Living Liner Notes: Celebrating the Seattle Musicians of Wheedles Groove Volume Two

Wednesday July 23, 7-8:30pm


Join us for a very special evening as we celebrate the history of Seattle’s inner city music scene of the 1970s and 80s. Hear personal stories from the musicians featured on the brand new release, Wheedle's Groove Volume Two: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1972-1987 (Light in the Attic Records), and join the conversation that reflects on Seattle's important yet overlooked past as one of unique musical energy.

The event will be hosted by City Arts Magazine Senior Editor Jonathan Zwickel, who conducted many interviews for the liner notes included in the multi-artist collection Wheedle's Groove Volume Two: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1972-1987. 

Listen to the live event recording here

About the Presenters:

Jonathan Zwickel is an editor and journalist who lives in Seattle and has been Senior Editor at City Arts Magazine for several years. He has also written for Rolling Stone, Filter, People, and authored a book on the Beastie Boys. 

The format for Living Liner Notes will include Jonathan chatting live with WGV2 music scene veterans Robbie Hill (the drummer who formed Family Affair with his own brothers, best represented by the song "Don't Give Up"); Tony Benton (of ahead-of-its-time electro group Teleclere and currently working in contemporary hip-hop promotion); Bernadette Bascom (who recorded “I Don’t Want To Lose Your Love,” was part of pop-R&B band Epicentre, and later worked with Stevie Wonder); and Frederick Robinson lll (pioneering the gospel-funk protest song with “Love One Another,” and spent many years as a Chemical Dependency Counselor). 

About the Album:

Seattle-based reissue label Light In The Attic Records released the original Wheedle’s Groove compilation a few years ago, which chronicled the King County Soul and R&B scene of the late 60's and early 70's. The newly released Wheedle's Groove II (CD and vinyl LP) is more than just a sequel, it features crucial stories about our region’s vibrant, diverse, and creative African-American music scene during the late 70's and early 80's.

Living Liner Notes gives historical Seattle-Tacoma music fans a chance to listen to and engage with those who crafted music for nearby clubs yet had their eyes on the stars, and went on to become engaged in the music business, social work, politics, the church, and other ways to entertain, illuminate, and serve the community. This event is part of The Project Room's How is Seattle Remembered? series.




Paul Marioni Presents His Work and Film

Wednesday, October 2
Paul Marioni conversation, 6-7pm at The Project Room: 1315 E Pine St
Film Screening and special reception: 7:15-8:30pm at Northwest Film Forum: 
1515 12th Ave

Free and open to the public

Please note that reserved seating is not available and space is limited for the 6pm conversation- seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, everyone will be accommodated at the Northwest Film Forum for the film screening at 7:15pm. We encourage you to arrive early.

Tickets to the film are being generously underwritten by Chihuly Garden and Glass. 

Glass artist Paul Marioni will give a free and unique presentation about his life and work at The Project Room (TPR) during the ongoing “How is Seattle Remembered?” series. Featuring a conversation with TPR Founder Jess Van Nostrand and a special screening of Paul’s 1972 experimental film, HOLE, this is a rare opportunity to see a different side of this legendary figure from the American Glass Movement. The program takes place in two parts, the first at The Project Room and the second at Northwest Film Forum. Join us at 6pm for the discussion and at 7:15pm for the screening down the street!

About the Program Series

As part of The Project Room’s 2013-2014 theme, How Are We Remembered? Seattle’s thematic based arts organization presents a unique series of conversations specific to Seattle, featuring guest presenters who have deep roots in the city. Taking The Project Room’s position as a platform for understanding creativity, questions that address Seattle’s legacy and its creativity will be addressed through a personal approach to our city’s history, this special group of guest presenters will share their stories, memories, and hopes for the city’s future.

Each event in the series will feature a guest speaker from a creative field who shares his or her point of view on this subject in a conversation with the audience. This will provide an unusually-intimate setting for these high-profile public figures- so arrive early and be ready to participate! Past speakers include Total Experience Gospel Choir’s Patrinell Wright, Architect Peter Steinbrueck, and Sub Pop Records’ Megan Jasper. For more info, go here.


About the Artist

Paul Marioni, one of the founding members of the American Studio Glass movement, creates sculptures and vessels that incorporate humor, images of taboo sexuality, genre figures, tribal masks, photographs, and visual puns.

Paul moved to California in the mid 1960s, where he was attracted to the beat poets of San Francisco and to the burgeoning counterculture of that city.  There, he became part of the influential group of artists working in stained glass in the Bay Area during the early 1970s.

Paul has completed more than 85 public commissions, including cast glass walls, ceilings, and skylights. Known as an innovator in the glass world, Marioni pushes his techniques to their limits, regularly redefining what is possible to achieve with the material.

Marioni graduated in 1967 from the University of Cincinnati, and is a Fellow of the American Crafts Council. He has received three fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts. He has taught at the Penland School of Crafts and at the Pilchuck Glass School.

Paul Marioni has a son, Dante, who is also a glassblower, and in 1998, the two of them presented a feature exhibition of their glass at the Fresno Art Museum in California. Paul Marioni’s program is sponsored by Chihuly Garden and Glass, which aims to celebrate our region’s creative energy and inspire visitors to engage with our region’s cultural community.


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Inside Art Series Debuts at Town Hall Seattle

Begins Tuesday, September 10
at Town Hall Seattle
Tickets: $5


The Project Room’s Founder Jess Van Nostrand hosts Town Hall Seattle’s new visual arts series titled “Inside Art.” Created by visual artist Juan Alonso and featuring four evening events that each feature three artists and a moderator, this series will open up a conversation about how, when and why visual artists do what they do. Jess will moderate events #1 and #4 based on The Project Room’s first two “big questions”: Why Do We Make Things? and How Are We Remembered? Actor and singer Sarah Rudinoff and writer Brangien Davis will moderate the other two conversations, rounding out the series with their perspectives as makers from different art forms. This first evening features Seattle artists Marita DingusRodrigo Valenzuela, and Margie Livingston.

The schedule of programs is as follows:

Oct. 15: Inspiration, featuring Laura CastellanosDan Webb, and Sharon Arnold in a conversation moderated by actress Sarah Rudinoff;

Nov. 19: Imagery & Art, featuring Barbara Earl ThomasStephanie Hargrave, and Alan Lau, moderated by writer Brangien Davis

Dec. 10: How are We Remembered? featuring Diem ChauAlfredo Arreguin and Ronald Hall and moderated by Jess Van Nostrand

To read more, go here!

Inside Art, curated by Juan Alonso, is presented by Town Hall and The Project Room as part of Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series. Media sponsorship provided by City Arts.

Note that this event takes place at Town Hall Seattle, not at The Project Room