It's the 50th anniversary of Sanrio and, if you happen to be near Seattle Center today (perhaps for zombcon), I strongly suggest you look for the Sanrio mobile pop-up tour. Trust me, it's hard to miss and, if you are a Sanrio fan or know someone who is, you will not want to miss the free giveaways and the option to purchase limited edition Sanrio items. I got a cute tote bag when I saw the tour in San Francisco last weekend. I mean it's really cute. Many collectible items are only available on the tour. Sanrio Monopoly! Sanrio 50 character skateboard deck!
The pop-up tour will be in Seattle Center all day today.
- Character appearances Goody bags to the first 50 people to visit the shop and make a purchase!
- Coupons for free Hello Kitty band-aids with any purchase!
- Free snacks, stickers and goodies handed out sporadically to crowds!
- Chance to play the Sanrio spin wheel – grand prize winners receive a $10 Target gift card!
- Video and pictures will be taken randomly by Sanrio – fans have a chance to appear on Hello Kitty’s blog and facebook!
What is it with Seattle and the song Don't Stop Believin' by Journey? On election night 2008, the people who flooded the streets of Capitol Hill broke out into song when the results were in that Obama won the election.
Who has two thumbs and loves a great pillow fight?
This gal Everyone! OK, maybe not everyone (and maybe not people who don't have thumbs) but a lot of people in Seattle are like me and love pillow fights, so I'm anticipating a big turnout for this event. There will be a great big pillow fight at Westlake Center Plaza in Downtown Seattle on April 3 from 2pm - 3pm. April 3 is International Pillow Fight Day.
How do you participate? All you have to do is show up at Westlake Center at 2pm on April 3, bring a soft pillow, and commence pillow fighting with other people who are holding pillows. More information can be found on the Facebook event page for the International Pillow Fight Day: Seattle.
Whenever a friend of family member visits me in Seattle, I always take them to see the Fremont Troll. To me, the Fremont Troll represents the quirky undertone of Seattle which makes it a really fun place to live. This Saturday (Halloween), the Fremont Troll is turning 20 and there is going to be a celebration like nobody's business.
Trolloween, Oct 31st at 7 PM sharp, is the birthday party for the Fremont Troll. We will start the celebration with him under the Aurora Bridge, as he loves a good laugh and a great story. We will soon be off on the annual Haunt of Fremont.
This 20th anniversary of the birth of the Fremont Troll, we'll be experiencing the tale of Dante’s Inferno. Many artists and performers will present their twisted & whacky version of this dark tale, known to us as: ‘Just a little lover’s spat, honey’.
Rain or dry, we will sing, dance, marvel, and laugh our way through the dark underbelly of Dante and Fremont. An unsweetened and piquant family event with plenty of fun to scare the laughs out of any stoic kid or stogy adult.
Come dress 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 have been to the Fremont Solstice Parade, you know the Fremont Arts Council goes all out for their festivals, so I expect Trolloween to be amazing this year with lots and lots of performers and artists.
This is a free event but donations are welcome.
Bumbershoot, the gigantic music festival that takes places every year during Labor Day weekend at Seattle Center, seems to be the perfect setting for performance artist Flatchestedmama's latest art piece. Or I should say, it is the perfect location below her latest art piece.
This Saturday, September 5, a plane will fly above Seattle Center with a banner that reads "OLDSKL TXTN" for one hour sometime between 4pm -7pm. The piece is a statement about "today's fast paced, ever changing landscape of technology."
So, if you go to Bumbershoot or you are near the Space Needle on Saturday afternoon, look up.
Maybe you heard some fighter jets flying overhead during their practice yesterday, or maybe you heard them during their first of 3 performances today. The Blue Angels are in town for SeaFair and they are doing their annual show today through Sunday. Showtime is 1:20 - 2:30pm daily Friday - Sunday.
