Good Neighbor Gallery presents the work of Sheila Klein and Jess Bonin

Her Land by Sheila Klein

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

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Supercute Hello Kitty Art Show at EMP Museum!




Exhibition Logo - Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

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

Kazuki Takamatsu - Final

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.

Hello Kitty Food Truck

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

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Best of the Northwest in November at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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.

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Tina Randolph Art Opening at Artifact Gallery

Tina Randolph

Tina Randolph is a multidisciplinary artist based in Seattle, Washington. She creates compelling environments and artwork for clients and collectors in public and private spaces and collections. Randolph’s work has contributed immeasurably to the vibrant art and design movement in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood. Her architectural plaster and cement finishes and large scale murals enliven the area’s most intriguing restaurants and bars. Numerous solo shows as well as private commissions have given collectors access to mixed media painting throughout her 25 year career.

Tina Randolph painting

And today is also her birthday! Come and see her amazing art retrospective and wish the artist a Happy Birthday too!

313 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Opening Thursday 11/5/2015 6pm-9pm

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Celebrate Ivar with Aaiiee!! at the Nordic Heritage Museum


Keep Clam and Carry On: The Ivar Haglund Story will close November 8 at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Join the folks, friends and fans for an Ivar’s closing party on Thursday, November 5th from 6-8pm, featuring songs made famous by Ivar himself, performed by Aaiiee!! Join the Ivar’s sing-along, snap a picture with the clam, tour the exhibit, enjoy Ivar’s themed food and drink (no-host bar). All Museum galleries will be open until 8PM. The evening will also include a lecture and a talk. If you haven’t seen the Ivar’s exhibit yet, this is almost your last chance; and it’s FREE! Kids welcome.

Aaiiee!! plays from 7:00-7:30, but get there early to see the Ivar’s exhibit.


For a great essay about Ivar, the Seafood Selling Songster, check out Northwest Music Archives by Pete Blecha.

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Short Run Marathon Returns to Fantagraphics Bookstore on Friday

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Come celebrate Seattle’s amazing comix community on Friday, October 30 as Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts Short Run Marathon III, a pre-fest reception and art exhibition. The show includes the work of Short Run featured artists Charles Forsman, Melissa Mendes, Jim Woodring, Krish Raghav, Bruce Bickford, and special guest Sam Alden, with live music by Lisa Prank.

All artists, as well as other Short Run exhibitors, will be present. They’ll be joined by Sam Alden debuting his graphic novel New Construction with a slide presentation and signing. An award winning cartoonist, Alden is a storyboard artist for the popular animated series Adventure Time. Join us on Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for this festive party with complimentary refreshments, Halloween treats, art, music, and more. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

And don’t miss the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival on Saturday at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion on Saturday, October 31 as artists from across the country and around the world present their self

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Two old dudes have a big art sale


Two elderly gentlemen who have been gathering what they like in art for over 40 years each, are having their (pre) estate sale auction before they’re dead, and you are invited to come and peruse their collections. This is going to be mostly rarely seen, fresh to the market, as they say, 100+ works of art that have been stored for decades. There is going to be art for every budget.. but most will be stuff selling in the $200-$300.00 range.

Previews Friday and Saturday noon to 6pm. Come to the auction on Sunday at 4pm or bid online on the Invaluable website.

Margaret Keane

Billy King.1

Carl Smool

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Lushy at Vito’s

Lushy at Vito's

A lovely evening of Polynesian pop, cocktail culture, original songs and 60’s covers.

Progressive cocktail pop – Think the Jetsons with fuzzy guitars – danceable and lounge-y!

