Art/Entertainment

An evening of ska with The Diablotones

Local Ska bands will kick off the weekend on Feb. 27 at Easy Street record’s After Hours show.

The Diablotones, who originally formed in 1995, draw on the early sounds of Ska but create their own innovative sound by mixing punk, surf, jazz and traces of polka.

The seven-piece band describes their live show as high energy. After breaking up in 2002, they reformed with five original members in 2006. They have since played shows with bands that they toured with years ago, including the Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Toasters and
Super Diamond.

Bass player Timmy Profit says the band is currently writing new music with a more aggressive, latin sound and eastern European influences.

“We still love playing the music,” says bass player Timmy Profit. “But it’s more fun and less serious now.”

Hailing from Seaview, Rude Tuna is a more modern, youthful blend of punk rhythms with an entertaining horn section. Profanity
frequently pops up in the band’s off-handed lyrics.

Fans of Reel Big Fish, Catch 22 and Sublime will enjoy this seven-piece self-proclaimed “musical revolution.”

02/21/2009
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Timmy Profit, bass player of the Diablotones describes the band’s live show as “high energy.”

Troy Gua, Ildiko Kalapacs, Shannon Kallsen and Mira Kamada explore identity, culture and society’s expectations of women in ArtsWest’s new exhibit, The Feminine Myth.

Admission is free from Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday March 8 through April 4.

The exhibition was curated specifically to complement the stage production of "The History Boys," which ran Jan. 21 through Feb. 15.

In "The History Boys" we get a lot of male perspectives, so I wanted the gallery exhibit to serve as a counterbalance,” said Gallery Director Nichole DeMent. “In The Feminine Myth the viewer will find themselves surrounded by female perspectives and female forms.”

Troy Gua, (recently profiled in City Arts) challenges the cliché that’s rampant within the current media: the exploitation of the female form.  Gua’s hand-cut paper, glass and wood blocks of the female form include sensual materials such as velvet and vinyl to make a statement on the exaggerated associations of larger than life women and their iconic parts. 

02/20/2009
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Tabloid Trinity by Troy Gua

Taproot Theatre Company presents Mitch Albom’s "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom this spring.

Based on the best-selling autobiographical book by Mitch Albom, "Tuesdays with Morrie" invites you to pull up a chair and join Mitch and his beloved, vibrant but terminally-ill professor, Morrie, for some of the greatest lessons life can offer. Directed by Karen Lund, it opens on March 27 and runs through April 25, with low-price previews on March 25 and 26, plus a pay-what-you-can performance on April 1.

“If you enjoyed the book you’re going to love the play,” said director Karen Lund, adding that the play goes beyond what’s covered in the book and brings more of Albom into the story.

Albom, a sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, has captivated millions of people with his books, including "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." "Tuesdays with Morrie" earned a place on The New York Times’ Best-Sellers list, where it remained for more than four years.

02/20/2009
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Erik Stuhaug

Aaron Lamb as Mitch and Nolan Palmer as Morrie in a production of "Tuesdays with Morrie."

Alki Community Center in West Seattle is planning a series of "Music in the Park" events for the summer of 2009, and is looking for bands who are interested in playing on dates in July, August, and September.

Bands should play music that families will enjoy. Interested bands should call MaryPat Byington at 206-684-7430 or e-mail her at marypat.byington@seattle.gov by Monday, March 16.

02/19/2009

As they begin a new 2009 mainstage season, Taproot Theatre Company in Greenwood, welcomes two new team members who will fill in as development and marketing directors.

Darrrell Johnson a previous assistant to the executive director at the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra will be their first development director in four years.

Since 2005, the theatre fundraising responsibilities had fallen to the producing artistic director, Scott Nolte, and a development associate. While the theatre found this to be successful in substantially increasing their donated income, it was only temporary as they were looking to fill the director of development position permanently.

Now, Nolte is able to focus on his main theatre responsibilities while Johnson can focus on this primary area of development.

“I consider it a true blessing to be hired by Taproot especially in the times where the arts, most theaters and arts organizations are cutting back in both their development and marketing areas,” said Johnson. “It’s a real progressive time for Taproot and rather than looking at it as a time of economic hardships and difficult times in fundraising I look at it as a time for opportunity.”

02/18/2009
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Liz Ragland

Darrell Johnson and Nikki Visel will be serving as Taproot Theater Company’s new development and marketing directors. They both feel blessed to have earned these position especially in this time of economic hardships.

