When not working as an Emmy-winning writer for animated series like Camp Lazlo, Phineas and Ferb, SpongeBob Squarepants, the cartoonist Kaz has been drawing his weekly Underworld comic strip since 1992, including a long run in Seattle’s alternative weekly The Stranger. Come celebrate the first comprehensive collection of his clever creation on February 13 with a book signing and art exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood collects the most memorable strips from the 23-year lifetime of the strip, together with photos, anecdotes, and related Underworld ephemera. The strip chronicles a degenerate society populated by parodies of vaguely familiar pop culture characters.
Meet this exceptional artist on his first visit to Seattle on Saturday, February 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event coincides with the Valentines edition of the Georgetown Art Attack, celebrating 8 years of compelling visual and performing arts presentations throughout the romantic industrial arts corridor. An interesting sideshow at the Kaz event will be local artist Ellen Forney revealing her Kaz-designed full back tattoo for the first time. Forney was a featured artist at the very first Art Attack in February, 2008. Her profile has increased dramatically in the intervening 8 years.
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.
Visual Art Tribute group show at Warlock Labs
David Bowies influence on music is immeasurable. Join a group of talented visual artists in their homage to this incredible man at the monthly Greenwood Art Walk on Friday, February 12th at the Warlock Labs in Greenwood at 101 N. 85th Street, #203 in Seattle at 6-10pm
Who: Racer Runts and Cafe Racer
What: Youth Music Show
Where: Cafe Racer at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WA 98105
When: Saturday, Feb. 6th 4-7pm
Why: Kids get the opportunity to play their original music on stage
Seattle musician Jack David, 19, decided to approach the owner of Cafe Racer, Kurt Geissell and ask him if he’d be interested in a show put on by the under-21 crowd and Kurt jumped at the chance. “Can you imagine if we would have had that opportunity when we where their age? We never had a place to play music when I was growing up” said Kurt. He decided to turn the 1st Saturday of every month over to young drummer Jack David. Jack had been going to the cafe since he was 11 years old in 2008. Says Jack “I grew up watching bands and listening to music at Cafe Racer and always wanted to play on the Cafe Racer stage and now I am and I can also help other kids play music there too!”
This is a great place for kids to be introduced to music and everyone is welcome, young and old. Cafe Racer features the renowned “Official Bad Art Museum of Art” and great food, including the famous “Wonder Wiener” of hotdog fame.
Jack plays in the Nyamuziwa Marimba Band, he’s on the Redline, Seattle University’s drumline and he’s the drummer for the Seattle band “Deer Park”. You can hear their music here: https://deerparkmusic.bandcamp.com/album/quentin-in-my-vitamins
This months entertainment features 3 bands featuring incredible young women with original material (and a couple of dudes.)
Free admission (though Cafe Racer serves great food, soft drinks, beer, wine and full bar) All-Ages!!
The bands are:
The Rug Smuggle ( Alternative band and Bob Ross fans)
Red Bloom (All Girls. All Rock. All Good) https://www.facebook.com/redbloomband/ —
Wild Within (3 girls, 13 instruments, folk music)
Racer Runts Youth Show at Cafe Racer – Don’t miss it!
Ceramic Art Tile Sale hosted by Laura Brodax and Janet Galore, featuring a collection of quirky + original vintage tile (never used), a surplus of mosaic shards, oddments of delightful artist-made tile and more from the collection of artist Laura Brodax. In 1984, she obtained a large amount of vintage tile from Norton Tile and Marble. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view and purchase boxes of vintage eclectic Spanish tile, original Pomona 1940’s California wall tile and pieces from public art projects!
Sat Jan 30: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sun Jan 31: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
The Grocery, a creative art and idea space
3001 21st Ave S, Seattle WA 98144
Laura Brodax is a ceramic tile artist, photographer and serigrapher who works with photographic images printed onto porcelain tile, clay shapes and mosaics.
