Seattle Invitationals – The Search for Seattle’s Best Elvis Impersonator at the Crocodile

Rob Schwertley 2015 Seattle Invitationals Winner!
Rob Schwertley 2015 Seattle Invitationals Winner!

The 21st Annual Anniversary Seattle Invitationals

The search for Seattle’s best amateur ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist)

Seattle Elvis Invitationals!
Saturday, August 13th starting at 8pm
Back where it all started, the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle!

The search for Seattle’s Best Amateur Elvis!

That’s right, the Grand Daddy of all Seattle amateur musical contests is back with a bang for your musical edification and entertainment.

Saturday, August 13th at the Crocodile in Seattle

WEBSITE: http://www.SeattleInvitationals.com
TICKETS: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1204509

Come to the search for Seattle’s best
Elvis Tribute Artist back at the Crocodile Cafe!

On Saturday, August 13th, 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 twenty 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…

Past Winner Danny Putnam is back!
Past Winner Danny Putnam is back!

It’s all at the 21st Annual 2016 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 have PELVIS- 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.

This Year's EMCEE is Jim Dever!
This Year’s EMCEE is Jim Dever!

Performers – 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!

First, CHOOSE A SONG!

Then, email BOTH SeattleInvitationals@gmail.com and Marlow@SeattleTwist.com with the following information:

1. Name
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.

Website: www.SeattleInvitationals.com
Media contacts:
Peter Verbrugge, 206-399-9565 SeattleInvitationals@gmail.com
Marlow Harris, 206-329-3795 Marlow@SeattleTwist.com

TICKETS

21 and over with ID required

Click HERE for: Information about contest criteria and contest judging
CrocodileTickets available online at The Crocodile! https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1204509

– See more at: http://www.SeattleInvitationals.com/

Jimmy Peschel returns!
Jimmy Peschel returns!

OBAMA Welcomes Seattle Art Fair visitors and collectors

From the collection of the Official Bad Art Museum of Art
From the collection of the Official Bad Art Museum of Art

Welcome Seattle Arts Fair visitors to the 

Official Bad Art Museum of Art!

OBAMA (Official Bad Art Museum of Art) is proud to welcome esteemed and learned art collectors from around the globe to view the most coveted collection of bad art West of the Mississippi. Located at the renowned Cafe Racer in Seattle’s Roosevelt district, this world-class museum welcomes the intrepid visitor and serious art collector alike.

Wrap yourself in the black velvet paintings of delight. Revel in the naughty nudes and delicious paint-by-numbers. Lose yourself in the big eyes of little puppies and small children, paintings that are so bad they are good!

New and experienced art aficionados will be drawn to these soulful paintings by naive and self-taught artists.

Come for the art, stay for the beer! OBAMA is located at Cafe Racer at 5828 Roosevelt WAY NE in Seattle, a full bar and restaurant open 9am to 2am every day!

Seattle Invitationals – The Search for Seattle’s Best Elvis Impersonator at the Crocodile

Rob Schwertley 2015 Seattle Invitationals Winner!
Rob Schwertley 2015 Seattle Invitationals Winner!

The 21st Annual Anniversary Seattle Invitationals

The search for Seattle’s best amateur ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist)
Saturday, August 13th starting at 8pm
Back where it all started, the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle!

The search for Seattle’s Best Amateur Elvis!

That’s right, the Grand Daddy of all Seattle amateur musical contests is back with a bang for your musical edification and entertainment.

Saturday, August 13th at the Crocodile in Seattle

WEBSITE: http://www.SeattleInvitationals.com
TICKETS: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1204509

Come to the search for Seattle’s best
Elvis Tribute Artist back at the Crocodile Cafe!

On Saturday, August 13th, 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 twenty 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…

Past Winner Danny Putnam is back!
Past Winner Danny Putnam is back!

It’s all at the 21st Annual 2016 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 have PELVIS- 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.

This Year's EMCEE is Jim Dever!
This Year’s EMCEE is Jim Dever!

Performers – 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!

First, CHOOSE A SONG!

Then, email BOTH SeattleInvitationals@gmail.com and Marlow@SeattleTwist.com with the following information:

1. Name
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.

Website: www.SeattleInvitationals.com
Media contacts:
Peter Verbrugge, 206-399-9565 SeattleInvitationals@gmail.com
Marlow Harris, 206-329-3795 Marlow@SeattleTwist.com

TICKETS

21 and over with ID required

Click HERE for: Information about contest criteria and contest judging
CrocodileTickets available online at The Crocodile! https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1204509

– See more at: http://www.SeattleInvitationals.com/

Jimmy Peschel returns!
Jimmy Peschel returns!

Party with the Art Cars

Art Car Blow-out

Hang out all weekend, enjoy parties, food, drinks and live music with visiting art car artists from around the country.

Your $30 ticket gets you admission to any or all the fun events all weekend long, June 17th, 18th and 19th 2016

Schedule of Events (you will get a specific schedule upon ticket purchase):

Start your Art Car Adventure at 4pm on Friday, June 17th. Join the art car caravan on a guided tour to several exciting and fun sites. Some of the past years stops included visits to Archie McPhee’s, the Fremont Troll, Hat & Boots in Georgetown, Alki Beach and more.

Friday nights party culminates in dinner at Ballard’s Pono ranch (includes dinner and 1 drink)

Saturday, enjoy the Fremont Solstice Parade and then head over and visit the art cars in all their glory and have access to the very special Art Car VIP tent with refreshments.

Saturday night after the Fair, head over for dinner at Roxy’s, right in downtown Fremont (includes dinner and 1 drink)

Sunday morning, enjoy coffee and pastries compliments of Susie Burke, enjoy snacks in the VIP lounge near the art cars.

Sunday evening, after the fair wraps up, enjoy another fun closing party with live music by Snake Suspenderz and ukuklele wiz Capt. Cook of The Ukadelics and a casual chili dog dinner at a private home on Capitol Hill (dinner and 1 drink)

Your ticket will include a pass to any and all of these fun events. Pick and choose or come for the whole weekend!

Buy your 3-Day Pass at Brown Paper Tickets!

odysy_side_kelly

Spring Art Show – Coyote features 22 artists Friday May 6th 11-8pm on Capitol Hill

Coyote Jr. High Spring art show and fundraiser

Spring Art Show for Coyote Jr. High!

This is the 9th annual Spring Art Show at the home of Julie and Dan Little at 1121 23RD Ave. E. on Capitol Hill benefiting Coyote Jr. High art school.  The Little’s generously open their home each year to the neighborhood for a fabulous art show, great food & drink and wonderful company.  Each purchase helps the individual artist,  plus a percentage goes to fund Coyote Jr. High’s art programs for teens.
Sue Zell pillows

Some of the artists participating are Sue Zell, Lana Sundberg, Joyce Halldorson, Kristen Nelson, Joe Max Emminger and over a dozen more great Seattle artists.
Coyote Elena

There will be great food and drinks in a lovely setting overlooking the Cascades on the East side of Capitol Hill. Gifts, items for the home, fashions, jewelry, ceramics and paintings will all be available to view and purchase.

Lana Sundberg

Tiki Trash Trailer Bash at the Sou’Wester Resort

Tike trash Trailer Bash

Join us for the First Annual Tiki Trash Trailer Bash at the legenadry Sou-Wester resort located in the south end of Wasahington’s coast. We will feature DJ Vodka Twist on both nights with Seattle’s reigning kings and queens of pop Music- LUSHY, playing 7-9:45pm on Saturday night. Aside from the music you will be able to peruse the grounds and view (or rent!) its 20 amazing vintage trailers, cabins or camp spots. In addition to the fesitivities onsite (including a Sat happy hour potluck) there is a karoeke divebar & local brewery located just outside the main gate.

Lushy TIki Trash

$20.00 advance event tickets available at: Stranger Tickets/ Tiki Trash Trailer Bash
The price goes up to $25 if you wait unitl the last week to buy. This ticket does not include your accomodation fee (see below). You must also be a guest of the resort to attend the festivities. *Youth 17 & under attending with a paid adult do not require a ticket.

Tiki Trash Trailer Bash at Souwester

To BOOK a camping spot, RV/Trailer space, cabin, room or suite you MUST CALL the venue direclty at (360) 642-2542. You will get 10% off regular rates and $30 off a Sunday night stay. You cannot book online as this is a private event- you need to call to verify you are with our group. To view the amazing spaces available in advance of your call, please visit http://www.souwesterlodge.com/

vintage-hawaii

The beloved Sou’wester is a hodgepodge of private cabins, vintage travel trailers, suites and campsites. They are located minutes from the surf and a mere 3 hours south from Seattle, in historic Seaview on the Long Beach Peninsula. Peruse local products at their Honor System Store and The ‘Thrifty’ trailer. Indulge in their garden spa & Finnish sauna; or borrow a bike to explore the peninsula and nearby beaches

Tiki Party

Tiki Trash Trailer Bash June 24-26th at the Sou’Wester Resort!

Echo Echo Art Show in the Greenwood Collective for the Greenwood Phinney Art Walk April 8th

Greenwood Art Walk April 9 2016

Come visit Echo Echo located in the Greenwood Collective, for the Greenwood/Phinney Artwalk. Happens this Friday the 8th from 6-10PM

This month’s Echo Echo artists are:
Ahmed Davis
Claudio Duran
Jeff Farnum
Rhodora Jacob
Ronnie Taylor
John Hunter
Tarah Luetkenhoelter
Xavier Lopez Jr.

