Friday, December 31, 2010

Cairo Blog: Now With Concert Calendar!

If you look to the right side of the page, you'll see a modest little show calendar. Hopefully we'll be able to make it a little prettier and easier to navigate in the near future, but for now, keep your peepers peeled there for all of Cairo's upcoming in-store concerts. There are some major events on the way, and as soon as a given show is ready to announce, you'll see it pop up automatically in the widget. Keep your trapper keepers and datebooks at the ready!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wet Paint DMM December 4th Part II

Part II of Wet Paint's immaculate set.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Have you watched Cairo's big MTV cameo yet?


Some of you may already be hip to the "$5 Cover" series that MTV commissioned a little while back. They hired awesome Seattle director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance, one of the best episodes of Mad Men's fourth season) to craft a loose narrative spotlighting various Seattle musicians (e.g. Sean Nelson and THEE Satisfaction) and neighborhoods and venues around town.

Cairo is featured in Episode Three, which you can stream at this link. Check it out!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wet Paint DMM December 4th Part I

Part I of II of Wet Paint's immaculate set earlier this month. Part II coming soon, as well as Stephanie's set. GET HOME SOON DUDES.

Wet Paint DMM // at Cairo \\ December 4th, 2010 Part 1 from joel leshefka on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Kind Words for "The Cold Jungle" Cairo Comp.

Last week, Seattle Times music blogger Andrew Matson gave another ringing endorsement for Cairo's Cold Jungle compilation, which was released this past fall in conjunction with the Expo 88 music festival.

Dig it:

"Tough to find a more vital Seattle album in 2010 than "Cold Jungle," which compiles tracks by guitar- and synthesizer-based acts who congregate at Cairo, the tiny Capitol Hill retail space that doubles as a silk-screening studio and triples as a performance venue.

The Cairo scene represented on "Cold Jungle" focuses on experimental music that prioritizes groove and mood over formal songwriting, and that's enough of a theme to make a cohesive album. The mood sure does swing, though."


For more of Matson's observations (the record's "all about momentum"), hit this link.

Copies of The Cold Jungle are available on vinyl, cassette, and digipak CD at Cairo both in-store and online (duh), Wall of Sound in Capitol Hill, Ballard's Sonic Boom records, and the Easy Street Records on Queen Anne. Copies are also distro'd through Deathbomb Arc, Mexican Summer's store in NYC, and Olympia's Phantom City Records.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Friendly Last-Minute Reminder


Tonight, Cairo hosts three awesome acts: King Dude, Oak Rot, and Pilgrimage. Here’s what you need to know about ‘em:

King Dude is the solo project TJ Cowgill, front(mad)man of local death metal outfit Book of Black Earth. His King Dude sets are acoustic, but lyrically and spiritually heavy in their own way. You may know Cowgill from his occasional posts on the Stranger’s Line Out music blog, his stylish work for/at Actual Pain, or his gloomy, commanding performance at this year’s Expo 88 Music Festival.

Oak Rot are like-minded Pac NW post-metal soundscapers, and you can get a taste of their most recent cassette release (on sale tonight, probs) for free at this link. These dudes will be cruising up to Snoqualmie to scope out all the Twin Peaks filming locations tomorrow, so be sure to give them a proper sendoff tonight.

Pilgrimage is doomy metal from Portland expat Wolf Carr (We Safari, I Am the Internet), an old homie of the Cairo management with enough supernatural talent to scare any would-be warlocks into prolonged hibernation.

Tonight’s show starts at 8 PM, don’t be late.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Adorable New Witch Gardens Video - "Lifeguard"



Winsome/handsome/awesome local quartet Witch Gardens are set to perform at Cairo on Friday, January 14th with Dragging an Ox Through Water and the mysterious, un-google-able "U."

Stay posted for more details on that upcoming show...

A Bold New Partnership!



New partners in crime. Left to Right: Cairo booker/music intern Ian Judd and blogger Jason Baxter.


As a longtime fan and supporter of Cairo, I’m very stoked to announce that I’ll now be contributing to the Cairo blog, making sure it’s updated regularly with show announcements, band previews, aggregated content like videos and photos from past Cairo events, and anything else related to Seattle’s finest vintage store/venue space. Some of you may be familiar with my blogging for the Stranger’s Line Out music blog, or my music coverage for Tacoma’s the Weekly Volcano. Absolutely none of you will be familiar with my writing for the Edmonds-Woodway Wireless newspaper from 2003-2005.

