Urban Craft Uprising

Just a few of the makers at the Uprising, left to right: Dolcetta Artisan Sweets, Good and Well Supply Co., Paper Parasol Press, Haute Under The Collar, Estrella Soap Co., Dotted Line Jewelry, Lincoln Hobbs, and Lyonhart Bag Co.

The summer version of the Urban Craft Uprising (there’s a winter show, too) is happening on Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th this year. It’s being held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from 11 am to 5 pm, and at the time of this writing, there are currently around 146 indie vendors showcasing their handmade wares at this event.

Tripper Dungan, one of the artists at Urban Craft Uprising

For those who aren’t familiar with this, the Urban Craft Uprising supports independent artists and makers and their creations, by hosting Seattle’s largest craft show of its kind. In the summer, this juried show tends to be a bit quieter than the winter show (perhaps seeking out unique Christmas gifts then), so a good time to check out the event.

Crafts fall under different categories:
art ˖ accessories ˖ baby/kid stuff ˖ bags ˖ candles ˖ bath & body ˖ ceramics ˖ clothing ˖ fiber ˖ food (packaged) ˖ housewares ˖ jewelry ˖ kits & supplies ˖ paper goods ˖ pets ˖ toys

Between shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts, there are eating options as well.  Five different food trucks will be available on the premises.

Urban Craft Uprising
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
301 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

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Lake Union Events: Things to Do in February

From the Seattle Boat Show to events featuring spirits and/or art, there’s lots to look forward to in Lake Union this month!

January 27 – February 4: Seattle Boat Show
6pm | South Lake Union
The annual Seattle Boat Show is on through February 4th in South Lake Union. It features more than a thousand recreational watercraft, plus booths with accessories to purchase, free boating and/or fishing seminars, and the latest gear. Buy your tickets online for free kayak, bike or skate rentals and other goodies.

February 2: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, February 2nd, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

February 4: Macallan Scotch Dinner
6:30pm | Daniel’s Broiler
The National Brand Ambassador for Macallan, Kieron Elliott, will be at Daniel’s Broiler at South Lake Union on February 4th for a special scotch dinner. Learn about the distillery and it’s amazing scotches, and sample Macallan 12-year, 25-year, Rare Cask and 1st Edition scotch alongside a deliciously prepared 4-course dinner. The cost is $100/person plus tax and service.

February 4: A Closer Look Walkthrough with Marsha Burns
2pm | Pivot
As part of Pivot’s series, A Closer Look: Portraits from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, join a special experience with an informal walkthrough of the exhibition. It will be led by Marsha Burns, painter turned photographer. A Closer Look continues through February 26th.

February 10: Strings Attached
8pm | 415 Westlake Avenue
Enjoy the highest caliber chamber musicians at 415 Westlake in South Lake Union on February 10th for the next event from Emerald City Music. “Strings Attached” has four unique combinations of stringed instruments from top-tier classical musicians: Ani Kavafian, Tessa Lark, Kristin Lee (violins), Robreto Diaz, Yura Lee (violas), Ani Aznavoorian, and David Requiro (cellos). Tickets are $45m and includes the open bar.

February 12: Arte & Vino at Caffe Torino
2pm | Caffe Torino
Caffe Torino’s monthly art and wine event features “Yarns & Noble: Yarn & Nail Yardsale” for February, from artist Geofrey Redd. The artist crafts one-of-its-kind artwork from hand-hammered nails and yarn.

February 21: MOHAI Community Conversation: Immigrant Journeys
7pm | Museum of History and Industry
Engage in a conversation about the personal experiences of immigrants and refugees to the King County area on February 21st, in an important discussion at MOHAI. Enrique Cerna will moderate, with three additional panelists. Event is free with pre-registration.

February 23: FOOD: Four Short Talks
6:30pm | 415 Westlake Avenue
Food is about so much more than simply nourishment! Community and culture are important aspects of how we approach food, and you can explore this topic at 415 Westlake in a special talk on February 23rd. Panelists include five professionals, from restaurateurs to tastemakers, with social entrepreneur Veena Prasad moderating. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members (includes one drink ticket).

Lake Union Events: Things to Do in December

screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-10-57-07-amHappy Holidays! There are lots of Lake Union events to mark on your calendar to enjoy the holidays in your neighborhood…

All December: Christmas Ships Festival
7pm – 10pm | South Lake Union
The Christmas Ships Festival, presented by Argosy Cruises, offers nightly cruises around Lake Union! Enjoy holiday beverages and snacks, plus live performances from Dickens Carolers. Click here to book your evening.

December 3: Stews, Braises and Soups Cooking Class
1pm – 4pm | Serafina
Learn how to properly braise meat and the appropriate cuts of meat to use for braising, and make a soup and a stew and different methods for the two techniques in the Stews, Braises and Soups cooking class at Serafina on December 3rd. Hone your comfort food-making skills and learn recipes to impress your holiday guests! The price is $75/person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

December 9: Storefronts Art Walk
5pm – 7pm | South Lake Union
Join in on a free artwalk to view the current Storefronts art installations around South Lake Union on December 9th. Led by Shunpike’s Storefront Coordinator, Morgan Cahn, this art walk will provide the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy their work. Meet at the intersection of John and Boren streets at 5 p.m. Registration isn’t required.

December 10: Happy Hour at Winston Wachter Fine Art
3pm – 5pm | Winston Wachter
On the second Saturday of each month, visit Winston Wachter Fine Art for an early happy hour, with wine, cheese and art exhibits to enjoy.

