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Acoustic Fantasy concert at Central today!

Acoustic FantasySplendid musical group Acoustic Fantasy takes the central stage at the Central Library for the first time. Not to be missed!

2 – 3: 30 p.m.

Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium

A real treat for music lovers of all kinds, flamenco and jazz in particular.

The musical group Acoustic Fantasy performs original instrumental music consisting of styles like Flamenco, jazz and some elements of classical and folk music. Acoustic Fantasy is fronted by guitar virtuoso Sergey Ignatov and is backed by musicians of equal caliber and exceptional musicianship.

A must see. Great family entertainment!

Sergey Ignatov – Lead Guitar
Julia Ignatova – Violin, Keyboard
Ilya Ignatov – Guitar
Farko Dosumov – Bass
Ahmad Yousefbeigi – Percussion
Andrey Zasypkin – Drums

Translation:

Приглашаем всех на концерт музыкальной группы “Acoustic Fantasy”, кторая исполняет в основном музыку собственного сочинения, используя при этом различные стили и направления музыки такие как “Фламенко”, “Джаз” с элементами классической и народной музыки мира. Автором музыки является лидер группы гитарист Сергей Игнатов. Виртуозное исполнение каждого музыканта в группе не оставит вас равнодушными.
Такой другой группы в Америке нет.

Состав группы “Acoustic Fantasy”:
Сергей Игнатов – Гитара
Юлия Игнатова – Скрипка-Клавишные
Илья Игнатов – Гитара
Фархад Досумов – Басс-Гитара
Ahmad Yousefbeigi – cajon
Андрей Засыпкин – Ударные Инструменты

For more info, call World Languages at 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian!

Formal Dance? Don’t Sweat It!

formal happy danceUgh, yes, once again, formal dance season has arrived. I, myself, just had one this past Saturday, my school’s own version called OLOT. But, yes, here they come again, the Spring Flings and spring formals and all the stress that comes with each one of them.

As a girl, I know the rash amounts of anxiety over the dress, the heels, the nails, the hair, the makeup, the group, and not to mention getting asked to the dance in the first place!

But let’s back up a bit, and let’s have me explain the typical etiquette of my school’s spring formal: OLOT.

  • When: usually the 2nd or 3rd weekend of March.
  • Where: This is the dance where the school chooses an off campus venue, whereas our winter dance, TOLO, is held in our school’s cafeteria. This year, we scored the Pacific Science Center.
  • How is works is that it’s a guy ask girl dance. While at most schools the guy just approaches the girl and says, “Hey, want to go to the dance with me?” the ask is actually one of the most important parts. Usually the guy should come up with a pun or have a poster or bring the girl a baked good.

People have gone all out in the past: renting a pig, scavenger hunts, spelling out the letters “OLOT?” in the windows of a school building, or in my case, an ask imitating the scene from Say Anything where the guy wins the girl by holding up the boom box to the window. (Ok, mine was a little different…him and some of his friends just came up to me carrying the boom box playing The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson and he asked me. But close enough).

I’ll have you know that asking season gets catty, especially amongst the female half of the grade. So here’s my first word of advice: if you can, avoid the asking drama. If you get asked, great! If you don’t, that’s fine too! There’s so much silly high school stigma around not getting asked, but so what! You should still go to the dance. Rally up a group of friends and go as a big group! Also, hopefully your school dances have an atmosphere inviting towards people of all sexual orientations and genders. Ask whom you feel comfortable asking, dress how you feel comfortable dressing, and just be yourself!  It’s supposed to be fun, and it’s a whole lot easier to have a good time if you feel comfortable in your own skin! Continue reading

All Ages Board Games tonight @ Ballard!

Wanna play?

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.board game

Bring your family, friends, or come alone and play our array of board games from Blokus, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride to Jenga and Scrambled States of America.

For more info call Ballard @ 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian!

All about St. Patrick’s Day

shamrock

Got your green ready? St. Patrick’s Day is nigh!

