Arts

Seattle Center
1:01 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Chihuly Garden and Glass opens to the public

Dale Chihuly's new Glass House with Persian Glass framing the Seattle Space Needle.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Less than two years after the idea was pitched to the public, a new Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition opens today (Monday 11am) at Seattle Center.

It’s located at the foot of the Space Needle, where the kiddy rides and arcade games of the old Fun Forest once drew crowds.

Now, people are standing on tiptoes to peer in through the fence around the outdoor displays, which beckon with flashes of color.  

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Alternative Arts
11:20 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Millennials driving electronic dance music to prominence in grungy NW

Thousands of EDM fans gather at WaMu Theater for St. Patrick's Day themed concert Lucky 2012.
A.J. Apuya Photography

The Millennial generation is changing the music scene in Seattle – much like the music tastes of a prior generation lifted grunge music – by driving "electronic dance music" or EDM into the mainstream and overwhelming music venues in the region.

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Arts
5:05 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Playing at Lincoln Center: Ballard High, 2 other Seattle area schools

Members of the Ballard High School jazz band, which is one of 15 finalists in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band competition.
Photo by Florangela Davila

The most prestigious high school jazz band competition begins today in New York City.  And among the 15 finalists are three local competitors: Roosevelt, Mountlake Terrace and newcomer Ballard High School.

"I think we surprised a lot of people," says Ballard's jazz band director Michael James, about being a finalist in the Essentially Ellington jazz band competition. "But I knew if we were able to get into this festival it would put us on people's radar and say, 'Hey, what's going on at Ballard?'"

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Artscape
5:30 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Garcia Lorca's play exploring the pains of love, denial hits Seattle

Ruth McRee (in the foreground, on the left) as Bernarda and Colleen Carey as Angustias rehearse for Frederico Garcia Lorca's ‘The House of Bernarda Alba,’ which will play May 4-19 at The Ballard Underground in Seattle.
Michael Brunk NWLens.com

The ideas of freedom and repression have played out around the world for thousands of years. The Spanish playwright, Frederico Garcia Lorca, explored those themes in "The House of Bernarda Alba."

The play was the last thing the Spaniard penned before he was assassinated in 1936, after General Franco and his military regime took power in that country.

The House of Bernarda Alba will be performed in Seattle by an all-female cast.

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Pike Place Market Remodel
2:13 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Photos: Behind the scenes of Pike Place Market's $69M remodel

You can't actually see most of the work that was done on Pike Place Market's $69-million, three-year remodel. It involved a lot of plumbing, wiring, and seismic upgrades. Under the floorboards, inside the walls, and deep in the basements, the bones and nerves of the market were undergoing radical surgery.

Here's a slide-show of snapshots taken by the construction team:

Pike Place Market Remodel
5:12 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Pike Place Market renovation: An ode to new plumbing, wiring

Ben Franz-Knight of the Pike Place Market explains some of the renovations.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

You paid for it, now please come enjoy it. That’s the message the Pike Place Market is sending out, as it wraps up three years and $69-million worth of renovations.

Unfortunately, if you're the proud executive in charge, the public probably won't notice much.

"The most significant parts of the renovations are behind the walls … the seismic upgrades, electrical improvements, all new plumbing," says Ben Franz-Knight, Executive Director of the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority.

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Arts
9:20 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

'Next 50' is meant to remind you to check-out Seattle Center

In anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of the Space Needle’s opening at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair this Saturday, the Space Needle has been painted back to its original “Galaxy Gold” color.
The Associated Press

Fifty years ago this weekend Seattle kicked off it’s biggest event ever -- the Century-21 World Exposition. Now, city leaders are hoping the public will come check-out what the fairgrounds have become, the city's arts campus. 

Seattle Center now attracts more visitors per year than the World’s Fair did during its six-month run. That’s partly thanks to some major events, such as Bumbershoot and the Folklife Festival, as well as concerts in Key Arena.

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The surreal
5:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

A tribute to the Firesign Theatre's Peter Bergman

The Firesign Theatre

The surreal humor quartet known as the Firesign Theatre is now a trio.

Founding member Peter Bergman passed away March 9th due to complications from leukemia. He was 72, and in recent years lived on Whidbey Island.

