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Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Charlotte Martin Theatre, Seattle Center

Labor Showcase at NW Folklife Festival - 7:30-10:00 PM

201 Thomas St
Seattle Washington 98109
[map]
Price: Folklife runs on your donations!

Another great Labor Showcase awaits you at this year's Northwest Folklife Festival.Amplifying this year's theme of celebrating the 20th anniversary of Festal--the series of smaller festivals that appreciate the many and diverse cultures we have in our region--the SLC brings you gritty and inspiring stories from our immigrant communities illustrated with song from the Chorus. The rest of the 2 1/2 hour show will feature stories by and about Native Americans, spoken word from the Black Lives Matter movement, and a lively Kenyan band.mmerse yourself in the hot topics of immigration and cultural diversity!  Come to Seattle Center, the Charlotte Martin Theatre, on Sunday evening May 28th, 7:30-10:00 P.M.


Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS SINGALONG - 7:00-9:30 pm

7500 Greenwood Avenue
Seattle Washington 98103
[map]
Price: suggested $15/adult, $5 child

Amid cold winds weather-wise and politics-wise, you can cheer yourself up by attending the annual Seattle Labor Chorus Singalong—Saturday evening March 25th, 7:00-9:30 p.m.  You can look forward to the usual spirited community singing with words provided, a silent auction, a song or two by the Chorus, great homemade snacks, fellowship, and family-friendly atmosphere.  The event will take place at the same location as last year, the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Avenue N., Seattle 98103.  There is street parking (though not in the handicapped parking near the church’s back door), or else take the #5 bus.    

The Singalong features great songs of labor, peace, and justice as well as some old chestnuts.  You are welcome to lead a song as an individual or a group, or to sit back and join in the singing, or, just listen.  The food will include savories, desserts, and non-alcoholic drinks.  And—you can buy tickets for the Chorus’ annual quilt raffle, or buy the Chorus CD’s.  For bidding in the silent auction, bring your checkbook or cash.  Another feature:  you can bring flyers for a community table, available to the approximately 200 people who typically attend.  Admission is by a suggested donation of $15 per adult or $5 for children, but no one will be turned away.   

The Singalong is the Chorus’ biggest fundraiser of the year.  It is one of the means that allows the Chorus to sing for free in support of working people at strikes, rallies, protests, and union meetings; at annual conferences, at benefits for good causes, for book signings, at memorials; and at the Northwest Folklife Festival.  Further information about the Chorus is on the SLC website— http://www.seattlelaborchorus,org.  Or contact Janet Stecher at (206) 524-7753 or at rebelvoz@aol.com.  


Friday, February 10th, 2017

Columbia City Theater

The Revolution will be Harmonized Concert Series - 7:30

4916 RAINIER AVE S
Seattle Washington 98118
US [map]
Price: $20

Seattle Labor Chorus, Anzanga Marimba Ensemble, Naomi Wachira, Orchestra AfriSound and Soyaya

A Benefit for the ACLU & The Northwest Immigration Rights Project

More information at the event website.


Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Keystone Congregational Church

Labor Chorus' 20th Anniversary Concert - 7:00 PM

5019 Keystone Place N. (Keystone Place N and N. 51th St. in Wallingford)
Seattle Washington 98103
[map]
Price: Suggested donation $20

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR A SPECIAL SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS CONCERT!
 
Keep your calendar warm for the Seattle Labor Chorus’ 20th Anniversary Concert honoring the songs and musicians who have inspired us:  Saturday, February 4th at 7:00 PM, Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place N. (at N. 50th Street), Seattle 98103, Wallingford neighborhood.  Featured guests will be Charlie King, Bev Grant and Lou Truskoff.  The Chorus also will perform, and a reception will follow.  Suggested donation is $20.00, but no one will be turned away.  Doors will open at 6:30.  For further information, contact Janet Stecher at rebelvoz@aol.com or by phone at (206) 524-7753.
 
Charlie King and Bev Grant have each performed folk-inspired music for over 40 years, as solo singers and also as writers of powerful songs commenting on the social and political scene.  Charlie is known particularly as a political satirist in music.  Pete Seeger called him “one of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”  Bev Grant has long been a feminist and social activist.   She lives in Brooklyn, New York and is founder and director of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus.  Both artists have recorded extensively.  Lou Truskoff is a local labor activist and member of the Seattle Labor Chorus.  His extraordinary ability to write parodies tailored for specific occasions, and his original compositions, have been the bedrock of the Chorus’ extensive repertoire.  

Come celebrate our long history at this special event!
For further information on Charlie King, check www.charlieking.org
For further information on Bev Grant, check www.bevgrant.com

Click here to download this concert flyer

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Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Milltown Sailing Association

Everett Massacre Commemoration - 12:00-2:30 pm

410 14th Street
Everett Washington [map]
Price: Free

The Seattle Labor Chorus will sing on November 12th to remember a famous episode in American labor history, the Everett Massacre of 1916.  One hundred years ago, IWW union members (a.k.a. the “Wobblies”) who had sailed from Seattle to Everett to support striking shingle workers, were met at the Port of Everett by the sheriff and 200 armed men determined to stop them.   Five Wobblies were killed and many more wounded; two deputies also were killed.  In this year’s commemoration, a boat will again sail up from Seattle, arriving at the Port of Everett at about 11:30 a.m.  From 12:00-2:30 p.m., a free program will feature singing by the Labor Chorus, speeches for the occasion, a photo exhibit, and refreshments.  The location is Milltown Sailing Association, 410 14th Street, Everett.  This commemoration is being organized by the Snohomish County Labor Council and the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association.


Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Northwest Folklife Festival

NW Folklife Festival - Labor Show - 7:10 to 9:30 pm

Cornish Theater, Seattle Center
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: free

We are happy to be part of the festivities at the NW Folklife Festival by hosting the Labor Show.  This year’s stage will be bursting with talent, some familiar and some not.  Save Saturday evening, May 28, 7:10 to 9:30 p.m. to spend at the Cornish Playhouse (formerly known as the Intiman) at Seattle Center.

The show launches with a group new to Folklife—the Resisters (or Re-Sisters, a chamber vocal group of women from Vancouver BC) who inform with music and stories particularly about working-class women.  They pay special attention to aboriginal women in Canada, an often forgotten group.   

The centerpiece of the show will be a narrative on the decades-long continental struggle for justice.  Featured in the speaking roles are Al (Alexandra) Bradbury and Francisca Garcia, while the Seattle Labor Chorus will provide musical sound bites.   Singer-songwriter Bradbury will also perform some of her own material.  

And the Labor Chorus will of course perform its own set. The Labor Stage will close with Citizens’ Band from Olympia, who have delighted Northwest audiences for years with their sharp-witted political commentary in song.   

If you can make it to the festival a little earlier on Saturday, join the singalongs in the Cornish courtyard just outside the theater.  5:00 – 6:00 is the labor singalong hosted by Earle Peach, director of Solidarity Notes Labour choir from Vancouver, B.C. with some of his singers.  And 6:00 – 7:00pm is the Pete Seeger singalong.  

These will certainly put you in mind of “The Power of the Human Voice in Song” - the theme of this year’s Folklife festival.


Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS SINGALONG - 7:00-9:30 pm

7500 Greenwood Avenue
Seattle Washington 98103
[map]
Price: suggested $15/adult, $5 child

It’s time again for the annual Seattle Labor Chorus Singalong—Saturday evening March 12th, 7:00-9:30 p.m.  

We are starting our 20th year, having been founded in March of 1997, with our first presentation with Pete Seeger at Folklife in May of that year.

Our Fund a Dream 2016 will go towards a Special Project/Musical Celebration of our 20th Anniversary next spring. We have two wonderful anonymous donors who have agreed to donate $2000 each or $4,000 total. They will generously match all donations on a 2 for 1 basis. That means that for every $1 you donate, they will donate $2.  How Fabulous! 

