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More 'Don Quixote' on Seattle stages

Seattle Times ArtsPage - 8 hours 28 min ago

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes:

Don Quixote is popping up all over Seattle these days.  In addition to current productions of "Man of La Mancha" at Seattle Musical Theatre, and "Don Quixote and Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle" at ACT Theatre (reviews to come this Friday),  soon we'll have a dinner-theater adaptation of the classic Cervantes novel about his travels.

That will be Café Nordo's "Don Nordo del Midwest,” the imaginative origin-story of Chef Nordo as inspired by Cervantes’ fable of a poor and whimsical wanderer who believes he is a gallant knight.  The show (which will likely include a creative spin on Spanish cuisine)  will inaugurate the company's much anticipated new venue, located in a portion of the Elliott Bay Book Company's former digs in Pioneer Square.  "Don Nordo" will open Nov. 13 (previews beginning Nov. 6). Tickets go on sale to the general public on Oct. 15.  More on Café Nordo:  www.cafenordo.com

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PNB principal Carla Körbes announces retirement

Seattle Times ArtsPage - 9 hours 45 min ago

A very sad surprise today for fans of Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes, who announced today that she is retiring at the end of the 2014-2015 season.  Körbes, who is in her early 30s, explained her decision in a statement to this morning:

"I have had unforgettable moments with Pacific Northwest Ballet,” said Ms. Körbes regarding her decision. “I am thankful and honored to have shared the stage with all the dancers at PNB and have had the opportunity to work with such a generous staff. At this moment I am ready to start a new phase in my life. My body is ready to move on, so I need to respect that. Ballet has been my life, so I hope to continue to explore the art form in new ways and try new artistic endeavors."

Körbes, a native of Brazil, joined PNB in 2005 after nine years in New York, as a student at the School of American Ballet and a New York City Ballet company member. A dancer of rare dramatic power and incandescent grace, she has lit up the stage in countless performances, both story ballets ("Swan Lake," "Romeo et Juliette," "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty") and abstract (just a few: "Kiss," "Concerto Barocco," "Concerto DSCH," and the "Diamonds" pas de deux in George Balanchine's "Jewels," which she'll perform next weekend). It's been a dazzling career, but one plagued by injuries -- most recently, last season she was unable to perform for several months. She's scheduled to dance through the rest of this season, and will be featured in a tribute performance June 7. Watch her while you still can; she's a joy.

Carla Körbes in rehearsal, photographed by Angela Sterling (courtesy of PNB).

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The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life

Crosscut Arts - 15 hours 10 min ago
Chorus Line at 5th Avenue Theater, Spectrum Dance does LOVE in the park, La Roux at Showbox Market, Meshell Ndegeocello at Triple Door and Hot-Pot Dinners marks one-year anniversary
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Playwright Samuel D. Hunter named MacArthur fellow

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:43pm

From Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic:

Playwright Samuel D. Hunter, who has close ties to several local theater organizations, has received a coveted MacArthur Foundation Award (often referred to as a "genius" grant).

Honored for  "refreshing traditional templates to create distinctive and innovative work in theater," the New York-based Hunter is an Idaho native whose recent play, "A Great Wilderness" was developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, where it was given its world premiere in January 2014.

An earlier Hunter drama, "The Whale," was workshopped in 2011 by Icicle Creek Play Festival in Leavenworth, Wash., and had staged readings there and at ACT Theatre.

A recurring theme in Hunter's sensitive, searching and unsparingly candid plays: the plight of misfit residents of the American West whose desires for meaning and belonging have not been fulfilled, and how they compensate for their social isolation and rejection.

The MacArthur honor comes with a $625,000 grant, with no strings attached.

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R.I.P. Carolyn Keim, ACT Theatre costume shop director

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:21pm

From Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic:

For three decades, if you were a performer in an ACT Theatre show your probably entered the special realm of Carolyn Keim.

Ms. Keim, who died at age 62 in Seattle on Sept. 10 after a long illness, was the respected and beloved longtime director of ACT's busy costume shop.  And while she was the overseer of hundreds, probably thousands of outfits in ACT productions, she was also a gifted designer herself whose vivid costumes graced shows at various Puget Sound theaters.

Her clothing always suited the occasion and astutely served the production.  Some of her standout designs for me included her work in ACT's staging of  "Dirty Blonde," for which Keim conjured the elaborately sexy costumes sported by the character of Mae West , and her garb for some 50 characters over five generations in "Handing Down the Names."  For Alice B. Theatre, she provided fashionable safari togs in "Why We Have a Body."  And she handsomely clothed Sherlock Holmes and company in Village Theatre's "The Mask of Moriarity."