Feb. 17 at the Tractor Tavern

The Ballard Sound is a weekly slideshow showcasing an evening of local music.

The Growers, From the Wombs of Warriors and Flashes of Quincey played at The Tractor Tavern Tuesday, Feb. 17.

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Michael Harthorne

Feb. 17 at the Tractor Tavern. Click photo for full slideshow.

Admiral Theater
2343 California Ave. S.W.
938-3456
Movie tickets $5.50
Tickets available at http://www.farawayentertainment.com/admiral.html
http://www.farawayentertainment.com/admiral.html

Current films, Feb. 23-26
Bolt (PG, John Travolta, LMiley Cyrus) 1, 3, 7
Twilight (PG-13, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson) 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:10
Valkerie (PG-13, Tom Cruise) 6:50, 9:15

Ama Ama Oyster Bar and Grill
4752 California Ave. S.W.
937-1514
Happy Hour: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to Midnight daily.
http://www.ama-amaseattle.com/

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Live Music (jazz, blues, funk)

Bamboo Bar and Grill
2806 Alki Ave. S.W.
937-3023
Happy Hour: Sunday through Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m., 10 p.m. to Midnight, Friday and Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.
http://www.bamboobarandgrill.com/

Fridays and Saturdays, Live Music

Beveridge Place Pub
6413 California Ave. S.W.
932-9906
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m.
www.beveridgeplacepub.com/

Micro Monday, $3 pints and $12 pitchers
Belgian Tuesdays and Free pool, $1 off all Belgian bottles.

02/17/2009
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Robinson Newspapers

A typical night slinging drinks until about 12:30 a.m. Enter train wreck: A young blonde shoots through the door like a bullet followed by the discharged shell: a man I can only describe as a good John Waters, An ugly Burt Reynolds and a bad Mr. Furley.

Beady eyes framed by a grey and receding hairline, pencil-thin mustache, a gold chain hugging his Adam’s apple and a shirt unbuttoned to the point that makes me want to get some turtlenecks for the summer.

“Hey, Lisa, what can I get for the two of you?” I ask.

She spits out their order and I oblige. So begins the P.D.A. For those of you unfamiliar that stands for Public Display of Affection.

They begin to use their faces like a trash compactor, crushing and mashing lips, teeth and tongues. He is sucking her face like a Skeksis on a Gelfling’s essence.

At this point a hefty Boston Bruiser of a gentleman and a naturally beautiful blonde sit down at the other end of the bar. I will get to know them as Andy and Sanna. They came in to watch the train wreck that had started at another bar.

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Michael Harthorne

On the first Wednesday of each month, you can catch the longest running blues jam in the Seattle area at Conor Byrnes Pub, 5140 Ballard Ave. in old downtown Ballard.

The next Jam is scheduled for March 4. There is no cover charge. It usually starts about 8:30 and goes until people get too tired to play. A lot of dancers show up due to the good-sized dance floor and the jumping live music. There are a lot of fans who just like to listen and watch live music.

This jam provides them with a wealth of interesting skills and talents to absorb.

In the winter of the year 2000, the owner of The Bit Saloon happened to catch Greg Roberts and Guy Quintino playing blues at Folklife. He invited them to come play at his bar and to bring some friends.

He wasn't paying anything, but they were interested in having a regular spot where they could practice and experiment a little. They recruited blues playing buddies Jack Cook, Billy Spaulding, and a few others as their core.

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From left to right: Bubba McCoy, harp and vocals; Guy Quintino, Bass; David Hudson, Drums; Greg Roberts, guitar and vocals.

Walking through the main hallway of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center will give observers a unique glimpse into the lives of some West Seattle youth. Through the end of February the walls will be lined with photos taken by students who studied photography this fall at the Southwest Interagency Academy.

The Southwest Interagency Academy is home to about 35 students, grades six through twelve, who have not been successful at other schools. Some may have been expelled, had difficulties with attendance while or entered the district late in the year.

Susan Baalim, a teacher at the school, explains that many of these students are more successful at the Interagency Academy’s less traditional structure.

This fall Dawn Samuelson, a photography teacher from the non-profit organization Right Brain Center for the Arts, lead a class at the academy. She saw many students thrive when given the opportunity to express themselves creatively.

“They’re kids that society has maybe deemed troubled, but they’re really great kids,” says Samuelson. “It was very rewarding.”

02/13/2009
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Diana Ramirez

The Homiez.