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C’est Bon! Seattle French Fest is March 24

Are you wondering what happened to the Bastille Day Festival? Well, it’s gotten bigger and better, and is now the Seattle French Fest, celebrating all things Francophone. Read on!

Oui à la Francophonie!
Seattle Center Festál: Seattle French Fest

Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle French Fest:  A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, March 24, in Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the French way of life as it is lived throughout the world through performing and visual arts, hands-on activities, cars, and a lively marketplace.

This first annual Festál event features A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures to promote and raise awareness of Francophone cultures and traditions. Live music, theater and dance well as international food and wine add to the celebration of French culture and regional presence. This inaugural celebration of la Francophonie in Seattle, will feature many of the over 70 member states included in Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Performance highlights include:

Tahitian dance by Te Fare O Tamatoa, Louisiana Cajun music from Folichon, French-Canadian tunes and percussive dance by Podorythmie, gypsy jazz from Pearl Django, and traditional French language songs from around the world by the Alliance Française Choir and the Théâtre Français Choir.

Festival-goers are also invited to informational seminars on French fashion in Seattle with Seattle’s Fashion Incubator, the Canadian Métis in the Pacific Northwest with Robert Foxcurran, the Francophone world with University of Washington French and Italian Studies Chair Richard Watts, French politics with Deputy Consul General of France Corrine Pereira, and readings of French language poetry from around the world with Misa Bourdoiseau of Éducation Française Greater Seattle. Also on the schedule are performances by many of the area’s French language schools, traditional French dictation exercises for both beginner and intermediate levels organized by University of Washington French Studies students, and chef demos from around the French-speaking world.

Creative activites for children of all ages organized by the Alliance Française de Seattle and booths hosted by Biot-Tacoma Sister City Association, Canoe Island French Camp, Éducation Française Greater Seattle, the French American School of Puget Sound, the French Bilingual Association, the French Immersion School of Washington, Maison de France, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association, Théatre Français de Seattle, Vive la France and more will compliment these interactive performances and seminars.

Au menu in the international bistro festures:  Louisiana fried oyster po’boy sandwich, sandwich Parisian (ham baguette sandwich), bisque de tomate (creamy tomato soup), salade de crudités (trio of fresh salads) and Belgian moules frites (steamed mussels with fries).

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations in partnership with Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Seattle French Fest is produced in partnership with France Education Northwest under the auspices of the Consular Agency of France. For more information on Seattle French Fest, visit www.fenpnw.org. Click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public events offered at Seattle Center.

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.

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Trace Your Irish Roots at Festal’s Irish Week Festival

Seattle Center Festál presents Irish Week Festival, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., March 16 and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, March 17, in Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Ireland through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace.

Irish tunes, step dancing and the Irish jig keep the energy flowing at this community wide Irish Festival. Event-goers may trace their roots in genealogy workshops, learn the Irish language and take in colorful cultural exhibits and contemporary Irish short films. Meet Irish celebraties, view Irish movies, cultural exhibits and demonstrations and have a “great craic” (gaelic for “a great time”). Download the program here.

Unique in 2013, Irish Festival presents:

PRESENTATION AND DISPLAY ON C. S. LEWIS – This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death on Nov. 22, 1963 of Irishman C. S. Lewis. Few authors of fantasy literature are as beloved as Lewis, who was born in Belfast on Nov. 29, 1898. He is regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost writers and Christian thinkers. His children’s novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was made into a movie in 2005.

ARTIST DEMO – Seattle artist Sheila Newman will demonstrate watercolor painting and how she draws Irish scenes and landscapes.

HISTORY LECTURE – Historian David McCourt lectures on two major Irish anniversaries, the 1913 lock-out and strike that was the most severe and significant industrial dispute in Irish history and the 1963 visit of John F. Kennedy to his ancestral homeland just five months before his assassination.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations in partnership with Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Irish Festival is produced in partnership with Irish Heritage Club of Seattle. For more information on Irish Festival, visit www.irishclub.org. Click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center.

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.

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Irish Super-Group Dervish & Free Community Events in March

Folklife is excited to be a partner in presenting these events with STG!
Join us to celebrate the music and dance of Ireland this March at the Neptune Theatre. Performances, master classes, a ceili, and more.

Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is presenting one of Ireland’s most renowned Irish music super-groups, Dervish at the Neptune Theatre (Mar 16), with opening performance by Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, masters of the Cape Breton tradition. This show will be one of the biggest Celtic music events of the year in Seattle. In the week prior to the show, STG is offering education and community events in Irish music/dance at the Neptune, in partnership with a host of local Irish organizations.

