Florangela Davila

Lead Artscape Reporter

Florangela Davila  has been a journalist since 1992. For 14 years she worked at The Seattle Times where she covered both news and features. She's been freelancing for KPLU since 2008, reporting and producing as well as helping coordinate the station's "Looking Back to Look Forward" documentary project. She's also a lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Florangela received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She's been both an arts consumer and an arts practitioner for as long as she can remember.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Exhibit At Seattle's Henry Art Gallery Invites Visitors To Touch, Take Home Art On Display

One of four galleries wallpapered with photographic images that visitors are allowed to tear off. Among myriad art work in "Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E" at the Henry Art Gallery.
Chona Kasinger

A new show at Seattle's Henry Art Gallery invites you to do something museums usually forbid: Touch the art and take it home.

Four galleries are filled with photographic images printed on tablets of newsprint. Visitors are invited to tear off the images. That means the galleries are in constant flux, and, at some point, they could be entirely left void.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Wing Luke Museum Exhibit Showcases Bruce Lee's Seattle Roots

This photo shows Bruce Lee during his days as a student at the University of Washington in the early 1960s.
TM & © Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved

As someone whose job it is to pay attention to the history and legacy of Asian Americans, Cassie Chinn, deputy director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, had, of course, heard about Bruce Lee and knew some basic things.

She knew he had been a groundbreaking star in Hollywood: a Chinese face cast in the 1966-1967 TV series “The Green Hornet.” She knew he was a legend in martial arts circles. She knew that following his death at age 32 from a swelling of fluid in the brain, he was buried in Seattle at Lake View Cemetery.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Meet The Englishman Now Leading Seattle Opera

Aidan Lang, Seattle Opera's new general director in his office. He's holding a 3-D laser printed image of his wife Linda Kitchen.
Photo: Florangela Davila

For the first time in 30 years, Seattle Opera is beginning its season with a new person in charge. Taking the place of Speight Jenkins, who retired, is Aidan Lang, an Englishman by way of New Zealand.

Lang is 56 years old. After a long history of freelance directing, leading music festivals in England and serving seven years as the general director of New Zealand Opera, he’s ready to forge ahead on what he says are Seattle Opera’s two big priorities: financing for both new administrative offices as well as a new Ring cycle.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Why These Seattle Artists Are Selling Cans Of Dirt From A Georgetown Brownfield

On sale now at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle: $25 cans of canned dirt, created by the artist trio SuttonBeresCuller
Courtesy of Greg Kucera Gallery

A trio of Seattle artists has taken a unique approach in an attempt to “undo three-quarters of a century’s worth of polluting”: canning and selling dirt.

The “premium-quality hand-canned dirt,” which are available for $25 a can, are a commentary on how a community can share in the responsibility of cleaning up a contaminated urban site.

The artists’ work focuses on one specific site, a brownfield in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Once home to a gas station, it is now choked with blackberries, littered with drug baggies and covered in contaminated soil.

Read the full story on our companion site, Quirksee.org >>>

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

'Panama Hotel Jazz' Music Project Tells Story Of The Historic Seattle Landmark

This early picture of the hotel was photographed in 1929. The building still maintains much of the original sturcture.
Courtesy of Jan Johnson, the third owner of the Panama Hotel

The muse behind Steve Grigg’s musical project is a brick, six-story, century-old building that stands in what used to be Seattle’s Japantown.

The Panama Hotel, on the corner of Sixth and Main, remains a working hotel. But the historic building is also a time capsule. It features belongings left behind by Japanese Americans who were forced into internment camps during World War II.

Griggs’ project, called “Panama Hotel Jazz,” weaves in music with narration to tell the story about the incarceration of Japanese and Japanese Americans in 1942.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Play Reimagines Don Quixote As A Homeless Latino Man In Seattle

Actors Jose Amador, left, and Will Rose are seen in a promotional photo for "Don Quixote and Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle," a new play opening at Seattle's ACT Theatre.
Courtesy of Stephanie Mallard Couch.

What if Don Quixote, the famous character from 17th century Spanish literature, was reimagined as a homeless man living in Seattle? That’s the premise behind a new bilingual play being premiered by eSe Teatro, a local Latino theater company at ACT Theatre.

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Homeless Youth
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Voices From The Street, Part 3

Florangela Davila

Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of radio conversations between homeless youth. Voices will also be broadcast as part of the Kids@Risk coverage on Crosscut.com.

