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.

Super mid-week blow-out with Prom Queen, Euro Dance Party & “Dusty Lips” (Dusty 45’s & Country Lips combined!) to benefit YouthCare 11/25

Country Lips

Prom Queen

Dusty 45s

YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, employment training and prevention training.

For 40 years, YouthCare has been a leader in providing effective services to Seattle’s homeless youth. In 1974, a group of concerned citizens started a three-bed shelter for homeless and runaway youth, the first in the Western United States. Since then, they have grown to become a community-based agency with six sites serving the greater Seattle area.

Come to an incredible early-evening show starting at 5pm on Tuesday, November 25th at 1927 Events Space, 1927 3rd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101

Everyone involved in this event has donated their time and all proceeds will go to YouthCare.

To donate, volunteer or for more information about YouthCare visit

Thanks to 1927 Events and The Residents Pop-Up Shop for graciously donated their space for this event.

5pm-Opening Reception starts at The Residents Pop-Up Shop. Wine donated by Proletariat Wines. 5 dollar donations please.

7pm-Head next door for a night of live music with:
-Dusty Lips(The Dusty 45s & Country Lips combined, wowza!)
-Euro Dance Party USA(Talk about a supergroup!!)
-Prom Queen(Everyones favorite Prom band.)
Food by Off the Rez and beverages donated by Rainier.
Donation of clothes, blankets or money($10)

A special thanks to Randi Mckenna, Gabriela Sawrey, Grace Hoffman, Jerry Everard, Stacy Paczan, Billy Joe Huels, Darrin Williams, Mark McConnell, Donovan MacInnis, Stephanie Morrison, Hamilton Boyce and Fredd Luongo for making this event happen.

The Residents are:
Cathy McClure
Steve Gilbert
Brandon Patoc
Sonja Peterson
Trevor Johnson
Stacy Paczan
Robert Nelson
Emily-Jane Jewelry
Dolcetta Artisan Sweets

Luau Party August 23rd at the Royal Room in Columbia City in Seattle

Pig Roast and music by Lushy, the Ukadelics, Banzai Surf and the Splashdowns.
Pig Roast and music by Lushy, the Ukadelics, Banzai Surf and the Splashdowns.

A real roast suckling pig and other Polynesian treats at the first annual Luau Party at the Royal Room! Great food and great music by The Splash Downs, Banzai Surf, Lushy and the Ukadelics!

Enjoy a pig roast buffet starting at 6pm. Music starts at 7:30pm. Spend the evening enjoying the Aloha spirit with your friends and those friends you haven’t met yet, eating great food, sipping an exotic cocktail or microbrew and listening to great music. Under 21 welcome until 10pm. Watch out for the Spam surprise!

The Royal Room is located at 5000 Rainier Ave. S. in Columbia City in Seattle


6:00 pm Kahlua Pig Buffet
7:30 The Ukadelics
8:50 Lushy
10:15 Banzai Surf
11:30 The Splashdowns

“State of the Hill” event at Fred Wildlife Refuge celebrates CHCC achievements and honors local activist Cathy Hillenbrand

Cathy Hillenbrand honored by Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce
Cathy Hillenbrand

In a gala event that celebrates the achievements of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce in the last year, plus maps out the plans for the coming new year, CHCC welcomes one and all to their “State of the Hill 2014” shindig at Fred Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, February 20th 5-7pm.

There will be live music by the Susan Palmer Group, entertainment by Moisture Festival performers, including some “Boylesque” and aerial acts, and some great food and drink, including cuisine from local restaurants Barrio, Chico Madrid, High 5 Pie, Capitol Cider, Vostok Dumpling House, Poppy, Quinn’s and Hello Robin.

Also at the event, local resident and community advocate Cathy Hillenbrand will receive the 2014 Spirit Award. This prize recognizes a Capitol Hill community member who has done an outstanding job to benefit the neighborhood. Cathy was premiere in her leadership in developing the organization Capitol Hill Champion, a joint project of the Capitol Hill Community Council and the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce that was developed to advocate for the fulfillment of community goals in the redevelopment on the street level of the new Link Light Rail station on Capitol Hill. By helping to develop Capitol Hill Champion, she made sure that the voices and will of the residents of Capitol Hill were listened to and respected, as we all know that this huge project is now and will forever change the landscape of Capitol Hill.