STG PRESENTS – DERVISH

w/ special guests, Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac

Sat, March 16, 2013

The Neptune Theatre (1303 NE 45th St)

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, 21+, $30 (excl fees)

Tickets & Info

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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN IRISH MUSIC & DANCE

All events at The Neptune Theatre (1303 NE 45th St, University District)
All education and community events FREE and open to the public

 

Monday, March 11

6:00-8:00pm: Carrigaline Céili w/ Seattle Irish Dance Company

For people of all ages and families. Beginner & advanced dancers welcome 

RSVP Required: Please RSVP to Claire Connell – clairec@stgpresents.org

Join us for an Irish Céili (community dance) at the Neptune Theatre led by Irish music group, Carrigaline and the Seattle Irish Dancers. Fun and lively Irish dancing for all the family – bring good shoes (leather soles best). A safe place for families to experience authentic Irish culture and pass it along to their children. Free instruction in the basics of Irish céili dance. Great music and an opportunity to meet other Irish people in your community.

 

Tuesday, March 12

5:30-6:30pm: Uilleann Pipes Talk & Performance by The Irish Piper’s Club

For people of all ages 

RSVP Required: Please RSVP to Claire Connell – clairec@stgpresents.org

The Irish Piper’s Club will lead a talk on one of Ireland’s oldest and most unique instruments, the uilleann pipes. Includes a short performance by the Irish Piper’s Club, Q&A and an opportunity to try out the uilleann pipes.

 

6:30-7:30pm: Fiddle Master Class with Dale Russ

Inter-Adv, age 15+

RSVP Required: Please RSVP to Claire Connell – clairec@stgpresents.org

Renowned fiddler, Dale Russ will offer an Irish fiddle master class for intermediate-advanced students, ages 15 and up.

 

Saturday, March 16

Irish Song Master Class with Cathy Jordan of Dervish

Exact time TBD (Please keep 12-3pm open, duration 60 mins)

Inter-Adv, age 15+

RSVP Required: Please RSVP to Claire Connell – clairec@stgpresents.org 

We are thrilled that lead singer of Dervish and internationally renowned Irish vocalist, Cathy Jordan, will offer a master class to intermediate-advanced vocalists, ages 15+.

 

 


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Upcoming Opportunities to Dance & Support Folklife

March seemed like a long ways off when we first announced these, but now it’s right around the corner! We hope we’ll see you in at one or all of these great Nights for Folklife events.

 

Contra Dance Marathon

Thursday, March 7 at the Lake City Contra/Old-Time Country Dance:

8th Annual CONTRA MARATHON – Benefit for Northwest Folklife! Non-stop whirl of music & dancing…NO WALK THRU’S…17 callers & 6 bands!!! Jump in & out at the ends of the contra lines to change partners, rest, rehydrate, & socialize…or play along with the bands! Newcomers are encouraged to attend the free intro workshop at 7:30 pm; “Dance Buddies” will be available to lend helping hands throughout the evening.

Part of the Cascade Promenade weekend http://www.cascadepromenade.org/

Lake City Contra/Old-Time Country Dance at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. NE, Seattle;
Free introductory workshop at 7:30 pm, dance 8-11 pm;
$9 (students & seniors $7, kids & first-time contradancers free); For more information go to http://seattledance.org/contra.lakecity or call (206)525-0932. Please respect the health needs of many dancers and come fragrance-free.

NDFI Benefit for Northwest Folklife

Saturday, March 9th

Three bands playing International, Scandinavian, contra, and English Country dance music!

7:00 – 11:00pm

Potluck snacks served throughout the evening.

Suggested donation: $10.00

Every dollar raised goes directly to Folklife! Sno-King has donated the night and the Cedar Valley Grange has donated the rent.  All the bands, sound person, and callers have donated their time to help celebrate the Northwest Folklife.

COME ONE, COME ALL!

Cedar Valley Grange Hall
20526 52nd Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Portland Roadhouse

March 10

The Portland Roadhouse is a 10-hour (11:00 am until 9:00 pm) contra dance designed as a showcase for bands and callers from along the I-5 corridor. Modeled after Warren’s Roadhouse at the Northwest Folklife Festival, eight bands and callers are invited to present 65-minute sets purely for the fun of it. All performers donate their time, and are unpaid except for some travel stipends to those from outside the Portland area. This event is held in a lovely dance hall, the Milwaukie Community Club, which has a wonderful wood floor and plenty of space downstairs for socializing, eating, and jamming. The Portland Roadhouse is the last event of the 5-day Cascade Promenade contra dance extravaganza. As such, the Iron Dancer awards for all dancers who have attended Cascade Promenade dances on 4 of the 5 days are presented at the Roadhouse.

The Portland Roadhouse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, with a board of directors and organizing committe who live between Roseburg, Oregon and Bellingham, Washington. In addition to supporting itself, the Portland Roadhouse makes contributions to NW Folklife in support of its programs.

