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8:55 am
Sun January 8, 2012

More than Bing Crosby: Spokane's punk rock scene exposed in film

"I wonder what Bing (Crosby) would think about this film. He was a pretty hep cat so he might dig it."

Thirty years ago, Spokane was home to a small, passionate group of punk rockers. Artist David Halsell was part of that scene. (Studded leather jacket. Mohawk. Member of a band that threw up on people).

Now he and several other ex-punk rockers have made a documentary based on interviews with 30 musicians about that alternative music scene in their hometown.

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Artscape
8:54 am
Sun December 25, 2011

Empress hotel adds artist-in-residence to luxury accommodations

"Pastry Chefs," an oil painting in a series of work by Judy McLaren, the artist-in-residence at the Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria, B.C.

The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, B.C., has all the features you’d expect to find in a fancy hotel: luxurious accommodations, fine dining and a spa.

But the city's landmark hotel also has its very own "artist-in-residence." She's painter Judy McLaren, who typically paints commissioned portraits, scenes of the sea as well as landscapes.

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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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Artscape
7:51 am
Sun November 20, 2011

Old-time radio drama fires up the imagination

Gerwin Sturm/Flickr

"You're in a dark room you've never been in before. And it's very late at night."

Larry Albert is casting a spell. Cue up the sound of a creaking building and suddenly, you're transported to a slightly terrifying place.

Albert is one of the behind-the-scenes talents of Jim French's "Imagination Theater," which produces old-time radio dramas.

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Artscape
9:00 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Texas Tenors have their own distinct sound

Illinois Jacquet
William Gottlieb Library of Congress via Flickr

KPLU's Nick Morrison is glad the word "robust" is coming back into common parlance. He says that's the perfect word to describe the Texas Tenor saxophone sound. He's compiled a list of five titans of Texas Tenor.

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Artscape
7:09 am
Sun September 25, 2011

Seattle author looks "Inside the Land of Ballet"

Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers Noelani Pantastico and Lucien Postlewaite in "Romeo and Juliet" by Jean-Christophe Maillot. Mounting the ballet in Seattle was fraught with injuries and all kinds of second-guessing by the PNB dancers.
Photo by Angela Sterling

Stephen Manes has been a TV writer, a children's author and a personal technology columnist for national publications. He's also co-authored a book about Bill Gates.

But he was a total outsider when it came to ballet.

He'd been a patron of Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet. But it wasn't until a behind-the-scenes tour of the company for donors got him thinking: How much do pointe shoes cost? What's it take to mount a season? What's it like to be an artistic director, a dancer, a dance student, a stager, a costumer or a member of the orchestra?

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Artscape
10:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Freehold teaches the art of theater to all who seek it

Amontaine Woods, Carl Kennedy and Christian Jenkins in "The Purification Process" by Malka Lee, performed as part of the 2011 New Play Lab Showcase at Freehold Theatre in Seattle
Scott Maddock

Twenty years ago, a group of like-minded theater folk felt there was something missing in Seattle. There wasn't a lab where actors could take classes and try out new things.

"In New York, people work all the time," says Robin Lynn Smith. "In Los Angeles, you study when you’re not working. Here we wanted to have an opportunity for people to have that option to keep challenging themselves to go further. And then for creating work, we needed a place for experimentation."

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Artscape
8:00 am
Sun September 11, 2011

Prof. Fred revels in the marvel of movies so bad, they're good

Fred and Igor.

Can something be so terrible it’s actually good? Professor Fred Hopkins thinks so.

By day, Hopkins is a lawyer who helps people get out of paying big fines for traffic infractions. But in his spare time he is the enthusiastic host of Movie Marvels, a show that runs once a week on Seattle’s Community College TV channel.

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Artscape
8:45 am
Mon September 5, 2011

On Beacon Hill, a house is both home and public art gallery

Klara Glosova runs NEPO House, an art exhibition space, out of her Beacon Hill home. Her living room is frequently transformed by artists, such as Troy Gua, who show their work.
Photo by Florangela Davila

What if your neighbors turned their house into a public art gallery?

That’s what a few artists are doing in Seattle. There's a house in Ravenna, a house in the Central Area and a studio on Capitol Hill that are all transformed into temporary art venues for an art-craving public.

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Artscape
8:30 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Seattle's Pinata Man creates happiness one whack at a time

The Ninja pinata under construction by pinata maker Alex Lopez. Its destination: a birthday party for a 17-year-old girl.

In Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, Alex Lopez has carved out a reputation as the go-to-guy for making unique piñatas.

Case in point: a 26-foot-long, 7-feet-tall, 6-feet-wide pinata in the shape of a bridge. It dumped 450 pounds of candy.

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Artscape
8:40 am
Sun August 21, 2011

Youth in Focus: A story that lens itself to art

Khatsini Simani is documenting downtown Seattle as part of a summer participant in the Youth in Focus program. The program empowers young people through photography.
Florangela Davila KPLU

A busy street with lots of cars, bikes and people rushing from one place to another. Except for that one person over there with a camera ... and that one over there.

They're students with Seattle's Youth in Focus (YIF) program who are documenting the area around Second Avenue and Cherry in downtown Seattle.

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Artscape
4:32 pm
Sun August 7, 2011

Tulalip cultural center helps maintain tribe's traditions

Tessa Campbell, assistant curator at the Hibulb Cultural Center, sits next to a family tree showing her oldest relatives on census records.
Charla Bear KPLU

Native Americans have struggled to hang onto their cultures for decades. On August 20th, a local tribe will have a new resource to help.

The Tulalips are opening a cultural center on their reservation. It not only shares history the way the tribe sees it, but bridges the past with modern-day life.

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Artscape
9:00 am
Sun July 31, 2011

5 ways to sail away on an 'inner' Caribbean jazz cruise

Get your inner sunshine out and take a Caribbean jazz cruise.
Katie Weilbacher Flickr

With the non-summer we've been having and the fact that a lot of people can't afford to get away, allow us to give you a vacation for your mind.

Think beaches. Sunshine. Frozen drinks. Your soundtrack? Five great musicians who hail from the Caribbean.

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Artscape
8:00 am
Sun July 24, 2011

Book explores the phenomenon that is 'West Side Story'

Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood sing "Tonight" in the 1961 movie version of "West Side Story." The musical and movie are the subjects of a new book, "Something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination" by Misha Berson.
Photofest

When "West Side Story" opened in 1957 on Broadway, the audience's reaction was silence. Followed by applause.

"No Broadway musical ended with these deaths and this very sad young woman walking off the stage with her head bowed. That was just, 'Whoa!'" author Misha Berson explained.

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Artscape
9:00 am
Sun July 17, 2011

Exploring the limits of privacy at Henry's 'The Talent Show'

Stranger (6) 1999 by Shizuka Yokomizo
Shizuka Yokomizo Collection of Leslie Cohan, Minneapolis

The desire to be on the public stage is on display right now at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. It’s called “The Talent Show.” The exhibit raises a lot of questions ranging from how much should we put on display to what happens to our images once they are out there.

It’s easy to forget how much effort went in to trying to be seen by the public eye.

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