Three Imaginary Girls Recommend: Oh baby, it’s Ballard

Ok Ok Gallery, Ballard Art Walk
photo by Alan Rodriguez

This weekend (Saturday, specifically) is Ballard’s monthly artwalk. While most Seattleites are undoubtedly familiar with both the joys of the Ballard area as well as those of attending other neighborhood artwalk celebrations, there are some extra grand reasons to come to Ballard these days that we thought we might share.

Try them in this order…

Get caffeinated!
While Ballard certainly doesn’t suffer for a lack of coffee places, there’s a new café in town that’s found a special place in our imaginary hearts: Miro Tea, a super-cool, super delish little tea spot that just opened last week and already has us in gleeful panic attacks about what flavors to try next (Pomegranate black? Concerto Noir? Citrus Lemongrass Mate?). And did we mention the free wifi?? Swing by and get hepped up on caffeine to get you through your night.

Get arty!
Next up, see some local painters! Portland artist Kendra Binney has a display of her shiny, whimsical resin motifs showing at Velouria Boutique, and Seattle painter Erik Andrew will have his groovy musician representations for your viewing pleasure at Habitude. A feast for the eyes before you get one for the ears…

Get rocked!
If you’re down with some good ole’ fashioned country storytelling, you couldn’t find a better show than Robbie Fulks at the Tractor. He keeps his tongue firmly in cheek but his heart not always in check as he weaves his tales. If you’re feeling more like burning through a few more of your inner ear follicles, might we suggest stopping by the Sunset Tavern for a triple threat of Really Freaking Loud Bands, including San Francisco’s Wages of Sin, a self-professed “Punk Rock Sea Shanties & Appalachian Death Polka” band? We might, and we did.

{But if you’re feeling more in an indie-pop way – and we know you just might be – you might need to hop the 18 outta Ballard and head downtown to catch the Pale Pacific, playing what seems like their first show in a zillion years, at the Croc. In fact, they’re playing two shows: an all-ages one at 5p (with the Lonely Forest and Dawntreader) and a 21+ show starting at 9p (with Kevin Whelan of the Wrens and Crystal Skulls, playing their first show since Bumbershoot of last year.) A little imaginary birdie told me the Skulls will be playing SEVEN new tracks at the show. That’s totally worth bus fare from Ballard alone!}

Get into the groove,
three imaginary girls

High iPod rotation:

(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest and beyond to music lovers worldwide. We post a Settle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of great shows, as well as record reviews, live show reviews, and an imagi-blog to entertain you throughout the day.)

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One Comment

  1. Posted August 13, 2007 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Hey KEXP –

    We’re actually from Seattle…..but we love you guys anyway. Thanks for the shoutout.


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