Archive for January, 2009

Scene Around Seattle

PacMed in Fog
[by orionlee via our Flickr Pool]

Go Matty, its yo’ birfday. We gonna party like its yo’ birfday…

photo credit Matthew Robben

Indie synth-pop dance group, Matt & Kim celebrated Matt’s one and only 27th birthday with Seattle fans at Chop Suey last night. Local group, Champagne Champagne opened with their hip-hopesque flows and got the vibe pumpin’ to create a hip-hop happenin’¬†cool scene…

Alright, admittedly I am no expert on “cool” things. Truth be told, I was a little wary about going to see Matt & Kim fearing like I’d feel completely out of my element, but the show was a room full of welcoming knee kicking, crowd surfing, dance-party saavy people with Matt’s BIG 27 year-old voice, and Kim’s BIG drum beating skills leading the way. The dancing crowd was so into Matt & Kim, I was hardly surprised to read about the earthquake that happened this morning. We probably started it.

All jokes aside, Matt & Kim put on an incredibly energizing show. From their anecdotes about Kim’s creepy high school track coach (who apparently gifted her red underwear for one Valentine’s day), to their proclamation of 50 cent’s “In da club” as the new, official birthday song, this was definitely a super-charged show that converted me into a fan. Heck, next time I’ll bring a “yesyesyesyesyes nonononono” cake for their un-birthday!

Scene Around Seattle

Weekend Agenda

So, I hear there’s some ballsport thing or another happening on Sunday? It’s the one with the adorable puppies napping on the 40 yard line and getting in trouble for stealing a chew toy wrong, right? What are you doing afterwards?

Saturday night, I figure, if you’re anywhere you might be at The Comet to see Ships, or at Neumos for The Saturday Knights, or if you’re real smart, both. Actually, I think both is the way to go–the dark and sparkly songs of Ships (who categorize themselves on myspace as “Melodramatic Popular Song,” which, yeah) would go nicely with the Oldominion 10 year anniversary party ($10, 8:00, with Grayskul along with The Saturday Knights) happening across the street.

On Sunday, you could have a decision to make. You might shake off the guacamole, chili, and Miller High Life haze and head to hang out with pretty pretty daydream-y The Album Leaf ($12, 8:00), who would probably be relaxing after all of that shouting you’ll have been doing at the television all afternoon. Or you can make it a little more upbeat with the pleasantly Americana songs of The Benjamin Doerr Trio at the Tractor ($8, 8:00). It’s an important decision–don’t they say that how you spend the evening after the Superb Owl game is how you spend the rest of the year?

Keeping Tabs On Our Infrastructure

I know this has been done a ton for other subjects, but this one really made me laugh. http://hastheviaductcollapsedyet.com/

Get Out With the Offspring — Weekend Edition

With the likelihood of on again – off again showers this weekend, it might be a good idea to turn your attention to indoor fun, or at the very least consider some of the following as a backup plan.

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On Screen: Hoppity Goes to Town
A new print of a 1941 animated musical tale about the effect of urban development on the bugs in Bugville. Part of the Children’s Fim Festival.

Date: 01/30/2009 – 02/05/2009
Time: Friday-Thursday 7 p.m.
Place: 1515 12th Ave, Seattle
All Ages, $6.50-9.00

Groovy Candy and Retro Games
Come out to the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center in celebration of National Candy Month for a rousing evening of games and candy! Candy!

Date: 01/30/2009
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Place: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. NE, 98115
All ages, $3/person or $10/family

Putt Putt Palooza
Putt putt across an 18-hole course designed to provide a tour around the entire center. $5 admission includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, face painting & a climbing wall for the little ones.

Date: 01/31/2009
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Place: Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St SE, Olympia
All ages , $5 per person

GroundFrog Day
This downtown Snohomish’s tradition updates Groundhog Day with a Northwest twist. Will the amphibian see its shadow? Festivities include family entertainment by Tim Noah and the arrival of the frog, Snohomish Slew, who will FROGnosticate whether six more weeks of rain is in our future. Also featured is a green expo at the National Guard Armory from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with information on living green and kids’ activities.

Date: 01/31/2009
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Snohomish Slew arrives @ 11:30 a.m.)
Place: Ferguson Park, 1330 Ferguson Park Road, Snohomish.
All Ages, Free

Playhouse Disney Live!
From the Little Einsteins, to Pooh and Handy Manny — this live stage show features all your little ones favorite Playhouse Disney pals.

Date: 01/31/2009
Time: 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Place: The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine Street, Seattle
Preschoolers and younger , $18-$45/person.

COMIXTRAVANGANZA! at the Central Library

Date: 01/31/2009
TIme: Various; see below
Place: Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle

One-Hour Comix with Davey Oil

Time: 12-1 p.m.
All Ages, Free (Art Supplies Provided)

Meet Linda Medley

Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
All Ages (this is more of a lecture though), Free

Slide Rule & Friends present ‘Comics, Live!’

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
All Ages, Free

Parents’ Night Off
Break free for an evening of adult time; drop off the kids for gymnastics, trampoline fun, pizza and ice cream.

Date: 01/31/2009
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Place: Northwest Aerials, 1311 Bonneville Ave, Snohomish
Ages 3 and up, $30/child

Mehndi Madness
Ever wondered what Mehndi was all about? Learn about the body art and decorate yourself with the temporary tattoo. Class is limited to 30.

