July 19, 2014

First Anniversary Party For The Barrel Thief On July 24th

Kirby Lindsay
Celebrate the first year for The Barrel Thief, on July 24th!

Celebrate the first year for The Barrel Thief, on July 24th!

This Thursday, July 24th, from 5p – midnight-ish, The Barrel Thief Wine & Whiskey Bar will celebrate its First Anniversary – and everyone (over 21 years old) is invited!

The celebration kicks-off with a grand tasting from 5p – 7p with long-time Barrel Thief friends and industry partners pouring beer, wine, cider and spirits.  All tastes will cost only one dollar!

Follow up the deliciousness with a big party, with music, food, drink and general merriment.  A few really special bottles of wine, and spirit flights, will be broken out of the Barrel Thief’s generous store for a one-day-only opportunity to buy a glass.  Prizes will also be given out for the most festive get-ups – come dressed like a monk and be in the ‘running’ for the grand prize!

Since transitioning from Wine-Tea-Chocolate one year ago, The Barrel Thief has become a destination for those wanting to learn about, and enjoy, high-quality spirits and wine in central Fremont.  If you haven’t been in a while, stop by and see the transformation!  If you have, come out and celebrate the continued success of this delightful den for adult palates and questing minds.


July 18, 2014

Seattle Public Library Launches Self-Publishing Contest With Smashwords

Kirby Lindsay

All Seattle Public Library (SPL) card holders, ages 18 and up, are invited to enter the SPL’s first ever e-book self-publishing contest.  Using Smashwords, local writers can publish their book, and then submit the e-book to the Library for consideration, by 11:59p on Wednesday, October 15th.  Up to three winners will be added to the SPL e-book collection.

Enter by creating a free Smashwords account, self-publishing your book on the website, then entering the contest using the Seattle Writes webpage.  E-book submissions can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and/or short story collections – all themes and genres will be equally considered.  One submission is allowed per SPL card holder.  Official contest rules can be viewed on the SPL website.

The contest is presented in partnership with Smashwords, a site that promises the fastest and easiest option for distributing an e-book to the world’s largest e-book retailers.  The site provides free tools for marketing, distribution, metadata management and sales reporting of independent e-books.  At Smashwords, authors and publishers have complete control over the sampling, pricing and marketing of their written works, and the site is ideal for publishing novels, short fiction, poetry, personal memoirs, monographs, non-fiction, research reports, essays, or other written forms that haven’t even been invented yet.

For more information and full contest rules, visit the Seattle Writes website, or Ask a Librarian.


July 17, 2014

See The Aquatic Life Under The Stars At The Fremont Outdoor Movies

Kirby Lindsay

LifeAquaticWithSteveZissouposterThis Saturday, July 19th, enjoy ‘The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou’ at the Fremont Outdoor Movies, sponsored by Talenti Gelato.  Come early (gates open at 7p) to secure the best site for your blankets and chairs, then enjoy the Yellow Submarine photo booth and get a free red beanie thanks to evo and Spacecraft Collective if you are one of the first 150 advance ticket holders in the gates (purchase advance tickets, for $5 each, on-line.)  Also, earn prizes for Team Zissou costumed ensembles!

For those unfamiliar, ‘The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou’ is another film by auteur director Wes Anderson.  Starring Bill Murray as the title character, the film is an ensemble piece with Angelica Houston, Cate Blanchett, Bud Cort, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson and Willem Dafoe.  As with other Anderson films, such as ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ and ‘Rushmore’, this piece may be about seeking revenge on a mythical shark, it really is about a collection of characters of too much restraint and too little in the way of conventional reason.

For those unfamiliar with the Fremont Outdoor Movies, this is a summer experience you must have.  Bring-your-own-chair, and $5 for entry, and set up your urban campsite to sit out under the stars to hoot and holler at another great film.  This is a great way to enjoy an evening with the family, or a select friend, and a not-to-be-missed tradition for Fremonsters!


July 16, 2014

West Of Lenin Hosts ‘Doktor Kaboom! Live Wire, The Electricity Tour’ This Weekend

Kirby Lindsay
Coming this weekend, July 19 & 20, 2014, to West of Lenin.

Coming this weekend, July 19 & 20, 2014, to West of Lenin.

This weekend – Saturday, July 19th at 2p and 7:30p, and Sunday, July 20th at 2p – Doktor Kaboom will put on a live wire show of fun for adults and kids alike, at West of Lenin.  This live science comedy show will have its premiere at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. this fall, but Fremont audiences can enjoy favorite past routines and brand-new material as the Doktor refines his new ‘Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire, The Electricity Tour’.

Science is for everyone, and so is Kaboom!  Aimed at children ages 10 and up, Doktor Kaboom will entertain everyone in the room with excitement and fun.  Warning:  high voltage electricity will be involved in at least one demonstration in this show.  Those with pacemakers and other implanted electric devices should not attend this performance – and can see the Doktor in his regular appearances on KING 5’s New Day Northwest.

For more information on this show, and all the work of Doktor Kaboom, see his official website.


Free Concert This Sunday At History House

Kirby Lindsay

MITSG2014PosterThis Sunday, July 20th, from 2p – 4p, enjoy a free concert as the 10th Season of the Music In The Sculpture Garden series continues at History House.  Listen to some of the Puget Sound’s best acoustic musicians, this week attendees can get to hear the music singer-songwriter Percy Hilo and the Appalachian-inspired songs of Murphy & Middaugh.

Enjoy songs of miners, trains, the Civil War, and whiskey, with the Appalachian Americana music of Murphy & Middaugh.  This duo shares an influence of coffee shop folk music with Percy Hilo, a Northwest musician with 30 years of experience.  His original songs, done in American folk style, have been published and sung ‘round the world.

Produced by John Nordstrand, the Music In The Sculpture Garden concert series is free to attend (although donations/tips are gratefully appreciated.)  Sponsored in part by a grant from the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, this series is also supported by donations from two dozen area businesses and organizations.

This Sunday, July 20th, stop by History House between 2p – 4p, and enjoy this free musical entertainment in the shaded courtyard at the intersection of Troll Avenue and J.P. Patches Place!  For more information, visit the MITSG website and the Facebook page.


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