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Q&A: Shaina Shepherd Organizes Nina Simone Tribute Show

by Jacob Uitti

Seattle’s Shaina Shepherd has a voice that shatters walls. Its power, dynamics, and fortitude put the Big Bad Wolf to shame. But in the last year or two, Shepherd has learned her skill resides in more than just her pipes.

She’s recently stepped into the role of artistic organizer and South End creative beacon. And her latest project is a tribute show at April 20 at the Royal Room dedicated to the late, great Nina Simone.

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Kate Olson on Seattle’s Jazz Scene

by Gus Marshall

On a cold still night in Columbia City, two of Seattle’s premier jazz combos displayed their grasp of contemporary elegance to a fortunate group of perceptive spectators.

Soprano sax sensation Kate Olson and her K.O. Ensemble assumed the bandstand of The Royal Room first. They began to engage the audience immediately with Olson’s light and coherent original compositions “Pear Shaped” and “To The Left.” Olson’s straightforward swinging arrangements provided a solid platform for her clear and articulate delivery.

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Tonight’s Found Fest to Celebrate Happy Reunions, Live Music, Community

By Marcus Harrison Green

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” Those words were written by novelist Dean Koontz, but they were lived by Amy Nova after here dog Booker was abducted from Columbia City’s Royal Room on the evening of October 14th.

Booker is back at after a public, heart-wrenching search and in appreciation for community support to bring Booker home, Novo is producing a free, all-ages concert, pet food drive for the Rainier Valley Food Bank and fundraiser for the Rainier Valley Food Bank on Tuesday, November 10th at The Royal Room.

Nova is there every Tuesday night to watch her boyfriend Delvon’s soul jazz band perform. But that night, she says, she took her eyes off Booker for just a moment. When she turned back around he had vanished.

The next few days were sleepless ones as Nova embarked a one-woman “dog-hunt.”

“For four days I was up every morning on social media blasting out messages about him and seeing if anyone found him. I did not actually sleep because I was on a mission to try and find him,” she says.

In addition to her social media campaign, and plastering pictures of Booker on every shop window, lamppost and tree in and around Columbia City, Novo, who lives in Northeast Tacoma, combated early morning traffic for four days straight to motor down to the area in search of Booker, who is a Chihuahua and Terrier mix.

The South End community began to take up her cause as many shared her social media post about Booker on their Facebook and Nextdoor groups. Several also provided her with tips, one led to her thinking she had found Booker, only to be disappointed to find out it wasn’t him.

She says she became extremely worried by the fourth day of his disappearance, as most animal shelters only keep strays for a maximum of three days before putting them up for adoption.

This spurred her to stand out in front of the Royal Room with photos of Booker asking anyone who walked by if they had seen him.

It was then that several community members told her they were ninety-nine percent sure Booker was being held at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

Nova and her boyfriend rushed there, and upon seeing Booker immediately broke down in tears.

“He’s so spoiled, but he’s always been spoiled,” she says from The Royal Room, with a silent Booker sitting by her side in his miniature rain jacket. “We bought him a Rotisserie Chicken breast the day he came back and let him sprawl out in the middle of our bed while we fell off the sides.”

Nova says that Booker is still adjusting to life back home, as this latest episode had been one in a long line of traumatic incidents for her dog. She originally got him last August from a shelter in California where he was days away from being put to sleep.

Booker, whom she and her boyfriend named after both Booker T of the soul group the MGs, and jazz trumpeter Booker Little, has served as a needed companion at times, as he has been a loving presence while she’s battled medical issues during the last year.

For most people a social media post exclaiming “Thank you, we’ve found Booker!” would be enough of a show of gratitude to the South End community that helped save her dog. But this was not enough gratitude for Novo, who says when she gets an idea in her head she attacks it at 250 miles an hour.

This Tuesday everything comes full circle, as she’ll be throwing “Found Fest” at the Royal Room. The event will feature three different bands including Booker’s dad’s band, the Delvon Lamarr Trio, and will serve as a pet food drive for the Rainier Valley Food Bank and fundraiser for the Seattle Animal Shelter. Though it’s free, attendees are encouraged to bring pet food to donate to the animals of low income families.

“If it wasn’t for the community helping me throughout this whole thing, there’s a good chance that he would be gone. So I chose to do a community party and at the same time have live music and bands, and this venue is the most amazing in the area,” she says.

While she wants the entire community to come and have a great time, she’ll be especially pleased by the sight of one particular individual grooving to the music. She said, “Booker will be sitting on his little Seahawks blanket and pillow, and relaxing as he always does.”

Found Fest starts at 7pm Tuesday night at the Royal Room in Columbia City (5000 Rainier Ave S). Event free, suggested donation of pet food for Rainier Valley Food Bank. All ages from 7-10pm.

This Weekend In South Seattle: The Coffee Shop That Could Turns Two and Ukuleles for All

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Saturday, July 25th

Community: Fourth Annual Living Well Health FairDetails: If you want to learn more about organic foods, alternative medicine, or you’re looking for something new, this is for you! INSPIRING Speakers & Health Tips, HEALTHY Cooking Demonstrations, DELICIOUS Food Samples, FUN Exercise Demonstrations, FREE Health Screenings, FREE Door Prize Drawings and so much more! Admission is free, and we welcome the public to join us –Time: 11:00am- 4:00pm –Where: Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church: 3001 24th Avenue South Seattle, WA 98144 Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: The Coffee Shop That Could Turns Two and Ukuleles for All

This Weekend In South Seattle: Hear the Untold Tale of the Duwamish, Follow The Pied Piper to Mount Baker and Recieve a Message From Guinea

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, November 21st

Movies: Opening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Details:Katniss Everdeen is in District 13, after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.Showings: 12:00pm, 3:45pm, 7:00pm, 9:15pm, 9:45pm –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Hear the Untold Tale of the Duwamish, Follow The Pied Piper to Mount Baker and Recieve a Message From Guinea

This Weekend In South Seattle: “Take Yo Time” at the Collaboratory, Empower Seattle and Don’t Miss The Circus Coming to Town

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, November 14th

Community: VFW Meat Raffle Details:The Skyway/Westhill VFW will be hosting their weekly meat raffle. Come for the beef and stay for the company. You may just score some savory cuts of prime dead cow. – Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm –Where: 7421 S 126th Street, Seattle, WA – More Info: persimmon1859@gmail.com
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This Weekend In South Seattle: Back to School Bash, Beatwalk and Science of “Female Happiness”

WeekendEvents this weekend in the South Seattle area

 

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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