Lushy concocts a refreshing pop style that blends original samples and Bossa beats with elements of vintage-Latin jazz, exotica, surf, new wave and sixties pop to create their own distinctive intercontinental sound. Most importantly, they have established a solid reputation for originality far beyond their roots in the lounge and exotica scene. What started as a lighthearted recording session among friends has now turned into a lasting and successful project. In the basement tiki den, with fully stocked cocktail bar, that is their studio, Lushy was formed and began compiling an extensive catalog of original songs. With scores of successful gigs from Vancouver BC to Los Angeles to Berlin, Lushy has steadily risen through the ranks of Seattle’s musical landscape. Led by dynamic vocalist Annabella Kirby, musical mastermind Andy Sodt, guitars wizard Matt Nims, Patrick Napper on trumpet/guitar and Shane Peck on drums. Lushy holds sway over every stage they inhabit. It’s Cal Tjader meets Stereolab meets Brazil 66 in a bar in Berlin. If you like the Brazilian Girls, B-52’s, Portishead, Os Mutantes, Astrud Gilberto or Martin Denny you’ll love Lushy! No matter what the comparison, Lushy is simply extraordinary.

9pm at Vito’s, located at 927 9th Avenue in First Hill

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Haunted Halloween Hulaween Ukulele Show with the Ukadelics at the Swedish Club

Ukadelics at the Swedish Club

Hot ukelele band The Ukadelics, led by Jeffrey Cook!

Celebrate All Hallows Eve a little early, cuz, face it, it wouldn’t be Halloween without …The Ukadelics and UKULELES.

And face it, you’ve never really lived until you see songs from Rocky Horror Picture Show done on the ukulele.

7:30 pm, with the added plus of free parking (and that fabulous free twinkling view…)

1920 Dexter Avenue N., high atop Queen Anne Hill.

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The Mercury 4 and the Evanstones at Cafe Racer 10/23

Mercury 4 at Cafe Racer

At long last! The Godzilla vs Kitten grudge match that no one’s been asking for!

The return of the mighty Mercury Four with special needs guests, The Evanstones! What better way to ring out the best summer of all time and welcome the ruined dystopian gulag that is Seattle winter, than to come out for one last pre-Halloween surfstraviganza! Big cash prizes will be accepted and full frotal nudity tolerated, as is the way of our people.

Possible side effects include: Penicillin resistant horseshoe crabs, unwanted tail growth, uncontrollable gyrations, mixed metaphors, “matador” syndrome, reddening of the elvis, unexpected dermal hydration, consumption of, or proximity to, alcoholic beverages may be an unexpected side benefit. Strange behaviours tolerated. Consult your physician or bass player.

7pm dinner and music starts at 8pm! The Evanstones opens, followed by the Mercury 4.

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12 Seconds Max video show at The Factory on Capitol Hill curated by Janet Galore

Still from 12 Minute Max
Still from 12 Minute Max

12 Seconds Max video show at The Factory is an immersive wash of artist-made, ultra-short form videos, animations and moving images. At a time when our attention spans compress to milliseconds, we converse in animated GIFs, and we scratch our heads in misty contemplation of what it means to own digital art, we invite you to a curated assemblage of gems from Seattle and beyond. A selection of one-of-a-kind and short-run videos will be available for purchase.

The 60+ artists include: Nola Avienne, Kim Collmer, Max Cleary, Ellie Dicola, Jacob Fennell, Erin Frost, Allan Fulle, Kurt Geissel, Yonnas Getahun, Stefan Gruber, Johan Liedgren, Nichole Hart, Jesse Higman & Roxanne Nihiline, Britta Johnson, Tim Marsden, Fernando Orellana, Michael Tyka, Joe Vollan and many others.

The exhibition will feature a wall of screens with looping short videos, projected video, and featured works from Kurt Geissel, Johan Liedgren, Britta Johnson, and Jesse Higman & Roxanne Nihiline.

Curated by Janet Galore & The Factory.

Opening Thursday, October 8, 6 – 10 pm
At The Factory, 1216 10th Ave, Seattle 19122
Runs through the end of October by appointment

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Laura Brodax ‘Garniture: New Work on Tile’ at Bass

laura brodax

‘Garniture: New Work on Tile’

A collection of screen printed tile wall pieces and tile/steel tables of botanicals and other organisms.