Tons of art all located in one location, and always a lively evening,

Tiki-Tacoma April 16-17th with the Ukadelics and the Tikigraphs Tacoma Cabana, Java Jive & the Poodle Dog!

The Tikigraphs

Don your best Aloha shirt and muu-muu for Tiki Fest in Tacoma! Why Tacoma? Well, the lovely Tacoma Cabana and World-Famous Java Jive are two great reasons. Get down here and see for yourself. When The Ukadelics have played The Java Jive in the past, it has always been an amazing experience and one not to be missed.
Here’s the quick info, read on for more details:

Saturday, April 16th, 5 pm
Meet up at the Tacoma Cabana in downtown Tacoma. Make reservations! (253) 222-4184 — 728 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Saturday, April 16th, 9 pm
The Ukadelics and The Tikigraphs (The Spyrographs) get wild at the Java Jive! Doors at 9 pm
Cover charge is $8 for both bands. Totally worth it. 2102 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409
Sunday, April 17th, Noon
Brunch at The Poodle Dog in Fife
1522 54th Ave E, Fife, WA 98424

Java Jive exterior

More details:
There will be a “Pre-Function” party at the awesome Tacoma Cabana in downtown Tacoma http://tacomacabana.com/ starting at 5 pm, when they first open. This place gets busy so either show up early or make a reservation. The bartender here won the “Iron Tiki Tender” competition at Tiki Kon in Portland in 2014.
728 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

The Java Jive is only a short distance from The Tacoma Cabana, so plan accordingly with a car service or designated driver. 2102 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409

The official Hotel for the weekend will be the Holiday Inn, downtown Tacoma at 2102 S. “C” Street. Rooms are $125 for a double Queen or single King so you can make it a romantic get away or group up to save on dough. If we don’t book 10 rooms by March 16th the rate will be $135, but I think we can sell 10 rooms.
Phone directly 253-272-2434 and ask for the “Tiki Fest” rate. This rate is only good until March 16. You can book on-line with preferred code “Tik”
www.hiexpress.com/tacomadowntown

Ukadelics 36

There is a free light rail train near the hotel that stops one block away from the Tacoma Cabana (the distance between them both is about 1 mile). The Java Jive is 2 miles away from the hotel (but in the opposite direction from the Cabana) and not on light rail.

A Sunday brunch will be at the much beloved Poodle Dog in Fife (est. 1933). This is a casual, show-up-and-grab-a-table kind of affair, starting at noon, but hey show up sooner if you can’t wait. http://poodledogrestaurant.com/

Here’s even more great ideas to make the most of the weekend in Tacoma….

Poodle Dog in Fife Tacoma

The American Car Museum. An amazing collection of rare American autos, right down town! https://www.americascarmuseum.org/
The Almond Roca Factory, right down town! http://www.brown-haley.com/
A dozen awesome antique stores, right down town!
Dorky’s Arcade Center and bar, right down town! http://www.dorkysarcade.com/
The Swiss Pub, right down town and steps from the hotel! http://www.theswisspub.com/
Tower Lanes, 24 hour bowling and indoor mini golf! Amazing! Not near downtown! Who cares? http://www.towerlanes.net/
Get it? All you need is right there, so close to each other, easy parking, easy partying.

Make your reservation, loose your tax day blues or spend yer refund, and get down here!

Nevertold Casket Company Grand Opening April 1

Nevertold Casket Company
Amazing emporium Nevertold Casket Company, featuring haunted goods, vintage art, taxidermy and curiosities galore, has its grand opening on Friday, April 1st 2016. The new shop is located at 509 13th Avenue, Seattle WA 98122. Grand opening hours are 6-9pm Details on their FB page.

Nevertold Casket Company interior

Jack and Tiffany Bennett of the Nevertold Casket Company have been purveyors of such haunted goods for many many years and have developed a discerning eye for beautifully strange objects, oddities and things that make one feel delightfully uncomfortable.

Visit their website at NevertoldCasketCompany.com.

Learn how to become a Citizen Activist with Nick Licata at Phinney Neighborhood Association 4/16/16

Nick Licata Activist
The Phinney Neighborhood Association Village program invites you to join Nick Licata as he speaks about his recent book: “Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies, and Advice for Changing Our World.”

Recent waves of social activism like the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter show that you can fight city hall–or any other powerful entity for that matter. Now comes the playbook for citizen activists wanting to improve the world around them from Nick Licata, admired Seattle city councilmember and one of the city’s most effective leaders of political and social change since the 1960s. In this smart and powerful book, Licata explains how to get organized, congregate power, and master the tactics for change.

