Don’t miss the publication party for Inner City Romance this Saturday featuring sweet original art by Guy Colwell. The exhibition fittingly opens on Valentine’s Day from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and coincides with the 7th anniversary of the colorful Georgetown Art Attack.
Guy Colwell’s comic book serial Inner City Romance appeared in 1972, illustrating the unvarnished reality of an emerging urban counterculture. As Matt Gonzalez observes in Juxtapoz magazine, “Colwell’s art is motivated by two primary sentiments: first, a deep political strain meant to expose and offer commentary on political, economic, and racial disparities that exist in our society, and second, an awareness of man’s uncomfortable relationship with nature and sexuality.”
The exhibition of original pages, prints, paintings and drawings by this accomplished artist is one of many highlights of the Georgetown Art Attack. Spend a romantic evening in the enchanting industrial arts district of Georgetown. Visit Fran’s Chocolates new factory across the street from the bookstore, explore art studios and galleries, enjoy dinner and drinks at one of two dozen bars and restaurants, and encounter spontaneous spectacles all over the historic neighborhood.
Thursday, February 12 from 6-8 PM for the opening of Robb Kunz Presents Jherek Bischoff Lost in the Hall of Spinning Howlrounds
A collaboration three years in the making, sound artist Robb Kunz has created a synchronized array of dozens of sculptures and contraptions to reimagine the raw instrumental elements of Jherek Bischoff’s new unreleased orchestral ambient album.
Maguson Park Gallery
7448 63rd Avenue NE
Visit us upstairs and down the hall from the
The gallery presents exhibits from guest curators, emerging artists, community members and outside collections and seeks to provide a public and accessible forum for the arts.
Did you love Circus Contraption? Miss some of your old friends? Want to hang out with folks that are sure to become your new friends? Then you won’t want to miss Future Fridays theatrical interpretation of their brand new album “From Fun-zo to Done-zo”. Featuring all available bells and whistles, including time travel, broken hearts, Balkan brass band, redemption, fist fights, weirdos, trapeze, desperation, affirmations, projections, ultimate triumph and….ROCK.
Dizzy Daze Trapeze
Singing in the Rain Family
Bunny LaMonte (aka Matthew S Manges) vs. Ivan Molton
Steven Henry Fisk
The Tasteful Nudes
Future Fridays Dance Squad
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show has been heralding the start of spring since 1989, as gardening enthusiasts from around the Northwest flock to this annual celebration, held in the beautiful Washington State Convention Center for five magical days.
Your gardening desires will blossom when you gaze at the spectacular Show Gardens, created by the most respected garden designers and landscapers of the region. Our full acre of show gardens are brimming with ideas that will get your garden projects blossoming. No matter your style or needs, you’ll find inspiration for outdoor living, edible gardening, sustainability, and more.
If you’re looking for something to jazz up a small urban space, our colorful City Living and Floral Competition features will show you how to blend art with functionality.
Hours, Dates & Prices
The Northwest Flower & Garden Showhas been heralding the start of spring since 1989, as gardening enthusiasts from around the Northwest flock to this annual celebration, held in the beautiful Washington State Convention Center for five magical days.
February 11 – 15, 2015
Washington State Convention Center
Wednesday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm and Sunday: 9am – 6pm
Bill Gaylord’s BONFIRE gallery is presenting select pieces from the “Oracle” series by Seattle artist, educator and arts administrator Nichole DeMent. The show is on view now through April 3, 2015
Two Special Receptions during 1st Thursday Artwalk
February 5, 6-9pm
& March 5, 6-9pm
BONFIRE | Art. Culture. Design.
Owner | Bill Gaylord, FAIA
Public Hours | Thursdays, 10-6 & by appointment only, located at 603 S. Main, Seattle. Appointments: 206.790.1073
Other good news about Nichole DeMent, she has accepted the position of Executive Director for CoCA. Says Nichole, “Seattle’s rapid growth and a refreshed strategic vision by the Board have created an exciting juncture. I am honored to be chosen to guide the organization and am looking forward to building on the current momentum of supporting living artists through exhibitions and publications while reaching a wider audience through continued partnerships and community involvement.”
Congratulations Nichole! Read more about Nichole on the CoCA website.
You’re invited to join us 6-9pm at Bon Voyage Vintage at 110 S. Washington Street for February’s 1st Thursday Art Walk!
Representing months of miniature, *hand-cut* collage work – Seattle artist Billy Thompson is proud to present a series of vintage trading cards brought to new life through his signature appliqué dubbed “Clip Art Cards”
This art show will feature original pieces on display as well as dramatically enlarged versions to fully experience the zany scenes built by Billy, his scissors and some glue. Be sure to snag his limited color posters, stickers & other rare souvenirs.
