Marathon II: A Short Run Art Show at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in association with Short Run Comix and Arts Festival, is pleased to present Marathon II, the second annual Short Run art show featuring Tom Neely, Ed Piskor, Josh Porcellino, MariNaomi, Josh Simmons, and Pam Wishbow. The exhibition and book signing on Friday, November 14 serves as a reception for participants and fans of the lively comix convention held the following day at Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District.
The exhibition title references the daunting challenge of establishing a viable career in alternative comix. Marathon II showcases a diverse group of gifted artists that defied the odds. John Porcellino is one of the pioneers of the minicomics movement. His primitive King-Cat Comics, which debuted in 1989, document his determination to change perceptions of contemporary cartooning. Tom Neely similarly struggled to fashion a livable income in self-publishing. His fortunes turned when he began producing Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, which follows the fictional romance of punk rock personalities Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig. This modest minicomic became a pop culture sensation, and has since been collected into a full graphic novel featuring Neely and other independent cartoonists, including fellow Los Angles artist MariNoami, who will present her new collection Dragon’s Breath at the event.
Pittsburg’s Ed Piskor collaborated with seminal self-publisher Harvey Pekar on American Splendor and other projects. He current series, Hip Hop Family Tree, from Fantagraphics Books, follows early practitioners of the inner city idiom through their rise to international notoriety. Seattle-based artist Josh Simmons also self-published comix prior to his association with Fantagraphics Books. Pam Wishbow represents an emerging artist at the outset of her career.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet exhibiting artists and other participants in the Short Run Comix and Arts Festival on Friday, November 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Big Black’s Last Blast at Scarecrow Video

In 1987, influential industrial rock band Big Black chose Seattle as the site of their last performance. The Georgetown show, with special guests Jesse Bernstein and Roland Barker, became legendary. On Monday, January 20th, Scarecrow Video will host two screenings of the resulting concert film, Big Black’s Last Blast.

It’s not only a document of this band’s final performance, but also a snapshot of Seattle’s music scene in the late ’80s. The three-camera concert video was directed by local artist Debra Geissel. (The on-stage camera was operated by her then-husband and current Cafe Racer proprietor Kurt Geissel.) The sound was engineered by John Nelson and mixed in Chicago by Steve Albini. Russ and Janet Battaglia of Fallout Records served as executive producers, and Monday’s screening will be presented by the film’s producers, Susie Purves and Larry Reid.

Scarecrow Video will host two screenings of Big Black’s Last Blast, at 7:00 and 8:30 PM. A small display of artifacts from the show will be featured, including the neck of Albini’s smashed guitar. The event is free, with a no-host bar, and is open to all 21 and over.

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+)


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


Studies in Monk, Mompou & Melancholy

18 artists undertake Studies in Melancholy (performance, dance, butoh, textiles, collage, text and voice) while pianist Kristine Thomas, recreates the melancholic landscapes of Monk, Mompou & others.

Multiple studies take place simultaneously during this 3.5-hour event, some lasting 10-minutes, others the duration of the event.
The viewer is invited to move in close or relax on pillows. There’s even an opportunity to sit beneath the baby grand! This is an open door, come & go, event.

Saturday April 10th at 1-4:30pm
Fremont Abbey Arts Center | Great Hall
4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle
No registration required / Donation requested $5-15

For more information Contact:

There’s even an opportunity to sit beneath the baby grand!
There’s even an opportunity to sit beneath the baby grand! photo by Denae Clark

“I can now add another threat, perhaps as dangerous as the most apocalyptic of concerns. We are possibly not far away from eradicating a major cultural force, a serious inspiration to invention, the muse behind much art and poetry and music. We are wantonly hankering to rid the world of numerous ideas and visions, multitudinous innovations and meditations. We are right at this moment annihilating melancholia.” –Eric G. Wilson, from Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Studies in Everything

Studies in Monk, Mompou & Melancholy is part of a larger project called Studies in Everything which began in January 2010 with Studies in White. Studies will continue to present quarterly events in public and private venues across the Pacific NW. Our aim is to collect artists and present unique studies that, taken together, explore select topics, moods, colors, places and ideas. A study is not an endeavor in a finished, choreographed piece. It is about the artist’s process. It is a preparation for something else.
Artists should not spend vast amounts of time preparing for a study, but should spend time undergoing the study. everywhere to envision and set into place parameters for studies and to spend time exploring their study publicly.

melancholy Mimi
melancholy Mimi

This is an endeavor in exploration, the artist’s process, the artist community and the artist’s connection to the world.

Learn more about the poetess and her evocative adventures:

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Phinney Center

Join this traditional Mexican celebration of life and death at the Phinney Center’s annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and festival on Friday, November 6.

Start with the candlelight procession, which begins and ends at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N.  The procession will depart at 6:30 p.m. and return at 7:00pm.  Where you can participate in the community altar, enjoy poetry,  live music, hot chocolate, craft activities, and more.

The Phinney Center Dia de los Muertos art show will be on view through the month of November and features works by Dreama Blankenbeckler, Pedro De Valdivia, Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys, Reagan Jackson, Jena Marks, Debbie McGibbon, Elisha Miller, and Lincoln Skrypeck.

