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.
114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11AM to 5PM
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
So who’s coming with me this year? It’s August, and I’m already planning my annual pilgrimage in December to the art Disneyland that is ART BASEL MIAMI (the Huffington post referred to it as the Art world’s Spring BreaK. Apt). I’ve been the last 6 years & wouldn’t miss it, I’m in “hog heaven” surrounded by art at every junction, throw in perfect weather, beautiful people from all over the world, creative installations, performance art, parties day and night, all that incredible art deco architecture and saturated color (sorely lacking in Seattle). Even the dog-tired long moonlit walk back to our hotels, strolling in the sand is magical. Walking home on the charming ‘Espanola way’ (a small street for pedestrian strolling, twinkling lights and cafes) a bicyclist passed me, his basket filled with Lemurs. My fave German couple in their matching outfits were there again, as always…
You cannot possibly see all the art in Miami and Miami Beach in the 4 or 5 days allotted to the Fairs (technically it’s Thursday-Sunday, but press parties and openings are happening in advance Tuesday and Wednesday as well). Art Basel Miami is the “big enchilada” and biggest draw, roughly 300 galleries and booths, some of which are designated for emerging galleries or hand-chosen installation artists. Many of the Blue Chip dealers from all over the globe inhabit the spaces, many of whom spend a quarter million dollars to exhibit here. So there’s artists you’ve only read about, and 20th century Masterworks commanding equally masterful price-tags (in many cases, not listed. Guess if you have to ask you can’t afford it? And forget red dots, marking things as sold is so déclassé).
I’m clearly a tourist in that world of high finance, but it’s a helluva lot of fun visiting (and celebrities galore in attendance: Lionel & Nichole Richie, Steven Tyler, Kevin Spacey, Pharrell Williams, Diddy, Leonardo Di Caprio, Zoe Saldana, Gabrielle Union, Martha Stewart, Paris Hilton, Diddy, Kim & Kanye always seem to be regulars, David Arquette, Cindy Crawford, Marc Anthony, Eva Longoria, Elle Mcpherson, Rose Mcgowan, etc. Is there anyone left at home in Hollywood?). And of course lots of European and Middle East royalty, too.
But in addition to the tried and true of the established galleries, it’s a great place to spot trends, and my favourite work of all 5 days (wherein one sees literally hundreds of thousands of pieces of art) was at ABM. That was a Chinese installation by Wang Yuyang that we were all calling ‘The Breathing room’, tho in reality might have been entitled THE OFFICE. And easily dismissed if just walking by in the sensory overload that is that art-filled convention center.
This was a small, run-down and cramped office in a back corner in the ‘Positions’ sector, the usual frosted glass in front, desks with fax machines, phones, staplers, stacks of correspondence, file cabinets, the computers, the mouse; the usual debris & ephemera of a working cubicle. Only, when looking closely and quietly, EVERY SINGLE OBJECT “breathed” softly: in – out – in – out – in- out. Subtle, creepy, powerful and incredibly well done, each piece cast in silicone and motorized, echoing the absent lifeforce of the unseen workers.
Something else I liked a lot was a giant snow globe, but it was pumping out flecks of gold, not snow, by Israeli artist Nir Hod (who immediately sold 2, at $250,000 apiece).
Another of my favourites was a space from Lima, Revolver Galeria. Each of the artists had wonderful work. The central piece was by Jose Carlos Martinat, ISLA, consisting of 2 artificial palm trees. Hidden in the leaves was a printer spitting out political updates about the U.S relationships with Puerto Rico and Cuba. All of these small sheets floated down to form the sandy island surround. Another of them (was it Giancarlo Scaglia?) did gorgeous large scale dark oil landscapes centered around a Peruvian Prison Island, now long abandoned. Nightime portraits of the ocean, and rotting timbers of the prison in the sandy tropical terrain. Jerry Martin rendered what appeared to be beautiful, if subtle huge portraits of trees. Only looking closer was it obvious all the bark was made from words, telling stories of the island.
And that brings to mind one of the trends I saw at all the venues seemed to be text. Every fair featured multiple artists using words in both 2-D & 3D work. Words were featured in Neon, in Drawings, in sculptures, embroidery, collage, you name it. Since I’ve used text in my own work for 20 years this is one I embrace.
