Seattle Peace Chorus presents “Revisiting Russia through Rachmaninoff” with special guests The Magi Ensemble

PrintSaturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 at 7 p.m.
Pre-concert conversation begins 45 minutes before each performance
St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1805 N. 49th St., Seattle (Wallingford)

When the Seattle Peace Chorus toured Russia, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev spoke about their ability to bridge the gulf between cultures peacefully through music in one of his speeches. Pretty amazing!
Tickets are available at:

If you’re not doing anything this weekend, check out this concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece “Vespers,” sung from the heart of this choral group directed by Seattle’s own Frederick N. West. “Vespers” is considered Rachmaninoff’s a capella masterpiece and “the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church.”

The evening promises to be uplifting, moving and adventurous, as the Seattle Peace Chorus continues their tradition of singing from the heart in the name of peace.

Thanks to our funders: Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Arts Washington.

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Leo Saul Berk – Structure and Ornament – Frye Art Museum

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I’m a big fan of unusual architecture, and I can trace my love of odd structures to childhood visits to rock gardens, grottos and other strange roadside attractions as a child. So when I learned that artist Leo Saul Berk grew up in one of the most unusual homes in the U.S., I knew I had to go see his show “Structure and Ornament”, inspired by his childhood growing up in a Bruce Goff architectural masterpiece.

Berk spent the formative years of his childhood living in a remarkably unconventional house designed by the progressive American architect Bruce Goff (1904–1982). This residence in Aurora, Illinois, known as the Ford House, is one of Goff’s groundbreaking residential projects and one of the last extant examples of his architecture. Built in 1948, the Ford House is a primary example of Goff’s eclectic choice of materials, unusual volumes, organic forms, and dramatic use of natural light. Utilizing extraordinary techniques, Goff achieved forms reminiscent of nautical motifs, both natural (like nautilus shells) and manmade (such as sailor’s rope). Perceptions of inside/outside, fluid/solid, curve/line, and here/there shift and realign in ambiguous ways.

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Berk believes that growing up in the house influenced his path as an artist. Since 2011, he has made a series of works that arise from his memories of the house, his research with archival materials, and conversations with the house’s current owner, who is an architectural historian and preservationist. These sculptures, photographs, and videos reimagine Goff’s radical forms. The works isolate key architectural aspects of the house in consideration of both their formal properties and their poetic resonances. Waking to His Dream, for example, is a sculpture based on the domed ceiling of the house, not as it was built, but as Goff had originally conceived it. Goff’s expert builder Don Tosi could not execute the intricate spiral despite his sophisticated craftsmanship. Today, CAD and other technological tools have allowed Berk to make Goff’s fantastic vision a reality. Clinkers, a work in the collection of the Frye Art Museum, is a true-to-scale, back-lit photograph of the glass cullet in the masonry walls while illuminated by the setting sun. It reveals the mesmerizing complexity of the glass while reducing the surrounding masonry to black. This dark void in the image emphasizes the architect’s bold choice to employ cannel coal as a building block.

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May 30th – Sept. 6th at the Frye Art Museum

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Lushy at the Royal Room, Friday May 22

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Poland will be performing at the Royal Room Friday, May 22nd, opening the night for Lushy.. Poland lead singer/guitarist Mark Romanowski will be in Seattle that week to perform the Poland show and Super Jam at The Triple Door the following evening.

Lushy is Seattle’s favorite lounge band and will be playing all their favorites. Free, but donations for your fun evening appreciated. Good food and drink too!

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Theresa Neinas art show at Two Bells in Seattle

Theresa Neinas
Theresa Neinas will be having a solo show at Two Bells in downtown Seattle located at 2313 4th Avenue and will be having an opening reception Friday, May 8th 7-9pm.
In addition to original art, there will be 20 “Bigfoot winters in Mexico” images in a poster size now for $20 each, so stop by and say Hello!

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Huge Drumline Exhibition (just like the movie!) May 30th in Seattle with Blue Thunder + 15 drumlines

Garfield High School Drumline Competition 2015

7th Annual Garfield BDX Drumline Competition
May 30th, 2015, Noon – 3pm
Garfield High School Gymnasium
$10 Door – All Proceeds support GHS Drumline Program

Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Bulldog Drumline Expo (BDX) on May 30th, 2015 from 12 noon to 3pm at the Garfield High School Gymnasium in Seattle. The event brings middle and high school drumlines from across the state to showcase their talent and compete in friendly drumline battles. Garfield’s Varsity Drumline as the host school will showcase their music and perform cadences.

