You Are Invited: Free Events For Summer

Choreographer Freya Wormus. Image Courtesy of the Artist

Take advantage of this collection of free and family-friendly events that celebrate the outdoors, art-making, diverse cultures and YOU!

Choreographer Freya Wormus. Image Courtesy of the Artist
Choreographer Freya Wormus. Image Courtesy of the Artist

Cuban Film and Music at the Neptune Theatre

Thursday, July 18th – Doors: 6:30 pm Show: 7:30 pm

The Neptune Theatre, 1303 Northeast 45th Street, Seattle

FREE – Registration Requested

As part of their Nights at the Neptune series, STG presents has teamed with Seattle Latino Film Festival and 4Culture’s Touring Arts Roster to present a fabulous multimedia event of Cuban Film, Music, and Dance. Seattle Latino Film Festival presents the Seattle Premiere of the documentary “Old Man Bebo” (Spain, 2008, 111 min. Spanish, English, Portuguese, Swedish w/English subtitles) by Carlos Carcas, which is a celebration of the legend Bebo Valdes and the Cuban Mambo music tradition. The Seattle Latino Film Festival celebrates the art and entertainment of Latin American cinema. Their goal is to bring audiences and filmmakers together for an educational experience and to support the magic of filmmaking as a part of Hispanic culture globally.

Following the film screening, dance the night away with SuperSones (from 4Culture’s Touring Arts Roster) masters of the sublime music known as Son – the acoustic dance music of the Cuban countryside that inspired modern Salsa. Son is a unique blend of Spanish guitars and harmony, Afro-Cuban percussion and swing, call-and-response singing, and trumpet improvisation.


Home: A new, site specific dance work by Seattle choreographer Freya Wormus

Saturday, July 20th & Sunday, July 21st – 2 pm

Sturgus Park, 904 Sturgus Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144


home is performed by dancers Laura Aschoff, Victoria Jacobs, Alex Martin and Freya Wormus with a group of children ages 5 through 12. Live music by Kathleen Tracy, performed by Columbia City Community Chorus.

Striking visual images are layered with a movement vocabulary of intricate gesture, beautiful athletic dancing, and tender interaction. home will be a world where performers and audience depend on each other. We’ll move together in a journey from north to south, in view of the city skyline, with live music and a sound score provided by I-90 traffic, through a quiet yet compelling experience of sadness, lightness, comfort and transformation.


Ananda Mela

Saturday, July 27th & Sunday, 28th – Noon – 9:00 pm

Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th St, Redmond


Ananda Mela, cultural festival of India, is organized by the Vedic Cultural Center (VCC) in partnership with the City of Redmond and many Asian Indian-American organizations of the greater Seattle area. Ananda Mela is the biggest two day cultural festival of India in the Northwest and attracts between 15,000 to 20,000 visitors. Enjoy music, art, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, crafts and other cultural celebrations of India.


Glass Pyrograph on Beach: Etsuko Ichikawa

Thursday, August 8th – 6-8:30 pm

Shilshole Bay Beach Club, 6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle

FREE – Registration Requested

Ichikawa will be creating a 33-foot long Glass Pyrograph on paper during the performance, then after a few remarks, she will show her short film Echo at Satsop, to the public for the first time. A slide show of the making of the film to follow. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.


Outdoor Art Exhibition at Carkeek Park: Acclimatized: Heaven and Earth 5

July 13- October 20, 2013 – Daily

Carkeek Park, Seattle


In collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) has orchestrated an exhibition of temporary artwork in the forest of Carkeek Park for the fifth consecutive year, from July 13, 2013 – October 20.

In addition to the obvious reference to climate-change adaptation, Acclimatized: Heaven and Earth 5 hinges on the skill of 14 intrepid artists in placing various eco-artworks in the park that are designed to withstand the intensity of scrutiny by an estimated 100,000 summer visitors to the park. Acclimatized is one of the region’s only venues for site-specific artwork in an urban forest setting where part of the exhibit includes a walking tour of an hour or more.

Never a dull moment. Enjoy!