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In the midst of the digital age, many are astounded that film still even exists. Everyone has digital film and video capabilities, and film Is very expensive, so, why bother right?

While that may have been what you thought once upon a time, your mind will be forever changed once you see the brilliant art made on and with film by artist Jennifer West at her Seattle Art Museum installation “Film Is Dead”.

In this revolutionarily inventive show, West uses 70mm, 35mm and 16mm analog film strips to create beautiful and visually compelling works of art. She treats the film with common household items including food coloring, nail polish, coffee, vinegar, bleach and more to create patterns and unplanned but stunning effects by eroding the films emulsion, staining it and letting the film take one whatever characters it might.

West’s SAM exhibit features film strips and remnants that have been treated and manipulated by the artist in this way, hung from the ceiling, and spanning almost the entire length of the gallery.

In addition to the physical installation at SAM, West has taken many of these works and digitized them to create a film that explores the differences and relationship between the analog and digital qualities of the film medium, creating another layer to this thought provoking artistic experiment.

Jennifer West is a Los Angeles based artist with some history in the Seattle. West received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia before returning to her home state of California to earn her Masters in Fine Arts from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.

West’s works have been displayed in various solo and group exhibitions across the country and the world including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR and many more.

Her love affair with film dates back more than ten years and she boasts a very interesting and varied portfolio of works including photographic and video works using different and rare types of film and film techniques, light play, performance and her unique film quilts and magic lantern works. West’s style and aesthetic are likely different from any you’ve seen before, exploring and challenging the differences between modern digital photographic art and classic analog film techniques. Her style simultaneously evokes nostalgic feelings and encapsulates a modern and almost futuristic aesthetic, and over all seems to challenge films obsoleteness and the digital waves supremacy.

If you share a love of visual arts, interesting techniques, the fusion of arts and science or simply subscribe to the thought that everything old is new again, “Film Is Dead” is a show worth seeing, if for no other reason than to see something beautiful before it’s gone.

JENNIFER WEST: FILM IS DEAD . . .

Exhibit on display through SUN MAY 7 2017

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

THIRD FLOOR GALLERIES

 

It’s almost time to lace up those running shoes and sign up for the annual Hot Chocolate 15/5k run! This year’s yummy and fun event kicks off on Sunday, March 5th at Seattle Center How’s that for a great way to spend the first Sunday-Funday of March, both for seasoned runners and first-timers who aren’t afraid of a challenge!

The fun begins bright and early at 6:45a.m. with the 5K and the 15k starts at 7:55a.m. Race participants can expect a fun, well organized and challenging race through the heart of beautiful Downtown Seattle (hills and all!), a fabulous SWAG bag of goodies to take home, of course, delicious chocolate. Talk about motivation to finish strong!

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday while getting a great workout, consider signing up for this once-a-year event. The challenge is worth it to get to the Post Race Party where runners will enjoy music, a family friendly environment and a ‘finisher’s mug’ filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and delightfully dippable treats. Don’t count the calories, you will have more than earned this chocolate indulgence!

The Hot Chocolate Run isn’t just a great way to spend a day off. The Hot Chocolate Run is partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to provide a home-away-from-home for children and the families of children being treated at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital, at little to no cost to the families. A portion of the proceeds from signing up for this race will go to this outstanding cause, helping to make a real difference in our community.

Not into running or chocolate? That’s fine! But be aware, this race will take place in Downtown Seattle and along many main roads and thoroughfares, so you will want to plan ahead for any travel on that day. Take a look at the map (left) to see the route and read the chart below for a street closure timeline, to help you plan your day.

This event is great to do with friends, family or even by yourself. You’ll probably leave with new friends after a little friendly competition! This event brings together people from all over the city and state, so get out there, mix, mingle and help build a wonderful feeling of community in our fair city. Sprint into Springtime at this fabulous annual event, get a good sweat on and maybe even make some new friends….oh and eat chocolate! Do we really need to sell you on this?

For more info on this event, road closures, the post-race party and more, visit the Hot Chocolate Run website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anticipated Road Closures:

Street Closure From To Side of Road Closure Time Anticipated Opening
2nd Ave Thomas St Broad St Whole Road 6:15AM 9:10AM
Broad St 2nd Ave Elliott Ave Westbound 6:15AM 9:15AM
Elliott Ave Broad St SR-99 NB On-Ramp SB One Lane 6:15AM 9:20AM
Elliott Ave SR-99 NB On-Ramp Western Ave Whole Road 6:20AM 9:20AM
Western Ave Elliott Ave Spring St Whole Road 6:20AM 9:40AM
SR-99 Bell St John St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
SR-99 Western Ave John St SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Aurora Ave Denny Way 45th St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
Aurora Ave 38th St Denny Way SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Harrison St Aurora Ave Dexter Ave Whole Road 6:25AM 11:15AM
Dexter Ave Harrison St Mercer St SB One Lane 6:25AM 11:15AM
Mercer St Dexter Ave 5th Ave East Bound Lanes 6:25AM 11:20AM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave SB Lanes 3:00AM 12:00PM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave NB Lanes 6:25AM 11:25AM

Halloween is just around the corner, and as any true fan of the holiday knows, it’s NEVER too early to start celebrating! This weekend presents just such an opportunity, in one of the coolest venues around.

Head down to the EMP for a ‘Totally Wicked’ party, this Saturday night (or fright…) for a scary good time. As part of their Hair-Raising ’31 Days of Horror’ series, the EMP will be hosting “Haunted Happy Hour: Like, Totally Wicked”, an amazingly spook-tacular 90’s throwback party.