Born in Whittier, Calif., Ms. Keim acted as a youth but later switched to costume creation.  She met her life partner Connie Rinchiuso while toiling  in the University of Montana costume shop.  In 1980 they moved to Seattle, to work together at ACT, where Connie is still on staff.  The couple married last April.

After developing acute pulmonary disease eight years ago Ms. Keim received a life-extending double lung transplant at UW Medical Center. She encouraged friends to become organ donors, and remembrances can be made in her name to the University of Washington Lung Transplantation Program, as well as ACT Theatre.

Ms. Keim is survived by her wife Connie, as well as her two brothers and extended family.  A celebration will be held in her honor at a later date.

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Eastside news: Stroum Center cultural arts lineup

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:58pm

The Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island has announced its fall lineup of cultural arts events -- music, film and a night with both:

--Mezcla: Jazz All-Stars from Cuba: 5 p.m. Sept. 21: a night of culture and music from the Caribbean island.

--"The Zigzag Kid" and "B-boy": 3 p.m. Oct. 12: two films. "Zigzag" stars Isabella Rossellini; "B-boy" is a previous Seattle Jewish Film Festival Audience Choice Award winner.

--"The Jewish Cardinal": 7 p.m. Oct. 29: The true story of  French clergyman Jean-Marie Lustiger, who  maintained his Jewish identity even after converting to Catholicism as a teen.

--Nissim: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3: The Seattle performer/producer will be joined by Rabbi Simon Benzaquen, Rabbi Emeritus at Sephardic Bikur Holim in Seattle, in a unique team known as “the rabbi and the rapper.”

--Flory's Flame and Legacy: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6: Co-presented by the Sephardic Studies Program of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington for International Ladino Day, Flory Jagorda's program includes a screening of a documentary about her life, and a concert weaving together Sephardic traditions.

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Town Music season ready at Town Hall

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:11am

It looks like cellist/curator Joshua Roman will be delivering some tasty new-music goods for the 2014-15 Town Music season. Roman himself performs Sept. 23 with two fellow string players and a pianist in an evening of piano quartets by Brahms, Sharlat and Andres.

NOW Ensemble, with its mix of electronica and classical influences and unusual instrumental line-up (flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, piano), follows on Nov. 5.

Third Coast Percussion, based in Chicago, gets the New Year off with a bang on Jan. 12 with works by Cage and others.

On March 25, Deviant Septet will match Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” with conductor-composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s response to it, “Catch and Release.” The season closes June 27 with John Adams’ magnificent “Shaker Loops” in its string-orchestra version.

Series tickets are $85 general audiences, $80 for Town Hall members. Single tickets run $10-$25, with some day-of-show $5 Teen Tix available. Go to www.townhallseattle.org for more information.

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A Compelling Exploration of Captive and Captor

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:03pm
The Invisible Hand ACT Theatre, through September 28 By Alice Kaderlan Ayad Akhtar has done something remarkable in his beautifully crafted thriller The Invisible Hand. He has seamlessly woven together a political and personal drama in which both elements share equal weight and equal power. The play is the story of an American (Nick) held […]
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9/14/14 – New Comics from Kassandra Davis!!! Life on the Edge Continues!

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 8:47pm
“Freaks” “The Difference” ____________________________________________________________________________ (More comics by Kassandra Davis) (Mockery and Vodka.com) ___________________________________________________________________
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A “Godot” Worth Waiting For

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 5:30pm
Waiting for Godot Seattle Shakespeare Company, through September 21, Falls Theatre at ACT By Alice Kaderlan “Waiting for Godot” is one of those plays whose premise you probably know even if you’ve never seen a production. The hobos Estragon (Gogo) and Vladimir (Didi) wait interminably in a desolate landscape for a man named Godot who […]
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Join our chat: Where to find the best fall book

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 5:41pm

At noon Tuesday, Sept. 16, Seattle Times books editor Mary Ann Gwinn and David Wright, reader services librarian for the Seattle Public Library, will chat live with readers. Mary Ann will answer questions about upcoming fall books (or any books, for that matter). Wright’s specialty:  if you tell him the last book you read and enjoyed, he can recommend the NEXT book you’re going to want to read.

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Cheap fare to the fair? Yes, please

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:00am

Raise your hand if you WANT to sit in weekend traffic on I-5 and then wind over to the Washington State Fair That Used to Be Called the Puyallup and then pay to park and then walk and then collapse. Yeah, we didn't think so.

