a film about a 1,000 mile bike journey through China

Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai", the highly anticipated follow up from the creators of the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary "Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team," is set to premiere on Northwest PBS affiliate KCTS 9 on Thursday.

The film will air as part of the Reel NW series, a weekly KCTS 9 series that focuses on the best independent film from the Northwest.

The filmmakers are Jason Reid, Ian Connors, Darren Lund and Adam Brown, some of whom grew up right here in North Seattle.

They saw previous success with their documentary “Sonicsgate” which exposes the shocking scandal behind the sale and relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics NBA franchise to Oklahoma City.

However, filmed in 2008, Man Zou was their first feature documentary.

“This is actually our first feature documentary and we decided to go all-in. No matter what, we were going to make it happen,” said director Jason Reid. “It was kind of a big risk but we wanted to be there right after the Olympics.”

Local filmmakers anticipate the World television premiere of their documentary "Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai"
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When North Beach Elementary School fifth-grader Owen Keith is feeling sad or has had problems at school, he knows the one thing that can always cheer him up: ballet.

"I can get rid of those troubles for an hour and a half and just dance," said Keith, who dances in the Intermediate Boys level at Pacific Northwest Ballet School.

Keith has been doing ballet for more than six years and will be participating in Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Nutcracker" this year – his fourth time in the production.

He said he likes being in Pacific Northwest Ballet's holiday classic, now in its 27th season, because it's a chance to get together with friends. He also said he likes the way the props and stage come together to make "Nutcracker" a great show, for example the moving waves in the opening of the second act.

Keith will be a member of the cavalry when the show opens Nov. 26 at McCaw Hall. In addition to Keith, the show features North Beach Elementary fifth-grader Frances Kuhr and Loyal Heights Elementary fourth-grader Mia Watson.

Ballard Big Picture: Dancing his troubles away
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North Beach Elementary student Owen Keith (middle) rehearses the "Nutcracker" fight scene as a member of the cavalry for Pacific Northwest Ballet Nov. 3.

Arts and Entertainment in and around Ballard

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Couth Buzzard Espresso Buono Cafe Events
8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Open Folk Music Jam
Every second and fourth Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Lead by Stew Hendrickson of Pacific Northwest Folklore Society.

Celtic Music Jam
Every first and third Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Listen or play along in the circle lead by Ming.

In Collaboration with 826 Seattle Young Poets Open Mic
Fourth Thursdays of each month, 6:15 p.m.

Open Mic
Every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., sign up at 7 p.m. Strut your stuff - music, poetry, dance, whatever. Hosted by Katie W.

Wassa Dance Classes in North Ballard
ARC School of Ballet
9250 14th Ave. N.W.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.
Class taught by Lara McIntosh, local dance teacher, performer and choreographer.


Ballard resident and neighborhood activist Stephen Lundgren is a busy man.

He has served on the Crown Hill/Ballard Neighborhood Planning Association Board, he is a member of Friends of Ballard Commons Park and was on the park's project advisory team, and he helped get funding for the Ballard Bridge art. Most recently he has been working with the Northwest Market Street/45th Avenue Transit Priority Improvement Advisory Panel.

And, at some point between asking the tough transportation questions at Ballard District Council meetings and facilitating communication between the neighborhood and the city, Lundgren finds time to indulge his true passion – photography.

"Just doing the politico assignments on request," he said. "Art and writing being my main preference."

Lundgren recently sorted through fives years of photos of Ballard and the rest of the city in order to share some of his less-visible work with the community.

He describes his artistic aesthetic as magic surrealism with Nordic influence.

SLIDESHOW: Ballard neighborhood activist indulges his true passion
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Stephen Lundgren

Ballard resident, political activist and Nordic-inspired magic surrealist Stephen Lundgren shares his photography from Ballard and beyond. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

With the one-year anniversary of the Oct. 23 arson that scorched the Taproot Theatre Company and destroyed four other business approaching, Taproot's leadership, board and staff are renewing their commitment to Greenwood and commemorating those affected and devastated by the string of arsons in 2009.

“We planted our roots solidly in Greenwood when we bought the early-1900s theatre 22 years," Scott Nolte, Taproot artistic director, said in a Taproot press release. "We love the vibrancy and creativity that surround us everywhere. We want the neighborhood to know that we’re here to stay, that this is where we want to be.”

Production manager Mark Lund echoed Nolte’s sentiment.

“Taproot seems as much a part of Greenwood as Greenwood seems a part of Taproot,” he said in the press release. “I’ve spent the past 19 years of my career working at Taproot and can say with confidence that the positive changes I’ve witnessed here in Greenwood over the years are at least partly due to Taproot’s presence in the neighborhood.”

