Last weekend, Seattle's first-ever Faerie convention landed, most appropriately, at the Renaissance hotel. I know: You had no idea! And now you're weeping tiny FernGully™ tears because you missed out on a lobby's worth of horned whimsy and dyed animal pelts juxtaposed with super-practical advice like, "ESMERALDA, HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY DO NOT PLAY ON THE ESCALATORS IN YOUR GOSSAMER GOWN?!!"
Overheard at FaerieCon 2012: "You look like a goddess!" "I'm not a goddess, I'm a faerie, and I'm not into guys who can't tell the difference."
No worries: We arrived just in time to catch the faerie costume competition—amaaazing!—and watch a woodland faerie pop his magical knee out of joint by prancing too hard (seriously). More Kelly O photos and *exclusive* faerie interviews with Cienna Madrid after the jump.
Pictured—Betsy Hansen. She dressed up like a slice of pizza one night at the Sunset Tavern during a show and people laughed till they cried. Betsy's a been a smiling face in the Seattle music scene for a long time. She’s married to Johnny Samra and together they own Radar Hair and Records in the SODO. She’s in local band the Blank-Its, and she's a whiz with a pair of scissors and a head of hair. Betsy was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in early December, and as a struggling small business owner, she is without health insurance—a good candidate for a Soup & Bread event.
Soup & Bread's setup: Local chefs, artists, musicians, and other notables each donate a pot of soup, bakeries donate their bread, you bring cash to make a donation to a worthy cause, and everyone eats. (Seattle native Martha Bayne started S&B in Chicago; now she takes it on the road, and there's also a new cookbook.) Tonight, the soup comes from Sitka & Spruce, Taylor Shellfish, and many more, along with beer from Georgetown Brewing Company (yes!); then there's a show featuring the Coconut Coolouts and Pony Time. All the proceeds go to the Betsy Hansen Cancer Fund, to help out the beloved co-owner of Radar Hair and Records. Soup, bread, Coconuts, and helping—plus you'll "leave bolstered by the positive vibes emanating from your being." Bring a spoon.
Soup & Bread: The Betsy Hansen Edition, Sunday Feb 12, 6 pm, 2724 1st Ave S, Ste A, 402-4549, all ages, free (suggested donation).
Have you been dreaming of a romantic skating date complete with hot cocoa? Then you are in luck! The Capitol Hill Skate Rink is opening today at 4:30! From the mayor's press release:
The first 100 visitors to the rink during the 4 p.m. hour will receive a free hour of skating after the ribbon cutting. Program participants from the Garfield Teen Life Center will serve free hot chocolate and candy canes, provided by Skanska, near the rink and from the shelter house, which will be open with a fire going in the fireplace.
The rink is located on the basketball courts at Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Avenue). If you've been wondering what those big white tents are, they're covering the rink. It will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m daily until Christmas Eve. Hourly admission is $12/general and $6/children 8 and under, with or without the included skate rental.
Not only will there be adorable skating and embarrassing falls, there will also be snacks! Caffé Vita will be serving coffee and hot chocolate and Dante’s Inferno Dogs will serve hot dogs, snacks and drinks. Both will be there daily. This will totally make the inevitable butt bruises worth it.
Today is Black Friday, which, once upon a time, was just "the biggest shopping day of the year!" and the unofficial kick-off to the "countdown to Christmas!" (blet). More recently, it's become the day that the promise of low, low prices drives Americans to fatally trample each other. It's always been gross.
Let us celebrate with a quiz.
Which Black Friday came closest to driving you to kill someone?
It's opening day of HUMP! Seattle. Did you know rush tickets will be available for all sold-out screenings? A handful of tickets will be released 15 minutes before each show time, on a first come first serve basis. $25 per ticket at the door.
If you're trying to go with a group of friends, but didn't have a ticket—this is your chance. RUSH!
Did you get your tickets to HUMP! yet? C'mon, buy two, 'cause you know you wanna bring a date. There's midnight shows available at the Capitol Hill and Fremont Rudy's Barbershop locations, and also online: strangertickets.com. The Festival is right around the corner, 11/4 and 11/5 at On The Boards, then at the Uptown Theater on 11/11 and 11/12.
Do you have your HUMP! tickets yet? There's still tickets available, but they're going FAST. Don't snooze and lose! Tickets, here at stranger.com/hump, and tickets for the midnight screenings are available at Rudy's Barbershops. God bless America triple-X!
So tickets for HUMP!—the midnight screenings—are on sale NOW at all Seattle Rudy's locations. Tomorrow morning, tickets go on sale online! 10 am! Right here!
Better get a ticket, or you'll be stuck home watching A Wet Dream On Elm Street, by yourself, for the 19th time. Actually this video makes me mad that I didn't think of it first. I mean, look at the dildo glove. LOOK AT IT!