Since its inception in 2010, The Portland Roadhouse has happened on the second Sunday in March (this year on March 10th). Further details and advance tickets are available at: http://www.portlandroadhouse.org.

Erin Go Boogie!

Sunday, March 17

6:30-9:30pm

With DJ Jodi

Dance, celebrate, and express your love for Folklife!

Wear green, be green, BRING green!

Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall
201 North 85th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 784-3010
sonnynewmansdancehall.com

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Share Your Opinion about the Opportunity to Dance Tax

Image courtesy of Neumos

We here at Folklife are passionate about our communities. From music, to storytelling, to dance, each of these communities and the artists that reside there provide the stuff from which our Festival is made: the songs, the stories, the dance, the movement.

Part of passion involves the knowing, and where possible, the growing, of those communities. It also involves using our ability to draw attention to issues faced by a particular community.

Today, this means drawing your attention to the Dance Tax that is affecting many in our Social Dance communities. Social Dancing accounts for a significant part of our dance programming and this issue directly affects many of the dancers you would dance alongside of at the Festival.

For more information about the Dance Tax and how it will play out today in Olympia, please go here:

http://neumos.com/abolish-the-dance-tax-pass-bill-5613/

http://www.king5.com/news/Dance-tax-could-stop-the-music-at-Century-Ballroom-191942601.html

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Upcoming Bluegrass Shows at Nectar Lounge

THIS WEEK’S BLUEGRASS:

2.16 Saturday

POLECAT w/ Buzz Brump, Kate Lynne Logan
$7adv / $10dos, 8pm, 21+

 

NEXT WEEK’S BLUEGRASS:

 

2.20 Wednesday - Wintergrass and Nectar Present:
WINTERGRASS ’13 LAUNCH PARTY feat.
Pickled Okra, Barleywine Revue, The Howdy Boys, Blueberry Hill
$5 adv / $8 dos, 6pm doors, 7pm showtime, 21+
Tickets available at: Dusty Strings & Nectar Lounge

 

2.22 Friday
DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS w/ FRUITION, BLVD Park
$7 adv / $10 dos, 8pm, 21+

 

 

MORE BLUEGRASS IN WEEKS TO COME:

 

3.5 Tuesday
KaraokeGrass!!! Karaoke Hits performed live in Bluegrass Style
feat. Todd & Paisley Gray (of Pickled Okra) and friends…
NO COVER7pm Doors7PM – 9PM HAPPY HOUR8pm – 11pm Karaokegrass!!21+

 

3.21 Thursday
HENHOUSE PROWLERS w/ Warren G Hardings, Pickled Okra
$7adv / $10dos8pm21+

 

3.29 Friday
Renegade StringbandWeatherside Whiskey Band, The Creak, w/ special guests TBA
$6 adv / $8 dos, 8pm, 21+

 

4.3 Wednesday (Americana/Folk Rock)
THE MATINEEThe Foghorns, Judd Lewis and the Loose Cannons
$5 adv / $8 dos, 8pm, 21+

 

4.9 Tuesday and every 2nd Tuesday…
KaraokeGrass!!! Karaoke Hits performed live in Bluegrass Style
feat. Todd & Paisley Gray (of Pickled Okra) and friends…
NO COVER7pm Doors7PM – 9PM HAPPY HOUR8pm – 11pm Karaokegrass!!21+

 

4.11 Thursday
POOR MAN’S WHISKEY performs DARK SIDE OF THE MOONSHINE w/ very special guests TBA
$12 adv / $15 dos, 8pm doors, 21+

 

4.26 Friday (Americana / Rock)
Heels To The HardwoodThe Big Medicine, w/ special guests TBA
$7 adv / $10 dos, 8pm doors, 21+

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New Community Calendar

We are excited to have as part of our newly refreshed website a Community Calendar. Members of the public are encouraged to post their public events to share with the Folklife community. Performances, workshops, dances, storytelling hours and other arts events are welcome.

We’ll use this as a resource when we send out our monthly eNews, and will share this calendar with other partner websites, like the Seattle Office of Film & Music.

See our full Community Calendar here!

Please note that as of now, we are unable to accommodate recurring events; they must be entered individually. Please allow up to 2 business days for us to review and approve your submission.
Having trouble? Please email us and we’ll try to help!

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Spend Your Valentine’s Day the Folklife Way–with Crankies!

This just in, and I couldn’t wait to share! The Crankies will also be part of the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival. Stay tuned for more details!

