Seattle Independent Bookstore Day April 29!


Celebrate the cultural contributions of Seattle’s literary enterprises on Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday, April 29. Visit 3 or more Seattle area indie bookshops to be eligible for prizes. Visit all 19 and get 25% off all year at each participating bookseller.

Fantagraphics Bookstore in Georgetown commemorates Independent Bookstore Day with a sumptuous reception from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for the Northwest Cartoonists Cookbook, a culinary minicomic created especially for the occasion. The book contains recipes and ruminations on cooking by a cadre of gifted Seattle area artists: Handa, Ellen Forney, Roberta Gregory, Tatiana Gill, Max Clotfelter, Marie Hausauer, John Ohannesian, Regina Schilling, Kelly Froh, Brendan Kiefer, Sarah Romano Diehl, Mike Baehr, James Stanton, Marc Palm, Elaine Lin, Ryan Thies, Colleen Frakes, Anne Livingston, David Lasky, Rachel Scheer, Amy Camber, Pat Moriarity, Jim Blanchard, Bob Brabb, Dennis P Eichhorn, Brandon Lehmann, Mita Mahato, Robyn Jordan, Gillian Rhodes, Megan Kelso, Laura Knetzger, Lillian Beaty, Ben Horak, and Simon Hanselmann. Many artists will bring samples of their dishes to share and complimentary beverages will be provided. Support your local indie booksellers on Independent Bookstore Day.

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Jennifer Zwick, Alfred Harris, Cathy Sarkowsky and Kate Sweeney – Pulp Fictions Art Show at SAM Gallery


Celebrate the SAM Gallery opening reception for “Pulp Fictions.”

FEATURED ARTISTS
Alfred Harris
Cathy Sarkowsky
Kate Sweeney
Jennifer Zwick

Light refreshments will be available.

Free and open to the public.

The show, which runs through May 14. SAM Gallery is located at the Seattle Art Museum at 1300 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle.

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Georgetown Bites: A Taste of Georgetown this Saturday


Georgetown Bites allows food and beverage fans to experience the diverse culinary delights of Seattle’s historic arts community in affordable fashion. The 3rd annual Taste of Georgetown features special offers from 28 appetizing enterprises for as little as $4 each. Celebrate the unique hospitality of this colorful neighborhood on Saturday, March 25. Tickets are available at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tasting continues until 5:00 PM.

Ed Sheeran having a Bite at Georgetown’s Square Knot Diner. From his hit video “Shape of You.”

Georgetown offers a wide variety of cuisine to suit every taste. Acclaimed new establishments like Ciudad, Sisters & Brothers, and El Sirenito are joined by established dining destinations such as Fonda la Catrina, Via Tribunali, Georgetown Liquor Co., and Hitchcock Deli. The factory outlets of Elleno’s Yogurt and Fran’s Chocolates, as well as the craft beverages of Georgetown Brewing, Machine House, Counterbalance, Lowercase Brewery, and Charles Smith Wines represent the diverse food and beverage production in Georgetown. International dishes from Cutting Board and Hallava Falafel are complemented by blue-collar comfort food from Square Knot Diner, Jules Maes Saloon, Zippy’s Giant Burgers, Smarty Pants and Star Brass Lounge. Pizza from Flying Squirrel and Stellar’s can be topped off with coffee and pastries from All City Coffee and the Conservatory.

Adventurous diners can also visit the many galleries, shops, and assorted cultural attractions on Saturday, March 25 in Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. Tickets can be purchased at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall for the low price $20 for 5 tickets, redeemable for delicious samples at any of the participating establishments. (Additional tickets available for $5 each.) For a map, specials, and more information visit www.georgetownbites.com.

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Ezequiel Garcia at Fantagraphics Bookstore


Fantagraphics Bookstore, in association with the Argentinian Ministry of Culture, is pleased to present Ezequiel Garcia on Saturday, March 25, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Garcia will discuss his new graphic memoir, Growing Up in Public from Fantagraphics Books.