Famous for being the day you could get pinched if you’re not wearing green, St. Patrick’s Day takes place each year on March 17. But exactly is it all about?

What it is: The feast day of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland.

St. Patrick? Who? Patrick was born in the late 300s CE in–surprise!–Britain, which was at that time part of the Holy Roman Empire. As a teen he was kidnapped from his family and taken to Ireland as a slave. During his captivity he embraced Christianity and eventually escaped and undertook a perilous journey back to Britain. Later, he had a dream or vision that he should return to Ireland to spread his faith. Patrick died in Ireland sometime in the 5th Century. (Many biographical details of St. Patrick’s life are unclear. In fact, the story of St. Patrick may have been taken from two separate individuals and merged together. For more information, check out some of the Library’s books or online encyclopedias.)

Wait. I’m recalling something about snakes. Several legends about St. Patrick sprung up after his death. One says that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland to their watery deaths in the sea. According to modern day science that’s just not true. In fact, there were apparently no snakes even in Ireland!  Legend also has it that he picked the shamrock (not to be confused with the elusive four leaf clover) as a symbol of the Holy Trinity.

Great. Let’s celebrate! Today, St. Patrick’s Day is observed around the world with parades, feasts, and other festivities. Perhaps you’ve seen the Chicago River being dyed green? For something closer to home, check out some of these Seattle events. Luck o’ the Irish to ya!

Jet City Seattle Open: High School Improv Competition

Jet City ImprovLike theater? Like funny things?

Like Tina Fey or Amy Poehler?

Then do I have the weekend event for you! Jet City Improv, Seattle’s own Improv Theater is hosting their annual Seattle Open this weekend! The Seattle Open is an improv competition for high school teams where students are judged based on their energy, creativity, and of course, improv. Watch some of western Washington’s most talented high school improvisers in the Semi-Finals and the Finals of the competition this weekend! Returning champs Charles Wright Academy will be there, along with two teams from Ingraham High School and representatives from three other schools! The preliminary round of the competition was last weekend letting only six out of eleven teams through to the second round. The competition will be held at Jet City Improv in the University district and tickets are free (there is a $5 suggested donation)! These students are crazy talented and it is sure to be an entertaining event!

Or if for some crazy reason you have plans this weekend and can’t make it, Jet City is a great place to go year round. They often have themed long-form shows running, as well as their usual Jet City show. It’s fun for everyone and always a good time! Support local improv, local theater and local students and come on out to Jet City this weekend!!!

Jet City Improv 2

Jet City Address: 5510 University Way NE, Seattle, WA  98105

Semi-Finals Showtime: 2:00 PM Saturday March 14th 2015

Finals Showtime: 6:00 PM Sunday March 15th 2015

 

Jet City Improv website (or click the pics)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler both got their starts in improv, here are links to their books:

–Grace, Greenwood, Teen Adviser

GWD

 

 

 

 

Echoes of a Lifetime: Artist at Work

Savvy Dani

 

Artist Savvy Dani sets up her easel to paint a portrait of a live model – from start to finish – in three hours.  Savvy has been painting and listening to the stories of older residents for her “Echoes of a Lifetime” project.

Drop in to talk to Savvy and the model, see a portrait come to life, and to see the artist’s other works.

At Wallingford on Sunday, March 22 from 1 pm – 4pm.

Full details here: Echoes Poster

Youth Drop-in @ Central tomorrow!

Youth Drop-inThursday, Mar. 5, 4 – 6 p.m.

Youth (ages 12-25) are invited to join us for a free weekly drop-in in the Central Library Teen Center.

Hosted in partnership with New Horizons and YouthCare, drop-ins will offer free snacks, activities and resources.

Library events and programs are free and all youth (ages 12-25) are welcome. No registration.

For more info, call the Central Library Teen Center @ 206-615-1410 or E-mail the Teen Center.

Hope to see you there!