The Singalong is the Chorus’ biggest fundraiser of the year.  It is one of the means that allows the Chorus to sing for free in support of working people at strikes, rallies, protests, and union halls; at annual meetings, at benefits for good causes, for book signings, at memorials; and at Festivals near and far. 

Admission is by a suggested donation of $15 per adult or $5 for children, but no one will be turned away. Tickets are available from SLC members or at the door. 

This year's Silent Auction includes an amazing list of wonderful things: Cabin getaways, homemade dinners, tickets for Woody Guthrie and Janis Joplin tributes as well as the Symphony and the Whateverly Brothers, gift cards for a wonderful array of restaurants and movies and stores, music and yoga lessons, home and garden services, beautiful art and jewelry, interesting books and recordings.  Here's a list of this year's items.

New this year, we will be trying out a system to accept credit cards, so we may be able to take VISA, MC, AMEX and Discover cards.  Please bring your checkbook just in case that trial isn't as smooth as we hope. Bid early and often!

The Singalong features great songs of labor, peace, and justice as well as some golden oldies.  You are welcome to lead a song as an individual or a group, or to sit back and join in the singing, or, just listen. Thanks to those folks who sent us some new lyrics for this year’s song choices. 

The food will include savories, sweets, and non-alcoholic drinks.  And—you can buy tickets for the Chorus’ famous annual quilt raffle, or buy the new Chorus CD, Gonna Rise Again, as well as the two previous ones.  For bidding in the silent auction, bring your checkbook or cash.  Another feature:  you are welcome to bring flyers for our community table, available to the 200 people who typically attend.

For more info, contact Janet Stecher at (206) 524-7753 or at rebelvoz@aol.com.

 

We are starting our 20th year, having been founded in March of 1997, with our first presentation with Pete Seeger at Folklife in May of that year.
 
Our Fund a Dream 2016 will go towards a Special Project/Musical Celebration of our 20th Anniversary next spring. We have two wonderful anonymous donors who have agreed to donate $2000 each or $4,000 total. They will generously match all donations on a 2 for 1 basis. That means that for every $1 you donate, they will donate $2.  How Fabulous!
 
The Singalong is the Chorus’ biggest fundraiser of the year.  It is one of the means that allows the Chorus to sing for free in support of working people at strikes, rallies, protests, and union halls; at annual meetings, at benefits for good causes, for book signings, at memorials; and at Festivals near and far. 
 
Admission is by a suggested donation of $15 per adult or $5 for children, but no one will be turned away.  Tickets are available from SLC members or at the door.
 
This year's Silent Auction includes an amazing list of wonderful things: Cabin getaways, homemade dinners, tickets for Woody Guthrie and Janis Joplin tributes as well as the Symphony and the Whateverly Brothers, gift cards for a wonderful array of restaurants and movies and stores, music and yoga lessons, home and garden services, beautiful art and jewelry, interesting books and recordings. A list is attached.
New this year, we will be trying out a system to accept credit cards, so we may be able to take VISA, MC, AMEX and Discover cards.  Please bring your checkbook just in case that trial isn't as smooth as we hope.  Bid early and often!
 
The Singalong features great songs of labor, peace, and justice as well as some golden oldies.  You are welcome to lead a song as an individual or a group, or to sit back and join in the singing, or, just listen.  Thanks to those folks who sent us some new lyrics for this year’s song choices.
 
The food will include savories, sweets, and non-alcoholic drinks.  And—you can buy tickets for the Chorus’ famous annual quilt raffle, or buy the new Chorus CD, Gonna Rise Again, as well as the two previous ones.  For bidding in the silent auction, bring your checkbook or cash.  Another feature:  you are welcome to bring flyers for our community table, available to the 200 people who typically attend.

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

The Royal Room

All-Star Benefit for MusiCares - 7 pm

5000 Rainier Ave S
Columbia City Washington 98118
206-906-9920 [map]

The Seattle Labor Chorus invites you to
Celebrate the New Year with this Live Concert

Wednesday,    January 6,       7 pm
The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Ave S, Columbia City 98118
206 906-9920

A.F. of M. Local 76-493 presents: All-Star Benefit for MusiCares -
a wonderful national organization to help struggling musicians!

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. https://www.grammy.org/musicares

Seattle All-Stars!     Gail Pettis     Bernie Jacobs      Bill Anschell
Jeff Johnson      Greg Campbell     The Island Jazz Quintet
The Seattle Labor Chorus   &   special guests!

For more information contact Marc Smason – 206 760-1764
worldmusicetc@gmail.com


Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Keystone Church

CD Release Party - 6:30-8pm

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle Washington 98103
[map]
Price: Free

The Seattle Labor Chorus has just completed our third musical album, titled “Gonna Rise Again”

We are pleased to invite you to celebrate with a CD Release Party. There will be refreshments, prizes, party games, and a live performance of songs from the CD and it’s free. So come look at the CD, maybe buy some copies for your own use and for holiday gifts, and meet us in person. The cost of the CD is $12 each. Your purchase will not only give you pleasure, but will also help support the chorus. For any questions, call Janet Stecher at (206) 524-7753, or e-mail her at rebelvoz@aol.com.

Songs on the CD include originals never recorded before, “chestnuts” ranging from Dylan’s angry “Masters of War” to “Mr. Ad-man,” a playful parody of “Mr. Sandman” satirizing our advertising saturated commercial culture. Arrangements are varied and complex, from doo-wop to jazz harmonies to Balkan dissonances.

“Gonna Rise Again” honors the history and resurgence of the labor movement and people’s movements with songs against war, for immigrant rights, about strikes and organizing, about liberation, and against exploitation.


Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Keystone Church

SLC Performance with Avivara - 7:30 pm

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle Washington 98103
[map]
Price: Free

Come hear the Seattle Labor Chorus in its first formal performance in the fall in a free shared event with Avivara  (www.avivara.org), the evening of Saturday, October 24th!

Avivara is a local group dedicated to improving the quality of education in Guatemala through grants to schools, scholarships to help students proceed past elementary school, development of after-school programs, setting up partnerships with schools in the U.S., and facilitating study and volunteer work in Guatemalan schools. After the Chorus sings, Avivara will give a presentation on their work in Guatemala and answer questions about the situation there.

Saturday, October 24th, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm) Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place North, Wallingford (98103).  Free admission.   RSVP and for more information: Janet Stecher, (206)524-7753 or rebelvoz@aol.com


Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Northwest Folklife Festival

Labor Showcase - 8:00 to10:00 pm

Cornish Theater, Seattle Center
Seattle Washington [map]

It's that time of year again – our annual finale for the season at the Northwest Folklife Festival. This year’s labor showcase will be held on Saturday, May 23, 8:00 – 10:00 pm at the Cornish Theater (formerly named Intiman) and we are the 4th of a fabulous line-up.

8:00- Al Bradbury (the artist previously known as ET & the Boy). Al is currently the editor of Labor Notes, the national newsletter of labor’s left. But she is still writing her delightful parodies and original songs that so capture the state of our nation’s struggle for economic justice.

8:30 – Renaissance the Poet is an artist from Seattle who has been performing for over ten years and has set fire to over 200 stages. With a voice and a presence that commands attention, Renaissance enraptures audiences with his meticulously, calculated rhythms

9:00 – Sarah Laslett (the artist also known as the director of the Labor Education Research Center) accompanied by Tim Kennedy on keyboards, brings us the funk and jazz of the Solidarity movement.

9:30 – The good old Seattle Labor Chorus in full splendor with this year’s new pointed and brilliantly arranged songs of struggle and a few of our favorite golden oldies.

2015 QuiltNote too that there are just a few weeks left to purchase raffle tickets to win the Seattle Labor Chorus quilt. Labor Chorus alumna Susan Gordon has made another beautiful quilt, and it could be your turn to win it! The quilt raffle is one of the chorus's most important fundraisers, and we appreciate everyone's ongoing support. We’ll be selling them all weekend alongside the entrance to the courtyard adjacent to the Cornish Theater, or you can contact us by mail.

