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Moonlight Movie Series Returns to “Scrappy” Skyway Community

by Ellis Simani

This Friday evening welcomes the beginning of another month of open-air cinema in what’s become tradition for those who live and work in the area, and others who come out to the event in appreciation of the community. Neighbors, parents and children will sit on blankets, in laps or chairs as they watch Disney PIXAR’s Inside Out, though the real magic will not just be on the screen, but among all in attendance. Continue reading Moonlight Movie Series Returns to “Scrappy” Skyway Community

This Weekend In South Seattle: Art Walk Rainier Beach, Finale of Skyway Outdoor Cinema, and Party Like You Ain’t Working Labor Day (You Aren’t!)

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, September 4th

Movies: Opening Day of Mistress AmericaDetailsTracy is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes.-Time:4:45pm, 7:10pm-Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118. More Info:  http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Art Walk Rainier Beach, Finale of Skyway Outdoor Cinema, and Party Like You Ain’t Working Labor Day (You Aren’t!)

This Weekend In South Seattle: Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies, ROAR Farm Stand, Lamar Lofton Trio Takes Jude’s

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, August 21st

Movies: Opening Day of American UltraDetails: A fast-paced action comedy about Mike, a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe, is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive. Time:4:40pm, 7:00pm,9:20pm-Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118. More Info:  http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies, ROAR Farm Stand, Lamar Lofton Trio Takes Jude’s

This Weekend In South Seattle: Rainier Valley Heritage Parade, Othello International Arts Festival, and Columbia City Blues Festival

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, August 14th

Movies: Opening Day of Straight Outta ComptonDetails:  In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., this documentary tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. Time:4:40pm, 5:40pm,8:00, 9:00pm-Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118. More Info:  http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Rainier Valley Heritage Parade, Othello International Arts Festival, and Columbia City Blues Festival

This Weekend In South Seattle: Skyway Outdoor Cinema, Rainier Beach Back to School Bash, and SeaProg Festival

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, August 7th

Movies: First Day of Skyway Outdoor Cinema: MaleficentDetails: Preshow starts at 8pm featuring Paisley The Clown twisting up a balloon storm, giveaways & trivia, Luchador Taco Co. & Full Tilt Ice Cream trucks, movie at 9pm with raffle to follow.  We’ll be showing Maleficent (2014) PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Family: “A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.”Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto CopleyTime: 8:00pm- 11:30pm –Where: 12610 76th S, Seattle, WA 98178. More Info:  Click Here Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Skyway Outdoor Cinema, Rainier Beach Back to School Bash, and SeaProg Festival

Don’t Haul Your Lawn Chair to Fremont, the South End is Full of Outdoor Movie Fun

by Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again, when we take advantage of the warm summer nights, grab some camping chairs or blankets and go watch our favorite movies projected outdoors. While many will be flocking to Fremont, Marymoor or the Seattle Center, those in the South End know that the best outdoor movies are those enjoyed with their family, friends and neighbors right in their very own community.

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This Weekend In South Seattle: Festivals Galore!

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Friday, August 22nd

Community: VFW Meat Raffle from 4 to 7pm @ Skyway VFW Hall 7421 S. 126th St Seattle, WA 98178. More Info: email persimmon1859@gmail.com

Community: Skyway Outdoor Cinema. Pre-Show Entertainment and Prize Wheel starts at 8:00pm, A showing of Frozen follows at 9:00pm @ 12610 76th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178 (Skyway U.S. Bank Parking Lot). More Info: Facebook.com/SkywayOutdoorCinema

Music:  Correo Aereo (Latin/World Music) begins at 8:00pm@ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118.  Cost: Free. More Info: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com

 

Saturday, August 23rd

Community: Rainier Beach High School Work Party (Picking up litter and Improving trees) from 9:00am – 12:00pm @S Henderson Street and 53rd Avenue South. More Info: http://www.seattle.gov/trees

Community:  Westhill End of Summer Festival (includes Alajawan Brown’s Back to School Supply Giveaway, Fire Fighter Fitness Challenge for Kids, and Bike Helmet Fittings) from 10:00am to 2:00pm @ 76th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, (King County Fire Station #20) More Info: persimmon1859@gmail.com

