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

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


Meet the Artists: Brooklyn Sound Transit Site


Join STart, Sound Transit art program, to meet the artists for Brooklyn Link Light Rail Station

Friday Feb. 17, 2012 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Henry Art Gallery auditorium

University of Washington

15th Ave NE and NE Campus Pkwy (entrance on east side of pedestrian bridge)

Lead Pencil Studio was commissioned through a national call-to-artists process, organized by STart, Sound Transit public art program.  The artists will discuss their previous work and how they will prepare for creating public art at Sound Transit’s future Brooklyn Link light rail station in Seattle’s University District.

Meet the artist:

Lead Pencil Studio creates an interdisciplinary overlap of architecture and site-specific art. With training in ceramics, photography, sculpture and drawing as well as architecture, Han and Mihalyo explore spatial conditions in the built environment. Lead Pencil Studio recently completed the empty billboard sculpture near Peace Arch Park on the Canadian border.

Learn more

For more information about this event, contact Mylinda Sneed at (206) 689-4978 or Find more information about STart, Sound Transit public art program at:

To stay informed about the North Link Light Rail project, visit our website at or contact Ellen Blair, Sound Transit Community Outreach, at 206-398-5043 or

Trolloween at 7pm~sharpish (Troll Ave & N 36th in Fremont)

Come celebrate the Trolls 21st Birthday!

MacBeth is back & has some things to set straight …

Trolloween is the Birthday celebration for Seattle’s famous Fremont Troll.

October 31st is the Trolls 20th Birthday!October 31st is the Trolls 21st Birthday!

It is held on his Birthday October 31st at 7pm ~sharpish.
The celebration  starts in front of the Troll under the Aurora Bridge (Troll Ave & N 36th St), as he loves a good laugh and a great story.

Then revelers will be off for the annual Haunt of Fremont (a procession of costumed dancers & performers (& you) taking over the streets of Fremont.)

This 21st anniversary of the birth of the Fremont Troll, you’ll be learning about MacBeth: a wronged man, back to set things straight. Many seasoned artists and performers will present their twisted and whacky version of Shakesspeares famous tales.

Rain or dry, revelers will sing, dance, marvel, and laugh their way through the dark underbelly of  Shakespeare and Fremont.   This is an unsweetened and piquant family event with plenty of fun to scare the laughs out of any stoic kid or stogy adult.


Costumes are always highly encouraged!

If you can lend a hand to help pull off this fabulous piece of street theater, meet by the Troll at 6:30pm.

Northwest Chocolate Festival Oct 22-23

The Northwest Chocolate Festival features the work of twenty bean to the bar craft chocolate makers. The NWCF is the largest gathering of true craft chocolate makers in North America, October 22-34 at Seattle  Center Northwest rooms.

A taste of what you will experience

  • Learn about chocolate with presentations by award winning chocolate makers
  • Crush cacao beans by hand using traditional tools
  • Meet cacao farmers from Ecuador and Peru
  • Learn to taste and distinguish fine chocolate from different origins around the world
  • Taste and experience fresh cacao fruit direct from South America, a rare experience in the United States
  • Discover the health benefits of chocolate
  • Learn how to temper chocolate, make truffles and ganaches, and fine desserts
  • Seduce your senses in the Aphrodisiac Room
  • Expand your palate with chocolate and drink pairings

The amount of artisan chocolate makers gathering for this summit on fine craft chocolate is unprecedented and certainly exciting!

You will have the chance to taste chocolate as well as attend educational workshops and presentations in five of the Northwest Rooms at the Seattle Center. The festival features 16 hours of chocolate culinary demonstrations at the culinary kitchen in the Chocolate Dessert and Confection Room, two full days of talks on culture, trade equity and cocoa agriculture in the World of Chocolate Room.

They also offer the opportunity to enjoy wine, coffee, tea, and beer paired with chocolate in the Beer and Wine Garden.

Don’t miss out on the Aphrodisiac room to experience the sensual nature of chocolate and foods.

