Photo by Piper Hanson

Celebrate Your Traditions – Monday Highlights & Memorial Day Ceremony

 

Photo by Piper Hanson

Northwest Folklife opens the final day of the 2013 Festival with a special Memorial Day Ceremony on the Mural Stage. Please join us! Then continue to celebrate our Northwest traditions—and honor our history!

See full schedule at our website.

- Memorial Day Flag Ceremony: Celebrating Memorial Day, the Flag Raising Ceremony will include words from Northwest Folklife, the Seattle Police Department Color Guard, the West Seattle Cub Scout Pack 828, and music from Calum McKinnon &the Northwest Scottish Fiddlers, with bagpiper Jori Chisholm.
Monday, May 27 at 11:00am at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre.

- Kindiependent: Get ready to rock your onesie socks off! This wildly popular show is supposedly for youngsters, but don’t be surprised to see some in-the-know hipsters there too. Featuring the musical stylings of Harmonica Pocket, The Not-Its!, Recess Monkey, Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs, and (new this year!) Cat Doorman. Sponsored by ParentMap.
Monday, May 27 from 11:00am-2:30pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

- American Standard Time Showcase: Some of the best names in roots music (and a little bit of gospel!) will hit the stage during this Indie Roots showcase, brought to you by BECU, and hosted by KEXP’s Roadhouse radio presenter Greg Vandy. The lineup includes The Sojourners, The Sumner Brothers, Crow Quill Night Owls and The Slide Brothers. Sponsored by alt-country authority No Depression.
Monday, May 27 from 3:30-6:10pm on the KBCS Fisher Green Stage.

- IWW Little Red Songbook: Enflaming the Fans of Discontent: This year’s Festival “theme” is all about work! Help us wind up the weekend with a soul-stirring sing-a-long from the Industrial Workers of the World’s Little Red Songbook. See the full schedule of Washington Works talks, demonstrations, storytelling, art exhibits, film screenings and more at our website, nwfolklife.org/festival.
Monday, May 27 from 5:00-6:00pm at the Narrative Stage at SIFF Cinema.

- Ver(A)rt Gallery Closing Reception: Toast the young artists who contributed to this weekend’s gallery show “When Your Work Speaks for Itself, Don’t Interrupt: Perspectives on Working.”
Monday, May 27 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Ver(A)rt Gallery.

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Bring it, Screen it at The VERA Project

Bring your t-shirt, tote bag, whatever, to The VERA Project anytime this weekend and have their talented screenprinters adorn it with this adorable limited-edition design!

Screenprinting is free, but they are asking for a small donation to help cover their costs.

The VERA Project is located in the Alki Court, near the SIFF Cinema.

See you there! And thanks VERA!

Josie Dunn (right) with unknown woman. Photo courtesy of Washington Women in Trades.

The Greatest Show of Talent in the Northwest! Check Out These Sunday Highlights

 

Josie Dunn (right) with unknown woman. Photo courtesy of Washington Women in Trades.

The Northwest Folklife Festival is a celebration of how we keep our traditions alive in our region. Check out these amazing artists–these are your friends and neighbors up on those stages!

Tell us who you know that is performing in the Festival on our Facebook page! See full schedule at our website.

Here are some great things to see today:

Country Swing Dance: We dare you to not join in after feeling the energy of this swingin’ cowboy soiree, back by popular demand after a long hiatus from the Folklife roster of dances.
Sunday, May 26 from 1:00-3:00pm in Warren’s Roadhouse.

Rockabilly Round-Up: We’re bringing back the rockabilly and vintage country styles of the 50s to sweeten your Sunday afternoon. Join The Roy Kay Trio, The Black Crabs and The Honky Tonk Sweethearts for the Rockabilly Round-Up. Don’t forget your bowling shirt and dancin’ creepers!
Sunday, May 26 from 1:00–3:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

Puget Sound Rosies: Riveting HistoryThis year’s Festival “theme” is all about work! Join us for a fascinating panel discussion with some of the women who went to work in Washington shipyards during WWII. See the full schedule of Washington Works talks, demonstrations, storytelling, art exhibits, film screenings and more at our website, nwfolklife.org/festival.
Sunday, May 26 at 2:00pm in the Olympic Room.

