======================================================= THE PAISLEY REPORT for October 2011 ======================================================= Seacompression was an enormous success this year, and judging from the content of numerous photo galleries, for some reason zebra prints seemed to be a theme this year. Are we experiencing the new Zebra Zeitgeist? This month's Paisley Report is sponsored by the Ignition Northwest Town Hall (coming up on November 6th), and is full of cool ways to get involved with the amazing community we have here in the PNW. How do YOU want to participate?
======================================================= THE PAISLEY REPORT for October 2011 ======================================================= Holy Zebras, Burning Man! Seacompression was an enormous success this year, and judging from the content of numerous photo galleries, for some reason zebra prints seemed to be a theme this year. Are we experiencing the new Zebra Zeitgeist? This month's Paisley Report is sponsored by the Ignition Northwest Town Hall (coming up on November 6th), and is full of cool ways to get involved with the amazing community we have here in the PNW. How do YOU want to participate?
In This Issue
– Donate Now Button for INW
– Groovix Cube at Science Center
– INW’s Fall Town Hall on November 6th
Upcoming Community Events
– October Events
– November Events
– December Events
INW Board Retreat Wrapup
– More ways for you to participate!
– Databases anyone?
– Strategic Plan
– Elections in January!
– Words from the Producer(s)
– Photos, Video, Etc…
Call for Membership
Connect with Ignition Northwest
What’s this ‘Paisley’ thing all about?
DONATE NOW button on Ignition Northwest web site
Some of you will be very happy to hear that Ignition Northwest now has a “Donate Now” button on our web site! (Yup. There in the top right corner.)
All of INW’s money goes toward producing events, funding art, and funding education for the community. And, since INW is a registered non-profit (501(c)3), all your donations are tax deductible as well. So thank you to our regular donors, and to the people who choose to make use of the shiny new Donate Now button!
GROOVIX CUBE installed at Pacific Science Center!
GrooveLabs has completed installing a 26ft high fully functional Rubik’s cube at the Pacific Science Center.
The Groovik’s cube is a fully playable, LED driven, Rubik’s cube, hung from the ceiling, corner down. (The motion is of course simulated, not mechanical. I.e. the colors move around, not the structure itself). It can be played and solved by the Science Center’s visitors.
A particularly interesting feature is that we have split the controls into 3 stations placed around the cube, each allowing only one axis of rotation. This means 3 people have to collaborate together to solve it. The stations are ~30-50 ft apart from each other.
This makes the puzzle *considerably* harder with a current record solution time of 50 minutes (achieved on Friday night @ Burning Man 2009). It also turns a very introverted game into a collaborative challenge which is fun to watch. Imagine people shouting instructions to each other and running around checking on the state of the cube from different angles.
We first built the cube as an art project for Burning Man 2009 and we’ve since been working hard to try and bring this project to the general public. We’ve been collaborating with the Science Center since summer 2010 and we’ve been doing a number of refurbishments including a brand new light-weight aluminum structure to create a neater look suitable for an indoor museum environment.
The Exhibition opens Oct 1st and will run through June 2012.
We are a collective of Seattle artists called GroovLabs (http://www.groovik.com) and this is our first major installation in Seattle after having successfully done a number of large art installations at Burning Man.
Ignition Northwest’s FALL TOWN HALL
Ignition Northwest holds two Town Hall meetings every year, where the Board of Directors reports back to the community about what has been going on, how successful our events have been, and we tell you about our plans for the next six months.
If you want to know how much money the community made at Seacompression, or if you want to learn about new events and scholarships that INW is pursuing, Town Hall is the place to be!
Two hours of hanging out with the most engaged people in the community, and learning about all the exciting things that are coming up! A good time is had by all.
We also open the floor for Community Announcements, so if you have something to say, you can speak to the Town Hall attendees as well. Just email Board@IgnitionNW.org with your name and the topic you would like to speak about. (Please keep you presentations to under 2 minutes.)
November 6th, from 6:PM to 8:PM at Garfield Community Center
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
Date & Time : October 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31 – (see event for specific times)
Event: GHOST GAME: WINTERNACHT
Description: All Hallows Eve approaches, and The Anunnaki Project is venturing out into a blizzard in preparation for their fifth-annual Ghost Game production “Winternacht” at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle.