“Garniture” is part of Laura’s exploration of the movement of the natural world. Through light table photography she investigates the sensitive chaos of lines in nature; veining, capillary, variegation, dappling, twisting: similar patterns yet occurring in different contexts.

The show features framed wall pieces and fabricated steel tables created by screen printing original photographic imagery onto hand-made porcelain tiles. Also in the show is a collection of delicate celadon glazed sake bottles and cups.

Bass Gallery and Framing is located in Madison Valley in Seattle.

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Something Weird Video presents Trash-O-Rama at Darrell’s Tavern Oct. 8th

Lisa Petrucci.Something Weird. Darrell's Tavern

Hey Seattle Gorehounds! Something Weird is doing its first Trash-O-Rama Movie Night at Darrell’s Tavern in Shoreline on Thursday, October 8th! We’ll be showing BLOOD FEAST and TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! Bloody Drink Specials! And vomit bags! Hope to see YOU there!

Darrell’s is located at 18041 Aurora Ave. N. in Seattle.

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Celebrate Cartoons for Victory at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, October 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, as we celebrate Cartoons for Victory with visiting editor and comics scholar Warren Bernard. This event features an exhibition from Bernard’s fascinating archive of World War II home front ephemera. Bernard returns to Seattle following the recent Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, MD, where he serves as executive director. He co-authored the Eisner-nominated Drawing Power, which examines the role of classic comics in advertising.

Bernard will give an informative slide presentation at 7:00 PM at the reception on Saturday. Senator Bob Dole, a decorated WWII veteran, comments in the foreword, “When they were drawn, these cartoons had topical points to make that went beyond slapstick or simple comedy. As I look at them now, collected in this volume, they bring back memories of what those times felt like.”
This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring contemporary visual and performing arts events throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Free Museum Day and End-of-Summer Arts Festivals

Free Museum Day

Free Museum Day September 26th!

List of free museums in the Seattle area

Arts a glow

Burien Lantern Festival and Procession

Saturday, September 12, 2015
5:00-10:00 PM
Dottie Harper Park, 421 SW 146th
For location details: learn more about Dottie Harper Park.

A magical evening in the forest with lantern art and performers, face painting, lantern making, food vendors and tea and treats.

Community Procession at Dusk.
Bring your lanterns! Dress in costume! Bring shakers and bells to play as you walk to make beautiful music! Procession map

Information about Burien Festival

Ronald Bog Festival

Shoreline SummerSet Arts Festival

On September 12th, from 12pm-5pm, the City of Shoreline will celebrate at Ronald Bog Park at the fourth annual SummerSet Arts Festival. This free event is designed to connect people with Ronald Bog’s history and ecology, through creativity. People of all ages are invited to participate in activities including: live music – including sing-alongs, dance and drumming performances, hands-on art making stations and more.
More information can be found at ShorelineArts!

Fremont Luminata

On the heels of the joyful & exuberant Fremont Solstice Parade, the Fremont Arts Council will celebrate the autumnal equinox on September 19th, 2015 with the sweet & illuminating ‘Luminata’ lantern parade around Green Lake Park in Seattle. Many traditions around the world recognize the last days of the productive summer are about to shift into the dark and introspective time of winter. Lanterns are a beautiful symbol of our spirit as a community that will sustain us through the cold months.
Meet at dusk around 7pm at the Boat House on the South shores of Green Lake Park. Things to bring: Drums, instruments, Blinky lighted costumes, lighted umbrellas, stilts, fun costumes and comfortable walking shoes!

Fremont Greenlake Luminata

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Arcade Launch Party at the Seven Seas Building (the old Lusty Lady!)

ARCADE_33-2_Launch_Party-720 (1)Celebrate the release of the Fall 2015 issue, ARCADE 33.2, Authenticity: Navigating the Real in Cities, Design and Art, feature edited by Paul L. Franco. There will be a gathering at the Seven Seas building, formerly the Lusty Lady. A $20 suggested donation at the door brings beverages, light fare, live DJ, your copy of ARCADE and a warm philanthropic rush—it supports the creation of Arcade Magazine

Lusty Lady

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Hello Kitty coming to Seattle!

