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Beacon Bards celebrates poetic anniversary

November 8th, 2013 at 5:30 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The monthly Beacon Bards poetry reading series will celebrate its first anniversary next Wednesday, November 13 at The Station coffee shop on 16th Avenue South with local poets Marjorie Manwaring and Kelsea Habecker. The readings start at 7 p.m. and there is no cover charge. For more information, see the website.

The Station is located at 2533 16th Ave. S.


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Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind book release party tonight

November 9th, 2012 at 3:40 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Tonight at 7 p.m., ROCKiT is co-hosting a free book release event for Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities, edited by Victoria Law and China Martens.

Victoria and local contributors Andrea Givens and Simon Knaphus will be at the Garden House tonight for a reading, discussion, and celebration of the book, billed as “a collection of concrete tips, suggestions, and narratives on ways that non-parents can support parents, children, and caregivers in their communities, social movements, and collective processes.”

All ages are invited and welcome to attend. The Garden House is located at 2336 15th Ave. S.


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The Onlies and Elena DeLisle-Perry to perform 10/7

October 4th, 2012 at 6:03 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

This Sunday, October 7, The Onlies will perform at Beacon Hill’s Garden House as part of ROCKiT Community Arts’ Folk Club music series. The Onlies (Samantha Braman, Leo Shannon and Riley Calcagno) are students at Garfield High School who perform Irish, Cape Breton, Old-Time, Scottish, and Quebecois fiddle music. On their website, they promise a good time for all:

“Oh, we’ll play some of that old traditional stuff, to keep the geezers happy. (Full disclosure: We’re probably the youngest geezers we know, and dang proud of it.) But we’ll probably debut a few of our shock-of-the-new tunes, so make sure to bring a solid pair of shoes.”

Elena DeLisle-Perry will open the show.

The Garden House is located at 2336 15th Ave. S. Admission is $7 general with kids under 12 getting in free. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m. Early arrivals will be able to order dinner from several local restaurants to enjoy at the show.

For more information about this and future ROCKiT shows, see the website.


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A poetic evening at The Station Wednesday: Beacon Bards

September 9th, 2012 at 8:33 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Poetry comes to North Beacon on Wednesday, September 12 from 7-9 p.m. with the first Beacon Bards, a monthly poetry reading event sponsored by ROCKiT Community Arts. The Bards will be at The Station coffeehouse, 2533 16th Ave. S. There is no cover charge.

Reading this month will be Laura Shoemaker and Megan Snyder-Camp.

Mark your calendar for future Beacon Bards nights on October 10, November 14, and December 12.


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Barn Dance tonight with The Tallboys, Charmaine Slaven

September 9th, 2012 at 1:19 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Tonight ROCKiT kicks off their fall season of events at the Garden House with a Barn Dance. Charmaine Slaven will call the dances, and The Tallboys will provide the music.

Doors at the Garden House (336 15th Ave. S.) open at 6 p.m. for Beacon Bento and other food choices. The dance starts about 7 p.m.

People of all ages are welcome. Tickets are $7 at the door, free for kids under 12.

Photo courtesy of the Tallboys.


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Hot jazz and a swinging barn dance coming to ROCKiT’s Folk Club

March 21st, 2012 at 5:05 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Photo by Michelle Tribe via Creative Commons/Flickr.

The ROCKiT Community Arts Tuesday Folk Club is holding its last Tuesday show this coming Tuesday, March 27. Have no fear, the folk is not going away — instead, it’s moving to First Sundays, with the first show just a few days later on April 1. No foolin’.

Tuesday’s show features the Chicago 7, playing jazz of the 1920s and ’30s. According to their website, the group, organized by trombonist Marc Smason, is “a salute to, and extension of, the polyphonic early hot jazz styles of New Orleans, Chicago and New York.” Here’s an audio clip: “More Than You Know.”

The show will open with a performance by Washington Middle School Alternative Strings. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the cover charge is $5 for adults, free for kids.

The following Sunday the Folk Club debuts on Sunday nights with a Garden House barn dance featuruing fiddler Tony Mates and caller Charmaine Slaven. Cover for this one is $7 for adults, and free for kids. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Both shows are, as always, in the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S.


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