The eleven fearless acrobats, aerialists and dancers of their Cabiri performance troupe will step into a frozen wasteland in “Winternacht,” a collection of seven ancient tales from across the continents. In this year’s evening-length dessert theater production, snow witches lurk in the darkness and frozen branches wait to ensnare innocent maidens. Last year’s Ghost Game was described by the Seattle Times as having a “visceral, enchanting power” presented by the “talented collaborators” of the Cabiri troupe.
Location: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Date & Time: October 28 – November 20 (see site for times)
Event: CAFE NORDO presents: TO SAVOR TOMORROW
Description: Aboard Pan Am Flight 892, bound for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, Chef Nordo Lefeszcki, Mojo Spirits, and six of Seattle’s hottest performers team up to create an evening of retro-inspired cuisine, gorgeous cocktails, and international intrigue.
This fall, Café Nordo follows the sold-out smash success of Sauced with To Savor Tomorrow, the second in Café Nordo’s Cocktail Show Series. This October Café Nordo transforms Fremont’s newest performance venue, West of Lenin, into the in-flight lounge of Pan Am Flight 892 from Honolulu to Seattle. Flight 892 touches down in Seattle on the opening day of Century 21, the World’s Fair where fantasies of the future become reality with “The Car of Tomorrow”, “The Home of Tomorrow”, and “The World of Tomorrow”.
Passengers will enjoy a flight of original cocktails perfectly paired with four small plates of modernist international cuisine inspired by the food of fifty years ago, all reimagined with the finest ingredients and the magic of molecular gastronomy by the incomparable Chef Nordo Lefeszcki. Composer Annastasia Workman channels Henry Mancini to score the flight. And on board, Soviet, Chinese, British, and American agents hide amongst the gorgeous Pan Am staff in a story of international espionage worthy of a Bond film.
Location: West of Lenin, Fremont
Date & Time: October 29th, 8:PM – 2:AM
Event: Seattle Erotic Art Festival SEDUCTION
Description: Join us for Seduction, Seattle Erotic Art Festival’s first ever Halloween Party, on Saturday, October 29! See and be seen at this alluring night of amazing music and dancing, hand-picked erotic art, hot performances, and of course lots of delicious eye-candy. Plus a costume contest with over $1,000 in impressive prizes!
Come enjoy gorgeous rooms with special themes, full bar and absinthe bar, and so much more at this enticing event. (21+ only.)
Location: Fremont Studios
Date & Time: November 2nd and 3rd
Event: ‘TIS THE SEASON FLOWER SHOW
Description: Seattle-area flower lovers! There’s a huge ‘Tis the Season Flower Show in Everett on Weds Nov 2 and Thurs Nov 3 at the Holiday Inn on Pine St. Donation $8 in adv, $10 at the door. Lots of merry exhibitors including “Flowers of Volunteer Park Conservatory” book signing on Weds noon to 9pm and Thurs, 9am to 4pm.
Location: Everett Holiday Inn
Date & Time : November 6th, 6:PM – 8:PM
Event: Ignition Northwest’s FALL TOWN HALL MEETING
Description: Come to the Town Hall to engage with the movers and shakers in the PNW burner community. INW continues to push the boundaries of what a Burning Man-inspired non-profit can do, and we continue to blaze a trail for living the 10 Principles off-playa as well. Come and get connected.
Garfield Community Center
2323 East Cherry Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Date & Time : November 12th, doors @ 9:00
Event: SUGA SUITE presents STICKY SWEET SATURDAY!
Description: Suga Suite Productions’ mission is to catapult the Pacific Northwest LGBTQ Community into another realm of entertainment, sexiness and class. We look forward to bringing you a series of upscale and provocative events that will not only awaken your senses but also stimulate your unspoken curiosities.
Join us for the Suga Suite debut party on November 12th where we’ll bring you the profound sounds of Seattle’s Premier DJ KUN LUV! Featuring fine entertainment by the gender bending miracle of sexuality The Luminous Pariah and the exquisite Lady Deb O’Naire. Those unspoken curiosities will be awakened with our interactive art installation of sexy sweet models who’s bodies will serve as canvasses for the Picasso in you!
Location: 2916 Utah Ave S.
Date & Time: December 3rd, 9:AM to 3:PM
Event: NORMANDY PARK’S HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Description: The BEST holiday bazaar around: Normandy Park’s Holiday Bazaar. All items are locally made art or handcrafts! Author appearance and book signing of “Flowers of Volunteer Park Conservatory.”
Location: The Cove: 1500 SW Shorebrook Dr, Normandy Park WA 98166
More Info: (206) 242-3778, email@example.com
Date & Time : December 17th, Noon until… whenever!
Event: SANTARCHY 2011
Description: Do you really not know what this is? Ask that friend of yours who can name any whiskey just by looking at the color of it. He’ll know…
Location: Seattle (TBD)
IGNITION NORTHWEST BOARD RETREAT WRAP-UP
MORE WAYS TO PARTICIPATE!
Twice a year the Ignition Northwest Board of Directors holes up in a house somewhere with enough food and whisky for 3-days, and has a pow-wow. We evaluate progress on our goals from the previous 6 months and set new goals for the next 6 months. We also brainstorm new ideas, and debate big picture, pie-in-the-sky concepts.
One of the things that has been particularly successful this last year was the creation of committees to address specific issues.
At the Fall Retreat (held over the weekend of October 1st and 2nd) we decided to expand this model so we can make room for all the people in the community who want to participate. The Art Council, Finance Club, and Communications Committee (C13), have all had numerous successes, and we are going to build on those with more teams, who will be looking closely at smaller problems and opportunities.
Want to participate? Keep your ears open for opportunities!
Currently, C13 is looking for people to help with the Communications side of things. We would love to have some Community Reporters who could do write-ups on events (Potluck, Newbie Picnic, DJ shows… whatever!), and illustrators who want to help us with the production of some really cool infographics. Wanna help? C13@IgnitionNW.org
A consistent complaint we hear from people is that they don’t know what art, resources, or needs the community has. We also have problems managing the large number of volunteers in our community, as well.
So we have decided to build an INW database to house all this information!
A committee is forming to determine the feature set, create an RFP, and call for bids. Want to get involved? Board@IgnitionNW.org
STRATEGIC PLAN IN PLACE
Now that we have our new Strategic Plan written up (you got one of the tri-fold printouts at the gate at Critical Massive, or at the INW booth at Seacompression, right?), we measured our current list of programs, projects, events, etc, against the new Plan.
And, generally speaking, things fit together pretty dang well!
This has also given us a clearer idea of what our mandate is, as the INW Board. When people send proposals to us now, we can hold them up against the Strategic Plan and see if the two things fit together. If so, then it fits into our mandate. If not, then we know when to say No.
And that is a good thing for everyone.
BOARD ELECTIONS ARE IN JANUARY!
This is just a quick reminder the elections for 4 Board positions will be held in January.
This is a fairly momentous occasion for your Board, because we decided to move our election cycle last year. Timing just didn’t work out right to move the elections to January all at once. So we moved the elections in two stages.
2012 will mark the final and fixed election cycle.
January: Self-nomination Period
February: Campaigning and Voting
March 1: New Board Members Announced
So while you bask in the afterglow of Seacompression, and think to the holiday season, take a few minutes and ask yourself if this is the year you dedicate yourself to the community in a big way. Is it time for you to run for the Ignition Northwest Board of Directors? Think about it…
SEACOMPRESSION INITIAL WRAP-UP
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRODUCER(S) – by Ivan Cockrum
Now that the dust has cleared and everyone involved has had time to rest up from this year’s history-making SeaCompression, please let me say THANK YOU. SeaCompression 10 was the biggest and best we’ve ever built. Over 2,000 people braved the journey to the far flung land of Byoo-Ree-En, for a night packed with art, performance, dance, and glowy lights. The list of art projects and theme camps and art cars and performers and DJs is too long to even get started on… so let me offer my personal favorite moment of the night: wandering past the stage to find Titanium Sporkestra leading a hundred person long congo line. Now THAT was unexpected.
Though moving outdoors was a risky move, oh, how it paid off! Since its humble beginning ten years ago at the Fremont UnConventional Center, SeaCompression has always been held mostly indoors, straining to get out. The two acre site in Burien gave us the room we needed to spread out and really recreate a tiny portion of Burning Man. Why, if you ignored the giant condo on one side and the Staples building on the other, it almost felt like another night on the playa, with interesting new things tucked around every corner. We had room to move and room to dance, and the vibe was better for it. In short, this was the event that SeaCompression was always meant to be.