So, where is the best place to watch the airshow? There are a couple of suggestions on yelp. If you decide to go to Lake Washington to watch the show, which is a good vantage point because the airshow is centered over Lake Washington, be aware that parking is nearly impossible around that area. If you want to avoid the crowds, there is a nice little spot in Beacon Hill at a dead end street on the corner of 18th and S. Horton St. It's pretty much just the folks in the neighborhood who watch from there, and you have to get out of the street when cars drive by, but I think it's a great view of the show without the crowds.
This year I'm going to check out the Blue Angels from Boeing Field. According to the West Seattle Blog, Boeing Field is a great place to watch the show.
I think everyone in Seattle agrees that the best way to watch the airshow is from a boat on Lake Washington, but if you can't get on a boat, you can still have a good time watching the show from land.
I know the title of this post does not make sense for many reasons. Zombies in July? Fourth of July celebration on the third of July? I will explain, but first, a question asked on The Big Blog is "What is it with Seattle and zombies?" We really do like zombies a lot around here. Maybe we like zombies because it's quite easy for us to turn our pasty white complexions into believable undead versions of ourselves. Or maybe it's simply because zombies are awesome. I know I like them, and I have participated in a couple of zombie events.
Seattle wants to break the record of most zombies in one place on July 3 in Fremont. This means there will need to be about 4000 zombies assembled in Fremont on July 3, the goal is 5000. Of course the zombie conglomeration is happening in July, no where near Halloween. Yes, it makes perfect sense. In fact, it is going to be a zombie Fourth of July celebration they are calling Red, White, and Dead Zombie Party. And it is going to be quite a party. Here are some details from the website:
Everyone must meet at the extraction zone located at 3501 Phinney Ave North, home to the Fremont Outdoor Movies on Friday, July 3rd [registration is from 5pm -7pm] and everyone should report in costume dressed as ZOMBIES for this historical event to ensure that you are not detected by the Living Dead. Its your only means of survival and we are counting on you to make this possible. We need 5,000 people to break the record and we need them on Friday, July 3rd.
After the zombies reak havock on Fremont, everyone will watch Shawn of the Dead at the Fremont Outdoor Cinema.
Last year I participated in the 2007 Zombie Walk, and let me tell you, it was really fun. I missed the Fremont Zombie Walk/Pub Crawl this year, but lucky for me (and you) there is a Zombie Parade (even better!) in West Seattle this Sunday, Oct. 26. The meeting spot for zombies and zombie hunters is at 3:45pm on Sunday in West Seattle:
Rite Aid (parking lot)
5217 California Ave SW West Seattle WA 98136
(just south of the Alaska junction)
And now, an educational video about zombies.
Free Night of Theater will take off on October 13, 2008, in Seattle and to 120 cities nationwide. This year, the growth of Free Night of Theater is marked by the debut of New York, Chicago and a number of other cities on the national campaign.
Free Night of Theater (FNOT) is the annual national audience development program to attract new theatergoers to America’s professional not-for-profit theaters. Since the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) launched the pilot program in 2005, Free Night of Theater has increased in scope and participation each year. This year will be the largest Free Night of Theater celebration since its inception in San Francisco, expanding to over 700 companies and attracting 75,000 new theatergoers from coast to coast. Brad Erickson, Executive Director of Theatre Bay Area says,
The demand for live theatre—when it's made accessible to all—is overwhelming. We're bringing in new audiences—young people, people of color, people from all walks of life—and they are coming back for more. Free Night of Theater has thrown the doors of our theatres open wide.
The program also provides a unique opportunity for theaters nationwide to collaborate on a project that will positively affect their visibility, sponsorship opportunities and provide access for new audiences to experience the joy of theater for the first time.
In Seattle, in order to register for your free night of theater, you'll need a SeattlePerforms.com account to reserve tickets, which is free. Then select the performance you would like to see from the list on Seattle Performs: Live Theater Week.
For more information, please contact Barbara Wichmann at ARTEMIA Communications, at 415.351.2227 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, if you're looking for something fun to do in Seattle this weekend:
- Shoreline Solarfest
- Bite of Seattle (not my favorite festival, but if you're in the neighborhood it might be fun to check out. Free admission.)
