Square One Books Co-Sponsored Event April 29th!

Photo: Dave Boling
Photo: Dave Boling

Tacoma Author, Dave Boling, will be reading and signing his first novel, “Guernica,” at Southwest Branch Library on April 29th from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself on the wrong side of the Spanish Nationalists, so he flees to Guernica, the most ancient town of the Basque region. In the midst of this idyllic, isolated bastion of democratic values, Miguel finds more than a new life—he finds a love that not even war, tragedy or death can destroy. The bombing of Guernica was a devastating experiment in total warfare by the German Luftwaffe in the run-up to World War II. For the Basques, it was an attack on the soul of their ancient nation. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this beautiful novel about the resilience of family, love, and tradition in the face of hardship.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing. All library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is co-sponsored by Square One Books.

·         Author Reading and Signing at Southwest Branch, Seattle Public Libraries
“Guernica” by Tacoma author Dave Boling
When: April 29th, 2010
Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Where: Southwest Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave SW
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.
The event is co-sponsored by Square One Books
Copies of the book will be for sale at the reading.

Specialty Cocktails in The Junction!!!

West 5 Mai Tai  - Photo by: Erika Schultz/Seattle Times
West 5 Mai Tai - Photo by: Erika Schultz/Seattle Times

It’s Friday night (TGIF)! You’re going to go grab a cocktail with the girls. Or you just want to impress your girl. Or you just want to kick back with something a little more “special.” Well, don’t worry, we’ve got your back…

JaK’s GrillRuby Red Martini Red Absolut vodka, grapefruit juice and splash of cranberry juice. Served ‘shaken, not stirred!’ MatadorTop Shelf Margarita Sauza Hornitos tequila, fresh lime and splash of Cointreau. Simply the ‘top’ margarita! RockSport Bar & Grill Recession Apple McCormick Whiskey, Apple Pucker and cranberry juice. Recession? What recession? ShadowlandFarmer Tini Stoli Razberi vodka, Absolut Mandarin vodka, Malibu rum, cranberry juice and fresh lime. Sure to knock any farmer on their ‘tini!’ Spring HillMoro Manhattan Old Overholt Rye whiskey, blood orange, dolin sweet vermouth and house orange bitters. No need for the cherry on top! Table 35Fountain of Youth Bombay Sapphire Gin, St. Germaine, Green Chartreuse and San Pellegrino served up with a twist. You look ten years younger already! Talarico’sDesi’s Pomegranate Kamikazi Vodka and pomegranate liqueur, muddled with lime and shaken with a splash of house made sour. Shot down in flames! West 5Mai Tai Top secret, guarded-by-deadly-python recipe blends two rums and fresh island juices to conjure a balmy island paradise at the back of your eyelids. Many consider this, hands down, the best Mai Tai on the mainland!

And for something completely different, Elliott Bay Brewery PubOrganic Beers! Alembic Pale Ale, Elliott Bay IPA, No Doubt Stout, to name a few. Now then, who’s thirsty?!!!

Tell Me On A Sunday at ArtsWest April 28-May 23!

Courtesy: ArtsWest
Courtesy: ArtsWest

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s – TELL ME ON A SUNDAY

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera)
Lyrics by Don Black and Richard Maltby, Jr. (Miss Saigon)
Directed by Deanna Schaffer and Christopher Zinovitch
ArtsWest – April 28–May 23, 2010

“From Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of Broadway hits Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Sunset Boulevard comes this one-woman musical tour-de-force, with lyrics by Oscar winner Don Black and Tony winner Richard Maltby, Jr.”

For More Info: ArtsWest.org

2 Locals Featured in Seattle Restaurant Week!

Courtesy: Seattle Restaurant Week
Courtesy: Seattle Restaurant Week

West Seattle Junction locals, Fresh Bistro and Spring Hill are participating in Seattle Restaurant Week, April 18-29th!

Dine out and help inaugurate Seattle Restaurant Week! More than 100 restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $25! *Price per person, not including drinks, tax or tips. Value menu available Sunday-Thursday and not available with any other offer.

Springtime at the Farmers Market & Pharmaca!


Courtesy: Seattle Farmers Market
Courtesy: Seattle Farmers Market

Langley Fine Gardens, Billy’s, Cascadian Edible Landscapes, Stoney Plains Farm and other market vendors have fabulous selections of herb, vegetable and other edible starts, and are happy to answer your questions and offer gardening tips. They offer plenty of easy options for novice gardeners and good choices on decorative plants for almost any type of garden.  Shoppers can also stop by the Master Gardeners info booth at the market for free spring planting and gardening advice.

This spring the West Seattle Farmers Market is also pleased to welcome back Skagit River Ranch with their wonderful cuts of organic meats. The market also offers delicious, high-quality choices from Stokesberry Farm (organic chicken and eggs), Toboton Creek (pasture raised goat meat), Samish Bay Cheese (organic beef, pork and cow’s milk cheeses).

