Category: Happenings

Seattle Peace Chorus presents “Origins: Musical Migrations of Balkan Song & Dance on May 31 at Town Hall

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“A fantastic opportunity to hear Seattle’s best Balkan singers, dancers & musicians”

This musical evening blends the voices of the Seattle Peace Chorus with a capella singing by the Dunava Balkan Women’s Choir and KlapaDooWopella singing traditional Balkan songs with dancing by the Radost Folk Ensemble, accompanied by some of Seattle’s best Balkan musicians.

Highlights include Wendy Marcus from Temple Beth Am, telling the miraculous story of the Sarajevo Haggadah, the centuries-old illuminated Jewish manuscript , movements from Rachmaninoff’s timeless Vespers, plus Orkestar RTW and Dromeno, longtime favorites in the Balkan music scene, rounding out this special performance. Directed by Frederick N. West.

Come early to hear Balkan Specialist Jim Hoath’s lecture at 6:30 p.m. on “Balkan Music, Language, & History.” It’s included with your admission ticket.

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/608474

House of Thee UnHoly returns to The Triple Door

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House of Thee UnHoly, the epic, 90-minute, non-stop, explosion of ‘70s mythology and sexually-charged psychedelia, returns to Seattle’s Triple Door stage for five nights and ten shows March 12 through 16.

Featuring Druids, Vikings, Hindu goddesses, sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll — and a little bumble bee with a big problem – thirteen dancers, three singers and four musicians will rock audiences in a radical rocklesque celebration of the 21st Century’s most excessive decade.
The Triple Door joins creative director paulanow (formerly known as The Swedish Housewife), along with a kaleidoscope of Seattle’s most outré and imaginative choreographers, dancers, burlesque performers, musicians, costumers, stage designers and theatrical performers in the show’s first staging since 2011.

Music is your master as “Sarah Rudinoff and Jen Ayers deliver powerful, mind-blowing vocals. The band alone is worth the price of admission,” reported The Examiner during the show’s last run. “The show delivers on its promise to leave you dazed, confused, and ecstatic.”

“House of Thee UnHoly, clearly has a rabid following, if the whoops and hollers and cheers are any indicator,” said The Seattle Times. “The costumes, extravagantly fanciful.” “House of Thee UnHoly’s sheer visual and auditory spectacle cannot be overemphasized,” wrote Culture Mob, and The Seattle Weekly called it, “Broadway level Burlesque.”

The 2014 production includes; Dancers, Lily Verlaine, Waxie Moon, Indigo Blue, Inga Ingenue, Douglass Ridings, Red Delicious, Paris Original, Polly Wood, Gerard D, Heidi Von Haught, Tory Tiara, Jody Kuehner and Mimi Me.  Singers, Sarah Rudinoff, Jen Ayers and Zack Davidson. Musicians, Andy Stoller, Ryan Burns, Darren Loucas and Mike Stone.  Set design by Jim Guerci and Chris Ford. Contributing costumers include, It’s Mark Mitchell and Lisa Marie.
House of Thee UnHoly  March 12-15, 7 and 10p.m.  Sunday, March 16, 5 and 8 p.m.

The Triple Door, 216 Union St., downtown Seattle.

Tickets range from $20 to $45. Must be 17 or older to attend. Call 206.838.4333 or see www.tripledoor.com for tickets and more information.

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photos by Michael Doucett and Christopher Nelson.

Join my Europe Art Delegation in April

Join us on the trip of a lifetime in the Spring, a FANTASTIC art delegation exploring Europe (artists and non-artists will find it fascinating) to Copenhagen • Warsaw • Krakow • Roznov • Vienna. The trip is in April (14th – 23rd), the entire itinerary is on their website (WTE USA, World Trade Exchange).
We’ll meet artists, tour their studios, get private sessions with Museum curators, and experience world-famous paintings to folk-art to contemporary design, from Hans Christian Anderson to Cannaletto to Klimt. And of course tour the historic castles, Jewish Ghettos, Moravian old-world villages, and everything in between. I’ve led 2 other art delegations with WTE, and we have lots of the same members come back, all raving about the experience and how beautifully we were treated and incredible connections we made.
The links are below, 1st is WTE’s website (password for the pdf itinerary is “kellyeurope”), second one is me talking about it in a little video.
For more info contact WTE USA or kelly Lyles at kelly@kellyspot.com

http://www.wte-usa.com
http://vimeo.com/channels/635476

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New Years Eve Party at the Swedish Club

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Join us for New Years at Seattle’s best kept secret…

The Swedish Club! 