- SeaFair Indian Days Pow Wow
Century Ballroom has all sorts of different dance nights for straight people, too. I randomly stumbled in there a couple of Thursdays ago for salsa night. My friends and I were walking around Capitol Hill one night and we passed by Century Ballroom. We heard the lively music and we just had to check it out. That night I attempted to salsa dance with a very patient stranger who probably had very bruised toes the next day from me stepping on them repeatedly. The best part of salsa night at Century Ballroom was there were a lot of available dance partners. I have gone to swing dance events in the past where they claimed "no partner needed" but everyone else came with a partner and I did, in fact, need a partner. I was pleased to discover there was no need to bring a dance partner to Century Ballroom for their salsa night.
Warning: There are images of naked bicyclists in the below video.
I warned you, but you watched the video anyway, didn't you? If you want to be a naked bicyclist in the parade tomorrow, get details at the Painted Cyclists website.
If you want to keep your clothes on and just check out the parade, it starts at noon, but I suggest getting there a lot earlier than that so you can get a good spot to watch the parade. Tips and parade route from Seattle Times:
Here's a tip from parade veterans. People tend to cluster at the front and middle of the parade route. The best viewing is often found along the second half of the route, around North 34th Street near Stone Way and along Northlake Avenue North, near Gas Works Park.The parade is quite popular and gets very crowded. If you're driving, please note that parking will be impossible. If you can, take the bus or ride your bike. I promise if you ride your bike they won't make you get naked.
The parade begins at noon Saturday just west of Fremont at Northwest 36th Street and Third Avenue Northwest, heading east along Northwest 36th, then it turns down Fremont Avenue and continues east on North 34th before taking a jog onto Northlake Way, ending at Gas Works Park with the Gateway.
After the parade, be sure to check out the Fremont Fair, which continues through Sunday. There are many craft booths and lots of food. Bring cash because not all booths take cards.
Location: Fremont District
Date and Time: Saturday, July 21, 12pm
From the press release:
In Sex and Bacon: Why I Love Things That Are Very, Very Bad for Me (Seal Press / May 2008 / $14.95) Sarah Katherine Lewis tears down boundaries in a tribute to her lust for larder and lovemaking. In her uninhibited vignettes, Lewis exposes all that is deliciously nasty and delectably uncouth when it comes to her bountiful appetite. A follow-up to her first book, Indecent, which chronicles her time in the sex industry, Sex and Bacon is her homage to the culinary and the carnal.
Sex and Bacon is full of Lewis' snippets of wisdom accrued from her life, her reflections on pop culture icons, lots of talk about sex and her experiences as a sex worker, thoughts on female body image, Seattle weather (Lewis is a Seattle resident), Lewis' recipes, and more. Almost every paragraph is a little statement of Lewis' philosophy, or a naughty tidbit of her career in the sex industry.
I have a bag of fun size Reece's peanut butter cups in my cupboard. It's nearly Halloween so I'm allowed. I'm also allowed every other day of the year because I'm a grown-up, and if I want to have ten fun size pieces of candy for dinner I can.
Ah yes, we do indeed have the freedom to do stuff that is bad for us as adults like eat candy for dinner, but how far should we take it? Lewis took it pretty far, and I enjoyed reading about her thoughts on her life experiences. Sex and Bacon doesn't hold back when it prominently proves that Lewis is "an authority on the sins of the flesh, both culinary and carnal." Definitely adult reading material.
Location: Elliot Bay Book Company (map)
Date and Time: Saturday, May 10, 7:30pm
This year I imagine people are going to be a little more creative with office chairs in the race. Last year everyone discovered that office chairs don't cruise down the hill as fast as expected. I would expect to see some bigger wheels on office chairs this year and perhaps some more custom-made creations.
The race is tomorrow, Friday, April 4, "after work whenever people start showing up." There might be a more specific time nailed down at this point but I am guessing people will start showing up around 5:30pm. The location is near the Pacific Science Center and Key Arena. I believe the starting point is on the corner of Warren and John. Here's a map, you'll find the race in the general vicinity of the starred location.
