George Takei Guest of Honor at EMP’s “Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction”

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Opening Night Party for Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction On March 27 with George Takei!

On March 27, step aboard EMP’s epic interstellar vessel, and make first contact with the museum’s newest original exhibit, Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction. Join EMP for Zero Gravity and travel across time and space to celebrate this enigmatic ship’s arrival with a stellar night featuring:
• Q&A with guest of honor George Takei
• Photo ops with amazing replicas, including: The Seattle Time Machine, Star Trek Command Chair, and the TARDIS
• The debut of Ninkasi’s space beer (Imperial Stout brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise, cocoa nibs, and fermented with an Ale yeast that survived a trip to space and back.)
• An activity-packed Intergalactic Passport game
• Science fiction trivia with MovieCat
• Prize giveaways, galactic drink specials, and an oxygen bar
• Plus many more surprises at this space-themed party
Date: March 27, 2015

Time: 7:30pm-11:00pm

EMP Museum
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Ticket Info: $25 ($18 EMP members, $12 youth ages 5-17) All ages, cash bars with ID. Tickets can be purchase online at

Organized by EMP Museum, Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction will feature more than 150 artifacts from iconic films and television shows including Back to the Future, Aliens, Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, Dune, Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Terminator, Mars Attacks, and many others. In addition to featuring authentic objects from some of sci-fi’s most groundbreaking creations, the 3500 square ft. gallery will be transformed into an interactive space ark where visitors can embark on their own intergalactic adventure, discover an alien civilization, scout for new worlds to explore from the ship’s cockpit, and investigate alternate universes. Curated by EMP’s Brooks Peck, Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction opens to the public on March 28, 2015.

Billy Thompson collage show at Bon Voyage Vintage

Billy Thompson Clip Art Show

You’re invited to join us 6-9pm at Bon Voyage Vintage at 110 S. Washington Street for February’s 1st Thursday Art Walk!

Representing months of miniature, *hand-cut* collage work – Seattle artist Billy Thompson is proud to present a series of vintage trading cards brought to new life through his signature appliqué dubbed “Clip Art Cards”

This art show will feature original pieces on display as well as dramatically enlarged versions to fully experience the zany scenes built by Billy, his scissors and some glue. Be sure to snag his limited color posters, stickers & other rare souvenirs.

Come swing through for sippers, snacks and a sexy BEYONZO soundtrack produced by BTHOMP himself!

Calling All Elvi! The Search for Best Amateur Elvis at the Seattle Invitationals Jan. 23 at the Crocodile

Search for Seattle's Best Amateur Elvis, Seattle Invitationals

The search for Seattle’s Best Amateur Elvis Friday, January 23rd at 8pm at the Crocodile in Seattle.

Who Will Be Crowned The King Of Rock And Roll?

That’s right, the Grand Daddy of all Seattle amateur musical contests is back with a bang for your musical edification and entertainment.

Friday, January 23rd 8pm at the Crocodile in Seattle
Tickets on sale now!

Come to the search for Seattle’s best
Elvis Tribute Artist back at the Crocodile Cafe!
With The Kentucky Rain Band
and special guests The Graceland Five!
Emcee ~ Jim Dever ( KING 5 / Evening Magazine )

Jim Dever, Evening Magazine
Host and Master of Ceremonies JIM DEVER

On Friday, January 23rd 2015, this beloved Seattle institution returns to Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe and will once again beckon impersonators from near and far to represent just what “The King” really means to them! There is only one place in Seattle each year where you can see thirty different impersonators in full hip-gyrating, fried Chicken-eating and swooning action… You’ll probably even see his wife Priscilla, manager Colonel Tom Parker, best friend Red West in the crowd or on stage…

It’s all at the 20th Annual
2015 Seattle Invitationals !

Lucky Attendee´s will see each performer tackle one of “The Kings” many personas: the innocent and magnetic country boy, the hip-swinging rockabilly superstar, The G.I. Guy, Hollywood playboy, the devout gospel singer, or the diamond-studded, gold-sun glassed Vegas crooner. Each amateur impersonator will get one chance to show what he (or she) is made of – a single shot to perform a song, in costume, backed by the fabulous Kentucky Rain band!

To start the evening off with a bang we invited back the Graceland Five band- playing supercharged punk rock versions of the Kings music. Following this 35 minute “super set” we´ll bring on several surprise guests and professional singers to warm the crowd up for the main event.

