Film Comes To Life In “Film Is Dead” Exhibit

In the midst of the digital age, many are astounded that film still even exists. Everyone has digital film and video capabilities, and film Is very expensive, so, why bother right?

While that may have been what you thought once upon a time, your mind will be forever changed once you see the brilliant art made on and with film by artist Jennifer West at her Seattle Art Museum installation “Film Is Dead”.

In this revolutionarily inventive show, West uses 70mm, 35mm and 16mm analog film strips to create beautiful and visually compelling works of art. She treats the film with common household items including food coloring, nail polish, coffee, vinegar, bleach and more to create patterns and unplanned but stunning effects by eroding the films emulsion, staining it and letting the film take one whatever characters it might.

West’s SAM exhibit features film strips and remnants that have been treated and manipulated by the artist in this way, hung from the ceiling, and spanning almost the entire length of the gallery.

In addition to the physical installation at SAM, West has taken many of these works and digitized them to create a film that explores the differences and relationship between the analog and digital qualities of the film medium, creating another layer to this thought provoking artistic experiment.

Jennifer West is a Los Angeles based artist with some history in the Seattle. West received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia before returning to her home state of California to earn her Masters in Fine Arts from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.

West’s works have been displayed in various solo and group exhibitions across the country and the world including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR and many more.

Her love affair with film dates back more than ten years and she boasts a very interesting and varied portfolio of works including photographic and video works using different and rare types of film and film techniques, light play, performance and her unique film quilts and magic lantern works. West’s style and aesthetic are likely different from any you’ve seen before, exploring and challenging the differences between modern digital photographic art and classic analog film techniques. Her style simultaneously evokes nostalgic feelings and encapsulates a modern and almost futuristic aesthetic, and over all seems to challenge films obsoleteness and the digital waves supremacy.

If you share a love of visual arts, interesting techniques, the fusion of arts and science or simply subscribe to the thought that everything old is new again, “Film Is Dead” is a show worth seeing, if for no other reason than to see something beautiful before it’s gone.

 

 

 

 

JENNIFER WEST: FILM IS DEAD . . .

Exhibit on display through SUN MAY 7 2017

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

THIRD FLOOR GALLERIES

Taste Seattle At Arcade Lights 2017!

Round up the crew and head down to the market on Friday, March 24th for a fantastic, fun event that brings together a diverse selection of over 70 local vendors to delight you with tastes of their delectable products. And their vendor list is still growing!

Arcade Lights is a wonderful opportunity to sample and savor delicious drinks, foods and sweet treats, from a wide array of local, small-batch, and artisan vendors. It’s always a fun and festive event, where you can enjoy something local and tasty, try something new and have a blast, under the Arcade Lights!

Each year, Arcade Lights brings together local favorites and new comers to pedal their wears and get you hooked on their goodness, and this year looks to be no exception. Where else will you find Theo Chocolates, DiLaurenti Food & Wine, Hot Lips Soda, Copperworks Distilling, Morning Glory Chai, Woodinville Ciderworks, Diamond Knot Brewing and many more local loves all at the same place? Only in Seattle, and only at Arcade Lights.  Be sure to check out a full list of vendors and brace yourself for taste bud paradise!    

This year’s event is sponsored by Seattle Met, DRY Sparkling and DEI Creative and, as always, proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation which helps to maintain our market and keep the community thriving.

Grab your tickets before they’re gone, and get ready for fun under the Arcade Lights!

Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market, 7:00 pm, Friday, March 24th Tickets-

General Admission – $60
Tickets include tastes of as many of the hand-crafted savory and sweet bites as your heart desires – while supplies last – and include five tokens for tastes of beer, cider, non-alcoholic drinks such as root beer and sodas and wine. Tasting glass included. Additional tokens will be available for purchase.

Early Entry – $80
Limited Early Entry into Arcade Lights 30-minutes before the General Admission crowd! Includes 5 drink tokens, unlimited food, plus early entry at 6:30 pm.

VIP with Early Entry – $150
VIP guests have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, which includes seating, music, and exclusive food and beverage tastings from elite vendors. VIP Guests receive 10 drink tokens and UNLIMITED food, and can enter the VIP Lounge at 6:00 pm to begin celebrating before entering the Main Arcade at 6:30PM with Early Entry. VIP guests can use the VIP Lounge at their luxury anytime throughout the night.

Arcade Lights is a 21 and over only event, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, visit the Pike Place Market website.

Grand Re-Opening of Washington Hall

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To celebrate the completion of its ambitious five-year renovation, Washington Hall is holding a grand re-opening on Wednesday, June 1st from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Hosted by Historic Seattle, 206 Zulu, Hidmo, and Voices Rising, the Voices Rising, the event will feature music and lite refreshments provided by Madres Kitchen and Panera.

Washington Hall was commissioned by the Danish Brotherhood and opened its doors in 1908.  Designed by Victor Voorhees, Washington Hall was built to provide boarding facilities for newly arrived Danish immigrants and also as a community center, fraternal lodge, and dance hall. Most notably, however, Washington Hall has served as a popular performing arts venue, hosting musicians and speakers such as Marian Anderson, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimi Hendrix, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Joe Louis.

Despite being in constant use since its construction, Washington Hall faced demolition due to its deteriorating condition.  In 2009, Historic Seattle, with the aid of 4Culture, purchased the building with the intention to restore it.  The restoration and stabilization work to Washington Hall included seismic upgrades, a new roof, and securing the south wall.  An elevator was added, making the building fully ADA accessible. Refinished floors, stage enhancements, new lighting, and a complete re-working of the back space of the building, all helped to restore this Historic Landmark building in a way that honors its storied past.

 

For more information about his event, visit Washington Hall’s Facebook page.

