Art of Our City

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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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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Art Of The City
11:08 am
Thu February 6, 2014

How A Rainbow Of Plaid Pushed Robert Jones To Paint

"Garden," by Robert Jones, 2012
Courtesy of Beth Sellars

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.

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Seattle Theater
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

New Play At Seattle Rep Examines Themes Of Secrecy, Religious Orthodoxy

Samuel Hunter's "A Great Wilderness" will play at Seattle Repertory Theater.
Credit From Seattle Repertory Theater's Facebook page

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."

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Art Of Our City
7:26 am
Thu January 23, 2014

30-Year-Old Play Revived In Seattle To Combat AIDS Complacency

The lives of Mickey (Stephen Black), Ned (Greg Lyle-Netwon) and Felix (Andrew Russell) are forever affected by the scourge of AIDS in Strawberry Theatre Workshop's "The Normal Heart."
Courtesy of John Ulman

Stephen Black remembers the moment he decided to bring a play called "The Normal Heart" to Seattle.

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Art Of Our City
11:55 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Francine Seders, 81, Bids Adieu To Gallery Life But Not To Art

Francine Seders, 81, is closing her gallery after 40 years.
Credit KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

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.

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Music
4:38 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

'Indie With An Edge': Radio Raheem Mixes Gospel With Apocalyptic

Radio Raheem
Credit courtesy of Radio Raheem

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.

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Pacific Northwest Ballet
9:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Vaccination Rates In Washington State, Art Of Our City, Peter Boal And Pinball History!

Flickr Photo/Kryziz Bonny

Washington State Vaccination Rates
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?

Art Of Our City
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?

Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal
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.

Pinball: History You Play!  
Everyone has played pinball, but do you remember that it was once banned? Producer Katy Sewall visits the Seattle Pinball Museum to find the stories behind the fun. Why was the “tilt” invented? What recurring themes show up year after year? How has the sound of pinball changed through the decades?

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