Monday, September 28, 2009

Originally uploaded by radkescott

Sculptor Scott Radke posted this beautiful new piece on his Flickr photostream and I couldn't help but to share.
Friday, September 25, 2009
To Do: September 25th - 27th

Film: Whip It; Drew Barrymore's directorial debut about a Texan roller derby team called the Hurl Scouts starring Juno's Ellen Page. Page's character Bliss Cavendar struggles to find her own voice in the midst of beauty pageants and suburbia.

Metro Cinemas 500 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Joey Chiarello; the Seattle artist's Evolution show at the Pacini Lubel gallery is in it's final weekend. Chirarello's stoneware sculptures depict animals as warriors.

Pacini Lubel Gallery 207 2nd Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104

Bastille; located in Ballard this French restaurant offers up locally grown (like from their 4,500 sf rooftop garden) and organic French fair till 2 am making it one of the best choices for late night dining in Seattle. Their moules frites cooked in champagne with thyme are a perfect way to follow up their heirloom tomato salad with bacon vinaigrette.

Bastille Cafe & Bar 5307 Ballard Ave. NW Seattle, WA 98117

U-District Farmer's Market; now more then ever local businesses are looking for patrons and consumers are looking for quality goods worth their hard earned cash. The farmer's market is a perfect way to help keep local farmers in business and walk away with fresh and delicious food that's sure to please the tummy and the wallet. The market boasts more than 50 food vendors offering up local, and organic goods. Saturday 9am -2 pm.

Corner of 50th and University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Beauty's Lot, English, 1778
Originally uploaded by peacay

With the recent threat of Philadelphia having to close it's entire public library system (something that was luckily avoided) I thought I would shine the light on PK's curious and enlightening blog BiblioOdyssey. A receptacle for printed ephemera that inhabits many libraries newly digitized collections, the blog harvests a fascinating mix of images. From drawings of the danse macabre, to engravings of mythical beings and fairy tales, it's truly a revelation that archives of so many libraries are now available with just a few clicks of the mouse and will hopefully entice people to revisit their idea of the public library. I have often spent hours pouring over this collection and following it's links to the original source materials where even stranger worlds can be found for those willing to do a little hunting (OK sometimes a lot but the payoffs are great) threw the catalogues of such institutions like the US National Library of Medicine or the Royal and National Library of Denmark. And just think there's never any late fees for over due books.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Corey Doctorow via the inimitable posted a fantastic link today to the photo stream of Chris Seufert who had the honor of interviewing the patron saint of all things peculiar for his upcoming documentary Gorey: The Final Days of An American Gothic. The photo stream which contains production stills of both the author and his Cape Cod home includes gems like this one above where you can find an antique writing desk, a potato and a stuffed pink flamingo among the collections of books and pottery. I cannot really imagine that I would be the person I am today if Gorey's thrilling animated opening to Mystery! hadn't caught my eye as a wee lass. It's always a treat to see the items and ambiance that surrounded this master of wit and whimsy in his final years and with even a few shots of his precious cats to be found in the mix it's a must see for Goreyphiles.
Friday, September 18, 2009
To Do: September 18th -20th

Art -
Spaced Out: The Final Frontier in Album Covers. The EMP hosts a collection of 117 space aged album covers that are blast to the past and the beginning of America's fascination with space.
Experience Music Project 325 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98109

Music -
The Artic Monkeys
Saturday September 19th, 8pm. Showbox @ the Market
1426 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Film -
The Informant! Director Steven Soderbergh and actor Matt Damon team up again in this comedy of errors that follow executive turned whistleblower Mark Whitacre as he ineptly tries to help the FBI in a large price fixing case. Metro Cinemas 4500 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Eats -
Sushi Me This kaiten-sushi restaurant located in the Crossroads area of Bellevue is a consistently great treat. The nigiri is always fresh and the selection of rolls and sides like smoked squid salad is usually well varied (meaning you won't see the same lame california roll going round and round). Perhaps the ultimate accolade for this place is their prices with the level of quality their food has one would expect to rack up an expensive bill but with 2 people eating healthily for about $35.00 including drinks Sushi Me wins on all fronts.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Madame Talbot first caught my eye several years ago on a trip to New Orleans where I spotted her Bell Witch print in a French Quarter store devoted to sideshow ephemera. Ashleigh Talbot's beautifully detailed work hearkens back to a time of sideshows and mysticism, chronicling the strange, the murderous and the mad of centuries past. The hand drawn designs are a wonderful mixture of the traditions of European etchings and the American broadside that results in a style both classical and pulp. Fans of 19th century advertising will surely be pleased with the shop's offerings.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
One of my favorite painters Dan May has yet another great show this month at Santa Monica's Copro Nason. The show entitled 'The Nature of Things to Come' runs until the 25th and features the ethereal and often longing creatures that May's glades and forests house. I've followed May's work for a couple of years now and have delighted in the ever expanding world of flora and fauna that float and sway in the twilight. May has shown at the gallery some half dozen times now so it's also nice to see he's found a regular home for his work.