Seattle Invitationals

Performers – Sign Up Here! We’re Looking for a few good Elvi!
Currently we are looking for amateur performers to sign up (and agree to perform one song in their own costume) on the legendary Crocodile stage. All contestants will be backed by the local longtime Pro outfit The Kentucky Rain Band. Interested parties should see the contest rules & judging criteria and the available songs.Are you a budding ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist?) If you are not a professional and would like to perform and compete with other Northwest Elvii, please contact us!

First, CHOOSE A SONG HERE (Click this link to view song choices)

Then, email BOTH and with the following information:

1. Name
2. Your Song Choice(s) 1, 2 & 3
3. Your contact info
4. What town & neighborhood you live in
5. Photo as a ETA (if you have one!)
Providing prizes for the top twenty entries of the event will be Archie McPhee, Top Pot Doughnuts plus other fun sponsors.
Media contacts:
Peter Verbrugge,
Marlow Harris,

21 and over with ID required

Click HERE for: Information about contest criteria and contest judging

Tickets available online at The Crocodile!

Seattle Elvis

Genre Bender – Where Creative Disciplines Collide

City Arts. Genre Bender

Genre Bender returns March 6–7 with 10 of Seattle’s most inventive artists, unleashing five totally new, category-defying performances.

Genre Bender returns with 10 of Seattle’s most inventive artists, unleashing five totally new, category-defying performances for two nights only!

Each year, City Arts pairs artists who work in different media, inviting them to leap out of their comfort zones for a special collaboration. We commission each duo to create an unforgettable experienceand the details of each performance remain secret until the curtain goes up on opening night.

You can bear witness to their imaginative cross-pollination Friday, March 6 or Saturday, March 7 at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.

The 2015 Artist Duos
Conceptual artist C. Davida Ingram & composer/performer Hanna Benn
Rapper Raz Simone & multimedia artist Justin Roberts
Photographer Steven Miller & theatrical superpower Sarah Rudinoff
Vocalist okanamodé SoulChilde & aerialist Lara Paxton
Poet Sarah Galvin & musician/philosopher David Nixon

The alchemy is already underway with each of these special collaborations. Though the details of their performances will remain secret until the curtain goes up on opening night, we’ll be sharing a bit more about the artists in the weeks to come. Stay tuned…and get your tickets.

Three Crowns New Years Eve Ball at the Swedish Club

Seattle New Years Eve 2014 2015

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

The Swedish Club!

Have a ball in the swankiest venue in town this New Year’s Eve, December 31st at 8pm for the Three Crowns New Years Eve Ball.

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets!

Admit it, you may have 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!

Featuring three floors of dancing; fun bands, great DJ’s and stunning views of Lake Union and downtown from every floor!

The bands:

Headlining the show is Gigantor (featuring Lynval Golding of the The Specials)
Lynval Golding

Main Ballroom
The Spyrographs play ABBA! and other hits…with Deejay Joey Webb spinning dance classics all night!

The Spyrographs ABBA cover band

The Cavern Club- British Invasion room!
The Fancy Lads plus guest deejays.

Fancy Lads

Three Crowns Lounge
The MoonSpinners– (60-70’s pop, garage, R&B, Punk)


Doors open at 8 p.m. bands play all night- your ticket gets you admission to all floors, plus complimentary party favors and a fabulous Free “Pancake Toast’ breakfast snack at 12:00a.m.!

Must be 21 with I.D .

Special advance Pricing of $30.00 is good through November. They are then: $35.00 Dec 1- 15, $40.00 Dec 16-30, $50.00 day of event (id available)


Seattle Peace Chorus Benefit Concert

“Help Us Help the Homeless”
Donations of twin-size blankets & sleeping bags (machine washable) will be accepted at both concerts & distributed to area emergency shelters.

Hear some of the most definitive and popular songs that influenced events, moved people to action and helped alter the course of history throughout the world. Pop to folk, world music to anthems, this concert covers the gamut and will include audience sing-alongs of several songs.
From Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s protest of the Vietnam War and John Lennon’s Imagine to the Suffragettes battle song and protest songs against the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela, this concert conveys the power of song to resist oppression, inspire freedom and galvanize and rally communities around the globe.

Additional concert: Sunday, November 23, at 7 p.m.

Directed by Frederick N. West.