Things to prepare for if you plan on racing this year:
- Wear protective gear, you'll probably crash because everyone crashes.
- Bring your own office chair. If you have more to spare, bring those, too.
- Bring a camera, there will be many lovely photo opportunities.
#1 - The first rule of Pillow Fight Club is, you do not talk about Pillow Fight Club.
#2 - The second rule of Pillow Fight Club is, you DO NOT talk about Pillow Fight Club.
The Seattle Pillow Fight Club invites anyone to participate in scheduled pillow fights which take place at various locations around Seattle, usually tourist attractions. The effect to the strangers on the street is a random pillow fight. You can check the tribe.com pillow fight group to find out when and where the next pillow fight will be. I can tell you first hand that it's pretty fun and it doesn't require any group membership obligations other than to show up at the location at the right time with a pillow. Join in a pillow fight this Saturday, March 29.
DATE: Saturday March 29Th RAIN OR SHINE.
PLACE: Pike Place Market, corner of Pike and Pine. IN THE STREET, in front of the place that throws the fish.
AFTERMATH GATHERING: The Whiskey Bar (just in time for happy hour!) 2000 Second Ave. (206) 443-4490 Bring cash if you want to drink, because they don't accept credit cards.
*NO FEATHER PILLOWS, PLEASE** Apparently, there was a mess made at one of the recent pillow fights which caused concern that a seemingly harmless act of performance art was littering our fair city with feathers. More information about Saturday's Pillow Fight here.
Last weekend I went to Portland for Zoobomb Minibike Winter V. It was awesome. It was crazy. And best of all, it didn't rain. Zoobomb is a bicycle club in Portland in which members and friends dress in costumes and ride minibikes (child size bikes) down the hill towards the Portland Zoo every Sunday. Once a year for the past 5 years, they have hosted the Zoobomb Minibike Winter Olympics, with events such as Ben Hurt Chariot Wars, minibike limbo, live music, bicycle dance troupe performances, and general silliness and fun.
The bicycle festivities took place Thursday - Monday. I arrived in Portland late Saturday morning just in time to grab some food at the potluck brunch. I was really impressed with the hospitality and friendliness of the local bicycle folks I met at the Zoobomb event in Portland. They all are open and enthusiastic to invite other bicycle enthusiasts to join them for their fun bicycle activities. Many bicycle clubs have strict rules about becoming a member, but the Zoobombers seem to hold the attitude that all who love bikes are welcome, and that's an attitude I like.
After brunch, we all rode to the first event of the day: The Ben Hurt Chariot Wars. In order to compete in the chariot race, competitors needed a bike with a trailer and two people: one to ride a bike and one to stand or sit in the chariot being pulled by the bike rider. All chariots were custom made beautiful monstrosities designed in the vein of the mutant bike culture.
The race had rules, but it turned into ridiculous mayhem to the point where I was not really sure what was happening:
The winners were the last team standing.
This guy did not win, although he had spirit trying to ride on a tire that could no longer technically be called a tire:
After the Chariot Wars, I needed a break and took off and got some dinner. I met up with the festivities again that evening at a warehouse space. The weekend Zoobomb events took place at different locations all over Portland, and event maps were distributed which displayed the best bicycle routes to each location. The evening's entertainment including music, dancing, a fashion show, live music, and a performance by the Canadian bicycle dance troupe the B:C:Clettes.
The next day I showed up at Sunday's first event location by the river downtown ready to watch some bicycle limbo and a performance by the Portland bicycle dance troupe The Sprokettes. Things didn't get started until later in the afternoon and I had to head back to Seattle, so I begrudgingly headed home just as the blindfolded minibike race was about to begin.
Last weekend was the first time I have bicycled around Portland, and that town truly lives up to its reputation as being one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the nation. The Minibike Winter Olympics are over for this year, but if you are interested in going on the zoobomb, they do it every Sunday evening. You can check the zoobomb website for details.
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That's why I'm so excited The Stranger's Valentine's Day Bash is happening again this year at Neumo's. I went last year and it was the 10 year anniversary of the event and they SAID it was going to be the last year last year. But, no! It's happening again this year.