Garfield HS
Aki Kurose MS
Lincoln HS
Cleveland HS
Moses Lake HS
Roosevelt HS
Glacier Peak HS
Bellevue HS
O’Dea HS
Chimacum HS
Graham Kapowsin
PNW Drumline
Emerald City BOOM!
The Ten Man Brass Band
Seahawks Drumline Blue Thunder!

The entire new 2015 Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline will amp it up and break it down in exposition as a featured performance at this event. This will be the first performance of the 2015-2016 season for new members of Blue Thunder. Other local community brass and drum ensembles will also be making special guest appearances at this event.

$10 for entry. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to support the GHS drumline program. Garfield High School is located at 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. Ample street parking is available along 24th Ave.

This year Garfield BDX Drumline Competition is brought to you in part by HONK Fest West, a small, non-profit organization, which is dedicated to community music outreach and development through year-round special events and an annual festival that supports local music culture. HONK! Fest West is proud to support the Garfield High School Drumline Program through production management and promotional sponsorship of this event.

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When real estate and art collide: Your [____] Neighborhood, an exhibition exploring gentrification in Seattle


An exhibition of new works investigating gentrification at Fremont Abbey Arts Center on Wednesday, May 6th.

Forward Flux Productions with Parley and Nate Omdal Productions presents Your [ ____ ] Neighborhood, an exhibition of new works investigating gentrification. This one-night-only event marks the completion of an artists’ residency program called collaborate:create. 20 artists have worked across disciplines to create new works in 21 days that investigate this timely topic. Engage with art and artists to make your voice heard!

The exhibition has a pARTy atmosphere with a full evening of new works including dance, film, visual art, 10min plays, performative and multimedia installations, music, and more, all exploring the changing face of Seattle’s neighborhoods. There will be opportunities to meet the artists, and engage in conversation with your fellow neighbors at the show.

Cash bar on site.

This diverse group of artists includes six playwrights from Parley playwrights group and three musicians that form the Nate Omdal Trio. In addition to new works, the exhibition highlights the artists’ creative processes as a platform to foster the artist-audience relationship. Your [ ____ ] Neighborhood marks the culmination of the fifth cycle of collaborate:create, and the first in Seattle. The program started in NYC in 2013, and continues there now (the 6th cycle is running concurrently in NYC investigating the same theme; exhibition date: May 17th in Brooklyn).

The Seattle based artists, playwrights, and musicians involved in this cycle of collaborate:create are as follows: Benjamin Benne, Sheri Brown, Grace Carmack, Caitlin Coey, Rachel Delmar, Kyle Doran, Ryan Fields, Amber Hughes, Barry Johnson, Elise Koncsek, Cade MaGee, Sue McNally, Angel O’Leary, Nate Omdal, Sydney M Pertl, Anthony Phillips, James Price, Ashley Rang, Cara Romanik, and Emma Watt.

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

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Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, Sazerac Orkestra and m9 at The Royal Room May 6th

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Seattle, get ready! The m9 , Chaotic Noise Marching Corps and Sazerac Orkestra are taking over The Royal Room on May 6th, 2015.

Come pack the house and witness the epic brass brawling that will unfold before your very eyes and ears.

The Royal Room has a fantastic happy hour and great menu to keep you satiated, and we have hours of obliteratingly beautiful music to lift your soul to new heights.

While there is no cover charge at the Royal Room, we’re suggesting a $10-15 donation, and ALL tips go to the performing bands. Please support the hard-working musicians by putting what you can in one of the envelopes and put it in the box during the evening.

Get ready to celebrate cresting the hump of your work week in style: join us at 5000 Rainier Ave. S. in Columbia City for a Wednesday evening you won’t soon forget!

8:00 p.m.: Sazerac Orkestra*
9:30 p.m.: The m9
11:00 p.m.: Chaotic Noise Marching Corps

*All times approximate – set trading, wild interruptions, and other musical debauchery may occur! Get your seat early!