The West Seattle Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, with local, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, organic meats, seafood (salmon and shellfish), ciders, preserves, cut flowers, artisan breads and baked goods and other items from local farms and food artisans.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BODY & SOUL – Sunday, April 18th at Pharmaca West Seattle from 11-1pm

Aromatherapy for Spring – Certified Aromatherapist, Carol Walter of Solace Essentials (a West Seattle-based Aromatherapy Bodycare line), will be available on Sunday, April 18th at the West Seattle Pharmaca for free consultations on using Essential Oils for Spring allergies, detox, cleaning, pets, cleansing the body, etc. Come to learn more about this natural healing modality.

Record Store Day at Easy Street April 17th!

Record Store Day
Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 17th at Easy Street. “It is a day where musicians work with their record companies to offer exclusive, limited edition titles all released on that day. The big names, the real small batch pressings, will sell out fast. People line up in front of the store before it opens to get a chance at the goods.” It’s kind of a big deal.

Take 10% off all new and used CDs, DVDs and vinyl on April 17 (sale items excluded) at both stores.

Easy Street opens at 9 am. See you on Saturday!

Junction Plaza Park Breaking Ground Celebration Today!

junc_plaza_dev_perspectives2The West Seattle Junction has it all: friendly retailers, delicious food, arts, culture and convenient services; everything except an open space park for gatherings, playdates and concerts. In a joint effort to remedy that, the West Seattle Junction Association and the Junction Neighborhood Organization are announcing the Breaking Ground Celebration on the future site of the Junction Plaza Park today, April, 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of SW Alaska Street and 42nd Avenue SW, on the site of a former filling station that has been re-mediated over 10-years, with the old tanks removed and the land completely “greened” to remain so in perpetuity. Park completion date is slated for late May 2010.

Junction Plaza Park, designed by landscape architect Karen Kiest, will feature a plaza, complete with brick and concrete seating; a lawn with decorative benches; and a central performance area. All planting will be Northwest natives, including Vine maple, Northwest Flowering dogwood, Oregon grape and Sword fern.

After a large fundraising effort in 2005, with the help of citizens, neighborhood matching funds and the Seattle Pro Parks levy, the site is now owned by the Seattle Parks Department.

The park represents a strong partnership between the West Seattle Junction Association (WSJA) and the Junction Neighborhood Association (JuNO). “This new park will provide opportunities for community gatherings, a place to meet friends, and a place for leisure in the heart of The Junction.  The Junction Association and neighborhood groups have been working towards this goal for almost 10 years and it’s a pleasure to see it underway,” says WSJA Director Susan Melrose. Erica Karlovits, President of JuNO continues, “We are so excited to be able to protect and use the limited green space we have left in our ever growing urban village.  The creation of Junction Plaza Park is an incredible addition to our vibrant community.”

The community is invited to come help beautify the park on Community Planting Day immediately following park completion. Interested parties should contact West Seattle Junction Association Director, Susan Melrose at for more information on participation.

Honk! Fest West This Weekend!

HONK! Fest West is a street fair dedicated to bringing marching bands, samba lines, horn players, drum corps, and every manner of rhythmic and melodic noisemaker right to the Seattle streets. HONK! events are a celebration of the emergence of a new type of street band, one that is typically acoustic and mobile, often politically aware and articulate, and always high spirited. There is a rich community ethic amongst many honkers, who use their music to erode the barriers between professional and novice, and between audience and performers. Although uniforms are sometimes used as a performance tool, individuality is key, and group members often hail from all range of classes, ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds.

This year, over 20 bands large and small (anywhere from 8 – 60 members) will come from all over the United States and Canada, ready with old ditties, new tunes, fighting songs, protest marches, funeral dirges, swinging gospel, Balkan folk, tin pan jazz, and everything in between. The festival is part musical gathering, part community activism.

We hope you come out and join in!Honkfest West

Honk! Fest West will be performing in West Seattle from 12-6 pm Sunday, April 11th, on 7 different stages in The Junction (map).

Sam Cutler Book Signing at Easy Street!

sam cutler book signingWho: Sam Cutler
What: Book signing
Where: Easy Street Records in West Seattle
When: April 13th at 6PM

Sam Cutler is the only man ever to work as tour manager of both the Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead. His new book, You Can’t Always Get What You Want details the author’s experiences with the bands in the late 60’s and early 70’s, including the infamous concert at Altamont. The book also describes in vivid detail the personalities of the bands, friendships with other performers of the day such as Joplin and Hendrix, and the chaotic nature of organizing a concert

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West Seattle ArtWalk Thursday April 8th!

spring Art WalkThis Second Thursday, April 8th is West Seattle Artwalk in The Junction! Stop in at participating merchants to see what new artist is featured this month. Join us for the festivities from 6-9pm and do a little shopping or grab a bite to eat along the way!

Hotwire is featuring Masks & Other Transformations by John Fleming.

Masks & Other Transformations by John Fleming
Masks & Other Transformations by John Fleming

These assemblies represent a small portion of my larger Sign Language collection. Each piece is composed of multiple 2″ squares cut from recycled traffic signs. The Five x Five’s are purely abstractions, yet as abstractions they offer many possible stories and interpretations. At their core is the ‘RE’ story—Re-claim, Re-cycle, Re-interpret, Re-examine, and Re-store.John Fleming