Ticket prices are $5 per ticket, 3 tickets for $10. For $20 you get 6 tickets and your choice of a free chorus CD -- either our classic "Songs of Working People" or the holiday parodies and songs of peace on "Ring It In." If you'd like to buy tickets, please send a check made out to SLC for the appropriate amount to Jim Douglas, 900 Warren Ave N, Seattle WA 98109. He will make sure that tickets in your name are in the drawing. And, if your check is large enough, he’ll send you the CD of your choice. So be sure to include your address.

Thank you for supporting the Seattle Labor Chorus! We look forward to seeing you at Folklife


Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Keystone Church

Jean Rohe and The Seattle Labor Chorus - 7:30 PM

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle Washington 98103
[map]

The Seattle Labor Chorus is happy to invite you to a concert featuring guest artist Jean Rohe, prize-winning songwriter and extraordinary singer from New York City.

Jean is a young, multi-lingual singer, storyteller, and composer, who mixes aesthetic approaches from jazz, folk, and Brazilian traditions. Her one-of-a-kind narrative songs, which range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to âphonojournalismâ (a genre of her own invention) have won recognition from the New York Songwriters Circle and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Said Nate Chinen of the New York Times: Jean is a confident singer whose compositions tend toward a literate and imploring tone. And she often invites the audience to sing boisterous choruses.

Jean has performed with the Billboard-charting alt-country group Calexico, is often featured on New York Public Radio, and co-wrote and performed the music for the feature film Noise (2004). A recent recipient of the prestigious MacDowell Fellowship, she just released her second CD, showcasing her intricately crafted arrangements.

The Seattle Labor Chorus, directed by Janet Stecher, will share the program with their customary parodies, classics and contemporary compositions analyzing society's ills and celebrating justice.

Join Jean and the Seattle Labor Chorus for an engaging night of song.


Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Woodland Park United Methodist Church

Farm Workers Sharing Their Struggle For Justice - 6:00-8:30 PM

302 North 78th St
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: Freewill Offering

Food sustainability must include the workers who grow our food! Farm workers will share their stories and their organizing campaign for fair wages, dignity and respect in the work place, and safe working conditions.

Ballet Folklorico de Guadalajara, Seattle Fandango Project, and Seattle Labor Chorus weave in entertainment.

Info: Debi, 206-375-7276

Co-sponsors: Seattle Farm Worker Solidarity Committee; MEChA-UW; Students for Farm Worker Justice, Grupo Folklorico de Guadalajara, Seattle Fandango Project; Seattle Labor Chorus; and Community Alliance for Global Justice


Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

Seatte Labor Chorus Singalong! - 7:00 PM

7500 Greenwood Avenue
Seattle Washington 98103
[map]
Price: Donation $15, no one turned away

SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS SINGALONG! COME JOIN IN THE FUN!

If you haven’t yet been to the Seattle Labor Chorus’ annual Singalong and Silent Auction, you’re missing a treat!  This year it takes place on Saturday March 7, 7:00 p.m., again at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Avenue North.  This is a family friendly event so bring the whole crew! The Singalong features community singing of great songs of labor, peace, and justice, as well as some golden oldies (words projected on a screen so you won’t be left out).  You’ll also be able to nibble on homemade snacks and desserts, tea and coffee and soft drinks; get tickets for the Chorus’ famous quilt raffle; and bid in a huge silent auction (bring your checkbook or cash).  Admission is by a suggested donation of  $15 per adult or $5 per child, but no one will be turned away.  Tickets are available from Chorus members or at the door.
If you haven’t yet been to the Seattle Labor Chorus’ annual Singalong and Silent Auction, you’re missing a treat!  This year it takes place on Saturday March 7, 7:00 p.m., again at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Avenue North.  This is a family friendly event so bring the whole crew! The Singalong features community singing of great songs of labor, peace, and justice, as well as some golden oldies (words projected on a screen so you won’t be left out).  You’ll also be able to nibble on homemade snacks and desserts, tea and coffee and soft drinks; get tickets for the Chorus’ famous quilt raffle; and bid in a huge silent auction (bring your checkbook or cash).  Admission is by a suggested donation of  $15 per adult or $5 per child, but no one will be turned away.  Tickets are available from Chorus members or at the door.
The musical voice of labor in Seattle, the SLC, would love to have you join us for this evening of music and socializing. It gets bigger and better every year.  And it’s our biggest fundraiser of each year, for which we need your support and fellowship. 

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

University Temple United Methodist Church

1914 Christmas Truce - 100th Anniversary Commemoration - 7:00 pm

1415 NE 43rd St
Seattle Washington 98105
[map]
Price: No charge

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Click here for more info: ChristmasTruceSeattle.weebly.com


Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Northwest Folklife Festival

Busking at NW Folklife - 6:30 p.m.

Seattle Center
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: Free

2014 QuiltIn lieu of a labor stage this year, the Seattle Labor Chorus will busk at Folklife on Sunday, May 25th. at 6:30 p.m., on the north side of the Seattle Repertory theater (Mercer Street), just east  of the entrance to the Bagley Wright Theater.  If you’re at Folklife, check us out at this informal gig.  By the way, tickets for the annual quilt raffle will be available as usual at the Cornish Playhouse Courtyard (once called Intiman) where you can also view the quilt up close.  


Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

U.W. School of Social Work

Working Together for Labor Justice - 5:00-9:00 p.m.

4101 15th Ave NE
Seattle Washington 98105
[map]
Price: Free

 

THE SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS SINGS AT THE U.W. SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK:   THE PRICE IS RIGHT
You can see the film “Inequality for All,” join in discussion on income inequality in the U.S., eat popcorn, and hear the Labor Chorus—all for free on Thursday, May 22nd, School of Social Work, Room 305, 5:00-9:00 p.m.  The evening will culminate a month-long series of talks at the SSW exploring the connections between labor rights and economic justice for immigrants, people of color, and low-income families.   The movie “Inequality for All,” is narrated by Robert Reich, Professor of Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley, and it sparkles with his wit and clarity.  Here’s a chance to see the film if you didn’t catch it during its commercial run. 
 
The School of Social Work is located at 4101 15th Avenue NE, Seattle 98105, on the northwest corner of 15th Avenue NE and 41st Street.  For further information about the event, go online to http://www.socialwork.uw.edu/faculty/working-together-for-labor-justice.  For information about the Labor Chorus, contact Janet Stecher at rebelvoz@aol.com, or at (206) 524-7753.    

 

 


Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Hillman City Collaboratory

Benefit for the Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ) - 7:00-9:30 pm

5623 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle Washington 98118
[map]
Price: By donation

 

GLOBAL ECONOMIC  JUSTICE—SUPPORT FOR  LOCAL TO INTERNATIONAL FAIR TRADE—THE SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS—the combination is irresistible!  The Labor Chorus will perform at a benefit for the Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ) on Saturday May 10th, 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the Hillman City Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle 98118.  CAGJ and its organizational allies—including Our Walmart and Community to Community Development--will share stories of their work for food sovereignty and strong local economies across the globe.   Admission is by donation.  The Chorus has often sung about related issues, from “Fair Trade Coffee” to unjust trade agreements.   Now we’ll visibly support one of the most vigorous organizations fighting for global economic justice—here’s your chance to do the same.  For further information about the event, you may contact CAGJ at (206) 405-4600 or at contact_us@seattleglobaljustice.org.  For information about the Chorus, please contact Janet Stecher at (206) 524-7753 or at rebelvoz@aol.com.   
 
This event is part of May Works, the annual celebration of workers’ culture in Seattle and Washington State, initiated by the Washington State Labor Council. 

 


Monday, May 5th, 2014

Elliott Bay Books

"Save Our Unions" - 7 to 9:30 pm

1521 10th Avenue
Seattle Washington 98122
[map]

Reading and discussion with author Steve Early, Seattle Labor Chorus opening.