There was quite a few wonderful drawings and paintings, as a painter and drawing instructor I appreciated seeing such quality flat work again. A strong series was at Context, I think (or was it Art Miami?), intricate sketches of tattooed prison immates. A lot of art all over seemed to feature ethnicity, lots of ‘statement’ art about tough guys, but a primarily caucasian wealthy crowd buying it. White guilt?
KIN LIV, Frankinsense and Myrrh (by Whitfield Lovell)
DEADLY FRIENDS (by Patrick Lee)
SLANDER (by Richard Stipl)
PURE LARD (by Vanesa German)
WHITEWASH (by Titus Kaphar)
Another popular direction seemed to be Resins and acrylic sculptures, those were big in my college days of the 70’s, so a fun retro concept with updated twists. Mocking self-irony has always been big here.
2 pieces by the same artist (Desire Obtain Cherish):
“It’s Not Art Till The Check Clears.” (above) & “Intensive Care Units” (below) made of gold and plexiglass. Zoom in to see the designer names.
Collage was omni-present, too, and tapestry and quilting, a trend we’ve seen here in Seattle for a while between Luke & Joey’s quilts, and Robert Hardgrave’s new stitched pieces and costuming, and the last 10 years of needlepointed and embroidered additions to “women’s work” of hankies, doilies and table cloths.
STERLING RUBY, SOFT WORK (by Xavier Hufkens)
MADONNA (by Joe Brainard, 1966)
Speaking of gender stereotypes, there were fewer penises and guns everywhere than in year past (yay!), though now some glittery vaginas. Parity? Scarcely, since these were in conjunction with high-heels, so not exactly “girl power”, but at least a slight shift towards equal opportunity.
There are multiple fairs set up in the area, both Miami and Miami Beach, to capitalize on the huge crowds (at least 60,000 collectors, artists and appreciators descend from all over the globe. It’s far more multi-cultural than any other fair I’ve ever attended). This year, several of the fairs are moving from Miami proper down to South Beach, making it easier to get to more of them, as they are spread out across the 2 cities (with a large body of water in between). However, the transit systems are great, lots of shuttles run by the largest of the fairs, & decent public transportation running all night, as well as strangers sharing cabs together since we all have the same destinations. In one van last year there were 7 countries represented in the 8 seats.
Each of those artfairs has a different flavour, & we all have our favourites. Mine -besides the glory of ArtBasel Miami itself- is consistently SCOPE (now on the Beachfront). To me it has high quality work but a little more humour/clever bent. Maybe a “pop” art bias, for lack of better description, There always seem to be lots of West Coast galleries there, or that’s the feel. This year it had one of my other favourite artists of the entire week, Jeremiah Johnson of Pennsylvania. I found his work ingenious: he made paper houses, each unique, modeled after the repossessed homes in his neighborhood. The material he uses is credit card offers, collected since the Housing crisis of 2007. Houses in general seemed to be another trend, structures made from glass, from salt, from wood, from paper. But these stood out.
A few booths over I loved the Basenji sculptures, little canine terrariums, can’t find images of them on the web, but tiny dogs as landscapes. Seemed to be a lot of animal art again.
There’s a great panoramic 3D tour, but takes a while to go through all the aisles (& clearly shot in the set-up phase, since no crowds):
Other fairs that I thought were strong were CONTEXT, a relatively new one, I’d describe it as smart & classy, for a way to compartmentalize them in my own mind (it does become a blur, so forgive my mental shortcuts). It’s the “sister fair” to Art Miami, & featured 70 galleries w/ mid-career artists.
AQUA is consistently good, and not just because it was started and run by Seattleites Jaq & Dirk up until 2013. It has the best “vibe”, every night’s a party around the wading pool. It’s in a vintage motel, complete with open-air courtyard (oh, did I mention many of these fairs have booze sponsors? So that adds to the convivial atmosphere and undoubtedly boosts sales, too). There’s about 45 galleries each set up in a room, from all over the US (and International, but primarily North America).
INK is a really sweet little gem, right in the heart down on 18th & Collins ave in the beautiful Dorchester Suites. It’s all devoted to prints and works on paper, 15 or so upscale galleries, a quiet, more respectful setting tucked away under the palms.
