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Live music, whipper snappers and rats in the neighborhood this weekend

Live music, rats, and creative kids happening in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend. Here are some highlights; check our Events calendar any time for more.

Ratapalooza takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. If you’re interested in a pet rat, this is the place for you.

The students at 826 Seattle perform in the Whipper Snapper’s Cabaret from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. On Sunday, Couth Buzzard presents Rhythm Rollers — Northern Tune Open Jam at 6 p.m.

Boston-based folk singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot (below) performs at Empty Sea Studios on Saturday night (she also performed on Friday). Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door for the all-ages show.

Antje Duvekot by asia kepka-resized

Seattle Folklore Society presents Colleen Raney (below) in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets are $15 general, $13 SFS/PNA members and seniors; children are half price. You can reserve seats online or by calling 206-528-8523.

Rarely is an artist as deeply entrenched in a musical niche as Colleen Raney able to present centuries-old music with an eye toward current and future listeners outside of the genre. By adapting and developing her voice, at turns lullaby-soft and intensely powerful, and by surrounding herself with a constantly-evolving ensemble of the best musicians the Northwest has to offer, Colleen manages to credit her background and stake claim as a serious presence in contemporary Celtic music.


Several Seattle icons will go dark on Saturday night to celebrat “Earth Hour.” City Hall, Seattle Center, City Light’s South Service Center and even Hammering Man will turn off the power from 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, in 2006. The event has grown to hundreds of millions of people across 152 countries who switch off their lights for an hour. The purpose of the annual event is to encourage households and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour and to raise awareness about climate change. Organizers also are striving for greater use of renewable energy from solar, wind power, geothermal energy and hydroelectricity.

And the Greenwood Food Bank, run by Volunteers of America Western Washington, has several new donation dropoff sites in the neighborhood. If you donate food or cash from now through April, the Feinstein Foundation will partially match every donation.

Drop off non-perishable foods at the following locations:
• Greenwood Sip& Ship, 8560 Greenwood Ave. N.
• Gainsbourg Lounge, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N.
• Chocolati Cafe, 8319 Greenwood Ave. N.
• Ken’s Market, 7231 Greenwood Ave. N.
• Fist Full Of Metal Tattoo, 125 N. 85th St.
• Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.
• Curves, 10033 Holman Rd. NW.
• Windermere Real Estate, 12250 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite A
• Marketime Foods, 4416 Fremont Ave. N
• Damask Tattoo, 2206 Queen Anne Ave. N. #202

(If you donate money online through the VOAWW website, be sure to select “Feinstein Challenge” from the drop-down menu under “Gift Designation.”)