Save Our Unions: Dispatches From A Movement in Distress describes the challenges facing U.S. workers--whether they’re trying to democratize their union, win a strike, defend past contract gains, or bargain with management for the first time. Drawing on forty years of first-hand experience, Steve Early reports on cross-border union campaigning, more effective strategies for organizing and health care reform, and political initiatives that might lessen labor's dependence on the Democratic Party. Early's latest book also contains vivid portraits of rank-and-file heroes and heroines, both well known and unsung. Save Our Unions takes readers to union conventions and funerals, strikes and picket lines, celebrations of labor’s past, and struggles to insure that unions still have a future in the 21st century. The author’s insight, analysis, and advocacy help illuminate the paths to revitalization and reform of workers' organizations, at home and abroad.

Additional info: http://steveearly.org/

http://www.elliottbaybook.com/


Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Northwest Film Forum

Red Renewal: Seattle's Socialist Spring - 7:00 PM

1515 12th Avenue
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: $8, $6 for SFF members

 

THE SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS SINGS FOR A NEW AUDIENCE!  Catch your political film fix at the Northwest Film Forum’s series, “Red Renewal:  Seattle’s Socialist Spring,” and hear the Labor Chorus sing at the series closing on May 1st, International Workers Day.  The place will be the Film Forum’s Theater, 1515 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle.  The time will be 7:00 p.m.  Is there a whiff of socialism in the spring air?  Is labor going to rise again?  Make up your own mind.  The film showings began in March,but you can still catch films on April 23 and 30.  Then enjoy the Chorus on  May Day, along with additional films, discussion of the issues raised by the series, and a celebration.   For further information on the series, see http://www.nwfilmforum.org; for information about the chorus, contact Janet Stecher at rebelvoz@aol.com or at (206) 524-7753.  
 
The May Day event also launches Mayworks in Seattle, a month of culture honoring workers. 

 

 


Sunday, April 27th, 2014

St. John United Lutheran Church

Fundraiser for Initiative 594 - 4:00-6:00 pm

5515 Phinney Avenue N
Seattle Washington 98103
[map]
Price: Suggested $20

 

594 Fundraiser 1


On Sunday April 27th, the Seattle Labor Chorus will sing in a fundraiser to support Initiative 594, urging a criminal background check for gun purchases.  This is a mighty movement spearheaded by the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility—learn about it and support it through your attendance and financial contribution!     

Suggested donation:  $20 or more, but no one will be turned away. 

RSVP to  (206) 328-2969 or contact Tessa@newmanpartners.com

For information about the Chorus, contact Janet Stecher at (206) 524-7753 or at rebelvoz@aol.com.
 

Download Event Flyer


Sunday, April 6th, 2014

United Electrical Union Hall

Let’s Save Our Unions, Win Jobs with Justice, and Sing Labor Songs - 6:00 pm

37 S Ashland Ave
Chicago Illinois 60607
[map]
Price: Free

Chicago Book Event


Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Hales' Palladium

ST. PAT’S EVE REVELS AND REFLECTIONS! Benefit for Ballard Food Bank - 7 PM

4301 Leary Way NW in Ballard
Seattle [map]
Price: $10-$20 donation, kids free

Jim Page,  Katy Keenan, invite you to join performers, artists, media and friends from the Seattle community in an intimate and lively evening of poetry, ballads, traditional Irish music and other magic.     (…or a thoughtful alternative to green beer and inaudible music…)     

Hale’s Brewery has generously offered the use of the Hale’s Palladium. Hale’s Palladium is all ages, accessible seating 100-250. 4301 Leary Way NW in Ballard. The Palladium entrance is in the rear of Hale’s Brewery.  Street parking. Bus lines 28 & 40.  

PROGRAM: Jim Page….Ron W. Bailey-music and host…Tom Creegan-Irish pipes and music…Joe Martin-music and voice of “The Great Hunger”…Rose McAleese-poetry…. Annette Tayborn-singer.  Seattle Labor Chorus …….. Irish dance; Celtic harp.  

BALLARD FOOD BANK:  Established in 1982, Ballard Food Bank provides food and emergency services to over 1400 families and individuals in Seattle’s north end.   

 

St Pats Eve


Thursday, March 13th, 2014

United Methodist Church

MIKE HONEY AND THE SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS - 7-8:30 PM

1415 NE 43rd St
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: Free

Don't miss a free performance & presentation by Michael Honey and SLC!

Book Presentation: 3:30 - 5 PM, Communications Bldg., Room 230, UW Seattle campus

Performance with Seattle Labor Chorus in honor of Pete Seeger: 7 - 8:30 PM, United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle

Sponsored by University Bookstore, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, American Ethnic Studies

The latest book from award-winning labor historian Michael K. Honey (with a forward by Pete Seeger), Sharecropper's Troubador:  John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union, and the African American Song Tradition.

For more information, see this flyer.


Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS SINGALONG - 7:00 to 9:30 PM

7500 Greenwood Avenue
Seattle Washington 98103
[map]
Price: $10-15 suggested donation, $5 fo

SING, EAT, DRINK, and MAKE MERRY–at the Seattle Labor Chorus’ annual Singalong on Saturday evening, March 8th, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. And what a way to celebrate International Women’s Day! The event will take place at a new location with plentiful parking, the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Avenue, Seattle 98103. (this is a new location, if you have come in recent past years). The #5 bus serves Greenwood Avenue.

The Singalong features community singing of great songs of labor, peace, and justice, as well as some golden oldies (words projected on a screen for your reading comfort). You’ll also be able to nibble on homemade snacks and desserts, buy specialty soft drinks (no alcohol this time), get tickets for the Chorus’ famous quilt raffle, and bid in a silent auction (bring your checkbook or cash). Admission is by a suggested donation of $10 to $15 per adult or $5 for children, but no one will be turned away. Tickets are available from Chorus members or at the door.

The musical voice of labor in Seattle, the SLC, would love to have you join us for this evening of music and socializing. It’s our biggest fundraiser of each year, and we need your support and fellowship! For further information, contact Janet Stecher at (206) 524-7753, or at rebelvoz@aol.com.

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Phinney Neighborhood Center

Community Celebration of the Life, Spirit and Music of Pete Seeger - 7:00 PM

6532 Phinney Avenue N
Seattle Washington 98103
US [map]
Price: Free

One of America's best-loved folksingers, an untiring activist and environmentalist, and an inspiration to many, passed away on January 27th, 2014. The Seattle Folklore Society and the Seattle Labor Chorus invite all to a free all-ages community celebration of the life, spirit and music of Pete Seeger. Come as you are, bring a song or a story or a snack to share if you wish. This will be a participatory evening, as what could be a more appropriate way to remember and honor Pete? We'll start at 7 to be more accessible to families with young children, and there is no charge for admission.


Saturday, December 14th, 2013

University Farmer's Market

Holiday Parodies at the Market - 11:30 AM

Near the intersection of University Way and NE 50th
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: Free

For more info, check out our News.


Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Keystone Congregational Church

Making the American Dream Real for Everyone - 7:30 PM

5019 Keystone Place N.
Seattle Washington 98103
[map]
Price: Suggested Donation $5

 

Come to an event sure to inspire, educate, and generally wow you!
 
Mark McDermott’s multimedia presentation :
“Making the American Dream Real for Everyone.”
Accompanied by the Seattle Labor Chorus
 
Using a combination of family stories, labor history and political and economic analysis, Mark lays out and leads discussion on how those who came before us built a broadly shared American Dream, how corporate America is stealing the Dream from us, and what we can do to build a brighter and more secure future for everyone.  The chorus will illustrate with numerous short song selections woven throughout the program.
 
Mark has presented to diverse audiences on the West Coast, Midwest and Florida reaching thousands of people concerned about the American Dream being stolen from them and those they love.  The presentation’s power is based on drawing real hope from our ancestors’ stories - that we can once again take our country back and build a brighter future.  There will be a discussion following the presentation.
 
Suggested donation $5 ($10 gets you a seat and a CD.)
For Reservations/Additional Info - Contact rebelvoz@aol.com or 206-524-7753

 


Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

UW School of Social Work

Art show opening reception - 5 pm

4101 15th Ave NE
Seattle Washington 98105
[map]
Price: Free!

