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Front Row Center 2017-2018 Season

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Join KUOW’s Marcie Sillman as she pulls back the curtain on the creative process, giving participants a glimpse of why and how an artist creates work, and we hope, a greater appreciation for the rich and diverse cultural community in our region. 

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Cartoonist and speaker Vishavjit Singh.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

After 9/11, Vishavjit Singh experienced an uptick in discrimination. "Al Qaeda," people hissed as he passed them on the street.

"Terrorist."

"Go back to your country."

Ronda Broatch

News stories can be disturbing sometimes, but KUOW has a way to help process these stories.

We call it #NewsPoet — and it involves a Pacific Northwest poet writing an original piece inspired by one of our stories.

Today we revisit the story about the last man to be put to death by Washington state.


The complex and ever-changing time signatures of Sama Dams' new song “Pockets” almost feels more appropriate for a jazz trio.

“But it’s still pop [music] and they never forget that,” says Jerad Walker, music director of OPB Music.


KUOW photo/Amina Al-Sadi

We've heard the jokes on late night about President Donald Trump taking on dictator-like qualities. But what is comedy really like under an authoritarian regime?

Seattle Symphony musicians Eric Jacobs and Danielle Kuhlmann have some fun with Giovanny, the four-year-old son of Taylor Joffre, before a sharing session for the Lullaby Project at Mary’s Place in Seattle, Monday, May 7, 2018.
KUOW Photo/Dan DeLong

The Seattle Symphony will perform five original lullabies at a free Mother's Day concert this weekend. And each lullaby was composed with help from a parent staying at a local homeless shelter.

It's part of the symphony's effort to address homelessness in its own way. 

Imani Sims is KUOW’s inaugural #NewsPoet – a program in which Pacific Northwest poets respond in verse to what the station airs. Below is an excerpt of her poem "Better than Captivity."


Lake Lousie, Banff National Park, Canada
Flickr Photo/ Michael Muraz (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/pcEAUc

Each Friday, Morning Edition host Emily Fox checks in on new music in the Pacific Northwest.

This week she talks with Grant Lawrence, host and producer with CBC Music about the debut record by the Vancouver-based band, The Long War.


The Swedish Academy, responsible for handing out the annual Nobel Prize in literature, says it will not present the award this year as it struggles to contain the damage from a sex abuse scandal.

Courtesy of Joyas Mestizas and Nohemi Gardea

Drive south on Highway 99 and you’ll go straight through the middle of Seattle’s South Park neighborhood.

Artworks by Martin Whatson of Norway, center, and Kim Simonsson of Finland, right, are on display inside the Northern Exposure exhibit on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the new Nordic Museum in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

When you see wood smoke and naked people in Ballard, you’ll know the new Nordic Museum is finally complete. 

KUOW PHOTO/ Gil Aegerter

Bill Radke talks to actor Alan Cumming about home, becoming American, identity and learning to let go.

Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo.
Courtesy Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo’s career as a musician began at six years old, singing into the dark. 

But with her new cover of the Talking Heads’ classic album, she’s asking us all to "Remain in Light." She spoke to Bill Radke from Los Angeles to explain why she doesn’t believe in cultural appropriation – and why stupidity just might be the thing that connects us all.

A museum in Southern France has discovered more than half its collection of paintings thought to be by a celebrated local artist are counterfeit. And investigators say that works attributed to other regional artists could also be fakes.

The quaint French village of Elne near the border with Spain is proud to be the hometown of Catalan painter Étienne Terrus. He was a late-19th-century artist who specialized in local landscapes and was friends with the painter Henri Matisse.

4Culture Executive Director Jim Kelly inside the light and sound installation Hidden Spaces in 2007.
Courtesy of 4Culture/Iole Alessandrini

The head of King County's arts, culture and heritage agency steps down April 30, after more than two decades on the job.

KUOW's Arts and Culture reporter Marcie Sillman talked to Jim Kelly about the push to fund arts and culture, and the challenges that face the community in the near future.