We at ArtsPage HQ (we a love a good fair) are excited to learn that the Sounder is offering a buy-in-advance-and-save plan for weekend fairgoers. You can purchase a ticket package that lets you catch the Sounder train, ride it to Puyallup, get on a free shuttle to the grounds and use discounted admission tickets at the gate to enjoy the fair.

The deal is only good on 2 Saturdays: Sept. 13 and 20. You must purchase the whole shebang ahead of time to get the discount. Go here for the details and prices.

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Weekend preview: 5 festivals and a highbrow-arty thing

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:05am

With weather like this, we're in no rush to go indoors. So ArtsPage HQ brings you a list of five festivals that start or continue this weekend.

Still, it is the official start of the fall arts season. Consider kicking it off Saturday night at Seattle Symphony's season-opening concert and party. Don't forget to dress up!

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Homeless in Seattle ‎STREET HEART PROJECT Friday September 12th-Featuring Art by Ryan “Henry” Ward!

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:05am
Homeless in Seattle‎STREET HEART PROJECT   Please JOIN US this Friday, I guarantee you will find a new friend! Maybe you’ll even find a new piece of beautiful original art for your home; one that will become a conversation piece, creating a comfortable place for friends and family to discuss the important human issue of […]
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Authors David Laskin and Daniel James Brown, plus where to find the best fall book

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:16pm


The fall literary season is heating up, and events next Monday and Tuesday offer face time, in person and online, with people who love to talk about books:

*At 7 p.m. Monday at Seattle Public Library’s downtown branch, two of Seattle’s finest authors – David Laskin, author of “The Family,” and Daniel James Brown, author of “The Boys in the Boat,” will talk about the craft of narrative nonfiction, in conversation with Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn. This event is free - for more information go to spl.org or call 206-386-4636.

*At noon Tuesday Seattle Times books editor Mary Ann Gwinn and David Wright, reader services librarian for the Seattle Public Library, will do a live chat with readers on seattletimes.com.  I can answer questions about upcoming fall books (or any books, for that matter). Wright’s specialty:  if you tell him the last book you read and enjoyed, he can recommend the NEXT book you’re going to want to read.


If you have a question you’d like to submit before hand, e-mail Mary Ann at mgwinn@seattletimes.com. Or just join in at noon Tuesday on seattletimes.com.


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Seattle Fringe Festival offers 22 inexpensive shows

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:30pm

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson reports:

As if the Seattle theater calendar wasn't already crammed to the gills, here comes the Seattle Fringe Festival with 88 performances of 22 shows.  Performances take place at several Capitol Hill venues (Annex Theatre, NW Film Forum, Eclectic Theatre and the new Calamus Auditorium at Gay City Arts) from Sept. 17-21.

As with most fringe extravaganzas, the theatrical fare ranges widely, from Shakespeare to sci-fi to mini-musicals, short-short plays and one person shows.  There will be an array of touring companies, from Portland; Los Angeles; Lafayette, Colo.; and New York, along with new works by numerous Seattle theater artists, including the troupes Radial Theatre, Playwright's Muse, Studio4Seattle and Cirque Macabre.

Multishow attendance is encouraged:  Every performance runs an hour or less, the theaters are within walking distance of each other, and tickets are just $10 a pop.

Details and a full schedule:  http://seattlefringefestival.org/

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Ralph Pugay is the 2014 Bowen Award winner

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:38pm

Portland-based painter Ralph Pugay is the winner of the 2014 Betty Bowen Award, the Seattle Art Museum has announced. Pugay will receive $15,000 and some of his work will be on view at SAM beginning Oct. 16. Pugay is the current recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission Indivual Artist Fellowship.

Also honored: Seattle artists Gretchen Frances Bennett, with the Special Recognition Award of $2,500, and NEPO House founder Klara Glosova, with the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award of $2,500. All three will receive their awards officially (in front of people!) at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at SAM. The ceremony and reception are free and open to all.

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The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life

Crosscut Arts - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:24am
"Angels in America": A cast that soars. Gastropod channels Mandalay Cafe. Interpol does the Paramount (musically).
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3 Washington artists who tore up Burning Man 2014

Crosscut Arts - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:16am
The community, the desert, the art. Meet three Washington state creatives who shaped the Playa this year.
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Urban Light Studios “SCI-FI Collaborative Art Show” + Twin Peaks Closing Ceremony – Sep 12th 6-10p!

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:15am
URBAN LIGHT STUDIOS presents “SCI-FI Collaborative Art Show” To Boldly Go Where The Force Is With You Casey Brookbush and Derek Ross combined their painting skills into an incredibly unique collaborative collection of electronic, SCI-FI theme industrial art pieces + Closing Ceremony of “Between Two Worlds, Fire Walk With Me”" Your last chance to see […]
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