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July 29, 2016

Folk Harp Gets Center Stage At Dusty Strings This October

Jonathan Shue

Director, Dusty Strings Music School

At Harp Seattle 2016, learn more about playing this beautiful instrument, whether a beginner or polished professional.  Photo by Rhett Brown, for DS

At Harp Seattle 2016, learn more about playing this beautiful instrument, whether a beginner or polished professional. Photo by Rhett Brown, for DS

At Dusty Strings we’re gearing up for our biggest event of the year – Harp Seattle!  This year, from October 7th – 9th, we’ve invited four of the world’s most renowned harpists:  Park Stickney, Maeve Gilchrist, Kim Robertson, and Nicolas Carter.  We chose them not just for their virtuosity as performers, but for their diverse contributions to the field.

Known the world over for his ability to play two harps at once, Park Stickney has performed and taught at nearly every harp festival from Adelaide to Zaragoza.  His latest album, ‘Who Is The Lion, The Wolf, and The Donkey?’, features original songs, and arrangements of songs by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and The Eagles.

Maeve Gilchrist has taken Celtic harp to new levels of performance with her folk-jazz-fusion approach that stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. She continues to record and perform solo even while touring with such luminaries as Tony Trischka, Esperanza Spalding, and Alasdair Fraser.

A pioneer of the American folk harp movement, Kim Robertson combines an improvisational spirit with a passionate sense of tradition, bringing a contemporary touch to a centuries-old instrument.  The Los Angeles Times wrote of Robertson, “…her Celtic harp held within its strings and wood the diverse offerings of the human race.”

Dusty Strings once again gathers together the community of harpists and harpers at Harp Seattle this October.  Photo by Rhett Brown, for DS

Dusty Strings once again gathers together the community of harpists and harpers at Harp Seattle this October. Photo by Rhett Brown, for DS

Paraguayan harpist Nicolas Carter weaves storytelling, reflections on culture, and humor to create unforgettable experiences for audiences.  A trained theatre director, he’s performed concerts throughout the United States and Europe, either accompanying Paraguay’s Lizza Bogado or with his trio, Son Del Sur, that features harp, woodwinds, and guitarrón.

These four performers will take the stage at Dusty Strings over two-nights in an intimate concert setting that’s open to the public.  Kim Robertson & Nicolas Carter will perform Friday, October 7th at 7:30p, and Park Stickney & Maeve Gilchrist will perform Saturday, October 8th at 7:30p.  Individual tickets may be purchased for each concert, at dustystrings.com, and one need not register for the entire weekend of events to attend a concert.

800pxDustyStringsHarpSeattle_0003PostcardLastly, we’ve invited several leading regional harpists to present workshops on topics ranging from chord calisthenics to harp therapy, to the Alexander Technique.  There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a veteran harper or just starting out; and, as in previous years, memories of workshops, concerts, and connections made will last forever.  We at Dusty Strings want to share harp with the world, and with you, and we hope to see you here!

Harp Seattle 2016 runs October 7th – 9th at Dusty Strings Music Store & School.  For more information, and to register, visit dustystrings.com or call 866-634-1662.

 

 

July 28, 2016

Benefit Concert for Nepal Peace Home On August 5th At Fremont Abbey

Kirby Lindsay Laney

Help the children live cleaner & healthier lives!

On August 5th, help raise money for Nepal Peace Home while enjoying live, original music by Jessica Dobson, Bryan John Apple, Zach Bolen and Shay Carlucci.  At a concert held in the Great Hall of the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, hear new music while making life better for the children.

Nepal Peace Home is a reconciliation orphanage that provides a safe home and education to the displaced children of Nepal.  While always in need of support, this benefit show will raise money specifically to supply a newer, healthier sewage system for the facility.  All show profits will be put towards building a cleaner future for the kids of Nepal.

The concert will feature the incredible front woman, Jessica Dobson, lead singer and multi-instrumentalist of Deep Sea Diver.  Having performed with Beck, The Shins, Spoon, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dobson has most recently lent her bravado and fearlessness to her own personal projects, such as Deep Sea Diver.  Also enjoy the music of Bryan John Appleby, a local singer/songwriter celebrating release of his latest album, ‘The Narrow Valley,’ and Zach Bolen and Shay Carlucci, both of whom are releasing albums of their solo works for the first time this year.

Purchase advance tickets to the concert for $15 through the Fremont Abbey website, or get tickets at the door for $20.  Doors open at 7p, with the show starting at 8p.  The concert is all ages, although bar drinks will be available for purchase (with profits going to Nepal Peace Home,) by those 21+.