Gaelic Crankie Show: Artist and musician Su Truman revives and reinterprets a beloved Appalachian tradition. Half movie, half handmade folk art, crankies are animated drawings and papercuts on cloth “reels,” hand-cranked for movement, and presented with traditional Gaelic music accompaniment. Sounds amazing, right?
Sunday, May 26 from 3:00-4:00pm, Center House Theatre.

206Zulu Jam featuring Junior Breakdance Competition and Hip-Hop Showcase: See youth from local b-boy/b-girl classes showcase their dancing in a one-on-one competition. Featuring danceable music for everyone by DJ Cues & DJ Zeta Barber, with special guest performance by artist Fleeta Partee. All b-boys & b-girls are invited to come support the next generation of dancers & participate in open circles!
Sunday, May 26 from 3:00-6:00pm at The VERA Project.

Giddy Up! Country Roots*New!* Bring your spurs and whiskey to the Indie Roots Giddy Up showcase featuring the best of local country: Country Lips, Ganges River Band, Annie Ford Band and Ole Tinder. Yee-haw! Sponsored by BECU.
Sunday, May 26 from 6:30-9:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

Vamos!: A Latin Dance Party: *New!* Save some energy on Sunday to join the rhythms of The Cumbieros, Cambalache, and SuperSones. That’s not enough? Parade in with VamoLá! Brazilian Drum & Dance Ensemble!
Sunday, May 26 from 6:45-10:00pm at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheater.

You Can’t Fake Fresh—Northwest Live-Band Hip Hop: *New!* The name says it all! Featuring Global Heat, The Sharp Five, Eastern Sunz and Irukandji Physics of Fusion.
Sunday, May 26 from 7:00-10:00pm in the EMP Sky Church.

World Dance Party

The Secret to the Best Festival Ever? Participate in Some of These Saturday Picks!

World Dance Party

Tell us how you are going to participate on our Facebook page! See full schedule at our website.

English Country Dance: Downton Abbey comes to Folklife! Channel your favorite Jane Austin character…no corsets required!
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-2:00pm in Warren’s Roadhouse.

Hey, Hendrix—Jimi Hendrix Tribute: Local musicians pay homage to one of the Northwest’s favorite sons. Jimi Hendrix took the blues to a place it had never been before, but the roots of that music were always an important element. This showcase honors the music of Hendrix as well as the important musicians that came before him. Presented in partnership with the EMP, whose “I Hear My Train A-Coming” exhibit is currently on display. Sponsored by the Washington Blues Society.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-4:00pm in the EMP Sky Church.

World Dance Party: This popular community event has taken place all over Seattle, and it is a natural addition to Folklife—after all, the World Dance Party embodies all of what makes Folklife great: people of all ages, young and old, from all ethnicities, coming together to dance and feel good! Be a part of the movement.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-3:00pm in the Armory.

Team Up for Non-Profits Showcase: *New!* We are delighted to welcome aboard Team Up for their first year as co-presenters of Indie Roots artists. In partnership with Artist Home (producers of the Doe Bay fest) and with sponsorship by BECU, Team Up has curated a showcase of the best up-and-coming indie bands of the Northwest. Don’t know them yet? You will. Featuring Shelby Earl, Song Sparrow Research, Bradford Loomis and St. Paul de Vence.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-4:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

Bushwick Book Club Seattle Presents Original Music Inspired by the Wizard of Oz: If you haven’t experienced the latest trend in musical folk art, check out this showcase to enjoy the pages of L. Frank Baum’s novel brought to life with glorious original music. But don’t expect Judy Garland impersonations—we said original music!
Saturday, May 25 from 1:30-3:00pm in the Folklife Café.

Sleeping in Seattle: A Bed Making Contest: This year’s Festival “theme” is all about work! Think you know bed making? Let the housekeeping union show you how it’s done. See the full schedule of Washington Works talks, demonstrations, storytelling, art exhibits, film screenings and more at our website, nwfolklife.org/festival.
Saturday, May 25 at 2:00pm in the Olympic Room.

The Arab Show: This tour of the Middle East with eclectic music and dance. Groups Fathia and Les Troubadour play French Arabic music, and House of Tarab revive the vintage classics of Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. Duo Maurice Rouman plays the oud with Waseem Sbait on darbuka. And experience the traditional Arab dabke folk dance, presented here with Lebanese and Palestinian variations.
Saturday, May 25 from 3:00-6:00 at the International Dance Stage in the Ex Hall.