Come swing through for sippers, snacks and a sexy BEYONZO soundtrack produced by BTHOMP himself!
Stranger Than Nixon
Come for the music, stay for the great food, drink, friends and fun!
8pm-11pm WEIRDFEST at Cafe Racer, good music for good times with our favorite opera company OPRADESIAC!
Cafe Racer is located at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle
This time we’re tackling two highly energetic and powerful worlds of art: pop surrealism and lowbrow art. And as guests we have two legendary players on the Seattle scene. Read on for details.
The Guests (see bios below.)
Kirsten Anderson, owner and founder, Roq la Rue Gallery
Larry Reid, curator and events coordinator, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
We’re looking at two art movements that have long been intertwined: pop surrealism and lowbrow art. Both share a deep humor and irreverence, along with a passion for stretching the limits of illustration—and representation in general—to places where the conventions of such drawing and painting don’t generally go. But if both share a sensibility, they also diverge deeply.
I won’t recount the history of lowbrow, as in the early days of Robert Williams, the horizon-bending work of underground comix, and the hot rod art of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Wikipedia provides a basic intro. Suffice it to say that lowbrow begins as an amalgam of comics, album covers, tattoos, California car and surf cultures, and film noir. But it has always stretched these modes, reinventing them, taking them new places. One good way to get a sense of vividness of lowbrow is to look at the work of Robert Williams.
One of the fascinating things about lowbrow is its deep relationship with many other trends in the past fifty years, including punk rock, Chicano art, street art, graffiti. And the attendant cultures are cultures of immersion, for both artists and the audiences: tattooing, cars, comics.
Pop surrealism shares a lot with lowbrow, but has its own vocabulary, its own style. As the name suggests, it builds on the mystery and strange juxtapositions of surrealism, filtered through modes of pop culture, especially commercial illustration. Pop surrealism is about fantasy, but not the fantasy of sword and sorcery and dragons. Rather, here is the fantasy of the irrational, of dreams, of playful weirdness, carefully and often darkly rendered.
Maybe the best way to get a sense of pop surrealism is to take a look at, say, the work Femke Hiemstra or Peter Ferguson or Mark Ryden. The differences from Robert Williams are evident, but there are odd commonalities as well.
We have only two guests this time, and that’s intentional. Between them, Larry Reid and Kirsten Anderson have both played impressive roles in the culture of Seattle. Reid has long been a curator, writer, advocate, and instigator in Seattle, goes back to co-founding the famous Rosco Louis Gallery in the 1970s and the wild days of CoCA in the 1980s. Anderson founded Roq la Rue 16 years ago, focusing on pop surrealism and later broadening to cover a range of contemporary art. In those years, she has been a prominent writer, publisher, and curator in the field.
The Guests in Detail
Kirsten Anderson opened Roq la Rue Gallery in 1998 after curating several highly successful group art shows in various locations in Seattle. In addition to curating and running the gallery, she edited and co-published the landmark book Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art, which was the first survey of the art movement, in 2004.
She served as the “Editor At Large” at Hi Fructose Art magazine for seven years (until stepping down to focus on other projects in 2014), where she wrote about art and artists integral to the Pop Surrealism/New Contemporary scene as well as major players in the international contemporary art world. She occasionally writes for other publications about art and lectures about the history and current state of Pop Surrealism/New Contemporary and the artists affiliated with the genre. She is regarded as an authority on the main tenets and history of the genre, as well as having a discerning eye for discovering new talent.
Larry Reid has been an advocate for challenging visual and performing arts in the Pacific Northwest and beyond since co-founding Rosco Louie gallery in Seattle’s Pioneer Square in 1978. He has since served as director of Graven Image gallery and the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), and as curator for Experience Music Project (EMP) and Fantagraphics Books.
Over the course of his career he has presented the work of countless regional, national and international artists including Lynda Barry, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Nirvana, William S. Burroughs, Robert Crumb, Lydia Lunch, Ann Magnuson, Chuck Close, Keith Haring, Sonic Youth, Mike Kelley, Karen Finley, Eric Bogosian, Charles Peterson, Einsturzende Neubauten, Von Dutch, Henry Rollins, Daniel Clowes, Gary Panter, Mudhoney, and many more. He has served as a peer panelist for various private foundations and public agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts (1990). He has contributed to several books including Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art, Edward Colver: Blight at the End of the Funnel, Tiki Art Now!, Jini Dellaccio: Rock & Roll, and Sub Pop USA: 1980 – 1987.
