Local Art News
Usually, we try to tie our weekend-preview lists together with a theme, but this week, we admit, we're all over the place. You like beer and pizza? Check. You got kids? Check. You like the outdoors ... movies ... haunted houses? Check, check and check.
The next few days are shaping up to be a blast, rain or no rain. Add your suggestions to the comments thread for other readers, and have a great weekend.
A rainy October weekend is a great time to enjoy cider (or pumpkin beer), doughnuts....maybe a little early Halloween candy? Protect your molars and partake in some of the ear candy happening Oct. 24-26.
My Brother unburies the muddied toys of the past or an “If-god-can-kill-such-a-cute-thing-as-this-I-don’t-stand-a-chance, type of thing.”
Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson reports:
Sound Theatre was named local theater of the year on Monday night, at the annual Gregory Awards.
Produced by Theatre Puget Sound, a networking and service organization for the region's theater community, Monday's Moore Theatre ceremony brought together performers, designers, technicians, managers and others involved in the bountiful local scene, for a raucous party, pep rally and awards gala honoring excellence in Seattle area theater during the 2013-14 season.
The big winner of the year was Sound Theatre, an enterprising, low-budget fringe company which won Gregorys for outstanding supporting actor in a play (Ray Tagavilla, for "A Small Fire"), outstanding actress in a musical (Allison Standley, "The Wild Party") and best musical production ("The Wild Party"), in addition to the theater of the year prize.
Book-It Repertory Theatre was honored for outstanding play production ("The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay"), and outstanding direction (Kelly Kitchens, "She's Come Undone"). And "Black Like Us" by Rachel Atkins, produced by Annex and Brownbox theatres, won the top new play award.
Seattle Repertory Theatre was recognized for the scenic design (by L.B. Morse) and sound/music design (Paul James Prendergast) in "The Hound of the Baskervilles," and for lead male and female performances in a play (R. Hamilton Wright and Pamela Reed, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?").
Achievements at Village Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Printer's Devil Theatre were also honored.
Theater Schmeater managing director Richard Huston and artistic director Doug Staley received the Melissa Hines Annual Impact Award, for their yeoman efforts in locating and creating a new Belltown home for the hardy fringe company. The 2014 Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award went Joyce Degenfelder, a respected wigmaker who has produced hundreds of wigs for Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet and many other arts organizations.
The 2014 Gregorys were chosen by members of Theatre Puget Sound, who cast votes from a slate of nominations. The nominations were based on the tabulated scores of a large group of nominators, sent out to review dozens of local productions. A complete list of this year's winners is here: gregoryawards.com.
Pass this along to everyone you know! Retitled after a post on Kirsten Anderson’s Facebook–It’s time for our long simmering artists to take over and fuck shit up. Do it! Kill this new city with awesome raw beauty.
We know you're creative. We know you'll have beautifully carved (or painted!) pumpkins on your doorstep this month. So, show them off!
Need some inspiration? See our 2013 submissions.
ARTS NEWS: Announcing new “Seattle Presents” gallery / Clyde Petersen’s “Empire Building” exhibition
La Sala – Están todos invitados! – You are all invited! — South Park Neighborhood Center on October 23, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Latino…err Mexican…err Chicano, or what have you–Part 1. (Warning graphic speech and imagery)
Looking over the results of our recent TV poll about new and returning shows, it was apparent that crime scored big. Poll voters simply love their crime shows -- and James Spader, apparently. ("The Blacklist" beat out "The Walking Dead" by one single vote.) A lot of viewers discovered Spader and his FBI fugitive drama "The Blacklist" over the summer and it led the pack of favorite returning shows at No. 1. AMC's wildly popular zombie-drama "The Walking Dead" came in at No. 2, with "The Big Bang Theory," "The Good Wife," "NCIS," "Parenthood," "Homeland," "Once Upon a Time" "The Amazing Race" and "Person of Interest" filling out the top 10.
Fox's moody crime-drama/"Batman" prequel, "Gotham," swept the top spot in the category of "most promising" new shows. The Tea Leoni political drama "Madam Secretary" came in at No. 2, with "NCIS: New Orleans," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Scorpion," "The Flash," "Black-ish," "Red Band Society," "Forever" and "Gracepoint" completing the top 10.
Reader feedback included a nice email in praise of the funny sketch comedy of "Key & Peele," and a query about why "Justified" wasn't on the list. The FX drama returns for its final season in January.
Thanks for participating, and now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
From listings coordinator and TV Picks guy Doug Knoop:
Scarecrow Video is celebrating its grand re-opening as a nonprofit rental store and archive with a celebration from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 (which also happens to be the 4th Annual International Video Store Day - who knew?).
The event will include 50% off all Criterion titles, "Geeks Who Drink" video trivia rounds, music, prizes and giveaways. Info: scarecrow.com
From Misha Berson, theater critic:
The theatrical news website playbill.com has reported that Tony Award-winning actor Christian Borle ("Peter and the Starcatcher," "Smash") played the character of Shakespeare in a private industry workshop of the new musical "Something Rotten!" held recently in New York City.
"Something Rotten!" is set in the sphere of Elizabethan drama and will have its world premiere next spring at the 5th Avenue Theatre under the direction of Casey Nicholaw ("Aladdin," "The Book of Mormon"). The New York workshop ensemble also included Tony nominees Brian d'Arcy James ("Shrek") and John Cariani (who play young playwright rivals of Shakespeare), well as Seattle performers Allen Fitzpatrick, Jeff Steitzer and Taryn Darr.
When contacted for comment, 5th Avenue Theatre publicist Bridget Summers said she could not confirm who would appear in the Seattle run of the show (April 29-May 24, 2015). She said casting had not yet been established, and will be announced at a later date.
From theater critic Misha Berson:
It's not like sitting in an audience, breathing the same air as the actors and watching them close-up and personal. But the ongoing series of filmed live productions from London, screened at SIFF in Seattle and Landmark theaters, are the second-best thing. And they give you access to some thrilling performances by Britain's finest stage actors under leading directors, without the cost of an international airline ticket.
Coming attractions in the near future are very enticing.
SIFF Cinema's Stage to Screen series is showing an acclaimed National Theatre version of the Euripides classic "Medea" with Helen McCrory (yes, she did "Harry Potter" films too) in the title role, through Oct.16. The wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch alternates with Jonny Lee Miller in the roles of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, in an encore showing of National Theatre's "Frankenstein," Oct. 31-Nov. 2. And those of us who can't get enough of Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan will have the treat of watching them together as estranged lovers in David Hare's "Skylight," a Broadway-bound National Theatre hit. (Nov. 7-13).
Landmark's Guild 45th will be screening more Bard of Avon productions from the Shakespeare's Globe on Screen Series. From this London theater, a replica of the playhouse where may of the Bard's works were first staged, next comes "The Tempest" (Oct. 28); "Macbeth" (Nov. 11); and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Dec. 4).