 

SEATTLE’S FIRST CRANKIE FESTIVAL: Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 2013 7:30 PM $ 15.00

Northwest Puppet Center (View)
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States

 

For the first time, Seattle audiences have the chance to enjoy an evening dedicated to the unique folk art of Crankies!  These hand-crafted scrolls are mounted in boxes and stories unroll as it cranks along.  One night only featuring the talents of:

Anna and Elizabeth
Sue Truman
Skye Richendrfer
Dejah Léger

All the way from Southwest Virginia, Anna and Elizabeth are widely renowned for their traditional Appalachian music which they combine with storytelling, shadow puppetry and scrolling illustrations.  Elizabeth LaPrelle is an acclaimed banjo player and ballad singer appearing at festivals and concerts around the nation and has recorded three CDs.  Anna Roberts-Gevalt plays fiddle, banjo and guitar.  She has studied with master musicians throughout Appalachia, including the late, great master of Kentucky fiddling Paul David Smith.

Sue Truman, a well-known performer in Cape Breton/Scottish Circles, has been fiddling and stepdancing for 30 years.  She has a life-long passion for quilting.  All roads came together when she discovered crankies.  Her crankies are hand-stitched from felt and tartan telling Scottish tales of seagulls, whisky and sheep!

Skye Richendrfer, a pillar of the Scottish piping community, piped with the Simon Fraser Pipe Band in the 1980s, taking 1st place in the North American competition and 2nd place in the world competition.  He is the founder of The Celtic Arts Foundation and brings his deep knowledge of all the Scottish to his piping and storytelling.

Dejah Léger is a traditional musician and artist.  Using paper-cutting techniques and drawing from a background of both folk art and contemporary graphic design, she creates crankies for traditional French-Canadian and Americana songs.  She has performed her crankies at Festival du Bois (Canada) and in Port Townsend, and will be a featured artist on MusicBox Project’s Americana Women series.

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Do you want to be an extra in a Head & the Heart concert scene?

You are in luck! This just in from the filmmakers behind the project:

Greetings to all fans of The Head and the Heart, St. Kilda, Seattle Films, and FREE SHOWS!

The Head and the Heart and St. Kilda will be featured for a concert scene in LUCKY THEM, a new film from Seattle’s own Megan Griffiths. It’s about a 40-year-old rock journalist who is given an assignment to track down her ex-boyfriend, a former rock icon who disappeared mysteriously ten years earlier.  What we need is to fill this concert scene with a bunch of extras to make it look like awesome local show. The demographic should feel like regular concert going ladies and gents and that means YOU.

We can’t offer any financial compensation for your time, but it’s gonna be a free concert and you get to be on film, which you can totally brag about to all your friends! The scene scheduled to be shot on Wednesday February 6, at a Belltown venue in Seattle and we would need people to commit to a full day of being on set. (Typically 7am-6 pm.) Parking and food will be provided.  So come on out, have a good time, see a FREE SHOW, and BE IN A MOVIE!

If interested, please send an email with the subject line ” SHOW EXTRA” to luckythemfilm@gmail.com with info (name, phone #, email, and a recent pic) and we will add you to our list and keep you updated with more detailed information as the date draws closer. Friends are welcome–we definitely want the “concert” to feel well-attended! :)

 

 

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Bands on the Big Screen

We are super excited to partner with Team Up For Nonprofits to present this great night of local talent!

On January 31st, Team Up for Nonprofits presents “Bands on the Big Screen” a benefit screening for Northwest Folklife dedicated to showcasing the talents of five local filmmakers working with local music.

Directors Jon Jon Augustavo, Brad Curran, Hayley Young, Stephan Gray and Tyler Kalberg will present music videos by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pickwick, Allen Stone, Dark Time Sunshine, Kaylee Cole and many more.   The 90 minute screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with the directors.

Date:
Thursday, January 31 @ 7:00

Price:
$15.00 for all seats (no discounts)

Venue:

SIFF Cinema Uptown
Presenters:

Team Up for Nonprofits - www.teamupfornonprofits.org

Northwest Folklife - www.nwfolklife.org

SIFF - www.siff.net

 

 

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The First Festal of 2013!

Seattle Center just shared the exciting details of Festal 2013‘s first event: the Tet Festival! Here’s what you need to know:

 

Lion Dances, Firecrackers and Festive Entertainment
Celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Seattle Center Festál presents Tet Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year, 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, in Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion. Join us as we explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through music and dance performances, hands-on activities, Vietnamese food, martial arts demonstrations, crafts and much more.

The Vietnamese Lunar New Year welcomes the return of spring and chases out evil spirits with the traditional roaring lion dance and the crackle of firecrackers. The celebration offers an atmosphere and entertainment offerings that are unique to this 2013 Seattle Center Festál series opener.

Visitors are invited to relive one thousand years of Vietnamese history. Generations young and old will delight in the Vietnamese cultural beauty and charm that fill the two-day festival. The weekend features local talents, a glittering fashion show, celebrated Vietnamese singers and vibrant children’s performances.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Tet Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year is produced in partnership with the Tet in Seattle. For more information, visit tetinseattle.org. To learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center, click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200.

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.