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City Cantabile Choir premieres “The Tiger and the Deep Blue Sea” in honor of Earth Day

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University Congregational Church, 4515 16th Avenue NE, Seattle

Delight in this new original cantata that brings together three local composers who share a concern for the environment.
• Frederick N. West, who is classically trained with roots in rock ‘n roll.
• Kent Stevenson, a composer and gospel pianist who will be joined by singers from St. Therese Parish, Shades of Praise and Jubilation Choirs and the Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir
• Eduardo Mendonca, a Brazilian singer and director of BrazilFest at the Seattle Center.
Tickets: or call 800.838.3006.
$15 Advance $20 At the door

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Intruders Join Josh Simmons at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present the debut of Josh Simmons latest work, Black River, with an art exhibition, short film screening and book signing on Saturday, April 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007’s acclaimed House. A group of women, one man, and two dogs make their way through a post-apocalyptic nightmare in search of civilization in this epic horror comic. Simmons will present original pages from the book together with prints, two film shorts, and a book signing. Adding to the atmosphere, Fantagraphics Bookstore is located along the former banks of Seattle’s Black River, which dried up after the dredging of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in 1916.

Joining Josh Simmons on April 25 will be his colleagues from Seattle’s adventurous Intruder comix tabloid celebrating the release of their 15th issue. The Intruder regularly publishes the work of the region’s most accomplished contemporary cartoonists. Simmons contributes a two-page story in the latest issue.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 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.

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Spin Cycle Gallery art show with Denise Anderson, Curtis Taylor, Eve Cohen, Mark Sullo

Denise Anderson, Eve Lisbeth Cohen, Mark Sullo and Curtis Taylor
“first conceived as being made of long thin wings, there is no possible way of introducing LIGHT ON TWO SIDES” art show featuring the works os Denise Anderson, Eve Lisbeth Cohen, Mark Sullo and Curtis Taylor: Come see this special gallery show of works derived via a secretive pact—-extended gallery hours April 25 and May 2 only, 1pm to 4pm

Denise Anderson, Eve Lisbeth Cohen, Mark Sullo and Curtis Taylor

Spin Cycle Gallery is located at 1222 1st Avenue Suite 210 Seattle, WA 98101

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Exotica Wednesday at Cafe Racer 4/22

Tikigraphs at Cafe Racer

The Tiki version of The Spyrographs (heretofore referred to as the Tikigraphs) will once again be pulling out music inspired by exotic tropical destinations and mid-century tiki bars.

Celebrate savage sonorities from Martin Denny, Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, Yma Sumac and more! Island attire encouraged. Dinner and Drink Specials! No cover!

Cafe Racer is located in the Roosevelt district at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle.

While there, also visit the Official Bad Art Museum of Art located at Cafe Racer.

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Daniel Clowes on the Record

It’s fitting that Daniel Clowes will make a rare Seattle appearance on Record Store Day. This Saturday, April 18 marks the annual celebration of these essential establishments. Clowes will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, which shares space with vintage vinyl purveyor Georgetown Records.

Throughout the 90s, Clowes cartoons were associated with Seattle’s illustrious Sub Pop record label. His “Punky” character adorned multiple product lines, and he created memorable covers for some of the label’s marquee acts.

Don’t miss the unveiling of The Complete Eightball 1 – 18 and a chance to meet one of America’s most influential artists at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Record Store Day from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. No matter where you are, please support your local independent record retailer.

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Meet Daniel Clowes at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Daniel Clowes
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host the return engagement of one of America’s most influential artists, Daniel Clowes. His cynical satires of popular culture in the pages of the wildly popular Eightball comic book series helped define the attitudes and aesthetics of an entire generation. His appearance in Seattle on Saturday, April 18 marks the global debut of The Complete Eightball 1 – 18. Clowes will be available to sign a limited number of advance copies of this collection as well as other publications from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Clowes’ meticulously rendered artwork and cinematic narratives set a standard for the alternative comix movement. Eightball comics combined long form stories spanning multiple issues with wickedly funny invectives on contemporary culture. The early issues included Like A Velvet Glove cast in Iron, a mysterious excursion into madness that set the stage for his later effort, Ghost World. This stunning story was adapted into the feature film of the same name became a generational touchstone while earning Clowes an Oscar nomination for best screenplay adaptation. Equally appealing are Clowes’ clever observations of the human condition including “Message to the People of the Future,” “Paranoid,” “My Suicide,” “Chicago,” “Art School Confidential” and many more.
Fantagraphics Books celebrates the 25th anniversary of its publication with a deluxe two-volume slipcase set that authentically recreates the original layout of this iconic comic book series. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet this extraordinary artist and the debut of the exceptional Complete Eightball collection. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110

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After Seattle – Hedreen Gallery April 8-May 9