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Keystone Church (upstairs)

First rehearsal of the 2013-2014 season - 7:15 pm

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: free and no auditions

The chorus will be coming back from our regular summer break to start fall rehearsals. We have lots of great new material to start mastering. If you've been thinking about joining the chorus, or just trying out a few rehearsals to see how it feels, this is an ideal time. Just come, or call 206.524.7753 (11:00 am - 8 pm), or email rebelvoz@aol.com if you'd like more details.

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Northwest Folklife Festival

Labor StageBagley Wright Theatre - 7 pm

Seattle Center
Seattle Washington 98109
US (206) 684-7300 [map]
Price: By donation

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Woodland Park Community of Christ

Christmas Truce Concert - 19:00

5555 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: Free

Celebrate Christmas Eve differently this year, in an event remembering the 1914 Christmas truce. For the second year, the Chorus is participating in this remembrance, marking the spontaneous one-day truce among opposing soldiers in the First World War. Hear stories and songs from the time, see images from the period and the truce, and share the hope of peace. This event is interfaith, nonsectarian, and free. It will be held at the Woodland Park Community of Christ church, 5555 Phinney Avenue North, across from the Zoo, starting 7:00 p.m on the night of December 24. For more information, email ChristmasTruce.Seattle@gmail.com.

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Westlake Center

The Great Figgy Pudding - 18:15

400 Pine St
Seattle Washington 98101
US (206) 467-1600 [map]
Price: Free

Come hear us sing, and sing your own hearts out, at the Great Figgy Pudding choral competition, this coming Friday December 7, in Westlake Center, Seattle, starting about 6:15 p.m. We’ll be on Pine Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, under a Nordstrom awning. For a number of years, the Seattle Labor Chorus has added its unique political perspective to this competition, rousing audiences with its topical songs and parodies of Christmas carols. Twice we have won the People’s Choice award, and once we won the award for best choral arrangements. It‘s festive and free—a great occasion to bring people who have not heard us before. Donations support the Pike Market Senior Center. More information is available through http://www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding.

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Keystone United Church of Christ

Arts Crush 2012: A Revolution of Hope - 16:00-18:00

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle Washington USA [map]

OCTOBER 13, 2012 4:00 – 6:00 – Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl N. 98103
Revolution of Hope Presented by Seattle Storytellers' Guild & Seattle Labor Chorus

“A REVOLUTION OF HOPE’” weaves songs and
stories into an entertaining afternoon performance
that links history and current reality. This premier
collaboration between Seattle Labor Chorus (SLC)
and the Seattle Storytellers Guild (SSG) combines
lively music with heart stories to celebrate the first
people, the new people and the working people who
call America home.

Seattle Storytellers’ Guild Secretary, Kathya
Alexander blends original narratives with traditional
tales. Hear from our newest citizens and those whose
struggle for justice began in 1492. Columbus Day
has been hailed as both a triumph and a miscarriage
of justice.

Alexander, playwright / author / storyteller, connects the dots between several immigrant families
and the multigenerations who grow up, fall in love and cope with the laws and lessons of the 21st
century. The community will have an opportunity to discuss “Revolution’s” stories and songs
during a talk back with the collaborators.

Under the musical direction of vocal artist Janet Stecher, the Seattle Labor Chorus has been hailed
as “a Seattle gem.” About 40 voices make up the chorus who perform for festivals, arts events and
labor organizations. Their harmonies, melodies and original scores have been heard all over the
northwest.

Nancy Calos Nakano, another member of the creative team is SSG’s Events Director who has
performed, produced and directed shows both locally and internationally. She has worked within
the multi-ethnic diaspora. She currently coordinates storytelling in the White Center community on
immigrant issue.

“Arts Crush gives us a chance to grow with new neighborhoods and artistic partners that we’ve long
admired,” says SSG President, Mary Anne Moorman. The storytellers and the chorus have shared
other stages but this is the first time both organizations have woven tales and tunes into a single
performance.

Keystone Church (N 51st St & Keystone Place) hosts Arts Crush’s “A Revolution of Hope” on
Saturday, October 13, at 4PM. An intermission gives the audience an opportunity to discuss ideas.
Music and stories are family friendly although some may be difficult for younger children to hear.

Also see the Storyteller's Guild information about the event http://www.seattlestorytellers.org/events/artscrush-revolution/

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Greenwood Senior Center

Seattle Labor Chorus Annual Community Singalong & Silent Auction - 7 pm to 9:30 pm

525 N 85th St
Seattle Washington 98103
206-524-7753 [map]

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Seattle Labor Temple

Hold the Date, For We Are Coming! - 7:30 pm

2800 1st Ave - 1st and Broad
Seattle Washington 98121
[map]
Price: Donation

As you probably know one of the most important presentations we do every year is on the Labor Stage at the Northwest Folklife Festival. Ever since our inaugural bash at the 1997 festival with Pete Seeger, the labor stage has continued to draw very large and enthusiastic audiences. Next year, 2012, is our 15th anniversary and we plan to celebrate as part of a commemoration of the centennial of the Bread and Roses strike of 1912. We are very happy to have the support of the Washington State Labor Council who has declared 2012 the year of bringing ‘Roses’ back into the campaign for workers’ rights. The new leadership of the Council embraces labor culture, in all its forms, as one such ‘rose.’ Folklife will be but one in a series of celebrations called Mayworks that draws inspiration from the victory of textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts one hundred years ago.

However, the Northwest Folklife Festival is suffering with the times and finds itself quite short on funding. The WSLC, the Seattle Labor Chorus and the greater labor community is proud to present a benefit show to support the festival with a variety of acts on Monday November 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Seattle Labor Temple on First Avenue and Broad. We are requesting generous donations that will all go to Folklife.

The concert will feature four acts:
The Seattle Labor Chorus
The folk trio, Bold Horizon
The hip-hop ensemble, Dirty Scientifics
And a very special guest artist we may not name until you get there.
Put it on your calendar now to come out for an exciting evening of labor culture, and to support the Northwest Folklife Festival.

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Center for Urban Horticulture

Commemorating the deaths of Domingo and Viernes - 4:30

3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle Washington 98195
[map]

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Quilt Drawing

At our annual meeting we'll draw a winner for this year's quilt - 7:30 pm

Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N
Seattle Washington 98103
[map]

Every year our former member Susan Gordon creates a masterpiece of craft and solidarity from union t-shirts we collect in our travels, and we give you the chance to make it your own! You need not be present to win- but you do have to buy a ticket. Tickets are $5 per chance, $10 for three, $20 for six. They are available from any chorus member, at our shows, or you can simply send a check or money order with your contact information to us at: Seattle Labor Chorus, PO Box 17961, Seattle WA 98127-1954. Your letter must be received before the drawing for you to be entered. You can email me, Aspen, the website admin, (aspendel (at) gmail.com) with any other questions.


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Friday, May 27th, 2011

Bagley Wright Theater

Our Annual Folklife appearance - 7pm - 10pm

Price: FREE

Every year we sing at the Labor Stage at Folklife. This year the Labor Stage will be at the Bagley Wright theater. Come see us!

We had an amazing time at Folklife with the Solidarity Notes. Take a listen!

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Labor Temple

Memorial for Irene Hull - 2 pm

2800 1st Ave
Seattle Washington [map]

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

IAM Machinists Hall

CLUW honors Irene Hull - 7 pm

9125 15th Pl S
Seattle Washington 98108-5100
[map]

The Coalition of Labor Union women's award dinner this year honors a local activist who stood up for justice all her life, Irene Hull. We are delighted to help them recognize her; we sing at about 8 pm.