Cairo’s got a lot of exciting stuff going on right now, and the next two months in particular are going to be chock full of insane shows that I can’t wait to start spilling the beans on.

With that little introduction now out of the way, it’s time I got started spreading the word…

Positive vibes,

-Jason Baxter

Saturday, November 27, 2010

BON VOYAGE, last shows (for awhile) for Stephanie and Wet Paint DMM



We can only hope that the wait won't be too long, but this is the last show for WET PAINT DMM & STEPHANIE, easily two of our favorite Seattle bands right now. One of our other favorite bands, U.S.F. rounds out this amazing bill. Show starts at 8 pm SHARP. December 4th, 2010

KING DUDE, from last October's EXPO fest

Seattle's King Dude, during Cairo's 3rd annual EXPO fest from joel leshefka on Vimeo.

Friday, November 26, 2010

WIN $100 and the envy of both friends and enemies

TSHIRT CONTEST RETURNS

Last time's winner, Mothership by Eric Staciwo:



Contest details:

Deadline is December 8th

Email low res jpeg images to: alchemy.of.time@gmail.com

No limit to the number of images you can submit, so go ahead, fill up our inbox.

Designs should be no larger than 11x17, and should be only one color.

Winner will be announced December 11th by email, or sky writing. one or the other for sure though.

First cousins of Cairo employees cannot apply, though actual employees are "o.k."

WE LOVE YOU. send us the best.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Hive Dwellers, The Curious Mystery and Jaguar Paw, NOVEMBER 20th, 7 pm


GREAT SHOW. Calvin Johnson's most recent undertaking, The Hive Dwellers, plus local lovelies the Curious Mystery and Jaguar Paw. COME! 7 pm, $5

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

EXPO 88 VIDEOS

thanks so much to Myke Pelly for taking these sweet videos! we love that they are more of dance cam videos than anything, it was a super fun show, and you should check out more of Myke's stuff HERE

M. Women

EXPO 88 | M.Women live 10/22/10 from Myke Pelly on Vimeo.



Witch Gardens

EXPO 88 | Witch Gardens live 10/22/10 from Myke Pelly on Vimeo.



ASSS (porland, or)

EXPO 88 | ASSS live 10/22/10 from Myke Pelly on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

EXPO 88 combo deals

Combo deals to make your EXPO experience more pleasureful and lasting





Admission is $10 day/ $15 for the weekend

the "Little Pharoah"

get's you one days admission, the COLD JUNGLE a cairo compilation on vinyl (comes out today!) and your choice of tape/cd, all for $20


the "Golden Eye"

gettin' deep, one days admission, COLD JUNGLE vinyl, tape/cd, and an EXPO 88 silkscreened t-shirt for $30


"King Tut's Special"

sittin' in style, all weekend long pass, COLD JUNGLE vinyl, tape/cd, EXPO 88 tee, and EXPO tote bag, all for only $40


the "Mothership"

take all these fine things back to your home planet: weekend admission, COLD JUNGLE vinyl and choice of tape/cd, EXPO 88 tee, EXPO tote bag, and silkscreened EXPO 88 poster, $45 mars bars

Thursday, October 14, 2010

EXPO 88 this weekend!

SOFT METALS, performing at CAIRO on Saturday!

Soft Metals // Voices from Wooden Lens on Vimeo.

Friday, October 1, 2010

EXPO 88 line-up, Oct. 15th & 16th at Cairo and Indian Summer






Friday (Cairo and Indian Summer)
6 pm - Megabats (Cairo)
6:45 pm - Secret Colors (Cairo)
7:30 pm - Stephanie (Cairo)
8:15 pm - Tiny Light (Cairo)
9:00 pm - USF (Cairo)
9:30 pm - Love Tan (Indian Summer)
10:00 pm - Flexions (Cairo)
10:30 pm - Films (Indian Summer)

Saturday, October 16th (Cairo and Indian Summer)

5:00 pm - M. Women @ Cairo
5:45 pm - King Dude @ Cairo
6:30 pm - Witch Gardens @ Cairo
7:15 pm - ASSS (portland) @ Cairo
8:00 pm - Broken Water (olympia) @ Cairo
8:30 pm - Le Sang Song @ Indian Summer (corner of summit and mercer)
9:00 pm - Soft Metals (portland) @ Cairo
9:30 pm - Charles Leo Gebhardt IV @ Indian Summer
10:00 pm - Wet Paint


Tickets are $10 per day for all things on that day, or a $15 weekend pass can be bought in advance, or on the 1st day. Advance tickets at Cairo starting Sept. 31st.