Have a ball in the swankiest venue in town!

Admit it, you’ve stayed in before on New Years 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 smorgasbord 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, look out for the 40 lb confetti super-cannon at midnight!

Tickets available from Pep Productions today!

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The Spyrographs in the Dance Party Room!

The Swedish Club has 3 “nightclubs” in one and we’re featuring music for every taste.  Don’t miss The Spyrographs with Miss Cheryl Serio. They are a tight 5 piece band that plays the best spy, pop and surf hits of the 60s, 70s and beyond.   On New Years Eve they will be playing a special tribute all- ABBA set, plus additional Scandinavian hits (and misses) as the band play homage to the wonderful history of the Swedish Club

 

 

Easy Big Fella

Easy Big Fella in the Grand Ballroom

For over 20 years Easy Big Fella has spanned the globe, wowing crowds and making new fans as one of the Northwest’s top ska/dance bands. Since forming in 1991, Easy Big Fella has shared the stage with renowned acts including the Skatalites, the Specials, Desmond Dekker, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the Toasters.

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The Gravity Kings

The Gravity Kings’ jazzy, soulful groove-based Cadillac funk is born from the eclectic tastes of its motley crew of all- star players. Started as an old school funk project in the fall of 2010, the Gravity Kings’ grooves and arrangements make dance floors bounce and derrières move with a funky cocktail of raw, high-energy grit, funk pockets, and smooth West Coast horns.

 

Moonspinners

The Moonspinners in the Lounge!

The 5-piece Moonspinners play a wide variety of music with a 60’s-esque pop sensibility:  rock and roll, soul, girl-group, French and Italian pop, lounge and even some garage rock and 70’s punk. The Moonspinners combine insouciance with sophistication – and people love it!

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“Pancake Toast” after Midnight!

There will be a complimentary Swedish Style “Pancake toast” breakfast snack to bring in the New Year that starts at exactly 12:15am.  In addition, there will be a Swedish style holiday smorgasbord available for purchase from 8- midnight, with small plate options.  There are 3 floors of fun, with a bar and several bartenders, so you can relax and leave the cooking to the Swedes.  And if you don’t want to drive, the Hyatt Place hotel offers free shuttle service for guests, and you can book that service directly with the hotel.

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Ring in the New Year at the architecturally significant Swedish Club

The Swedish Cultural Center, located at 1920 Dexter Avenue North on the west side of Lake Union, is a striking example of post-war Modernism in Seattle. Designed by the firm of Steinhart Theriault & Anderson, the steel framed building features three stories above a full basement, and was built in 1961 for a cost of around $400,000.

The Swedish Club has used a “Three Crowns” Icon for its building logo for decades… in fact the upstairs lounge is called the Three Crowns Lounge. You will find actual beautiful hand-crafted metal crowns on the front doors of the building (they are used as door handles). By coincidence there are also three different floors in the facility, and we have matched them up with three great theme rooms for the event… So welcome one, welcome all to the Inaugural “Three Crowns New Years Eve Ball!”

Tickets are going fast so order now at Brown Paper Tickets.

Don’t want to drive but still want to have fun?  Book a room at the Hyatt Place in Downtown Seattle and they’ll shuttle you to and from the party in style, plus enjoy breakfast and a late check-out!

In addition to all these great bands, don’t miss these DJ’s!  

Deejay Joey Webb (HouseMen/SF, PASSAGE/Seattle) has been spinning the hot wax from San Francisco to Seattle on a regular basis for several years – He rocks at many top clubs and events and is sure to keep the dance floor packed as he spins between the band sets in this very cool space.

DJ E-Z ACTION has been on the scene Since the late 90?s, spinning at the Backdoor Ultra-lounge, Studio 66, and various clubs and venues throughout the 2000?s. Lounge, 60?s garage, French Ye Ye, soul, funk, 80?s and deep couch music being his main forte.

Agent Double-O S.O.U.L. regularly takes time away from his career as an international field operative for a mysterious intelligence organization to devote himself to entertaining from behind the DJ decks on occasion. This New Year’s Eve is one such occasion.