In addition to all of the countless volunteer hours she spent on this project the last few years, she is also a former owner of the Comet (where my husband once worked as a bartender!), a former publisher of Real Comet Press (remember “Poodle with a Mohawk”?), a former member of the Seattle Arts Commission and currently on the Board at Capitol Hill Housing.

When she was asked about her accomplishments and her work here on Capitol Hill, she explained,

“I’m most proud of all the effort put in over the past fifteen plus years by so many Capitol
Hill residents, workers, business people and organizations to keep Sound Transit responsive to our community’s needs and vision for the light rail station. It has been a long haul! And it won’t be over until the developers are selected, the designs approved and constructed, the buildings populated and the Broadway Farmers Market is operating on the new plaza! We’ll be riding the train before that. If I’m lucky, it will all be done by the time I turn 70, the 50th anniversary of my arrival in Seattle. For me, it’s an affirmation of the hard lessons I’ve learned over the years in my many ventures in the arts and cultural community. I can’t really describe the role I’ve played the past four years – somewhere between Mom and border collie – frantically trying to herd enough of the bits and pieces close enough together that they will fall into a creative and coherent whole at the end when the development has its grand opening and begins to settle
into itself.”

And when she looks to the future?

“I’d like to be able to share all the lessons our group has learned about working with Sound Transit with all the other communities in the midst of this work. The closure and re-opening of the Comet has me thinking about a Comet Tavern archive. I am thinking a lot about the Capitol Hill Eco-District which looks at sustainability on a neighborhood scale, including markers such as social equity, affordability, habitat in addition to green building, storm water management, district energy – just to name a few of the measures. I see using this concept as a basis for making all decisions – political, social, economic – as a way towards the future – some interesting thinking going on around it all over the world!”

Her comments have me excited to see what else is in store for Seattle’s true “Center of the Universe”.

Tickets to the Capitol Hill Chamber’s event State of the Hill

Cafe Racer DVD Release Party at the Royal Room Sunday, Sept 22 with The Bad Things, Bakelite 78 and Friends

Seattle, arts, events, music, restaurants, dining

Please join us on Sunday, September 22nd at 8pm at The Royal Room in Columbia City for screenings of selected excerpts of a recently released two-Volume concert DVD of the Cafe Racer Benefit Concert held at The Neptune Theater on June 7th, 2012.

This evening’s event will also feature musical performances by:

The Bad Things –
Bakelite 78 –
and participants from Cafe Racer’s weekly Racer Sessions
and more!

There will also be screenings of portions of the DVD throughout the evening. Copies of the DVD will be on hand for purchase, 100% of the profits going to Cafe Racer Love!

No Cover. Donations to the Cafe Racer Love fund are highly encouraged.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to donate to the fund, please do so here:

Presented by Cafe Racer Love, The Royal Room and Brown Paper Tickets.


Joey Bates Iceland

Joey Bates Iceland

by Siolo Thompson for MIROIR Magazine

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          Years ago I stumbled across a lovely collection of artwork at a Seattle coffee shop. The art was figurative but line driven, bright but soulful and one of those lovely drawings became the first piece of original art I ever bought for myself (a soul sustaining indulgence I highly recommend). The work, by Joey Bates, became something of a personal obsession and over the years I have watched with interest as he has evolved and progressed.

          Joey Bates is planning a trip to Iceland this summer to gather source material for a new body of work and he agreed to meet with me over coffee to talk about the trip, his fundraising plans, and the work he hopes will come from this journey.

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I have always thought of your art as primarily figurative, are you stepping away from that tradition in this new series?

My work has always involved pattern making and the exploration of textures within forms but with these new works I am venturing farther away from the figurative and am more directly working with patterns that occur in nature, specifically geological patterns.

The series of work that I’ve just begun exploring revolves around the way that land is formed. I’m interested in the visual power of landscapes and telling that story.


You are currently raising funds for a trip to Iceland to gather material for this work, why Iceland, especially when you live in the Pacific Northwest, a geologically rich area?

