In today’s installment of “Foster Folk,” we bring to you, Linda Austin from Performance Works NW. You can thank her for an early and large contribution to Foster’s budding art scene.
“My husband, Jeff, and I, plus Performance Works NW, the non-profit we founded and run, have been here since 2000.”
2. How long have you lived or worked in the neighborhood, and what do you think makes it unique?
“When we arrived, there was no place to get coffee! We enjoy the the wide range of businesses–darts! antlers! floor coverings! sausage! cake decorating supplies!–and the diversity of our neighbors.”
3. What are your favorite neighborhood haunts (for food, shopping, walks, drinking, entertainment, etc)?
“We eat at Bar Carlo a lot. We like Gemini, O’Malleys, Slingshot, Tortalandia, Foster Burger, the new Nayar Taqueria, the Pieper Cafe. We miss Guapo Comics. We are lucky as far as art and entertainment goes, as so many performances happen in our intimate space: dance, theater, media arts and performance. Actually, simply rehearsing in the studio followed by a meal outdoors under our own giant Doug Fir, followed by a cocktail at one of the local bars, makes for a quintessential neighborhood day.”
4. It’s a fact, our neighborhood is pretty rad. How do we keep it that way…and then some (i.e. enhance our parks, more n’hood events, more businesses, less tweakers, etc)?
“Fewer loud folks outside O’Malley’s on weekends (last weekend it was “Shut the fuck up! Bring it on! Bring it on!” for one hour) would be good. The sound bounces around really funny right where we are: it sounds as if they were 10 feet away. Looking forward to the streetscape enhancements along Foster and the plan for Laurelwood Park.”
5. If you could pick a theme song for the neighborhood, or choose a celebrity that best exemplifies the character of it, what/who would it be?