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Seattle Flickrites Gallery

If you’re not busy tonight, head on over to Pravda Studios (1406 10th Ave, Suite 200) for a selection of 5 local Seattle Flickr photographers’ work.

Here are a few examples of the 50 photos displayed tonight:
Space Needle and Pacific Science Center by ttstam
Space Needle and Pacific Science Center by ttstam

Gasworks Silhouette by dooderose
Gasworks Silhouette by dooderose

Seattle Flickrites Gallery
6-9:30 p.m. Monday, May 4
Pravda Studios
1406 10th Avenue
Suite 200

Looking Glass Glimpses


If you like supporting the local arts, DanceSeattle is putting on a new version of Alice in Wonderland called Looking Glass Glimpses, featuring student dancers from Bainbridge, Renton, and Seattle along with local contemporary dancers. There are only two shows this weekend: Friday, March 20, 2009 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 2:00 PM. Location: Youngstown Art Center in West Seattle. Tickets are only $10.50.

Some other photos from a recent dress rehearsal after the cut:

Call for artists: design Seattle’s on-street bicycle parking

Image by Salim Virji, used via Creative Commons.

Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs has issued a pretty cool call for artists: they’re looking for an artist or artistic team to design on-street bicycle parking for the city. The selected artist will work with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) staff to design, fabricate and install bicycle parking at two to four on-street locations, part of the city’s committment to the Bicycle Master Plan which is aimed at tripling the number of people bicycling in Seattle over the next ten years. For more details check out the Arts and Cultural Affairs webpage or contact SDOT art and enhancement project manager Vaughn Bell at 206.733.9960 or

Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

* 6:30 PM: I am not sure how I feel about former President Jimmy Carter. I was merely a wee tot when he was CIC; since then he’s been a relentless activist. How effective is his activism? Is he helping or hindering a Middle East peace? It depends on your point of view. Judge for yourself: Mr. Carter will be at the U-District UW Bookstore to sign his most recent book, We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work. There’s a whole list of signing guidelines, so be sure to check the link before you run out to buy yourself a copy.

* 7:30 PM: Seattle artist Ginny Ruffner will be at Elliott Bay Book Co. to promote her newest pop-up book, The Imagination Cycle, proving that pop-up books aren’t just for kids. I love pop-up books. And pop-up cards. Anything that pops-up, really. Anyway… examples of Ruffner’s work can be found around town; find out where by checking her website.

Watching the Oscar-nominated Movies, Seattle-style

Today is the one week anniversary of the 2008 Academy Award nominations being announced.  The nominees for Best Picture are Milk, The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Frost/Nixon.  I have made a tradition of watching as many of the Oscar-nominated movies before the big show as I can.  I have done a cursory look at Seattle theaters to see how to work this quest and I think it is possible.  I am talking about this here just in case other people had already started this quest and I could just hop on their train or if other people wanted to hop on my train.

Milk is playing at the Landmark Egyptian Theatre. The Reader is playing at the Landmark Harvard Exit. Slumdog Millionaire is playing at the Majestic Bay Theatre, the Landmark Harvard Exit, and the Columbia City Cinema.  Frost/Nixon is playing at the Majestic Bay Theatre, Landmark Metro Cinema, and the Regal Meridian 16.  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is playing at the Regal Meridian 16, the Landmark Neptune Theatre, and the AMC Loews Oak Tree 6.

Btw, I am Thomas and I am new here.

B/ IAS opens this weekend in Burien

Iron Monkey artists assemble the Tree Spire, image via B/ IAS

Iron Monkey artists assemble the Tree Spire, image courtesy of B/ IAS

If Burien’s not the first place you think of when you think about creative art in the Seattle area, that may very change this weekend with the opening of the Burien/ Interim Art Space (B/ IAS), a year-long experiment in showcasing art and gathering community at Burien’s Town Square.