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Keystone Church

The fabulous Annual Singalong! - 7 - 9:30

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: $10-$15 suggested donation

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Labor Center- South Seattle Community College

Opening celebration for the newly relocated Labor Center - 5-7 pm

B building, 6737 Corson Ave S
Seattle Washington 98108
[map]
Price: free!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Machinists Union hall

Free Speech Scholarship Fundraiser and Wobbly Memorabilia Fundraiser - around 7 pm

Everett Washington [map]

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Labor Temple, hall 1

The Most Dangerous Woman in America: Machine Guns, Coal Dust, Mother Jones and the Making of the American Dream. - 7:30 pm

2800 1st Ave
Seattle Washington 98121
[map]
Price: $15 for adults, $8 for kids, sen

Come here the Seattle Labor Chorus sing and see Therese Diekhans as Mother Jones. This event is a holiday fund raiser for the Puget Sound Labor Agency.

Free parking is available in the gated lot found in the alley between Western & 1st Ave. Turn south off Broad St into the alley. The lot is the first gate on the let. Use entry code *016090#.

This event is being co-sponsored by the MLKCLC Education Committee, the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, and the Puget Sound Labor Agency.

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Downtown Seattle

Figgy Pudding Choral Competition - about 6 pm

Price: Free!

We will once again be participating in Pike Place Senior Center's annual choral competition. You can hear us and dozens of other community choruses packed along the sidewalks of a 9-block square in downtown. Most groups sing Christmas carols; we sing songs of peace and justice, some of them set to holiday tunes. Proceeds go to the Pike Place Senior Center, and be sure to stick around after the street-corner singing to hear the winning choruses sing from the stage at Westlake. This is a great event for kids and a hoot for grownups too.

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Keystone Church

Friday night at the Meaningful Movies- WORKERS REPUBLIC - 7-9:30

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: Free!

The chorus will sing before and after a film about the victorious sit-in at Republic Window and Door in 2008

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

King County Dispute Resolution Center

20th Anniversary Fundraiser - 6pm - 8:30pm

4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle Washington 98103
USA (206) 443-9603 [map]

Come help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the King County Dispute Resolution Center at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford October 20th. The Dispute Resolution Center is a valuable community resource!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Keystone Church

Rehearsals resume - 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: free!

This is when we start regular rehearsals again after our summer hiatus

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

3231 Creatives

The Most Dangerous Woman in America: Machine Guns, Coal Dust \ Mother Jones - 7:30 pm

3231 Broadway
Everett Washington 98201
USA [map]

Monday, July 19th, 2010

University Bookstore

Reading, signing, and singing with Peter Donohue - 7 pm

4326 University Way NE
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: free!

We'll be singing for a book event with the author of Clara and Merritt, a novel set amidst labor struggles in 1930's Seattle. Come on down for some labor/literature crossover.

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Collateral Repair Project

benefiting Iraqi Refugees in Jordan - 6:30 PM (we sing at 7:30)

St Patrick's Church, Social Hall, 2702 Broadway East
Seattle 206-781-9559 [map]

also featuring Mark Taylor-Canfield, Jim Page, and others.

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Folklife

The Labor Stage - 7:30-ish

Bagley Wright Theater
[map]
Price: free/ donation to folklife

We will once again be part of the Labor Stage, MC'd this year by ET and the Boy. We have several roles to play in an interwoven show, so come early!

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Denman Island Community Center

Mayworks 2010 - 1 pm

Denman Island Community Center
Denman Island BC Canada [map]
Price: admission by donation

opening will be Del Phillips and Scotty Donaldson

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Cumberland Recreation Institute

Cumberland Museum's annual Bean Dinner - 6 pm- we sing at 7:30

2565 Dunsmuir, across from the cultural center
Cumberland BC Canada 250-336-2445 [map]
Price: $15


Sunday, March 7th, 2010

The Evergreen State College

Celebrating International Women's Day - 4:00 pm

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia Washington 98505
US [map]
Price: FREE

The Evergreen Singers and the Seattle Labor Chorus will perform at the Communication Building Recital Hall at The Evergreen State College! Come celebrate International Women's Day and the Centennial of Women's Suffrage in Washington State.

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Come Join the Fun at SLC's Annual Sing Along

Southeast Seattle Senior Center - 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

4655 S Holly St
Seattle WA 98118
[map]

Suggested donation: Adults $10 - $15, Children under 12 - $5
Everyone welcome - any donation amount appreciated.
Multi-generational fun for the whole family!
Come hear the Labor Chorus perform!
Join in singing songs about working people and social justice! We will provide the lyrics.
Find great deals on fabulous items in our Silent Auction!
Free Snacks! Beer and Wine bar including hot cider and mulled wine!
Join in the raffle to win the fabulous 2010 Labor Quilt!
Buy Labor Chorus CDs
Win prizes!
Plus special surprise guests!

For more information: 206-524-7753 or REBELVOZ@aol.com

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Highland Park Community of Christ

7pm

8611 11th Ave SW
Seattle Washington 98144
US [map]
Price: FREE

On Christmas Eve, 1914, between the muddy trenches along the Western Front, the armies of World War I spontaneously stopped fighting. They came out of their trenches and met each other in No Man’s Land as unlikely friends.

This Christmas Eve celebrate the 95th anniversary of the incredible “Christmas Truce.” In an inter-faith and non-sectarian event, hear the story in letters, drama and song. See images from the period and the truce. Share the hope of peace in the most unlikely of places.

Featuring performances by The Seattle Labor Chorus, Seattle-area singer Dan Roberts, Raging Grannies, and the Southwest Seattle Readers Theater. Also participating are leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, Christian and secular/non-religious communities.

The event is free of charge, but seating is limited. The doors open at 6PM; the program begins at 7PM and will not last more than an hour and-a-half. The event will take place at the Highland Park Community of Christ, at 8611 11th Ave SW – next to Highland Park Elementary School and the park and ball-fields. Reserved seating for disabled or special-needs persons is available with advance notice.

For more information or disabled seating reservations email ChristmasTruce.Seattle@gmail.com.

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

ACT Theatre

Sister's Christmas Catechism - 2pm

700 Union Street
Seattle Washington 98101
US (206) 292-7676 [map]
Price: ACT Theater

Come see us in…
Sister's Christmas Catechism by Maripat Donovan

She's back! By the author of Late Nite Catechism, it's "Forensic Files goes to Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages: whatever happened to the Magi's gold?
Employing her own scientific tools, as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore, bundles of laughs, and featuring Seattle Labor Chorus (for one performance only!), Sister's Christmas Catechism is sure to become one of your favorite holiday shows.

Sister's Christmas Catechism runs from November 27, 2009 to January 3, 2010, so if you can’t make it on Dec. 12th to see us, there are many other shows to choose from!
For tickets and more information, visit acttheatre.org or call 206-292-7676!

Friday, December 4th, 2009

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition - 6:15 - 9:00

In front of Nordstrom on Pine between 5th and 6th Streets
Seattle WA [map]
Price: FREE

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

Come hear the Seattle Labor Chorus and support the Pike Market Senior Center. We will be selling our CD "Ring It In! Songs of Peace and Justice for the Holiday Season". All sales of the CD the night of Figgy Pudding wil benefit the PMSC.

And YOU can make a donation to support the PMSC at: http://www.active.com/donate/figgypudding/seattlelaborchorus

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Edgewater Inn

Rehearsal - 6:45 pm

2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67
Seattle Washington 98121
US [map]

We will sing three songs for the IBU conference at the Edgewater Hotel at 7pm. Afterwards, we will meet in the Terrace Room on the fourth floor to finish our reheasal.

SLC members should gather at the Terrace Room at 6:45pm.

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Phinney Neighborhood Center

Peggy Seeger - 7:30pm

6532 Phinney Avenue N
Seattle Washington 98103
US [map]
Price: $15; $2 off for SFS and kids

The Seattle Labor Chorus is proud to inform you of this late-breaking development. We will be opening the show for folk music icon Peggy Seeger on Sept 26, 2009 for the Seattle Folklore Society concert series at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.
Please see the blurb about Peggy below that we got from the SFS website - http://seafolklore.org/folksche.html. Do not fret that we are not on the website yet, this 'deal' was just confirmed.
So come out on a brisk Autumn evening for a great combination of good music and good politics.

