Othello Block Party: Celebrating South Seattle Art, Culture, and Community

What: Othello Block Party

When: Sat. July 28th 12pm-9pm

Where: Othello Station (42nd Ave. S & Othello)

Summary: Othello Block Party: Celebrating the art, culture, music, and community in the South End! OBP empowers artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, organizers and more by creating opportunities for building connections and lasting relationships.

Mission: Provide an inclusive platform for youth, people of color, LGBTQ community members, immigrants, new and longtime residents alike to share their stories and their art; creating space for locals to organize and build together for equity and inclusion in the rapidly changing south Seattle.

Sponsors: MLK Business Association, Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods, South Seattle Emerald, Homesight, OnBoard Othello, UW Commons, and The Grocery, coordinated by Cafe Red & Artist Coalition for Equitable Development.

Quote from performer/co-curator Jerrell “Rell Be Free” Davis: “South End artistry is what sets the bar and creates the culture for ALL of Seattle – but rarely gets acknowledged for it. From music & poetry, to food, visual arts, dance, and beyond- and definitely their intersections with youth & social justice…the South End of Seattle is thee highest standard for culture in the whole northwest! And they aint sleepin on us, they just steal from us. They don’t doubt us, they jus don’t credit us. We ain’t on the come up, we’re already leading the pack. We been here!”

More Info on co-curators:

Concuss is a shadowy clan of musicians and makers creating art, media (Radio Concuss) and more from the epicenter of South Seattle. Expect the legendary Silas Blak, beats from the epic production squad Filthy Fingers United, and some special surprises.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcFHjyjiTuLvgW1RNmx9leg

Dani Tirrell (name as pronoun) is about creating space for Femmes and GNC bodies from the African Diaspora.

https://www.danitirrell.com/

Jerrell “Rell Be Free” Davis is a seasoned hip hop artist and premier Educator from the South End of Seattle. Rell’s style incorporates a radical social consciousness with grit, energy, and an unmatched poetic flow and wit that has established him as one of the foremost lyricist of this generation. His set will bring town favorites like Yirim Seck along with rising stars like Esai.

https://soundcloud.com/rellbefree

Jade Dynasty is a national performing artist having been Seattle’s #1 booked performer in 2017. She has performed all over the West Coast and slowly making her way around the country. She is a leading pioneer for the Seattle Ballroom scene, trained voguer, erotic dancer, and over all boss bitch on the floor! Follow her at @Jadaraid!

https://www.houseofluna.org/

Sistas Rock the Arts is a multigenerational artistic/social platform created by Brown and Black women to ensure we have a safe, respectful space to go for the arts. SRTA hosts a weekly live jam/open mic every Thursday at Rumba Notes.

Crash the Glass is a monthly femme showcase of talent at Columbia City Theater’s Bourbon bar. The incredible La Tanya Horace and Reese Tanimura will be colliding to bring our Block Party some of the best from each of these event series!

Bob Lovelace is a 37-year veteran musician who currently plays with Ayron Jones, Marmalade, Andy Coe and more. He’ll be bringing some youth from Seattle Drum School of Music to help kick off the Block Party, as well as some seasoned Seattle staples to bring us out with a live jam session.

Hosted by Ready Ron & Mario Casalini.

W/ DJs Melonic206, Zeta!, & Seabefore.

Cyphers with Alchemy Union & #GameOverFame!

Capoeira rodas w/ Seattle Capoeira Center!

Vendors & community info booths!

Live art w/ Poesia!

Sound and Stage by Revolution Staging.

Stay tune for more details coming soon!

To donate, volunteer, or vend, visit:

www.othelloblockparty.com

Exit Interview: Velocity Dance’s Tonya Lockyer on 16 years in the arts on Capitol Hill

Tonya Lockyer (Image: Bettina Hansen with permission to CHS)

Tonya Lockyer began as a touring artist and educator, eventually finding her roots in Seattle after joining Velocity Dance Center as an artist and completing graduate school at the University of Washington. She went on to be Velocity’s programs and communications manager, and eventually its executive director.

In June, Lockyer announced she will be stepping down from her post this fall after 16 years with the organization.

Entering Velocity in a time of instability, debt, and amid an emergency capital campaign, Lockyer implemented operational and artistic direction and, in just two years, had Velocity operating in the black.

With accolades like the Mayor’s Artz Award, Tonya’s tenure has brought national visibility to the dance center and its residents, acting as the “portal to Seattle dance,” and a destination for touring choreographers. Her leadership influenced exceptional growth in audiences and artist residencies, with consistently sold-out community events and classes.

CHS spoke with Lockyer about how she got involved with Velocity and Seattle’s dance scene, her proudest moments as Artistic Executive Director, the importance of dance for our community, and what’s next for her.