Balkan Misfits Show: Sometimes it’s the old favorites that keep ‘em coming back! If you’ve never checked out this beloved showcase, make this the year. Experience the bad boys of Balkan brass, including Erev Rav, Bucharest Drinking Team, Orkestar Zirkonium and Chervona.
Saturday, May 25 from 6:00-9:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

The Soul of Seattle: Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme (recently seen rocking Bumbershoot stages), join Soul Senate, Kissing Potion, The Braxmatics and Little Big Band for this popular dance party that both closes out and brings to a climax Saturday’s programming. Sponsored by Seattle Pipeline.
Saturday, May 25 from 7:00-10:00pm at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre.

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Many Ways to Get to Northwest Folklife this Year

In this time of amazing road construction (and sadly, destruction), please help us to help people find their way to Northwest Folklife this weekend. The Festival is offering several creative means of alternative transportation, and alternative road routes will help festival-goers to avoid road snarl-ups.

The Mercer West Corridor Project is underway, and drivers will find road changes in the Seattle Center vicinity. While these do not affect access to Seattle Center from I-5, lane and exit closures do impact on routes that lead away from the Center – and to the Center from SR-99.  Eastbound Mercer St. from 4th Ave N. to Dexter Ave. is reduced to the two south lanes, and the north sidewalk is closed. The SR-99 northbound exit at Mercer St. and the southbound exit at Broad St. are closed permanently. Eastbound Broad St. has re-opened to provide visitors leaving the Center a quick connection to I-5.

Seattle Center and Northwest Folklife have worked together to make sure festival-goers have many transportation options:

Driving to the Festival:   Please check the SDOT and WSDOT websites for more information and updates on road construction. Seattle Center also provides transportation updates at www.seattlecenter.com.

Parking at Seattle Center:  Seattle Center provides three parking garages, at 5th Ave. N., between Harrison and Republican, at 1st Ave. N. between John and Thomas streets, and in the Mercer Garage, between 3rd and 4th avenues. In addition, there are several paid lots within a three block radius of Seattle Center.

Disabled parking:  All lots around Seattle Center have designated disabled parking spots. Visitors should check with a parking attendant if all the available spaces are full. There are also designated spots on 2nd Ave. N. just south of Thomas St. and on Warren Ave. just south of Mercer St.

New! Ride Sharing Options:  This year Northwest Folklife is partnering with RideAmigos to bring festival-goers an easy tool for posting and finding carpooling options. Save money, save gas, and make friends, all while reducing congestion on the road to Folklife. The festival also has a special deal with car2go. Read all about it here!

King Country Metro Folklife Shuttle:  Festival-goers may save time, save money, and have a more enjoyable ride to and from this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival when they ride the King County Metro Folklife Shuttle from Northgate! Click here to read more.

Seattle Center Monorail:  The Seattle Monorail goes directly to Seattle Center from Downtown. The Monorail departs every ten minutes, running between Seattle Center station, adjacent to the Space Needle, and Westlake Center Mall station, at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street. In 2012, the Monorail trains carried 50,000 passengers to and from the festival.

Arrival by bike:  There is a large bike corral located at the Harrison St. entrance hosted by Bike Works! Riders may also stop by their booth to learn more about community bike programs, get a quick tune-up or donate your old bicycles, miscellaneous parts, and accessories/gear! The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Bicycling Guide Map includes bike routes to Seattle Center. Visitors may also use a Google Interactive Directions Map to plan a custom route by bike.

Festival Hours:  Festival programming begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 10 p.m. from Friday until Sunday. The Festival runs from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday. Food vendor hours may vary.

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Cinema Folk–Music Movies at SIFF This Weekend

Why not plan your Folklife weekend to coincide with a SIFF screening? These are all conveniently playing at the SIFF Cinema Uptown! Take a load off and catch a movie between Folklife shows.

 

Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You – A Concert for Kate McGarrigle

This simply and intimately shot concert film captures the emotions of sibling performers Martha and Rufus Wainwright as they pay tribute to their recently departed mother, beloved Canadian folk musician Kate McGarrigle.