Over the past 40+ years, the Firesign Theatre recorded dozens of albums, and often appeared on NPR. Their work pushed the creative boundaries of radio and inspired a generation of broadcasters, including many of us at KPLU.

The remaining members of the group, Phil Austin, David Ossman and Phil Proctor, are presenting a “Big Brouhaha” tribute to Peter Bergman this Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Performance Center

Phil Austin lives near Tacoma and spoke with KPLU’s Dave Meyer.

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Artscape
4:46 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

'A Salesman' lives on in Philip Seymour Hoffman

Bridgette Lacombe

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 1:54 pm

When Philip Seymour Hoffman took the stage on March 15 in the new revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, he became the fifth actor in 63 years to walk the boards of Broadway in the shoes of the blustery, beleaguered salesman, Willy Loman. In the last six decades, each incarnation of the play has resonated with a new generation of theatergoers.

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Artscape
7:00 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

'Promising Objects' offers interactive art in Victoria

Alison MacTaggart's demonstrates how her giant gourd emits spooky sounds when somebody comes near.
Katherine Banwell KPLU

Eerie sounds from vegetables and sculptures that look like happy caterpillars. Those are some of the "promising objects" you'll find in an exhibit of the same name. The show is at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and features the art of Alison MacTaggart.

MacTaggart likes creating art that has a familiar aspect to it but something unfamiliar as well. The results are quirky sculptures that are cheerful and noisy. They encourage all sorts of communication and show visitors her sense of humor.

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The Arts
1:51 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

2011 Mayor's Arts Awards

Tet in Seattle, producer of the annual Tet Festival at Seattle Center, is receiving a Mayor's Arts Award.
www.tetinseattle.org

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has announced the recipients of the 2011 Mayor's Arts Awards. The Seattle Arts Commission chose six winners from a pool of 300 nominees. The honorees are:

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ART
12:27 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Three-block arts center opening this weekend in downtown Everett

Glass artist Merrilee Moore at working at one of the Hot Shop "glory holes" at Everett's Schack Art Center, which holds its grand opening this weekend.
Schack Art Center

A big chunk of downtown Everett has been transformed into a spanking new arts district that should bring new life to this former lumber mill town.

The Daily Herald reports the new Schack Art Center anchors a three block arts district in the city. It's a multipurpose facility with a sleek, urban feel that will have a kiln and flame working studio, professional and student exhibit spaces and multipurpose classroom.

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Arts & Culture
1:35 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Interview with poet, author and playwright Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou receives the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama, Feb. 15, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
AP Photo

One of America's most prominent living poets is coming to Seattle. Dr. Maya Angelou is the author of a groundbreaking memoire published in 1970, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. It describes how she overcame racism and trauma growing up in the South. 

Dr. Angelou is now 83, and recently received the highest civilian honor in the land, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama. 

KPLU's Bellamy Pailthorp spoke with her and asked, first of all, how she came to write her first work of prose. (Click on the audio "play" arrow at the top of this post to hear KPLU's interview).

Dr. Angelou will speak at Seattle's Paramount Theatre on Monday, March 14th, in an appearance at 7:30 p.m.

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Artscape
12:00 am
Sun August 1, 2010

Artscape: Keeping Jazz in the Family

Ellis Marsalis is joined by his two sons Branford, left, and Wynton, right.
AP

If you love jazz, then you know it's often a family affair. Here's one example: the Heath Brothers Quartet performed this weekend at Jazz Port Townsend, with Jimmy Heath on tenor saxophone and Tootie Heath on drums. Along with their late brother Percy, the Heaths are just one of the great sibling stories in jazz. In this week's installment of our Artscape series, KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick and Nick Morrison discuss more musical families as part of a list that Nick prepared for NPR.

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Artscape
12:00 am
Sun July 25, 2010

Artscape: A Refugee's Journey of Survival and Hope

Anyone who has lived in a refugee camp has had a picture taken of him or her with his or her identification number.
Souchinda Viradet Khampradith, Chakrya Lim, Choy Vong and Sam Ung Courtesy Photo

On April 30th, 1975, the Vietnam War ended. But that was only the beginning for millions of Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians, as they desperately found ways to leave their war torn countries. An account of refugees' struggles and hardships is now on exhibit at Seattle's Wing Luke Museum. This is the story of two refugees who came here to start a new life.

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