Archive for March, 2009

Anne Bonny’s Moving Sale

Anne Bonny

photo by joshc [flickr]

A minor note of possible un-hotness in the Olive Way Corridor (see also, the arrival of a Money Mart at Denny Way [helloseattle]): Spencer Moody’s estate sale attic, art gallery, and occasional music venue is holding a moving sale. Signs indicate that the space is for lease and the store is closed until April 4; so keep an eye out for more information and bargains once they return from vacation.

Good news, July 4th fireworks fans

The AT&T WaMu Family Fourth, also known as the July 4th Lake Union fireworks that One Reel runs, is back this year, thanks to our new East Coast Banking Overlords.

Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Tuesday, March 31, 2009

6:30 PM – Knute Berger: Pugetopolis
SPL Ballard Branch
The “Mossback” is back, still pimping his book.

7:00 PM – Book-It Repertory Theatre: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears: From the Page to the Stage
SPL Central Branch, Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium
Cast members will perform excerpts of Book-It’s world premiere stage adaptation of Dinaw Mengestu’s award-winning debut novel. A discussion with adapter/director Jane Jones, co-artistic director Myra Platt, and actors will follow.

7:00 PM – Jeremy Tankard: Boo Hoo Bird
Secret Garden Bookshop
Ultimate Tuesday! The author reads. The bookshop gives out gifts. This is a win-win.

7:00 PM – L.E. Modesitt, Jr.: Imager: The First Book of the Imager Portfolio
UW Bookstore, U-District
“Rhenn discovers he is an imager—one of the few in the entire world of Terahnar who can visualize things and make them real.” When I was six, I believed that I could do this, too. First grade was a serious blow.

7:30 PM – Philip Levine: Phillip Levine: Myth Memory, and Image: Sculpture and Drawings
Elliott Bay Book Co.
In conjunction with an exhibit at LaConner’s Museum of Northwest Art (March 14 – June 14, see, Seattle sculptor Phillip Levine will discuss his work with poet & sculptor Tom Jay and UW professor Norman Lundin.

Review: Bonnie "Prince" Billy

robot-spaceship-landing-on-stage-but-the-musicians-dont-seem-scaredThe foyer of the Moore Theater was crawling with people during the early hours of the Bonnie Prince Billy show last Thursday (better late than never). It was a sea of sophisticated hats and seriously serious thick framed glasses. Like Urban outfitters—grown up. And with a venue like the Moore Theatre next to the Whiskey Bar, what else would you expect?


My inability to be punctual lead me to miss the opener, Pillars and Tongues, but judging by the response of the general masses, everyone was happy listening from the foyer, drinking a concoction of ginger ale and whiskey called Cursed Sleeps after a single on BPB’s album, The Letting Go. I followed suit. Tasty.


Bonnie Prince Billy’s epic voice echoed through the Moore theater, where the acoustics did not do his talent justice. Still, the dynamics between him and his band-mates swirled around the air to captivate the audience. Little chuckles rippled through the seats periodically in response to the “boingboing” of his mouth harp (which has other less politically correct names), and to the silly inside jokes that filled the spaces between songs. Their harmonies were so genuinely emotional, their playing so obviously enjoyable—none of it was contrived! Well, maybe Will Oldham’s dance moves were a bit contrived. That aside, his alternating pee pee dance and one legged hops were entertaining and quirky.



Not so green with envy

I don’t even know where to begin with the Green Festival so instead here is my Pros and Cons of the hours I spent at the Seattle Convention Center this weekend.

-Compared to the Ballard Sustainable Fair and the Tilth Fair in Wallingford, the people at the Green Festival were full of knowledge about their products. Even the stocks lady knew her shit. I was impressed that people gave me quick answers and provided me with information I hadn’t known before.

-There was so much to see! I’m actually also putting this in the Cons area because being a bit claustrophobic it became unbearable at times, but it was also nice to know that so many people are “Going Green” these days. From cars to funerals, these green peeps have got you covered.

-Samples galore! I must’ve missed out on the free bag I saw every single person tote around, but no matter. I got my fill on tea, veggie burgers, fair trade chocolate and whatever else was supposedly good for everyone.

-Sooooooo crowded. From the second I got inside and collected my pass (which took about 10 very long minutes) to finding my way out of the sample lines, it was all just way too much. I think they could’ve spread out the sample areas and that could’ve alleviated some problems, but really not by much. The one thing I do enjoy with the outdoor, smaller green fests is that it’s just that. Smaller. No $10 to get in. No passive agressively going around people. In fact, sometimes no people at all (if you go early/late). I was so exhausted from my 2 hours there that I immediately went home and took a shower/xanax/nap.

-The one booth I was hoping to find either wasn’t there or I passed altogether. You see, once my student loans are paid off (IN TWO MORE YEARS!) I’m going to take a sebatacle and work on a farm for a few months/years/whatever. You’d think at a GREEN festival there would be at least one booth about this. I did find lots of Green travelling and trekking and home goods and jewelry, but sadly nothing on my big dream of farming. Weird, right?

-How are Clif bars “green”? This just pissed me off.