Date: 02/01/2009
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Parkland Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma
Ages 12 and up, Free

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I noticed quite the deficit in events on Sunday the 1st, no doubt attributed to the Super Bowl. That being said, as a guy who isn’t into football, I’ve found throughout the years that Super Bowl Sunday is an awesome day to get out and about with the kids; favorite haunts like the Zoo and Volunteer Park Conservatory are much quieter than normal.

And please, if you have anything you’d like to add to this, make sure to leave it in the comments!

Did you feel it?

The Puget Sound experienced a 4.5 magnitude earthquake last night, a fact of which I was ignorant until I read the P-I this morning.

Centered 14 miles northwest of Seattle near Kingston, the quake was from the “same general source” as the 6.8 Nisqually quake from 2001.

Earthquakes are fairly common in this area–we have them all the time, really, and most of them go unnoted by anyone other than seismologists and the people responsible for damage control. WSDOT dispatched bridge and maintenance workers to inspect the viaduct, I-90 and SR 520 bridges immediately after notification of the earthquake. They also prioritized inspecting bridges and passes closest to the epicenter of the quake and will continue checking structures throughout the day.

Weekend Film Agenda January 30

Shoot the Piano Player is a thriller that lightens its dark drama with a dash of comedy; this Nouvelle Vague homage to the American gangster flick is the final movie ias SIFF Cinema‘s Crime Wave series comes to an end, running from Friday through Sunday. Charles Aznavour takes on the title role as a man who tries to escape from his past only to find it catching up with him again in the most inconvenient of ways.

The 4th Annual Seattle Children’s Film Festival continues this week at NW Film Forum. Highlights include Hoppity Goes to Town, a look at urban development from a bug’s eyeview way back in 1941. A variety of features, documentaries and several excellent shorts collections round out the festival.

Moody and melodramatic, Thirteen is one of the most honest depictions of the turbulance of the teen years–the struggle to “fit in” and find out who you are as you shed your early childhood is tough for anyone; throw in a dangerous desire to please the cool kids and one seriously bad influence and you have a recipe for disaster. Co-star Nikki Reed, then still just a teen herself, co-wrote the script with director Catherine Hardwicke based on her own personal experiences, but the standout performance of the film is Holly Hunter as the mother who is trying to keep it together as her daughter is falling apart. Showing at Central Cinema.

Joss Whedon fans should be happy to know that Serenity is this weekend’s Midnight at the Egyptian selection.

The Grand Illusion presents what is perhaps the best of Alfred Hitchcock’s British films, The 39 Steps. Hitchcock was rather fond of “wrong man” stories and this is a fine example of the theme; the protagonist is a Canadian man visiting London who gets ensnared in an elaborate conspiracy scheme entirely by accident; after the British spy he takes back to his flat gets murdered with one of his knives, the hero takes a train to Scotland where he sets out to solve the mysterious plot swirling all around him. Fast paced and fun if a little implausible in parts.

in other blogs : rumors and haircuts

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photo by Rachel Barsness [flickr] via our group pool [#].
  • Rumors of Fleet Foxes major label debut were greatly exaggerated. But, hey! Robin got a major haircut. [lineout]
  • Sadly, what became of the Cloud Room was just a few ultra-dull condos. [voracious]
  • The Seattle Times joins the list of those fearing bankruptcy. [slog]
  • Getting to know our very own Shawn (Slightlynorth) McClung, Q and A style. [seattlest]
  • Happy birthday Dick’s! 55 years of daily burgers, shakes, and fries and you’re hardly showing your age. [citizenrain]
  • An insightfully concise recap of the City Council’s attempt to envision the future of newspapers. Great comments, too. [lostremote]
  • More thoughts on the death of print, featuring a vision of the future from 1981. [10things]

photos : the walkmen at neumo’s last weekend [better late than never]

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Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen, at Neumo’s on Saturday. photo by peter

My past experiences with the Walkmen have been mixed — usually in the course of a single show. They usually start out with me forgetting how tall frontman Hamilton Leithauser is. This is generally followed by general enjoyment and appreciation of the band’s technical proficiency and rounded up by anticipation of at least one of the big hits from Bows + Arrows. Then, somewhere along the line, it gets late, I get tired or thirsty or worried about how much agony he seems to be in with the strained vaguely Dylanesque vocal pushed through clenched teeth and arched back and wonder if I, as an audience member, am really worth all of the onstage agony.

But this weekend at Neumo’s the show worked just exceedingly well for me, and the sold out crowd seemed to thoroughly agree. Part of it, I think was that the band brought along a brass quartet — a pair of trumpets and a pair of trombones (the new hip horn on the block, mark my words) — and the warm chorales really rounded things out, making the band’s more contemplative and relaxed tracks fuller, richer, and more textural. These, in turn provided a lot more breathing space for the higher intensity, straining rocking out portions. From almost start to finish I was happily soaking it in, singing along (“the Rat”, “What’s In It For Me”), and/or grinning at old songs pulled from the archives (“We’ve Been Had”), and joining the clapping and foot pounding requesting an encore.

(Some pictures from my photoset [flickr] and armed with drool-worthy lens Peter’s [flickr] after the jump. More pictures and tales of front row weepers — not me, I swear — at Three Imaginary Girls [tig])

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