Winter Craft Show This Weekend

Posted December 3, 2010 by Tara
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From jewelry and journals to art and apparel, there’s a lot to see at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall this weekend during Urban Craft Uprising’s annual Winter Craft Fair.

This Saturday and Sunday (December 4 & 5) from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. check out some of the coolest crafters in the Northwest for FREE!

With over 120 vendors, hourly giveaways, free craft demonstrations, and a bunch of other awesome options, this is a great place to tackle your Holiday shopping (not to mention support local crafters). Plus, the first 100 people in line each day receive a swag bag—count me in!

 Stop by for a quick peak or peruse all afternoon; either way Northwest Folklife suggests you check out Seattle’s largest indie craft show.

Warm up your Saturday afternoon at Family Days!

Posted November 19, 2010 by Molly
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WhozyamamaThe weather may have taken a turn for the worse, but you will be nice and toasty as you cut a rug to the sounds of Whozyamama. Tomorrow (Saturday, November 20), join Northwest Folklife at the Experience Music Project SkyChurch for our November Family Days. The event runs from 1pm-3pm and is completely free!

Nothing heats up a room like the sound of Cajun music and even if you have  never danced Zydeco before, you will get some basic instruction. Practice your new moves at Family Days and head into the museum (admission is $15, $12 for students, military, under 12 or over 65 and free for those under 4) to check out the exhibits.

If you want to get  ready for tomorrow, take a listen to Whozyamama:

Reel de Joie by Whozyamama

Thursday: Eddie’s Trackside Bar and Grill

Posted November 16, 2010 by Tara
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Kellee Bradley

Take the opportunity this Thursday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m., to get out of the house and out of the city and join us for a benefit concert at Eddie’s Trackside Bar and Grill in Monroe, WA.

Wendy McDowell, owner of Eddie’s since 2006 and a long-time Folklife performer and participant, put together a killer line-up that will make those train tracks tremble.

For a $10-$20 suggested donation, attendees enjoy a great line-up of music, starting with Kellee Bradley and her son Connor at 8 p.m., followed by the Stillwater Hillbillies, Troupeau Acadien, Cool Water, and closing the night with The OM Crew.

Make an evening out of it by carpooling with friends and fellow folkies because you don’t want to miss this family friendly, all-ages event. For directions, click here.

Northwest Folklife staff will also be at Eddie’s to hear your “Northwest Story” (our cultural focus at this year’s Festival) between sets.  So if you have a special Folklife memory or want to tell us your favorite part about living in the Pacific Northwest, we’d love to hear it.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Tonight: Square Dance at Tractor Tavern

Posted November 15, 2010 by Tara
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Put your cowboy boots on and get ready to do-si-do!

Tonight, Northwest Folklife and Seattle Subversive Square Dance present a foot stomping good time at Tractor Tavern, starting at 8pm.

Bring yourself and a partner (don’t worry a partner’s not required) and get ready to boot scoot and boogie with two great local bands and callers. Starting out the night is the Atlas Stringband with caller, Gabe Strand.  Following their performance is the Queen City Bulldogs with caller, Charmaine Slaven. 

Don’t know how to square dance? Neither do I.  Before each dance a short intro to the steps will be given and we can all follow along.  Also, the main responsibility of the caller is to ‘call out’ the steps during the dances, so it’s easy as 1-2-3.

Special thanks to Charmaine Slaven, Gabe Strand and the rest of the Subversive Square Dace Society for organizing this event.

See you tonight!

Admission $5



Tonight: Café Paloma and Emerald City Guitars

Posted November 13, 2010 by Tara
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Amateur Radio Operators

Venture over to Pioneer Square tonight because A Night for Folklife has an awesome line-up and we don’t want you to miss out!

 ahem, drum roll please…

In a new and exciting collaboration, Emerald City Guitars hosts from 7-10 p.m. a collective concert featuring Amateur Radio Operator, Joseph Giant and Lincoln Barr of Red Jacket Mine.  Donations for this FREE concert are accepted and space is limited so click here to RSVP. Wine is also available through donations thanks to Folklifes’ own Kelli and John Faryar.

The music doesn’t stop there.  At 7:30 p.m. Café Paloma  presents musical performances by Hell’s Bellows, Sonerion, Devon & Dejah Leger, Nadia Tarnawsky and Yeni Ses.  Not only will you get to listen to great live music, but you can also indulge in delicious food too! Special thanks to the event organizers Sedat Uysal and Peter Lippman.

Too many fabulous options, right? That’s okay. Hit up one of these parties– or both! It’s Saturday night after all.

Tonight: Les Chats Creole

Posted November 12, 2010 by Molly
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Laughing Ladies CafeWe are so grateful to our Folklife supporters who are hosting events as a part of A Night for Folklife. It is truly inspiring to have this many parties to choose from over the weekend and tonight’s concert at Laughing Ladies Cafe in Shoreline is no exception.

Cajun Zydeco band, Les Chats Creole will make a cold winter evening in Seattle feel like a hot Louisiana night. Add in the intimate coffee shop setting of Laughing Ladies and you have the recipe for a perfect event! It all gets going at 7:00 tonight.

Here’s a little preview of Les Chats Creole from Louisianathon to get you in the spirit:

So come visit Laughing Ladies in Shoreline tonight! Tara and I will be there representing Folklife and we would love to see you.

Just Dance!

Posted November 11, 2010 by Molly
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photo by Debbie Fant

Are you looking forward to contra dancing in the Roadhouse at the Northwest Folklife Festival with childlike anticipation? Is your closet bursting with twirly skirts and dance belts? Are you routinely searching eBay for new folk dance costumes? Do the words “fragrance free” mean anything to you?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we have a weekend packed with enough dance events to wear out a brand new pair of shoes. Let’s go down the list, shall we?


Friday Night Contra at Phinney Ridge @ Phinney Neighborhood Center

Calling by Mike Richardson and Luther Black, music from the Folklife Night Out Band

7:30-10pm (7pm beginner ‘s workshop), $8/$7 for SFS and PNA members

English Country Dance @ The Swedish Cultural Center

Calling by Laura Me Smith and Russell Owen, music by Julie King, Dave Bartley, Karen Iglitzin and Betsey Cooper

Seattle Balkan Dancers

Seattle Balkan Dancers at the Russian Cultural Center

8-11pm, Donations welcome

Balkan Dance @ The Russian Cultural Center

Music by Stanley, Christos & Kip, Radost Folk Ensemble and Orkestar RTW

Starts at 8pm, $15

Vancouver Country Dance @ St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave. at Trutch St., Vancouver, BC)

Calling by Ray Polhemus, music by Out of the Wood: Kathy Bowman and Pat and Vickie Marron

8pm-11pm (Introductory session at 7:45pm), $12 (Children free)


Dance for Joy! @ SouthDance for Joy Lake Union Armory

Click here for a full schedule of the day’s dances, musicians and callers

11am-8pm, $10 for 1 section, $20 for 3 sections, $35 for the whole day (funds raised for both Northwest Folklife and Dancing til Dusk)

Open Band Contra Dance @ Gift of Grace Lutheran Church

Calling by Mike Richardson, music led by bandleader, Steve Trampe

Potluck at 5pm, Dancing 6pm-8:30pm, $5 Suggested Donation


For more information on these dances or other A Night for Folklife events, see our website. Many thanks to the party hosts for all their hard work and to the venues who have been so generous to let us use their space.

See you on the dance floor!