May 27 | 6:00PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

http://www.siff.net/festival-2013/sing-me-the-songs-that-say-i-love-you-a-concert-for-kate-mcgarrigle

 

Spark: A Burning Man Story

Directors Jesse Deeter and Steve Brown scheduled to attend | May 25 & May 27

Burning Man attracts 60,000 participants to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert every August. Go behind the curtain as participants and organizers struggle to balance their guiding principles with the event’s ever-growing popularity in this entertaining exposé.

May 25 | 9:00PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

May 27 | 2:00PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

http://www.siff.net/festival-2013/spark-a-burning-man-story

Harana

Producer Fides Enriquez and subject Florante Aguilar scheduled to attend | May 25 & May 26

U.S.-based classical guitarist Florante Aguilar journeys back to his Filipino roots to search for the lost voices of harana, a traditional Filipino form of serenade. He gathers the three remaining master haranistas, bringing this fading culture back to life.

May 25 | 3:00PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

May 26 | 11:30AM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

http://www.siff.net/festival-2013/harana

 

 

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

An extraordinary portrait of legendary Memphis-based band Big Star with never-before-seen footage, rousing musical tributes, and in-depth interviews with members of the band and the musicians they’ve inspired.

May 26 | 8:30PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

 

http://www.siff.net/festival-2013/big-star-nothing-can-hurt-me

Dirty Wars

Producer Jeremy Scahill scheduled to attend | May 25

Richard Rowley offers a devastating indictment of the covert wars sponsored by the United States government. Based on the investigative reporting of Jeremy Scahill, this documentary sheds light on the darkest secrets of American history.

May 25 | 11:30AM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

 

http://www.siff.net/festival-2013/dirty-wars

This tent's not meant for sleeping.

Your Question Answered: Can I Camp at the Festival?

This tent’s not meant for sleeping.

For our out-of-town guests, this might not be obvious:

Can I sleep overnight at Folklife?

Northwest Folklife takes place at Seattle Center, a public Seattle city park. There is no camping allowed. However, we have some great options for you. We have some great deals worked out with nearby hotels and hostels. And for those of you looking to save a few dollars, we have set up an event on Couchsurfing to help you connect with locals with a couch or bed to spare…or maybe even just a place to pitch your tent or park you RV. Check it out on our website: http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival/experience/where-to-stay/

Do you have a question for Northwest Folklife? Submit it here!
Read other submitted questions here

This is what you're dog is up against. Photo by Ben Shaevitz.

Your Question Answered: Can You Bring Pets to the Festival?

This is what you’re dog is up against. Photo by Ben Shaevitz.

We’ve gotten two inquiries about pets in the last week, so there’s probably more of you out there that are wondering:

Can I bring my pet to the Festival?

Because Folklife takes place in a public park, pets are technically allowed, but we do discourage bringing them to the Festival. The streets can be crowded and not everyone is comfortable around your dog or other pet, even if you believe them to be friendly. The crowded spaces can stress some animals out, especially if there are other dogs nearby. You also cannot enter indoor venues with any animals, so you’ll miss out on a lot of great activities.

Please seriously consider leaving your beloved pooch at home while you come to the grounds. If you plan to bring an exotic pet, like a bird or snake, you may be asked to leave.

Do you have a question for Northwest Folklife? Submit it here!
Read other submitted questions here

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A Glimpse of China Past & Present on May 18

A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival

features Art, Culture, Music and Dance 

 

Seattle Center Festál presents A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, May 18, in Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods,  games, and a lively marketplace.

Learn Chinese folk dances, create delicate artworks, and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.  This year’s festival presents:

  • Sunshine Modeling & Arts Studio;
  • Nortwest Wushu and Seattle Wushu Center;
  • Seattle Chinese Chorus and Seattle Kids Chorus;
  • Seattle Chinese Orchestra;
  • CHIME band;
  • Entertainment by the following academies and schools:  Zhenlum Cello Studio;
  • Hengda Dance Academy, Chinese Dance Academy, Chinese Wushu and Tai Chi Academy, Wudang International Martial Arts Academy, Northwest Chinese School, Melody Institute Chinese Children’s Dance.

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.

A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival is produced in partnership with Washington Chinese Art Culture Committee. For more information on the festival, 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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BikeWorks Makes Bikes Happy at the Festival

Help build sustainable communities with Bike Works!