Health & Community: New Holly Family Fun Festival & Health Fair from 11:00am to 3:00pm @7054 32nd Avenue  South Seattle (New Holly Campus)

Community: Rainier Court Community Festival from 12:00pm – 4:0pm, followed by Summer Streets Part at 1:30pm @ Rainier Avenue and 33rd Avenue South. More Info: http://www.RainierCourtFestival.com

Community: Detective Cookie’s Urban Chess Club with Pro Chess Instructor H.R.Pitre. From 12:00pm – 2:00pm @ Rainier Beach Community Center: 8825 Rainier Ave South Seattle. Ages 7 and Older. More Info: 206-650-3621 (Detective Cookie)

Music: Beacon Rocks (Outdoor Concert)  begins at 1:00pm @ Beacon Ave S & S Lander Street 98144 More Info: rockitspace@gmail.com

 

Sunday, August 24th

Music: The Seattle Piano Players begins at 7:00pm @ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118.  Cost: Free. More Info: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com

 

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Cinema Verite: The Real Stars Aren’t on the Screen, They’re in the Seats

by Devin Chicras

Fade in: Interior, Skyway VFW, late July. West Hill residents pour single file into the basement for a community meeting called to address the growing concern for public safety in the wake of a recent spike in gun violence – including one memorable incident where two groups exchanged dozens of rounds across the main street, injuring six.

One woman is overheard mentioning “it’s a good thing it’s still light outside, or I wouldn’t have came. Not safe to be out here at night”. Older gentleman over her right shoulder nods in agreement.

They’re not alone. While the level of violence was analogous to many other surrounding areas, many residents and businesses had seriously considered moving out of the area, the tension and anxiety was palpable and online discussion was exploding. On top of an already difficult situation, we had just lost our beloved Storefront Deputy, someone many looked up to and regarded as a change maker in our community with his compassionate community policing model. He had given us hope, and now many felt lost.

If you had watched the news coverage of the meeting you would have assumed that it was entirely about how devastated the community was about Deputy Barnes’ departure. What you didn’t see was that the majority of the event was actually dedicated to brainstorming solutions to crime, and specifically, gun violence among youths. What the cameras didn’t catch was the incredible energy, empathy and problem solving that our neighbors brought to the meeting. Some mentioned that they wanted to do something for their community, but they seemed to be waiting for some direction.

I was in the crowd that night. I didn’t have a grand solution to end the violence. As a board member of the nonprofit, volunteer-run West Hill Community Association (WHCA) I felt inclined to focus on the positive side of our neighborhood and shared a list of opportunities for folks to get involved and contribute to a safer, more vibrant neighborhood – from work parties, annual cleanups and ways to get connected to neighbors, to an upcoming event called Skyway Outdoor Cinema.

I (among others) made a similar speech at an earlier WHCA meeting immediately following the police captain’s update on the recent major shooting (and neighbors asking what they could do about it) but the camera also stopped rolling after they had gotten the footage they came for, lest they complicate their neat paradigm of Skyway as lawless, crime-ridden area – a stigma perpetuated by the media which has not only been embedded in the consciousness of those that do not dare visit Skyway for fear of their own safety, but also in that of our very own neighbors. It breeds mistrust and serves to further isolate an area that already suffers from a severe lack of resources due to its unincorporated status and creates major challenges in building unity and expanding communication within our richly diverse, wonderfully unique neighborhood.

Two days after that public safety meeting – just two days after hearing folks say they wouldn’t want to be caught on the streets after dark – the 14th season of Skyway Outdoor Cinema kicked off behind the 7-Eleven on Renton Avenue South to an all time record crowd.

Myself and Mary Goebel served as the two lone volunteer organizers of WHCA’s Skyway Outdoor Cinema, and we’d worked all year, but still SOC2had much to do just before the opening day. The majority of expected funding had fallen through, and the timing couldn’t have been worse as by last season we had already doubled the crowds with a complete re-brand, expanded marketing efforts and a comprehensive overhaul of the whole event. Our ultimate goal was to continue making the event sustainable by securing sponsors and purchasing our own equipment, rather than renting.

