Night time “pop up” markets return to Redmond this month
August 09, 2018
By B. Tanner
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News & expert festival analysis
(REDMOND, WA.) – The annual “So Bazaar Night Market” returns to Downtown Redmond this month. Gonna be a hoot n’ holler for the whole family, so long as the family’s not too dysfunctional.
More fun than a barrel full of rhesus monkeys hopped up on cheap wine, this interesting evening festival “comes to life in the form of pop-up urban night markets on the last three Thursdays in August,” says a superb statement issued by the city.
Those dates are August 16, 23 and 30th.
“With roots in the exciting street life throughout Asia, the So Bazaar Night Market transforms Downtown Redmond with performances, art and cuisine along the Redmond Central Connector (RCC) trail located between 161st Ave NE and Leary Way,” says that eloquently transcribed news release. (It’s a pretty good line. We wish we would have thought of it but alas, we are but humble half-brained scribes scratching out a meager existence here in the backwaters of American journalism with no Pulitzers on the way).
“So Bazaar is a signature Redmond experience that combines the arts with food trucks and a concert series into one unique community event,” said the Honorable Redmond Mayor John Marchione, no relation to the great European blues singer Bubba Crank Marchione. “There is no other event quite like So Bazaar in the region.”
Well ain’t that the truth?
The theme this year is all-things Art Nouveau – a total art style and international movement across disciplines that was most popular between 1890 and 1910 (in case you were wondering about the history of it).
So here’s the rumpus:
August 16 – Ultraviolet: Stop by the beer garden, where glamorous performers pose to be drawn en plein air. (What the devil does that mean? Is somebody doing acid?) As the sun goes down, enjoy a silent film accompanied by live music and watch the majesty of Stravinsky’s Firebird. (What? They’re gonna have a car there? A Firebird? What for?)
August 23 – Rose: Join other revelers for a PINKnic on the Redmond Central Connector lawn, where “sunny soundscapes” from PNW indie electronica artists will have you smiling all evening long. Dance the night away at the silent disco below the lights of the art installation Signals. (God, we gotta find out who writes this stuff and offer them a job.)
August 30 – Blanc: Dress in white (what for?) and come ready to enjoy a Cabaret under the stars and a Jazz Age Dance-Off featuring Eastside social dance groups. “Paris Jazz” will be playing all night long with a stream of local guest performances. (Holy moly. How ya gotta keep em’ down on the farm after they been to Paree?)
New to So Bazaar this year is artist En Szabo’s art installation along the Redmond Central Connector throughout the entire So Bazaar event series.
Exploring the ideas of seasonality, rebirth, even invasiveness (God this is great stuff) she gravitated toward the dandelion as the subject of the work and will create a network of dandelion chandeliers. (Seriously)
Szabo says, “I want to continue to have the audience look skyward and utilize fiber art materials in this temporary installation. An inverted dandelion “dome” will suspend from the ceiling of the Signals sculpture, while the ‘seed pod’ lanterns (illuminated after dark) are dispersed by the dandelions overhead between the sculpture, Redmond Central Connector and Bear Creek Parkway.”
Well hells bells Bubba, we dunno about you by God we’re gonna be there just to see the freaking inverted dandelion dome that Szabo worked so hard to construct.
For more info and a complete listing of So Bazaar Night Market action, be our guest and visit www.RedmondSoBazaar.com.
Ya’all have a good day now, hear?