At the Bash, you have the opportunity to bring a memento from a failed relationship, give a little background on the shortcomings of said relationship on a stage in front of a venue packed full of strangers and possibly people you know (IE. coworkers), and then allow Dan Savage to destroy your memento in any number of creative ways. Last year, I brought a dozen dried roses and Dan Savage dipped them in liquid nitrogen and smashed them to bits. I gotta say, it was my best Valentine's Day ever.
My advice if you go is bring a keepsake and sign-up to have Dan Savage destroy it. Seriously, once you get there, you will want to be a part of the fun, despite the certainty of embarrassment. There is something special, something cathartic about having the famed sex columnist smash/set on fire/tar and feather a relic some jerk left in your possession after he/she broke your heart.
Make sure you get there early and sign-up on the list right away, otherwise you could spend all night holding that teddy bear/sweater/poem/engagement ring waiting for it to finally be destroyed.
Date: February 14, 2008
Location: Neumo's (map)
Price: Free (who can put a price on
Seattle Metroblogging has a great Q&A on how to caucus tomorrow. Also, The Stranger explains how and why we need to caucus.
You can find out where you are supposed to go for your caucus on the King County Democrats website. You can also check out the Washington State Democratic Chairs Organization website to find out what your voting precinct is and find out where to go tomorrow. You'll need to be at your neighborhood caucus before or right on time at 1pm... tardiness is no good.
2:00pm - Comic Workshop: make your own mini comic.
3:30pm - Panel of experts discusses what it's like being in the industry of comics.
4:30pm - Cartoonist Ellen Forney talks about stuff.
Speaking of Ellen Forney, Fantagraphics has released a new book with Ellen Forney's illustrations called LUST: Kinky Online Personal Ads From Seattle’s The Stranger. It features Forney's artistic renditions of those zany personal ads in The Stranger's LustLab; definitely not marketed towards teens. You can view samples of the personal ads and illustrations on her blog. The book release will be at Fantagraphics on February 9 from 6-9pm, and the party will include a multimedia presentation of the book by Forney. Forney is not only funny and witty on paper, but she has a great sense of humor in person, too, so I highly recommend seeing her speak either at Fantagraphics on February 9 or this Saturday at the Seattle Central Library.
Tonight is the first night that EMP and The Science Fiction Museum will be offering free admission. Admission will be free for viewing the permanent collections from 5pm - 8pm, and this will continue every first Thursday of every month.
Tonight, local band The Moondoggies will be playing at EMP's Sky Church at 6pm and 7pm. I like the Sky Church as a venue because it's so futuristic looking. I feel like the Sky Church is what music venues are supposed to look like in 2008. Might as well check it out if you haven't before because it's all free tonight.
Date: Thursday, January 3, 2008
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: EMP|SFM 325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109 (map)
IHR continues its commitment to provide a platform for all up-and-coming craftsters that want to show new, edgy, and dynamic work. Every month you’ll find 45 hardworking designers and crafters presenting the latest in style and hip crafts - some seasoned vendors, as well as new work that has never been shown. Relevant local charitable and indie businesses are also spotlighted each month as IHR’s "special guest of the month".What makes this craft show different from other craft shows? This show is less likely to have macrame pot holders made by your grandmother. Not to say your grandma doesn't make great pot holders, but, come on, we're hip urbanites, and we crave art with a bite. Cassandra Lanning, the director of the event, said in an interview:
IHR is an event that showcases handcrafted works with an indie/urban/edgy appeal. Irony and balls (not literally) definitely have an edge on getting in. For all the vendors that apply that do not make the cut, I do try to refer them to and encourage them to sell with some of the "suburban" craft shows which have their own following.This Sunday is IHR's 6th Birthday Show, with special guests Nova School, and music by DJ Huggy. Go prepared to find lots of treasures, and even grab some brunch at the Croc while you're at it. I'm going to have to catch the next one on Dec. 16.