THE COLD JUNGLE//\\a compilation of 10 bands we love



Set to be released October 15th & 16th in conjunction with EXPO 88. COME GET IT, limited to 300 records, 50 cds, and 50 cassettes.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

next silkscreening workshop, OCTOBER 5TH, 7-9 pm





Reserve your spot NOW, for the next workshop on OCTOBER 5TH, from 7-9 pm. Just in time for fall, get started on those projects you've been ruminating all summer! $40 gets you the two hour workshop taking you STEP-BY-STEP through the entire process:

1. What images work well for silkscreening
2. How to re-use and old screen
3. How to create your screen
4. How to print onto paper or textiles with your screen

The $40 also gets you 7 days a week access to our space for that first month. After you've completed the first month you can choose to stay on for $25 a month, or take a break and come back whenever you've got a new project to work on. EASY. email us if you'd like to reserve your spot, AS THIS WILL BE THE ONLY WORKSHOP OFFERED IN OCTOBER. email: alchemy.of.time@gmail.com

Saturday, August 14, 2010





Friday the 13th, August 2010

Flexions, Yellow Fever, Stephanie

MORE HERE

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

space warrior 2010

new jewelry by WORN PATH. new stellar space tanks by SIRIUS B.





Sunday, August 1, 2010

AND THE WINNER IS...

...MOTHER FIGURE by Eric Staciwo











You can pick up one of these sweet tees or sweatshirts at Cairo today and everyday from now until the end of time

shop CAIRO from anywhere on the globe via etsy

new items posted daily!!


CairoVintage

Sunday, July 18, 2010

new BEETS video, courtesy of OFFTEMPO


Our friend Kenneth runs a great blog called OFF TEMPO



The Beets (pt 1) from Off Tempo on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

cairo TSHIRT DESIGN CONTEST deadline july 1st.



We want your designs! CAIRO is having a t-shirt design contest. If we pick your design you win $100! To enter, submit your one-color design in an envelope with your name, phone number and email address by July 1st. You can drop it by Cairo any day of the week 12-7. Entries must be no larger than 11 X 17. Winners will ...be notified by July 15th.

For those living outside of these here hills, you can also email us a low-res image of the design to: alchemy.of.time@gmail.com

YES

Sunday, May 23, 2010

sign up for our next SILKSCREENING WORKSHOP, wednesday june 2nd 7-9 pm



Step-by-Step Orientation and Workshop that will prepare you to work in our new silkscreening studio. Workshop Wednesday June 2nd, from 7-9 pm. Cost will be $40, which includes 30 days of access to our studio to create your work!! Studio will have open hours Wednesday 2-6 pm & Thursday-Sunday from 12-6 pm. Once you've completed the workshop, you are then eligible to use the space.

Once your initial month is up, you can take a break for awhile, or continue using the studio at a $25 per month fee. If you do take a break, you can rejoin at any time.

In addition to teaching you how to use all of the equipment, your membership also gets you photo emulsion (one of the most expensive parts of silkscreening!!), access to screen emulsion cleaner (so you can re-use old screens), discounted equipment (such as screens, tote bags), and use of general silkscreening supplies (emulsion applier, squeegee's to apply ink, etc).

What the studio offers:

1. Water-based ink, non toxic environment
2. Four Color Press
3. Exposure unit to create your own screens
4. Flash dryer to set ink on t-shirts
5. Pressure washer and utility sink (to use in cleaning and re-using screens)

What the workshop will cover:

1. What makes a good image to silkscreen
2. How to Re-claim or Re-use an old screen (application of photo emulsion, and exposing of silkscreen)
3. Printing
4. Clean-up

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sasquatch, smatchuatch. STEPHANIE//PILES (s.f.)//LOVE TAN//WITCH GARDENS, saturday may 29th, 7 pm


THIS SHOW WILL BE UNSTOPPABLE!!!

