Ballard community Calendar Week of 10-30-17
The Whimsical World of Bjørn Wiinblad
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 N.W. 67th St.
July 28–Nov. 5 Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006) made his appearance in 1945 on the art and design scene at a time when straight lines and simple design dominated the modern ideal. With his characteristic curving lines and his colorful pictorial universe, Bjørn Wiinblad occupied his own quite unique position in Danish cultural life from the outset. Wiinblad is remembered for injecting fantasy and an almost cartoon-ish flair that created a perfect accent to all of the clean-lined furniture and modernist spaces of his time.This retrospective highlights the artist’s substantial body of work and includes graphic art, ceramics, theater sets and costumes, ceramics, tapestries, jigsaw puzzles, tiles and textiles gathered from the Museum of Danish America, The Blue House in Denmark and private collectors. These 78 artifacts offer a thorough sense of Wiinblad’s diverse interests and mastery of various art forms, from one-of-a-kind commissions to mass-produced pop culture. Museum hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., Noon–4 p.m.; closed Mon. Admission: $8 general; $7 seniors and college students; $6 children 5 and older; FREE for children under 5 and Museum members; free on first Thurs. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
2017 Northwest Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale
9701 15th Ave. N.W.
Sat., Nov. 4, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 5,10 a.m.–4 p.m. This regional show features breathtaking orchid displays by orchid societies from throughout the Pacific Northwest and orchid vendors in attendance. Superior orchid specimens will be competing for coveted awards issued by accredited judges from the American Orchid Society. Our show program includes free seminars by experts on various subjects pertaining to orchid cultivation. Members of the public are encouraged to bring orchids from home for a free repotting service and/or advice for struggling orchids. Knowledgeable volunteers from the Northwest Orchid Society will be available to answer questions for show attendees. Several vendors, both local and visiting from out of state, will have a fine selection of orchids available for purchase. The plants for sale range from excellent quality beginner level plants for the home to rare collectable specimens. For more information visit www.nwos.org.
Heartsaver First Aid, CPR & AED
Swedish Medical Center – Ballard Campus
5300 Tallman Ave. N.W.
Sun., Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Learn how to save a life using proper first aid, automated external defibrillator (AED) and CPR techniques for adults, children and infants. Participant certifications are valid for two years. *This class does not provide Healthcare Provider BLS Certification for doctors, nurses, CNAs, or other Licensed Healthcare Providers. Fee: $70/person. For more information or to register, visit www.swedish.org/classes or call 1-800-SWEDISH.
Seattle Public Theater Announces 2017-18 Season
WHO: Seattle Public Theater
WHAT: 2017-18 Mainstage Season
WHERE: 7312 West Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98103
Gregory Award-winning Seattle Public Theater announced the lineup for its 2017-18 season yesterday. The six plays, including a newly-commissioned world premiere by local playwright Maggie Lee and the runaway broadway sensation Hand to God by Robert Askins, were chosen specifically by newly appointed co-producing Artistic Directors Kelly Kitchens and Annie Lareau as part of the organization’s mission to produce compelling and socially relevant theater that sparks conversation, broadens consciousness, and inspires compassion.
October 13 - November 5, 2017
The World of Extreme Happiness by Frances Ya-chu Cowhig
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Presented in Collaboration with SIS Productions
When Sunny is born in rural China, her parents leave her in a slop bucket to die because she’s a girl. She survives, and at 14 leaves for the city, where she works a low-paying factory job and attends self-help classes to improve her chances at securing a coveted office position. When Sunny’s attempts to pull herself out of poverty lead to dire consequences for a fellow worker, she is forced to question the system she’s spent her life trying to master – and stand up against the powers that be.
December 1 - December 24, 2017
The Flight Before Xmas by Maggie Lee
Directed by Amy Poisson
With all the stress of the holidays, spending Christmas Eve stranded in an airport with a bunch of strangers is the last thing anyone needs! With endless delays, kids shuttling between stepfamilies, a rogue cat on the loose, an important business deal at stake, and missing your grandson’s first Christmas morning, the holiday spirit can disappear quicker than your lost luggage. But sometimes, all you need is to be a little late in order to truly appreciate what you’re rushing toward. A heartwarming new holiday show about finding your way home and the family we discover for ourselves.
December 8 - December 24, 2017
Christmastown: A Holiday Noir by Wayne Rawley
Directed by Kelly Kitchens
In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller by Seattle playwright Wayne Rawley, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red. Add a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver, and you’ve got what the Seattle Times calls “best new holiday romp of the year!”
February 2 - February 25, 2017
Vanishing Point by Rob Hartmann & Liv Cummins
Music by Rob Hartmann
Original Concept & Additional Lyrics by Scott Keys
Directed by Annie Lareau
Aviatrix Amelia Earhart, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson and author Agatha Christie each vanished mysteriously: Agatha disappeared for eleven days; Aimee disappeared for three weeks; and of course Amelia vanished completely. Vanishing Point, a musical comedy-fantasy, brings these three women together as they solve the mystery of their disappearances from their own lives.
March 23 - April 15, 2018
Ironbound by Martyna Majok
Directed by Kelly Kitchens
An immigrant woman waits for her late night bus in the shadows of a run-down Jersey factory. A man appears. A man always appears. And he’s got something she needs. Spanning over 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, what will two working class people trade and how dirtily will they fight for the cheapest safety in a world that does not value all kinds of people?
May 11 - June 3, 2018
Hand to God by Robert Askins
Directed by Kelly Kitchens
After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.
For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Julia Nardin at (206) 482-5491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group
Swedish Medical Center, Ballard
5300 Tallman Ave. N.W.
Third Sat. of month, 10:30 a.m.–Noon. Free. Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Info: Linda Whiteside, 206.529.3875.
The Market Street Singers
Ballard Senior Center
5429 32nd Ave. N.W.
Every Tues., 7 p.m. The Market Street Singers is a non-audition community choir. We’re always open to new members, particularly tenors and basses. For more information isit marketstreetsingers.org.
Stage Door Cafe, Taproot Theatre
208 N. 85th St.
Second Tues. of month, 3:30–5 p.m. The Alzheimer’s Cafe provides an opportunity to get out and socialize in a safe environment. No judgement or expectations—just support. There is no cost other than the food that is ordered. Parking available in the lot behind the Taproot. This is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Greenwood Senior Center. For info: Carin Mack at 206.230.0166.
Exercise Class at Leif Erikson Lodge
2245 N.W. 57th St.
Every Wed., 10–10:45 a.m., 45-minute light workout that includes aerobics, strength training, coordination, balance and brainpower. $3 fee per class attended, walk-ins welcome and open to the public.
Free Nia Fitness Class
Amazing Grace Spiritual Center
2007 N.W. 61st St.
Every Fri., 10–11 a.m. Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels, the first class is free. Nia is a barefoot fitness fusion blending martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, along with world music sounds into an hour fitness fusion that is geared for “everybody.” Practiced globally, Nia is designed to work with everybody and every fitness level. Contact Deborah at email@example.com.
Sustainable Ballard Knitters for the Homeless
On the Park, 2233 NW 58th Street
(contact Jody for entrance directions)
Tuesdays 7–9 p.m. (monthly on third Tues.) Knitting instruction and yarn provided. Donated yarn welcome. Info: Jody at 206.718.1529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.