The first Thursday of every month marks neighborhood art walks all over the Seattle area from Ballard, to Downtown, to Bainbridge Island. Galleries and shops stay open in the evening and showcase local artists and offer snacks. As a part of the art walk, two major museums are free all day today. Here is the scoop from Exploit Seattle:
The Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Asian Art Museum offer free admission all day on these days. Starting January 3rd, EMP/Science Fiction Museum will also be offering free admission, which includes live music.I am really excited about EMP and the Science Fiction Museum hopping on the free admission bandwagon on January 3. Today, I believe I'll stroll over to SAM during my lunch break.
If you like zombies as much as I do (I even like Rob Zombie), then listen up; a new zombie movie is being filmed in Kitsap County called Zombies of Mass Destruction. Cool, eh? Well, they are looking for zombie extras to be in the movie! The movie is being filmed now through November 17 in Port Gamble, WA, and they need a bunch of zombies.
If you are interested in being a zombie in a feature film, please contact:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 425.246.2725
Shooting Schedule and Other Zombie Details
UPDATE: If you missed this event, you missed a good, disgusting, and fun time! I took a few photos. Continue Reading...
How did this all begin? According to wikipedia:
The first ride took place on Friday, September 25, 1992 at 6 P.M. in San Francisco. At that time, the event was known as Commute Clot and was composed of a couple dozen cyclists who had received flyers on Market Street.This is a social gathering and a protest. The thing that bothers me about Critical Mass is sometimes some of the bicyclists get all riled-up and pick fights with people in cars, or vice versa. Critical Mass blocks motor vehicle traffic, and this often causes tension between motorists and bicyclists. I love how Critical Mass is a huge presence and makes people who do not ride bicycles aware of bicycles on the road. However, I feel that when cyclists get aggressive towards motorists at bicycle protests, it only angers motorists and, thus, makes them even more disrespectful of bicycles on the road, which is very dangerous for cyclists.
Shortly after this, some participants in that ride went to a local bicycle shop for a screening of Ted White's documentary Return of the Scorcher, about bike culture overseas. In that film, American human powered vehicle and pedicab designer George Bliss noted that, in China, both motorists and bicyclists had an understood method of negotiating intersections without signals. Traffic would "bunch up" at these intersections until the back log reached a "critical mass" at which point that mass would move through the intersection. The term caught on and replaced Commute Clot as a name at the time of the second event.
By the time of the fourth ride, the number of cyclists had increased to around 100 and participation continued to grow dramatically, reaching about 1,000 riders, on average.
The name was soon adopted as a generic label by participants in similar but independent mass rides that were either initiated in various locations around the world at around the same time, or had already existed before 1992 under other names. It is estimated that there are Critical Mass-type rides in more than 325 cities to date. The term "Masser" is sometimes applied to frequent participants.
In Seattle in the summer, there are often hundreds of cyclists on a Critical Mass ride. However, according to faithful attendees of this event in Seattle, there are fewer bicyclists on the ride this time of year, due to rain and bad weather, and it will be a more mellow ride tonight than a ride in the summer.
Seattle Works is non-profit which coordinates volunteers to work on long-term and short-term projects, ranging from education and learning, environment/green spaces, health and wellness, and connected communities. There are several projects you can sign-up for when you volunteer, so you have a lot of freedom to pick something to work on which will be the most fun for you, as well as doing something for the community.
Through Seattle Works, Noelle has not only helped clean-up Seattle, but she has also gone to New Orleans, LA., twice to help rebuild homes and schools, and she has another trip planned this winter. Noelle published a blog about her experiences and feelings concerning the situation created by Hurricane Katrina, and it is definitely worth reading.
I asked Noelle how she got involved with Seattle Works. She told me she was looking to volunteer somewhere, and she liked how she was not obligated to give up all of her free time with Seattle Works. Noelle explained:
It's really low commitment. You only have to go one Saturday morning a month.
Seems to me like Noelle is being modest about her commitment to volunteerism, after receiving Seattle Works Volunteer of the Year 2007 award.
Her stories have inspired me to do something, too, and I'm sure I'll be volunteering with Seattle Works very soon.
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the Seattle Works website.