Hello Kitty meets Star Wars at EMP
Hello Kitty meets Star Wars at EMP

Hello! Super Cute Fun-Filled Hello Kitty show coming from Los Angeles to Experience Music Project in Seattle.

The first large-scale Hello Kitty museum retrospective in the United States will be on display at EMP Museum and is scheduled to open on November 14, 2015. Created in celebration of the pop icon’s 40th Anniversary, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty is organized by Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for Hello Kitty, and the Japanese American National Museum , where the exhibition originated. The show examines the history of Hello Kitty and her influence on popular culture, combining a product-based historical and sociological examination of Hello Kitty with more than 600 rare and unique pieces from Sanrio’s archives, and an installation of over 40 mixed media works by artists from around the world demonstrating Hello Kitty’s influence on contemporary art. Hello! invites the public to learn more about and gain new appreciation for the evolution of Hello Kitty, the role she has played bridging Japanese and American cultures in the U.S., and fans’ emotional connection to her. Hello! will be on view at EMP through May 15, 2016. Plans are underway for the exhibition to travel to additional museums across the U.S.

Hello KItty Abe Lincoln

“Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty offers an in-depth look at the evolution of Hello Kitty and her impact on pop culture around the world,” said Jill Koch, Sr. Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing of Sanrio, Inc. “After a successful run at the Japanese American National Museum, we are excited to bring the exhibition to EMP and share the experience with more fans. EMP, whose mission of reaching multigenerational audiences through powerful exhibits and programming focused on contemporary culture, is the perfect home for our retrospective.”

Hello! originated at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, where it drew record-breaking attendance from visitors of all ages from around the world. The exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, and Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of pop culture-inspired boutique JapanLA, located in Los Angeles.

Hello Kitty Gary Baseman

This should be a fun exhibit featuring artifacts from Sanrio’s archives including a variety of plush spanning a 40 year timeline, Hello Kitty’s first telephone, stationery items, and many more vintage products from the 1970s and 1980s along with contemporary objects such as the one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty dress worn by Lady Gaga, a couture bustier worn by Katy Perry, diamond jewelry, and a Hello Kitty talking robot, allowing fans to connect to Hello Kitty’s history and view her evolution as a true cultural ambassador.

Audrey Kawasaki


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Lushy Tiki Show at Vito’s Friday August 28th

Lushy, Jeffrey Cook, vito's

Summertime fun with Lushy’s Tiki-Tomorrow-Nite at Vito’s Seattle Aug 28 9pm-midnight. Put on your best ALOHA get-up-GET-down TIKI, muumuu, loud jacket and come raise a glass, as they’ll be digging deep in the Lushy song vault to bring you some aloha chestnuts from days gone by.

Friday, August 28th from 9pm-midnight at Vito’s.

We hear that Jeffrey Cap’n’Cook from Seattle’s own Ukedelics might even be sitting in for a song or two! And last, but not least Vito’s superstar bartender, Jana Howard has come up with a special TIKI COCKTAIL menu for the occasion!

Jeffrey Cook


The Lushy
Bourbon, orgeat, lemon, bitters

Agent Provocateur
Demerara rum, amaro dell’erborista, pamplemousse, lime, thyme

1944 Mai Tai
rhum agricole, jamaican rum, curacao, orgeat, lime

Picnic Punch
tequila, mezcal, lemon, watermelon juice, jalapeno (it’s not super spicy, just vegetal from the peppers)

The Rum Old-Fashioned
house rum blend, demerara sugar, house bitters blend
(the blend is Trinidadian, aged Jamaican and an overproof CA rum; the bitters are Angostura, orange, tiki spice and chocolate)


Friday August 28th
927 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 397-4053

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