Pop Up Art Tile Sale!
Jim Basnight will host a David Bowie Tribute/Sing-Along at the Lucky Liquor Tavern
10325 E Marginal Way S., Tukwila, WA 98168
Lucky Liquor is a little south of Georgetown, near Boeing Field
Sat Jan 23 2016 at 8PM (sharp).
Jim will be welcoming special guests who will perform Bowie songs, either with him or self-accompanied.
I went to his last tribute at the Highline a few days ago and it was awesome, so I recommend this event highly!
Songs that Basnight performed for sing along at the previous Bowie tribute included:
Space Oddity, Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud, Man Who Sold the World, Changes, Queen Bitch, Andy Warhol, Five Years, Moonage Daydream, Hang on to Yourself, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Rock and Roll Suicide, All the Young Dudes, Watch That Man, Jean Genie, Drive in Saturday, John I’m Only Dancing, Panic in Detroit, Cracked Actor, Sorrow, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, Where Have All the Good Times Gone, Can’t Explain, Diamond Dogs, Rebel Rebel, Young Americans, Win, Golden Years, Heroes, Fame, Fashion, Satellite of Love, Perfect Day, Vicious, Ballrooms of Mars, Telegram Sam, Jeepster, Waiting For The Man, White Light/White Heat, Funtime, the Passenger, One of the Boys, Down at Max’s and more.
Come on out and help Pleasure Island (Surf Music), Zooma Bella (Rat Pack lounge musice) and Rat City Brass (our own home-grown homage to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
Come help raise some non-corporate cash for Bernie Sanders – hosted by Julie Mains
The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118
REAL TIME is the inaugural exhibit for ACT’s new series called ART at ACT, for which they will invite area artists to show work in a variety of art forms.
This first event features four Seattle artists, Scott Bennett, Marne Cohen-Vance, Laurie Le Clair and Jeff Scott, showing interactive Installation Art works. The works will be avialable for viewing by appointment after the opening reception, through February 19th. Please come to our reception – and bring friends! Admission is free and there will be vino and snacks.
There are so few places where artists can exhibit giant-sized installation projects. With the loss of Suyama Space, there are even fewer. Act Theater and the featured artists are hoping to jump-start ACT as a venue by hosting this big opening event on the 21st. The hope is it will be successful enough to convince ACT to keep doing it, providing a great exhibit space for artists who like to work big. Please show up and support their effort by being present!
700 Union Street
Opening Thursday, January 21st, 2016 – 5 to 8pm
Building ‘Off the Grid’ at Rangerville
Premiering Tuesday, January 19th, 7pm, DIY Network (Channel 203 on Comcast)
This past summer the rural Pacific NW property of local artist Ranger Kidwell-Ross was selected as the location for an episode of DIY Network’s ‘Building Off the Grid’ television series. For six weeks starting in late August and ending on October 8th, Kidwell-Ross was joined by renowned alternative builder, Sunray Kelley and his assistant Sierra Sandra-Hewitt, as well as a two-person builder team based in Ithaca, NY, Carolyn Peaches and Matteo Lundgren.
The one-hour show was directed and produced by Alan Madison, of NYC-based Sharp Entertainment. No photos of the process or the completed building may be shown prior to airing of the show, which is why the building itself is covered by a curtain in the photo. However, we can tell you the design and materials’ utilization have, as far as is known, never been done prior to the building of this very unusual structure. Tune in to the DIY Network on January 19th for the 7pm show, which is being called ‘Mud Men.’
The entire project was video recorded for DIY Network to be shown as part of their ‘Building Off the Grid’ series. Filming was done by NYC-based, Sharp Entertainment, who had the producer/director here onsite for four of the six weeks the build process took place.