In Miami proper there’s an area in Wynwood where multiple fairs set up next to each other and nearby, in enormous white tents that can hold thousands of people, Art Miami (another consistently good one) is one of those. Another I really liked this year was the MIAMI PROJECT, Greg Kucera was there this year, in departure from the last few years where he was tied in to Art Miami. Our own Paul Rucker was part of a strong gallery at MP, too, and in the evenings Paul was also performing Cello & poetry in South Beach, outside of one of the hotels, which are always HOPPING at night. Lively social scene, I’d guess as much networking is done in the bars at all those Art Deco nightclubs and bars as takes place inside the Artfair walls.
In that area I’ve learned to skip RED DOT, just feels a little more amateurish, and with so much ground to cover it’s an easy sacrifice. I wish I had skipped SPECTRUM, it was gruesomely bad: lots of naked girls in martini glasses and badly rendered prowling tigers, and what a friend of mine aptly described as “nail polish paintings”.
Not too far away was another new one, ART BRASIL. It was small, some pleasant work, woefully under-attendended, or at least when I was there seemed undeservedly empty that evening.
PARA VOCE VER MELHOR (“for you to see better”) by Nazareno
The 2 of note which are off on their own are PULSE, a consistently strong fair in Miami proper, with more East Coast/European vibe to me (again, my mental shorthand way to separate them all). It feels sophisticated, but hip, plus has hammocks in the yard, a grassy lawn & Perrier sponsorship so a nice oasis to the heat, hustle and bustle. In 2014 they are moving to South Beach, which will be a nice change having even more of the fairs grouped and walkable.
NADA is the furthest up in North Miami Beach, and never one of my favourites, too abstract/conceptual, the “I don’t get it” school of art (eg, that fishing lure dangling on a canvas for thousands of $). But I still want to see it every year although I find it almost painful (brings out my “a 2 year old could paint that” boorish, cranky side), and amongst some of my very knowledgeable friends it’s their top choice. It does have a completely different feel than the others, and variety is the spice of life. I just wish I had someone explaining the work to me as I run through in 15 minutes: “what makes those 6 unadorned rocks on that piece of red carpet valuable?” Enquiring minds want to know…
And then there’s all the events! The block parties, the fantastic Wynwood walls scene (the graffiti neighborhood, you can literally smell the aerosols. But incredible art all over, by Internationally known young artists, and SUCH a loud, young party scene that goes all night). The Museums all have events (don’t miss the lovely small Wolfsonian in South Beach), there’s receptions at the private collections, each fair has a VIP evening or brunch, it’s pretty non-stop and overwhelming but I love every minute. Yes, I spend a LOT of time trying to find accommodation deals (they do jack up the prices everywhere for that week), that’s why I’m starting early. Airfares might be cheaper flying into Ft. Lauderdale. The Dade county bus system is wonderful, and all the free shuttles, plus the Tri-rail trains, there’s no need for a rental car (and with the inflated parking lot prices and meters on the street active until midnight, why bother?).
So I repeat: “who’s coming with me?”.
Miami Beach Art Fairs
Art Basel Miami Beach | Aqua Art Miami | Design Miami | Ink Miami | NADA Art Fair
New Material Art Fair | PULSE Miami | SELECT Fair | Scope Miami | Untitled.
Miami Art Fairs
Art Miami | Art Spot | Concept-Fair | CONTEXT | Fridge Art Fair | Miami Project | Miami River Art Fair | Red Dot Art Fair | Spectrum
Private Art Collections, Art Centers and Art Museums
Bakehouse Art Complex
561 NW 32nd Street, Miami, FL 33127, (305) 576-2828
Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Avenue (between 21st & 22nd), Miami Beach, FL (305) 673-7530
CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation
1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136, (305) 455-3380
de la Cruz Collection / Contemporary Art Space
23 NE 41ST Street, Miami, FL 33137, (305) 576-6112
Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33124, (305) 284-3535
Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
591 NW 27th Street, Miami, FL 33127, (305) 576-1051
MDC Museum of Art + Design
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132, (305) 237-7700
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University, 10975 SW 17th ST, Miami, FL 33199, (305) 348-2890
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132, (305) 375-3000
Calendar/Website for details.
