Bennion & Deville’s Seattle Weekend Roundup: Enjoying Seattle’s Artistic Offerings

Whether it’s a ballet performance, a song lyric, or a tear-jerking scene from a cinematic masterpiece, art often provides great inspiration to people and countless hours of entertainment. The city of Seattle has a rich art scene providing a diverse offering from music to film to dance. This weekend in Seattle is a great example of how Seattle embraces and celebrates its thriving art scene.

UCLA Festival of Preservation
Bennion and Deville Fine Homes WindermereIf you’re a movie lover, you can’t miss the Northwest Film Forum’s UCLA Festival of Preservation in Capitol Hill. For years, the festival has showcased classic and rare, unseen films. On Friday night, they’re playing the Forbidden Love Double Feature, which includes ‘40s and ‘50s classics “Gun Crazy” and “The Chase.” The full schedule of movies can be found on the Northwest Film Forum’s website. Showings begin at 7 p.m. each night until Wednesday and tickets are $6-$10 for a single film or $9-$20 for a double feature pass.

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Kylián + Pite
The Pacific Northwest Ballet is premiering its latest program Friday, November 8, at McCaw Hall. Jiří Kylián features performances that swing effortlessly between the lighthearted and the dark like the more emotional piece, “Forgotten Land,” which is making its local premiere. The program also features Crystal Pite whose work “Emergence” earned acclaim when it premiered in 2009. The company’s latest offering is sure to be thrilling with music by the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Tickets and the full schedule can be found here.

Seattle Center hosts The Affordable Art Fair
November 6th kicked off Seattle’s Affordable Art Fair taking place now and through the weekend at the Seattle center with a very simple concept;  “an inspiring and friendly atmosphere in which you can find thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs all under one roof, ranging from $100-$10,000, with more than half priced under $5,000.”  This gathering of pieces from young, emerging artists as well as some of the biggest household names and recent graduate students is a fantastic opportunity to snatch up some work from rising stars in the art world! Tickets and more information here.

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The Moore Theatre, Seattle.

Concerts
If you’re in the mood for some live music this weekend, the city is celebrating some local artists as well as highlighting a classic rock favorite:

  • Friday: Seattle’s own Barsuk Records is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a special concert at Neumos on Capitol Hill. Favorite artists such as Maps & Atlases, Menomena, Yellow Ostrich, and many more will be rocking out all night to celebrate this piece of Seattle history.
  • Saturday: Head down to the Moore to catch the incredible Seattle Rock Orchestra, performing all of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits accompanied by an exhilarating laser show.

A French Affair

“LET THEM EAT CAKE” – Marie Antoinette.

Portrait of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), Musée Antoine Lécuyer
Portrait of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), Musée Antoine Lécuyer

F is for FUN, FOOD, and FETE, so we recommend donning your classic French flair (stripy shirt, mustache?) and celebrating La Fete National; the 1789 storming of the Bastille and the beginning of the end of the monarchy for France, this weekend at one of these pop-up neighborhood celebrations.

Madison Valley Bastille Day Bash
Madison Valley Bastille Day Bash

 

 

Madison Valley will be pulling out all the stops on Saturday for their second annual Bastille Bash Celebration and street festival with French inspired food and wine tastings,  live music, street performers, sidewalk sales and even a Marie Antoinette impersonator. Pro Tip: buy the wine passport for $20 and sip until you too have seen all heard all and forgotten all! 

Details: Saturday, July 13, on East Madison Street from 27th to 30th Avenue, from 3–8 p.m.

Post Alley’s famed Bastille Day 2013 Party For The Revolutionaries is bringing the heat for the 11th year running this Sunday with a Burlesque show, a performance from the Can Can girls, live music, a plentiful abundance of spirits and street food/French favorites including macarons, baguette sandwiches and an oyster shucking station.

Details: Sunday, July 14, Post Alley, Seattle 4-10 p.m.

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Post Alley’s Bastille Day Fete

Other Seattle Bastille Day happenings via Seattle Met

-Bennion & Deville 

Spring Is Here (finally)

A list of our picks for Seattle’s finest spring-time offerings…

Today Marks the first day of Spring, so to celebrate we’ve started compiling a list of some of the best of Seattle in the spring.

Take note of when the University of Washington’s famed cherry blossom lined quad will hit their full and spectacular bloom.  Pack a picnic, and canoodle under a canopy of pink.

canopy of pink

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (April 1-30, 2013) calls for pulling on your rainboots, bringing along your best lens, and trekking it out to Mt Vernon to join the crowds in marvelling as millions of tulips burst into bloom on farms scattered through the valley.

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Spring Skiing!  Seattlites can reap the benefits of being just a quick jaunt from two fabulous ski resorts well into the spring season with Snoqualmie Pass just a 45 minute drive from Downtown Seattle and Stevens Pass just 78 miles East of Seattle is also part of the beautiful cascade loop and may offer more snow further into spring as it is the higher of the two! Both are an easy day trip, or even half day trip given their proximity to the city, and well worth the trek for a couple of runs on a brighter spring day.
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Late Spring (beginning of May) brings the 39 year Seattle tradition of Duck Dodge back to the Lake Union waters and provides for many a capture-worthy photo moment on Tuesday nights as they line their boats up to party as the sun sets behind Queen Anne Hill .  Lucky enough to get out on the water and actually take part?…check the official 2013 Duck Dodge schedule to scan the rules and get the scoop on what kind of costume to don before ducking and dodging your way across the lake.
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...To be continued