Garcia’s book chronicles the personal and professional challenges he faces as a young artist in his hometown of Buenos Aires. He laments the loss of architectural landmarks and cultural heritage in the face of shrinking public support for the arts in his home country. His engaging narrative is sure to resonate in Seattle as we deal with remarkably similar issues in our region.

Fantagraphics remains committed to giving voice to artists of diverse cultures in these perilous political times. Ezequiel Garcia’s reportage from Latin America provides a perfect complement to our recent presentation by Russian dissident artist Victoria Lomasko. Please join us for this important perspective from a compelling contemporary cartoonist.

This event coincides with Georgetown Bites, allowing food and beverage fans to experience the diverse culinary delights of Seattle’s historic arts community in affordable fashion. The 3rd annual Taste of Georgetown features special offers from 28 appetizing enterprises for as little as $4 each. Celebrate the unique hospitality of this colorful neighborhood on Saturday, March 25. Bites tickets are available at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tasting continues until 5:00 PM.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S) only minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Please note new phone number: 206-557-4910.

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RACER-AOKE! Karaoke and Black Velvet Paintings at Cafe Racer

Come for the art, stay for the karaoke! Black velvet paintings by artist Celene Ramidan in the main gallery and “Racer-aoke” karaoke party with DJ Vodka Twist in the Official Bad Art Museum of Art. Thursday night, come after the art openings or come early for dinner. Meet the artist, sing a song, have a drink, enjoy a delicious homemade meal. March 2nd, 2017, 8pm-11pm at Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle.

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From Russia, With Love: Victoria Lomasko at Fantagraphics Bookstore


Fantagraphics Bookstore, in association with Short Run and the University of Washington, is pleased to welcome Russian cartoonist Victoria Lomasko on Saturday, March 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Lomasko will present her new collection of graphic journalism Other Russias, with an exhibition and slide talk, followed by a book signing.

Victoria Lomasko is a fixture at Moscow’s trials and protests, documenting the tumultuous processes that shape today’s Russia. Not content to limit herself to the political life of Moscow, Lomasko travels around the country and the former Soviet republics, exploring the domestic, psychological, and spiritual condition of its diverse marginalized groups. She’ll discuss dissenting views of Putin’s policies – a topical subject in turbulent times. A feature review in the current issue of the New Yorker observes, “It’s a portrait of opposition politics that is also a portrait of deep cultural divisions. Neither Russia’s strengths nor its problems, Lomasko’s book argues, can be attributed to a single force.”

This event coincides with the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring contemporary visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) 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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Hey Lady featuring Sylvia Rivera at Fantagraphics Bookstore


Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host a release party and art exhibition for Regina Schilling’s Hey Lady #7 on Saturday, February 11. The new issue focuses on Sylvia Rivera, a civil rights pioneer who was a crucial voice for people of color, transgendered, and low-income communities throughout her life.

Hey Lady is a colorful celebration of women’s contributions to global art and culture. Olympia resident Regina Schilling selects a subject for each book and invites women artists worldwide to contribute portraits. Past personalities include artist and musician Yoko Ono, actress Nichelle Nichols, Andy Warhol superstar Candy Darling, musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and artists Leonor Fini and Yayoi Kusama. The results are remarkably revealing. Each issue includes a brief biography and a button affixed to the cover. DIY publishing and contemporary feminist art at its finest.

The event on Saturday February 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S), 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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Black Velvet Painting Show at the Official Bad Art Museum of Art at Cafe Racer 2/10/17

Indulge your senses!

Come and view these black velvet paintings, a sensory delight, by future art mistress and musician Celene Ramadan, in the vein of masters Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein and Black Velvet Painting King Edgar Leeteg, who created sensuous, tropical paradises in the ’30s and ’40s applying brush to velvet to delicately paint each hair on the head of his lovely subjects

An elite reception to meet the artist and view these sublime black velvet paintings, most of which will be for sale. Prices will range from $60 – $300! A deal at twice the price!

Art show officially happens from 6pm-8pm, but art will available to view and worship all night. Karaoke will go from 8pm-11pm!