Expect the shin-dig to be an over the top extravaganza, as is the custom with EMP parties, featuring totally boss 90’ tunes, giveaways, MovieCat! movie trivia, and of course, drink specials!  This party is sure to be a win for fans of Halloween, fans of any and all things 90’s and will be to DIE for for fans of both! happy_hour_totally_wicked

Happy Hour may be from 5-7, but the 90’s fun doesn’t have to stop then!

Stick around afterwards for the most fun you’ve ever had at the movies with a special Campout Cinemas presentation of the 90’s Halloween cult classic, Hocus Pocus.

Campout Cinema is an ongoing series at EMP in which all the fun of an outdoor movie comes inside the grandiose walls of the EMP’s Sky Church. Who needs a drive in when you have the gargantuan screen in the Skye Church, and a bar? Don’t forget to bring your own pillows, blankets and sleeping bags (just, no chairs, please!) and get cuddled up under a gorgeous ‘sky’, complete with LED ‘stars’!

hocus_pocus_screening_campoutTickets to Campout Cinema’s presentation of Hocus Pocus include admission to “Can’t Look Away: The Lure Of Horror Film” and, like most events at EMP, there are fabulous drink specials before the presentation and at intermission, as well as tons of fun and exciting surprises!

Campout Cinemas is known for providing a “Super Themed” movie going experience, so you can bet on tons of cooky, spooky fun at this show!

If you’re looking for a boo-tiful was to spend you weekend, EMP is the place to be…and BEWARE.

Haunted Happy Hour: Like, Totally Wicked
Saturday, October 15th, 2016
5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Free admission with RSVP
21 and Over Only

Campout Cinema: Hocus Pocus
Saturday October 15th, 2016
8:00 PM (Doors at 7:00)
$12 ($10 for EMP Members)
21 and Over Only

*All photos courtesy of EMP

Your guide to everything St. Paddy’s Day in Belltown and beyond!

Friday, March 13th
Pirate’s landing of St. Patrick at South Lake Union with Special Guest, US National Boxing Champion Queen Underwood | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Way back around 400 AD, Irish raiders captured St. Patrick and brought him to Ireland. On Friday March 13th the pirates of the Emerald Isle will be bringing him back, dropping him off in South Lake Union (near MOHAI) at 6 p.m.
Join in the fun and help the Pirates by climbing aboard the Ride the Ducks’ Boat at F X McRory’s at 5 p.m. for the trip to South Lake Union. The Ride the Ducks’ boat will return back to McRory’s by 6:30 p.m. for the Green Strip Laying.
Cost: Free
Kids are welcome.
More info at: http://irishclub.org/irish-week/#

Green Strip Laying | 4th Ave, 7 p.m.
This is a mini parade to lay down the route of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (happening Saturday, March 14th) down 4th Ave starting at Jefferson Street at 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
Kids are welcome.

Saturday, March 14th
Irish Week Festival, Seattle Center Armory, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Celebrate and explore Ireland’s cultural roots through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, Irish food and drinks, games and more. Live Irish tunes, dancing and the Irish jig will keep the energy high though out the weekend.

Irish Flag-Raising, 12:20 p.m.
Just before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off, watch as the Parade Grand Marshals join the Mayor of Seattle in raising the Irish Tricolor flag, followed by the Irish and US National Anthems played live.

St. Patrick’s Parade 4th Ave, 12:30 p.m.
Kicking off Seattle’s 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Parade Grand Marshal and the Honorary Parade Grand Marshal will lead the parade up 4th Ave.  Recognized by CNN as one of the “Five places to get your green on,” the parade will travel north from Jefferson, after passing the Reviewing Stand at Westlake Park, and ends at the Seattle Center with Closing Ceremonies at 2 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl | 12:00 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Everyone loves some green beer on St. Patty’s, a $10 wristband gets you into all participating bars free of a cover charge.
Cost: $10 (for a pass)

Kells Irish FestivalIrish Reels Film Festival | All screenings in the Seattle Center Armory: Loft Suite 3
Saturday Screenings:
12:00 p.m. – The Irish Pub: Trailer
2 p.m. – Shorts Program
4 p.m. – Natural Grace: Trailer

Sunday, March 15th
St. Patrick’s Day Dash | 8:30 a.m.
Seattle’s largest single-distance run/walk, jog or crawl where the winners cross the finish line before the last person starts. Over 15,000 people participate creating a ribbon of green through the streets of Seattle.

Irish Week Festival | Seattle Center Armory 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Celebrate and explore Ireland’s cultural roots through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, Irish food and drinks, games and more. Live Irish tunes, dancing and the Irish jig will keep the energy high though out the weekend

Irish Reels Film Festival | All screenings in the Seattle Center Armory: Loft Suite 3
Sunday Screenings: 
12 p.m. – TBD
2 p.m. –  The Irish Pub: Trailer

 

The 1922 discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen rocked the world of archaeology, and since May 2012, the long-dead pharaoh’s golden treasures and opulent possessions have wowed Seattleites from their exhibition at the Pacific Science Center.

That exhibit closes this Sunday, January 6th. Tickets have been booked pretty consistently since the opening of King Tut’s showcase last May, so if you want to get in to see the sights before it closes, you should buy your tickets sooner rather than later. Buy your tickets here.

Although King Tut’s treasures have been sent all over the U.S. for viewing, they will go to rest permanently back in Egypt after they leave the Pacific Science Center next week. The exhibition at the Center features over 100 artifacts from Tutankhamen’s tomb as well as other archaeological sites in Egypt, showing more than 2,000 years of history from that region of Africa.