He is insightful in comparing effective communication with methods that just don’t work. Licata’s observations on the intricacies of power will empower any activist who wants to make a difference in today’s world. For more information about the book visit: BecomingaCitizenActivist.org

Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle this week

FLower Show 2017

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show features spectacular display gardens, shopping, seminar presentations by top experts, food and beverage offerings and more, Feb. 17-21 in Seattle

FLower us flag

“America the Beautiful” is the theme for the 2016 Northwest Flower & Garden Show as the 28th annual event celebrates the National Parks Service Centennial and famous American landmarks. Set for February 17-21 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, the show spotlights the theme in spectacular display gardens and a big line-up of feature attractions.

The show offers multiple opportunities to jump-start gardening experiences and learn about trends that not only beautify but are practical, too. The “Marketplace” is colorful shopping destination with over 350 high-quality exhibitors, including nearly 100 new vendors at this year’s show.” And an added attraction: enjoy a glass of regional wines or craft beers as you stroll the aisles and savor an expanded menu of tasty new food offerings available throughout the show.

A big line-up of great speakers comes to the show to share their knowledge and “how-to” information in 100 hours of presentations. The 2016 show has attracted more than two dozen new speakers from throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K.; for topics geared for both beginners and veteran gardeners, visit http://www.gardenshow.com/seminars/.

Show dates and hours for the five-day show are Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 17-20), 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday (Feb. 21), 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prices range from $17 Early Bird for adults (reg. $22 the week of the show or at the door); $15 per person for group advance purchases (minimum of 20 tickets online or at the door); $31 for single 2-day pass; $70 for single 5-day pass; and $5 for youth (ages 13 – 17). Children 12 and under are admitted free to the show

For more information on the show, visit www.gardenshow.com.

Racer Runts Youth Show at Cafe Racer Saturday 2/6

 

Racer Runts at Cafe RacerWho: 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)

Rug Smuggle

Red Bloom (All Girls. All Rock. All Good) https://www.facebook.com/redbloomband/ —

Red Bloom

Wild Within (3 girls, 13 instruments, folk music)

Wild Within in the grass

Racer Runts Youth Show at Cafe Racer – Don’t miss it!

Laura Brodax PoP uP Art Tile Sale at The Grocery

The Grocery.Demi Raven.Janet Galore

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!

When:
Sat Jan 30: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sun Jan 31: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Where:
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.
http://laurabrodax.com/

Pop Up Art Tile Sale!

 

David Bowie Tribute Sing-Along with Jim Basnight at Lucky Liquor Tavern

Bowie tribute in SeattleJim 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
http://luckyliquortavern.com/
206.673.4081
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.

David Bowie Tribute Sing-along  –  Admission is free to the public, $5 donation appreciated.
21 and over ID required.

Lucky Liquor Tavern in Seattle

Bands for Bernie Fundraiser at the Royal Room

Bernie Sanders fund-raiser at the Royal RoomAll the best bands are coming out for a fundraiser for Bernie Sanders at the Royal Room!

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
$10

The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118

Act Theater presents Interactive Art 7/21

Seattle Rep.Real Time Interactive

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!

Act Theater
700 Union Street
Seattle WA
Opening Thursday, January 21st, 2016 – 5 to 8pm

Local Artist’s Home Featured on “Building Off the Grid” on DIY Network 1/19/2016

Living off the Grid, DIY Network

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.

DIY Network, rustic home in Bow Edison

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.

Says Ranger:

 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.

Ranger Kidwell-Ross

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.

Living Off The Grid

 

Local Artist’s Home Featured on “Building Off the Grid” on DIY Network 1/19/2016

Three Crowns New Year’s Eve Ball at the Swedish Club December 31, 2015

Three Crowns New Year's Eve Ball at the Swedish Club December 31, 2015

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!

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2420230

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 bands:

Three Crowns New Years Eve Party with ABBA tribute band.Three Crowns New Year's Eve Ball at the Swedish Club December 31, 2015

Main Ballroom
The Spyrographs playing pop and dance hits-plus a supersized ABBAgraphs set to see in the new year with non-stop ABBA favorites, costume changes and mayhem!

Soul Band Planet Fly at the Three Crowns New Years Eve Party 2015 at Swedish Club

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.

The Moonspinners at the New Years Eve Party 2015 at the Swedish Club

Three Crowns Lounge (upstairs)
The MoonSpinners– (60-70’s pop, garage, R&B, Punk) plus

The Ukadelics at The Swedish Club for New Years Eve 2015
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!

Artist Trust Capitol Hill Art Walk Happy Hour

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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.