STUDIO 66 May 4th

Studio66 May 4th 2013

A night of 60’s mod, psychedelic and garage rock, vintage soul, Brit-pop, acid jazz and international pop.

Featuring Live Music From –

60’s Power Pop Legends!
POWDER

and
Studio 66’s own house band – THE 66’ERS

As always with Resident DJ’s CHRISPO, VODKA TWIST, and PELVIS

Plus THE STUDIO 66 DANCERS

21 + admitted

Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/studio66seattle

Event Page for May 4th
https://www.facebook.com/events/184944171654828

Celebrate Obama’s 50th at O.B.A.M.A

President Barack Obama celebrates his 50th birthday on Thursday August 4th, and we at OBAMA (The Official Bad Art Museum of Art) are celebrating in style with house band God’s Favorite Beefcake in the Obama Room.

The party starts at 8pm at Cafe Racer, located at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE in Ravenna/UW District.

Live music, yummy food, full bar, hijinks and bad art. What more would you want and what better way to celebrate President Obama’s birthday?

Running of the Balls

In Spain, there’s Running of the Bulls. In Seattle, we have Running of the Balls.

10,000 yellow tennis balls are released out of a dumptruck on a very steep hill. Object of the ball dump is to get the balls down the hill as fast as possible. Kids roll up newspapers to use as sticks to get them down the hill and into the pen at the end. The balls all have numbers on them. People have pre-bought the balls and the “winning” ball gets a cash prize. This was an event hosted in Edmonds, Washington by international travel guru Rick Steves.

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!

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

Tickets available at:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/131198

or call: (800)838-3006

For more details: http://nwpuppet.org/
or if you have any questions:
info@nwpuppet.org
 
 
 

 

Review of Carter Family Marionettes’ production of “The Burning House” from Berlin’s newspaper: http://www.tagesspiegel.de/kultur/wen-die-liebe-je-entzuendet/722300.html

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!

Featuring:

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

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

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 www.beardandstachefest.com

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   http://songoftentcity.blogspot.com/

Tether Design Gallery   http://www.tetherdesigngallery.com/

City Arts Article about Song of Tent City   http://www.cityartsonline.com/issues/seattle/2011/01/home-sweet-tent


SPROUT   http://sproutseattle.org/

2011 New Year’s Day Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit Walk – photo recap

• HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 !!! •

What a great way to get the New Year off on the right foot.

Below are some photos from the

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If you have photos of this event and would like to share them here,

please email them to me along with your name for the photo credits,

and I will update this page.

jodavid@UnusualLife.com

Have a Great New Year!!!

and remember to put it on your calendar again for next year, 1/1/12 @ noon

New Year’s Day Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit Walk 1.1.11

• HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 !!! •

Meet at Noon, Sharp! at the Kiddy Pool at the North end of Greenlake on Friday, January 1st, 2011!

We begin the walk around the lake (dress warm with comfy shoes) just moments after noon, so don’t be late. We walk east, or clockwise from a bird’s-eye-view of the lake.

Here are photos from the last few years. We’ll do it again this year, Saturday, January 1st, rain-or-shine. See you then!

What a great way to get the New Year off on the right foot.

Luckily, wigs do offer some insulation from hangovers and there’s no need to fret about bad bed-head.

Rain-or-shine, umbrella’s & kids ok. Meet at the Kiddy Pool on the North end of the Lake at noon. I’m pretty sure we’ll all be pretty easy to spot.

Noon Sharp! Check the MAP here, so you’re not late for take-off.

Pics from past years on Seattle Twist.

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.

RSVP: www.fremontabbey.org/5greatyears

TICKETS: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producerevent/134732?prod_id=4401

DONATE NOW: www.fremontabbey.org/sustain

MadArt in the Park this Thursday at Cal Anderson

Cal Anderson Park hosts MadArt this Thursday August 12th, 7 pm to 10 pm at the kick off event.

Jason Puccinelli – Rocket photo by Liz Potter

Rocket  – Featured Installation for MadArt in the Park

Early one summer morning, a rocket fuselage smashed into earth right in the middle of Cal Anderson Park.   The two-story projectile will no doubt capture the imagination of park visitors, compelling them to draw close.   From what strange place did it come?  Is there any life form aboard?  One can only discover the truth when they walk up and touch a few buttons.