PHOTO Courtesy of Deirdre Visser

Bill Radke talks to Bellingham artist Jenna Bean Veatch about her event 'The Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Are Single and Want to Fall in Love' and why she believes in finding ways for people to move beyond surface level small talk and swiping right to find deeper connections. 

Kelli Russell Agodon is a poet based in Kingston, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Casey Martin

Starting this month KUOW is celebrating local poetry with a series called #NewsPoet.

A Pacific Northwest poet writes an original piece inspired by a KUOW news story. This week we hear from Kingston-based poet Kelli Russel Agodon.


Courtesy of M. Sharkey

There’s a thing at talks around Seattle. Often enough, you can feel it when the crowd gets restless if the event goes to a certain length. You can see the people looking for a chance to exit. One bolts, and others rush to follow.

There was no restlessness at author Alexander Chee’s reading on Monday night. Even though the room was a tad warm, no one left. They hardly stirred.

Patrons walk along a path next to rows of red tulips on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at RoozenGaarde near Mount Vernon.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Spring is in the air! The tulips of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival are in full bloom. The festival, in its 35th year, runs through the end of April. 

Michael Craft

Longtime Seattle dinner cabaret Teatro ZinZanni has found a new home on the Eastside.

This spring Teatro ZinZanni officials plan to sign a 10-year lease on the old Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, across the street from Chateau St. Michelle. 

David Rue is the public programs director at Seattle Art Museum, and a contemporary dancer.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Dancer David Rue performs in "Black Bois" this weekend at On the Boards. Rue and his family moved to the U.S. more than two decades ago as refugees from the Liberian civil war. 


Milos Forman, known for directing the classic films One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, has died at age 86, his manager tells NPR.

Forman's wife Martina told the Czech news agency CTK that Forman died Friday in Connecticut after a short illness.

His manager, Dennis Aspland, confirmed his death was at a hospital near his home in Warren, Conn.

Katy Ellis is a mother and dedicated her poem to Charleena Lyles who was pregnant when she was killed.
KUOW PHOTO/CASEY MARTIN

The news can be troubling and sometimes disturbing. 

For poets it can be a source of inspiration. To help process the stories in our news feeds, we invite poets to write an original piece inspired by a KUOW story for #NewsPoet.


NPR

It’s time to throw away the objective journalist hat for a moment and put on my completely-biased, music-loving shoes, because the submissions are in for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

The judges at NPR are pouring through all the entries right now to pick their national winner, and that announcement is expected April 24. In the meantime, I watched all 132 videos submitted to the contest from Washington state.

Mary Ann Peters, "impossible monument (flotsam)" detail
Courtesy Mary Ann Peters

Last Saturday’s biological weapons attack in Syria set off yet another wave of involuntary migration. Lebanese-American artist Mary Ann Peters says that this water-based lingo isn’t an accident. 


The cherry blossoms have emerged - and so has the artwork of Michael Spafford. The prolific painter has simultaneous shows in three galleries, and a book of his work has just come out. Artist, curator, and former Spafford student Barbara Earl Thomas joined Marcie Sillman to discuss why his work is such an important part of the local art landscape.

The results are in for the first-ever NPR Turning the Tables readers' poll, and they send a strong message to anyone fancying themselves a cultural justice warrior in 2018. It is this: check your intervention.

Dancers practice the traditional Kahiko dance that they will perform at the Merrie Monarch Festival, on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the halau in Federal Way.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

When Kamaile Hamada found out last June that his group had been accepted into the world’s most prestigious hula competition, the first person he wanted to tell was his former hula partner, Sweetie Camacho.

“As soon as I hung up the phone, I went to visit Sweetie,” he says.

At her gravesite.

Leilani Kaaiwela-Pedreira, center, and Jessica Whalen, left, assemble their traditional Kahiko dresses on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the halau in Federal Way.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

There’s a rule to watching hula:  Pay attention to the dancer’s hands to understand the story.

But Kumu Hula `Iwalani Christian said the hands alone won't tell you everything you need to know: Clothing is part of the story, too. 

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