Costumed participants at the Phinney Center's Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Costumed participants at the Phinney Center's Dia de los Muertos Celebration

In Mexico, El Día de los Muertos is a festive and family-centered event, traditionally held on Nov. 1st (Day of the Little Angels) and 2nd (Day of the Dead or all Soul’s Day in Christian tradition).  Día de los Muertos celebrations emphasize life and death as part of the same cycle and regard death on friendly and intimate terms.  According to beliefs rooted in pre-Columbian traditions, on Dia de los Muertos, the veil between life and death is at its thinnest and the dead can be lured back to us through the scent of marigolds and the temptation of offerings of favorite food and drink.

In certain parts of Mexico, an important facet of this celebration is the ofrenda, or personal altar, built both in family homes and/or over the graves of loved ones. Traditionally, photographs of the dead at are the altar center, around which are placed offerings of food, drink, candles, flowers, sugar skulls, and personal mementoes. All these items are presented in beautiful displays to honor the returning souls.

Call (206) 783-2244 for more information.

For a detail of the evenings events go to:


Venga y acompañe la celebración tradicional mexicana de la vida y la muerte con el Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) en una procesión y festival el viernes 6 de noviembre 2009. Los festejos empezarán con una procesión a la luz de las velas, que partirá a las 6:30 pm, y terminará de regreso a las 7pm en el PNA, que se localiza en el 6532 Phinney Ave N. Todos son bienvenidos a participar en el altar comunitario y a disfrutar de música en vivo, chocolate caliente, actividades de arte y más.

En México el día de los muertos es un evento alegre y enfocado en la familia. Tradicionalmente, el 1 de Noviembre es el Día de los pequeños ángeles y el 2 de Noviembre es el Día de los muertos o Día de todas las almas en la tradición cristiana.

La celebración del día de los muertos enfatiza que la vida y la muerte son parte del mismo ciclo y contempla la muerte en condiciones amables e íntimas. Según creencias, con principios en tradiciones pre-Colombinas, en el día de los muertos, el velo entre la vida y la muerte es tan delgado que los muertos pueden ser atraídos de nuevo a los vivos por los aromas de incienso y la tentación de ofrendas de comidas y bebidas favoritas.

En algunas partes de México, una parte muy importante de esta celebración es la ofrenda o altar personal construido en casas familiares y/o sobre sepultura del muerto amado. Tradicionalmente, se colocan fotografías de los muertos en el centro del altar, rodeadas por ofrendas de comida, bebida, velas, flores, calaveras de azúcar y recuerdos personales. Todas estas cosas son presentadas de una forma muy vistosa y colorida para honrar las almas visitantes.

Damos la gracias al City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs y el Washington State Arts Commission por su apoyo, ya que han hecho posible la continuación de la celebración de este importante evento tradicional.

Llame al (206) 783-2244 para mayor información.dia-2009-poster-enespanol

Celebrate the Trolls 20th Birthday at Trolloween

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

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

It is held on his Birthday October 31st at 7pm sharp.
The celebration  starts with 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 20th anniversary of the birth of the Fremont Troll, you’ll be experiencing the tale of  Dante’s Inferno. Many seasoned artists and performers will present their twisted and whacky version of this dark tale, known to us as: ‘Just a little lover’s spat ~ honey’.

Rain or dry, revelers will sing, dance, marvel, and laugh their way through the dark underbelly of Dante 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.


Come dressed as your favorite dead celebrity and take part in our costume walk across the final stage, under the Fremont Bridge, for the appreciation of your community.

If you can lend a hand to help pull off this fabulous piece of street theater, meet by the Troll at 6:30pm & check in with the volunteer coordinator to get a job.

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Georgetown Art Attack Launches Fall Offensive on Saturday, September 12!


September 3, 2009 – SEATTLE, WA. The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack continues to present provocative visual, performing and applied arts throughout Seattle’s most colorful creative community on September 12. The monthly Art Attack promotion is intended to raise regional awareness of the historic Georgetown industrial/arts district with the purpose of generating public sentiment toward preserving this valued civic asset. Aside from all that, it’s a heckuva lotta fun!

Among the highlights of the September 12 installment: An exhibition of underwater photography by Tom Radio and a musical performance by the Abiders at Calamity Jane’s; A punk rock Elvis tribute featuring The Kings at the MIX; An exhibition of mixed media art by Kim McCarthy together with new work inspired by 6os mod and Japanese street fashions by designer Lady Konnyaka at FRIDA/Georgetown Tile Works; “Comics Savants,” an exhibition of 13 Seattle-based alternative cartoonists featuring a one day storewide “Back to Skool” sale at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; A group exhibition of members of the Twilight Artists Collective at the Stables; An outdoor performance by Georgetown’s resident reggae ruffians Dubcar; and the general joviality associated with this lively and diverse cultural event.

The Georgetown Art Attack is a monthly production of the Georgetown Merchants’ Association. For a map of participants and related information please visit: