"ELVISTRAVAGANZA! " is a Bumbershoot event featuring art, music, performance, installations, pop culture and kitsch. Several West Seattle artists are participating.

ELVISTRAVAGANZA! Bumbershoot event has West Seattle connections

2012 is the 50th Anniversary of both the Seattle World's Fair and of the Elvis film, "It Happened at the World's Fair" filmed here. Elvis visited the Emerald City for 10 days. In honor of his visit, Bumbershoot is bringing Elvis back in an ELVISTRAVAGANZA! of art, music, performance, installations, pop culture and kitsch.

ELVISTRAVAGANZA! is curated by West Seattle residents Marlow Harris of Seattle Dream Homes and husband, Jo David. They own and operate that maroon van "The Elvis Chapel of Love" you might spot at area street fests. Harris notes that Elvis "slept here" at 4225 Beach Dr., West Seattle, on May 18, 1962.

Rhonda Porter, a West Seattle resident with www.MortgagePorter.com, has created a 2'x3' painting of the King enjoying a peanut butter and banana sandwich, in acrylic on black velvet. While all the works of art in the show are for sale, the net proceeds of the sale of her painting will be donated to the victims of the Cafe Racer tragedy, to www.CafeRacerLove.org.

Other West Seattle artists participating in ELVISTRAVAGANZA! are Kelly Lyles, Theresa Neinas, Deborah Faye Lawrence and John Hawkley.

Also from West Seattle is the appearance of the winner of the Seattle Invitationals, Bret Wiggins. Architect by day, Elvis by night, Wiggins will entertain on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Seattle Pavilion at the ELVISTRAVAGANZA! The West Seattle Herald featured Wiggins here:


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