performing arts

Performing Arts
2:22 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

The Racial Undertones Of 'The Mikado'

'The Mikado' presented by Metro Theatre, Vancouver, in 2014.
Flickr Photo/Metro Theatre Vancouver (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks to Josephine Lee, English and Asian American studies professor at the University of Minnesota, about the checkered history of the Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado."

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Performing Arts
3:40 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Working Towards A New Theater By, For And About Black Americans

Tyrone Brown outside ACT Theatre
Credit courtesy ACT Theatre

When Tyrone Brown was a kid, just six or seven years old, his mom took him to Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater for a performance of the long-running musical, "Annie."

"She actually just dropped me off at the theater and let me watch it by myself," Brown says.

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Arts
2:47 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

A Last Dance For Pacific Northwest Ballet's Kaori Nakamura

Kaori Nakamura in PNB's "Sleeping Beauty"
Pacific Northwest Ballet Photo/Lindsay Thomas

Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer Kaori Nakamura remembers the day she got her first pointe shoes.

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Intiman Theatre
9:07 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Tony Kushner's 'Angels In America' Comes To Seattle

Playwright Tony Kushner
Flickr Photo/Commonwealth Club (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Tony Kushner is the author of "Angels in America," a two-part play inspired by the tragic rise of the AIDS epidemic. "Angels" debuted on Broadway in 1993, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony award for Best Play that same year.

Seattle’s Intiman Theatre will be staging a production of "Angels" this summer, opening August 12.

Kushner spoke with writer, editor and It Gets Better project co-founder Dan Savage at Town Hall Seattle on May 10.

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'Dreamsongs'
3:25 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Cellist Joshua Roman Teams Up With Seattle Youth Symphony

Cellis Joshua Roman.
Flickr Photo/Vikalpa

At 22, Joshua Roman became the Seattle Symphony's youngest-ever principal cellist. With his mop of curly brown hair and his baby face, Roman was a distinctive presence at Benaroya Hall.

But just two years after the young musician took up his post, Roman decided to leave the orchestra to carve out his own career as a concert performer.

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'Classically Cannabis'
7:41 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Seattle Symphony Has No Plans For Pot Concerts

File photo of the Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra playing at Benaroya Hall.

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 5:21 pm

The only people inhaling at Seattle Symphony concerts will be the wind-instrument players. The Symphony says it has no plans to follow the lead of the Colorado Symphony and hold marijuana-friendly concerts.

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Classics in Concert
10:19 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Seattle Symphony, New Pulitzer Winner At Carnegie Hall

Composer John Luther Adams accepts enthusiastic applause from the Carnegie Hall audience after the New York premiere of his 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, Become Ocean, performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Melanie Burford for NPR Music

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:19 pm

The great outdoors is a perennial theme in classical music, usually expressed through bucolic or picturesque works. But the Seattle Symphony knew that to appear on Spring for Music — an annual festival of adventurous programming by North American orchestras — it required a more unusual, daring take on this theme.

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This American Life
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Public Radio's Pied Piper Ira Glass Talks Storytelling

"This American Life" host Ira Glass.
Flickr Photo/Ricky Montalvo (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Ira Glass, host of This American Life, about his career and the art of radio storytelling.

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Community Recovery
7:23 am
Mon April 14, 2014

For Oso, Returning To Normalcy Means Chainmail And Jousting

Dame Richildis, aka Ann Shilling, has a quiet moment between rounds of jousting as the Seattle Knights perform on April 12, 2014, at Rhodes River Ranch in Oso.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

Yellow ribbons are tied around each post you pass as you drive into the Rhodes River Ranch just outside of Oso, Wash., a town still recovering from the devastating mudslide on March 22.

Bonnie Rose does just about everything at the 200-acre ranch, which is spotted with horse stables, shoeing barns and a restaurant built to surround a large equestrian arena.

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Art Of Our City
1:45 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Exploring Seattle's Vices With Cabaret

The cast for the cabaret show "Seattle Vice," based on a book of the same name by Rick Anderson.
Credit Courtesy of ACT Theatre/John Cornicello

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.

But a new cabaret show at Seattle's ACT Theatre 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.

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Performing Arts
9:39 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Why Oscar Wilde Still Works: 'People Will Always Have Secrets!'

Kate Wisniewski, Connor Toms, Emily Grogan, and Kimberly King in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2014 production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
Credit Courtesy of Seattle Shakespeare Company/John Ulman

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.

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Teatro Zinzanni
8:04 am
Thu March 6, 2014

If These Velvet Walls Could Talk

Teatro Zinzanni Founder Norm Langill
Courtesy of Teatro Zinzanni

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.

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Theater Premiere
9:35 am
Thu February 27, 2014

From Raised Eyebrows To Raised Curtains: Rachel Atkins Tackles Racial Identity

Actresses Kia Pierce and Marquicia Dominguez in Rachel Atkins' play, "Black Like Us."
Credit Courtesy of Annex Theatre/Shane Regan

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.

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Performing Arts
7:37 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Choreographer Uses Blackface To Confront Racial Attitudes Past And Present

Donald Byrd's "Minstrel Show, Revisited."
Credit Courtesy Spectrum Dance Theater/Nate Watters

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.

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Local Dance
7:30 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Choreographer Kate Wallich Spreads Her Wings With 'Super Eagle'

Kate Wallich and Andrew Bartee in "Super Eagle."
Velocity Dance Center/Jacob Rosen

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.

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