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Last chance for tickets to see Mirah tonight!

April 23, 2010

There are still a few tickets left for the show tonight…don’t miss out!

Mirah and Kane MathisFolklife Masters: Mirah & Kane Mathis
Friday, April 23 | 7:30pm
Empty Sea Studios | $35


Festival Schedule is live!

April 23, 2010

Start planning your Memorial Day weekend now!

Have you signed up to volunteer with Folklife yet?

April 5, 2010
We’re always looking for volunteers, but right now we have some pretty cool opportunities available:
Are you actively involved in your local neighborhood?  Do you like going to events and talking to people about Folklife?  Or, do you have great people skills and know your way around a database?  If so, you might be the perfect candidate for the Neighborhood Representative or Volunteer Communications Coordinator jobs!
Head over to our website for more details on the volunteer jobs and info on how to apply.  Or just call (206-684-4079) or email Emily, our Assistant Volunteer Coordinator.

Spread the word:  Volunteers Make It Happen!

Why is this Night Different? Fluffy Matzoh Ball Soup Recipe

April 2, 2010

A guest post from our new Development Associate, Ari Rinzler.

Happy Passover!

Passover is about telling stories, recalling history and examining contemporary times.  This makes for lively banter and pretty good discussions over hillel sandwiches – and it also makes for what is absolutely my favorite holiday.

Storytelling and re-telling the past and questioning all of the above is inextricably linked to what it means to be Jewish – “Maggid”, the Hebrew word for “story”, is at the root of the word, haggadah, which is the written order of prayer, songs and the story of the Jew’s exodus from Egypt and freedom from slavery, collectively read each year during Passover.

Likewise, the meal itself is an integral part of the story, and is purposefully symbolic; we eat the Charoset, a mixture of chopped apples, walnuts and honey, represents both the toil of the slaves and the sweetness of freedom; we eat the bitter herbs, horseradish to remind us of the bitterness of slavery; and we eat springtime fare to symbolize renewal and new beginnings.

Every year, I’m in charge of the matzoh ball soup.  Made from ground matzoh, the unleavened bread that marks the journey out of Egypt when the Jews didn’t have time to let their bread rise, this soup is a real crowd pleaser.  I use a vegetarian broth made with Better than Bouillon which tastes fantastic – all the meat eaters concur, I kid you not.

Try this recipe for a vegetarian, fluffy matzo ball soup:

Matzoh Ball Soup (Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Matzoh Balls
1/2 cup matzo meal
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons seltzer

2 to 3 quarts prepared vegetable stock (I use Better Than Bouillon paste)
1 carrot, sliced
A few sprigs of dill

Mix all matzo ball ingredients in a bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. The cold temperature is important for fluffy matzo balls.

Bring 1 1/2 quarts of well-salted water to a boil in a medium sized pot.

Reduce the flame. Wet your hands. Form matzo ball batter approximately 1-inch in diameter into the palm of your wet hands and roll loosely into balls. Drop them into the simmering salt water one at a time. Cover the pot and cook them for 30 to 40 minutes.

About ten minutes before the matzo balls are ready, bring prepared stock to a simmer with the sliced carrot in it. Ladle some soup and a couple matzo balls into each bowl and top with a couple snips of dill. Eat immediately.


And the winner is…

March 30, 2010

Congratulations to Chandra Thornburg on winning the two tickets to see Black Prairie at the Tractor Tavern!

For the rest of us, there are still some tickets available (though probably not for long) – get yours now!

(P.S. You can get a sneak peek of the entire album over at NPR’s First Listen.)

Black Prairie

Black Prairie (featuring members of the Decemberists) and Mimicking Birds
Saturday, April 3 | 9:30pm
Tractor Tavern, Seattle | $12
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There’s a new folkie blog on the block.

March 30, 2010

It’s the Hearth Music blog and it’s off to a great start.

Some of you may know Devon Léger, our former Assistant Director of Programs.  While we’re sad that we don’t get to see his face around the Folklife offices anymore, we’re pretty happy to see his new endeavor take off.  Hearth Music presents traditional artists from around the Pacific Northwest and beyond, like The Water Tower Bucket Boys and Les Amis Créole.
The blog features posts about the wide world of folk, like this one about the darker side of folk.

Les Amis Créole

Win tickets to Black Prairie @ The Tractor!

March 29, 2010

Black Prairie

Seriously, folks: this one’s a doozy. Black Prairie (if you don’t already know) is a side project featuring a few members of the Decemberists – specifically Jenny Conlee, Chris Funk, and Nate Query. Portland musicians Jon Neufeld and Annalisa Tornfelt join them and the result is some of the most gorgeous folk you’ve ever heard. By turns dark and dreamy then foot-tappin’ and knee-slappin’, this is modern folk at its finest.

Sadly, I can’t seem to link directly to a song, but just click through directly to their MySpace and have a listen.

Opening for Black Prairie is Mimicking Birds, a trio that turns out lovely melodies featuring the pretty and vulnerable voice of lead singer/songwriter Nate Lacey.

I’m strongly tempted to just keep these 2 tickets to myself, but no – I offer them instead to a random commenter on this here blog. Winner to be chosen Tuesday at noon, so comment now for your chance to win!

Black Prairie, Mimicking Birds
Saturday, April 3 | 9:30pm
Tractor Tavern | $12