Yes, we do have Mount Rainier and some wonderful geological things to explore here in the Northwest and I don’t doubt that my work will at some point feature our own mountains. What draws me to Iceland specifically is how geologically diverse and dynamic the land is. For example, it lies on a geologic rift and above a hotspot. The result is an island of volcanism and geothermal phenomena. The land is essentially in flux, changing and morphing in ways that are interesting, poignant, and documentable. This trip is about exploration of this changing landscape and seeing where the reference material takes me and my artwork.


A lot of artists work from reference material gathered from the internet, books or the photography of others. Is it necessary to gather reference material first hand? How might traveling to Iceland affect your process?

For the last year or so I have been exploring mountains from the confines of my studio using the internet, for example, to find visual references. I don’t think it’s a bad practice but it certainly seems better to gather references first hand and even more than that, to experience the place in person. My work, like the landscape in Iceland, is in flux. Drawing inspiration from the place itself rather than from the visual experiences of others opens the door to inspiration and innovation. I have some ideas of the materials I would like to see and capture but I’m also approaching the experience with an open mind and a willingness to let the land speak to me and affect my work in new ways.


 We wish Joey Bates the best of luck with his new body of work and his efforts to engage new themes and landscapes. Please take a moment to visit his fundraising campaign and contribute to the development of this exceptional artist.

SEATTLE PEACE CHORUS PERFORMS “CANTO GENERAL,” Pablo Neruda’s epic song of the people… A monumental choral masterpiece based on the greatest poem by Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda.

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Don’t miss this rare opportunity! Saturday, June 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m..

The Seattle Peace Chorus will perform the magnificent music of Canto General at Cleveland High School, which is unprecedented for the chorus, as they have never sung at a high school before. This concert fulfills a long-held goal of the Seattle Peace Chorus to reach out to youth and more diverse audiences.  A Free Will Collection will benefit the Cleveland High School Music Program.

The Cleveland High School performance “Canto@Cleveland will feature a poetry reading by a Chilean Mapuche poet accompanied by an Andean pipe player.

TICKETS:  Online at or call 800.838.3006
• $20 Advance • $25 At the door • $5 Students • $10 Cleveland High School parents

Supported by the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture and the Abe Keller Peace Education Fund.

BDX Drumline Showcase with 10 top NW drumlines play Saturday June 1st


Join the Garfield High School Drumline in the 5th annual BDX Drumline showcase this Saturday June 1st at Noon in the Gym. (Inside the Quincy Jones Performing Arts Center at 400 23rd Avenue). The event will feature drumlines from Washington Middle School + Musicians from FELA, Garfield High School, Cleveland High School, Glacier Peak High School, Lincoln High School, Bellevue High School, Tahoma High School and the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline! Tickets sold at the door, $10

Here is a recent performance of the Garfield Drum Line at the Moore Theater with they shared a stage with Duff McKagan, formerly with Guns and Roses and Mike McCready with Pearl Jam and Michael Shrieve of Santana.

Brass Band Eruption! Honk Fest Party Friday May 17th in Georgetown


Mt. St. Helens blew her top on May 18th, 1980. 33 years later, we are waiting for another ‘big one’ and this brass showcase might get us one step closer!

Party with Seattle’s best HONK! bands and celebrate the joy of music and dance as if the volcano is about to erupt again!

It’s a BRASS BAND ERUPTION with Bucharest Drinking Team, Chaotic Marching Corps & Buckshot Brass Band at The Mix in Georgetown at 6006 12th Ave. S. Doors at 8pm, music at 9pm. $15 at the door and all proceeds benefit Honk Fest.

Local Author Gillian Gaar sells massive pop culture collection to fund eye surgery

Gillian Gaar

Local author Gillian Gaar needs eye surgery and has no insurance. Having written dozens of books and articles, she has a massive collection of books, records and ephemera that she has used for pleasure and research and she’s selling off a number of items in order to help pay for her needed surgery.

Click here for a list of all the collectables for sale

You can contact Gillian at to purchase any of these items.

