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Fun Fact: Betsy Brock, Associate Director for Communications and Outreach at The Henry Art Gallery also has a son named Henry.

(In case you were wondering, Henry the child did come before Henry the gallery.)

Among Betsy’s strengths: a natural inclination to hatch the wildest and wackiest ideas, knowing everyone under the sun, and a dead-on knack for spotting people’s strengths.

Cori and Aviva say: “If you need ideas for a party and can’t get ahold of The Adventure School, call Betsy Brock.”

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What skill do you want to learn?
Ukulele! I know some chords but I can’t strum. I love to play Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and “Oops, I Did It Again,” but I wish I were better.

Food and drink you don’t want to live without?
Bacon and beer.

What’s the scariest thing you can think of?
Being alone. Also tunnels that go under water for a long time.

What is your favourite party supply?
Mylar fringe table skirts. (They can be used for many things. Wall decor, capes, head dresses, wigs, tray fillers.)

Your favorite book of the moment?
Uncle Cleans Up by JP Martin. I’m reading it with my son, Henry. It’s amazing and hilarious (and a sequel to Uncle.) This elephant Uncle lives in a skyscraper castle called Homeward where you travel between rooms by waterslide, roller coaster, or powerful springboard. The bad guys, who harass Uncle regularly because he once stole a bicycle (he was late for an examination in college) are led by a fellow called Beaver Hateman, who rides around on a goat called Toothy. This book blows my mind.

Describe your dream party place.
Anywhere with good friends – but as long as we’re dreaming – a big beachy bonfire at the ocean with hot dogs and beer, and people wearing cable knit sweaters and strumming guitars, having a sing-a-long — like that scene where Kris Kristofferson and Marlo Thomas are hanging out with their pals singing “Circle of Friends.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF98vXamB5E)

What is the evil version of you like?
Whoah! I don’t even want to imagine that Betsey. Much meaner! And more evil than me, I would suppose.

What gives you confidence?
Success of course! Kind words from my friends and family. When people notice that I’m working hard, and enjoying it at the same time.

Name four essential elements of a good party.
Dim lighting, plenty to eat and drink, good friends, and surprises.

What do you appreciate most about a party host?
The ability to make people feel wanted and comfortable, no matter how socially awkward they are.

Favorite adventure supply?
SPIN ART BIKE!!!@!1!

Describe the best party you ever attended.
But I have to give you a few bests, in no particular order. I have been to a lot of parties, and so many of them were so much fun that I can’t fully recollect how fun they were:

SEE LISTEN TASTE FEEL for the Henry last winter was totally magic. From Jeppe Hein’s installation, to the 26 ping pong tables, to the guys dressed up like bacon to the Freedom Dancers…Magic!!; The very first Stranger Genius Awards party, at ConWorks (And many other early Conworks parties); The Northwest Film Forum Auction that featured “Drinkin’ With Lincoln” in the Cocktail Cavalcade of Cocktails; The Grand Geomatrician’s Ball for Crawl Space; Michael Seiwerath and Rachel Kessler’s wedding, My Thanksgiving theme birthday party in 2007; The On The Boards karaoke party in 2008; the birthday party my mom and dad threw for me in the fifth or sixth grade at Show Biz Pizza (totally a surprise!!); a party – can’t remember what the occasion was, at my friend Scotty’s in New York, where a room full of people were bouncing to some Gary Newman song and I was wearing some borrowed Lederhosen. Bashville, the 2005 Henry Bash. Um, it’s really fun remembering all these fun parties. This is a great question!

Hotel room or campsite?
Hotel room, if it’s a good one with a nice tub and soft towels and awesome cable. Campsite over a crappy hotel room, for sure.

Do you have a style icon?
Jean Seberg, Breathless.
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Where is your next adventure destination?
Your house!
Just kidding.
I’m planning to go to a treehouse on the Hood Canal later this month and that will be a fantastic adventure.

If you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?
The idea of standing in front of a bunch of people talking like a teacher terrifies me at this moment, but if people could just come over to my house, I’d like to teach them how to cook. Not like I am chef, but more, “Here’s how I make a blackberry peach crumble and it seems like a pretty good and easy way.”