-For being a Green festival I felt like a lot was being wasted. Ok, I kinda take that back. Sure, there was the compost/recycle/landfill areas (where the teenagers manning the booths had no idea what was allowed in any of those categories) but everywhere I looked someone was taking a pamphlet for something they were never going to read. I get that these companies want to make more business, but maybe there could’ve been a better way to find out about them once they got home. Kiosks could’ve been placed where we provide an email and they send us information electronically? I don’t know what the solution for that is, but I just wanted this fest to be more Green and not just ooh, samples!

-Speakers. I didn’t even bother. I couldn’t hear anything over the floating crowds around me. I noticed a long line at one point that seemed to be in a total separate area from the booths, but by then I was so exhausted I just didn’t have it in me.

-Where was the composting? Did I miss this too? I think it was swallowed up by the solar paneling aisle for the house I’ll never be able to afford.

And there you have it. While I liked and disliked the Green Festival I think my final verdict is that this weekend will be my last. No hard feelings. I just didn’t care for the crowds and excess. If I need a Green recap I’ll just go to the smaller festivals and hope they have smarter people at their booths.

Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Monday, March 30, 2009

7:00 PM – Matthew Pearl: The Last Dickens: A Novel
UW Bookstore, U-District
Another novel about Charles Dickens, sort of: Dickens’ publisher searches for Dickens’ last novel… and a murderous criminal mastermind.

7:00 PM – Nancy Kress: Fantastic Fiction Reading & Salon
Richard Hugo House, Cabaret
The Nebula and Hugo-winning author of 26 books talks about her work. Follows up on yesterday’s workshop. Presented by NW Media Arts and University Bookstore, in conjunction with Richard Hugo House.

7:30 PM – Andrew Nikiforuk: Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent
Town Hall Seattle, Downstairs, $5
The Canadian journalist talks about the development of Canada’s oil industry, with emphasis on the environmental and social impact. Hint: he’s not a big fan of the petrochemical industry.

8:00 PM – NorthEndForum: Poetry Reading
Casa d’Italia
Open mike poetry and music.

Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Sunday, March 29, 2009

10:00 AM – Nancy Kress: Fantastic Fiction Salon: Planning Your Novel
Richard Hugo House, Cabaret
The Nebula and Hugo-winning author of 26 books leads a workshop for writers. Presented by NW Media Arts and University Bookstore, in conjunction with Richard Hugo House.

1:00 PM – Susan Tate, M.A.: Wellness Wisdom: 31 Ways to Nourish Your Mind, Body and Spirit
East West Bookshop, Seattle
“Conscious Health ~ Conscious Wealth”

3:00 PM – Endi Bogue Hartigan & Susan Parr: Poetry Reading
Open Books
One Sun Storm, Endi Bogue Hartigan’s first book, received the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Susan Parr’s first book is titled Pacific Shooter. (Now I suddenly want oysters for lunch. I hate when that happens.)

Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Saturday, March 28, 2009

1:00 PM – Roslyn Duffy: The Top Ten Preschool Parenting Problems
Barnes & Noble, Pacific Place
The co-author of Positive Discipline presents her new book, aimed at both parents and childcare workers.

1:00 PM – Seattle Journal for Social Justice: Readings
Elliott Bay Book Co.
Nicola Templeton, Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, Michael Clyburn, Fernanda Parra, Amy Pritchard, and Rachel Luke

2:00 PM – Esther Mumford: Presentation
SPL, Douglass-Truth Branch Library
A presentation on small presses.

3:00 PM – African American Writers Alliance: Readings
SPL, Douglass-Truth Branch Library
A group reading by Seattle’s African American Writers’ Alliance.

7:00 PM – Artist Trust’s EDGE Professional Development Program for Writers: Final Presentations: Readings
Richard Hugo House, Cabaret
Half of the artist’s participating present their work. The other half did so last night.

8:00 PM – Book Mixer: Gods Behaving Badly
Queen Anne Books
Drop in to discuss Marie Phillips’ fantastic novel Gods Behaving Badly at Queen Anne’s book club. It meets every other month usually the last Saturday at 8:00 PM, then decamps to local bars and cafes.

Travis, 4/5 @ Showbox Market

These Scotts  will be making an appearance at the Showbox Market on Sunday April 5th. Their music can be classified as Alternative Britpop— which just means that its catchy sing-along dance music. They definitely have their mellow tunes which are likened to the sounds of Keane and Snow Patrol. Their recently released album, “Ode to J. Smith” was written in 5 weeks, then recorded in 2 weeks. You’d think that it would be pretty poor quality, right? Think again! This album is actually pretty fun, with choral parts and tempo changes mid-song. Don’t believe me? See for yourself! You can win a couple tickets to see them perform. Just email with “Travis” in the subject line. Include a mailing address so we can send you the tickets. 21+ only. We’ll pick a winner by Saturday, March 28th

Free Tip(s) of the Day

1. If you can’t afford being green or going to the Green Festival this weekend, walk your cheap ass to the Seattle Center and check out the 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition. A bunch of Washington high schoolers will bring their A game to this robotic event. I’m so excited for this one! 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition

2. I don’t quite know what the deal is with this second free event. I know Central Cinema is showing Blue Velvet tonight at 7pm and 10pm. All sites are saying different things on the freeness factor though. One says the 7pm is free, another says the 10pm is free for the first 120 people. If you’re jonesing for David Lynch and you don’t want to pay to see his weirdness on screen, I suggest giving CC a call. Central Cinema

Have a great free-filled weekend!

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