Gillian Gaar. Shes a Rebel

Her first book, She’s A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll was published in 1992. In addition to her own books, she has appeared in various anthologies, including The Nirvana Companion, Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Guide to Women in Rock, Goldmine: The Beatles Digest (volumes one and two), Best of the Beatles Book, The Stranger Guide To Seattle, Music: The Little Black Book, 33 1/3 Greatest Hits Vol 2, A Survey of American Culture, and various editions of The Scribner Encylopedia of American Lives. She was editorial assistant for Krist Novoselic’s book From Grunge To Government: Let’s Fix This Broken Democracy!

Gillian Gaar. Elvis Remembered

In addition, she’s author of one of my favorite books, Return Of The King Elvis Presley’s Great Comeback (Genuine Jawbone Books)

She was also a project consultant/liner note writer for Nirvana’s box set “With The Lights Out.” She has written for numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Goldmine, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Option, and No Depression, and was a senior editor at Seattle music paper The Rocket.

She has also written liner notes for collections by Laurie Anderson, Judy Collins, Heart, Pat Benatar, Paula Cole and Mat Kearney, among others.

If you don’t see anything you want or need on the list, please consider making a donation directly to her surgery fund at You Caring

Thank you for supporting our local authors, artists and musicians.

Salon Metro in Wallingford to have Holiday Toiletries Drive for homeless youth

Salon Metro in Wallingford is collecting toiletries for the Orion Center and Youth Care Transistional Living Program. The shelter requests unopened shampoo, conditioner. straighteners, curlers, razors, plus soap for faces and bodies. Full size or travel size from your last hotel trip is fine. Also, if you have unused makeup, please consider donating that for these homeless teens who are struggling to stay in school and find jobs.

You can drop off your donations at Salon Metro, located at 1714 N. 45th in Wallingford. Regular hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-3pm. There will be a drop-off box in the salon.

Items that would help teens and young adults to get back on their feet and be presentable for job interviews are needed: soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, brushes, combs, etc. You may even have received Christmas gifts that you would rather pass on, like perfume or make up.

This is a very easy way to help the homeless young people in our community and show them that we care. If you don’t have travel-size toiletries to donate, consider purchasing a couple of extra items when you are doing your own shopping and drop them off at Salon Metro. Specific hours may change slightly so you can always call first to check and make sure the donation box is staffed for that day or to make other arrangements for pick-up. Salon Metro’s phone number is 206-545-6905.

When a foster child turns 18, they are often forced out into the streets. The Orion Center, located at 1828 Yale Avenue in downtown Seattle, is a multi-service facility open to youth ages 13-22. It offers a safe, open place where youth can access a multitude of services from meals to case management. The Orion Center’s services include the Drop-in Center with showers, lockers, laundry and meals, a pre-employment training program; the Barista Training and Education Program, and Youth Tech.

Jesse Sykes & Phil Wandscher Concert To Support Approve R74 on Vashon Island

Take a little vacation from the ordinary, grab a ferry to Vashon Island and show your support for Marriage Equality, R74, in a concert presented by Debra Heesch in an intimate evening with Seattle native singer/songwriter Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher performing their original songs for the first time on the island at The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie to support APPROVE Ref 74.  Plus they will have the very talented Islander Mike Dumovich with Anne Marie Ruljancich on viola.

Lisa M. Stone, Executive Director of Legal Voice and member of the Governing Board of Washington United for Marriage, will be present to talk about the Referendum and our efforts to retain the freedom to marry for all loving, committed couples.

All ages are welcome, it’s general admission and standing room only.
Proceeds to benefit Washington United For Marriage.

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Holiday Entertaining and Decor seminar by Count Kody – 11/4 at the Westin

Count Kody entertains!

Join Count Kody, premier party-planner extraordinaire, for an amazing “Holiday Entertaining and Décor Extravaganza” in support of Gilda’s Club! During this event he will present extraordinary tablescape ideas, show dynamic décor and floral concepts, and share ingenious cost effective party tips.

You will leave inspired to create exquisite and fun celebrations, whether in your studio apartment or a grand ballroom.

This dynamic, fun filled seminar, presented by Count Kody Tuwaletstiwa, will inspire you as you learn to create festive celebrations for Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, & New Years!

