Artscape

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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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon August 13, 2012

The record – it's more than just vinyl

Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery

There are so many ways we can listen to music. Usually the easiest these days is playing tunes on a digital gadget such as a phone or laptop. It wasn’t that long ago when we had to make a trip to the local record store to stock up on the latest hits.

The current exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery, The Record: Contemporary Art And Vinyl, shows how the flat black disk and the sleeve that holds can do so much more than just play music.

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Artscape
4:50 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Intiman's new summer festival means bold and crazy busy for local actors

Timothy McCuen Piggee as Judge Brack in "Hedda Gabler," part of Intiman Theatre's Summer festival
Chris Bennion

After running out of money and shutting down last year, Intiman Theatre is back with a groundbreaking summer festival.

"Groundbreaking" because the theater has a new repertory format: a cast of 17 actors -- Intiman's Class of 2012 -- staffing all four summer productions.

For audiences, that means a chance to see an actor stretch in various roles: "Romeo and Juliet" one day; a drag queen take on Helen Keller the next.

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Artscape
5:03 am
Sun July 15, 2012

John Cage: a great of the musical avant-garde, with Seattle roots

The prepared piano in the lobby of the Cologne Philharmonic - an installation honoring John Cage's centennial as part of the Acht Bruecken festival of new music. Cage invented the prepared piano while in Seattle.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Many experts call him the greatest iconoclast of 20th-century music.

The avant-garde composer John Cage is perhaps best known for his pioneering use of silence in music. He also broke ground with the use of everyday objects as instruments, electronics and chance in composition.

He was born in California and died in New York. But some of his most formative years took place in Seattle.

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Artscape
5:27 am
Mon July 9, 2012

In Seattle's International District, celebrating the Higo Variety Store

Masako (left) and Ayako Murakami in their Higo Variety Store.
Dean Wong

An old five-and dime store that helped Seattle's Japanese community rebuild itself after World War II is being celebrated in a new way: in a permanent exhibit by the Wing Luke Museum in a local gift shop/art gallery.

The exhibit features a variety of old store merchandise from a business that lasted 96 years. There's also an assortment of personal items from two generations of the Japanese-American Murakami family.

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Artscape
5:30 am
Mon July 2, 2012

At the Seattle Art Museum: Australian Aboriginal art

"Wilkinkarra (09.003) 2007" by Mitjili Napanangka Gibson. Promised gift of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan, T2011.55.2

A new exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum invites us to experience Australia like we never have before: through the eyes of Aboriginal artists whose culture is considered to be one of the oldest in the world.

More than 100 paintings, sculptures and photographs are featured in this first-of-its kind show on the West Coast. The exhibit is called "Ancestral Modern," a title that relates to the fact that Aboriginal culture is at least 50,000 years old but the artwork on display is no more than 40 years old.

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Artscape
4:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Grassroots politics in Seattle hits the big screens

A political tale of the little guy going up against the establishment that happened in Seattle more than a decade ago is now on the big screen in movie theaters.

The film Grassroots tells the mostly true story about former monorail champion Grant Cogswell running against incumbent Richard McIver for a seat on the Seattle City Council in 2001.

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Artscape
4:44 am
Mon June 18, 2012

At ACT, an edgy and provocative production about inmates

Ray Tagavilla (l) as a prison guard and Dumi as Lucius Jenkins in Azeotrope's production of "Jesus Hopped the A Train" at Seattle's ACT Theatre.
Jessica Martin

On stage at ACT Theater is a play about two inmates and their different outlooks on life. One man is on Death Row and has found God. The other is facing attempted murder charges and has lost faith.

The play is called "Jesus Hopped the A Train." It was written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and world premiered in New York in 2000.

Now it's in Seattle, in a production by a Seattle company called Azeotrope that thrives on material that's edgy and provocative.

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon June 11, 2012

LeMay Car Museum displays history and art of autos

Hood ornament at the new LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma.
Katherine Banwell KPLU

The new LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma is a dream come true for car lovers. But it’s also worth a visit if you’re into art. The color and shape of the vehicles is a feast for the eyes, and there’s art history too, if you consider such things as hood ornaments and how they’ve changed over time.

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Artscape
5:11 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Khambatta Dance looks at where gestures come from

Siamak Poursabahian

Where do gestures come from? Is it nature or nuture...or just from our own imagination?

Khambatta Dance Company explores these questions in performances this week at the Seattle International Dance Festival/Beyond the Threshold. In a work called "India Calling," the Seattle-based company looks at the gestures we've inherited from our parents.

The piece, for five dancers who wear red costumes, includes live monologues and videotaped interviews of people telling stories about gestures.

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Artscape
5:02 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Now playing at Teatro Zinzanni: a Latino-themed 'Caliente' show

Mark Kitaoka

Teatro Zinzanni, which has been around since 1998, serves up a different kind of dinner theater. Acrobatics as an appetizer. A contortionist with your crudite.

Housed in a red-and-yellow antique mirrored spiegeltent, Zinzanni delivers shows served alongside a five-course meal. The waiters dance. The audience participates. The concept started in Seattle and it was so successful, Zinzanni now also has shows at a venue in San Francisco.

But the show now playing is a first for the venue and it's also more personal for the star performers.

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Artscape
5:02 am
Mon May 21, 2012

At SIFF, local film "Eden" spins a true tale of sex trafficking

Jamie Chung plays a Korean-American teen kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery in the movie "Eden."
Sean Porter

The film "Eden" tells the story of human trafficking through the tale of a Korean American teen in New Mexico. It's part horror film and part survivor's tale and it's based on a true story.

It's Seattle director Megan Griffith's third feature film.  And it's a project she was drawn to because of the actual narrative:

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Artscape
4:58 am
Mon May 14, 2012

At Seattle Opera, "Madama Butterfly" features a 39-pound non-diva

Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio San and Gabriella Mercado as her son in Seattle Opera's "Madama Butterfly."
Elise Bakketun

"Madama Butterfly” is a story about love, heartbreak and sacrifice and it’s beloved by opera fans worldwide.

It’s the current production at Seattle Opera. The cast features superstar soprano Patricia Racette, who has played the role at least 100 times, including at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Getting creative with a very small space

Julie Alpert's Zigzags, Stripes and Shadows
Jennifer Wing KPLU

A tiny space with big ideas. This is the motto of the Telephone Room in Tacoma. It claims to be one of the smallest places in the world where artists display their work.

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Artscape
4:42 am
Mon April 23, 2012

At Seattle's Balagan Theatre, a rock musical about the trials of teendom

Bryan Gula, center, and cast sing "The Bitch of Living" in Balagan Theatre's production of "Spring Awakening."
Pamela M. Campi Photography

Three months after a sell-out run, “Spring Awakening” is back in a production at  Seattle’s Balagan Theatre.

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