Gordon Raphael in Seattle appearance at the Feedback Lounge 3/12/2015


Gordon Raphael at Feedback Lounge


Mr G. Raphael is a west coast Seattle musician and rock producer best known from his keyboard work with Sky Cries Mary, producing The Strokes and Regina Spektor and touring as a member of The Psychedelic Furs. In addition he did live sound for The Libertines first UK tour, recorded Ian Brown from Stone Roses by accident, and recorded & arranged some solo material for Ian Astbury of The Cult! This evening will be a journey of stories and images, and lots of questions and answers with the audience. Promises to be “interesting”! + Free admission!

Comics NW Roots – Pecha Kucha Seattle

Pecha Kucha Seattle.Larry Reid.Janet Galore. Tatianna GillSeattle gave birth and momentum to the alternative comics movement in the 1970s when Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, and Matt Groening emerged from Evergreen State College. After leaving Evergreen, Barry, Burns, and Groening syndicated their work in alternative newspapers across the country—creating a nationwide awareness of a new, accessible aesthetic peculiar to the Northwest. This soon gave rise to a movement that still reverberates worldwide. Comics! Northwest Roots is an evening of vivid imagery and stories from veteran and emerging artists of the Northwest comics scene, recounting and celebrating this art form.

Wednesday, March 11th at 6pm at the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center!

Presenters Include: Peter Bagge // Max Clotfelter // Tom Van Deusen // Ellen Forney // Eroyn Franklin // Kelly Froh // Tatiana Gill // David Lasky // Larry Reid // Gina Siciliano // Jim Woodring

Gun Violence: A Public-Health Crisis


Join your neighbors at a symposium looking at gun violence as a public health issue on Monday, February 4th 7:30-9pm at Town Hall.
Details at http://townhallseattle.org

Across the nation, Americans are taking a fresh look at gun violence in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting—and the Aurora shooting, and the Portland shootings, and the Seattle shootings. In seeking ways to prevent such tragedies, this forum lays out a public-health approach to gun violence—tracing the extent of the problem, exploring evidence-based solutions, considering mental-health aspects and new alternatives, discussing new policies in Seattle-King County and Washington state—and considering what each of us can do. After an introduction by Dr. Howard Frumkin, Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, panelists David Fleming, director of Public Health Seattle-King County; Dr. Frederick Rivara, UW Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology; Amnon Shoenfeld, director of King County’s Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division; Beth Ebel, Director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center; and Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw offer local perspectives on a national crisis. The discussion is moderated by Steve Boyd, of MacDonald Boyd & Associates. Presented by the University of Washington School of Public Health and Town Hall.

Tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.

Local author Ginny NiCarthy speaks tonight on her book “Seeing for Myself: A Political Traveler’s Memoir.”


Tonight at Common Good Cafe, University Temple Church, 1415 43rd Street NE, Seattle, WA 98105 — October 29th, 2012, 7pm, local author Ginny NiCarthy speaks about her book, a political travelers memoir.

Event Page:

Advance praise for the book:

“This is one of those “can’t-put-it-down” books. NiCarthy doesn’t just tiptoe outside her comfort zone, she dives in heart first. She takes her readers on whirlwind journeys to Iraq just before the U.S. invasion, to Afghanistan in the middle of a war, and to Colombia embroiled in civil strife. NiCarthy’s lens is always through the eyes of women and the oppressed. She is a first-class story teller who mixes local color with brilliant observations and political analysis. Readers will learn a lot about the world and pick up lessons on how to be sensitive, mindful travelers. But most of all, they will close the book in awe of this octogenarian who lives life to the fullest. They’ll be inspired to follow in her footsteps if they can keep up!”

Chris Ware & Charles Burns: Building Comix at Town Hall 10/22

Monday, October 22, 2012, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5; admission may be used toward the purchase of any book by Ware or Burns.

In the world of graphic novels—heck; in the world of publishing—superstars just don’t shine much more brightly than these two sterling comix stars: Chris Ware and Charles Burns. And—lucky us—each has a book coming out this fall. Ware, whose work recalls the greatest 20th-century cartoonists with a style and worldview utterly, unmistakably, his own, has packed his new graphic novel, Building Stories, with advanced wood-pulp technology, ambition, emotions—and exquisite artistry. And Burns, who grew up in Seattle and crafted the semi-autobiographical magnum opus Black Hole, brings The Hive, the second part of his epic masterpiece trilogy of graphic horror. Presented as part of the Town Hall Arts & Culture series with Fantagraphics.

Tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission may be used toward the purchase of any book by Ware or Burns. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue.

Town Hall tickets and information

Local author Thea Cooper writes dramatic true story of medical breakthrough, makes local appearances

BREAKTHROUGH: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle, by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg is the dramatic true story of one of the most significant medical breakthroughs of the 20th century: insulin. Told with the suspense and drama of a thriller, BREAKTHROUGH chronicles the discovery through the fragile life of young girl.

The book was written by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg and together, they embarked on an exploratory research effort that would ultimately take them to medical centers, universities, libraries, archives, and other sites of significance located in twenty-five cities and towns in eight states and four countries over the course of five years.

Seattle resident Thea Cooper will be talking about Breakthrough and signing copies of the book at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle on September 18 and at Third Place Books in Seattle on November 16, and more events will be posted on the book’s website and on Thea’s Amazon author page.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Breakthrough will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Life for a Child Program of the International Diabetes Federation.

Ghettos of the Future

As gas becomes more expensive, walkable cities will thrive, leaving the suburbs unwelcoming and uninhabitable. Planning walkable urban areas is key to our sustainable future.

Tomorrow night, Island Press will host its first event in a new series of Discussions on the Built Environment at Town Hall. This is Thursday, July 1st 6 – 7:30pm, downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.

Island Press has assembled a panel featuring Brookings Institution fellow Christopher B. Leinberger, developer, teacher and author of The Option of Urbanism; Bruce Agnew, Director of the Cascadia Center; Alex Steffen, Executive Editor of Worldchanging.org, and Scott Matthews, Vulcan Real Estate’s Senior Director, Acquisitions along with moderator Ron Sher, owner of Third Place Books and a nationally-recognized pioneer in the realm of commerce, community and civic space. They will discuss ways to create walkable urban centers and encourage transit in the context of local and federal policy, as well as opportunities for architects, developers, and preservationists to consider current regulations and policy change.

The event is the first in a new series, the Thought Leaders Discussion Panel on the Built Environment, sponsored by Island Press and Town Hall Seattle.

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

Alligators & Alchemy in Cabinets of Curiosity


Join esoteric publisher William Kiesel for coffee and a presentation on Wunderkammern and Alchemy in the appropriately wonderful and odd surroundings of Ancient Grounds Cafe and art gallery in celebration of Obscura Day for Atlas Obscura.

The Curiosity Cabinet was the forerunner of the contemporary museum. But before public museums existed worldly collections took the form of the Kunstkammer, or art cabinet that was often the privilege of royalty alone. During the Renaissance such collections were filled with natuaralia, artificialia, scientific devices and other art treasures. William Kiesel will give a brief visual presentation displaying some early examples of Curiosity Cabinets and discuss the similarities they share with alchemical laboratories. The slide presentation will take place in one of Seattle’s finest Curiosity Cabinets; Ancient Grounds, where many wonderful objects from around the world, including tribal art, mineral specimens, Japanese and Native American masks, totem poles, intricate architectural carvings, kimonos, articulated skeletons, headdresses and other displays may be viewed while sipping excellent espresso or other beverage before during and after the talk.

What: Visual presentation by Ouroboros Press publisher William Kiesel
Where: Ancient Grounds Cafe
When: March 20, 2010 1pm – FREE but you must RSVP

Ancient Grounds Cafe and Art Gallery
1220 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-2911


This event is in cooperation with Atlas Obscura and is one drawer in their international showcase of Obscura Day.

Epistemology of Karaoke with Eric Fredericksen


In epistemology the kind of knowledge usually discussed is propositional knowledge, also known as “knowledge-that” as opposed to “knowledge-how.”

In this special event at On The Boards, explore both kinds of karaoke knowledge and join arts impresario Eric Fredericksen (Western Bridge curator and karaoke expert) as he hosts this party while delivering a lecture on karaoke, the culture industry, and communal popular culture.

Drinks (Thank God!) at 7:30 pm, show and lecture starts at 8:00pm. Come prepared to perform and be sure to pick out your song ahead of time. Buy your tickets for this event and a similar event in March.

Epistemology is concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge and belief. Just because you believe you can sing, doesn’t mean you can! Be sure to attend this lecture, party and demo to brush up on your karaoke skills.

(Eric regales the crowd at the On The Boards 30th anniversary party)

Knute Berger & Timothy Egan at Town Hall: ‘Pugetopolis’

Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 7:30 – 9pm
Downstairs at Town Hall, enter on Seneca Street.