John Hunter and Amy D’Acquisto show work at the Greenwood Phinney Art Walk Friday, Sept 12th

Art by Amy D’Acquisto
Art by Amy D’Acquisto
Work by John Hunter
Work by John Hunter

It’s that time again for the Phinney Greenwood Art Walk, Friday, Sept. 12th from 6-9pm at the Seattle School of Rock located at 106 N. 85th, behind Bartells.

John Hunter has painted in oils since 1990, and has a reputation for intensely bright, rich colors and odd perspectives and organic shapes.
Influences range from impressionism, expressionism and cubism to illustrative style and heavy surrealism. The Machine series is an opinion and surreal fantasy about the current state of technology. Using useless gadgetry and senseless circuitry to portray the world is the direction this series aims for.

Amy D’Acquisto is a jewelry-maker, painter, seamstress, photographer, and fiber artist, Amy D’Acquisto develops her life-long love with the physical world in multiple mediums.
A Northwest Native, Amy’s current obsessions are with acrylic paint, miniature fiber arts, semi-precious stone beadwork, and encaustic bees wax. Having degrees in Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture as well as art, she loves to pull from nature, using highly organic and textural items mixed with classic craftwork and post-industrial imagery.

Meow! Cat Circus Visits Seattle


Theatre Puget Sound at the Seattle Center, welcomes Samantha Martin and her Amazing Acro-Cats as they WOW Seattle with their Circus Cats show.

The one-hour show features over a dozen fabulous felines (former orphans, rescues, and strays) walking tightropes, pushing carts, skateboarding, jumping through hoops, ringing bells, balancing on balls and turning on lights. Alley, our newest addition to the troupe, will be sure to delight and amaze you with her energy and ability. But wait there’s more! Tuna, the star of the show, is the leader of the ONLY CAT BAND IN EXISTENCE the Rock Cats. With Oz on guitar, Dakota on drums, Nue on keyboards, and Sookie on chimes – Tuna (who plays cowbell) and her band really steal the show with their own style of original music. There is even a chicken, Cluck Norris, on cymbal and tambourine.

Samantha Martin, Chief Executive Human (or CEH for short) for the Amazing Acro-Cats, challenges the idea that “cats can’t be trained.” Tuna and the gang are real house cats who have learned all their skills through something called clicker training. The shows include a demonstration of a cat learning some basic tricks using this method that focuses on positive reinforcement only. Although she has studied and worked with many species, today Martin’s primary focus is on cats. Training builds richer and more meaningful relationships between animals and humans and it can save time and lives in emergencies. A lifelong fascination and unique bond with animals motivated Martin to study and earn her degree in animal husbandry and behavioral sciences.
A portion of the Acro-Cats’ tickets sales is donated to feline shelter and rescue organizations. Martin advocates adoption from these organizations. Over the past four years, Martin has also purr-sonally found homes for over 130 cats and kittens and continues to take fosters on the road and help them find their furr-ever homes.
Hear what others thought of this amazing and educational show:

For more show details and information about the cats, visit the website at

The Amazing Acrocats featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats
Purr-formances begin June 12th through June 22nd , 2014. General admission tickets are $24 and are available at


A peek behind the scenes at Experience Music Project’s “Spectacle: The Music Video”

Current Exhibit at EMP
Current Exhibit at EMP

We’re so lucky to have the EMP Museum here in Seattle. The building itself, designed by Frank O. Gehry, is a work of art, but the revolving treasures inside are always a treat, this new show, “Spectacle: The Music Video” is no exception.

The interactive exhibit goes behind the scenes in music video history, starting with the early pioneers who made the Skopitones. As the exhibit points out, Scopitone films are the 1960s ancestors of today’s music videos. They were distributed on color 16mm film with a magnetic soundtrack, and were made to be shown on a Scopitone film jukebox. The first Scopitones were made in France in 1960, and the Scopitone craze spread throughout Europe before crossing the Atlantic to the United States in mid-1964. By the end of the 1960s, they were gone. One of the things you notice is how much more sexy they are than videos made in the same era in the U.S.

In other areas of the exhibit you will be able to learn about video pioneers who used the medium to define their public identities like Devo, Beastie Boys, Michael Jackson, and Madonna, to artists like OK Go and Lady Gaga who follow in their footsteps today.