It was a truly interesting process, that on many days began with being mic’ed up with a battery pack microphone as early as 7:30am. In addition to having two cameras constantly filming, the company also employed a drone to take overhead aerial shots of the process. Plus, since there was no electricity during filming at the build site, the whole thing was, indeed, a true building off the grid process. To recharge the cameras, cordless drills and saws, drone, battery packs, computers, etc., though, I ran an extension cord over 300′ from the nearest outlet to a covered space where we could access the myriad of chargers needed.
One can watch the show in Seattle if they have Comcast (Do It Yourself Network is channell 203) or there will be a ‘preview party’ to see the show at the Edison Inn. You are invited if you’d like to attend. There is no charge, although the food and bar selections will be ‘no host.’ It is the Edison’s normal Taco Tuesday night so you can expect to be able to partake in that low-cost food special if you’d like.
Local Artist’s Home Featured on “Building Off the Grid” on DIY Network 1/19/2016
Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, January 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM as Jim Woodring and collaborator Charles Barnard present Frank in the 3rd Dimension, a sensational publication featuring 3-D renderings of Woodring’s signature motifs
This anxiously anticipated 3-D imagery was unveiled in a presentation last March at Cornish Theater and was included in the “Genius” exhibition this fall at Seattle’s Fry Art Museum. Woodring’s visionary imagery uniquely lends itself to this treatment. The 3-D process for Frank in the 3rd Dimension involved creating more than 150 layers per drawing in order to sculpt each image into full, volumetric 3-D. The results are breathtaking. Technician Charles Barnard will also appear at the book launch party. Each book comes supplied with a colorful pair of Woodring-designed 3-D glasses. Examples from the 32-page volume will be on display.
Come celebrate this remarkable achievement with two exceptional artists. This event on January 9 coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts corridor. 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.
A swanky New Year’s Eve Party 2015 at the Swedish Club that everyone will enjoy, featuring three floors of dancing; fun bands, great DJ’s and stunning views of Lake Union and downtown from every floor!
Admit it, you may have stayed in before on New Year’s Eve and declared “That’s for amateurs” but secretly just wanted a great place to go with friends and have a great time dancing and eating and hobnobbing with friendly folks. Well, this is it! There’s something for everyone at the Three Crowns Ball!
There are four bands, three DJ’s, three bars, a Swedish Meatballs and food trucks, and the Swedish Club has a great view the fireworks show at the Space Needle — you’ll love exploring the mid-century architecture.
The shindig starts at 8pm at the Swedish Club at 1920 Dexter Ave. N., high atop Queen Anne Hill. In addition to all the music, eye candy, adult beverages and glittering party favors.
Featuring three floors of dancing; fun bands, great DJ’s and stunning views of Lake Union and downtown from every floor!
The Soul Train: (middle floor)
Planet Fly – all-night dance party playing funk, R&B with deejay Joey Webb. You WILL get your groove on here.
Three Crowns Lounge (upstairs)
The MoonSpinners– (60-70’s pop, garage, R&B, Punk) plus
The Ukadelics– pop and other hits. One of the coolest bar locations in the city.
Doors open at 8 p.m. bands play all night- your ticket gets you admission to all floors, plus complimentary party favors.
There will be a no-host Food Truck on site plus small-plate Swedish Meatballs for sale! You’ve never enjoyed a Swedish Meatball like these, made by the lovely ladies of the Swedish Club, just for us! There will also be drink specials (try the Aquavit) and other swanky delights, perfect to ring in the New Year.
Try to snag a space on the outside deck to watch the fireworks at the Space Needle. But don’t worry if it’s too crowded, we’ll have a countdown inside the Swedish Club.
Must be 21 with I.D
$30.00 Through November 30
$35.00 Dec 1- 15
$40.00 Dec 16-27
$45.00 Dec 28-31
$50.00 At the door-(cash only, if available)
Please visit http://www.pep-productions.com/ for more info about the Three Crowns New Year’s Eve Ball at the Swedish Club, 2015!
Raise a glass to kick off Artist Trust’s 30th year before the January 14th Capitol Hill Art Walk!
Artist Trust will be popping some bottles at Artist Trust headquarters (12th and Denny) from 4:30-6pm, so join them for a drink, meet the staff, and learn more about how they are celebrating their 30th year before heading off and taking in some art.
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. To accomplish its mission, Artist Trust raises funds from an array of sources in order to:
* Give financial grants, through a peer review process, to individual artists working in the visual, performing, media, literary, and interdisciplinary arts;
* Serve as a professional information resource for artists and encourage artists to support each other; and,
* Provide recognition and support for the contributions artists make to the lives of people of Washington State and for the merit and integrity of artists’ work.
• Ring in the New Year right with the Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit Walk around Greenlake •
Sponsored by the Official Bad Art Museum of Art and Cafe Racer!
What a great way to get the New Year off on the right foot.
Meet at the Wading Pool at Greenlake at noon SHARP on Friday, January 1st, 2016
YES! We do start the walk right around NOON, so don’t be late, or you’ll miss the group fun.
Afterwards, please join us at Cafe Racer for coffee or “Lucky Supper” starting Cafe Racer is just 1 mile South at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE in Ravenna. Special “New Year Menu” and other treats for Good Luck in the New Year!
$5.00 Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s!
Our annual tradition of walking around Greenlake on New Year’s Day
dressed in Bad Wigs and Ugly Tracksuits
Join in the fun at the Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit walk at noon on New Year’s Day!
Local tiki-inspired artist Tony Canepa has created a set of 4 limited edition giclee tiki drink prints for the Seattle bar Rumba. Each one is hand signed and numbered by the artist Tony Canepa.
Printed on heavyweight, 310 gsm, premium giclée paper with a natural-white, matte finish and a textured watercolor feel. You can order 12×12 prints or large ones (24×24) on www.ArtofCanepa.com.
Available for free pickup at the Rumba Print Release Party on Wednesday, December 16 from 6-10 PM. Orders will begin shipping December 12th. Rolled in a protective clear sleeve and shipped in a heavy duty mailing tube.
Tony has also just released some awesome Zombie glasses he created for Seattle’s Diller Room. Pick one up at Diller Room for $15 or get one filled with a cocktail from Justin’s tropical menu for just $25. A masterpiece in 22k gold!
Happy Hula-Days Holiday Party at Cafe Racer features the Ukadelics Holiday Party December 12th at 7pm at Cafe Racer in Seattle! Special musical guest “DJ T.J.O” Andy Nazzal of the award-winning Exotica group, Tiki Joe’s Ocean.
The Ukadelics, a wonderful 8-piece ukulele band, are hosting a fabulous and festive Holiday Party at Cafe Racer in Seattle on Saturday December 12th starting at 7pm and going to 10pm.
The party features music, holiday foods and special drinks. There will be an Ugly Sweater Contest, and the Ukadelics will be launching their new CD “Runaway Pineapple Truck” at the show too! Wear what you want or wear an ugly holiday sweater or wear your finest Luau or Aloha wear or Tiki Togs!
Enjoy a special cocktail for the evening, the “Golden Ukulele” plus mai-tai’s, Zombies and other tiki drink favorites. Regular Cafe Racer menu items are available plus Hawaiian “Loco Moco” plates!
From quaint beginnings, strumming for friends at an annual backyard Luau, the Ukadelics now play regularly around town for parties, shows and themed events. Their repertoire is a range of classic “hapa-haole” Hawaiian songs like Blue Hawaii and Tiny Bubbles to show stopping lounge favorites such as Secret Agent Man and songs from the Jungle Book. But you’re never heard ukulele like this when they play their special holiday songs of the islands! Though primarily a uke driven ensemble, the Ukadelics creatively employ a wide variety of percussive instruments as well as guitar, Hawaiian slide guitar, bass and nearly a dozen different ukuleles.