Early reports from City of Burien officials who attended the event are positive. And, we succeeded in throwing the biggest party of the year in the heart of downtown Burien without generating any complaints or emergencies. Assuming that the stars align correctly again next year, it seems likely that we will be welcome back (which is not to say that we won’t still be looking for other venues).
Financially, we are still waiting for all of our expenses to clear and don’t yet know our net income. I can say that we had gross income of $68k, only $2k less than last year, which is not at all bad considering the big venue change. Our expenses will certainly come out higher than last year’s, as we had to spend a lot on our temporary infrastructure, but I’m confidant that INW will turn a decent profit for next year’s grant programs. We will have a full report in time for the upcoming Ignition Northwest Town Hall.
Speaking for myself, I want to thank the entire community for helping to bring this event together. I left last year’s SeaCompression feeling burned out, and I had a lot of doubt about SeaCompression’s continued viability beyond Hangar 30. I feel that the challenges of going outdoors and working as closely as we did with the City of Burien made the event fresh, and hinted at new directions and a long life to come. In Seattle, SeaCompression was just another warehouse party that was nearly invisible. In Burien, it was the biggest thing they’d seen outside of a traveling carnival, which put us squarely in the public spotlight. By moving to a smaller town, we stepped up to a bigger stage, where we get to be involved in civic discussions that define how our arts are perceived by city governments. This, to me, is the ultimate expression of bringing home the Burn, and the finest example of Ignition Northwest’s mission at work.
RELIVE THE NIGHT OF ZEBRAS AND BLUE FEATHERS!
What more can possibly be said about Seacompression 10? Facebook, BCWA, Rat City Burners… all the various communications mediums are blowing up with all the happy talk about Seacomp. The art, the music, the fire, the theme bars, and the amazing participants!
So in the spirit of utility, we have compiled links to some of the photo galleries, articles, and other info about Seacompression 10. But before you read on, check your costume. Were you wearing light blue feathers? If you were, please talk with your fellow burners about feathers and MOOP. (You owe the MOOP team a back rub… those things were EVERYWHERE.) And this is just a good reminder to everyone in our community, as well. Costumes are fun. But whether we are in the desert, at LARC, at the hangar at Magnuson Park, or in downtown Burien, we are still a Leave No Trace community. If your costume, art installation, or camp MOOPs, someone has to pick it up. Thanks for being considerate and being careful not to MOOP!
And now, on to the pretty pretty:
Burien’s own award-winning “B-Town Blog” has some great coverage here:
Michael Holden’s Photos:
Espresso Buzz’s Photos:
Todd Gardiner’s videos:
Gina Garbero’s Photos:
We really want to hear from you about Seacompression 10. Was your experience wonderful? Terrible? What was good? What was amazing? What could be improved? Where did you come from, and how did you get home? And do you have any suggestions for INW, the Production Team, the town of Burien, or anyone else involved with creating this event?
Send your feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL FOR MEMBERSHIP
Ignition Northwest, a 501c3 non-profit organization, fuels community through participatory arts, events, and education. Currently we produce two major annual events and provide arts funding for our membership.
Being a member gives you the privilege of voting in our Board elections, and makes you eligible to run for a Board seat. Members are also eligible for our art grants and educational scholarships. Most importantly, becoming a member gives you the power to help shape Ignition Northwest’s future.
Become a member today! Register here: http://www.ignitionnw.org/register/registers
CONNECT WITH IGNITION NORTHWEST
If you would like to have your event listed in the next INW newsletter, please send an email to email@example.com, Subject: Newsletter
Want to know more about Ignition Northwest? Check out our web site: http://www.ignitionnw.org/
The Official Ignition Northwest Facebook Page:
And you can always contact your Board of Directors at: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT’S THIS ‘PAISLEY’ THING ALL ABOUT?
Paisley, aka the Fire Chicken, is the unofficial name given to the Ignition Northwest logo, which, er, at the right angle, does look a bit like a chicken. We’ve named our e-newsletter in Paisley’s honor partly to remind us of our history… and partly to remind us not to take ourselves too seriously.