Veteran journalist and third-generation Seattleite Knute Berger thinks Seattle is turning into the civic equivalent of a Starbucks’ Frappucino. Holding forth as “Mossback” over the years on the pages of Seattle Weekly, Seattle Magazine, and on Crosscut.com and KUOW, Berger’s contrarian and libertarian view of life in Seattle have been compiled into a new book, Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice. He appears with his friend, award-winning journalist and author Timothy Egan (The Worst Hard Time), to argue about the implications of our pretensions to “world class city” status. David Brewster moderates.

Being a Seattle native myself, I’m particularly fascinated by discussions of Seattle, its history and projections for the future. I loved reading Knute’s contributions in the Weekly and now on Crosscut. And Tim was the featured speaker at the 10th anniversary of History Link.

Tickets at Town Hall

Weirdos: “R. Crumb’s Underground” Gallery Talk with Larry Reid

R. Crumb poster

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery’s resident curator Larry Reid will speak at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue in Seattle. Reid will present a slide lecture on the topic “WEIRDOS: Seattle’s Alternative Comics Culture in the Context of R. Crumb’s Underground.” If you have yet to see the phenomenal Crumb exhibition at the Frye, this represents one of the last opportunities to view this comprehensive collection and explore Crumb’s considerable influence on comics in the Northwest. Admission is free. Reid assures us that you’ll get your money’s worth. More info at 206.622.9250.

Ken Kelly @ Howard House this Thursday!

Ken Kelly rocks! If you don’t know him go to this show and get to know him!

Ken Kelly: Future Perfect (Center Gallery)
January 10- February 23, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, January 12, 12 N

604 Second Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104


(Since you’re in Pioneer Square stop in the Catherine Person Gallery and meet Nola Avienne at the opening of the ‘Black & White Show’). organisms in domain bacteria .

“REBEL VISIONS: The Underground Comix Revolution”

Rebel Visions

Opens Saturday January 12 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle.

The youth rebellion of the 1960s produced some of the most stunning artwork and graphics of the 20th century. Four decades later, this imagery still resonates. The artists of this era will be featured prominently in Seattle at the dawn of 2008. The Frye Art Museum will host “R. Crumb’s Underground” opening January 26. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will endeavor to place Crumb’s work in historical context with the exhibition “Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution” opening January 12, continuing through February 6, 2008.

Based on the book of the same title by comix historian and archivist Patrick Rosenkranz, in association with Fantagraphics resident curator Larry Reid, “Rebel Visions” will feature relics, artwork and artifacts by an impressive array of Underground era cartoonists: Justin Green, Rick Griffin, Greg Irons, Robert Williams and S. Clay Wilson, among others.

Patrick Rosenkranz is the author of two books on Underground Comix. In addition to Rebel Vision (Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, 2003), he wrote You Call This Art?!: A Greg Irons Retrospective (Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, 2006). The book chronicles the career of this influential, though largely unheralded, underground artist. Following his experience as a cartoonist, Irons moved to Seattle where he became an accomplished tattoo artist working at the storied Seattle Tattoo Emporium on First Avenue. Several works by Greg Irons from this period will be on display. Rosenkranz will lecture on R. Crumb and his compatriots at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue, on Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 PM.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at the corner of Airport Way S., in the heart of Georgetown’s lively business district. The space is open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Back by popular demand

Seattle ArchitectureJeffrey Ochsner’s History of Seattle Architecture Lecture Series.

Jeffrey wrote the most excellent book I’ve found on the history of Seattle Architecture, with tons of photos, both of single-family homes and commercial buildings.

April 28 & May 12, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by SAF and the Seattle Room at the Seattle Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue

FREE – No Registration Required
Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.


Food and eating in the Pacific Northwest


Yum. This year’s Conference of the Pacific Northwest Historian’s Guild is called “Let’s Eat: A History of Food and Foodways in the Pacific Northwest” and will celebrate food and eating in Northwest History. The first session on Friday March 2 is at the Nordic Heritage Center and Saturday’s session is at the Museum of History and Industry.


One seminar includes Paul Dorpat, historian and author including Building Washington: A History of Washington State Public Works,  “Keep Clam, Ivar, Ivar’s and the Culture of Clams”

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Also, enjoy a Scandinavian Smorgasbord dinner, meet “The Lettuce King of Fife” and a viewing of the documentary: “3 Feet Under, Digging Deep for the Geoduck.”

Mmmm…..  I can smell the clam chowder now!

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