To that end, we decided that we needed our own A/V equipment. While a grant from King County covered a bit less than half of an all-in-one unit we intended to buy, we were still about $4k short. So we turned to the community. We started an Indiegogo campaign, uploaded a silly but heartfelt video and put our fate in the hands of our neighbors. We didn’t have much money available to rent equipment, so the stakes were high. We received an incredible response, and in less than a month, we surpassed our goal by a total of 9%, thanks to some amazingly generous folks.

Similarly, calls for volunteers were met with responses from some of the kindest, most hard-working folks I’ve ever met.

As the emcee for the event, I needed some impromptu volunteers to help raffle off prizes after the film. The request had barely finished transferring from the mic to the speakers when a sea of tiny hands shot up. I quickly selected a group of children at random – not immediately realizing that some couldn’t have been much older than six or seven – to help hold the prizes up, spin the raffle drum, draw tickets and call out numbers over the microphone in front of hundreds of people. I have rarely seen the level of professionalism shown by these tiny humans displayed by fully grown adults. I’ve now repeated the same process over three nights with a completely different group of kids each time, with the same exact result.

We had no idea how many people would show up after seeing all of those negative news stories. We didn’t expect 300 attendees, from babies to seniors, to show up at a 7-Eleven in Skyway and stay until 11pm on a Friday night in August. And we certainly didn’t expect whole families to flock to Skyway of all places from Redmond, Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way and beyond.

While there may be some people that are quick to write us off, we are a community of leaders and compassionate supporters, who are simply searching for an opportunity to get involved. Something special is happening here in Skyway, and I think it’s only getting started.

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Skyway Outdoor Cinema is showing “Frozen” for its final event of the season is this Friday, 8/22 behind the 7-Eleven on Renton Ave. S. & 76th Ave. S. Preshow fun runs from 8-9pm, with a free prize wheel, silly photo booth featuring Olaf the snowman made out of balloons and a free ticket for the raffle after the film. Concessions range from 50-75¢, so bring all the change in your couch cushions. Don’t forget to bring your own chair, beanbag, blanket or picnic table. Princess costume optional.

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This Weekend In South Seattle: Summer Streets Extravaganza, Inaugural Golf Tourney and Columbia City Gets the Blues

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Friday, August 15th

Sports: Seed First Annual Golf Tournament begins at 8:00am @ Jefferson Park Golf Club 4101 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108. More Info: Tournament Director Brian Remington, Email: brian@golfcorpsolutions.com, phone: 206-762-4513

Movies: Opening of Boyhood, showtimes 12:00 pm, 3:00pm and 7:30pm @ Ark Lodge Cinemas 4816 Rainier Avenue South Seattle , WA 98118. More Info: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com

Music: Up- Beat Girls Jazz Camp Performance begins at 2:00pm @ The Rainier Valley Cultural Center 3515 South Alaska St. Seattle, WA 98118. More Info: http://www.rainiervalleyculturalcenter.org

Community: VFW Meat Raffle from 4 to 7pm @ Skyway VFW Hall 7421 S. 126th St Seattle, WA 98178. More Info: email persimmon1859@gmail.com

Movies: Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies Present Amandla! A Revolution in 4 Part Harmony. The Garden House 2336 15th Avenue South Seattle 98144.  More Info: Christina Olson phone: 206-762-1026

Community: Skyway Outdoor Cinema. Pre-Show Entertainment and Prize Wheel starts at 8:00pm, A showing of Gravity follows at 9:00pm @ 12610 76th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178 (Skyway U.S. Bank Parking Lot). More Info: Facebook.com/SkywayOutdoorCinema

Music: Second Annual Columbia City Blues Festival (Featuring Reggie Garrett and The Paul Green Band) begins at 8:00pm@ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118.  Cost: Free. More Info: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com

 

Saturday, August 16th

Contest: Third Annual Rainier Valley BBQ Contest from 6:00am – 3:00pm @The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118. Entree Fee: $20. More Info: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com