Bring a friend and enjoy as you:


-See innovative place setting and creative tablescapes
-Watch the creation of fabulous floral arrangements & imaginative seasonal centerpieces
-Gain valuable professional décor trade secrets to maximize your budget
-Learn easy techniques for creating beautifully gift wrapped and decorated presents
-View inspiring mood & concept boards
-See items Count Kody chooses as the favorites for the season
-Watch the “Kids Corner,” affordable and adorable ideas that will please your children
-Learn about the “Power of Personalizing Parties” to make your celebrations unforgettable

Secure your space and more information at:

$35.00 pre-sale or $45.00 at-the-door

Limited Seating Available

Proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club, supporting cancer survivors and their loved ones

Red Dress plays at the Royal Room in a fundraiser for Nancy Guppy’s Art Zone

Saturday, August 18t, is a fundraiser with the famous Seattle band “Red Dress” for Art Zone with Nancy Guppy.

Red Dress is “the original Seattle band before grunge descended upon the city”, featuring Gary Minkler, John Olufs, Pete Pendras, Bill Shaw and Walt Singleman.

Special guests: Godfrey Daniels and Dr. Calamari and Acrophelia

Red Dress was a guest on Art Zone.  Click here to see the video.

The Royal Room – 5000 Rainier Ave South, 9pm till midnight 8/18.

Volunteer Park Conservatory Party and Celebration Sunday, August 12

Sunday, August 12th is a celebration to mark the 100 year birthday of the Volunteer Park Conservatory,  The theme of tomorrow’s party is Victorian Day in the Park.  It should a lot of fun, and most events are free.

The vintage spirit and look will be shown throughout the day, with a Croquet tournament (Winning team (2) players Each win a $100 restaurant gift certificate) ($45 entry fee), vintage fire truck, horse and carriage rides ($30 for 15 minute ride), a bicyclist on a Big Wheel bicycle (local Barefoot Ted), The Sedentary Sousa Band, the What’s Cookin’ barbershop quartet.  The public is encouraged to wear period attire.  Several members from the club Somewhere in Time Unlimited may show up in period-appropriate garb and strut throughout the grounds.  It will be like a flash mob took place 100 years ago.

AND PLENTY OF KIDS’ ACTIVIITES — all FREE: Face Painting, Balloon Artisit, Coloring Station, Bubble performance and distribution of bottles of bubbles, and picture taking in a Chief’s Hat by the fire truck.

Plus, free  Birthday Cake, “Champagne” toast and punch to honor the occasion. There’s also a raffle.

There will also be two free tree tours of Volunteer Park given by Walt Bubelis.  And of course, the grand dame herself, the Conservatory, will be open for your viewing please.  The Conservatory and its displays have been beautifully spruced up, the floral landscaping around the Conservatory is spectactular, and the weather should be a truly memorable sunny Sunday afternoon.

Quality Conservatory Centennial souveniers will be available for purchase:  Enamel Pin $10, Shopping Tote $5, and Logo Dye-cut Decal $3.

Three food trucks will be on site to sell lunch and ice cream.
For more information, please visit

Fundraiser for Cafe Racer victims at Cloud City Coffee this Saturday 4 -7pm

Fundraiser for Cafe Racer victims at Cloud City Coffee


Stop by this Saturday, July 28 from 4PM to 7PM to help us show our support for the victims of the Cafe Racer shooting. We will have a silent auction for bad art, appetizers from the Roosevelt Ale House, wine, beer, coffee and more. All proceeds will go to the Cafe Racer Victims’ Fund. See you Saturday!

Cloud City Coffee

8801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98115

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Bake Sale at Cake Spy, Saturday July 14th to benefit Cafe Racer

Please visit Cake Spy Saturday, July 14th and buy baked goods for a very special cause. We will start the bake sale at 1:30 and it will run through the end of the day or until the treats sell out, so come early!

***If you would like to help by donating an item for this bake sale, please drop treats off between 12 and 1 on that day to 415 E. Pine Street at Cake Spy on Capitol Hill, and label your delicious item with your name and the ingredients of your delightful taste treat***

If you can’t make it that day, please take a moment and make a donation here: We look forward to seeing everyone at this very important bake sale!

Cake Spy is located at 415 E Pine St on Capitol Hill.