My favorite part of the exhibit is a special section dedicated to the four-time GRAMMY-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis that includes the actual fur coats worn in the Thrift Shop video; The Heist flag and Macklemore’s fur jacket and wolf hat from Can’t Hold Us; as well as many other costumes, objects, original exhibit films, and photo ops.

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We were at the opening and were thrilled to see performances by Damian Kulash of OK Go and the ever-fabulous Waxie Moon and his girlie friends. But of course the highlight of the evening was a super secret surprise performance by Ryan Lewis and Macklemore. It was freaking awesome, of course.

Some of the EMP staff set up a special room so that guests could re-create a scene from the music video “Thrift Shop”:

While I wasn’t able to participate in that, I was inspired to go home and make up my own version of a music video, just for fun. In real life, I play a real estate broker, so this is my version of “Thrift Shop House Huntin” and I was able to use a photo from the opening at EMP, in front of a giant mural in the Spectacle exhibit:

Spectacle: The Music Video is open all summer at EMP and you can get more information about that and the other exhibits on the Experience Music Project Website. While you’re there, check out some other great exhibits, including “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses” and “Hear My Train A-Coming: Hendrix in London”, as they’re both really great insights into our local music scene.

Also, if you’re in town on Sunday, June 1st, you may want to go to Madaraka Festival, a benefit concert and art sale to empower youth from Kenya. Madaraka Day commemorates the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule. It celebrates the spirit and meaning of the word Madaraka—Swahili for the authority to make decisions. Madaraka Festival will showcase the music, visual arts, initiatives, and innovations that embody the special relationship between Seattle and Africa. There will be music and special guests! Tickets on the EMP website. Tutaonana!

Capitol Hill Blitz Art Walk Tour with Jeffrey Cook

Jeffrey Cook, Ukadelics and Capitol Hill Community Council
Mr. Cook, Member-at-Large, Capitol Hill Community Council

Join Jeffrey Cook, local theater scenic artist and Member at Large for the Capitol Hill Community Council, as he explores the Capitol Hill art scene at the monthly Blitz art walk on Thursday, April 10th. We will meet in the cafe at Elliott Bay Books (1521 10th Avenue) at 5:45 pm and depart there at 6 pm. Jeffrey will plan a route that stops to view and experience the art at several different locations. At 7 pm we will arrive at Vermillion Gallery (1508 11th Avenue) for a secondary rendez-vous point, then depart there at about 7:20 for a few more destinations, as time allows. It is always nice to get over the galleries on Olive Way.

Glasswing Presents: Shapes A Trunk Show and Exhibition in Collaboration with Wyatt Orr and Vignettes featuring Michael Ottersen

This is a free walking tour and all interested parties are welcomed to join in to meet neighbors and discuss the art and artists along the journey. Rain will not cancel, just come prepared with whatever you’ll need to enjoy the evening and good shoes We’ll wrap up by about 8 pm. Look for Jeffrey in his tie and nametag at the Cafe at Elliot Bay Books by 6 pm!

Artist Tom Swanson has premiere show at the Greenwood Art Walk Friday April 11th


As part of the monthly Greenwood neighborhood Art Walk, this Friday April 11th, from 6pm to 9pm, stop by the Seattle Greenwood School of Rock located at 106 N. 85th Street (it’s actually BEHIND Bartells and the toy store, in that little “mall” area).

This month artwalk showcases the creative talents of Artist Tom Swanson. Stop by, take a look at the art, listen to some music and have an adult beverage.

Tom will be showing his incredible folk art acrylic paintings, plus he and a few friends might be bringing their art cars to the shindig, so stop by and see some cool art, cool cars, enjoy an adult beverage, have a snack and listen to the “School of Rock” house band rock out and lay down some tracks.


Says Tom….

When I was a teenager, my Father and I were in a store that was having a big sale on tube paint and we both went in on getting some paint together. I remember him saying “This should be fun. I’ve always wanted to paint.” Well he was right and my career as an artist began.
Most of my inspiration comes from two sources: the outer world and the inner world. I either see things that call to me in my day to day or I have a meditative vision that sticks with me from the nether realm.

I love to paint and will pretty much use any surface I can find, including my house and my car. Every bit of space that I can lay hands on is fair game. I love to “sneak” paintings onto out of the way places like the back of a dresser or behind a cabinet.

When painting, I use quite a bit of dots to create fields of energy which allow the contrasting colors to play with one another and fool the eye into seeing movement. Often I’ll leave a pair of 3-D glasses close by to further enhance this effect.

Painting is pure joy for me and hope you find it joyful to view as well!

Stop by on Friday, March 14th from 6pm to 9pm to take a look!

Seattle Apartment Buildings 1900-1939 and Women Who Bought, Sold, and Constructed Them

Seattle Condo for sale. Princeton

When researching her 2012 book “Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900-1939,” Woman’s Century Club member and architectural historian Diana James was surprised to discover that a substantial number of Seattle women were buying, selling, and constructing apartment buildings in the early years of the 20th century.

She’ll share her discoveries about five of these remarkable women, including Corinne Simpson Wilson, who built the Wilsonian Apartments in the University District, and Ellen Monroe, who built the Monroe Apartments and the Princeton Co-op on Capitol Hill (pictured here).

A Seattleite since 1980, Diana has an MA in historic preservation from Goucher College. Her talk is free and open to all. Light refreshments available; suggested donation $5. RSVPs appreciated to More information at the Women’s Century Club website.

Amazing Georgetown Art Attack on March 8

Come down to Georgetown for the Second Saturday Art Attack on March 8. You’ll find challenging visual and performing arts not seen in anywhere else in the region. This month features contemporary art in a neighborhood that offers lots to do, eat, see, and drink. A small sample of attractions below.

• All City Coffee featuring Women of Equinox: Clair Putney, Lisa Geertson, M. Anne Sweet, Sophia Wheelwright, Stacy Rosevear and Syd Shera. Equinox is Georgetown’s largest artist occupied warehouse accommodating over 50 tenants doing amazing work from blacksmithing and metal sculpture, to painting and ceramics, with woodwork, leatherwork, glass, photography and much more in between. These women represent a portion of the creativity emanating from the World War II era factory building located on 5th and Michigan.
• Calamity Janes featuring Mark Tedin, game illustrator and art instructor, presents recent works on paper for show at Calamity Jane’s in Georgetown. Color pastels and graphite portraits of costumed subjects will be showcased for the Georgetown Art Attack and throughout the month of March.
• Eight and Sand presents Felt Nature, the art of Mary Clymer. This is a solo installation style show of Flora in felt. Mary is a local artist hailing from Renton, Wa. She enjoys working in fiber and experimenting with combining fiber and non fiber arts. Mary is inspired by nature, big dreams, bike rides and little mushrooms.
• Equinox Studios, of West Georgetown welcomes you to visit our big blue building. We run an art shuttle van to Airport Way and back, park here. 6555 5th Ave S, 98108. ?Open studios include ?Sarah Woodson, of Downing Pottery; Hand-thrown and neighborhood inflected mugs; ?Anne Sweet, graphic artist, feminist themes; Alex Miller, of Bizarre 1979, videographer and then some; Syd Shera, ceramic art.; Jeff Olhoeft, stone carver; Sherry Hussey, of Iron Idiom, glass bead making.?Tabasco Mills, blacksmith; ?Sophia Wheelwright, mixed media.
• Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery features TONY MILLIONAIRE. Book signing and art exhibition with music by Ashley Eriksson. Exhibition continues through April 9, 2014.
• Georgetown Atelier: open studio
• Georgetown Liquor Company features mixed media art by Rachel Setzer in a show titled “Pain Body”. An exploration of the anatomical body inspired by chronic pain. Each piece represents its location in the body and is intended to convey that different places hurt differently (and that each person experiences pain differently). Your pain is real, it is really part of you, no one has the right to deny or diminish it. However, just because it hurts, doesn’t mean that it’s in charge. Subject matter aided by The Anatomy Coloring Book (Wynn Kapit & Lawrence M. Elson), and series inspired by The Pain Chronicles by Melanie Thernstrom.
• The Georgetown Trailer Park Mall would like to apologize in advance for KARAOKE NIGHT ~ Swing by and Give the Performance of Lifetime ~ Find Your Eye of the Tiger at the Vintage & Artisan Market ~ Curated by Frida, Make Believe, Sire Vintage, Clocharde Shop & Beaver’s Den Vintage.
• Krab Jab Studio presents the enchanting, mythical illustrations of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.
• LxWxH Gallery “stereotype” is an interdisciplinary project that features 6 national artists who enter the visual field of race by dint of text. The exhibition’s title is a partial nod towards the word ‘stereotype’ having its first meaning as a plate used to press images. It is also a (quiet) suggestion that the written word might also exist as an image by other means. The text-based pieces in stereotype focus on poetics, type and typography as aesthetic markers that can outline and expand upon racial identities. In the offing is the possibility of looking at agency and authority in unexpected ways, not only in the white cube of the gallery, but also in the lived reality of viewer and artist alike. Artists: Barbara Earl Thomas, C. Davida Ingram, Duriel E. Harris, Francine J. Harris, Krista Franklin, Natasha Marin
• Machine House Brewery features a yarn installation by Jessica Steffl that spans the entire length of the brewery in one area.
• Mary Tudor and Ferrell, open studio. Mary Tudor, art with timeless, iconic, images verging on being meditative objects and Ferrell, art with spacial and abstract imaging. Music by Luscious Leopard Lips, the Georgetown atmospheric music DJ with a Theremin synthesizer.
• SANCA School of Flight has joined Art Attack via the Art Ride bus! Flying trapeze demonstrations by SANCA Flyers and Pay-per-Flight opportunities to fly for Art Attack patrons! Journalists and Press ride free (show your credentials)!
• Runway Cafe features paintings/drawings by Michael O’Driscoll who has been painting and illustrating in Seattle since 1996. His Bedbug character is now in ‘Bedbug’s Book of Wisdom’, a 40 page hardbound book of cartoons from his online Daily Cartoon postings.
• Spectrum House Salon & Photography presents”Peep Show” a collection of art works by pinup artist Suzy Todd. Oil paintings and watercolors of pinup queens that titillate and tease; from Rococo Hussies, to circus darlings, to sultry Lover’s eyes.

?AT A GLANCE: Georgetown Art Attack?Date: Saturday, March 8th, 6 – 9 pm?Location: Georgetown neighborhood, Airport Way S corridor between Lucile S and Bailey S; over 40 locations!?Features: Art, Live Music, Food and Spirits, Art Ride art bus (free). ?Website:

Joya Marie art opening at the Greenwood Phinney Art Walk Friday, February 14 6-9pm

Joya Marie lino cuts
The art of Joya Marie

Come see the dramatic linocuts of Seattle artist Joya Marie at the Greenwood Phinney Art Walk on Friday, February 14th from 6-9pm. There will be adult refreshments, music and art, all featured at the Greenwood location of the Seattle School of Rock, located directly behind the Bartell Drugstore. The address is 106 N. 85th, but it is actually one street over, in the little shopping center. Look for the School of Rock signs!

Joya Marie Marsh is a Printmaker with her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She has studied at the Academia D’Arte in Florence, Italy and at Kingston University in London, UK. She is currently living and working in Seattle, WA and is a member of Artist Trust and Seattle Print Arts.

The artists current work is a series of linocuts focusing on abstracted, urban imagery titled Observation Works. Through observing and documenting her current surroundings she seeks to draw symmetry between what is natural and what is man made, creating a narrative of time and place.

The School of Rock teaches kids how top play and perform in rock show. The Performance Program is designed for kids who know the basics of how to play their instrument and are ready to take it to the stage. This program introduces the team element into music instruction. Students learn harmonies, musicianship and how to perform in an authentic rock show environment. For more information, come by the opening and chat with the School of Rock staff!

House of Thee UnHoly returns to The Triple Door

The Vikings photo by Michael Doucett









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 for tickets and more information.

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photos by Michael Doucett and Christopher Nelson.

Seattle School of Rock perform 12 shows through January – something for everyone

The Seattle School of Rock kids are going to be busy the month of January! They’ve got 12 shows planned through the first of February. All of the shows are performed by kids 8 to 18 year of age from around the Seattle and Bellevue area. SOR teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. Come and enjoy a show and support local music education in the Seattle/Bellevue area.

Seattle School of Rock grunge show

First show of the season, the School Of Rock performs BIG 4 (Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth a tribute to thrash metal)
El Corazon, January 10, 2014 5:30 PM
5:00 PM – 7:30 Tickets

The second show of the night is BLACK SABBATH

Friday, January 10, 2014
8:00pm – 10:30pm
Location: El Corazon
This show is also at El Corazon, so you might as well go to both. Tickets available online HERE.


NO NIRVANA, SOUNDGARDEN OR PEARL JAM ALLOWED — a tribute to the roots of grunge! Featuring songs by Mudhoney, Temple of the Dog, Screaming Trees and many others!!