Utilizing land that would otherwise sit empty due to the current state of the development industry (condos meant for the space won’t be built for at least a year), Burien Arts Commissioners Dane Johnson and Kathy Justin worked with a number of community partners to hammer out a deal that turns this lot into an “artistic P-patch”. The terms of the donated lease allowed the city to install today a series of sculptures. The Passage is a 30 ft high sculpture fabricated from recycled and scrap metal that depicts a mother and child walking together “to share and explore life”. Other sculptures for the space include The Fire Pod, an 11 ft high steel sculpture with six claw-like tendrils and 12 firing points that shoot out flames and, like The Passage made its original debut at the Burning Man Festival; Synapse Naust, a 16 ft high fire cauldron designed by Charlie Smith, Jamie Ladet and a group of Seattle artists, into which you can logs can be tossed so the burning fire illuminates the detailed patterns cut into the sides of the structure; Tree Spire, a 15 ft tall tree with a circular bench around its base; and, The Hemeta, a hollow-formed bronze sculpture.

The festive opening celebration for B/ IAS takes place this Saturday, January 24, starting at 4pm with live music and the spectacle of watching The Fire Pod, The Passage, and Synaspse Naust set ablaze.

Elevate your elimination

The Seattle School has a true knack for creating clever, fresh art projects, often utilizing unusual performance spaces. Like the bathroom.

Specifically, the bathroom of the Hideout at 1005 Boren in Seattle, the women’s bathroom to be precise, where they are presenting a piece called “Remember Me (Klaus Nomi bathroom)” that combines elements of the writings of Austrian architect Bernard Rudofsky, 20th century electronics, a colorful array of fresh carnations and 80s cabaret singer Klaus Nomi to create a three-minute one-person performance celebrated uniquely for each individual viewer.

“Remember Me (Klaus Nomi bathroom)” makes it debut tonight and continues weekends through the end of January.

Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Wednesday, January 7, 2009

* 6:30 PM: Comixtravaganza!!! SPL Ballard Branch is hosting cartoonist David Lasky for a slide show and discussion about PNW cartoonists. Tonight’s presentation is the kick-off to a series of comics events hosted by SPL: tomorrow at 6:00 PM, Queen Anne Branch will host Family Toon-In, a showing of classic cartoons.

* 7:30 PM: Seattle poets Thomas Aslin and Laurie Blauner will read from their respective books at Elliott Bay Book Co.


IN OTHER NEWS: Fantagraphics has extended the Beasts exhibition through February 4th, to allow those who were snowed in a chance to get down to Georgetown. This info is not up on the website, but I received an email announcement this morning, so you’re going to have to just trust me. Or, not. [LINK]

One-Day Artist Residency @ EMP

Two Needles by B.K. Dewey

Two Needles by B.K. Dewey

EMP/SFM is looking for artists to submit visual art, performance art, technology, film, etc that connect music with science fiction. Examples listed include Jimi Hendrix and Star Trek, War of the Worlds and Nevermind, Stephen Spielberg and Johnny Cash.

Residencies take place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm during Family Day.

* Spring Residency: Saturday, March 21, 2009(deadline for proposals: Jan. 21)
* Summer Residency: Saturday, June 20, 2009 (deadline for proposals: April 15)
* Fall Residency: Saturday, September 19, 2009 (deadline for proposals: July 22)
* Winter Residency: Saturday, December 19, 2009 (deadline for proposals: Oct. 21)


* EMP|SFM membership good for one year
* $400 in advance

Full information is located at the official site.

the upside of hard times for artists, hideout 2009

With the economy falling on harder times, every little bit helps. For the artistic community hit by financial downturn, the effects on keeping up a regular drinking lifestyle could be disastrous. Thus, a spot of good news from Hideout owner and art provocateur (the “L” in “PDL”), Greg Lundgren: throughout 2009, visual artists showcasing their work on the storied walls of the Hideout will experience happy hour prices at all hours:

… After days of research, the Hideout announces it’s 2009 Economic Stimulus Plan for visual artists showcasing work at our establishment. For the calendar year of 2009, we extend discounted prices on beer and spirits, to all (80) of our artists, all of the time. You may enjoy $1.50 Rainiers, $2.50 drafts, and $3.00 well drinks from opening to close, 365 days a year. This economic stimulus plan expires on December 31st, 2009, at which time we hope the United States economy has sufficiently recovered and art sales have returned to pre-depression levels. … [arttogo]

The rest of the announcement is available at Regina Hackett’s P-I blog [arttogo]. Anyone have any other creative discount programs to tide us over until the economy gets saved?

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