How did you get involved with Velocity?: When I first moved to Seattle, I was teaching and I ran into a Seattle choreographer and said that I was moving to Seattle. She said, “Seattle is great, and my friend KT Niehoff needs someone to stay in her house!” So the very first place I ever lived was in the home of the co-founder of Velocity, KT Niehoff. Continue reading

Lush Sounds

 

LUSH SOUNDS is a 21+ summer music fundraising series at the beautiful Volunteer Park Conservatory.
Join us with all of your friends for early evening of unwinding to lush sounds in one of the most lush environments in Seattle.

// LUSH SOUNDS – LUSH SPACE //

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you wander and wonder at the magnificent gardens. Catch up with friends by the pond or have a dance to the sounds of local superstar dj’s in the Seasonal House. Enjoy a magical night after hours at the lush Volunteer Park Conservatory!!

21+
7pm-10pm

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TICKET INFO COMING SOON

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MUSIC MAKERS

Jenn Green
Jenn Green is a radio presenter based in Seattle. She hosts GREENHAUS RADIO, a weekly radio show that airs on RWD.FM on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. EST. She also splits her time as in-studio hospitality at KEXP and as a DJ assistant at Hush Hush Records.

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/12/04/25600659/spun-out-5-essential-cuts-selected-by-local-dj-jenn-green
https://thump.vice.com/en_us/article/9avz8d/last-record-jenn-green
https://www.mixcloud.com/greenhausradio/stream/

Baby Sam
https://soundcloud.com/babysamdeejay

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FAQ’s
* 21+ only
* Bar will be located in the Bromeliad House and Music in the Seasonal House- beer/wine tickets will be available
* No pets or outside food/drink is allowed in the Conservatory
* Please consider signing up as a member or becoming a donor for the Friends of the Conservatory. Members get discounts to events like this and more!
* Cash AND Cards accepted
*** Help us keep the Conservatory in pristine condition by using the trash/recycling receptacles and respecting the space.***

Your supporting dollars tonight is going to help The Friends of the Conservatory and will go towards fulfilling our mission!

“The mission of the Friends of the Conservatory (FOC) is to advocate and encourage preservation, public participation, and education with respect to the Volunteer Park Conservatory and its plant collection. ”

Brought to you by the Friends of the Conservatory
Curated by MOKEDO

Lush Sounds 2

 

LUSH SOUNDS is a 21+ summer music fundraising series at the beautiful Volunteer Park Conservatory.
Join us with all of your friends for early evening of unwinding to lush sounds in one of the most lush environments in Seattle.

// LUSH SOUNDS – LUSH SPACE //

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you wander and wonder at the magnificent gardens. Catch up with friends by the pond or have a dance to the sounds of local superstar dj’s in the Seasonal House. Enjoy a magical night after hours at the lush Volunteer Park Conservatory!!

21+
7pm-10pm

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TICKET INFO COMING SOON

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This event will be happening at the same time at Lusio. A Night to Awaken. Dance inside with us and then go outside to explore the park come to life with lights.

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MUSIC MAKER

J. Justice

We loved Jason Justice at Lush Sounds last year so much we invited him back to dj a whole Lush Sounds himself this year! ♥

Inspired by beats out of London and cities around the world, Seattle’s J-Justice has dedicated more than 15 years to music with soul—from house to boogie, disco to jazz, techno to hiphop. Best known as a founding member of acclaimed DJ crew SunTzu Sound, J-Justice is driven by a faithful following in Seattle and beyond. His tireless efforts have made him an indispensable participant in Seattle nightlife.

Along with fellow SunTzu Sound founder, Atlee Treasure, J-Justice regularly books and promotes top-shelf international talent and has served as weekly host of Friday night’s City Soul radio show on KBCS since 2004.

J-Justice has performed at major venues in Seattle and held residencies at The Baltic Room, Nectar Lounge, The War Room and Chop Suey. He also co created TRUST, a monthly dance party which fans and DJs alike called “the best dance party in Seattle.”

https://www.mixcloud.com/kexp/kexp-presents-midnight-in-a-perfect-world-with-j-justice/
https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/10/23/25488158/spun-out-5-essential-cuts-selected-by-local-dj-j-justice
https://www.kbcs.fm/staff/dj-j-justice/
https://www.mixcloud.com/kexp/kexp-presents-midnight-in-a-perfect-world-with-j-justice/
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FAQ’s
* 21+ only
* Bar will be located in the Bromeliad House and Music in the Seasonal House- beer/wine tickets will be available
* No pets or outside food/drink is allowed in the Conservatory
* Please consider signing up as a member or becoming a donor for the Friends of the Conservatory. Members get discounts to events like this and more!
* Cash AND Cards accepted
*** Help us keep the Conservatory in pristine condition by using the trash/recycling receptacles and respecting the space.***

Your supporting dollars tonight is going to help The Friends of the Conservatory and will go towards fulfilling our mission!