Special Guest Andy Nazzal of TIKI JOE’S OCEAN will be spinning his favorite records all night. Tiki Joe’s Ocean was formed by lifelong multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Andy Nazzal. Since 2009, he has released three Exotica/Latin/Lounge CDs to rave reviews from around the world. Come meet him and have him sign copies of his latest CD’s.
Who: The Ukadelics, an 8-piece ukulele band made up of Seattle artists and DJ Tiki Joe Ocean!
What: Holiday Party with a Tiki Twist
Where: Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle
When: Saturday, December 12th, 7pm to 10pm
Cost: No cover, but holiday treats available
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates its 9th anniversary in wild style with the Cheech Wizard Show, Mark Bodé, Laura Knetzger, and more! Our festive holiday gala on Saturday, December 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM marks the debut of Cheech Wizard’s Book of Me featuring a fabulous group show of tributes to the alluring art of the late Vaughn Bodé and a rare reunion of his extended family.
The Cheech Wizard Show includes original drawings by Vaughn and Mark Bodé in addition to an amazing array of local and regional artists: Michael Leavitt premieres a new piece from his ongoing HiPop Project ahead of his solo show at New York’s Jonathan Levine Gallery next May; Seattle hip hop pioneer Specs Wizard creates a new work following his spectacular entry mural at the current Hip Hop Legacy show at the Museum of History and Industry; Bay Area underground-cartoonist-turned-painter Hector Tellez and Seattle game designer and fine artist Augie Pagan will be joined by Intruder contributors Marc Palm, James Stanton, and John Ohannesian, together with graphic artist Mike Poetzel, Fantagraphics production manager Mike Baehr, and more. Bonus: This show coincides with the colorful holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack!
The party continues the following day as we host Laura Knetzger signing copies of her new Bug Boys collection on Sunday, December 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Laura recently returned to Seattle from Brooklyn and is a welcome addition to our lively comix community.
You’ll find a wonderfully diverse yet carefully curated selection of alternative comix, graphic novels, classic comic strips, and badass books at Fantagraphics Bookstore, open every day at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle in the heart of historic Georgetown. See you all soon.
Artist Chris Maynard’s new book, Feathers, Form and Function, offers a unique artistic perspective on and insight into the evolution, function and symbolism of feathers. Through both thoughtful commentary and evocative images of his celebrated feather artwork, Maynard explores how humans have found meaning in feathers for many millennia. A perfect gift for the holidays (order here).
Using a small scalpel, Maynard carves bird-related artwork out of feathers. Each design highlights the feathers’ beauty and form, and calls attention to topics important both to us and the birds such as flight, lightness and attraction. With a sophisticated sense of design and a bit of humor, Maynard offers a sense of the lives and movements of the birds.
How is a feather like a volcano? Why does a duck shrink before it dives? What role does color play in a bird’s life? In Feathers, Form, and Function, you’ll find insight into these questions as well as new ways of seeing through the eyes of an artist, biologist, philosopher—and the birds themselves.
Chris Maynard is a Pacific Northwest artist, author, speaker and naturalist. Working with feathers since the age of 12, Maynard creates shadow boxes and art installations using tiny tools and a family heirloom magnifying glass. His creations are sought after globally by art collectors and bird lovers alike. Note: All feathers are legally-acquired, naturally shed by birds such as parrots, peacocks, crows and turkeys, and many others.
GOOD NEIGHBOR presents HER LAND, with Sheila Klein and Jess Bonin. The two women are connected by art and camaraderie, and seek to express their unique perspectives through the use of textiles, sculpture and painting.
Sheila Klein lives on a farm near Edison Washington and in Buenos Aires. Her work straddles the worlds of architecture, sculpture, installation and traditional women’s crafts. Sheila Klein wants to dress the world, the world is her studio.
Jess Bonin is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician interested in the vernacular of Americana and pop culture symbolism. Self-employed as an artist, illustrator, designer, sign painter and entrepreneur since graduating from college in 2002, she currently resides in Seattle.
