Arts

Ticket Giveaway
5:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Win Tickets to Ira Glass Live On Stage in Bellingham

  Mount Baker Theatre presents Live On Stage with Ira Glass, creator of This American Life, May 3rd at 8:00pm.  Ira will be sharing his insights on the program and what makes a compelling story.

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Esperanto Lives
12:45 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Esperanto Speakers To Gather On Whidbey Island, Celebrate Language's Arts Scene

Martin Schmitt Flickr

In the 1800s, a Polish doctor wished there was an easy way for his polyglot neighbors — and everyone, really — to communicate. So, he invented a language: Esperanto. About 130 years later, it’s still around, including in the Pacific Northwest.

Jennifer Bondelid started learning the language when she was 11 years old. This week, she’s hosting workshops on Whidbey Island to promote theater and film in the language. Saturday night, she and 10 cast members will perform a play called “Connected” for those attending the 34th regional conference. I had to ask: Why?

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Arts
8:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Seattle's Deaf Community Hoping To Build Understanding Through Film Festival

Seattle Deaf Film Festival

People who are deaf or have hearing loss often find themselves misunderstood, says Patty Liang. It happened to her once on a plane. A representative from the airline labeled her as disabled, which resulted in someone meeting her at the gate with a wheelchair.

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Not Just All Brawns
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Ahead Of Sounders-Timbers Match, Seattle Librarians To Take On Portland's Book Nerds

Seattle Public Library

Bragging rights on the soccer pitch aren't the only thing at stake in this weekend's Sounders match against the Portland Timbers; major nerd points are on the line, too.

The staff at Seattle Public Library has challenged their Portland-area "rival," the Multnomah County Library, to a Twitter battle of book recommendations ahead of Saturday's faceoff.

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Arts
10:53 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Denver Museum Pays Off Super Bowl Art Wager To Seattle Art Museum

"The Broncho Buster" by Frederic Remington.
Denver Art Museum; The Roath Collection

The Denver Art Museum has made good on its Super Bowl bet and delivered the Frederic Remington "Broncho Buster" sculpture to the Seattle Art Museum for a three-month exhibit.

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Arts
5:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Meet The City Of Seattle's New Director Of Film And Music

Kate Becker is the new director of Seattle's Office of Film and Music

Imagine getting a job — but in doing so, replacing a friend whose firing prompted more than 1,200 people to sign a petition calling for his return. 

That was the situation Kate Becker faced as she took over the city of Seattle’s Office of Film and Music.

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Arts
5:01 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Seattle Artist Turning Centuries-Old Pieces Of Wood Into One-Of-A-Kind Sculptures

"I Love You"
Bellevue Arts Museum, Collection of Cathy and Michael Casteel

Where does the creativity come from that fuels a work of art?

For Seattle woodcarver Daniel Webb, it comes from the dialogue he has with centuries-old wood as he carves into them.

Webb uses mostly reclaimed wood, much of it more than 200 years old. His first solo exhibition opens today at Bellevue Arts Museum, where you can see how he transforms discarded stumps and I-beams into objects as delicate as a shimmering balloon, a wispy dandelion or child’s pillow. 

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Arts
5:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Two 'Monuments Men' Who Helped Preserve Art During WWII Hailed From Wash. State

Sherman Lee of Seattle, a "Monuments Man" who also served as associate director at the Seattle Art Museum in the late 1940s.
Undated photo via The Associate Press, courtesy of SAM

The movie “The Monuments Men” spotlights a platoon of real-life U.S. soldiers who rescued artistic masterpieces from the Nazis during World War II. 

Overall, there were approximately 350 men and women from 13 nations who fought to preserve art from the ravages of war. Two of them came from Washington state.

Sherman Lee, who was born in Seattle, was an expert in Asian art who served as associate director at the Seattle Art Museum in the late 1940s.

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Arts
5:30 am
Thu February 6, 2014

New Film Explores Reasons Why People, Young And Old, Walk 500 Miles Across Spain

"It's like walking in a postcard," says an American woman in the film "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago."

For centuries, people have been making a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain known as the "Way of St. James" or El Camino de Santiago, and among them is a growing number of people from the Pacific Northwest.

The pilgrimage was traditionally made for religious reasons. The route ends at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where the remains of  St. James the Apostle are believed to be buried.

But Portland filmmaker Lydia B. Smith, whose documentary "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago" is opening in Seattle this weekend, says there are many reasons people take on the challenge.

"A lot of people do it for the adventure or to ease a transition without looking for something specific," she said. "There really is no right or wrong reason to do the Camino."

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Lunar New Year
5:01 am
Fri January 31, 2014

For Lion Dancers, Lunar New Year Marks Culmination Of A Year's Work

Members of the Lieu Quan Lion Dance Team perform at a practice session.
Neil Giardino

Most people see the lion dance, at most, once a year on Lunar New Year. But for the dancers, the art is no occasional matter. Whether they practice the Chinese style or another version of the popular Asian dance, they practice year-round to perfect their moves for their annual performances.

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Native Sons
9:43 am
Fri January 24, 2014

7 Shots At Grammy For Seattle Duo Macklemore And Ryan Lewis

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, American musician Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore, right, and his producer Ryan Lewis pose for a portrait, at Irving Plaza in New York.
Carlo Allegri Invision/AP Photo

Seattle’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have seven shots at a Grammy Award on Sunday. The hip-hop duo is nominated for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album and Best Music Video.

Local pop music critic and writer Gene Stout says that’s an impressive list of nominations.

“A lot of people think of Macklemore and Lewis as an overnight success, but they’re not,” Stout said. “Macklemore’s been at it for 10 years. Certainly what they’ve done with two chart hits is extraordinary. And for a duo, it hasn’t really happened since the ‘90s.”

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Bah, Humbug!
5:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Beyond Scrooge: Dickens Characters Inspired By Walks Around London

5th Avenue Theatre

"Oliver!" tells the story of a young orphan's misadventures in London, from the workhouse to a den of thieves and, finally, to a family that loves him. The musical, on stage now at the 5th Avenue Theatre, is based on the novel "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens.

Albert Evans, artistic and music associate at the 5th Avenue Theatre, who says the character of Oliver was one of many Dickens created and used over the years to call attention to societal ills, and to portray London as he saw it.

Q&A: Albert Evans discusses Charles Dickens

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Arts
4:32 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Seattle to Convert Langston Hughes Institute Into Self-Sustaining Nonprofit

Joe Mabel Wikimedia Commons

The city-operated Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) will soon be its own self-sustaining nonprofit organization.

Under a five-year plan, Seattle plans to hire a transition coordinator, help LHPAI secure nonprofit status and gradually decrease its financial investment in one of its oldest cultural institutions.

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jazz
5:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Roosevelt High Senior Selected to Play in Grammy Band

Roosevelt High School senior John Otten discovered the trumpet as a fourth grader.

"I thought, 'It’s only three valves. It wouldn’t be that hard. I bet I could do it,”’ he said.

Turned out, it was hard; he couldn’t even get a sound out that first month.

Fast forward eight years, and Otten is headed to the Grammys as the only student from the Pacific Northwest selected for the Grammy Band Jazz Session program.

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