Saturday May 29th, 7 pm, $5/$7 with Stephanie tape

Stephanie (album release)
Piles (SF)
Love Tan
Witch Gardens (first show EVER)

LETS PARTY

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

USF at Cairo


amazing show this past weekend!

Monday, April 19, 2010

WHITE RAINBOW//usf//BIG SPIDER'S BACK//matt dillon


this saturday, and epic show, for sure. 7 pm, $6. BLOW YOUR MIND.

Monday, April 5, 2010

FRIDAY APRIL 16TH! 7 PM!


the art of ADAM ZEEK (PDX), music by MALLCRAWLERS (PDX), BEL AIR, and BRAINFRUIT! $5/$7 with zineeeeeeeeee. COME!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Former Ghosts, Stephanie, and VERY special guests! Friday April 2nd 8 pm


Former Ghosts from L.A. and one of our favorite Seattle bands, Stephanie, with extra special guests (!!!), 8 pm, $6.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

RESERVE your spot for Cairo's 1st EVER SILKSCREENING WORKSHOP



CAIRO officially opens it's water-based silkscreening studio. We will teach you how to make posters and t-shirts for very little $$$. SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED, PLEASE BRING $40 TO CAIRO THIS WEEK TO SECURE YOUR SPOT! we are open from 12-7 every day.

Step-by-Step Orientation and Workshop that will prepare you to work in our new silkscreening studio. Workshop Saturday April 3rd, 2-4 pm. Cost will be $40, which includes 30 days of access to our studio to create your work!! Studio will have open hours Thursday-Sunday from 12-6 pm. Once you've completed the workshop, you are then eligible to use the space.

Once your initial month is up, you can take a break for awhile, or continue using the studio at a $25 per month fee. If you do take a break, you can rejoin at any time.

In addition to teaching you how to use all of the equipment, your membership also gets you photo emulsion (one of the most expensive parts of silkscreening!!), access to screen emulsion cleaner (so you can re-use old screens), discounted equipment (such as screens), and use of general silkscreening supplies (emulsion applier, squeegee's to apply ink, etc).

What the studio offers:

1. Water-based ink, non toxic environment
2. Four Color Press
3. Exposure unit to create your own screens
4. Flash dryer to set ink on t-shirts
5. Pressure washer and utility sink (to use in cleaning and re-using screens)

What the workshop will cover:

1. What makes a good image to silkscreen
2. How to Re-claim or Re-use an old screen (application of photo emulsion, and exposing of silkscreen)
3. Printing
4. Clean-up

Questions? email us at: alchemy.of.time@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

EEL-EATER, stephanie, WET PAINT, magic johnson, Friday March 26th


Great show this Friday!

EEL-EATER
WET PAINT
STEPHANIE
MAGIC JOHNSON (pdx)

7 pm, $5

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Events this WEEK, March 2nd-9th

THREE BIG EVENTS!

Wednesday we continue to show episodes of season one's Twin Peaks! This event is free, bring your own pillow to sit on, and anything you'd like to sip on. Starts at 7pm

Friday we have an amazing music show:

Hoquiam (RECORD RELEASE!)
Blood Mongrel
Generifus

$5, 7pm



Saturday & Sunday Huge sale on vintage goods, we will be converting the back performance space into a 50% off room, for Cairo AND 20twenty goods. Hundreds of amazing gems at 50% off. Come get it!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

EVENTS for the week of Feb. 15th-22nd!

Got three great events this week at Cairo! We are also open 12-7 pm everyday selling vintage, and locally-made clothing and housewares for men and women...see you soon!!

Wednesday FEB. 17th, 7 pm, FREE Every Wednesday night, starting at 7 PM, we will be watching episodes of the early-90s-cult-television show TWIN PEAKS!




Come chill with your favorite Twin Peaks residents every Wednesday starting on the 17th, until we finish all 30 episodes (and movie).

To make this a more authentic experience we will be providing cherry pie, donuts and coffee.

