So many things to do in the neighborhood this weekend. Here’s a sample; check our Events calendar any time for more.
Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St.
Pacific NW Folklore Society presents Jaspar Lepak in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. On Saturday, it’s OneFourFive — A Capella Music from the Republic of Georgia at 7:30 p.m.
“Costly Desires” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Greenwood Square, 8420 Greenwood Ave. N. Tickets are $15 at the door or online.
“Costly Desires” was created by a team of talented Seattle artists who put together a multimedia theater piece on human trafficking.
The show has original music, film, and dance. Using these mediums, the performance follows the lives of two women, Mari, a love struck teenager involved with an older man, and Yen, an Asian mother who longs for a better life for her child in the United States. Both become caught in the web of human trafficking. All the money we make off of ticket sales will be donated to organizations like REST and The Genesis Project who are dedicated to help fight human trafficking.
This show is rated PG-13 because of its adult subject matter.
Friday night is the monthly Art Up PhinneyWood Artwalk. Forty-two art galleries and other businesses all along Greenwood and Phinney avenues and nearby will host artists from various mediums. Some restaurants host Artwalk specials. The official Artwalk hours are 6-9 p.m., but many businesses stay open later.
Tasty art gallery at 7513 Greenwood Ave. N. features Vancouver, BC, painter David Camisa and a number of other artists for the “Triumphs and Tragedies” exhibit.
Greenwood family and maternity photographer Sandra Coan will showcase her photos taken with a vintage 1953 Rolleiflex camera and printed by hand, on fiber paper; at Makeda Coffee, 153 N. 78th St.
Bherd Studios, in its new location at 312 N. 85th St., Suite 101, (above Chase Bank), is showcasing “art that bites back: works exploring the dualism of humanity and nature.”
In Picture Perfect seven artists present paintings, prints and mixed media artwork that prompts us to consider how we interact with the wild and wooly, and how those interactions in turn change and shape us. How do we see the natural world: as fearsome and dark, welcoming and fuzzy, a place where we have a niche or an alien kingdom quite separate from ours?
Lea Barozzi’s “Thicker than Blood.”
Lorraine Fryett, one of the 1970’s premier floral artists locally, has a solo show at Chocolate Vitale, 6257 3rd Ave. NW.
Lorraine is known for her articulate detail and unique compositions, often including influences borne out of her passions for Paris and music.
This exhibit will show a collection from her medium size traditional ‘jardin’ arrangements in combination with her recently created series of bright, bold individual flowers she has affectionally called ‘faces’.
Montessori Garden Open House at 10 a.m. Saturday, in the Brick Building at the PNA, 6615 Dayton Ave. N.
Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day at our very own Top Ten Toys,104 N. 85th St., from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. They’ll be playing games and giving away lots of prizes.
The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s 25th anniversary Beer Taste is at 7 p.m. Saturday, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., with a selection of 10 tastes from 30 microbreweries, pub snacks, and a silent auction of beer paraphernalia. Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $35 for the general public and $10 for designated drivers.
Woodland Park Zoo is offering free admission to all active, veteran and retired U.S. military personnel and their spouses with valid service ID on Sunday, in honor of Veteran’s Day. Up to four accompanying family members with valid ID will receive $5 off regular zoo admission.
Seattle Folklore Society presents Harry Manx – Blues & Ragas at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. More info and reservations online, or call or 206-528-8523.
Harry Manx has spent years fusing Eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, and banjo and the decidedly different Mohan Veena, a 20-stringed instrument invented by Manx’ Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Manx is often referred to as the “Mysticssippi” Blues Man, because of his expertise in melding both East and West music together and therefore, “creating musical short stories that wed the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas”.
The Great Coal Train Tour – Dana Lyons Concert at 1 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St.
Don’t forget that government offices and services will be closed on Monday, in observance of Veterans Day. Metro Transit will operate on a holiday schedule, as well as a “When no UW” schedule, with reduced service. Routes with fewer trips that day include the 26 Express, 28 Express, 48 and 358; and there will be no peak fares charged on Monday.