Admission is free at Cafe Racer, just have a beer or cocktail and enjoy their full-service menu. All food made onsite and delicious!

Starting at 8pm, enjoy RACEROKE, Cafe Racer Karkaoke by Lushy Kingpin Andy Sodt.

Cafe Racer is located at 5828 Roosevelt Way in Seattle.

The Story of Black Velvet Paintings and the Inuit

Velvet Underdogs: In Praise of the Paintings the Art World Loves to Hate

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Valentines Day! Circus Contraption Band, Can Can Cabaret, Jason Webley, DeVotchKa, Vince Mira

The Circus Contraption Band returns!
Yes, it’s true! One night only!

We know it will never be the same without Joe and Drew. But the rest of the band is BACK for Valentine’s Day, and they are honored to join a SPECTACULAR bill at Showbox at the Market.

On the bill is Devotchka The Denver-based indie rock band who powers into new territory. Long renowned for their lush sound and eclectic mix of genres, this will be a great Seattle show. Vince Mira is also on the bill. He started playing at the Pike Place Market as a teen and now has been featured on “Good Morning America”, “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and “Inside Edition” and has played the Austin City Limits Festival, Bumbershoot, the mainstage at the Sasquatch Festival and has showcased at SXSW. He is now in the process of writing and recording his 3rd album.

Also performing, local favorites Can Can Cabaret will be performing, along with the Tom Waites of the accordion, Jason Webley.

Tue Feb 14 – Showbox at the Market

Devotchka
Vince Mira
Circus Contraption Band
Can Can Cabaret
Jason Webley

7pm door / 8pm show
Tickets: $40 adv / $45 day-of
21 and over
1426 1st Ave, Seattle WA
Tickets onsale via Showbox tickets

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Resist! Artists for Progress Show at The Piranha Shop 1/27/2017

pin The Piranha Shop, 1022 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134

Resist! Art Show at The Piranha Shop — 100% of proceeds from the sale of work will be donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

Art today serves a different purpose than it did before the election. As our Nation’s activists, optimists, truth-tellers, and interpreters, we have a responsibility to keep the things that are important as far away and safe from the new CEO in Chief as possible.

So, we’re coming together and raising funds for institutions that are now in jeopardy. We’re fighting hate with hope, rallying together, and speaking our minds. We’re showing the world that we won’t go silently— that progress, creativity, and judiciousness still matter in this weird, new, reality-television version of America.

Because if history has taught us anything, it’s that hope never loses.

Join us to raise money for the institutions that need us most. We can all do our little bit to keep our beautiful country progressing towards acceptance, tolerance, and hope.

Friday, January 27, starting at 7pm at The Piranha Shop, 1022 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134

Participating artists include:
Jennifer Ament
Charles Peterson
Stacey Rozich
Danielle Skredsvig
Joey Veltkamp
Barry Ament
Derek Erdman
Kyler Martz
Victor Melendez
Kate Neckel
Ben Gannon
Teresa Grasseschi
Deborah Faye Lawrence
Valeria Spring
Jamie Randall
Celeste Cooning
Andrew Crawshaw
Michael Heck
Bisco Smith
Ashley Armitage
Mel Carter
Rachel Ravich
Rachel Demy
Lance Mercer
Cheyenne Randall
Greg Dulli
Patrick “Duffy” De Armas
Dominic Nieri

100% of proceeds from the sale of work will be donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.  RESIST!

A GIANT thank you to our host and partner The Piranha Shop. Beverages donated by the always delicious Rachel’s Ginger Beer.

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The Tikigraphs play exotica music at The Parliament in West Seattle 1/28/17

Join The Tikigraphs Saturday, January 28 at Parliament Tavern for an evening of exotica and Polynesian music.  Inspired by the tiki pop culture phenomenon of the 1950s and 1960s, they play exotica lounge music to drink with your Mai Tai.

The Tikigraphs carry on the tradition of the legendary exotica artists such as Martin Denny, Yma Sumac, Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman and more. Percussion, marimbas, lap steel, flute, surf guitar and lush vocals make up their sonic curtain.