Your motto?
Who can turn the world on with her smile? Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

What is your spirit animal?
Sea otter.

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Last week we were lucky enough to work with some of our all-time favorites on the opening party for ‘Show Me Your Tiffs: 10 Years of Music Photography by Jenny Jiménez’. We were pumped to have been asked to celebrate the enchanting and talented Jenny Jiménez (and her photos!). The always sensational Patrick Wright filmed the party for posterity. Here is his first outtake; featuring comic relief by the singular and soulful, Damien Jurado, who is not only one of the subjects of the show but also performed at the opening. Stay tuned for more video footage of Show Me Your Tiffs! And go see Jenny’s work at Skylark Cafe. It will be up until December 14th.

show me your tiffs: outtake from Patrick Wright on Vimeo.

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So, it is official, monsoon season in Seattle is here. No reason to let the weather keep you down. Grab some lumberjack/technical wear and head out the door to Vain on Saturday. Friend of adventure and dream artist/curator Sylvia Chen and the rest of the amazing Vain crew have put together an exhibition for you, their adoring Seattle fans. The opening is this Saturday, October 17th!

Go see . . . “Turn & Face the Strange”

“A revealing take on portraiture and human form – featuring drawings, paintings, illustrations, and photography by Michael Lane, Josh Buesseler, Nicholas Kamuda, Eddy Lee, and Ted Chen”.

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Opening Reception
Saturday, October 17th, 4pm – 9pm
VAIN Downtown
2018 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

With La Rousse Sidewalk sale going on from 12 – 6pm!

Art on view until November 30th. See you there!

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Fall is here. Let’s GET INTO IT! YEAH! Living in the Pacific Northwest rules!

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show me your tiffs: 10 years of music photography by jenny jiménez from Patrick Richardson Wright on Vimeo.

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Meet Jenny Jiménez, sweetheart of The Adventure School and one helluva photographer.  The secret ingredients that give Jenny’s photos that extra oomph is a sense of humor and talent for capturing real, unconventional moments rather than canned, stage-y poses.

If you like Jenny’s work as much as we do, swing by Jenny’s show, Show Me Your TIFFS, this Thursday featuring some clever specialty cocktails for those of us with the right initials: Double D (i.e. Dorcas Doolittle), Double J (i.e. Jenny Jiménez!), and Double You (i.e. Barbie Babbit or MitcheLL, KnoxviLLe.) Identification courteously requested. Oh, and there’s also gonna be a wet t-shirt contest. Yeeeeeeeeah!

Check out the rest of Jenny’s excellent portfolio on her website and keep up with her comings and goings on her blog.

But first, read her Adventurer Profile!

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What skill do you want to learn?
“I wanna see movies of my dreams”. (It’s a Built to Spill lyric.)

Food and drink you donʼt want to live without?
Prawn sandwich from Paseo. Water.

What’s the scariest thing you can think of?
Rat cage from Orwell’s 1984.

What is your favourite party supply?
Music. Soul music.

Your favorite book of the moment?
The Animals by Garry Winogrand

What is the evil version of you like?
I am the evil version. (Insert audio of Vincent Price laughing)

What gives you confidence?
whiskey + ginger

Name four essential elements of a good party.
Good music, good people, good food, and a good photographer.

What do you appreciate most about a party host?
They don’t have to take their clothes off to have a good time. Waittaminnute… scratch that.

Favorite adventure supply?
My 35mm 1.4

Describe the best party you ever attended.
My wedding. Everyone I cared about was in one room, dancing their asses off.

Hotel room or campsite?
Cabin

Do you have a style icon?
Depending on the day, either Jenny Lewis or the Brawny man.

Where is your next adventure destination?
Skylark Cafe, October 8th!

If you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?
How to design a public bathroom. I’ve seen too many where the coat hanger is directly above the sanitary waste disposal. C’mon, people!

Your motto?
Live, love and belly laugh.

What is your spirit animal?
The Labradoodle

*Photo courtesy of another friend of The Adventure School, Sean Flanigan

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