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Spice Box art and variety show 10/5 at Skin Deep Dance

September 24th, 2012 at 5:10 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Skin Deep Dance will present Spice Box, a monthly art and variety show, on Friday, October 5, at the Skin Deep Dance Studio (in the El Centro de la Raza building).

This month’s Spice Box will include art by Kook Teflon, art and performance by Magi, and performances by Amazon Heart, Bollywood Bliss (Katrina’s Bollywood student troupe), Janelle Bel Isle, Lesley Rialto, Twilight, and Chloe Anderson.

Admission is $10/person, free for kids under 12. All ages are welcome, and the event is family friendly. Proceeds will benefit Skin Deep Dance’s SEEDS (Self -esteem, Empowerment and Education through Dance) program.

The Spice Box series will continue on the first Friday of every month. Performers and artists have already been booked for events on November 2, December 7, and January 4.

The studio’s address is 2514 16th Ave. S. #311. Enter El Centro through the North entrance.


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Community “sit in” to recognize volunteers and display art chairs

February 2nd, 2012 at 9:03 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Art Chair #1, painted by Kathleen McHugh. Photo courtesy of ROCKiT space.

As we mentioned in the last Beacon Bits, ROCKiT is hosting a community “sit-in” on Saturday, February 4 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Beacon Hill Library to celebrate the completion of their art chair “fleet.” The chairs were decorated by more than 40 local artists and neighbors who volunteered their time to paint or collage chairs to be used at community events. The public is invited to this reception to view the finished chairs, enjoy free snacks, and celebrate all of the volunteers to took part in this and other ROCKit projects in 2011.

Among the festivities will be a singalong of an original song, “This Chair is My Chair”; a haiku treasure hunt, a game of musical chairs, and much more.

For more information, call 206-658-0187.


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Beacon Bits: City U not coming to PacMed

January 27th, 2012 at 7:30 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The historic PacMed building. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

There had been some talk that City University would move into the PacMed/Amazon building at the north end of Beacon Hill. However, the university has decided instead to move to the Sixth & Wall building in the Denny Regrade (or Belltown) area, according to the Seattle Times. The building was once the home of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and later of Group Health.

The Times reports:

“The university also considered the PacMed building on Beacon Hill—Amazon.com’s former headquarters—but chose Sixth & Wall after taking students to visit both buildings, (City University spokesperson Tarsi) Hall said.

“‘They really liked the neighborhood we’re moving to,’ she said.”

We aren’t sure, but was Beacon Hill just dissed?

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Chef Vincent Rivera of Jazz Alley will be at El Centro de la Raza on Sunday, January 29 at 1 p.m. for a special cooking demonstration, making mole enchiladas and traditional side dishes. The demonstration will include both meat and vegetarian food.

Tickets are $40 and will benefit the El Centro de la Raza Senior Nutrition and Wellness program, which provides meals along with daily social, exercise and educational activities to seniors. Tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets.

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Jordan Van Voast of CommuniChi sent us this announcement:

“Happy Chinese New Year all, CommuniChi is celebrating 5 years of service to Beacon Hill and Seattle, offering affordable acupuncture. To celebrate, we are offering Free Acupuncture (to New Patients) on February 1.”

To sign up for a free treatment, visit the CommuniChi website.

CommuniChi is located inside the El Centro de la Raza building, at 2524 16th Ave. S. #301.

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A video look at “another Tuesday night on Beacon Hill,” with Alleycat Acres.

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The Benders art show at NEPO House is extended through January 28 because of last week’s snow shenanigans. More info at the NEPO website.

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Save the date—on February 4 there will be a ROCKiT Art Chair community celebration party at the library, and at Jose Rizal Park, there will be a dedication of a monument to honor World War II Filipino defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. Stay tuned for more information about these events here on the blog soon!


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Youth Arts program seeks artists, organizations

December 27th, 2011 at 7:01 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Artists, organizations, and youth-service agencies: The Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs is seeking project applications for the 2012-2013 Youth Arts program, an annual funding program that supports arts training opportunities for middle and high school youth.

Funding of up to $10,000 may be granted to individual artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and youth-service agencies. Youth Arts prioritizes youth or communities with limited or no access to the arts. Previous grants may be seen here. The projects in the last round of funding are estimated to serve 8,697 kids in about 44,000 hours of after-school arts training from September 2011 through September 2012.

An upcoming informational workshop for interested funding applicants is planned for Monday, January 9 at the Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the program and the application process, as well as meet and get advice from previous award recipients. No registration is required for the workshop.

Guidelines for the application are here. You can complete an online application here. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, February 15.


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Erotic art exhibit opens tonight at Quetzalcoatl Gallery

December 15th, 2011 at 6:18 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

An Erotic Art exhibition opens tonight as the last hurrah at the soon-to-close Quetzalcoatl Gallery (3209 Beacon Ave. S.) with an artists’ reception at 8 p.m. Artists featured in the exhibit, which continues through December 31, include Cecilia C. Alvarez, Eric Todd, Jen Etsitty, Keven Furiya, Mark Mueller, Andie deRoux, Cariña Booyens, Paul Dahlquist, Travis Hughes, Almendra Sandoval, Sienna, Eduardo Tillman and Brett Austin.