$7 cover. 21+.

https://thetikigraphs.bandcamp.com/

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Skid Row Puppet Show – Jan 28th 8pm @ Cafe Racer

Skid Row Puppet Show presents
~ No Puppet, No Puppet, You’re the Puppet! ~
A Vaudevillian Cabaret, Where the Puppets’ Got Somethin’ to Say!

Join us: Saturday January 28th, 2017 at 8:00pm (PST)
at Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

The puppet slam yer mama warned ya’ll about ~ is Makin’ ‘Merica Great Again!

Has this past year and the current political climate exhausted you?

‘Mr Punch Exhausted’ Image © Dennis Valente Photography

Join these puppeteers & artists for a little commentary & some distraction.

Featuring the doll-wigglin’ styles, music, & shenanigans of:
Brian Kooser, Zelda Starfire, Elly Leaverton, Jess Haynie-Lavelle, Sarah Marie Andrews, Tim Marsden, Mylinda Sneed, West Cascade Puppet Brigade, Trivia Puppet Company, + more…

Tickets – $10 at the door

Curated by Mylinda Sneed
Hosted by Cafe Racer

Not suggested for the faint of heart (ages 14 to ~adult).

Disclaimer: Attendees may have their ethics & beliefs challenged, please note, this is not a test, we want you to question it, question it all …
Image © Dennis Valente Photography

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Closing Up Shop? The Uncertain Future of Seattle’s Art Galleries

Why is it so hard to keep an art gallery open in Seattle?  Find out at this panel discussion Jan. 24th at Town Hall 

A spate of recent gallery closings with no new galleries moving in have many art-lovers wondering if this reflects profound changes in the business of art. Will the art community flounder if galleries and openings are replaced by alternative spaces, DIY art projects? What role does the internet play? Why is this happening in a community with as much wealth and education as Seattle? Key members of the Seattle art community take up the issue in a lively and provocative panel discussion, moderated by art critic and Gage Academy of Art Artistic Director, Gary Faigin.

Panelists:
Greg Kucera—Owner, Greg Kucera Gallery
Amanda Manitach—Arts Editor, City Arts Magazine
Mary Ann Peters—Artist, winner of Stranger Genius Award
Mariane Ibrahim—Owner, Marian Ibrahim Gallery
Gary Faigin (moderator)—Founder of Gage Academy of Art

Presented by Gage Academy of Art and Town Hall Seattle

Tickets at Town Hall for 7:30pm Tuesday January 24th

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Celebrate The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood at Fantagraphics Bookstore on January 14

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, January 14 as we celebrate one of midcentury America’s most influential artists. The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood debuts with an exhibition and slide talk by co-editor J. Michael Catron.

Wallace Wood was among the most prolific and diverse artists of his era. His work included colorful covers for 1950s science fiction magazines and romance comics before contributing to the wildly popular war, crime, horror, and suspense comics on the notorious EC imprint, prior to its demise as result of the draconian restrictions imposed by the Comics Code Authority. He went on to become one of the founding artists of the phenomenally successful MAD Magazine, all the while working with superhero comic book pioneers like Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Will Eisner. Wood worked on commercial projects ranging from Alka-Seltzer to Topps bubblegum. He later went on to self-publish the avant garde witzend comics anthology, which included many of the contemporary cartoonists now associated with the alternative comix movement. Wallace Wood was, in the words of filmmaker George Lucas, “One of the all-time great comic book artists.”

The lavishly illustrated Life and Legend of Wallace Wood is the first of two volumes chronicling the work of this amazing artist through commentary by friends and colleagues. The book launch party at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, January 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM will include reproductions of his illustrations, covers, and comics, as well as a selection of books documenting his career. Co-editor J. Michael Catron will talk about the artist at 7:00 PM. This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.

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.