A joint production between the Nordic House in Reykjavik, Iceland, and our local Nordic Heritage Museum, the biennale's highlight is the exhibition Looking Back to Find Our Future, curated by Icelandic/New York–based artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir. Arnardottir has collaborated with Björk and has work at MoMA. There will also be a fashion competition whose winners will win trips to Iceland, a screening of Icelandic film Rabbit Hole, and fashion and jewelry from Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway. If you're bracing for the coming cold and wet, embrace it instead here at the we-are-way-freezinger-and-darker-than-you museum.
Also, they are not being overserious, as evidenced by volcano jokes. Apparently opening night will feature "Live music, decadent treats and volcanic cocktails!"
Here are some photos from The United Indians of All Tribes Pow Wow at Discovery Park this past weekend. As Brendan Kiley would say, a celebration of some serious Indianness, plus Mayor Mike McGinn all wrapped up in a nice blanket, and congressman Jay Inslee keeping an eye on the salmon grill.
Oregon's Portland Water Bureau is draining an 8 million-gallon reservoir after surveillance cameras caught a man urinating into it this week. The move will cost the water bureau $35,000 — $28,000 in lost revenue and $7,500 in disposal costs, CNN affiliate KATU-TV reports. Is that worth it when the urine involved is really a drop in the bucket?
Health officials and toxicology experts say the draining is an overreaction, describing the health risks of some pee in the reservoir as "very, very tiny," while city officials say scienctific facts are trumped by "the yuck factor."
UPDATE: I tweaked some words in the quiz and apparently it started the quiz all over! Democracy has been compromised! Vote again!
What think you of Portland's pee-stained reservoir?
Just look this at guy, would ya? TOTAL FRICKIN' BABE. So guess what, he's coming to Seattle next week—all the way from New Orleans, Louisiana. He's gonna make you dance. Teach you HOW to dance. With your ass. Big or small, your ass should dance.
MOHAI, the noted museum of local history, is staging a pub-crawl fundraiser tonight starting at 5:00 p.m. at various South Lake Union bars, including Daniel's Broiler, Bad Monkey Bistro, re:public, Brave Horse Tavern, Cuoco, and Serious Pie II. (Presumably, you can start at anywhere you like and crawl wherever you choose.)
The MOHAI Crawl is Roaring Twenties-themed; each bar will have period-era drink specials (such as the French 75 or the Southside) and actors portraying Prohibition-era lushes. If you visit each bar and collect a stamp you'll be in the running for a "special prize." History themed, presumably. Mayhaps a time machine?!?!!?!
(MOHAI Crawl, South Lake Union, 5:00 PM until closing, free)
If you don't want to celebrate The Rapture at an old church with a broom, you can always go to the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, tonight or tomorrow, at Fremont Studios. There's what seems like triple the amount of artwork covering the walls, and hundreds of people dressed up in their sexy-best. You really should go. I took some photos last night. Mostly of people—you have to go to see the art. More photos after the jump! Probably NSFW.
Well, you can! The Annual Trike for Beers Downhill Race is tomorrow, Sunday, in Queen Anne. It starts at 1 pm, first, with beer drinking at Targys Tavern (600 W Crockett St), then racing at 2:30. Read all about it RIGHT HERE. It's good times!
The beauty of the Hugo House's annual literary series is that each event exposes Seattle audiences to new work by local and national writers. Each event has a theme to inspire the writers (Mother Knows Best, for example), there's food, plenty of wine and booze, and live music. I don't know of another reading series in the country that offers all of this. The authors even teach writing classes at the House after the reading.
The 2010-2011 series closed last month with Born in the U.S.A, featuring, among others, a reading by Victor LaValle. It was the funniest reading I've attended in the past year. If you weren't able to attend, Hugo House finally has LaValle's piece up on their blog. Here's how it begins:
When I was three years-old my mother tried to kill me. Really, she was trying to kill herself, but I happened to be in her arms at the time. She jumped in front of a subway train. If I’m telling you this I must have survived, right? I used to think so too, but now I’m not so sure.
It’s funny, the kind of thoughts that come to you in line at the post office.
Do you want to see all the designs that were featured in our first-ever fashion show, Worn Out, including the now-infamous "clear-vinyl-raingear-worn-by-naked-ladies-in-heels"?!? Thanks to super photographer Suzi Pratt, and The Stranger's handy-dandy slideshow machine, you can see 'em *RIGHT HERE* (and just in case that wasn't enough, there's even more-more-more photos, by photographer Matthew Bodaly, here on Flickr).
Immeasurable thanks to everyone that made Friday possible—everyone that helped us reinvent the concept that a fashion show should be fun, instead of stupidly pretentious. Thanks to every single model, designer, VAIN for the gorgeous and magical hair and makeup, Dumb Eyes for the incredible audio-visuals, vitaminwater Zero, PopChips, AVPro, Phoenix Media, Crossroads Trading, and all the nice folks at the ACT Theatre. Until next time!