Arts

Fashion
5:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Garments Designed for That Other Big Moment: Your Funeral

One of nine "Burial Ensembles" created by Mark Mitchell in a new show at Seattle's Frye Museum.
Kelly O.

What do you want to be wearing in your final moments? That's the question Seattle artist Mark Mitchell has been wondering about. And he has answered it in the form of burial clothing he has created for a new show at the Frye Museum.

"I’ve not had the luxury of not thinking about death a lot," he says. "I’ve had HIV disease well over 20 years. And I’ve lost many friends." 

In his 51 years on earth, Mitchell has been to a lot of funerals. There was the one for his father.

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Prose Pros
2:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

State Poet Laureate Wins Book Award for Hanford-Based 'Plume'

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Flenniken.

Washington state’s poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken has been awarded the Washington Book Award.

Flenniken’s new work of poetry, titled “Plume,” recounts her childhood in the nuclear-company town of Richland.

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Arts
3:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

New Exhibit Highlights Infamous Skyjacker D.B. Cooper

A sketch of D.B. Cooper
AP/FBI File FBI

A new exhibit at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma explores the mystery and the legacy of D.B. Cooper, the infamous skyjacker who jumped out of a plane with $200,000 in cash more than four decades ago.

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Art by chimps
12:35 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Northwest Chimps Compete in National Art Contest

Chimp artist Jamie is said to be "the non-human boss" of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.
Courtesy of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Two chimpanzees living in the Northwest are competing in a national art contest. The chimps and their caretakers are trying to win a $10,000 first prize for their respective sanctuaries.

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Arts
8:31 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

New Film Series Heads to Tacoma

This image grab shows a scene from the film "Chasing Ice."

It's not quite a film festival. But a new series of films will play for free in Tacoma next month as a way to spark cultural conversations.

The "Film Forum: Advancing Cultural Dialogue" is sponsored in part by The Sundance Institute.

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Arts
5:02 am
Fri July 5, 2013

At the state prison in Purdy, creating theater behind bars

This photo shows a "suicide letter", one of the props used by inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy. The women are participants in Freehold Theatre Lab's Engaged Theatre program.
Florangela Davila

There’s something about art that has the power to heal, for both those performing it and those watching it.

That is precisely why Seattle’s Freehold Theatre Lab teaches creative writing to the women locked up in the Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy. The program helps the inmates weave their past and dreams into stories they perform on stage.

Prison isn’t exactly the most natural space for theater, says inmate Amanda Songer.

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Arts
1:18 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Real Life Story Of Small Town Mayor To Hit Seattle Stage

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 7:50 am

The mayor of Silverton, Oregon is one of a kind. Stu Rasmussen is the nation's only transgendered mayor. It’s a distinction that generated international headlines and even a protest by the anti-gay group, Westboro Baptist Church. Now, Rasmussen's saga has a new twist: A musical about his life. It’s hitting the stage in Seattle this summer.

In a small rehearsal room in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, long-time actor Mark Anders is preparing for a role like none he's had before.

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Arts
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Teens making films 'on the fly' out in Indian Country

Raven Two Feathers of Seattle directs a short documentary about the Suquamish Indian tribe as part of the 2013 SuperFly Filmmaking Workshop.
Josh Marshall Josh Marshall Photography

Each year, 50 teens  from all over the country fly into Seattle to participate in a fast-and-furious film challenge. They have to produce short films in 36 hours, or "on the fly." Which is why the program is called "SuperFly."

Most of the participants are Native Americans, creating Native-themed films out on location on an Indian reservation.

Seattle filmmaker Tracy Rector and her Longhouse Media company launched the workshop 8 years ago.

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Arts
5:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Lynn Shelton: Seattle 'like the canvas that I paint everything on'

Director Lynn Shelton on location in Seattle
Eliza Truitt

In all the films that she writes and directs, Lynn Shelton shines the spotlight on Seattle. 

Her latest project, "Touchy Feely", was filmed entirely in the city, mainly in the Central District and "all over Capitol Hill," according to Shelton. 

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Arts
4:25 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Seattle Symphony, Opera musicians approve contract

Jessie Hodge

Labor disputes have shut down performances across the country, but Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera fans don’t have to worry about cancelations anytime soon. The musicians have agreed to a new contract. 

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SIFF
9:55 am
Thu May 2, 2013

SIFF 2013 tickets on sale today

Tickets go on sale today for the 39th annual Seattle International Film Festival. SIFF is set to feature more than 300 films, special guests, and film workshops. 

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Arts
7:20 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Seattle's Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to perform at MTV Movie Awards

Last month, it was Saturday Night Live. This month, Seattle rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will perform at the MTV Movie Awards.

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Arts and culture
2:18 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

At WSU, an ex-cigarette machine that sells art

WSU

Washington State University now has its own cigarette machine, but it doesn't sell smokes.

Instead, the Art-o-mat vends artworks at $5 each. The machine aims to make art more accessible and affordable.

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Local Arts
6:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

A final gift for Seattle from philanthropist Bagley Wright

This artist's rendering shows the installation “MIRROR” by artist Doug Aitken.
Seattle Art Museum

If you’re a Seattle arts and culture lover, you owe a lot to a man named Bagley Wright.

The Space Needle, Benaroya Hall, Seattle Repertory Theater — Wright helped build or create all of them.

Then there’s the art he’s given to the city.

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notable locals
3:55 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Seattle's own Macklemore: 'Don't let being gay hold you back'

Seattle’s own music sensation Macklemore has a message: “Don’t let being gay hold you back. If you’re straight, do not hold others back.”

Macklemore delivered the message in a video posted on youcanplayproject.org, a website that promotes respect for all athletes regardless of their sexual orientation.

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