Harry's Haven
A unique gathering and performance space in old Ballard.

Harry's Haven is located at 5016 20th Ave NW
storefront entrance, on 20th between Leary Way and Ballard Avenue
(a few doors north of Lock & Keel, sort of across the street and around
the corner from the Tractor Tavern)

For questions or booking information email HarryO.





Past Performers include:
Paul Benoit
* Barbara Buckland
* Bergman Broom
* Creeping Time
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* Earl
* Reggie Garrett with
    Gary Westcott

Danny Godinez
* Michael Guthrie
* Rachel Harrington
* Charlie Spring
* Jim Page
* The Plaintiffs
* Stanislove
* Brian Sterkovsky
* Eva Tree

* Rick Uselton
* Nicholas Vroman
* Mica Lee Williams
* Charmin Wray

Also: www.harryo.com

Scheduled Events

~ Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 4/20 Screening of "Super High Me" Movie
House opens at 7:00, film begins at 8:20

You know that movie Super Size Me, where that guy Morgan Spurlock ate McDonald’s every meal for 30 days? People actually paid money to see that. Well, if that’s a movie, I’ve got a movie! I’m going to smoke pot every day for 30 days, and it’s going to be called Super High Me, or Business As Usual… I haven’t decided on a title yet. But guess what? McDonald’s is going to be in my movie too!

– Joke from Doug Benson’s stand up act, 2006

Super High Me features comedian Doug Benson and explores the current situation with medical marijuana in California and the United States, specifically focusing on the conflict between federal and state law and the explosive growth in medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles over the past two years.

As part of his journey, Doug smokes, eats and vaporizes medical marijuana for thirty consecutive days in order to get “Super High.” But there is a catch–first Doug must go thirty days without any marijuana and undertakes a number of tests, completing the same tests while medicated and while sober, in an effort to find out what marijuana does and how it really affects people. Along the way, we follow Doug as he goes out on the road to stand up gigs across the country and hangs out with fellow comedians Sarah Silverman, Bob Odenkirk and Patton Oswalt.

Past Events

~ Saturday, June 9, 2007 - Paul Benoit and Danny Godinez
House opens at 7:30

I'm really glad to have Paul back here, as I have enjoyed his music for years. He'll be playing with another musician I have admired for a long time, accordionist Hugh Sutton. These guys are consummate professionals with superb aesthetic sensibilities. In other words: you will like what you hear. I have only known about Danny Godinez for a couple years, but the very first time I saw him play (in Fremont) I asked him to do a house concert here. It took a while for us to get it together, but it will be totally worth the wait. His acoustic guitar style is innovative and unique -- Danny creates rich sonic landscapes that are absolutely captivating. Don't miss it!

~ Friday, May 25, 2007 - "Wrecking Ball" Tribute to Neil Young
House opens at 7:30

This special evening will feature a cast of musical characters interpreting Neil's songs ranging from your favorites to some of the most obscure rarities. With a career spanning 5 decades, I think we can play his songs all night long and not repeat any! Performers to include Charlie Spring, Jean Mann, and others. The event will climax with a set from the legendary psycho-balladeer Earl Brooks accompanied by Jerry Lewis.

~ Friday, July 21, 2006 - Spoken Word with Ryk McIntyre
House opens at 7:30

In the time-honored tradition of supporting traveling artists, Harry's Haven proudly presents an evening of spoken word and poetry featuriung Ryk McIntyre... Ryk McIntyre is a is a three-time National Poetry Slam Team member, as well as Co-host at The Cantab Poetry Reading. He has toured nationally and in Canada, opening for acts as varied as Leon Redbone and Jim Carroll, as well as appearing as part of Lollapalooza 1994. He has been published in Short-Fuse - An Anthology Of New Fusion Poets, 100 Poets Against The New World Order, Nth Position Magazine and The Worcester Review. He is a known biped.

~ Saturday, December 17, 2005 - Benefit Concert for Renee Boje
House opens at 7:30, music at 8:00

Please join us this Saturday as the Winter Solstice approaches, to enjoy the company of familiar faces, share music and put our resources together to help Renee Boje, the a mother of a three-year-old little boy, and a truly beautiful and kind soul, who is facing a profoundly unjust fate at the hands of the US Federal Government if she is unable to attain Refugee Status in Canada. (For further details please see www.reneeboje.com)

Musical entertainment: Susan Harper, Barbara Buckland & Bill White, Charlotte Thistle w/ Randy Neal & Russ Johnson, Corey Passons and friends.

Speakers: Prof. Gary Botting, QC, an expert on Canadian Extradition Law who is also on the Faculty of Law at University of Washington, and Rev. Vivian McPeak, the local representative of Seattle NORML.

Admission is by donation - please give generously!


The "Haven" is a commercial/residential space in the back of the
Curtiss Building and has been my home since 2003.
In the future, I may
host visual art exhibitions, but currently focus on music gatherings and
film exhibits using a video projector. You can often see films
(in reverse) projected on my window screen as you pass by.

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