 

Artscape
5:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Actor Marya Sea Kaminski Takes On Epic Play 'Angels In America'

Courtesy of Christopher Monsos Intiman Theatre

  

Twenty years ago, Seattle’s Intiman Theater was the first regional company in the country to produce “Angels in America.” The 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is a sweeping tale about the deadly AIDS epidemic from the 1980s.

It’s a cathartic story about politics, sexuality, religion and forgiveness. The protagonist in the story is a young gay man who is fighting AIDS, is abandoned by his boyfriend and becomes a prophet after being visited by an Angel of God.

Considered an American masterpiece, the play has been adapted into an HBO mini-series as well as an opera.But those who have seen a live production will tell you it’s meant to be seen on stage.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Meet A Young New York-Based Brass Ensemble With Some Serious Seattle Roots

The Westerlies recorded their debut album in a family friend's house on Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands.
Andrew Swanson

The Westerlies are a new young brass ensemble based out of New York City. They’re an all-over-the-musical-map group whose first album is already garnering critical praise.

And this first bit of success could have something to do with their Seattle roots. All four musicians, all in their 20s, grew up in Seattle where they absorbed much of the local music scene. They’re the product of two of the best high school jazz programs in the country: Garfield and Roosevelt high schools. And their debut album, recorded in a family friend’s cabin on Lopez Island, is a reinterpretation of an eclectic mix of compositions by Seattlelite Wayne Horvitz.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Seattle Opera's Jenkins Looks Back At His Legacy, Including Making 'Colorblind’ Opera

Speight Jenkins greets patrons at an event for the 2013 Ring opera.
© Brandon Patoc

Speight Jenkins is stepping down as general director of Seattle Opera after 31 years. And among the things he’s most proud of are the productions of two successful Ring cycles, surviving the economic recession by not resorting to just producing popular operas and advancing the opportunities for African-American men.

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Artscape
7:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Here's A Taste Of A New Album That Salutes Seattle’s Forgotten Funk And Soul Scene

Cover art for the 1987 LP "Our Night Out" by Romel Westwood, one of the musicians featured on "Wheedle's Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie Volume II 1972-1987"
Light in the Attic Records

Back in the day — we’re talking the 1960s, '70s and ‘80s — local Seattle bands played funk and soul music in the city’s dance clubs.

The music was the soundtrack of a black-owned radio station operating out of the Central Area called KYAC.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Seattle Gilbert And Sullivan Society Celebrates Composers' Enduring Popularity

Lydia Salo, 13, rehearses "The Mikado" for an upcoming show with the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Florangela Davila

At 6-foot-3, Garry Webberly is a towering figure with a head of white hair and a matching mustache. The 76-year-old Webberly's musical tastes run from classical to classic rock. But for the past 48 years, he’s taken to the stage to perform in volunteer productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

“It’s good music, great dialogue. I love it all,” Webberly said about the operettas that are known for their wit, their absurdly complicated plots and technically-challenging songs.

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Arts
5:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Author Alex Tizon Examines What It’s Like To Be An Asian-American Man

In his new memoir, Alex Tizon explores the experience and pysche of being an Asian American man.
Daniel D. Morrison

As a boy growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, Alex Tizon was well aware of a racial hierarchy that existed, a hierarchy that put him, a Filipino immigrant, at the bottom. 

His parents admired white Americans and all things western. Tizon once caught his father massaging and pinching his nose to make it sharper and narrower, and less round and Filipino-looking.

“I took it a step farther,” Tizon said. “I used to put clothespins on my nose.”

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Jazz and Blues
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Film Tells Story Of How A 90-Year-Old Jazz Icon Became Friends With A Young Pianist

Pianist Justin Kauflin and jazz legend Clark Terry in a still from the film, "Keep on Keepin' On"

Justin Kauflin is a young twentysomething pianist who, at age 11, lost his eyesight.

Jazz legend Clark Terry — the revolutionary flugelhornist who played with Count Basie and Duke Ellington, and mentored Quincy Jones and Miles Davis — shares something with Kauflin. Diabetes claimed his eyesight.

But that’s not the only reason the two musicians, who are separated by nearly 70 years, became close friends. The story of the bond between teacher and mentee is told in the new documentary “Keep On Keepin’ On,” which is being shown at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival. The film also celebrates Terry, who, even from his hospital bed, coaches Kauflin as he sets out to forge his own jazz career.

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Homeless Youth
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Voices From The Street, Part 2

Fahad Ali, who didn't want his face shown, wears the coat that kept him warm when he was homeless in Minnesota.
Florangela Davila

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of radio conversations between homeless youth. Voices will also be broadcast as part of the Kids@Risk coverage on Crosscut.com. 

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