Family Fun at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle

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The Children’s Film Festival has been bringing joy, culture, and fun to the youngsters and their families in the Seattle area for the past 8 years and it is back! The festival is produced by the Northwest Film Forum and shows more than 120 films from over 35 countries around the world. This year, Children’s Hospital is helping sponsor the festival. 5 short films made by Children’s Hospital patients will be shown as well.

Many of the films have subtitles so parents will need to be sure that their children are at the correct reading level if they don’t understand the language. You can find information on age recommendations for each film or event on the festival’s website. Although there is plenty to do and see for all ages, it seems the average age is 8+ for films.

There are other events that will get little ones’ creative juices flowing. Classes are available to learn animation and how to make a movie using sock puppets. I would recommend taking your little one to the Pajama Party with Caspar Babypants! They can wiggle and jiggle and shake those ants in their pants to a live performance from Caspar Babypants, Seattle’s own Chris Ballew, of The Presidents of the United States of America. The site says it’s for ages 3+ but I happen to know a few little munchkins younger than that who love to dance and sing along with Caspar Babypants. Warning to parents, his songs are catchy and hard to get out of your head. You’ll be singing them for a week!

The festival is begins January 24th and ends February 3rd. Average price is $12 per person or $38 for a family of 4. It’s a great event that the whole family can enjoy!

Skate at Cal Anderson Park

Are you looking for a fun, winter activity for the whole family to enjoy this season?  If so, Capitol Hill is where you need to be.  The 1st Annual Ice Rink is now open in Cal Anderson Park, and ready for skaters.  The synthetic ice rink is 50 x 80 feet and located above the basketball court.   Skaters will enjoy holiday décor and music, as well as food and refreshments from local vendors.  The rink is open from 11 am to 10 pm every day, now until December 24th.  Adult admission will set you back $12.00, and only $6.00 for kids 8 years and younger.  For more information, please visit the official Ice Rink website.  Happy skating!!

Christmas Ship To Visit Madison Park

It’s that magical time of year again in the Northwest and what better way to bring in the holiday season than the 62nd annual Christmas Ship Festival from Argosy Cruises.  The festival features the ever popular Christmas Ship decked out with décor, filled with music and brimming with holiday spirit.  The Christmas Ship sets sail on 25 nights this season and stops at many Puget Sound waterfront locations.  If you live in Capitol Hill, see the ship on Saturday, December 17th when it’s at Madison Park on the shores of Lake Washington.  The ship will be there between 4:55 and 5:15 pm. Onboard the Christmas Ship, riders can enjoy chorus performances from The Dickens Carolers and a visit from Santa Clause.  You can also ride on one of the dinner cruise boats which trail behind the Christmas Ship.  On the dinner boat, riders can experience all the sights and sounds of the night.  If you didn’t spring for a ticket this year, don’t worry because Madison Park is a great place to simply watch the ceremony and see the ship with your family.  If you live in Capitol Hill or nearby neighborhoods, make sure to stop by. If you would like to purchase tickets for a Christmas Ship cruise, see a full schedule of events or to find more information, please see the website.  Ticket proceeds will benefit the Seattle Times Fund for The Needy.  Happy Holidays!

Seattle Greek Festival Happening This Weekend

The Saint Demetrios Greek Festival is happening this weekend at the St. Demetrios Hall & Cultural Center on Boyer Ave. E in Capitol Hill on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  This is the 50th year of the annual event that uses proceeds to support ministries and community charities.  The festival will feature authentic cuisine including favorites like gyros and delish baklava (MY personal favorite).  Attendees will also have the chance to tour the church and watch Greek Foll Dancing performances from over 120 dancers.  If that’s not enough, stop by a variety of shops with beautiful jewelry, imported arts and crafts, and Greek clothing and literature.  Please visit the official webpage to find festival hours, parking, directions and general information.  See you there!

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church was founded in 1894 and closed in 1995 to make way for REI.  It reopened at its current location in 1963.

12th Avenue Festival Happening This Weekend

The 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival in Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine corridor is in its 2nd year, and happening this coming Sunday, August 14th from noon to 6 pm.  The festival, brought to you by Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, features over 30 vendors featuring food plates from local restaurants, all for $5 or less.  The festival will also feature information booths to explore.  The festival will shut down 12th Avenue between E. Madison and E. Pike Streets.  Sunday is forecasted to be the hottest day of the week, so take advantage of the sun and support you the neighborhood.  For more information, please visit the official website.

SummeRun & Walk Happening This Weekend

The SummeRun & Walk for Ovarian Cancer is happening this Sunday, July 24th.  The SummerRun & Walk is a 5k event presented by Swedish Hospital.   The event was created by Dr. Saul Rivkin, M.D., of The Rivkin Center, a research organization dedicated to ovarian cancer. If you would like to participate in the event, you can register for $35.00 in person beginning at 6:30 am.  Registration and race warm up will take place at the intersection of Marion and Minor Streets next to Swedish Hospital.  If you are not running or walking, you can donate to participants or teams on the official website, or simply show up to offer your support on the sidelines.  For more information, please visit SummeRun & Walk website.

Capitol Hill Block Party is This Weekend

The Capitol Hill Block Party is almost here!!  This Friday-Sunday, July 22-24, the three day music festival will feature close to 100 bands on 5 different stages and close down a portion of the Capitol Hill Pike/Pine corridor accessible only to event attendees.  I went last year and had the time of my life, and the weather was 85+ degrees and not a cloud in sight.  If we’re lucky, we will see the same weather this weekend!  Although 3-day passes are sold out, single day passes are still available for purchase on the website.  See great music, eat delicious food and drink some beers in the garden this weekend at the Capitol Hill Block Party.  If it’s anything like last year’s event, you’ll be sad to have missed it!!  Visit the official CHBP website for more information.  See you there!