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Push Play Show, curated by Melissa Feldman at Hedreen Gallery

Push Play, an interactive exhibition of single- and multi-player games designed or reimagined by artists, featuring the work of Cory Arcangel, Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin, Ruth Catlow, Mary Flanagan, Futurefarmers, Ryan Gander, Allan McCollum & Matt Mullican, Paul Noble, Yoko Ono, Pedro Reyes, Jason Rohrer, David Shrigley, Erik Svedäng, and Seattle’s own Cable Griffith and Brent Watanabe.

Fresh off his national Torrey Pines tour, award-winning filmmaker Clyde Petersen will DJ for this special opening game night. Stop by for a listen and to explore the arcade of games including a version of Guitar Hero by Cory Arcangel, ping pong by David Shrigley, hopscotch by Mary Flanagan, Ryan Gander’s version of blackjack, Allan McCollum and Matt Mullican’s divining game, and a new “playable painting” by Cable Griffith and Brent Watanabe.

Organized by Seattle-based curator Melissa E. Feldman for Independent Curators International (ICI), the exhibition has traveled to Arcadia University and the New School, and concludes its tour at the Hedreen Gallery. The exhibition will be open through March 4th, Wednesdays through Saturdays 1:00-6:00pm following the opening. Hedreen Gallery is always free and open to the public.

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Noir at the Bar – Readings at the Sorrento


Deep, dark lit read by local crime, mystery, horror, and dark fantasy authors. Enjoy some delicious cocktails and marvelously wicked books in the cozy leather-bound environs of Seattle’s Sorrento Hotel and kick your 2017 off right. (Probably not-so-family friendly: it is a bar and we do talk dirty.) Featured readers: Scotti Andrews, Arthur Coburn, Curt Colbert & Waverley Fitzgerald, Nick Feldman, Pierce Hansen, Skye Moody, Kat Richardson, Jim Thomson, Brian Thornton, Will Viharo, and James Ziskin.

Readings by local authors start at 7pm. Stop in anytime, have a cocktail, listen to tales of crime, murder and fantasy!

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Oddball Folk Singers! Strangely & Shay Release New CDs, with The Pickpocket Revue at Cafe Racer


8PM doors, 9PM showtime
All ages, cover by donation. [None Turned Away!]
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Strangely’s new full-length album, “ROARING ACCORDION,” saw its digital release in December, and now the physical copies are in hand and for sale!

Aaron J. Shay’s new compilation, “DISCRETE PACKETS OF SONG,” is also going to be released at this show, a CD featuring five years worth of recorded material and one previously unreleased song!

The Pickpocket Revue will be performing an intimate set of their punk covers and originals. This band features Jimmy Berg of The Bad Things, Mai Li Pittard of The Debaucherauntes, Aaron J. Shay, Sarah Shay on washboard, and, just for one night only, STRANGELY ON THE UPRIGHT BASS.

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Celebrate 40 Years of Fantagraphics December 9 & 10!

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Fantagraphics Books commemorates its 40th anniversary with a series of talks, exhibitions, book signings, performances, and parties celebrating four decades of publishing the world’s most influential contemporary cartoonists. These accomplishments are chronicled in the new book, We Told You So: Comics as Art, An Oral History of Fantagraphics Books.
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The festivities begin with a panel discussion on Fantagraphics’ first 40 years on Friday, December 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the elegant Folio library, located at 384 Marion Street in downtown Seattle. Moderated by Fantagraphics publisher and co-founder Gary Groth, the panel includes Love & Rockets creators Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Stranger Genius honorees Jim Woodring and Ellen Forney, and contributors to Fantagraphics’ colorful history. A reception will follow. Admission is free to the public.

On Saturday, December 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts an exhibition and book signing with artists above, joined by legendary Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge, with a special musical performance by Simon Hanselmann. The exhibition features art and artifacts from the formative years of Fantagraphics Books. (This occasion also marks the 10th anniversary of Fantagraphics Bookstore and coincides with the holiday editions of the Georgetown Art Attack.) This event will be followed by an anniversary gala at the nearby Georgetown Stables, 980 S. Nebraska St. Bonus: It’s the colorful holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack!
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Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of the 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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