Concerts are held in the Community Hall (brick building). Free parking in the lower parking lot at the Center. Enter the lot on N 67th, between Phinney and Dayton Ave. Phinney Center has disability parking outside the door on the Dayton Street side of the building and flat access into the hall from Dayton. Parking on Dayton Ave is available for disabled and musician load/unload only.

Set your GPS or Google Map to 449 N 67th St instead of the mailing address listed above. This will get you to the entrance of the free parking lot.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Keystone Church

Chorus Reheasal - 7pm - 9pm

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle WA [map]

Come to our first Chorus rehearsal of the 2009/2010 Season! Open to all singers. Our year includes Folklife, Mayfest celebrations on Vancouver Island, and sing in Olympia with the Evergreen Chorus.

Come and Sing Songs of Social Significance.

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

The Quincy Jones Theater

Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show - 8:00pm

400 23rd Avenue
Seattle WA 98122
[map]
Price: donations welcome

As the debate on how to resolve the nation’s health care crisis continues, one singular answer has been widely ignored in the public debate, despite its popular appeal: a progressively financed, comprehensive, universal health care system – otherwise known as single-payer.

Come hear some great music from Anne Feeney, Jason Luckett, the Seattle Labor Chorus, Bluegrass Dave Wilmoth, Sharon Abreu & Michael Hurwicz, Sheila Liming, Wickline and Ben Silver!

The Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show is modeled after the traveling chautauquas of the 1930s, these concerts will take place nightly and run from San Diego, CA to Bellingham, WA. More information can be found here, http://annefeeney.com/specialevents.html.

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Pacific Northwest Labour History Association

7:30pm

41st Annual Labour History Conference
Labor Temple
2800 1st Ave

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Annual Quilt Raffle

2009 Quilt Raffle

Price: $5 for one, $10 for three

Our 2009 Quilt is here, and it is spectacular. We will raffle off this quilt May 26th. We would love to show it off at your next union meeting! For ticket information email seattlelaborchorus@yahoo.com.


This year's winner was Lance Compa. He is an international labor lawyer who does work with the labor movement in various countries. He also lectures at Cornell's School of Industrial Relations. He was delighted.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Charlotte Martin Theater

Folklife Labor Stage - 7 pm

201 Thomas Street
Seattle WA 98109
[map]
Price: FREE

Once again we are proud to participate in the Northwest Folklife Festival Labor Stage.
As always, the festival takes place over Memorial Day Weekend at Seattle Center.
The labor stage has scored quite a prestigious venue, The Charlotte Martin Theater. And the three hour show takes place between 7:00 - 10:00 PM. Our own set takes place from 9:00 - 9:25, but we strongly recommend every single act on that stage.

7:00 - E.T. and the Boy (Al Bradbury wowed us all last year and she's back.)

7:30 - Solidarity Notes (Vancouver B.C.'s awesome labour chorus)

8 - 9 - A musical narrative about labor history at the turn of the last century (really it's fun and interesting! And also features us, Rebel Voices, Tom Rawson and Lou Truskoff)

9:00 - Seattle Labor Chorus (that's our set)

9:30 - Rebel Voices

And the secret that you won't find in the program is that the awesome duo Emma's Revolution (Pat Humphries and Sandy O) will make a surprise appearance near the end of the show. You probably know a bunch of Pat's songs and don't even know she wrote them e.g. Keep On Moving Forward, Swimming to the Other Side, Commonthread

So tell all your friends and come early so you can get a seat. The theater only seats about 250.

ALSO OF NOTE:
That will be your last chance to buy a raffle ticket for this year's gorgeous Labor T-shirt Quilt.

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Welcome Dinner ATU Conference

Airport Hilton hotel
17620 International Blvd

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Northern Harmony Quartet in Concert

Northern Harmony Quartet in Concert - 7:30pm

4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle WA [map]
Price: $12, $10 for students & seniors

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Village Harmony Workshop

World Music Singing Workshop with Northern Harmony Quartet: Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler, Suzannah Park, Nathan Morrison - 7:00 pm

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle WA (206) 524-7753 [map]
Price: $12

Larry and Patty are the founder and co-directors of Village Harmony singing camps which for twenty years have introduced thousands of singers to the thrilling vocal styles of harmony singing traditions from America, South Africa, Georgia, Corsica, the Balkans and elsewhere. Suzannah, one of the most talented and charismatic of the younger generation of Village Harmony leaders, is from a family of three generations of traditional musicians with particular expertise in Appalachian harmonies. Nathan is a fine tenor and jazz musician who has toured extensively with Village Harmony and Northern Harmony. This workshop especially features South African folk and struggle songs and dances, Appalachian harmonies, and perhaps a Georgian or Corsican song or two, The teaching is particularly efficient with the four Northern Harmony singers there to lead each vocal part. Close attention is paid to the distinctive vocal style of each singing tradition. For more information see the Village Harmony website: www.villageharmony.org
RESERVATIONS NEEDED. Call (206) 524-7753 or email rebelvoz@aol.com with your name and number in your party.

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Annual Community Sing-a-long

Annual Sing Along

500 30th Ave S
Seattle WA 98144
[map]

This is your yearly chance to come out and sing with your neighbors, bid at our silent auction, hear the chorus, eat, drink, and be merry!

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

90th Anniversary of the Seattle General Strike

1919 Seattle General Strike 90th Anniversary Commemoration - 1pm to 5pm; we sing at 3:20pm

2800 First Ave
Seattle WA 98121-1182
206-543-7946 [map]
Price: Free and open to the public

The Seattle Labor Chorus will join other presenters to remember and recount Seattle's general strike almost a century ago. Our presentation will be part of a workshop about the musical "Seattle 1919" along with the composer Rob Rosenthal.

Ninety years ago Seattle shut down. Shipyard workers went on strike for higher wages and more than 100 other unions joined the strike in sympathy. Stores closed. Streetcars and taxis stopped running. Wealthy families fled the city. President Woodrow Wilson ordered troops from Fort Lewis to Seattle to, if necessary, maintain order.

Feb. 6, 1919, marked the beginning of what became known as the Seattle General Strike, an event that made headlines around the world and ignited an era of labor unrest following World War I.

To commemorate the event, union members, scholars, students, community organizers and musicians will come together at Seattle's Labor Temple on Feb. 7 to mark the 90th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike. Presentations and performances will revisit the event, followed by discussions of the strike's legacy. The program will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at 2800 First Ave, Suite 140. It is being sponsored by the UW's Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, the UW's Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 5787 and the ML King County Labor Council.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Anne Feeney and Rebel Voices

Anne Feeney and Rebel Voices - 7:00 doors open, 7:30pm concert starts

2nd and Vine
Seattle WA [map]
Price: $10-$20 suggested

Call or email for reservations: (206) 524-7753 or rebelvoz@aol.com. For more info on the performers see http://annefeeney.com or http://rebelvoices.com.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Meaningful Movies at Keystone Church

What would Jesus Buy? - 7 pm

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle WA [map]
Price: donations welcome

THE SHOPOCALPSE IS COMING! Sho•po•ca•lypse [shah PAW kuh lips] n. The end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt!
Reverend Billy was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer's jacket, bleached his hair and became the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. Since 1999, Reverend Billy has gone from being a lone preacher with a portable pulpit preaching on subways, to the leader of a congregation and a movement whose numbers are well into the thousands.
Through retail interventions, corporate exorcisms, and some good old-fashioned preaching, Reverend Billy reminds us that we have lost the true meaning of Christmas. What Would Jesus Buy? is a journey into the heart of America – from exorcising the demons at the Wal-Mart headquarters to taking over the center stage at the Mall of America and then ultimately heading to the Promised Land … Disneyland.
Will we be led like Sheeple to the Christmas slaughter, or will we find a new way to give a gift this Christmas? What Would Jesus Buy? may just be the divine intervention we’ve all been searching for.

