Local Musician’s Guitar Stolen Out of Car on Market Street

It’s a very sad surreal day for Mark Pickerel, a prominent musician in the local music scene best known for his presence in bands such as The Young Evils, Screaming Trees, and the Tripwires. The 1960’s Washburn Prairie Song guitar that he has composed every song he’s ever written was stolen out of the back seat of his car around 12am this morning in Ballard, on the corner of NW Market Street, and NW 24th Street. guitar

The guitar is of deep sentimental value for Pickerel, and if you have any leads or information on it’s whereabouts, you’re encouraged to contact the SPD North Precinct Burglary/Theft department at (206) 684-5735, or hit Pickerel up on his facebook.

Nordic Film Festival Comes to Seattle

You heard it here first- the Nordic Heritage Museum will present the fourth annual Nordic Lights Film Festival next month, the weekend of January 18-20. The festival will include documentaries, short & feature length films from Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The festival kicks off with a reception at SIFF at 6pm on Friday, followed by a film called Beyond starring Noomi Rapace from The girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Two Movie Tickets In Front Of A Take Clapperboard And A Reel Of Movie Film

Both Saturday and Sunday festivities begin at 10:00am, and have some wonderful films of note lined up, such as Silence, a drama about the 2nd World War, and how Finland was among one of the only nations to take home their casualties to be buried in their homeland, and Teddy Bear, a Drama from Denmark about a body builder from Copenhagen who has never known love. After his father finds a companion in Thailand, he goes on a quest to find a woman of his own.  Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for single day passes ($10), or entire weekend passes ($55).

Large Lock Closed For Maintenance at Ballard Locks

It’s been brought to our attention that the large Ballard Lock will be closed through November 20th for it’s annual maintenance, so those big boats will have to find an alternative route between Lake Washington and Puget Sound for the next two weeks.

According to Komo news, vessels smaller than 115 ft long and 26 ft wide can use the small lock in the next few weeks during the closure. The BNSF Railroad Bridge near the locks will also be closed through November 18th for repairs, so boat operators of tall mast boats who aren’t able to use the small lock will not be able to pass through this route either. For more information about the Ballard Locks and upcoming closures, visit the City of Seattle website.