Doors at 5:30pm, Show at 6pm Saturday, January 11th
Tickets: $10 in Advance, $12 at Door at The Crocodile

Seattle School of rock. Pink Floyd

The Beatles at the Triple Door

A selection from each one of their albums.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Triple Door
Tickets online


Saturday, January 18th at 5:30
Tickets Online at Brown Paper Tickets


Seattle School of Rock perform this tribute to Pink Floyd at Nectar. A tribute to one of the most influential rock artists of all time!

Doors at 5pm, Show at 5:30pm
Tickets: $10 in Advance, $12 at Door

Seattle School of Rock. Glam show


A tribute to glam rock! Featuring artists like David Bowie, Lou Reed, T. Rex and many more at Chop Suey

Doors at 3pm, Show at 3:30pm
Tickets: $10 in Advance, $12 at Door


Featuring songs by Bauhaus, New Order and many other classic artists of this dark genre!

Doors at 6pm, Show at 6:30pm
Tickets: $10 in Advance, $12 at Door at Chop Suey
Tickets in Advance here


At the Hard Rock Cafe! A show featuring many classic rock songs from the 70’s! Artists include Thin Lizzy, Kansas, Aerosmith and many more!

Doors at 5:30pm, Show at 6pm
Tickets: $10 in Advance, $12 at Door
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The students of School of Rock Seattle perform Primus’ debut studio album, Frizzle Fry, in its entirety at the Lively Lounge
3412 4th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134

Annual Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit Walk at Green Lake at Noon on New Year’s Day

• Ring in the New Year right with the Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit Walk around Greenlake •

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

Meet at the Kiddie Pool at Greenlake at noon SHARP on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

YES! We do start the walk right around NOON, so don’t be late, or you’ll miss the group fun.

Afterwards, please join us at Cafe Racer for coffee, a cold beer or “Lucky Supper” starting at 2pm.  Cafe Racer is just 1 mile South at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE in Ravenna.   Special “New Year Menu” and other treats for  Good Luck in the New Year!

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Our annual tradition of walking around Greenlake on New Year’s Day

dressed in Bad Wigs and Ugly Tracksuits

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Racer Runts monthly all-ages show at Cafe Racer

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Artwork by Rick Klu

Cafe Racer is proud to present a new all-ages show the first Saturday of every month called “Racer Runts”, starting at 5pm. The first show will be Saturday October 5th at Cafe Racer located at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE near Ravenna and the UW in Seattle. Come by for some fun music from some of Seattle’s most talented youth. Full menu at Cafe Racer, full bar, all-ages welcome!

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This will be the kick-off event that we hope will continue at Cafe Racer. Some of the performers include Jack David, Tia Rogers, Emmet Martin, Augustine Vanden Brulle, Bella Reid, Rose Haynes and more kids to be announced soon. For more information about performing, please contact Jack David at 206-335-4981.

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Emmet Martin will be performing, both solo and with his band.

San Augustine will be singing and performing on the Ukulele.


Some of the performers include Rings of Rhea, The Mushies, Augustine Vanden Brulle, Bella Rowland-Reid, and Rose Marie Haynes.

The ‘Broken Windows’ Syndrome

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In sociology, the controversial and oft-disputed “broken windows theory” claims that crime in an urban neighborhood can go up or down depending on how the locals perceive the place as a “nice” (orderly, civil) place or a “scary” (anything-goes) place.

This post is about an entirely different “broken Windows” theory.

It’s the perception, in some of the tech and business press, that Microsoft Windows is “broken.”

They’re not talking about the software itself being broken (as in inoperable), but the business model behind it.

Especially in regards to “upgrade” sales of the new Windows 8 for multi-desktop businesses.

The naysayers say Windows 8 does so many things so differently than previous versions that there’s a steep “learning curve,” and that businesses may not want that sort of disruption in their day to day operations if they don’t have to take it.

Another alleged issue: Windows 8 is supposed to provide one seamless operating environment among PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Only the tablets and the smartphones still aren’t selling all that well, compared with Apple and Android products.

What’s worse, PCs themselves (almost all of which still come with Windows preloaded) themselves aren’t selling like they used to, and might not ever do so again.

You sure don’t need me to tell you how important MS has become to the Wash. state economy, and that no number of XBox 360 Live subscriptions can make up for the value of all the new and upgraded Windows installations out there.

Oh well. There’s always the Plan B strategy of suing Android phone makers.