February in Seattle 2012

February 1, 2012 in Seattle This Month

Clouds, heart and space needle What’s going on in Seattle in February, 2012?
A February in Seattle might be a little gray and wet, however on this first day of the month we saw a lot of bright sunshine that led us to one of our favorite parks in Seattle, Golden Gardens.  There’s lots to do in Seattle during February, the month of love and Valentine’s Day.  The romantic beach at Shilshole Bay Beach at Golden GardensMarina is a great place to start. Love your dog? Bring her to run and play at the dog park below the lush forests of the hills above the park.  Take a romantic hike with your significant other or let your little lovebugs run wild in the sand and play on the new playground.

Another great Valentine’s trip for the family might be a tour of the organic homemade chocolate factory in Fremont, with boutiques in Phinney Ridge and Green Lake.  Theo’s Chocolate are scrumptious and sustainably produced right here in Seattle.  Free tastings are given at tours as well! The Pike Place Market boasts several nice chocolatiers as well, however The Chocolate Shop, in the upper post alley is a special store. The fancy Euopean decor and delicate  little treats are more than memorable.

Music has been improvised for as long as there’s been music.  Part dialog, part happening, Friday, Feb. 3 join Pacific Musicworks sponsored “In Reel Time” at Upper Post Alley, Chocolate MarketDaniel’s Hall, 8 p.m.  Here is a video introduction which should launch you out the door! 400 Years of Structured Improvisation with Stephen Stubbs, Bill Frisell, Mikhail Shmidt and a special surprise guest as well, the program is hosted by Tom Allen of the CBC. Find tickets here.

Drum Tao, Art of the Drum at the Moore Theater, taking place Friday, Feb. 3 in the evening.  This is going to be a very dramatic and exciting show.  Something about the beat of drums speaks to our very pulse and breath, the throb of life itself perhaps.  An experience better lived than read about…

Culture of China, Festival of Spring at the Paramount Theater will feature the Hubei Provincial Youth Art Troupe and three singers, dance, folk songs, and a wealth of cultural performance to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  This year is the Year of the Dragon and this is a first ever visit and performance in a year that is said to be all about great change and energy.  Should be good!  Event details available here.

Seattle Children’s Film Festival!  From Januray 26 to February 6, the 7th year of the largest children’s film festival in the Northwest.  Since the Seattle Film Festival is so highly regarded, it’s no surprise, but a wonderful bonus, that the children’s version has become such a well attended event.  You can watch the highlights on this clip on Youtube.

Starting February 9, SAM exhibition “Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise” is slated.  Shared from some of the world’s great museums, this collection of the artist’s work represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to see them in once place, and perhaps over and over.  February can be gloomy when the winter weather is fully expressing itself, and this departure to the Islands of Paradise is a timely chance to breathe deep and drift on the warm sands with the waves lapping your feet, at least in imagination.  There are about 60 of the artist’s best known paintings, sculptures and works on paper, and they are displayed in conjunction with about 60 examples of Polynesian sculpture which inspired him..  Take a peek at the museum website for more info.

An Evening With the Stars February 26 at the Hotel 1000.  Now this is fun!  We don’t live in Hollywood, but then, we don’t have to.  Hotel 1000 holds a fun loving event every year, where confirmed guests in black tie attire “eat drink and be merry” in the luxury surroundings provided by this distinctive Seattle hotel.  Hotel 1K deserves a big Gold Star for their upbeat, romantic and creative party which includes a Red Carpet Photo Shoot, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a “comfortable lounge filled with flat screen TVs.”  Great concept, and you save the cost of a flight to LA! Billed as the swankiest party of the year, set aside the evening to soar with the stars.   Here’s the info.

WINTERGRASS, our yearly four day bluegrass festival, is taking place at the Hyatt in Bellevue February 24-27.  This year’s line-up includes Della Mae all three days, Greensky Bluegrass, Wayne Anderson, The HillBenders, Rickey Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and many more, including performers from Italy, Sweden, and other countries.  There are workshops to take advantage of the awesome talent coming to town, and local children’s groups get involved too.  See you there!

Some other places to check for suggestions are the SIFF’s website which will show you what’s playing and a handy viewer for the current week (it’s utterly cool and enrolling, take a peek).  You might also want to see the Seattle Weekly website which has a list excellent recommendations for a memorable Valentine’s activities. The Urban Spoon also has a list of their top ten choices for Valentines dinner.