Northwest Folklife is excited to partner with Bike Works at our Festival this year! Bike works is an innovative organization centered around bicycles that combine youth development, community engagement, bicycle recycling and a social enterprise bike shop to help build a sustainable and healthy community.

Imagine your old bike, sitting dormant, collecting dust, not being ridden. Now imagine that bike on the streets! Riding in a park! Taking someone to school! Making memories!

MAKE YOUR BIKE HAPPY BY DONATING IT TO BIKE WORKS!

Due to their new expanded programming, they are in more need than ever for kids bikes, especially BMX bikes. Your generous bike give young people learning tools, transportation, empowerment, community service opportunities, and so much more. For more information, visit their donations page!

Visit their booth at the Harrison St Entrance right next to the bike corral to learn more about their community bike programs, get a quick tune-up or DONATE YOUR OLD BIKE!

Image from The Broken Circle Breakdown

Cinema Folklife–Music Movies to See at SIFF 2013

Image from The Broken Circle Breakdown

Our good friends at SIFF offer some truly tempting counter-programming during the Folklife Festival. Here’s a few movies we think are particularly interesting for the Folklife community…most of which don’t even conflict with coming to the Festival!

 

A Tribute to the Music of Muscle Shoals with Patterson and David Hood

Thursday, May 30
Triple Door: Doors 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (all-ages)

 

Muscle Shoals

May 29 & 30
In a small Alabama town called Muscle Shoals, legendary musicians including Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett gathered to create music that would later inspire the likes of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more. Covering the history of this unlikely musical birthplace and the music that sprang from its soil.

 

The Broken Circle Breakdown

May 19 & 24
Set to a fantastic bluegrass soundtrack, tattooist Elise and America-obsessed cowboy Didier fall in love, only to later have their happiness tested when their daughter falls ill. Based on the play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels.

 

Harana

May 25 & 26
U.S.-based classical guitarist Florante Aguilar journeys back to his Filipino roots to search for the lost voices of harana, a traditional Filipino form of serenade. He gathers the three remaining master haranistas, bringing this fading culture back to life.

 

I Used to Be Darker

June 4 & 5
A quietly devastating, music-infused family drama that traces the unraveling of a marriage through casually loaded conversations, elegantly framed hangout sessions, and cathartic musical performances by real-life troubadours Kim Taylor and Ned Oldham.

 

The Otherside

May 31 & June 2
A documentary on Seattle’s underground hip-hop scene featuring interviews and concert footage taken from all over the U.S., Daniel Torok covers the triumphs, failures, and stereotypes of Seattle hip-hop artists.

 

Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You – A Concert for Kate McGarrigle

May 25 & 27
This simply and intimately shot concert film captures the emotions of sibling performers Martha and Rufus Wainwright as they pay tribute to their recently departed mother, beloved Canadian folk musician Kate McGarrigle.

 

Twenty Feet from Stardom

June 1 & 2
Twenty Feet from Stardom
 
follows several diverse and gifted backup singers living in the shadows of superstardom. Although these singers are usually relegated to the margins, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts and collective consciousness.

 

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Welcome to Our New Entrance Sponsor–The National Wildlife Federation

Celebrate the outdoors with the National Wildlife Federation!

We’d like to welcome the National Wildlife Federation as one of our Entrance Sponsors at this year’s Festival! National Wildlife Federation’s Pacific Regional centers works to inspire people across the Northwest to open the door, get outside, and connect with nature! Their work and program offerings are rooted in the belief that engaging in the outdoors improves physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, and strengthens a life-long appreciation of wildlife and nature.

Check out their Certified Wildlife Habitat program that engages people in helping wildlife, improving their communities, and developing a strong conservation ethic. The Northwest boasts over 7,000 of these certified habitats and involves communities from Anacortes to Gig Harbor! Find more information at www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife

To inspire children to connect to nature, National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing Schoolyard Habitats. This program is part of their Be Out There initiative, which aims to encourage families across the county to experience and enjoy the outdoors. The Schoolyard Habitats program focuses on assisting school communities in the use of school grounds as learning sites for wildlife conservation and cross-curricular learning. It also creates a dynamic outdoor classroom, expands educational opportunities, and promotes positive change in your local environment. To learn more, visit www.nwf.org/schoolyard

Visit them Saturday, May 25th at the Bagley St Entrance to find out more information about community events and how to get involved!