In appreciation of Northwest fashion and Twin Peaks, each wednesdays, all men's and women's FLANNELS will be 15% off (also any items with shoulder pads!).

Thursday FEB. 18th, 7 pm, $7 music by TINY VIPERS, CHARLES LEO GEBHARDT, and SECRET COLORS!! this is going to be an amazing show! come!!



SATURDAY, Feb. 20th, 7 pm, $7 music with REPORTER (pdx), THEESatisfaction, and Sev and the Sins!! YES!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Changes.

Two years ago today we ignored all economic trends and opened Cairo Gallery, a space for emerging local, national, and international artists of all disciplines. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished as a gallery, and every single artist we’ve hosted in our intimate space. We’ve been encouraged and inspired by your support, and especially the depth of your engagement in Cairo, which is why it pains us deeply to tell you that the space as it’s existed is no longer. Cairo as a gallery will not reopen in 2010, though some elements of its former self will persist. Of note, Cairo will continue to be a venue for great music and occasional film...we may even host another modern dance performance, or let Michael and Emma turn this place into a Narnia-esque (sans biblical references) forest again. Unfortunately the regular 6 week art exhibitions will not be back, nor will one of Cairo’s original founders.

This space could never EVER have happened without Justine, there is just no simpler, nor bolder way to state it. Her vision is an inspiration to me, and everyone else she touches. We are all excited to see what she creates next.

We could give you a list of reasons why running a gallery didn’t work out for us, but ultimately we enjoyed the act of curating and engaging artists, more than the act of hosting and selling. We launched Cairo out of a desire to showcase artists and work that we felt would not otherwise be seen in Seattle, and we did it well.

We’d like to take this time to thank the artists who took a chance on a couple of folks with nothing but passion, and gave us such inspired work in return. We hope other galleries and artspaces will take notice of these artists, as their work deserves to be seen more in Seattle:


Aaron Osborn (NYC)
Alika Cooper (LA)
Chad States (Philadelphia b/w of Seattle)
Edie Tsong (Santa Fe)
Pete Kuhov (Santa Fe)
Kyle Ranson (SF)
Nicholas Kamuda (Seattle)
Jesse Brown (Seattle)
Aaron Harris (Seattle)
Stephen Eichhorn (Chicago)
Toby Liebowitz(Seattle)
Heidi Anderson(website is for her twin sister Erika as well (Seattle/LA)
Amelia Bauer(NYC)

All of these artists truly inspire us. They are the reason why Cairo existed in the first place. Thank you all for showing at Cairo.

Thanks also to the following talented and patient Cairo interns: Emily Stebbins, Jennifer Mao, Serrah Russell, Francesca Lohmann, Sacha Parker, Maegan Bell, and Lindsey Schoeneman

Though we are at times incredibly torn about watching elements of what we created together become history, Justine and I are simultaneously very thankful to be returning to just "partners", as opposed to “business partners”. This is not to say we have regrets, we've reveled in even the most difficult interpersonal/business situations, gaining a greater respect for each other and our relationship in process....more on that here:

The Strange Attractor

The next week will bring more information on Cairo, the space, but not the gallery. A new partner for Cairo has also emerged in Aimee Butterworth, formerly of 20twenty, and one of the driving forces behind The Holy Mountain, a venue for incredible music in Seattle. We’ve chosen to keep the Cairo name, because we think the new space still properly reflects the mission statement written two years ago, which we reprint below. Cairo has never been just one thing, we've lived in each moment of our two years, morphing and adapting, while keeping the integrity of it's original vision completely intact. Cairo is an ever evolving entity. As long as people find a place and a time to engage it, we will continue to tweak, sustain, and grow it.

Mission Statement: Cairo is a forum for creative inquiry and exposure, showcasing visual arts, design, performance, sound, film, and artist-in-residence opportunities. We renegotiate the traditional relationships between artist and institution in partnership with our visiting artists, and, in the process, create an ever-evolving arts space open to all kinds of circumstance.

Sincerely,

Joel Leshefka

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cairo Collection Tshirts !




Cairo Collection Tshirts ! Designed by artists Justine Ashbee, Nicholas Kamuda, Jesse Brown . . . Super deliciously soft tees - get your own here

http://cairocollection.bigcartel.com/