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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

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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/

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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!

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Cinema Folklife–Music Movies to See at SIFF 2013

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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!

 

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Massive Monkees & More at the Asian-Pacific Islander Celebration

Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration Features Youth Drill Teams,

Taiko Drumming and Massive Monkees

Seattle Center Festál presents Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration, 11:45 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, May 5, in Seattle Center Armory.  Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian and Pacific Islanders  through live music, visual arts and hands-on activities.

The festival launches Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular youth drill teams, Taiko drumming, traditional music and dance, and artists from around the state.

In 2013, Asian-Pacific Islander Festival features a variety of entertainment groups including:   Massive Monkees, Filipino Youth Activities and Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Teams, Kaze Daiko, Cascade Kendo Kai, Kinnaly Music and Dance Troupe, Fraggle Rock Crew and the University of Washington Lambda Phi Epsilon Step Dancers.  The festival also presents art contest entries and displays by the Nisei Veterans Committee celebrating Filipino accomplishments.

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.

Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration is produced in partnership with Asian-Pacific Directors Coalition. For more information on Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration, visit their website:  apiheritage.com.  or 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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2013 Festival Schedule Now Live

Plan Your 2013 Festival Now!

The 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival schedule is now live on our website!

Browse the offerings that take place over four days across more than 24 venues and stages.

Design your ideal personal schedule using our handy tools, then share your calendar to Facebook or Twitter, or email to a friend.

View the Schedule Now

Read more about using the online schedule tool and downloading our new & improved mobile app.

The printed schedule will be available at our office and many local libraries after May 16, and can be found in most home editions of The Seattle Times on Thursday, May 23.

What are you most excited to see at the Festival?
Tell us on Twitter or our Facebook page!

Quilt by Katie Pedersen, photo by Rendy Tucker.

What to See at Folklife #144: The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild

(Many thanks to Chandra Wu for this guest post! The full schedule for the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival will be available at www.nwfolklife.org/festival/schedule beginning May 1.)

Quilt by Katie Pedersen, photo by Rendy Tucker.

The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild is delighted to share some of its members quilts this year at Folklife.  This opportunity came together very quickly, kind of like our Quilt Guild, which began in the blogging community about 3-4 years ago.  One of our members, Charlotte Clark-Mahoney, has displayed her quilts at Intiman during Folklife for several years, where her notorious tie-dyed quilt has drawn a lot of interest and delighted quilt-lovers. She thought it might be fun to add more quilts to the space this year. Who doesn’t think any space looks better with a handcrafted quilt in it? Not us! We are happy to be invited to display at Folklife and we look forward to sharing some of our work with Folklife attendees.

The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild is part of a national movement in “modern” quilting that while very challenging to define, seems to represent a new generation of quilters that are connected through social media and dialoguing with one another about the relationship between this historic women’s utilitarian craft and the modern DIY art and craft movement. Perhaps modern quilters are exploring the context of their craft more publicly than previous generations of quilters due to the exposure of the internet and mobile technology. We see a lot of modern quilts influenced by modern or abstract design influences, architecture, text and minimalist graphic design.  Some modern quilts are utilizing traditional patterns using modern palettes and graphic prints, while others are conversing with traditional quilt patterns either through reinterpretation or improvisation. The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild had its first show at Island Quilter on Vashon Island last summer, and we will be returning there to exhibit quilts from our guild’s star challenge this June.

Quilt by Becca Jubie at 2012 SMQG show, photo by Louise Wackerman.

Modern quilts appear photographed on personal blogs, Flickr, Instagram or Pinterest, where other quilters and quilt enthusiasts can view them and share their thoughts and impressions with each other. If you wish to become more versed in the folk history and craft of quiltmaking, and its new modern directions, check out the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild blog and the members links on the sidebar, or check out the national Modern Quilt Guild and its member bloggers, or the various flickr groups associated with modern quilts. And if you do link to anyone’s work or become inspired by it, try to share the original inspiration and attribute the original artist or sewist, we love the acknowledgement!