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161, (305) 893-6211
Rubell Family Collection / Contemporary Arts Foundation
95 NW 29th Street, Miami, FL 33127, (305) 573-6090
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
33251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129, (305) 250-9133
A great place to get outside and enjoy the Florida weather.
Florida International University, 1001 Washington AVE, Miami Beach, FL 33139, (305) 531-1001
Here are some further articles on the Fairs that I enjoyed, from disparate points of view. These are just quick random selections, I’m guessing there are literally MILLIONS of articles about it if you want to do some research…
If you attend this weekend’s Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle, be sure to visit the exhibition Jini Dellaccio: January 31, 1917 – July 3, 2014 curated by Chuck Pennington and Larry Reid. This show celebrates the life, career and art of Jini Dellaccio, an American photographer best known for her 1960s images of Northwest rock and roll acts including The Sonics, The Wailers, Merrilee Rush, The Daily Flash and many others. This special tribute show celebrates the diverse subjects of Dellaccio’s lens over her storied career. Friday afternoon offers free viewing of art exhibits. The festival this year features music by the Replacements, Mission of Burma, Negativeland, Dream Syndicate, Afghan Whigs, Foster the People, and more.
A real roast suckling pig and other Polynesian treats at the first annual Luau Party at the Royal Room! Great food and great music by The Splash Downs, Banzai Surf, Lushy and the Ukadelics!
Enjoy a pig roast buffet starting at 6pm. Music starts at 7:30pm. Spend the evening enjoying the Aloha spirit with your friends and those friends you haven’t met yet, eating great food, sipping an exotic cocktail or microbrew and listening to great music. Under 21 welcome until 10pm. Watch out for the Spam surprise!
The Royal Room is located at 5000 Rainier Ave. S. in Columbia City in Seattle
6:00 pm Kahlua Pig Buffet
7:30 The Ukadelics
10:15 Banzai Surf
11:30 The Splashdowns
OkStupid is a live comedy show about online dating, starring Patrick Higgins and featuring three guests critiquing some OkCupid profiles.
Hosted by Patrick Higgins, the winner of the 2012 Tri-City Joke Off, this east coast transplant has performed all along the west coast including Portland, LA, Tacoma, Seattle and in between. Visit him online, www.patrickhasfeelings.com
Comedian Tyler Smith… Host of YouTube’s marijuana cooking show Somethings Burning, Tyler Smith has performed his hilarious comedy across the country and beyond. Follow him on Twitter.
Entertainer Honey Bucket… A staple in the Seattle drag scene, her CD “American Ho” was critically praised. Visit her online, http://mizzhoneybucket.com
Seattle pianist and crooner extraordinaire Monty Banks is back in town this summer for a number of exclusive engagements, which this Saturday includes a special set in the historic Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel.
Banks, whose regular gigs have included Vito’s, the Dinette, the Century Ballroom and the Baltic Room, now lives in New Orleans as a musician but returns to his hometown every summer. The gig at the Sorrento came about when he needed a place to stay earlier this summer. “I was running around doing a series of gigs in June, at the Space Needle and elsewhere, and took a room at the Sorrento for its location,” he says. “That night the great Overton Berry was in the Fireside Room, and I found the atmosphere and the staff were so incredible and one-of-a-kind that I couldn’t believe I had a chance to play there. I felt like I’d won a lottery.”
Banks, who often plays with other local jazz musicians, will be demonstrating his full range of New Orleans piano style in a solo set that also will feature the classic crooning styles Banks picked up during his years in Vegas.
The show, which represents a great way to class up your evening over dinner or drinks, is no cover.
Who: Monty Banks
What: New Orleans-style piano and classic crooning
Beginning in 2008, the Georgetown Merchants Association commissioned graphic artist Tim Silbaugh to design posters for the Georgetown Art Attack. Working with Fantagraphics curator and GMA president Larry Reid, Silbaugh’s monthly motifs convey something about the distinctive character and colorful culture of the historic Georgetown industrial arts corridor.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will host an exhibition of the posters next door at All City Coffee opening Saturday, July 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The digital composite prints on archival stock are available in a signed, limited edition. Prints can be purchased at Fantagraphics Bookstore for the modest price of $25. The exhibition continues through September 9, 2014.