Westside Stories: February 2020

There’s more than enough to explore on the Eastside, but you might consider crossing Lake Washington for these Seattle specialties.

Beast and Cleaver Comes to Ballard

Courtesy Beast and Cleaver

Beast and Cleaver, a family-owned butcher shop and restaurant dedicated to using local, sustainable, organic meat, has opened its doors in Ballard. 

In addition to offering lunch service and weekly dinners for up to 12 people, Beast and Cleaver also will offer butchery classes. According to the company, classes will focus on the art of butchery, how to use the whole animal, and making delicious food. Dinners will feature a rotating six-course menu, highlighting interesting cuts of meat and seasonal produce. Wine and beer are included.

Take an Historic Journey with Bridges of Seattle 

Dudly Carr via Flickr

Take a trip back in time and explore the history of some of Seattle’s most iconic bridges in the newly released book Bridges of Seattle from Arcadia Publishing. Join author Maureen R. Elenga, who holds a master’s degree in architectural history from the University of Washington, as she uncovers the stories behind such vital infrastructures as Washington’s oldest steel arch bridge, the 1911 Twelfth Avenue South Bridge; the 1913 Ravenna Park Bridge; and more. $23 on amazon.com; $12.99 on Kindle.

SAM Reopens Reimagined Asian Art Museum 

Courtesy the Asian Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum is reopening on Feb. 8 the doors of the reimagined and reinstalled Asian Art Museum. Following a 24-month-long renovation and expansion, the museum will offer visitors a thematic — rather than geographic or chronological — exploration of art from the world’s largest continent. According to SAM, “Vibrant artworks from Vietnam to Iran, and everywhere in between, come together to tell stories of human experiences across time and place. From themes of worship and celebration to clothing and identity, nature and power to birth and death, the new collection installation reveals the complexity and diversity of Asia.”

A few highlights include:

  • an innovative community learning gallery, which brings art from the collection into a space with interactive activities for all ages;
  • interpretive technology integrated throughout the galleries and educational spaces; and
  • a new scholarly resource to the museum with the Asian Paintings Conservation Center, led by Nicholas Dorman, SAM’s Chief Conservator.

To celebrate the reopening, SAM will host a free weekend-long community celebration, Feb. 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

NAAM Features Hiawatha D.’s ‘Iconic Black Women’ Exhibit

Courtesy North African American Museum

The Northwest African American Museum in Seattle is featuring through March 15 the Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman art exhibition.

Inspired by black people transcending historical, societal, racial, and economic challenges in America, the exhibition is artist Hiawatha D.’s homage to the resilience, power, and beauty of black women and black women history-makers.

“The sacrifices and accomplishments black women make are rarely celebrated. They often represent the highest majority of our population, with death rates from preventable diseases and other maladies making them constantly endangered. My work has always been supported by black women from across my many communities, and through this collection, I can share my love and appreciation for the foundation they all provide in supporting and sustaining our culture and communities,” Hiawatha D. said.

Hiawatha D. has shared his craft through teaching and presenting at local universities and schools and more, and his work has been sold at Nordstrom and exhibited nationwide.

Winter in the Park

Courtesy Pixabay

Through March, experience Winter in the Park at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park. There are free programs, including family-friendly afternoons at Kids Saturdays and interactive programs for adults. This year’s artist-in-residence is architect and artist Kimberly Deriana.  

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