The Seattle school puts on its 10th annual "wayzgoose," a free event celebrating a centuries-old printers tradition, and celebrates School of Visual Concepts' 40th anniversary.

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It’s a funny name, “wayzgoose” — the term for the entertainment provided by a printer for his workmen at the end of summer. Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts (SVC) has embraced the centuries-old tradition of wayzgoose in its own way for a decade, putting on an annual August festival in celebration of letterpress printing.

The fun continues this year on Aug. 27, when SVC celebrates both wayzgoose and its 40th anniversary with a free event, that will include the making of oversized posters with the help of a steamroller; letterpress printers on hand, selling their wares; equipment swap; letterpress demos and hands-on opportunities; and music from the Canote Brothers, twin-brother musicians who pledge to “keep time with the steady beep of the steamroller.”

Wayzgoose: 1-6 p.m. Aug. 27, School of Visual Concepts, 500 Aurora Ave. N.; free (

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