New Orleans inspired talent show on tap at 5 Spot for Mardi Gras

5 Spot logoThis year, 5 Spot is celebrating Mardi Gras with a Big Easy Talent Show. If you’ve got New Orleans-inspired talent, you can sign up to perform and win prizes that range from a trip to New Orleans to tasty 5 Spot chow.

If you’d like to showcase your talent, you have to sign up first via the entry form, due by Saturday, February 14th. Your talent must be “inspired by and associated with” New Orleans. Then, on Tuesday, February 17th, you have 7 minutes to perform and dazzle the audience and judges.

The talent contest starts at 7pm at the 5 Spot, and runs until the last performer exits the stage. The 5 Spot will provide a riser, two microphones, and a PA system. If your performance requires any other equipment, it’s on you to bring it along.

Check out the rules, regulations, and prizes here – and if you have stage fright or lack talent (yours truly), you can always show up to cheer the contestants on!

Check out the Seattle Center piano in the park and enter to win a Concerts at the Mural performance

Earlier this week, the City of Seattle and King County Parks launched Pianos in the Parks, a summer campaign that runs from July 17 to August 17. Twenty pianos that were nearing the end of their lives have been refurbished and made into works of art by the Gage Academy of Art faculty, students and friends.

Seattle Center piano

Seattle Center piano, courtesy of Pianos in the Parks

Fifteen Seattle parks and public locations each got a piano as part of the program.

According to Mayor Ed Murray, “We are delighted to host the pianos at 13 city parks, Seattle Center and City Hall plaza. Pianos in the Parks will enliven our parks and engage communities through the power of art and music.”

Each piano is open to the public and play is encouraged! Plus, to invigorate a sense of competition, KEXP has joined in to sweeten the pot with a Facebook contest. All you have to do is play the Seattle Center piano (or any of the other pianos outside of our neighborhood), upload your performance to the Facebook page, and wait for the “likes” to pour in.

Your music selection must be original music or a piece from the public domain, and you have to be ready to perform! The 5 most-liked videos will be judged by a community panel and the winner will have a feature performance at the August 22nd Concerts at the Mural event.

At the end of the summer program, the pianos featured in the parks will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds will benefit Seattle Parks and Recreation, King County Parks, Seattle Symphony, KEXP and Gage Academy of Art.

Check out the Seattle Center piano at the Mural Amphitheatre or discover other pianos in the program, and enter to win your 15 minutes of fame!

Are you the face of Queen Anne? Seattle Magazine is looking for you

Seattle MagazineSeattle Magazine is taking submissions through tomorrow, Monday, January 13th for an upcoming issue that’ll feature the “faces of people who live in different neighborhoods” – and if you’d like to be included as the face of Queen Anne, check out the details below:

“Are you the face of your neighborhood? Seattle magazine is looking for representatives from all Seattle neighborhoods to be considered for a photo shoot for an upcoming feature in our magazine. Send an email with your name, neighborhood and why you think you’re the face of your ‘hood to by Monday, January 13, to be considered.”

If chosen as a face of Queen Anne, you’ll need to be able to attend a photo shoot with Seattle Magazine sometime this week (TBD) – and if you’re chosen, let us know!

Local Queen Anne Coffee Shops Featured in New Book – and You Could Win a Print of Your Favorite

You can spot some familiar local coffee spots and hang-outs in a new book by Tacoma’s Marsha Glazière, “Eclectic Coffee Spots in Puget Sound”. The book features seven local favorites, with photos of Bustle Caffe, Citizen Coffee, El Diablo Coffee Co., Twirl Café, and original paintings by the author/artist of Caffe Ladro, Macrina Bakery, and Uptown Espresso and Bakery. The book includes a total of 120 coffee shops around the Puget Sound region, and starting on December 15th, you can visit these shops to win a signed giclée archival print of the coffee shop of your choice from the 41 of paintings in the book.

Caffe Ladro

The Coffee Spot Safari contest runs from December 15, 2012 to January 31, 2013 – you win by collecting the most cash register receipts, with double credit for each receipt from non-profit retailers in the book. Quintuple credit for purchase of an e-book. Check here for full details, rules and list of prizes.


The book and an accompanying calendar with images of Caffe Ladro and Macrina are available online.

And, if you win, let us know which Queen Anne image you choose for your print!

Three John Hay Students Win Seattle City Light Calendar Contest

For its 2013 Shrinking Bigfoot calendar, Seattle City Light held an art contest for elementary students, with the winners’ artwork featured in the calendar – and three John Hay students were among the 13 winners. The students created artwork to illustrate ways to shrink one’s carbon footprint, with all proceeds of the calendar going to Project Share, an emergency fund that helps City Light customers who need one-time financial assistance with their electricity bills.

Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco congratulated the 13 calendar contest winners at a reception this past Wednesday:

According to Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco:

“Each of the winners demonstrated great talent in sharing tips that we all can use to shrink our carbon footprints. It’s impressive to see young people engaged in an effort to reduce climate change while helping support our Project Share program. These students are giving back twice to their community.”