December 11: 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar
1pm – 4pm | Serafina
Stock up on holiday gifts, and enjoy some seasonal shopping at Serafina on Sunday, December 11th for their second annual Holiday Bazaar. There will be infused olive oil, spice blends, pickled items, tomato sauce, pre-made gift baskets, specialty truffle products, handmade jewelry, paintings and more! Enjoy bites from Serafina’s sister restaurant, Cicchetti, and small wine tasting.

December 11: Arte & Vino at Caffe Torino
2pm – 5pm | Caffe Torino
Caffe Torino’s monthly art happy hour is on December 11th, featuring Pauline White’s “Flying Through” collection of butterflies and terrariums.

December 14-16: The Line: A Cabaret
8pm – 10pm | Raisbeck Hall
Cornish College of the Arts’ musical theater program presents an evening of song and dance, centered this year around the theme of The Line — crossing it, drawing one in the sand, or coloring outside of them. Click here to purchase tickets.

December 16: 2nd Annual Parade of Boats Night
7pm – 9:45pm | AGC Marina
Argosy Cruises’ 2nd Annual Parade of Boats Night with the Christmas Ship Festival is on December 16th, with three primary boats and live music performances. There will be two performances, first at 7:40 p.m. at Westward and Little Gull, and second at 8:40 p.m. at the Fremont Cut.

December 23: Christmas Ships Festival Grand Finale
7pm – 10:05pm | Kirkland City Dock
Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship Festival comes to a close on Friday, December 23rd, with spaces still available on the second follow boat for the Grand Finale event. Performances will be held at Gas Works Park and Portage Bay.

South Lake Union Block Party – Next Friday!

The most exciting neighborhood event in Lake Union is coming up on Friday, August 12th. It’s the South Lake Union Block Party! Starting at 11 a.m., the festivities commence on the corner of Denny Way and Westlake Ave N.

The jam-packed lineup of local bands for the SLU Block Party’s beat connection includes Hibou, The True Loves, Lemolo, Danny Newcomb & The Sugarmakers, and more! Musicians and bands will perform throughout the day, so there’s plenty of chances to enjoy their fun sounds.

In addition to live music, there will be a couple of community activities to take part in…

Eateries that are known for their burgers are participating in the “Best Burger in SLU” competition, presented by Whole Foods Market. Purchase tickets for $20 to taste all five sliders from participating rivals: Brave Horse Tavern’s “The Torta Burger Press”, Local Public Eatery’s “Big Kahuna Burger”, Lunchbox Laboratory’s “Piggie Smalls” burger, Pan Pacific Hotel’s “99 Problems But A Peach Ain’t One” burger, and Sam’s Tavern’s “Magic Mushroom Burger”.

The School of Visual Concepts is hosting a Steamroller Smackdown. “Teams of top designers will print gigantic posters using a steamroller in lieu of a traditional printing press. This year’s thought-provoking poster theme is Northwest Stories; trophies will be awarded by Seattle Arts and Lectures Executive Director Ruth Dickey.”

Brave Horse Tavern is hosting a beer garden, with local craft beers, wine and cider and their signature pretzels for sale. Underdog Sports is hosting lawn games in the beer garden, for public enjoyment. And of course, Seattle’s best food trucks will be out and about, serving snacks and delicious lunch and dinner items.

SLU Block Party is free, so it’s a great way to get out, meet your neighbors, and enjoy some fun community activities, food and drink. This year, there will be art, lots of live music and other performances, and food and beverages to excite your taste buds and fill your belly.

See you there!

Free Design and Marketing Lectures at the School of Visual Concepts

Check out these FREE lectures coming up at the School of Visual Concepts in March! Admission is open to the public with RSVP.

March 24, 7-8:30pm: The Posters, Prints & Process of Brad Vetter
Instructor: Brad Vetter, letterpress printer
Poster designer extraordinaire Brad Vetter will discuss his creative process, what it’s like to create for some of music’s biggest names, and his time at Hatch Show Print. He’ll have posters for sale.

March 28, 7-8:30pm: How To Be An Email Feminist
Instructor: Shirley Hendrickson, Senior Copywriter, Hornall Anderson
With so much of our business communication conducted through email, it’s easy to make habits that are difficult to break. This class will review some of the most common bad habits that women make when writing emails, and how a few quick changes to your language can completely change the tone of a message. Women will get more of what they want out of an email exchange when they break these common faux pas.

March 29, 7-8:30pm: How to be a Great Client/ How to be a Great Agency
Instructor: Alan Brown, DNA co-founder and CEO
A good business relationship is a two-way street. In this talk, the client-agency relationship will be analyzed and both sides will discuss how it works from their perspective.

March 30, 7-8:30pm: Brand New: Prototyping the Airline of the Future
Instructor: Devin Liddell, Principal Brand Strategist, Teague
This lecture will cover Teague’s prototype of the airline of the future, with innovations meant to make flights more enjoyable and efficient.

March 31, 7-8:30pm: Radical Marketing: The Story Behind #OptOutside
Instructor: Ben Steele, Chief Creative Officer of Recreational Equipment, Inc
REI’s #OptOutside campaign took on Black Friday in the opposite way a retailer usually does—by closing its doors. REI promoted getting outside rather than shopping for its employees and customers. This lecture will talk about how this campaign came to be and if it was a success.


Featured photo via svcseattle.com.