After Seattle (The psychogeographic Cascadia)

Co-curated with Amanda Manitach and Charles Mudede
April 8-May 9

Hedreen Gallery | Wednesday- Saturday |1:30-6:00 PM

Opening Reception: April 9th 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM

Image credit: Virginia Wilcox
Image credit: Virginia Wilcox

A look at local, contemporary psychogeography and conversations surrounding the utopic/dystopic as they pertain to an ever-evolving urban landscape right on our doorstep. This exhibit, co-curated with Seattle writer, filmmaker and critic Charles Mudede, looks to the intersection of design, urban planning, aesthetics, science and poetics to examine gentrification, community, and attitudes toward change.

Exhibiting Artists:

Jerry Garcia
Cary Moon
Charles Mudede
Virginia Wilcox
Zia Mohajerjasbi
Sean Ono Lennon
Tendai Maraire

Film Editor: Madeline Reddington

Literary Editor: Jen Graves

Researchers: Alyssa Campbell, Carole Triem

Exhibit runs through May 9, 2015
Free of charge and open to the public.

Presented by ARTS at Seattle U. |206-296-2244


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Bill Schelly Goes MAD at Fantagraphics Bookstore on April 11!

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes comics scholar and author Bill Schelly on Saturday, April 11 as he presents his new biography Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America. Schelly will give an entertaining and informative slide talk on the illustrious career of one of the pivotal figures in American popular culture. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Harvey Kurtzman wrote, edited and drew popular titles like Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat for notorious publisher EC Comics. In a departure from their lurid line of crime and horror comics, Kurtzman created the satirical Mad in 1952. EC Comics soon fell victim to the hysterical crusading of politicians, child psychologists and religious zealots when the Comics Code Authority effectively banned most of their titles. Kurtzman’s Mad persevered, and ironically became the instrument that indoctrinated an entire generation in the principle of art in the service of degenerate discourse – laying the foundation for the cultural upheaval of the 1960s.

Kurtzman’s many contributions to midcentury American humor are explored at length by Bill Schelly, with insightful interviews of Kurtzman collaborators like Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and more. Episodes like the FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era and his litigation with EC publisher Bill Gaines are detailed for the first time.

Don’t miss the debut of this amazing publication with a slide talk, exhibition and book signing on April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.

Mark your calendars now for the return of incomparable cartoonist Daniel Clowes on Saturday, April 18 with the global debut of The Complete Eightball, followed a week later by provocative Seattle artist Josh Simmons on April 25. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S., minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Georgetown Bites Celebrates the Colorful Cuisine of Historic Georgetown

The Georgetown industrial arts corridor is home to some of Seattle’s most distinguished culinary attractions. From boutique breweries to chocolate confections, decadent burgers to gourmet delis, soda fountains to yogurt factories, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood is also its most sumptuous. Georgetown Bites: A Taste of Georgetown offers delicacies from 28 diverse drinking and dining establishments on Saturday, March 28 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For only $20 patrons can purchase five tickets redeemable for special offers throughout the neighborhood, Additional tickets are available for $5 each. Tickets will be sold at the Georgetown Bites booth at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM the day of the event.

The food and hospitality industry played a pivotal role in Georgetown’s remarkable revitalization over the past decade. Early producer Georgetown Brewing (maker of the popular Manny’s Pale Ale) has been joined by Ellenos Yogurt and Fran’s Chocolates (favored by America’s first couple Barack and Michele Obama and celebrity chef Bobby Flay.) Pioneering dining and nightlife establishments like Jules Maes Saloon, one of the region’s oldest taverns, along with nearby Nine Pound Hammer, Stellar Pizza, and Smarty Pants have attracted a growing array of alluring restaurants, bars, and cafes including Zippy’s Burgers, Via Tribunali, Georgetown Liquor Company, Brass Tacks, Square Knot Diner, All City Coffee, Hallava Falafel, Flying Squirrel, Star Brass Lounge, Hitchcock Deli, and many more.

Georgetown Bites also marks the official groundbreaking for the Festival Street project, creating a pedestrian and arts friendly plaza in the heart of the Georgetown business district with funding from Seattle’s Bridging the Gap program. This attractive amenity will be christened at the 9th annual Georgetown Carnival arts festival on Saturday, June 13.
The public is invited to experience the historic Georgetown neighborhood while sampling some of Seattle’s most creative cuisine. For a map of participating businesses and related information, visit:

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