The Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) began its 11th season bright and early this morning, when I quickly realized that I’m amidst truly dedicated film fans. By 8:00 a.m., the PTFF welcome center was abuzz and people were already headed to early-morning screenings. Most impressively, they were fully awake and even cheerful. It’s a Harry Potter level of enthusiasm—for independent films!
The enthusiasm is warranted. My first screening was Welcome at the Uptown Theatre.
Today is the first day of fall. The weather is turning colder and rainier and sweater season is upon us. (Okay, I admit that I was bundled in a sweater for most of “summer,” but that’s not the point!) I’m actually thrilled for autumn’s arrival because there are so many wonderful arts events scheduled. I’m kicking off the season by attending the Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) this weekend, September 24-26.
PTFF is celebrating its 11th season with an impressive slate of programming and guests.
Just because summer has officially ended doesn’t mean you can’t get outdoors and enjoy the early Fall before it gets too cold and rainy. The North Cascades Institute has scheduled more “off-season” programs than ever this year. Some upcoming highlights include:
Must ListenThe French projectThursday-Saturday (9/16-9/18) - Seattle’s neo-French music group, The French Project, bring their live performance to the Northwest Film Forum. The Collective will combine film and music that ranges from Saint-Saens and Debussy to Francoise Hard and ZZ Top. All of this from a band of people who can barely speak French or hang on to a day job? We can’t wait. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.; 206.829.7863; nwfilmforum.org
I just popped into the Showbox SoDo and set-up for tonight's 7th annual Fashion First show was in full swing. The racks were already filling up with amazing fall garments, and the Seamless in Seattle set will be no exception.
The Seamless runway looks have been delivered, which can only mean it’s just about showtime, Fashion First is tomorrow. I’ll be backstage with the Seamless in Seattle winners, and will be updating you with behind the scenes tweets throughout the night @kcalamusa.
Checking in with great Tuesday deals as we continue to count down to Thursday’s big Fashion First fashion show. I’ve got my hair appointment scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Swink Style Bar (also one of our Shopping Week Out participants, offering 20% discounts on their retail makeup products), but am still looking for that perfect mini skirt to pair with tights and ankle boots for the show.
Get your gardens and yourselves ready for fall with Seattle Tilth. This innovative Wallingford-based non-profit runs a series of informative and informal classes throughout the year to help would-be organic gardeners stay true to their ideals while growing the best backyard edibles and ornamentals possible. Coming up soon:
Fall and Winter Container Herb Gardening (Sept. 16, 5:30-7:30 pm)
Composting for Apartment Dwellers (Sept. 17, Noon-1 pm)
Hi kids! Hope you are having many a'shopping success during Shopping Week Out.
Even after a smashing Fashion Night Out on Friday (my juicy tidbit from the Bravern’s stellar party and shop-a-thon: over 1,000 people RSVP’ed for the exclusive Neiman Marcus fall preview show!), sales and deals are still being offered this week at retailers round town. Here are my go-to picks to check out today:
Last month, the night after I saw the play Ruined, about the effects of civil war on Congolese women, I joined 400 or so Seattle-area women at a preview of the film Eat, Pray, Love.
The gathering was put on by Rochelle Alhadeff and Pam Gray, hosts of the local "Chat with Women" radio program. On their show, Alhadeff and Gray, women of a certain age who are proud that they’ve “been there, done
Looking ahead at the next week makes me both extremely giddy—and heel-weary. Fall shopping season kicks off tomorrow night with Fashion Night Out. Both The Bravern and The Bellevue Collection will host FNO bashes starting in the early evening with special discounts, giveaways (free Jimmy Choo tote at the Bravern!), contests (enter win a $2,500 Nordstrom shopping spree, plus a session with a Nordy personal shopper) and cocktails for shoppers.