Funded by CoAction Foundation, a 501(c)3, all-volunteer organization, all donations to Nepal Peace home are processed by CoAction, tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and will go 100% to funding work on the ground in Nepal.

 

July 27, 2016

Pop-Up Fine Dining Coming To Vif Wine|Coffee This Sunday

Kirby Lindsay Laney
At Vif, on July 31st, get a sneak peek at a new restaurant to come - by enjoying a Pop-Up Restaurant.  Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, Jul '14

At Vif, on July 31st, get a sneak peek at a new restaurant to come – by enjoying a Pop-Up Restaurant. Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, Jul ’14

On Sunday, July 31st, between 6p – 9p, enjoy a ‘Sneak Peek Pop-Up’ in fine dining from chef Scott Emerick and ‘really smart wine dude’ Ian Harris, all in the comfort and tranquility of Vif Wine | Coffee in Upper Fremont.

Harris and Emerick will soon be combining their considerable skills, and opening a restaurant in the Seattle-area.  In the meantime, they want to show-off what they have to offer Fremont foodies and discerning diners, and give their prospective audience a sneak peek – and taste – of what is to come.

Emerick, who has opened Le Pichet and Seven Beef, and opened/operated Cremant, brings more than 20 years of restaurant experience to your plate.  Harris has worked at Monsoon, Seven Beef and restaurants in New York City and Williamsburg, and will bring his smart and steady resolve to offer unrivaled customer service to this endeavor.

The Pop-Up menu will feature a three-course meal of hand-made pasta and fresh summer veggies.  Cost will be $25 per person, with no reservations required.  Just come enjoy this chance to taste fine food.

 

July 26, 2016

Google Hosts A Free Training For Local Non-Profits

Kirby Lindsay Laney
At Google, local non-profits can learn how to use valuable on-line tools to benefit their clients - for free!  Photo provided by Google, 2015

At Google, local non-profits can learn how to use valuable on-line tools to benefit their clients – for free! Photo provided by Google, 2015

In the Fremont Google offices, on August 4th, from 9a – 12:30p, more than 80 local non-profits will be given training in using valuable on-line tools for mobile fundraising, AdWords, and story visualization.  Through Google for Nonprofits more good work can be done by area non-profits – faster, easier and at lower cost.

Non-profits, most of whom have fewer than 25 staff people and represent a wide diversity across our community, (including the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, the Northwest African American Museum, Brain Injury Alliance of Washington and the Seattle Good Business Network,) will be given this free training in how Google can improve their work, and the lives of their clients.

On August 4th, State Representative Zach Hudgins will introduce Google for Nonprofits, and kick-off this valuable training.  Google staff will then give personalized tutorials in Google Earth, and other tools they’ve developed for use by non-profit organizations.

If you know of a local non-profit that could benefit from this informational session, there are still a few seats available.  RSVP to directly to Google Fremont, today!

 

July 25, 2016

Please Vote! Return Your Completed Ballot Today!

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Please vote by August 2nd, 2016!!!

Please vote by August 2nd, 2016!!!

Please vote by August 2nd!  Registered voters should have received a ballot in mid-July, and right now is an excellent time to sit down and fill it out – and mail it or drop it in a King County ballot drop-box (the closest to Fremont is at the Ballard Branch Library,) by Tuesday, August 2nd.

This ballot has a large number of important primary races on it, with the candidates vying for a spot on the final ballot in November.  It is urgent that voters select strong, representative candidates on this ballot, so that we can vote for them in November.

From this ballot two candidates will be selected to run for United States Senator, United States Representative District #7, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Commissioner of Public Lands, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Insurance Commissioner, Legislative Representative District #43, and two judgeships.  To get quality candidates on the final ballot, voters must elect quality candidates now!

Drop-off, or mail, your King County ballot by August 2nd, 2016.

Drop-off, or mail, your King County ballot by August 2nd, 2016.

Perhaps more importantly, on this ballot voters will have one opportunity to choose on:

  • Initiative #123 – building a mile-long elevated park out of the existing Alaskan Way Viaduct, by establishing a public development authority to design and find funds for it
  • Proposition #1 – renewing an increased property tax levy, to fund affordable housing for low-income seniors, the disabled, the mentally ill, and the homeless, along with funding homelessness prevention programs and emergency rental assistance

The ability to vote is a privilege – and a responsibility.  Please take a few minutes and exercise your right, and freedom, to vote.  Return your ballot to King County Elections by August 2nd.

 

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