The gallery is located at 2609 E. Ward Street on Capitol Hill and is open by appointment by calling 360-907-4074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy an incredible line-up of folk music at Café Racer on Thursday 11/19 at 8pm.
Enjoy the music of Earl Brooks and this month’s special guest, folk musician Kurt Armbruster!
Enjoy a great meal and drinks at Café Racer, located at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle at 8pm
In 1974, a small vinyl coin purse debuted in Japan with the first-ever image of Hello Kitty. Since then, Hello Kitty’s now-iconic face has adorned everything from children’s notebooks and backpacks to jumbo jets and widely-recognized celebrity outfits—and now she’s coming to EMP! Be the first to explore the new exhibit, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, and celebrate her arrival at the Hello Kitty Supercute Opening Party.
Snap a picture with Hello Kitty herself, and enjoy Hello Kitty games and kawaii (“cute”) crafts like origami and jewelry making, a Hello Kitty attire Supercute Fashion Parade in partnership with UNIQLO, Cuteness Manicures with Julep, a J-pop dance party featuring DJ Hojo of JK Pop, the Hello Kitty-shaped Time After Time Capsule, plus much more!
Friday, November 13, 2015; 7:00pm–midnight; EMP Museum
$25 ($20 EMP members), $10 youth 5–17, free for children 4 and under; all ages, 21+ beer garden
In addition to all the great art by such luminaries as Gary Basemen, Paul Frank and Audrey Kawasaki, there will be a Fender Squier Hello Kitty Stratocaster, owned and played in concert by Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, and it will be exclusively on display at the exhibit which opens to the public on November 14, 2015.
Another special feature added to the exhibit is the “Time After Time Capsule,” a giant nine foot tall sculpture of Hello Kitty, by artist Sebastian Masuda. Visitors will be invited to add a personal object, postcard, kawaii (cute) craft, or special message to the time capsule which will journey to several cities and culminate in 2020 at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Hello Kitty Cafe is bringing all things Hello Kitty to EMP during the opening weekend of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. The Hello Kitty Cafe truck is a mobile vehicle of cuteness that offers yummy macarons, delicious mini cakes, Hello Kitty cookies, bow-shaped water bottles, and other supercute goodies, each infused with unique Hello Kitty details for all to enjoy. This is the first Seattle appearance for the Hello Kitty Cafe truck, and you’ll be able to find them on EMP’s outdoor plaza.
Saturday, November 14, 2015; 10:00am–6:00pm; Outdoor Plaza at EMP Museum
Sunday, November 15, 2015; 10:00am–5:00pm; Outdoor Plaza at EMP Museum
More details and tickets at EMP Museum website
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present some of Seattle’s most compelling cartoonists throughout the month of November.
On Saturday, November 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Tatiana Gill debuts her latest collection of revealing journal comix Omnibusted: Stories I Told Myself 1999-2009. Her work is characterized by courageously confronting issues of social anxiety and substance abuse in an accessible, and often humorous fashion. This self-published book represents her most ambitious work to date. This event coincides with the entertaining Georgetown Art Attack featuring exciting visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.
The following day, Sunday, November 15, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, we welcome literary luminary Jonathan Lethem presenting Best American Comics 2015 with local contributors Peter Bagge, Megan Kelso and Jim Woodring. Lethem, a best-selling author and MacArthur Fellow, served as guest editor for this year’s edition of the long-running Best American Comics series (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). He will moderate a panel on contemporary comix with acclaimed local cartoonists Bagge, Kelso, and Woodring, whose works are included in the book.
On Small Business Saturday, November 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, we celebrate the publication of Prison Island by Northwest cartoonist Colleen Frakes. This captivating graphic memoir chronicles her upbringing on McNeil Island, America’s last federal island penitentiary, where her parents worked in correctins. The book provides fascinating insight into her unorthodox childhood experiences.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.