And don your mask and fancy ball gown for the Chocolate Masquerade Ball on Saturday night 8-12pm (21+)

Arts-A-Glow: Burien Lantern Festival

Now in its 6th year  Arts-A-Glow brings the magic and wonder of lantern art to Burien.  Join in the celebration on:

Saturday September 10th, 5:00-10:00pm

This is a FREE event.

This year the festival has changed locations and is presented in the lovely Dottie Harper Park, 421 SW 146th, ‘a magical evening in the forest.’

It will be a breathtaking walk in nature with lanterns created by many talented artists, those you create on-site, or lanterns you bring to join in the interactive procession (MAP).

This event will include lantern making , performers, face painting, tea leaf reading and treats for everyone to sample.

A special performance by Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders is also planned.

Don’t miss it!

Celebrate Japanese Culture at Aki Matsuri

The Aki Matsuri Festival (or “Fall Festival”) now in its 14th year, is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of Japan and is presented yearly by the Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association (ENMA).

The Aki Matsuri festival will be on Bellevue College’s main campus this weekend

Saturday, September 10th (10:00am-6:00pm) and

Sunday September 11 (10:00am-4:30pm.)

Admission & parking are FREE!

The festival features several special events such as a leather artist, Kimono presentation, Mikoshi Gishiki (full scale Omikoshi from Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America) and Taiko drum presentations.  Bonsai, Taiko, and Japanese garden presentations as well as puppet shows.

Be sure to catch the West Cascade Puppet Brigade’s ‘The Inch-High Samurai’ a tale of a tiny young man who sets off in the world to find his fortune.  He proves to be braver and more clever than the largest and scariest of foes.

See ‘The Inch-High Samurai’ on

Saturday September 10th in the Carlson Theater at 12:30pm & 2:45pm

& Sunday September 11th in Room E129 at 1:45pm & 4:00pm.

Please note that the times and venues are not the same for each day.

ENMA (Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association) is a non-profit organization of volunteers who want to preserve and further the arts and crafts of Japan for the enjoyment of the greater Seattle community.

Bumbershoot turns 41!

The Labor Day weekend, harbenger of the end of summer, brings North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot to Seattle.

Now in the 41st year,  Bumbershoot is world renowned for showcasing musical talent.  And while there are a myriad of music choices, Bumbershoot by it’s very name is an umbrella of the arts (from the slang: bum•ber•shoot —n. informal An umbrella.)

So be sure not to miss:

The Magic Show at the Center Pavilion everyday from 11am-8pm, a multimedia exhibit that explores illusion, conjuring, levitation, and transformation.

Get your guns up with 2010 Stranger Genius Award winner Marya Sea Kaminski’s Bonnie and the Robberi, a collection of rock covers, original songs, and monologues that explore societal themes of women with firearms, love, and violence and is backed by the musical talents of Landlords Daughter.

Bumber by Number a fully interactive color by number show featuring some of Seattle’s favorite visual art talents and is curated by the beloved Marlow Harris & Jo David.  Pick up a veggie and join in the communal art creation.

Movies at SIFF Cinema and McCaw Hall feature projects: Films4Families, 48 Hour Film Project, Nerds Unite, and Animation for Adults, just to name a few.

Just in case you spend all your Bumbershoot days watching movies, seeing visual art shows, eating and shopping the vendor booths.  You can still catch a fabulous line up of musicians at Bumbershoot After Dark, a collaboration with Decibel, One Reel,  Seattle Center, & Kaos Theory.  This late night (10pm-4am) celebration at Exhibition Hall, features some of the most acclaimed electronic music performers and deejays.  Saturday brings the musical stylings of Craze, Claude Van Stroke, Jokers of the Scene, and The Dowlz. Sunday’s line-up is Z-Trip, Four Tet, and Dam Funk. Bumbershoot After Dark is boasting this collaboration “to be the most adventurous stage configuration that any of the organizations have ever produced throughout their 100+ years of collective experience.”

Be warned if you go to Bumbershoot expecting to get a glimpse of John Oates fabulous mustache, you will be disappointed.  It has only been seen once in the last 25 years: last year’s National Moustache Convention where he was a special guest.  