Works will be for sale, and the gallery promises they will be “priced affordably for holiday gift-giving.”

Over the next few weeks there will be a variety of performances at the gallery as well, including:

  • Friday, December 16: Choroloco at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17: Tradicional Posada Mexicana Fandango Project at 7 p.m. and Barry Bremer Jazz Experiment at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 22: Lili Delight Burlesque at 9 p.m.
  • Friday, December 23: Barry Bremer Jazz Experiment at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 29: Jaque Larrainzar at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, December 30: DJ Liability at 9 p.m.

On New Year’s Eve, you can ring in the New Year right here on Beacon Avenue at Quetzalcoatl’s Closing Gallery and Exhibition Party at 9 p.m. RSVPs are required for this one at 206-334-0749. Tickets are $50 including appetizers and champagne.

For more information, please see the Quetzalcoatl Gallery website.


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Beacon Hill artist featured at SAM Day of the Dead

November 4th, 2011 at 6:30 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Beacon Hill artist Fulgencio Lazo (mentioned earlier this week) will have a tapete (sand painting) on display at the annual Day of the Dead celebration at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, tonight, November 4, from 6-7:30 p.m. The park is located at 2901 Western Ave, near Pier 70 and Myrtle Edwards Park.

Banda Gozona, an 18-piece brass band, will perform Oaxacan music at the event. There will be also be art activities for all ages, and Mexican food catered by Manjares Seattle.

This video shows the process of creating one of Lazo’s sand paintings:


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Create art chairs with painter Fulgencio Lazo

November 2nd, 2011 at 6:02 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Melissa Jonas

Art Chair #1, painted by Kathleen McHugh earlier this year. Photo courtesy of ROCKiT space.

ROCKiT space is hosting a work party on Saturday, November 5 as part of a continuing project to decorate art chairs for community events. The “Have a Seat, Beacon” project, which began earlier this year, will create 45 chairs that are also individual works of art. This free workshop with Oaxacan and Seattle-based painter and print-maker Fulgencio Lazo will provide participants with the opportunity to transform a plain metal folding chair into a painted art chair.

Lazo, who resides on Beacon Hill with his family, will share his technique and aesthetic approach at the workshop, as well as painting two chairs himself. His work has been exhibited extensively in Mexico, Japan and the United States. Sue Peters of the Seattle Weekly wrote about him in 2005: “There’s a simplicity and joy to Fulgencio Lazo’s work that’s refreshing. His oil paintings evoke Paul Klee and Marc Chagall in their vividly whimsical celebration of family, heritage, and community in his native Oaxaca.”

Space is limited, so the free workshop is open to the public by reservation. No experience is necessary, and the workshop is bilingual. For more information or to reserve a spot in the workshop, contact Sheba Burney-Jones at shebabj@gmail.com or 206-669-4574.

(Wendi Dunlap also contributed to this article.)


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Tile-making party takes place tonight at BHIS

October 19th, 2011 at 7:20 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The first of two tile-making parties is today, October 19, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Beacon Hill International School Multipurpose Room. Neighbors and friends of the school can take part in the creation of a tile mosaic for the south-facing wall of the BHIS entryway. (Previously mentioned here on the BHB.) Mosaic artist Julie Maher will lead the project.

The tiles and supplies will be provided, as will dinner. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Beacon Hill International School is located at 2025 14th Ave. S.

For more information, download the PDF here.

The next tile-making party will be Wednesday, November 9 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.


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Beacon Boogie brings art, music, and fun on 10/29

October 12th, 2011 at 8:05 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The first Beacon Boogie will celebrate food, art, and music on the Hill on October 29. Five bands will perform in five different North Beacon venues for five dollars (free for kids 12 and under). All of the venues are on Beacon Avenue South within a half block of South Hanford Street.

The festivities begin with pizza and the jazz of Trio Zazou at Bar del Corso from 5-7 p.m. Then from 7-10, the music moves to four other venues:

Quetzalcoatl Gallery will also host a community Day of the Dead altar, and a reception for a photography exhibition by Almendra Sandoval.

The Beacon Boogie is sponsored by the Beacon Hill Merchants Association.

Here’s a video of Beacon Boogie performer Greg Ruby:

Read on to see more videos and a clickable map of the event’s venues.
More »


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Don’t Run fun on Saturday night

September 12th, 2011 at 8:48 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The NEPO 5K Don’t Run brought a lot of activity to North Beacon Hill on Saturday night. Melissa Jonas took some photos of the event and added them to the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr. You can also see more of her photos in this Flickr set.

Other photographers capturing the event included Ella Dorband and Dan Bennett. Dan in particular posted an extensive set of pictures, including photos of the Bavarian Village Band at the German Garden, performers at The Station’s hip-hop show, and colorful projections on the outside of NEPO House.

ROCKiT space volunteers brought "Horus the Hawk" to life.

Estela Ortega included Roberto Maestas' lovingly-maintained Mercedes in the car show organized by The Station.


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