Sunday, February 28, 2010

Final The Abodox show

Last Friday, at the Comet Tavern The Abodox played their final show. I wrote about it on the CAB here.

I second

Time is running out to support 4Culture and it's wonderful programs! Follow the link's on Joey's blog here.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

My Own Horn

Toot Toot!

I'm very excited to be part of a wonderful group of artists showing in the next Gallery4Culture season! Gregory Schaffer is an excellent photographer; and I have recently become acquainted with Julia Freeman's lovely work. She has a piece up currently in the Seattle Metropolitan Building. Part of the amazing Seattle City Light Art Collection. 1% for the arts!

Monday, February 22, 2010

and the Molo goes too.....

The Oscars are only a couple weeks away and with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosting I'm actually kind of excited to watch 'em for a change.

So, here's my pics. Feel free to steal from my list for your office pool:

Best Picture:

The Hurt Locker will win-my cynicism makes me think that Avatar will run away with it, that no movie as small as the Hurt Locker with as little earnings would ever win...but the Oscars have a new weird system of voting and this might favor The Hurt Locker.

Best Actor:

Jeff Bridges will win. I love Jeff Bridges, but honestly I'd give it to Jeremy Renner, that kid sold that movie in a much more subtle role.

Best Actress:

Sandra Bullock will win, which is baffling but true. I don't know who should win cause I haven't seen any of the movies on this list!

Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique will win. Mostly because the 2 up in the Air Actresses will split votes, Cruz wont win for a singing role...Maggie has a shot though, she's my pick of the lot. And still has the most sexy mouth in all of showbiz. There I said it.

Best Director:

Kathryn Biglow. It's way too good of a story for the first female director to win an Oscar by beating out her ex-husband for anyone not to vote for her! And she is the best.

I didn't see any of the new Documentaries listed, I shouldn't comment on them.

Best Animated will go to Up. Duh.

Original Screenplay: Tarantino has to win something...

Oh, I forgot Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz for sure! That guy was amazing. I have a soft spot for Woody, but Christoph deserves it.

Adapted Screenplay: Prob will go to the Up in the Air pair.

Art Direction: Nine.

Hurt Locker will get cimenatography, probably

Animated and live action shorts? who knows.

Visual Effects: Avatar. Costumes: Nine. Editing? I don't know how they decide this one ever.

Sound: The Hurt Locker. Sound Editing: Mr Fox! Why not? Original score: Mr Fox for fun! Original song: The Weary Kind from Crazy Heart. Makeup: oh...let's go with II Divo.

There you go folks!

Monday, February 15, 2010


I saw P.O.S. play Nectar last Thursday and wrote about it for the CAB here

From Wikipedia:

"P.O.S. began as a punk rock musician. In high school, [Stefon] Alexander and his friends played punk shows in a band called "Om," in which he first came to be referred to as "Pissed Off Stef." The abbreviation has taken on various and indefinite meanings including, "Product of Society," "Promise of Stress," "Promise of Skill," "Plain Ole Stefon," and "Piece of Shit.""

Definitely not Point of Sales. He's a great performer, go see him if you get the chance.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Off the Map - Kirkland Arts Center

Thursday after checking out great shows at Vermillion and Grey Gallery (see post below) I headed over to Kirkland arts center to check out a show by curator Jill Hardy called Off The Map. Here's a couple images from the evening and be sure to check out the City Arts Blog to read my full review.

Scott Bailey's Above Rainer installation, attacked by a young patron's arm

Curator Jill Hardy (back to camera) listens to an interpretation of Matthew Picton's Pakistan and the Indus River

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Capitol Hill is the new Williamsburg

Two good shows opened up tonight at Vermillion and Greg Galleries on Capitol Hill. Go check 'em out. "BFF" Excerpts From The Friends of the NIB is at Vermillion throught March 7th, and features tons of work by the local cartooning scene, and friends. Curated by Jonathan Morris and Cait Willis.

Parallel Universe at Grey Gallery (through April 2nd) features some of Seattle's premier artists, Berk, Cowie, Elliot, Offenbacher, Veltkamp, Webb, Guerrero, Mitchell, Park, etc etc...but there's a catch. The works are not what the artists are typically known for. They are experiments, odd-ball pieces, changes in direction that were never followed up on, some doodle-like sketches that seem to be almost a release for the artists. The kind of thing you might do when you can't think of anything else you want to be working on. Or the kind of thing that might lead you down a different path altogether. Process, really, is the theme of this show. Process and freedom.

Grey and Vermillion continue to build the case as Cap Hill being the Williamsburg of Seattle's art scene with these excellent shows. Go check 'em out!

artist David Lasky next to his drawings

artist and curator Cait Willis next to her drawings at Vermillion

work by Joey Velkamp at Grey Gallery