1 year after Greenwood arsons, Taproot Theatre looks back
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Michael Harthorne

One year ago, a string of arsons in Greenwood damaged or destroyed more than a dozen homes and businesses, including four in the Eleanor Roosevelt Building (seen here), which houses Taproot Theatre. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

This week, Ballard's Majestic Bay Theatres is celebrating 10 years and more than 1.8 million customers.

"It's been very exciting and exhilarating to watch our business and community change in the last 10 years," said Aaron Alhadeff, president of Elttaes Theatres, whose father built and opened the Majestic Bay.

Ken Alhadeff bought the old Bay Theatre property in 1998 with the idea of a simple renovation. He ended up starting from scratch and creating a business that has been a source of a lot of pride for his entire family, Aaron Alhadeff said.

Alhadeff said the Majestic Bay has brought the community together as a source of great escape and entertainment, which was especially needed during a decade when there were a lot of "not-so-great" headlines.

The Majestic Bay has a true community feel to it, evident through the Ballard High School students it employees or the little league team it sponsors or by watching employees greet family and friends when they come to see a film, Alhadeff said.

Ballard's movie theater celebrates majestic decade
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Michael Harthorne

The Majestic Bay Theatres on Market Street is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week.

Lifetime Ballard resident Allan Wenzel has always been interested in history, so when the old-timers near his family's summer home on Lake Cavanaugh would tell him stories about the history of the lake and nearby Alpine Village, Wenzel would listen.

Now, decades later, Wenzel has used those old-timers' first-hand accounts as the springboard for his newest book, "Alpine on the Lake: A History of the People of Lake Cavanaugh and Alpine Village," the first book ever written on the history of that little-known area in Skagit County.

The book is a history of the people who were associated with the lake and village during the first period of its settlement, 1890 to 1910.

Since he was a baby, Wenzel was captivated by Lake Cavanaugh, which is situated a mile above sea level with mountains on all sides. In the summer, the surface of the water can reach 83 degrees, and in the winter, the one-mile-wide, three-miles-long lake can completely freeze over.

"It's very picturesque," Wenzel said.

Lifetime Ballardite makes history with new book
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Ballardite Allan Wenzel has written the first history of Skagit County's Lake Cavanaugh and Alpine Village.

When Norwegian architect Einar Jarmund, whose work can often be found isolated over a river or alone in a snow-blanketed forrest , designs a building, he is seeking to paraphrase nature. He said it is his challenge to strive to be as good as it.

The work of Jarmund's firm, Oslo-based Jarmund/Vigsnæs, is on display now at the Nordic Heritage Museum in an exhibit called “Lost in Nature: The Architecture of Jarmund/Vigsnæs.”

The exhibit is a collection of images and models of architectural projects in Norway that have a close relationship with nature.

Jarmund said as an architect you are given a place to put your building, and he is fortunate enough that for his firm that place is often nature.

There is something special about being given a natural setting to work with; it is an amazing source of inspiration, he said.

According to the press release for "Lost in Nature," Jarmund/Vigsnæs focuses on projects with the potential for meaningful architecture, frequently in strong natural settings with harsh climate conditions.

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Michael Harthorne

Yvonne and Clay Vollan admire "Lost in Nature: The Architecture of Jarmund/Vigsnæs" at the Nordic Heritage Museum. CLICK IMAGE FOR PHOTOS FROM THE EXHIBIT.

The bumbershoots came out Sept. 6 as the rain set in for the final day of the 2010 Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

The wet weather couldn't dampen enthusiasm as festival-goers kept dry inside the Experience Music Project for local acts like BOAT and People Eating People or bounced up and down under a canopy of umbrellas for Bomba Estéreo.

This slideshow from day three of Bumbershoot 2010 features:

  • Japandroids
  • The Moondoggies
  • The Whigs
  • BOAT
  • JEFF The Brotherhood
  • Trampled By Turtles
  • People Eating People
  • Victor Shade

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Michael Harthorne

Vancouver, B.C., duo Japandroids apologized for bringing the gloomy weather with them before proceeding to distract from the rain with their frenzied aural assault. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

The 2010 Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival rolled on Sept. 5 with a surprise appearance from the sun bringing out droves of festival-goers.

This slideshow from day two of Bumbershoot 2010 features:

  • The Physics
  • Dolorean
  • Fences
  • The Bouncing Souls
  • David Bazan
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow
  • The Crash Kings
  • The Lonely H
  • Fresh Espresso
  • Horse Feathers
  • Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme

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Michael Harthorne

P Smoov of Seattle group Fresh Espresso gets up close and personal with his fans Sept. 5 during the second day of Bumbershoot 2010. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

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