Storytelling and live music in the neighborhood this weekend

by | Jan 16, 2015

Just a few events happening in the neighborhood to tell you about. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Storytelling with Steph at 11 a.m. Friday at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. presents Dave Gets Intimate — David Guilbault in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Midwinter Klezmer with Kesselgarden and Klezmer Balabustas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome).

Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., presents An Evening of American Primitive Guitar at 8 p.m. Friday, with Glenn Jones, Ralph Johnston and Ryan Leaf. Tickets are $14 in advance, $18 at the door. Briga & Guests perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door.

Born in Québec and raised in western Canada before her return to Montréal, Briga’s music is a reflection of her fragmented identity: a hybrid of songs written in French & English, accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European & Romani Folk sounds learned from the days her father played the piano to put the children to sleep.

Seattle Folklore Society presents The Good Lovelies at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general, $16 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door.)

The Good Lovelies delight with their lighthearted folk music and skilled vocal harmonies: equal parts city and country, highway and home, and also a whole lot of fun.

Upbeat and funny, with just a pinch of sass, these women’s textbook three-part harmonies, constant instrument-swapping, and witty stage banter have enlivened the folk music landscape since they joined forces in 2006. Their songwriting and irresistibly buoyant dispositions have made them a hit with myriad audiences and darlings of the summer festival circuit.

The Good Lovelies received a Juno Award for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year in 2010. In 2013 they received two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Vocal Group of the Year and Ensemble of the Year.


The Fremont Bridge will be closed to all traffic between midnight and 7 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday so Seattle Department of Transportation crews can paint it.

Vehicles and Metro buses will be detoured across the Ballard Bridge, although the Aurora Bridge on SR99 is also an alternate route. Bicyclists and pedestrians will be provided brief opportunities to cross at 1:20 a.m. and 2:20 a.m., when the southern span will be momentarily lowered for crossing.

Marine traffic will be able to pass freely underneath the bridge on the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Looking ahead to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 19. The following are closed:

  • Banks
  • Post Office
  • Most Seattle Parks Department facilities, including community centers; environmental learning centers; indoor swimming pools; Green Lake Small Craft Center; Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center; Amy Yee Tennis Center. (All boat ramps and Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses will be open).

Seattle Public Utilities will collect garbage, yard waste and recycling on Monday as usual.

Metro will be on a Reduced Weekday and ‘When no UW’ schedules on Monday. (Some routes don’t run at all on Monday, others operated fewer trips.)

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