arts, music, seattle

Weekend of Readings

This weekend I saw not one, but two readings.

The first was actual music, dance, and poetry (in that order). I don’t know what the schedule is for the Apostrophe series, but I know it happens regularly at Gallery 1412 (1412 18th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122) in good ol’ Capital Hill. I like the idea of having three different disciplines coming together for a lot of reasons. For one it gets people who are focused in different arts in the same room (both audience and performers).

This weekend’s Apostrophe wasn’t as good as the last one I saw, but it was good still.  I wasn’t sure about the dance, though it should be said that what I know about dance could barely fill an index card.  The music was just boring to me. It was just a guy on a laptop playing boring loops. If I want see someone working on their computer I’ll put a mirror in front of my desk.  But that isn’t what made it boring, the loops were the culprit.  In amateur opinion I decided that the problem was that the sounds didn’t layer well. They were mostly background— missing some vital foreground to catch my attention. The background was great as a background, but it just couldn’t do all the work.  The only way I could start to get interested was by thinking of the intention (ie. what is the artist saying about background, making background a foreground, etc).  And even then I was only theoretically interested, the music still left me bored. The poetry was nic, nothing ear popping, but nice.

The second reading was at Open Books.  One of my friends read along with another woman who I am not friends with. Clearly I am not impartial, but I can say with honesty & conviction that Monica Fambrough is a great poet and was the better of the two.  Her reading was a high point for the weekend.  Everyone should get her new chapbook Black Beauty.  You can also here her digitalized-over-the-phone-voice at on weird deer (go to the very bottom of the page).

eating out, seattle

Restaurant is Good but Needs a New Tidal

First, let me apologize for that pun, but let me also point out that if I was really sorry I wouldn’t have done it in the first place. The Ebb n’ Flow located at 2114 N 45th St in Wallingford area of Seattle is a great (though not cheap) place for brunch. But don’t go to there expecting seafood, that just isn’t their thing, even if the name suggests water they offer a gourmet greasy spoon menu. At least that’s what I saw looking at their brunch and lunch menus. Dinner may be different, and from what I hear dinner may be worth missing out on.

I was torn between waffles and french toast (they called it Pain… something, “pain” is French for bread). I’ll tell you this, the french toast was very tasty. Right now I don’t know about the waffles. I did see them at a table beside me, and I think I made the right choice going with the toast. And let me tell you this was no run of the mill french toast. Made with thick white bread in a oval shape, a little (too) light on the egg, then add cinnamon and a brown sugar/butter spread with some maple syrup on the side. Yikes, it was good. The serving size was enough to fill me up with some meal to spare and it cost about $8 plus some tea, tips, and taxes*. Reasonable for sure.

My friend ordered a custom job of scrambled eggs with spinach and bacon, and some potatoes on the side. it looked pretty good, though again it was absurdly light in the egg department. Maggie didn’t seem to mind too much until the end when the egg was difficult to find among the bacon and greens. I didn’t notice the price, but I think it fell along the same lines as mine.

If you are in Wallingford, which is a nice part of Seattle —home of Open Books, nice tea and coffee joints, the Erotic Bakery, some decent park space and a bunch of other neat stuff— then you should make it a point to get brunch there.

*I should point out that in my rush to catch the bus I forgot my wallet and now owe my friend Maggie a meal. Thanks again, Maggie.

[tags]brunch, eating out, ebb n’ flow, restaurant review, restaurants, seattle, vegetarian options, wallingford, ebb n’ flow[/tags]

random, seattle

Is it Awesome?

What’s that you ask? Is Open Books awesome?

Well, let me ask you this, is Arrested Development awesome? Is the Flaming Lips documentary Fearless Freaks awesome? Are spicy black bean veggie burgers awesome?

Those are insane questions with a very easy answer. Yes.

Open Books is awesome. It is one of very few book stores that sells only poetry. You read that right. I felt like an idiot in a candy store— a very happy idiot. If you are ever in Seattle and want to get some poetry you have to go there or people will think you are something much worse that an idiot. They have good new, used, and rare books. Best of all the owners John and Christine seem to incredibly nice people.

[tags]book stores, open books, poetry, seattle[/tags]