Our local Queen Anne winners are Lola, Maren, and Josie, all 3rd graders at John Hay – click their drawings to enlarge:




Calendars are available for $10 and may be purchased online or at Seattle City Light’s service centers.

Queen Anne in close race to win $50,000 toward a community project by cutting garbage & waste

The west half of Queen Anne is a close second to win a stake in a $50,000 community project through a city-wide contest held by Seattle waste management company CleanScapes.

Running from September 2010 to September of this year, trash collection areas are competing against one another to make the largest reduction in trash, yard waste and recycling compared to the previous year. This is the second year Queen Anne has competed in CleanScapes annual Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards program, which is meant to encourage Seattle residents to limit the amount of waste they produce.

“We think it’s a great program and a great way to give back to the community,” said CleanScapes Government Relations Manager John Taylor. “What we like about this is that it gives something back tangible to the community that everybody in the community can enjoy.”

The first four months of the competition have already been tallied, and the trash collection area in second place, Tuesday South, includes Queen Anne west of Queen Anne Avenue North and the top portion of Magnolia north of West Emerson Street. First place, Tuesday North, which encompasses the Ravenna neighborhood, is leading west Queen Anne by only 0.7 percent. Wednesday South, the half of Queen Anne east of Queen Anne Avenue North including the Westlake, South Lake Union and Eastlake neighborhoods and a portion of Capitol Hill, is in fourth place.

“What’s unique about the competition is it invites communities and traditional neighborhoods to work with other neighborhoods and communities,” said CleanScapes Waste Diversion Project Manager Candy Castellanos. “Queen Anne is in a couple different areas, which actually gives Queen Anne a better opportunity to compete.”

If the Tuesday or Wednesday South collection areas win, Queen Anne could inherit the $50,000 community project. Once an area has been deemed a winner by CleanScapes, a project selection committee is made of representatives from the community councils of the neighborhoods in the collection area. They then decide on a project from proposals submitted by the public. If come September Queen Anne and Magnolia in Tuesday South manage to surpass the Ravenna area, they will get to decide how to spend $50,000 in their area.

Picture Perfect Queen Anne chair and Queen Anne Community Council board member Margaret Okamoto said that there are many proposed projects in Queen Anne that could benefit from the $50,000 prize money.

“Picture Perfect Queen Anne has tons of projects that are part of our streetscape plan that we’d love to see done, clearly $50,000 could go a long way towards that … and the Galer Stairs would lend themselves wonderfully to some community activity,” said Okamoto, adding, “anytime you can bring people together to make decisions for public spaces it makes you feel more cohesive as a neighborhood, and the more community involvement there is I think the more vibrant a neighborhood is.”

FOLKpark Chair Debi Frausto said the money could easily be used to fund the organization’s plans for the renewal of lower Kinnear Park. They received a matching grant of $100,000 from the city of Seattle, and they are currently looking to raise $50,000 to honor the terms of that grant.

“It would be a perfect number for us,” said Frausto. “It would be very exciting to know we had that additional money already raised so that we could go into full production.”

Last year’s winner was Thursday South, which includes the neighborhoods of Montlake, Madison Park, Madison Valley, Madrona, Capitol Hill, First Hill and Yesler Terrace. They’re turning the prize into a playground at Washington Park Arboretum.

CleanScapes has many tips and resources for reducing waste on their website, and representatives are available to give presentations and help organize events, said Castellanos.

From the CleanScapes website:

Winning is easy: stop waste before it happens. Compost at home. Use a worm bin. Grasscycle. Use refillable water bottles and coffee mugs. Replace paper towels and napkins with cloth kitchen towels and washable napkins. Bring your own bag. Use Tupperware. Reuse. Repair. Buy in bulk. Buy local. Buy second-hand. Share. Trade. Swap. Rent. Donate or sell unwanted items. Print double-sided. Stop junk mail and phonebooks… you get the idea!

At the Queen Anne Farmers Market this week

It’s tomato day at the Queen Anne Farmers Market this week! Check out the lineup:

  • 3 to 5 p.m.—Music by James O’Keefe
  • 4 p.m.—Chef Demo with Kathleen Andersen Ramm of Senor Moose
  • 5 to 7 p.m.—Music by Vince Mtz. & The Great Blue Yonder (at the west end of the market)
  • 5 p.m.—Cooking Demo with Leslie Kelly of Whining & Dining
  • 6 p.m.—Book Signing with Dining in Seattle: Past & Present authors Andrea Lott and Andrea Umbach
  • 6:30 p.m.—Holy Tomato! Contest: Judges will be handing out prizes for Best Overall, Best Savory, Best Sweet, and Most Creative (winners announced at 7 p.m.)

The featured nonprofit this week is the Alaskan Way Viaduct Project. As always, the Queen Anne Farmers Market is taking place from 3 to 7 p.m. on W Crockett Street at Queen Anne Ave N.