Art of Our City

Sculpture Park
7:48 am
Thu July 3, 2014

A 45-Foot Face: SAM Unveils ‘Echo’ Of Seattle’s Future

Jaume Plensa's "Echo" at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park
Credit photo by Benjamin Benschneider, courtesy Seattle Art Museum

It's a Monday afternoon in June, and Seattle Art Museum Director Kimerly Rorschach leans on a metal railing near Elliott Bay at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park. The sun is shining, seagulls are whirling overhead, and Rorschach is eavesdropping.

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Arts
2:36 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Evoking A Linen Closet: Sculpturist Collects Blankets, Stories For New Installation

Blanket and story from Marie Watt's Tacoma Art Museum project
Courtesy Tacoma Art Museum/Lisa Terry

When we think about blankets, we usually conjure comforting images: babies swaddled in flannel wraps, colorful afghans hand knit by loved ones, puffy quilts that we snuggle under when the weather is cold.

When artist Marie Watt thinks about blankets, she sees the raw materials for sculpture.

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A Rite Of Spring
9:03 am
Thu June 12, 2014

They Won't Boo This Time: An All-Stravinsky Bill At Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony Orchestra Music Director Ludovic Morlot
photo by Ben Van Houten, courtesy SSO

Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky's career spanned most of the 20th century, but chances are you know him best for a piece of music he wrote when he was just starting out: "Rite of Spring."

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Ballet
3:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Leta Biasucci: The Young Ballerina Behind The Sparkles

Pacific Northwest corps de ballet dancer Leta Biasucci in George Balanchine's "Diamonds."
Courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet/Lindsay Thomas

Most people see only the sparkly side of ballet: the live performances, with dancers in costume, pointe shoes tied, orchestra in the pit. Whether it’s the annual holiday production of “Nutcracker” or an edgier, contemporary work, many of the dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet see performances as a reward for their hours of rehearsal.

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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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Arts
11:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Ben Moore, Who Guided Seattle Rep Through Recession, Retires

Seattle Repertory Theatre's Ben Moore
Credit Seattle Repertory Theatre/Alan Alabastro

After almost three decades on the job, Seattle Repertory Theatre Managing Director Ben Moore will retire at the end of June.

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Arts
12:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Seattle Opera Director Speight Jenkins Takes A Bow

Speight Jenkins.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle Opera/Brandon Patoc

Speight. That's the name that conjures Seattle Opera for tens of thousands of fans.

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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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Arts
3:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

'It’s Like Pornography': Searching For Cultural Space In Seattle

Alexander Calder's "Eagle" at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park.
Credit Flickr Photo/~C4Chaos

Matthew Richter has his dream job. For the past eight months, he has served as Seattle's Cultural Spaces Liaison. But when you ask him to tell you what a cultural space is, he laughs.

"That's the million dollar question,” Richter said. “It's like pornography (you know it when you see it)."

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Seattle Art Museum
2:49 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

SAM's Sandra Jackson-Dumont Leaves For New York

Outgoing SAM Education Director Sandra Jackson-Dumont.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle Art Museum/Jennifer Richard

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.

"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."

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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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Avant-Garde Artist
12:30 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

20th-Century Giant Joan Miró At Seattle Art Museum

"Woman, Bird and Star (Homage to Picasso)," February 15, 1966/April 3-8, 1973. By Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893-1983.
Credit Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society

Seattle Art Museum contemporary and modern art curator Catharina Manchanda calls Joan Miró 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 Miró's art, until now.

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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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Books
2:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle Artist Ellen Forney Finds Balance In New Graphic Memoir

Excerpt from "Marbles" by Ellen Forney.
Copyright (c) 2012 by Ellen Forney. Reprinted by arrangement with Gotham Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

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.

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