Reid currently works as curator and events coordinator at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community, where he also serves as president of the Georgetown Merchants Association (GMA) and co-chairs the Greater Duwamish District Council (GDDC).
The search for Seattle’s Best Amateur Elvis Friday, January 23rd at 8pm at the Crocodile in Seattle.
Who Will Be Crowned The King Of Rock And Roll?
That’s right, the Grand Daddy of all Seattle amateur musical contests is back with a bang for your musical edification and entertainment.
Come to the search for Seattle’s best
Elvis Tribute Artist back at the Crocodile Cafe!
With The Kentucky Rain Band
and special guests The Graceland Five!
Emcee ~ Jim Dever ( KING 5 / Evening Magazine )
On Friday, January 23rd 2015, this beloved Seattle institution returns to Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe and will once again beckon impersonators from near and far to represent just what “The King” really means to them! There is only one place in Seattle each year where you can see thirty different impersonators in full hip-gyrating, fried Chicken-eating and swooning action… You’ll probably even see his wife Priscilla, manager Colonel Tom Parker, best friend Red West in the crowd or on stage…
It’s all at the 20th Annual
2015 Seattle Invitationals !
Lucky Attendee´s will see each performer tackle one of “The Kings” many personas: the innocent and magnetic country boy, the hip-swinging rockabilly superstar, The G.I. Guy, Hollywood playboy, the devout gospel singer, or the diamond-studded, gold-sun glassed Vegas crooner. Each amateur impersonator will get one chance to show what he (or she) is made of – a single shot to perform a song, in costume, backed by the fabulous Kentucky Rain band!
To start the evening off with a bang we invited back the Graceland Five band- playing supercharged punk rock versions of the Kings music. Following this 35 minute “super set” we´ll bring on several surprise guests and professional singers to warm the crowd up for the main event.
Performers – Sign Up Here! We’re Looking for a few good Elvi!
Currently we are looking for amateur performers to sign up (and agree to perform one song in their own costume) on the legendary Crocodile stage. All contestants will be backed by the local longtime Pro outfit The Kentucky Rain Band. Interested parties should see the contest rules & judging criteria and the available songs.Are you a budding ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist?) If you are not a professional and would like to perform and compete with other Northwest Elvii, please contact us!
Then, email BOTH SeattleInvitationals@gmail.com and Marlow@SeattleTwist.com with the following information:
2. Your Song Choice(s) 1, 2 & 3
3. Your contact info
4. What town & neighborhood you live in
5. Photo as a ETA (if you have one!)
Providing prizes for the top twenty entries of the event will be Archie McPhee, Top Pot Doughnuts plus other fun sponsors.
Peter Verbrugge, 206-399-9565SeattleInvitationals@gmail.com
Marlow Harris, 206-329-3795Marlow@SeattleTwist.com
21 and over with ID required
Click HERE for: Information about contest criteria and contest judging
In 2014, this amazing team of 20 took the Plunge, and raised over $10,000.00 for The Special Olympics of Washington.
They plunged into the frigid water at Golden Gardens and almost froze their Viking horns off… but it was worth it, and they are going to do it again. In February…
This year they have doubled their team to over 40, and are attempting to double the donations, the goal is $20,000.00!!!!!! They are currently the top fundraisers, and it would be great to keep them in the top spot! It’s less than a month away from the plunge, and already over $6000 has been raised, but there’s alot more to go!!!
One way to help is to donate through their fundraising page. You may donate to the whole team, (link below) or click on team member Erik Johnson, the team captain, to help him stay in the lead of top fundraisers for the event.
Another opportunity is to join us all this Saturday January 17 at the fundraiser The Westside Nearly Nekkid Norwegians are throwing . Check their facebook to join The Horde and get more information.
Genre Bender returns March 6–7 with 10 of Seattle’s most inventive artists, unleashing five totally new, category-defying performances.
Genre Bender returns with 10 of Seattle’s most inventive artists, unleashing five totally new, category-defying performances for two nights only!
Each year, City Arts pairs artists who work in different media, inviting them to leap out of their comfort zones for a special collaboration. We commission each duo to create an unforgettable experienceand the details of each performance remain secret until the curtain goes up on opening night.
You can bear witness to their imaginative cross-pollination Friday, March 6 or Saturday, March 7 at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.
The 2015 Artist Duos
Conceptual artist C. Davida Ingram & composer/performer Hanna Benn
Rapper Raz Simone & multimedia artist Justin Roberts
Photographer Steven Miller & theatrical superpower Sarah Rudinoff
Vocalist okanamodé SoulChilde & aerialist Lara Paxton
Poet Sarah Galvin & musician/philosopher David Nixon
The alchemy is already underway with each of these special collaborations. Though the details of their performances will remain secret until the curtain goes up on opening night, we’ll be sharing a bit more about the artists in the weeks to come. Stay tuned…and get your tickets.