“The mission of the Friends of the Conservatory (FOC) is to advocate and encourage preservation, public participation, and education with respect to the Volunteer Park Conservatory and its plant collection. ”

Brought to you by the Friends of the Conservatory
Curated by MOKEDO

Woody Shticks’ MANIAC!

It’s 1989 and Butch Woods is a Maniac with one dream: sweat through every home in America with his very own VHS empire. He’s got the passion to make it happen…as long as he can hold it together long enough to audition his back-up. Will tight buns and a loose grip take him all the way, or will fitness fame – like sanity – prove too much of a stretch?

Directed by interarts gang and Seattle darlings The Libertinis, Maniac is a solo show on the brink…stage managed by the formidable Maren Comendant and created by Woody Shticks (Noah Duffy, if you’re nasty) – who can be caught stripping and storytelling all over the globe or dealing a low blow to high art with Tootsie Spangles and Hattie HellKat of The Libertinis.

Maniac runs Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30p, Feb 16-24, at 18th & Union in the Central District. Choose your own ticket for $15, $20, or $25!

Dance Underground, an open space for Capitol Hill dance communities

In an underground dance studio on 15th Ave E, you can find Ilana Rubin — hair wisped and face flush — running around or behind her desk fresh out of one workout or another, her office strewn with Halloween decorations.

Rubin runs Dance Underground, a 14-year business running a 45-year-old dance studio. The studio was first opened by Shirley Jenkins when it was called Strong Winds Wild Horses. In fact, it’s the very place Rubin met her partner more than two decades ago doing Argentine tango. Rubin herself has been a dancer all her life, harking back to her roots in Israel.

The space itself contains two spacious studios with christmas lights lining the wall-length mirrors. It certainly has a homey, lived-in feel to it through the walls and the ceiling but it’s welcoming.

“To me it’s just a part of that old Seattle that we keep talking about that’s disappearing,” said Barb Duff who uses the space for BaDi dance and exercise. “From what we do for a living, you’re just not going to find a 2,000-square-foot, unobstructed studio with a hard sprung wood floor anywhere with these cookie-cutter Ikea showrooms.”

Duff and her BaDi coworker Dina Love came to Seattle from the East Coast a while back. For them, the studio is reminiscent of New York’s “gritty dance studios” because of its ambiance. Continue reading

Next Fest NW: Disruption

Next Fest NW is Velocity’s new works series celebrating what’s happening in contemporary dance, movement-based performance and dance cinema in the region. Next Fest NW was established to support new work and investigate different approaches to dance. Through Next Fest NW, Velocity aims to foster a robust community where artists have access to facilities, support and creative exchange.

This year’s event takes on the theme of disruption. People love to talk about it, but what does it really mean to be disruptive in these times? We live in a time of political disruption, or a deep yearning for it. What alternative do you envision and want to manifest? What do you want to interrupt or change? What is “disruption” in dance?

This year’s artists are:

  • Michael “Majinn” O’Neal Jr. and Angel “Moonyeka” Alviar
  • Taryn McGovern
  • Sarah Hogland
  • Alicia Mullikin
  • Sean Rosado
  • Seth Sexton
  • Alisa Popova
  • Jordan Macintosh-Hougham (Next writer-in-residence)

Guest Artist Series: Joanna Kotze (NYC) / Kim Lusk (SEA)

 

JOANNA KOTZE (NYC) / KIM LUSK (SEATTLE)
It Happened It Had Happened It Is Happening It Will Happen by Joanna Kotze
in a special split-bill with Seattle’s Kim Lusk
November 3-5, 2017
Velocity Founders Theater

Award-winning New York choreographer Joanna Kotze will be joined in this special split-bill Guest Artist Series performance with rising choreographer and local favorite Kim Lusk.

It Happened It Had Happened It Is Happening It Will Happen
Choreographed by: Joanna Kotze in collaboration with the dancers
Performed by: Raja Feather Kelly, Joanna Kotze, Netta Yerushalmy
Music by: Dave Ruder
Costumes by: Reid Bartelme
Lighting Design by: Kathy Kaufman

Joanna Kotze’s It Happened It Had Happened It Is Happening It Will Happen—a site-responsive piece drawing from Kotze’s background in architecture—won her a prestigious New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Acclaimed trio Raja Feather Kelly (Princess Grace Awardee and 2017 Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation instructor), Netta Yerushalmy, (Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography) and Kotze will perform the piece in its West Coast Premiere at Velocity.