Volunteering:  Beacon Hill Volunteer Work Party begins at 9:00am @2424 Beacon Avenue South Seattle, WA 98144

Sports: 30th Annual Emerald City Open Water Swim starts at 9:00am @Andrews Bay on Lake Washington 5898 Lake Washington Blvd S Seattle, WA 98118. More Info: Kelsey Smith (206)-684-4766

Parade: Seattle Summer Streets Party and Rainier Valley Heritage Parade. Parade goes from 12:00pm – 1:30pm, followed by Summer Streets Part at 1:30pm @ Rainier Avenue (Between S Alaska and S Brandon Street). More Info: http://www.rainierchamber.com

Community: Detective Cookie’s Urban Chess Club with Pro Chess Instructor H.R.Pitre. From 12:00pm – 2:00pm @ Rainier Beach Community Center: 8825 Rainier Ave South Seattle. Ages 7 and Older. More Info: 206-650-3621 (Detective Cookie)

Movies: Cinema Under the Stars presents the Fantastic Mr. Fox movie begins at 7:00pm @Columbia Park 3515 South Alaska St. Seattle, WA 98118. More Info: http://www.rainiervalleyculturalcenter.org

Music: Second Annual Columbia City Blues Festival  Day 2 (Featuring Orville Johnson) begins at 9:00pm@ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118.  Cost: $8/$10 More Info: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com

 

Sunday, August 17th

Sports: Iron Girl Seattle Women’s Triathlon starts at 6:45am @ Genesse Park 4316 S Genesse St, Seattle, WA 98118 More Info: Katie Sousa email: katie.sousa@ironman.com

Community: Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival from 12:00pm – 6:00pm @ Othello Park 4219 S Othello St, Seattle, WA 98118   More Info: http://othellopark.org/2014-festival

Music: Second Annual Columbia City Blues Festival  Day 3 (Featuring Crack Sunday) Family Show begins at 6:30pm, Late Show (“The Blues According to Jimi Hendrix”) begins at @ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118.  Cost: Free. More Info: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com

 

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This Weekend In South Seattle: Back to School Bash, Beatwalk and Science of “Female Happiness”

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Friday, August 8th

Movies: Opening of The Hundred Foot Journey, showtimes 11:00 am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm,  and 7:30pm @ Ark Lodge Cinemas 4816 Rainier Avenue South Seattle , WA 98118. More Info: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com

Community: VFW Meat Raffle from 4 to 7pm @ Skyway VFW Hall 7421 S. 126th St Seattle, WA 98178. More Info: email persimmon1859@gmail.com

Youth: SYEP Open House from 4:00pm-7:00pm @Rainier Vista Neighborhood House 4410 29th Avenue S. Seattle 98108. More Info: 206-386-1375

Community: Mt.Baker Park Play Area Renovation Public Meeting #2. Meeting starts at 6:30pm @ Mt.Baker Community Clubhouse 2811 Mt. Rainier Drive South, Seattle 98144

Movie: Showing of Orgasm, Inc. The Strange Science of Female Pleasure. Movie begins at 7:00pm @New Freeway Hall 5018 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle 98118

Community: Skyway Outdoor Cinema. Pre-Show Entertainment and Prize Wheel starts at 8:00pm, A showing of The Lego Movie follows at 9:00pm @ 12610 76th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178 (Skyway U.S. Bank Parking Lot). More Info: Facebook.com/SkywayOutdoorCinema

Music: The Westerlies CD Release Party show starts at 7:30pm@ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118.  Cost: $20 More Info: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com

 

Saturday, August 9th

Community: Detective Cookie’s Urban Chess Club with Pro Chess Instructor H.R.Pitre. From 12:00pm – 2:00pm @ Rainier Beach Community Center: 8825 Rainier Ave South Seattle. Ages 7 and Older. More Info: 206-650-3621 (Detective Cookie)

Community: Rainier Beach Back to School Bash begins at 12:00pm @ The Plaza at Rainier and Henderson. More Info: rainierbeachneighborhood@hotmail.com

 

Sunday, August 10th

Music: Columbia City Beatwalk: The Jefferson Rose Band @ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 981178. More Info: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com.

 

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