Local Art News
"Well Read," a Seattle-based books and authors interview show that airs in 83 percent of the television markets in the U.S., launches its fourth season next week. The new season kicks off with public radio personality Tavis Smiley discussing his new book "Death of a King," the story of the last year in Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, followed by upcoming interviews with Jodi Picoult, Jane Smiley, James McBride, Marlon James, David Mitchell, Louise Penny, Anne Lamott, William Gibson and many others.
"Well Read" recently reached a milestone by taping its 100th episode. It has forged new partnerships with two of the country's most respected literary organizations - the American Library Association and the American Booksellers' Association, which will provide enhanced content both for viewers of the television show and for visitors to the new web site, WellRead.org.
Well Read is hosted by Terry Tazioli, former Seattle Times editor and veteran television journalist. Mary Ann Gwinn (that's me) is the co-host - I'm the Seattle Times book editor, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and board member of the National Book Critics Circle. Terry interviews the author, and I follow up with reading recommendations.
Well Read is distributed nationally by American Public Television, airing each week on public television's WORLD channel. Locally, you can see it on TVW, Washington state's public affairs network, at 7 and 10 p.m. on Tuesdays (Comcast channel 23) , with repeats throughout the week. UWTV (Comcast channel 27) airs "Well Read" at 10 a.m. Wednesdays.
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Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes:
The board of directors of Book-It Repertory Theatre has announced that Daniel Mayer has been hired as the new managing director of the Seattle drama company, effective Oct. 29.
Mayer is the former executive director of Kirkland Performance Center, a post he held from 2008 to 2014, and has 15 years of experience leading arts groups. He is replacing acting manager and Book-It's ongoing co-artistic director Myra Platt, who stepped into the administrative role this summer after the departure of former manager Charlotte Tiencken.
Book-It is currently celebrating its 25th season of producing faithful stage adaptations of literary fictions. More information: www.book-it.org.
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.