Art of Our City http://kuow.org en SAM's Sandra Jackson-Dumont Leaves For New York http://kuow.org/post/sams-sandra-jackson-dumont-leaves-new-york <p></p><p>Seattle Art Museum's waterfront Olympic Sculpture Park was still a work in progress when SAM Education Director Sandra Jackson-Dumont arrived here in 2006.</p><p>"The Neukom Vivarium, that big log in the glass case, it was up in a hoist," she recalls. "It looked like some kind of living UFO." Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:49:43 +0000 Marcie Sillman 32538 at http://kuow.org SAM's Sandra Jackson-Dumont Leaves For New York Exploring Seattle's Vices With Cabaret http://kuow.org/post/exploring-seattles-vices-cabaret <p>Seattle has a nice reputation. We are squeaky clean, we compost and recycle, and rumor has it we have more people trained in CPR than most cities our size in America.</p><p>But a&nbsp;new cabaret show at Seattle's <a href="http://www.acttheatre.org/">ACT Theatre</a> aims to show the shady past underneath that shiny image. Seattle is a port city, and like every port city, it has had its share of vice, corruption and not-niceness. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:45:04 +0000 Marcie Sillman 31255 at http://kuow.org Exploring Seattle's Vices With Cabaret Why Oscar Wilde Still Works: 'People Will Always Have Secrets!' http://kuow.org/post/why-oscar-wilde-still-works-people-will-always-have-secrets <p></p><p></p><p>Oscar Wilde is one of those people: You've heard of him, even if you've never read his novels or seen one of his plays. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:39:09 +0000 Marcie Sillman 30666 at http://kuow.org Why Oscar Wilde Still Works: 'People Will Always Have Secrets!' 20th-Century Giant Joan Miró At Seattle Art Museum http://kuow.org/post/20th-century-giant-joan-mir-seattle-art-museum <p>Seattle Art Museum contemporary and modern art curator Catharina Manchanda calls Joan Mir<span class="st">ó</span><span class="st"> </span>one of the great avant-garde artists of the 20th century. But audiences on the West Coast of the United States have never had a chance to see a comprehensive exhibition of Mir<span class="st">ó</span>'s art, until now. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:30:03 +0000 Marcie Sillman 29911 at http://kuow.org 20th-Century Giant Joan Miró At Seattle Art Museum If These Velvet Walls Could Talk http://kuow.org/post/if-these-velvet-walls-could-talk <p></p><p>Across from the Seattle Center on Mercer Street, there’s a white, pre-fabricated, nondescript building with a couple of flags outside. The exterior is really camouflage for a 100-year-old velvet tent imported from Belgium. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:04:41 +0000 Marcie Sillman 29525 at http://kuow.org If These Velvet Walls Could Talk Seattle Artist Ellen Forney Finds Balance In New Graphic Memoir http://kuow.org/post/seattle-artist-ellen-forney-finds-balance-new-graphic-memoir <p>When Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 16 years ago, her first concern was for her creative future. The award-winning cartoonist prided herself on the artwork and stories she'd come up with during periods she described as manic. Right after her diagnosis, Forney was reluctant to try the drug treatments her psychiatrist prescribed for her. Would she lose her creative edge on lithium? But after a serious period of depression, Forney set out on the ongoing journey to achieve and maintain a state of mental balance.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:00:39 +0000 Marcie Sillman 3193 at http://kuow.org Seattle Artist Ellen Forney Finds Balance In New Graphic Memoir From Raised Eyebrows To Raised Curtains: Rachel Atkins Tackles Racial Identity http://kuow.org/post/raised-eyebrows-raised-curtains-rachel-atkins-tackles-racial-identity <p>When Rachel Atkins was 7, she and her sisters got a new stepfather. Atkins loved this man, but when she and her family went out in public, they raised a lot of eyebrows. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:35:22 +0000 Marcie Sillman 29338 at http://kuow.org From Raised Eyebrows To Raised Curtains: Rachel Atkins Tackles Racial Identity Choreographer Uses Blackface To Confront Racial Attitudes Past And Present http://kuow.org/post/choreographer-uses-blackface-confront-racial-attitudes-past-and-present <p>When choreographer Donald Byrd first presented "The Minstrel Show" more than 20 years ago, he wasn't ready for the way audiences would react. He recalls one performance in La Jolla, California, when people started yelling at each other across the theater. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:37:52 +0000 Marcie Sillman 29030 at http://kuow.org Choreographer Uses Blackface To Confront Racial Attitudes Past And Present Choreographer Kate Wallich Spreads Her Wings With 'Super Eagle' http://kuow.org/post/choreographer-kate-wallich-spreads-her-wings-super-eagle <p>When you ask Seattle dance insiders which young artists they've got their eyes on, 24-year-old Kate Wallich's name almost always rises to the top of the list. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:30:00 +0000 Marcie Sillman 28360 at http://kuow.org Choreographer Kate Wallich Spreads Her Wings With 'Super Eagle' How A Rainbow Of Plaid Pushed Robert Jones To Paint http://kuow.org/post/how-rainbow-plaid-pushed-robert-jones-paint <p>Standing in the middle of the main gallery at Cornish College of the Arts, you're surrounded by color: Artist Robert C. Jones' large paintings are vivid swaths of red and green, yellow and blue; punctuated by black lines or circles. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:08:50 +0000 Marcie Sillman 27930 at http://kuow.org How A Rainbow Of Plaid Pushed Robert Jones To Paint New Play At Seattle Rep Examines Themes Of Secrecy, Religious Orthodoxy http://kuow.org/post/new-play-seattle-rep-examines-themes-secrecy-religious-orthodoxy <p>Playwright Samuel B. Hunter was never a fundamentalist Christian, but his boyhood experience at a Christian school was the inspiration for his new play, "A Great Wilderness." Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Marcie Sillman 27589 at http://kuow.org New Play At Seattle Rep Examines Themes Of Secrecy, Religious Orthodoxy 30-Year-Old Play Revived In Seattle To Combat AIDS Complacency http://kuow.org/post/30-year-old-play-revived-seattle-combat-aids-complacency <p>Stephen Black remembers the moment he decided to bring a play called "The Normal Heart" to Seattle. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:26:52 +0000 Marcie Sillman 27402 at http://kuow.org 30-Year-Old Play Revived In Seattle To Combat AIDS Complacency Francine Seders, 81, Bids Adieu To Gallery Life But Not To Art http://kuow.org/post/francine-seders-81-bids-adieu-gallery-life-not-art <p></p><p>On the first Thursday of every month, Pioneer Square transforms itself into a festival of visual art. Most of the commercial galleries in the neighborhood throw open their doors to welcome the moving feast of art lovers who flit from shop to shop, sipping wine and perusing the wares. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:55:16 +0000 Marcie Sillman 25556 at http://kuow.org Francine Seders, 81, Bids Adieu To Gallery Life But Not To Art 'Indie With An Edge': Radio Raheem Mixes Gospel With Apocalyptic http://kuow.org/post/indie-edge-radio-raheem-mixes-gospel-apocalyptic <p>Seattle is a town full of music. From indie rock to folk to rap, the city boasts a bevy of thriving scenes. These days, those scenes tend to cross-pollinate. And that can result in something powerful, especially when a traditional gospel singer is part of the mix. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:38:25 +0000 Marcie Sillman 25226 at http://kuow.org 'Indie With An Edge': Radio Raheem Mixes Gospel With Apocalyptic Vaccination Rates In Washington State, Art Of Our City, Peter Boal And Pinball History! http://kuow.org/post/vaccination-rates-washington-state-art-our-city-peter-boal-and-pinball-history <p></p><p><strong>Washington State Vaccination Rates</strong><br>During the 2008-2009 school year, Washington state kindergarteners were the least vaccinated in the United States. The opt-out rate of at least once vaccine was 7.6 percent. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, the opt-out rate has decreased to 4.6 percent. It’s a marked improvement for sure, but Washington state still has the seventh highest vaccination opt-out rate in the country. How have public health officials tackled this issue? Why is Washington state such a likely to place for parents to opt their kids out of vaccinations?</p><p><strong>Art Of Our City</strong><br>Religious leaders often talk about the role of devotion in their work, but what about artists? Or just regular people? Seattle writer Rebecca Brown has invited a range of Seattle-area folks to contemplate devotion. The result is an exhibition at the Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University. What does devotion mean in your life?</p><p><strong>Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal</strong><br>Eight years ago the leadership changed hands at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Peter Boal came to Seattle to assume the role of PNB’s artistic director. The former New York City Ballet principal dancer was committed to PNB’s focus on the work of choreographer George Balanchine. But Boal has expanded PNB’s repertoire, bringing in much more new work and focusing on such choreographers as Twyla Tharp and Christopher Wheeldon, hot shots of contemporary dance making.</p><p><strong>Pinball: History You Play!&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;<br>Everyone has played pinball, but do you remember that it was once banned?&nbsp;Producer Katy Sewall visits the Seattle Pinball Museum to find the stories behind the fun. Why was the “tilt” invented?&nbsp;What recurring themes show up year after year?&nbsp;How has the sound of pinball changed through the decades? Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 18606 at http://kuow.org Vaccination Rates In Washington State, Art Of Our City, Peter Boal And Pinball History!