For a breakdown of all the Bumbershoot events & happenings check the official SCHEDULE. Hall & Oates take the Bumbershoot main stage on Monday.

The Burning House at Northwest Puppet Center

 The BURNING HOUSE, a marionette opera
by Carter Family Marionettes

 with Music Director Margriet Tindemans and special musical guests

 April 29 – May 8, 2011

Esterhazy, Franz Josef Haydn created this opera especially for The Royal Marionette Theater at Esterhaza Palace. This opera features splendid live baroque music lead by the internationally acclaimed Margriet Tindemans.

Exquisite cast and sets by Carter Family Marionettes. The Carter Family presented this opera to sold-out crowds at the Sanssouci Palace Theatre of Frederick the Great.

“The Burning House” makes a triumphant return from Europe with a limited engagement of only two-weekends in Seattle.

Don’t miss your chance to see this masterpiece of music and marionettes!

Fridays at 8pm / Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm / Sundays at 2pm

Tickets available at:

or call: (800)838-3006

For more details:
or if you have any questions:


Review of Carter Family Marionettes’ production of “The Burning House” from Berlin’s newspaper:

Variety for Charity 7pm at Egan’s Ballard Jam House

Join us

Thursay, April 21st, 7 – 10pm

Egan’s Ballard Jam House

1707 NW Market St, Seattle, WA


Suggested donation at the door: $10

All proceeds benefit the Fremont Solstice Parade


Your hosts are:

Susan Harper ~ vocalist and songwriter

Larry Crist ~ silver tongued poet

Hugh Sutton ~ keyboard chameleon

The line up:

7:15 Susan & Larry kick off the night with a Bossa Nova tune and a poem or two

7:30 Pacific NW Blues Diva Lady “A”

7:50 Ricky Gene Powell ~ a musical trend setter

8:15 Michael Murdock ~ endearing thespian

8:25 Susan & Hugh ~ duet

8:40 Seastar ~ folky, passionate and celtic-y

9:00 Larry & Michael Murdock ~ a comedy sketch

9:10 KlezterBalm ~ hypnotic chaos

9:30 Kylie Koyote ~ devious desert nymph burlesque

9:40 EQ lateral ~ ambient electronic violin and ethereal vocals

Variety for Charity benefiting Cedar River Watershed

Join host extraordinaire Susan Harper for an extravagant evening of magic, music, drama and much more!

All proceeds benefit Friends of the Cedar River Watershed.

Suggested donation is $20 per person.

Egan’s Ballard Jam House, 1707 NW Market St

Join us for the entire evening or drop in to catch an act or two.

All ages are welcome!


Host – Susan Harper, vocalist and songwriter
Steffan Soule ~ Magic that Moves
Seattle Boys Tree-Oh ~ Delicious Harmonies
Hugh Sutten ~ Modern Troubadour
Lee Robinson ~ Folk/Country
Emilia Sosa ~ Jazz
Kylie Koyote ~ Devious Desert Nymph
Michael Murdock ~ Thespian

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed engages citizens to enhance and sustain watersheds through restoration, education, and stewardship.

Jack & the Dragon now showing at NW Puppet Center



by the Oregon Shadow Theatre

is now showing at the Northwest Puppet Center.

There are many stories about Jack and his Ma in the Appalachian Mountains. In this fairy tale, after swatting 7 flies at one whack, Jack is hired by the King to hunt some pesky varmints, like a Giant Hog and a Unicorn, before he has to face the meanest varmint of all. He still finds time to kick up his heels with the King’s daughter at a barn dance. Colorful shadow puppets, live old time American banjo and dulcimer music and a barrel of laughs send Jack and the Dragon running down the hollow.


Saturdays & Sunday

1:00 PM & 3:00 PM through February 20

The Northwest Puppet Center is located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood at

9123 – 15th Ave NE, Seattle, 98115

For advance tickets, click here or call:

'Jack and the Dragon' by Oregon Shadow Theatre

Beard & Stache Fest, Contestant Picture Party

What is Beard and Stache Fest, you ask?

It’s an entire month packed with friends, prizes, nights out, cheap eats and drinks, some friendly competition, and lots and lots (and lots!) of facial hair! So, the question you should perhaps be asking yourself is: What isn’t Beard and Stache Fest?

