and stories that people are commemorating with a new tattoo. She also loves music. Two of her favorites are Tom Waits and the band, Ween.
Erika Jones has been tattooing since the mid 90’s, but it isn’t always wanted to do. When she was younger, she saw herself designing skateboard graphics, album covers or animating cartoons. Of course, this was before she turned 18 and got her first tattoo. Everything changed when she realized she could create the same style of artwork but permanently…on people…and not have to get up before noon! Once she started tattooing, honing her art skills became her only focus for a long time. It is only recently that she started painting again and it has taken on a life of it’s own, totally exposing her inner fan girl. She says when she paints, she reverts back to that child who wanted to create art that tells a story, has a sense of humor and a lot of my personality to it.
Tattoo artist and painter Charliegrrl was born in Colorado, where she was raised by her father, Ron, who played a strong musical influence in her life at an early age. The sounds of Iron Maiden and Metallica graced the family breakfast table every day over bacon and eggs, and she says this is probably why she likes so much black in her paintings. She moved to Seattle in the spring of 2009 to follow the music that had so greatly influenced her life and art growing up. She now works in the beautiful Greenwood neighborhood at Fist Full of Metal Tattoo.
Fantagraphics Bookstore is pleased to welcome a crew of incredibly talented emerging cartoonists on Saturday, October 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Simon Hanselmann from Australia and Canadians Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will join American artists Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte in presenting their imaginative new works to Seattle audiences for the first time.
Simon Hanselmann developed an international following with his Girl Mountain Tumblr. The characters in Megahex – his debut collection from Fantagraphics Books – are at once melancholy and comedic while dealing with issues of substance abuse, poverty, depression and misanthropy in a perversely seductive fashion.
Michael DeForge honed his idiosyncratic style on webcomics before publishing the first issue of Lose five years ago. DeForge also contributes to Cartoon Network’s popular Adventure Time animated series. He’ll sign copies of Lose #6 from adventurous Toronto publisher Koyama Press.
Lane Milburn of Baltimore’s Closed Caption Comics Collective will sign copies of Twelve Gems, his sublime new space opera from Fantagraphics Books.
Conor Stechschulte will present his debut graphic novella The Amateurs wherein two rural butchers suffer from a peculiar case of amnesia with disastrous results.
Patrick Kyle brings his background as an illustrator to Distance Mover, a Koyama Press collection of his surreal science fiction minicomics of the same name.
This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street, is open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Celebrated Seattle author Danny Bland will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Friday, October 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM presenting his new book of haiku, I Apologize in Advance For the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do. Bland will engage in conversation with equally accomplished Northwest author Jonathan Evison, followed by a reading, book signing and reception.
Bland’s collection of haiku – from Seattle’s illustrious Sub Pop label where he once worked – follows on the heels of his acclaimed novel, In Case We Die, published by Fantagraphics Books. His clever verse is accompanied by photographs from artist and musician Greg Dulli, who recently performed at Bumbershoot with his band Afghan Whigs. (Dulli also appeared with Bland at Fantagraphics Bookstore at the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee in July 2013 reading from In Case We Die.)
Like Bland and Dulli, Jonathan Evison shares a background in music, having fronted the Bainbridge Island punk band March of Crimes that included future members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Evison went on to become the award-winning author of several novels, including All About Lulu, West of Here, and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Look for a lively discussion between these two colorful literary figures.
Fantagraphics Bookstore 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
From the summer rambles we’re moving into the Autumn, and to mark the change of season the Fremont Arts Council presents the sweet, superbly beautiful Luminata. It’s a night time parade of lanterns and illuminated costumes, trip creatures, marching bands and a great family friendly welcome to Autumn.
Bring your lanterns, lighty toys, illuminated costumes, EL wire creations, light up hats, anything you’ve got to light up the route! They’ve go three marching bands this year, so get ready to be dancing!
Since it’s on Sunday this year, they’re going to start earlier with a picnic and lantern making right at Green Lake Park. They’ll have a booth selling lanterns to raise money for the FAC and then the Parade itself gets together at 7 pm.
Then, if you attend, you will dance in a gorgeous feast for the eyes and ears all the way to the Secret Banquet, where the host the Prince of Summer will welcome King Winter in his usual way – look out for the sparks! – and there will be cider and cookies at hand.
Famed alternative cartoonist Charles Burns will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM presenting his new book Sugar Skull. He will be followed on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM by Chris Wright signing copies of his recent graphic novel Blacklung.
Seattle native Charles Burns, now a resident of Philadelphia, was among the founders of the alternative comix movement in the 1970s when he emerged from The Evergreen State College with Lynda Barry and Matt Groening. This trio of gifted artists began syndicating their innovative comic strips in alternative weeklies, which gave momentum to a new approach to cartooning. Burns’ groundbreaking graphic novel Black Hole, serialized by Fantagraphics Books, is considered a masterpiece of the form. The story is set in 1970s Seattle and was recently featured in the critically acclaimed film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Burns will be signing copies of his highly anticipated new book Sugar Skull, which completes a trilogy that began with X’ed Out, followed by The Hive. Burns’ unique graphic sensibility has left and indelible mark on Seattle’s culture through his early work with Sub Pop and The Rocket. Join us in welcoming this influential artist back home on Friday, September 19.