Share your impression and ideas about modernity in the American quilt, using the #seattlemqg hashtag on instagram and/or tweet us @SeattleMQG, and tell us what you think so far. We hope that viewers can contemplate the relationship between our quilts and the quilts that they are already familiar with. We don’t really know what it means to call ourselves modern but we understand why the distinction is being made: just struggling to define what it is can lead to some pretty interesting conversation about modern craft and modern art. Creating new works that stem from this new discussion seems to be the closest I can come to describing what I see in modern quilts and those who sew them. Defining the modern quilting movement is a task that no one involved in it feels entirely qualified or comfortable doing, and I am no exception. Please forgive my attempt to share the importance of it with you while attempting to avoid labels that might marginalize or exclude some of the amazing contributions to modern quilting, and just come see for yourself!

The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild meets regularly and also organizes regular group “sew-ins” for socializing and discussing works in progress.  Check us out at http://seattlemodernquiltguild.com/ and if you start “following” any of our members, let us know you found us at Seattle’s Folklife!

Quilts will be on display throughout the Folklife weekend in the Intiman Courtyard.

 

Chandra Wu is the Vice President of Programs for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild.  She is a former member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and began producing quilts when she was expecting her first child in 2001.

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Northwest Folklife Renews Its Partnership with Seattle Center

Northwest Folklife is proud to announce that the organization has renewed its agreement with Seattle Center for another six years. The Seattle City Council voted on Monday, April 22, 2013 to approve the partnership between the nonprofit Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center, an arts, civic and family gathering place that is administered by the City of Seattle.

This six-year agreement is a continuation of an over 40-year long relationship between Seattle Center and Northwest Folklife. The agreement ensures both the presentation of the iconic Northwest Folklife Festival in the center of the city and Seattle Center as the home base for the organization through 2018.

Says Northwest Folklife Executive Director Robert Townsend, “We thank the City for this agreement. It continues the gift of the annual Festival to the people of Seattle and the region for years to come.  Seattle Center has been our presenting partner since the first Festival in 1972, and we look forward to many more years of collaboration and association.”

The combination of City support, voluntary donations from festival attendees, other donations and sponsorships obtained by Northwest Folklife, the work of hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of performers performing for free allow the annual Northwest Folklife Festival to be presented to the public free of charge.

“I am very pleased with Council approval today of the City’s agreement with Northwest Folklife, and I look forward to continuing our partnership in the years ahead. This annual Festival brings together our diverse community in joyful, interactive and highly harmonious ways—and represents the very best in the region’s collective creativity and cultural depth,” says Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams.

Northwest Folklife, in partnership with Seattle Center, will present the 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival this May 24-27. The Festival is a celebration of the art and traditions of the region, and provides opportunities for all to enjoy and participate in dance, live music, workshops, storytelling, hands-on family activities and more. More information is available at www.nwfolklife.org.

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Seattle’s Cherry Blossom Festival–Off to Set a New World Record

One of Seattle’s most beloved traditions, the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival never fails to delight. And with highlights this year that include mathematical oddities, a record-breaking battle between an abacus and a super computer, and an underwater singer, this year sounds like it will be something special! See the full release below for more details.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

Focuses on Numbers, Underwater Photgraphy, Japanese Foods and More

 

Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., April 26 – 28, in Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods,  games, and a lively marketplace.

The 38th annual Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival focuses on the theme of Numbers. Did you know that the name Google was adopted from the word Googol, which signifies the number digit one followed by 100 zeros? Do you know how many zeros a Nivenonagintillion contains? The Festival delves into these and other numeric fascinations. It also will attempt to create a new Guinness World Record involving a challenge between a Japanese Abacus device called Soroban and the Super Computer.

Additional Festival highlights:

  • TOHOKU Through the  Eyes of Japanese photography exhibit, sponsored by Japan Foundation;
  • U.S. premiere – Aquaphoto Concert by underwater photographer-singer, Hiroshi Takano of Osaka, Japan, sponsored by Japan Foundation;
  • Dance and music by the Nago Minori troupe of Okinawa, Japan;
  • Over 60 traditional arts and crafts;
  • Over 30 traditional performing arts / martial arts including Taiko Drummers;
  • Many child oriented hands-on activities including The Kid’s Passport;
  • Japanese foods including:  curry-rice (Japanese style curry), Takoyaki (octopus dumplings), Gyudon (beef bowl), Japanese hot dog, Bento-Box, Manju sweets and gourmet cookies;
  • Updates on the 2011 Erthquake/Tsunami recovery.

 

The Festival was founded in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series.

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.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is produced in partnership with Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee. For more information on the Festival, the Festal series and other public events at Seattle Center, visit 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.