My Last Year with the Nuns back at NWFF!
Join NWFF for a week-long run of MY LAST YEAR WITH THE NUNS at Capitol Hill’s Northwest Film Forum kicking off on January 9th and running through the 15th.
Cast and crew in attendance for select screenings! Show length: 72 minutes.
January 9: Opening Night – They’ll start celebrating at 7 p.m. in the NWFF lobby. Come join them for a drink and stay for the show starting at 8 p.m. Post show talk-back to follow the screening.
In Matt Smith’s autobiographical tale “My Last Year With the Nuns”, the universe of his 8th grade self is about ten blocks long. Smith and his friends roam the heavily Catholic Capitol Hill neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington in the late 1960s wandering from St. Joseph’s Church to the Seattle Times newspaper shack, from school playgrounds to a murky and tangled ravine that cuts through the city. The paper shack lies on the edge of the racial ‘red line’ drawn to enforce the era’s prejudice, providing a rare forum where white and black kids come together for a few minutes each day before returning to their segregated streets and lives.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery begins a new year of programming on Saturday, January 10 with the fascinating exhibition Black Light: The World of L. B. Cole and a workshop by French comix collective Le Cagibi. Given the tragic assassination of cartoonists in Paris, this event takes on special significance.
Le Cagibi is an art gallery, publishing house, screenprint, engraving studio in Lille, France. In its 5 years of existence Le Cagibi has produced handcrafted books with inventive printing and binding techniques. These resourceful visiting artists will conduct a free workshop will take place in Fantagraphics Bookstore. Patrons are encouraged to bring garments for screenprinting. There will also be a presentation of Cagibi’s unique books.
L.B. Cole created some of the most remarkable, proto-psychedelic comic book covers of all time. Black Light: The World of L. B. Cole is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole artwork ever assembled. Editor J. Michael Catron will give a brief presentation on the career of this amazing artist from the golden age of comics.
This event on Saturday, January 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack, featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Seahawks fans can check in on the playoff action at one of several bars in the neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
A Streetcar Named Desire at New City Theater – Seattle
CIVIC REP is a newly-formed group of mid-career artists, committed to producing modern classics and new work. The members are:
L. Zane Jones, producer/director
Robin Jones, producer/actor
Thea Cooper, playwright/dramaturge
Angie Harrison, designer/visual artist
“A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams is the inaugural production.
Opens January 2nd! TICKETS!
Our vision is to strip away all the preconceptions and assumptions about this play and the people in it to reveal the authentic, raw and visceral reality beneath, a world that is painfully personal, intimate and human.
We have come to know and understand so much about the disease of alcoholism since this play was first produced in 1947. We now understand that substance abuse and its attendant behaviors are not a result of moral depravity. Likewise we have new awareness and insight into the effects of sexism and misogyny, and the tendency to perceive and experience expressions of desire and unmet needs, especially from women, as a disturbing voice that must be silenced.
Williams called “Streetcar” a ‘cautionary tale’, warning us that ‘if we don’t watch out, the brutes will take over.’ He also defined the play as, ‘A plea for the understanding of the delicate people.’ These notions are very much with us today. We come to this play with a desire to know ourselves and each other better, that we might deeply consider the plight of the disempowered, lest we continue to participate in their destruction.
This production is produced under the auspices of Actors’ Equity Members’ Project Code.
This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.
• 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 Thursday, January 1st, 2014
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
Hi Friends- Come have a drink and a dance with Lushy at one of their Holiday Shows in December – they’ll be playing tunes from their Xmas record Snowflake Surprise and other Lushy favorites.
SUNDAY, DEC 21 – EARLY BIRD SHOW XMAS XTRAVAGANZA – 8:30P-11:30P: LUSHY AND GIGANTOR at THE ROYAL ROOM Oh, and hey kids! Lynval is back after an awesome tour with the Specials . He and his Seattle crew Gigantor, are feeling festive and ready to play. Get your suits and boots on and see you there!
THURSDAY, DEC 26 – BOXING DAY – 9P -MIDNIGHT at VITOS: Apres Xmas drinks with the gang!
And if you love Lushy, you’ll LOVE Gigantor, playing New Year’s Eve at the Three Crowns Ball at the Swedish Club on December 31st!
Tickets still available! Click HERE for tickets the New Year’s Eve Event