It Happened It Had Happened It Is Happening It Will Happen which confronts the seductiveness of classifying, ordering, and structuring, while attempting to hold onto the character of the unnamable, vulnerable, and imaginable. Playing with ideas of performance, intimacy, and space in our digital age, the dancers’ physicality and vulnerability are viscerally felt, as breathe, sweat, stomp, clap, and dance in close proximity to the audience.

Trio in Silver
Choreographed by: Kim Lusk
Kim Lusk—Velocity’s 2018 Made in Seattle artist—will showcase her first full-length work, Trio in Silver, before it premieres in its entirety at Velocity next spring. Lusk has developed much of her work at Velocity through the organization’s residency, production support, and mentorship.

Bollywood Dreams Entertainment presents: 6th Annual – Jai Ho! Bollywood Thriller Halloween Costume Party

6th Annual Bollywood Thriller in Seattle

Bollywood Dreams Entertainment Invites you to:

6th Annual – Jai Ho! Halloween Costume Dance Party in Seattle

THE BOLLYWOOD THRILLER

Imagine an Indian wedding gone awry as the joyful celebration takes a turn for the worst with a blast that transforms all attendees into zombies, smack in the middle of the rituals! This is the dropback on which choreographer & DJ Prashant set the Bollywood Thriller dance with help from Jai Ho! Dance Troupe lead Brittany Newton. What started in 2011 as a performance to a musical mashup of a Bollywood wedding song & Michael Jackson’s Thriller has transformed into a sub-culture over the years.

Many learn the dance & perform alongside Prashant & Brittany, hundreds come out dressed to kill (& to win the costume contest) as together we celebrate North America’s most flamboyant festival, Bollywood style!

Come Get Spooky on the Dance Floor.

SATURDAY OCT 28

COLUMBIA CITY THEATER

4916 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA

Hosted by celebrated Bollywood entertainer:

Prashant – Singer, Dancer, DJ

Guest DJs & Performers:

DJ KI, SKEE & Jai Ho! Dance Troupe. More TBA.

Thriller Highlights:

  • Costume contest with *amazing* prizes
  • Bollywood Thriller Lesson at 10pm
  • Opportunity to Smart Mob Bollywood Thriller Choreographyat Midnight
  • Henna by donation all night
  • …and a photographer to capture the mayhem of the night!

Photos from last year’s party can be found here.

COSTUME CONTEST YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

(prizes worth over $500)

We are building up a list of local businesses for this year’s costume contest, watch this space for announcements.

Here are the prizes we gave away last year:

THRILLER SMART MOB

Have you ever wanted to learn what is, obviously, the greatest dance routine of all time? How about with a flare of Bollywood?

Leave it to charismatic entertainers Prashant & Brittany to get your evening started with the most wicked dance lesson of your life — BOLLYWOOD THRILLER!

LEARN THE BOLLYWOOD THRILLER:

Check out our step-by-step videos & prepare to SMART MOB with us at midnight:

http://bit.ly/learn_thriller

WATCH THE BOLLYWOOD THRILLER:

Flashmob style performance from 2016:

https://youtu.be/VED5Utxo4_4

Spread the word about this amazing fusion party, bring your friends & let’s dance all night!

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ABOUT JAI HO! DANCE PARTY:

Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/jaihodanceparty

Instagram Page: http://instagram.com/jaihodanceparty

Youtube: http://youtube.com/jaihoparty

At the core of Jai Ho! Dance Party, we celebrate the values of inclusivity and sharing positive vibes by bringing the best of Indian culture to the dance floor. Our innovative themes that set Jai Ho! apart are transforming the nightlife culture of the west coast. With festive elements like Holi Colors & Dandiya Sticks, we create a celebration of music and dance like none other. We invite you to be goofy, smile, make friends on the dance floor, and of course, to sing and dance ALL. NIGHT. LONG.

Jai Ho! takes place monthly in San Diego, San Francisco, Portland & Seattle. Jai Ho! Dance Party is a branch & creation of the production house-team, Bollywood Dreams Entertainment

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PRASHANT:

TEDx Talk: http://youtu.be/TZQcjE2t-pM
http://facebook.com/dreamprashant
http://instagram.com/dreamprashant

AMDEF X: The 10 Year Anniversary

Looking for a hot event this Saturday night? Seattle’s most explosive annual fusion of Art, Music, Dance, Entertainment and Fashion returns to Neumos for our 10 Year Anniversary! A mashup of live music, cabaret show, and dance party, you’ll catch some of the hottest performers the Pacific Northwest has to offer, selected from AMDEF’s 10 year history of memorable shows in Capitol Hill. Get your tickets now and come celebrate with us!
Tickets: http://www.neumos.com/event/1510381-amdef-x-10-year-anniversary-seattle/
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1358785997474754/