The Annual Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF, Returns

SIFF is back for Spring 2015! This year’s festival commenced last Thursday, May 14th and continues through June 7th. It is the 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival.

The festival’s Artistic Director Carl Spence told the Queen Anne News that, “We don’t program by quota … We program the films that we love, that move us and wow us. This year’s festival is bigger and more international than ever.”

SIFF 2015 includes more than 450 films this year, with award-winning and debut acting, production, filming and editing crews. Some of the most popular actresses and actors in these films include Ian McKellen in “Mr. Holmes”, Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law in “Spy”, Al Pacino in “Manglehorn”, Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard in “Experimenter”, James Franco and Zachary Quinto in “I Am Michael” and many more.

The Harvard Exit Theatre even re-opened its doors as a venue for the festival this year (it was closed in January due to a change in ownership). The theatre had been a SIFF venue for 26 years, since the 15th annual festival in 1989. Another iconic location for screenings at this year’s SIFF is a Lower Queen Anne/Uptown location. Last year, the Seattle International Film Festival purchased the theater at 511 Queen Anne Avenue N., and it is now the permanent SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Click here to browse the entire calendar for SIFF 2015, with all showings and venues including the Harvard Exit Theatre and the SIFF Cinema Uptown. And click here to browse this year’s films.

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New Queen Anne Restaurants and More

Sip and nibble at the new Queen Anne restaurants and cafés that are popping in all over the place! In the few months since our last announcement post, Entre Amis has opened, along with some other highlights. (The Queen Anne Hall is not yet open, but should be in the next six weeks or so, as their build-out progresses.)

Portage turned Cioppino turned Entre Amis opened its doors nearly a month ago, and offers an intimate French bistro dining experience. Their menu presents each dish with simplicity and classic French combinations from locally-sourced ingredients. According to their website, “Our goal is to deliver seasonal, sustainable, organic, and local food when available … Entre Amis translates to ‘between friends’ and that is the vibe we intend to create. The restaurant has a fun and relaxed atmosphere which will be enhanced by the delicious food and drinks.” Their Rabbit and Venisson sound amazing!

Strawberry Moon opened a little juice shop in the space above Eat Local recently. “ It is our belief that raw juices, periodic fast/cleanses and momentary perfunctory asceticism can reset the body, mind and keep you living a full and pleasant life,” they say. The juice bar provides cold press and fresh, raw juice by the glass or bottle, and the owner and founder Sean (who also teaches yoga at the Haute Yoga Queen Anne) has been making these juices for nearly five years. At the Strawberry Moon Remedy Room above Eat Local, healthy snacks, salads, smoothies, juice fasts, broths, sodas, and soups-to-go will be offered.

We’re looking forward to Queen Anne Hall and Bounty Kitchen (replacing the former Grub restaurant on Boston Street) opening in the next few weeks!

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GiveBIG Tomorrow to Support Queen Anne Nonprofits!

Tuesday, May 5th is the fifth annual GiveBIG event supporting local nonprofts. This one-day, online event was inspired and is run by the Seattle Foundation in order to encourage local communities to give toward nonprofits that provide the elements that construct and sustain a healthy community.


Those elements are arts & culture, basic needs, economy, education, environment, health & wellness, and neighborhoods & communities.


According to the Seattle Foundation, tomorrow’s event is expected to benefit more than 1,700 nonprofits in the area. “GiveBIG is … a day that can really make a big difference for the nonprofits which are doing so much to make our region a stronger, more vibrant place for all,” says Tony Mestres, President & CEO of the Seattle Foundation.


For Queen Anne nonprofits in particular, GiveBIG offers a wide variety of ways people can get involved in our community and support its growth.

Start by helping those in need when you give to our neighborhood Food Bank or the Queen Anne Helpline. You can support our neighborhood culture by donating to the Pacific Northwest Ballet or SIFF, and sponsor education in our community with a donation to the Pacific Science Center or Seattle Center Foundation. Don’t forget to help keep the Queen Anne Farmers Market going strong summer after summer with a financial gift, and if you want to support the efforts of the Queen Anne Historical Society to keep our neighborhood’s history safe, that nonprofit is also participating in GiveBIG.

From education to the arts, there are plenty of Queen Anne nonprofits to support this GiveBIG day. Support local nonprofits on Tuesday, May 5th!



Queen Anne Events: 8 Things to Do in May

Warmer days are straight ahead! If you’re looking for some fun activities and Queen Anne events to add to your calendar, here’s the place to find them!

  1. May 2 – iFEST: The festival for independent game developers, iFEST, comes to the Seattle area on May 2nd, at the Seattle Center Armory. This festival is free, and is from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  2. May 3 – Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration: Live performances, visual arts, activities, games, and marketplace booths will be highlighting the rich culture of Asian Pacific-Islanders on May 3rd, from 11:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. for their Heritage Month Celebration at the Seattle Center Armory.
  3. May 4 – Lemonade Stand Day: Bring your child to the Seattle Children’s Museum on May 4th to learn all of the inner workings of a lemonade stand on Lemonade Stand Day! Kids will learn the math and also the creativity that goes into planning and running their own little lemonade stand business.
  4. May 5 – GiveBIG Day of Champions: The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG, Day of Champions is coming up on Tuesday, May 5th! Donate to the charity (or charities) of your choice on this day to make your donation go further. Neighborhood charities featured for donation include the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Queen Anne Helpline, Queen Anne Historical Society, and the neighborhood Food Bank at Sacred Heart.
  5. May 9 – Gold Rush Auction at Swedish Club NW: In the club’s largest fundraiser of the year, enjoy an auction, delicious food and beverages and plenty of fun. The Swedish Club NW is hosting “The Gold Rush is On” auction and fundraiser on Saturday, March 9th. Tickets are $75/person.
  6. May 10 – Mother’s Day Brunch at Queen Anne Restaurants: Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 10th! Don’t forget to make a brunch reservation with plenty of time before things fill up. Top Queen Anne restaurants for brunch include Toulouse Petit, Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge, and The 5 Spot.
  7. May 10 – Neil Diamond at Key Arena: The Neil Diamond Tour 2015 is coming to Seattle on May 10th, when the Grammy-winning rock and pop singer will perform at the Key Arena. The show starts at 8p.m.
  8. May 21 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce May Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members for networking with other Queen Anne business owners, updates on the events and happenings within the chamber and neighborhood, and words from an occasional speaker. This year’s January luncheon will take place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on May 21st. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to

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