Registration is now open for 2011!

Sign up to show off your facial hair and support Treehouse and the foster kids of King County.

Step right up and become one of the fabulous 100 furry men that will compete for facial hair glory!

Seattle’s hairiest men to come out and have their picture taken for a great cause – Treehouse, Seattle’s non profit organization that helps foster kids in the area.

Join us Sunday, January 9th, 2011 from 1 to 4pm at The High Dive in Fremont and join the competition. Its fun and free to add your facial hair to the cause and there’s plenty of goodies and prizes in store. Participating beards and/or mustaches will be a part of a team of five, and their pictures will be displayed on individual donation cans at select locations.

So, if you can commit to having your picture displayed on a donation can to benefit an awesome foundation (I know, you think you’re not photogenic, but believe us… we think you’re adorable) then you are a perfect candidate.

More information at

Song of Tent City TONIGHT @ Tether Gallery

Residue from SONG OF TENT CITY, the self-designed poetry residency started by poet Mimi AK Allin on 27 November at Tent City 3, will be installed at Tether Design Gallery in January. The show opens at 6pm on Thursday January 6 for the First Thursday Seattle Art Walk and will be on view through January 20th.

SONG OF TENT CITY | Gallery Show
Opens Thursday 6 January 2011 (6-8PM)
Tether Design Gallery
323 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

The show opening will include installation, artifact, audio and live interaction. Get an idea of what ‘its like to live at Tent City. Meet some of the residents. Sit inside the mini-yurt the poet has been living in. Read poetry and handwritten journal entries written by homeless people in Seattle. Listen to audio clips from artist collaborations between Seattle artists and Tent City artists.

Participating Seattle artists include Lyn Coffin, Josie Elizabeth Davis, Vanessa DeWolf, Ann Sloper and Sam Trout. Audio was graciously recorded and edited by the amazing, Christopher Wilson. Artists, on both sides of the fence, have donated their time and efforts to make this happen.

The greatest expenses for TC3 are transportation, honey buckets and trash removal. 100 people live at Tent City 3. When available, two bus tickets per day help campers get to appointments and seek employment. Donations can be made during the First Thursday opening at Tether Gallery to help Tent City residents.

A K Mimi Allin’ Blog
Song of Tent City

Tether Design Gallery

City Arts Article about Song of Tent City


Puppet Auditions, Sat Nov 20th

Call to Puppeteers!

We welcome all puppeteers interested in performing for an appreciative audience. Skid Row Puppets is organizing an audition for acts to be part of a Seattle-area puppet cabaret performance. The puppet cabaret will include some of the areas most experienced, creative and original puppeteers.

Auditions are being held:
Saturday November 20, 7:00-9:00 PM
At Café Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
Bring your puppets & any equipment you may need.

This is a raw audition (NO tech!)

Auditions are for shows from 2 to 10 minutes. This is a fairly open audition for any person or group interested in being a part of a cabaret puppet performance. Acts will be juried according to excellence of performance as well as story and entertainment value.

If you are interested in auditioning or have questions email:

November 20th is fast approaching so be sure to get your act together!!


Who are we?
Skid Row Puppets is a group of puppeteers loosely affiliated with the Puppeteers of Puget Sound which is a local guild of the Puppeteers of America. We have a rotating panel of experienced performers jury potential acts for cabarets. Auditions are announced through local and regional PofA newsletters and other calls for talent, as well as by invitation.

Skid Row Puppets mission is to organize puppeteers in our region for the purpose of sharing skills and creating works of puppetry for presentation in an ongoing series of cabaret style performances.

Skid Row Puppets will foster mentoring and cross fertilization of puppetry styles and processes, as well as create a pool of increasingly skilled puppeteers in the region with experience working on varied projects and collaborations.

Fremont Abbey’s 5th Birthday Bash: Wed Nov 17th

Fremont Abbey, the only arts center in North Seattle, is turning five and having a bash to celebrate!