Chris Wright is among a new breed of emerging artists building on the foundation laid by Burns and others. His recent graphic novel from Fantagraphics Books, Blacklung, combines elements of otherworldly adventure and horror rendered in brutal detail – unquestionably one of the most impressive graphic novel debuts in recent years. The signing on Sunday, September 21 marks the artist’s first visit to Seattle. Fantagraphics Bookstore 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, Sunday until 5:00 PM. 206.658.0110.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of posters featured in the new book, 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s – 1950s. The show opens on Saturday, September 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Editor Mark Fertig will be available to discuss the work and sign copies of the book. The exhibition continues through November 10, 2014.
The film noir genre holds a special place in American cinema and the posters reveal a lot about mid-century aesthetics. As director William Friedkin observes in the book’s introduction, “The posters convey the style and content of the movies they were designed to advertise, and yet they represent an art form of their own. They are a valid and important school of American art.” These posters depict the biggest stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood in some of their most memorable roles. The book includes both a synopsis and fascinating analysis of the films depicted by the posters.
Editor Mark Fertig will attend the opening to discuss and sign copies of the book. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Don’t miss appearances by Seattle native Charles Burns signing his new graphic novel Sugar Skull on Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Chris Wright signing Black Lung on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.
It’s that time again for the Phinney Greenwood Art Walk, Friday, Sept. 12th from 6-9pm at the Seattle School of Rock located at 106 N. 85th, behind Bartells.
John Hunter has painted in oils since 1990, and has a reputation for intensely bright, rich colors and odd perspectives and organic shapes.
Influences range from impressionism, expressionism and cubism to illustrative style and heavy surrealism. The Machine series is an opinion and surreal fantasy about the current state of technology. Using useless gadgetry and senseless circuitry to portray the world is the direction this series aims for.
Amy D’Acquisto is a jewelry-maker, painter, seamstress, photographer, and fiber artist, Amy D’Acquisto develops her life-long love with the physical world in multiple mediums.
A Northwest Native, Amy’s current obsessions are with acrylic paint, miniature fiber arts, semi-precious stone beadwork, and encaustic bees wax. Having degrees in Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture as well as art, she loves to pull from nature, using highly organic and textural items mixed with classic craftwork and post-industrial imagery.
From Hing Hay Park (ID) to NEPO House (Beacon Hill)
For just one day local artists transform nearly 5km of ordinary city streets into an urban wonderland. Come see their site-specific installations and performances, bring your friends, kids, uncles and aunts, and remember: hop, skip and jump – just don’t run!
CURATORS: Klara Glosova, Sierra Stinson, Zack Bent and Serrah Russell
START IN HING HAY PARK (423 Maynard Ave S) 1:00 PM
ADMISSION $15. Children are free. Please bring cash cuz it’s that kind of event, yo.
Registration by Vis-a-Vis Society 12:00 – 3:00 PM
MC Willie Fitzgerald
Art Tours by the Frye Art Museum docents
ARTWALK 1:00 – 6:00 pm
FINISH LINE AT NEPO HOUSE (1723 S Lander St)
DJ Sharlese / Performances curated by Alice Gosti 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Chastity Belt / Dude York 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Music organized by Help Yourself Records
Drink or Don’t Drink Garden 3:00 – 9:00 PM
Food trucks: Chopstix Mobile and Curb Jumper Street Eats
We recommend taking Light Rail. Stations located a few blocks from both start and finish line.
Posters by Jonathan Horn
Maps by MKNZ Porritt
Water and recycling station provided by Friends of Lewis Park.
Stage for performances donated by Velocity Dance Center.
Beer donated by the generous Hilliards.
September 5 to October 11, 2014
Artist’s Reception, Friday, September 5, 6 to 8PM
This is the second solo exhibition of works by Lauren Grossman at Platform Gallery. The new work in Ghost Variations explores the materiality of glass in combination with other media. Exploiting the transparency and visual lightness of the material, Grossman considers ideas surrounding ‘giving up the ghost’—including the last breath, final words, the problems of the insubstantiality of the ‘spirit’, the ever-elusive Holy Ghost, as well as the literal breath required to inflate a hot glass bubble.
Lauren Grossman has been exhibiting her work for over thirty years in diverse venues as the Wright Exhibition Space, the Kirkland Art Center, the John Michael Koehler Art Center, Oregon State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Puget Sound, as well as galleries in the Northwest and nationally. Her work can be found in the collections of Microsoft, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, the City of Seattle, Special Collections at the University of Washington, the Matthews Collection at the Arizona State University, as well as several private collections.
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This Month at Racer Runts!
Rose Marie Haynes and Special Surprise Guests!
Cafe Racer is proud to present the monthly all-ages show the first Saturday of every month called “Racer Runts”, starting at 4pm. The next show will be at Cafe Racer located at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE near Ravenna and the UW in Seattle and is on Saturday, March 1st. Come by for some fun music from some of Seattle’s most talented youth from 4 to 7pm. Full menu at Cafe Racer, full bar, all-ages welcome!
Enjoy rock music, jazz, ukulele, skits, poetry, spoken word, singer/songwriter performances and more, while enjoying good food, refreshing beverages and good company.
This is an ongoing event that will take place the first Saturday of the month at Cafe Racer. For more information about performing, please contact Jack David at 206-335-4981