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July 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Postcards from the past, Alki Beach 1985

Posted by Colin Diltz

PAUL MILLER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Dave Black, of Seattle, left, and Dan Hotes, of Hermosa Beach, Calif called their friends to tell them how nice it was at Alki Beach in West Seattle. Hotes said he called a friend in Hermosa Beach to tell him how nice the weather was up here, how much fun he is having." Hotes said he was just here on vacation but would stay a little longer.

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July 23, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Eternal Spring in Chinatown International District

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Artist Jonathan Wakuda Fischer touches up a giant mural entitled "Eternal Spring" in Seattle's Chinatown International District on July 22, 2014. Along with about 50 volunteers, Fischer painted the mural, which depicts Sakura Cherry Blossoms, on the exterior of a warehouse on the corner of 10th Avenue and Spring Street. They used a mixture of spray paint, regular paint and stencils. The project is a collaboration between Seattle Works and Urban Artworks. Fischer designed the mural.

July 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Keyed in on music

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Yolanda Kilgore, 24, sings and plays a piano in Cal Anderson Park on July 21, 2014. Kilgore, a self-taught piano player, learned to play piano by watching musicians at church. After aging out of foster care, Kilgore said she's experienced homelessness and living in transitional housing. The public pianos allow her access to play and share her gift with others, she said. Her tattoo, "loyalty is everything," is a lyric often used in her songwriting. "I love being able to allow my emotions to flow from the soul, out through the hands and into the piano and then this gorgeous, gorgeous sound comes out," she said. From July 17 to August 17 around 20 decorated pianos will be placed around Seattle-area parks. The Pianos in the Parks partnership, underwritten by Laird Norton Wealth Management, is a collaboration between King County Parks, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Seattle Symphony, Gage Academy of Art, City of Music, KEXP and Classic Pianos.

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Yolanda Kilgore, 24, sings and plays a piano in Cal Anderson Park.

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Angelina Guo, 4, of Beijing, plays a variety of songs-including 'Mary Has a Little Lamb' and 'Old McDonald,' at Westlake Park.

July 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM

New view on your commute

Posted by Colin Diltz

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle resident Jim Sykes paints an elephant as fellow volunteer Emma Mitchell, 14, goes for more supplies while they work Sunday on artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design, "Animal Silhouettes," which covers about a 200-foot span of an underpass on North 63rd Street at Aurora Avenue North. Previously, a mural painted in the 1990s decorated both sides of the underpass, but it was covered with so much graffiti that in 2012 it was removed. Soon after, Kerry Fowler, an area resident who wanted to bring a mural back, began organizing a community effort to paint a new one. Fowler said several community businesses have helped donate toward the $5,000 needed to match money from Seattle's Neighborhood Matching Fund, while dozens of residents came to help paint over the weekend. "The community really stepped up," he said. The committee in charge of the mural has agreed to maintain it for five years, and a graffiti-resistant coating will be applied.

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Karen Yoshitomi, who found out about the project from flyers posted near her home, makes brushstrokes along the silhouette of a person pushing a stroller.

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Wendy Jones, left, paints in a runner as Jan Gray and organizer Kerry Fowler swap out a tray of paint as they work on painting artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design, "Animal Silhouettes."

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Susan Stewart paints in the edge of an elk's mouth.

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People work on painting artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design.

July 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

The White Knight

Posted by Colin Diltz

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The White Knight, the launch plane for the X Prize-winning SpaceShipOne, joins the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, arriving Monday afternoon at Paine Field from Mojave, Calif. The White Knight and SpaceShipOne, which made the first privately funded human space flight, were both developed by a joint venture involving Paul Allen.

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Members of the Flying Heritage Collection watch the White Knight's arrival at Paine Field. The collection, at a restored hangar, showcases warplanes and technologies from 1935-1945.

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A hand waves out of the cockpit of The White Knight.

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The White Knight soars above Paine Field.

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Members of the Flying Heritage Collection take a look at The White Knight as it arrives at Paine Field.

July 20, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Fundraiser at Ethiopian Orthodox church

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Gezachen Medhin, left, and Berhan Berha chat while cooking for a fundraiser at Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Debre Selam St. Michael Church in Edmonds on July 20, 2014. The congregation moved into the church about three-and-a-half years ago and held a traditional lunch and an auction to help pay for their building. More than 200 people attend the church on a regular basis.

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Rediet Endalew, 3, center, follows her mother Tsehay Anche, right, in a buffet line at Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Debre Selam St. Michael Church in Edmonds.

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Gezachen Medhin, from left, Zaid Berhane, Berhan Berha and Regbe Tsfy cook beef stew during a church fundraiser at Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Debre Selam St. Michael Church in Edmonds.

July 20, 2014 at 6:05 PM

DAIPANbutoh Collective at Kubota Garden

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Lin Lucas of DAIPANbutoh Collective, performs "Wandering & Wondering," a butoh and soundscape experience in Kubota Garden on July 20, 2014. The handout from the previous year's performance describes butoh as "a contemporary avant-garde dance form which erupted out of the turmoil and loss of identity of post-WWII Japan." The movements are slow and controlled, and evoke both beautiful and grotesque elements. The dancers were accompanied by an enveloping soundscape of percussion, woodwinds and strings played by several musicians scattered around the garden.

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Sheri Brown of Daipan Butoh Collective in Seattle, performs "Wandering & Wondering," a butoh and soundscape experience in Kubota Garden. They will perform again on August 10 at the Seattle Japanese Garden.

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Percussionist Samuel Yoder uses an instrument shaped like a frog for "Wandering & Wondering," a butoh and soundscape experience in Kubota Garden. The performance was directed by Joan Laage of Kogut Butoh, a part of DAIPANbutoh Collective.

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July 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Congregation's special day

Posted by Lindsey Wasson

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Archbishop Ewostatewos, left, talks with Archbishop Henock, who traveled from Ethiopia to attend, during the opening Saturday of the permanent location of the Debre Mihret St. Michael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Rainier Valley. Ceremonies to inaugurate the church, which was previously at a temporary location near 26th Avenue and East Union Street, began at 3am Saturday with priests, deacons, clergy and the two archbishops. The church's main ceremonies continued until mid-afternoon. Many attendees chose to wear traditional white Ethiopian clothes, symbolizing the purity of Christ. The larger Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which became autocephalous in the 1950s, has a membership of about 40 million people, most of whom live in Ethiopia. "Tewahedo" is a Ge'ez word (Ethiopic script) meaning "being made one" or "unified".

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