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Grinch of the Year Contest and Party

Grinch of the Year Contest and Party - 6:00pm

2800 1st Ave
Seattle WA [map]
Price: $1 = 1 vote

Grinch of the Year' candidates are nominated for their actions that lead to social and economic injustices, including stomping on our rights to organize or other wrongs that cause harm to our community.
In honor of our capitalist democracy, the more tickets you buy, the more votes you get! $1 = 1 Vote. Vote early and vote often by buying votes attending the Grinch Party on December 11th where the votes will be tallied and winners announced. Children Free. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Figgy Pudding 2008 Street Caroling Contest

Street Singing 6:15 - 7:15
In front of Nordstrom on Pine between 5th and 6th Avenues
We will be the opening act for the Main Stage Show at 7:30 in front of Westlake Mall. The profits from all sales of our new CD the night of Figgy will be donated to the Pike Market Senior Center.

It was a grand evening. We raised more than $900 for the Pike Market Senior Center through sales of our new CD "Ring it In! Songs of Peace and Justice for the Holiday Season." Here is a link to a February 2009 story in the Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.

http://www.seattlemet.com/issues/archives/articles/0209-snapshots-figgy/
Don't forget to look at the slide show. We are #7.

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Farewell to the Thief CD Release Concert and Backbone Campaign B

Farewell to the Thief CD Release Concert and Backbone Campaign Benefit - 7:30pm

6512 23rd Ave NW
Seattle WA [map]
Price: $12 at door, $10 advance

Advance tickets available for $10, $12 at the door, no one turned away: order online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/43803. Come hear George Mann, Citizen's Band, Jim Page, Patriot Act and the Seattle Labor Chorus. More info on the Backbone Campaign can be found here at www.backbonecampaign.org

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Jobs with Justice 15th Anniversary / 8th Annual Honoree Dinner

Naval Reserve Building - 6 pm

860 Terry Ave N
Seattle WA 98109
[map]
Price: $55

We'll be singing to support Jobs with Justice in honoring local activists, who are committed to fighting for immigrant worker's rights, low-wage workers, corporate accountability, workers impacted by the war, and the right to organize for all workers.

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Collateral Repair Project

starts at 6; we sing about 8:30

909 5th Ave
Seattle WA 98164
[map]
Price: give what you can

We bring the music to a fundraising party to benefit Iraqi refugees.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Rehearsal begins

7:30pm

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle WA 98103
[map]

Come join us for our first rehearsal for the 2008/09 season.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Congratulations to Ray Goforth - the winner of the 2008 Quilt

Quilt raffle drawing

On June 3 we selected the lucky winner of our 2008 quilt made of union T-shirts by Susan Gordon. The winner was Ray Goforth, SPEEA Executive Director. Thank you all for supporting the Seattle Labor Chorus.

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Folklife

FOLKLIFE

Seattle [map]
Price: Free!

We have performed at Folklife every year since our founding. This year we'll be on the labor stage with several other great performers.

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

We say goodbye to Utah Phillips

Utah Phillips died in his sleep on Friday May 23 just two hours after a musical tribute to him was presented at Folklife. His music, rich story telling and generous spirit lifted up workers throughout the country. He was a good friend to the Seattle Labor Chorus and we were priviledged to sing with him several times including fundraisers for KBSC (at Town Hall) and Folklife (at McCaw Hall).

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Thank You We Raised More Than $7000 for Utah Phillips

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Carpenters Sisters conference

3:30

Seatac [map]

Cancelled due to boycotted venue.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Please Note Change of Rehearsal Space

regular rehearsal - 7:30

5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle WA 98103
[map]

We are moving from the digs generously provided to us for years by SEIU local 6. (They also are moving and have sold the building). Future rehearsals will be at Keystone church in upper Wallingford.

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Green Festival

Seattle Green Festival

downtown
Seattle [map]

We'll join several other choirs to form a great big rousing choir for this event.

Friday, March 28th, 2008

SPEEA

SPEEA open house - about 5 pm

Tukwila WA [map]

We'll be singing for a joint meeting of SPEEA (the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace). We will sing in Tukwila and be broadcast live to their Everett meeting at the same time. Can we sing for your union meeting or event? Contact us!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Protest the 5th anniversary of the Iraq War Westlake Center

Protest the 5th anniversary of the Iraq War - 6 pm

downtown
Seattle [map]
Price: free

with us and many others.

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Utah Phillips Benefit Concert

UTAH PHILLIPS BENEFIT CONCERT - 7 pm

University Unitarian Church 6556 35th Ave NE at 66th
Seattle 98115
[map]
Price: $20 suggested donation.

Advanced tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or at Dusty Strings in Seattle at 3406 Fremont Ave N. If you are not able to attend but would like to make a contribution to help pay for Utah's medical expenses, please send your check to the Seattle Labor Chorus PO BOX 17961, Seattle, WA 98127. Indicate "Utah Phillps" on the memo line.

The Seattle Labor Chorus presents:
David Rovics Citizens Band The Seattle Labor Chorus
Rebel Voices and
Fast Rattler
For over 40 years Utah Phillips has traveled this country using songs about working people, to remind us of our collective history.
Sadly, he has recently been forced to quit performing. All proceeds from this event will go to Utah to set medical expenses and pay bills. Come and celebrate a new beginning for our old friend.

As of March 14 we've raised $6000 so far, with donations still coming in. We have already started sending checks to Utah and his family. Thank you for your support and your generosity.

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Community Sing a Long

SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS ANNUAL SINGALONG!- AND SILENT AUCTION

Central Area Senior Center 500 30th Ave S
Seattle WA 98144
more info and tickets: 524-7753 [map]

Good songs, good food, good company. Desserts, snacks and beverages provided. Lyrics are projected on a central screen so that all can participate. Central Area Senior Center, 7:00-9:30 pm, $10-$15 donation suggested. Pay what you can. Info/reservations: rebelvoz@aol.com, 524-7753. This very popular event can sell out - get your tickets early.

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Sound Alliance Social Justice Project

University Unitarian Church

2008

Tear Hate Down tickets

TEAR HATE DOWN - postponed

Benaroya Hall/Nordstrom Recital Hall
Seattle (206) 292-2787 [map]
Price: $40.00

This is a benefit for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. We will be one of the opening acts for headliner George Transcender. Also includes Amber Tide

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Jobs With Justice Annual Grinch Party

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Media Links from Figgy Pudding 2007

6:15 - 8:30

While you wait for our appearance at the 2008 Figgy Pudding, here are two YouTube links of pieces of our stage performance:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=lwf1284UFME
http://youtube.com/watch?v=jfw0Sc27qdw&feature=related

We were also featured, though not identified, on King 5's UP Front with Robert Mak on December 22, 2007:
http://www.king5.com/video/upfront-index.html?nvid=203428&shu=1 We are about 2/3s of the way through between sets by the punk klezmer band "golem". Enjoy

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Figgy Pudding 2007

6:15 - 7:15

Westlake Park NE of See's Candies
Seattle WA [map]
Price: FREE

Join us for our fourth annual appearance at Figgy Pudding, Seattle's holiday choral competition, and help raise funds for the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank.

It was a glorious night. And we won the People's Choice award for the second time!

Thanks to all of you who came out to hear us:

A Toast to our Audience, may long live thier names
They come out to see us in the wind and the rain,
We'll drink to good health and to lots of good cheer,
And all our best wishes for a peaceful new year!

(Lyric by Lou Truskoff)

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

King County Labor Council Monthly Meeting

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

Washington State Democrats Holiday Party

Westin Hotel
[map]

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

American Postal Workers Union Monthly Meeting

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

World Peace Forum

Peace Without Borders - Building the Movement - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Peace Arch State Park
Blaine WA [map]
Price: Free

This family-oriented, historic gathering at Peace Arch State Park, on the Canada-US border, will bring together Canadian and American peace activists from various sectors to build a more effective international peace movement and celebrate our common vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. Strategic Planning Sessions 10 - 1. Free Concert starting at 1:30 pm featuring David Rovics, Correo Aereo, Sundanda, The Seattle Labor Chorus and The Solidarity Notes.

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