The Soul Hole Summer BBQ Edition – July 30th!

This Friday Night! Georgetown is gonna be a Twisting and a Frugin, as The Soul Hole throws down with a “Summer BBQ Edition” at The Georgetown Ballroom.
7 sets of music to be played by DJ’s: Greg Vandy, Miss Lilli, Nipper, Cruddy, Self-Administered Beatdown, Chilly and Johnny Horn, with a live music by The Basements.

If that don’t make you wanna jump up and dance nothing will!   If the party gets to crowded just do the Cavern Stomp!

Georgetown Ballroom
5623 Airport Way South

8PM

$5/ 21+

Food and Drink available

Count Kody Entertains

Count Kody, local impresario, host and man-about-town recently hosted a fabulous party with the theme “Ruby Royale” and it was a glamorous affair to remember. Luxurious ruby red fabric draped the walls, diamonds and rubies glistened, sumptuous food was served and champagne flowed to create an evening to remember.

Count Kody is a tour guide and party planner extraordinaire, and he will transform your special event into a fabulous over-the-top affair to remember.

The idea for this party was “Ruby Royale” and the theme was carried through the entire event with beautiful ruby-colored drinks, ruby and diamond encrusted candles and a ruby-colored crown cake of amazing proportions.

Marlow Harris, Count Kody & Jodavid

Count Kody is an entertainer, a lifestyle instructor, a European tour guide, a party planner and a real Count. You can contact him and look at photos of past events via his website CountKody.com.

Count Kody on ITV

Sun July 18th ~ The Round @ Zoo Tunes

The Round 62 featuring Star Anna, Damien Jurado and many more –

Sunday July 18, 5pm at the Woodland Park Zoo


Fremont Abbey Arts Center’s highly popular multi-arts event, The Round, steps outside up the hill from 43rd avenue in Fremont Village to perform at ZooTunes.

In its 62nd incarnation, this multi-arts collaborative show featuring live music, poets, painters, and an improv band will spotlight local favorite Star Anna. Born and raised in Ellensburg, WA, Star Anna is known for her alt country/folk sound and fiercely evocative vocal styling. Former Guns n’ Roses bassist and Seattle Weekly music writer Duff McKagan says of Star Anna, “She will be a talent that we can all say that ‘We saw her when . . .’ Guaranteed.” Also featuring local performer Damien Jurado.


SINGERS:  STAR ANNA, DAMIEN JURADO, MARK PICKEREL, GABE ARCHER, CARRIE AKRE
IMPROV BAND: EMILY ANN PETERSON (CELLO), STEVE NORMAN (PEDAL STEEL), SCOTT TESKE (BASS), LACEY BROWN (PERCUSSION)

+ CELLIST PAUL RUCKER backing the poets & more

SLAM POETS:  MATT GANO, ELAINA ELLIS, YOUTH SPEAKS POET

LIVE PAINTERS:  GLENN CASE (EASY STREET MURALS), NATHAN DEAN (ZOO EMPLOYEE), ANGELA LARSEN + YOUTH PAINTER FROM URBAN ARTWORKS

Yes, The Round is going to the Zoo this year!  The show goes outside each summer (Nathan’s, Greenlake, Rodstal Lane Farm past two years)… but this is definitely the biggest show ever.  A rare local lineup and very low ticket for a Zoo Tunes show ($15!). We are very honored to be invited to support the Zoo with this benefit show, especially since we’ll be near the Meerkats and Snow Leopards.

http://www.zoo.org/Page.aspx?pid=1320#anna

Cardboard Showdown at Cal Anderson Park

Celebrate Flag Day with a rousing game of cardboard tube fighting. Awaken your inner children and rally your actual children for the Old Glory Cardboard Tube Fight, brought to you by The World is Fun! Join TWIF at Cal Anderson Park on Sunday June 13th at 12:00PM for an afternoon of cardboard smackdowns. Don your suit of cardboard armor (finished with alternating red and blue duct tape stripes and blue star glitter perhaps?) and show your friends what celebrating Old Glory really means.

This event is all ages – inner children and actual children are welcome.
This event is FREE thanks to the great folks at Vitamin Water – However, donations to The World is Fun (the nonprofit organization that’s making the awesomeness happen) are greatly appreciated. All Ages / Tubes will be provided.