Category Archives: Arts

Jo Miller to “Tell a Tall Tale” at the Garden House

jomillerThis Friday, November 22 and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m., Jo Miller “Tells a Tall Tale” from her memoir, Never Holler Whoa at a Horserace. The show at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave South, will include music and storytelling, and a reunion with former Burly Roughnecks bandmates Dave Keenan and Nova Devonie (aka Miles and Karina) for a country-swing jam.

Tickets are available now at Brown Paper Tickets, here. For more information, see the website or contact Betty Jean Williamson at or (206) 323-7733.

“Just Another Day” pays tribute to the neighborhood

You’ll probably recognize most of the locations in the video for “Just Another Day” by emcees Gabriel Teodros, Mic Flont, and Ka.lil, vocalist Jill Laxamana and producer Uce Wayne. This updated version of Queen Latifah’s song is a tribute to Beacon Hill, featuring neighborhood landmarks including Red Apple, The Station, Jefferson Park and Fou Lee Market. The video was directed by Eric Miller and Mic Flont.

Help music students at BHIS by donating instruments

That old dusty violin or clarinet in your attic could help fifth-graders who want to learn to play.

Beacon Hill International School is seeking donated trumpets, clarinets, flutes, and violins (1/2- or 1/4-size only) for the 45 students who want to study music. The school has only a few instruments to lend, and many students who cannot afford to rent or purchase.

If you have an instrument to donate, please drop it off in the front office at 2021 14th Ave. S. on North Beacon Hill.

Photo by Pete + Lynne via Flickr/Creative Commons.

NEPO 5K Don’t Run: an art-filled path to Beacon Hill

It kind of sneaked up on us this year (can it be September already?), but this Saturday, September 7, from 12-8 p.m. is the third NEPO 5K Don’t Run art event, a 5km walk from the International District up to Beacon Hill.

Not just your normal walk, the route of this one will feature over 60 art projects including sculptures, interactive artworks, poetry readings, video projections, sound installations, music, and theater. The end of the route at the NEPO House on South Lander Street will have live music and DJs, a beer garden, and food trucks.

Registration for the walk is in Hing Hay Park in the International District from 12-3 p.m. Admission is $10, free for children.

For more information about the big event, see the NEPO House website.

This polka band was part of the festivities at the first NEPO 5k Don’t Run in 2011. Photo by David Lasky in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.

Beacon Rocks! again on Sunday

Members of Ala Carte performing at Beacon Rocks! in 2011. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog
Is it really almost the end of August? It is. And that means that this Sunday, August 24, is the last Beacon Rocks! of the summer of 2013. This month’s event from 1-5 p.m. on Roberto Maestas Festival Street is themed “Duwamish!”

There will be a flea market, kids’ wading pools, and the usual entertainment from local performers. Youth from the Duwamish Tribe will share Duwamish River clean up information along with info about current efforts for Federal recognition of the tribe.

Here’s the schedule for the event:

  • 1-1:45pm: Ala Carte
  • 2-2:45pm: X8 Interactive
  • 3-3:45pm: Stefanie Robbins
  • 4-4:45pm: Tumbuka Marimba
  • Break dancing by “Catch ‘Em All” during every set break!

Ghostbusters under the stars at Jefferson Park

I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never, ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft.
I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never, ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft.

Who you gonna call? That’s right, the 1984 comedy blockbuster Ghostbusters is this month’s feature at the Jefferson Park Outdoor Movie Night. Showtime is dusk on Saturday, August 17, and admission is free. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks, or purchase snacks at the site.

Mark September 14 on your calendar as well, when Raiders of the Lost Ark will close out this year’s summer outdoor movie series.

For more information about the event, contact the Jefferson Community Center at 684-7481.

Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!
Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!

Sounds of the Hill wanted for Beacon Hill Boombox

Beacon Hill musicians, poets, and more — you’re wanted for the Beacon Hill Boombox, a collection of recordings by Beacon Hill artists. The recordings will play in several neighborhood businesses in August and September.

Here’s the announcement:

Are you a recording artist who lives or works on Beacon Hill?


We are creating the Beacon Hill Boombox, an audio catalogue of artists who call Beacon Hill home. In August and September, the boombox will be located in several different neighborhood establishments, featuring the diverse sounds and expressions of Beacon Hill for all to listen to and experience on cassette tapes. We want to hear you!

Submit your recorded work –- music, poetry, anything recorded! –- in order to be part of this project. Your recordings will also be featured online on a digital archive.

Please send an MP3 or link to a stream of your work to You can also leave physical submissions at The Station Café (16th Ave. S. and Beacon Ave. S.).

The deadline is July 30th, so you still have time to put something together.

“Walk About” North Beacon Hill this Saturday

The Beacon Hill Merchants Association presents a special treat for this coming Saturday, July 20th: A “Walk About” and Scavenger Hunt at Beacon Hill Station and Stevens Place Park (the park commonly known as “Triangle Park” at Beacon Avenue South and South Stevens Street).

The Stevens Place Park info booth for the event will sell four different “Walk About” collectible buttons featuring local artists. The buttons are also good for that-day-only bargains at local shops.

A “Taste Of Beacon,” starting at 4:30 p.m. at the park, features a piñata at 5:30, plus samples of food and drink from the following Beacon Hill restaurants: Traveler’s Thali House, Baja Bistro, Inay’s, La Cabaña, El Sabroso, Beacon Avenue Sandwiches, Victrola Espresso, Despi Delite Bakery, and Golden Daisy.

Free entertainment on your way all along Beacon Avenue starts at 4 p.m. and includes: The Adam Hicks Trio at the Station; DJ WD4D, DJ Shorthand, Culture Shakti, and Naira Kai at Hanford Mural Stage; a community art project at 15th and Beacon; DJ Joel Mercado, Gosona, and Dansing Lolos at the El Quetzal/Victrola stage; and an ongoing letterpress printing demonstration at Day Moon Press.

The Scavenger Hunt can be played one of two ways. Register at Stevens Place Park or at Beacon Hill Station starting at 4 p.m. The smartphone version uses the Munzee app to play. The competition runs between 4 and 8:45 pm. The top three hunters of Munzee sites will receive trophies.

Those desiring an old-fashioned scavenger hunt may register, then follow a map and clues, to pick up twenty items at participating “Walk About” businesses. The fastest person to collect all twenty wins a trophy.

For more information on this all-ages event, see the website.