Fremont Abbey Arts Center, an arts center where everyone can discover something new, is a nonprofit, non-religious, arts & community organization.  It is a vibrant community venue where people of all ages & incomes are supported in their artistic and social development through  collaborative arts experiences.

Located in the artistic Republic of Fremont at 4272 Fremont Ave N the Fremont Abbey is home to The Round, soon to have its 70th monthly collaboration of poets, painters and musicians, that has moved on to cities all across the country.

Come celebrate this enriching organization’s 5th year with family hour face painting, happy hour in the Abbey Cafe, photo booth, music, a raffle, mini auction, door prizes, pin-your-heart-on-the-Abbey & more.




Art in the Woods: Tours thru Nov 14

Explore artists’ studios in the wilds of Kitsap county!

See artists in their native environment not just caged up in a gallery!

Art in the Woods is a self guided tour of Kitsap County artist studios.  The artists laire is one rarely understood and you have the chance to visit with these rare specimens, ask them questions, maybe even see a demonstration of their amazing talents.

You can view a full color brochure of the ARTISTS with open studios and a MAP of their native surroundings.

This is an annual event, scheduled the second week of November.

If your unable to make it this weekend, put it on your calendar for next year.

Art in the Woods is is created with the help of  Cultural Arts Foundation NW.


Opening today at the Northwest Puppet Center and playing through November 21st.

A whimsical new production by Northwest Puppet Center’s founding artistic directors, Christine & Stephen Carter.

This show combines the famous tale of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” with the plot from a 19th century Parisian puppet play by Louis Emil Duranty about a  magician’s ill-fated picnic.

Get ready for the buckets to fly in this classical and comical work of puppet theater!

The Northwest Puppet Center is located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood

9123 – 15th Ave  NE, Seattle, WA 98115-3111

Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm

Advance tickets available online or by phone:

If you’d like to attend all the performances in the 2010-2011 Season,
save money with a subscription:

Tickets and subscriptions also available at the box office 30 minutes
before each show.

When you visit the puppet center be sure to visit the Puppetry Museum.

Currently on display:

An exhibit honoring
Italy‘s contributions to the art of puppetry.

This exhibit features puppets from Bergamo, Milano, Sicilia and from Italian repertoire created by Seattle’s own Carter Family Marionettes.

Included in the exhibit are artifacts from the 18th and 19th century.

Museum exhibit open before and after performances or by appointment.

Northwest Puppet Center


Luminata ~ Tuesday Sept 21 at dusk

Luminata Celebrates 10 Years!

Luminata, the Autumnal Equinox Lantern Parade, is happening Tuesday, 9/21 at 7pm.

On the heels of the joyful & exuberant 22nd annual Fremont Solstice Parade, the Fremont Arts Council will celebrate the autumnal equinox on September 21 with the sweet & illuminating ‘Luminata’ lantern parade around Green Lake Park in Seattle.  We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this enchanting event and it’s going to be a wonderful evening of celebration.  All are invited to participate (no matter your age or your zip code.) Bring a handmade lantern or one from the store, all are beautiful!

The fall equinox is a wonderful time for celebrating the change of seasons. 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.

This year, the Prince of Summer is giving a banquet in honor of King
Winter, who will be joining us by boat across the lake.

The court of the Prince (all of us in the lantern parade) will start at the Green Lake Aqua Barn at the south end of the lake around 7:00pm (dusk.)  Then we will promenade to the Secret Banquet (near the Bath House) accompanied by our festive lanterns, where there will be refreshments, hot cider and treats. Ricky Gene Powell and Bando Rio will be making music for us there, creating a magical atmosphere for this enchanted event.
Open workshop hours are being held right now, until event time, at the Fremont Arts Council’s Power House, 3940 Fremont Ave N (come to the center of the universe to help illuminate the celebration!) Bring materials to make something or come create something with materials on hand.

Volunteers are wanted to help with various tasks –
this event is simple to put on, but there’s always stuff to do – we need help serving treats at the event, and setting up Tuesday.   If you’d like to lend a hand, please email Peter Toms (ptoms at drizzle dot com).

The Fremont Arts Council has a long history of producing art-based events that celebrate community and cultural creativity