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'Well Read' books and authors television show launches fourth season

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:04pm


"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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A Tiresome “Vanya” and Family at ACT

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:41am
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike ACT Theatre, through November 16, 2014 By Alice Kaderlan We are a nation of fads. There are fads in clothing, hairstyles, food, cars and pets. There are also fads in theater and Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is the perfect example of a mediocre […]
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Readers share their love for pets in photos and videos

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:54am

Does your favorite pal have a grin that makes others smile? Or maybe eyes that mesmerize? Show us your pet’s special qualities or talents. Upload pictures and short videos of your dog, cat, horse or other pet.

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Related: Find stories and other features on the Pets page.

Other photo galleries of pets

Readers pets, October 2013-14: Pug vs. T-Rex, Chone the Sheep, Bikini Thief and more

Who's your buddy? Selfies of readers with their pets

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

Crosscut Arts - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:03pm
ACT's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." Charles D’Ambrosio at Elliott Bay. Moth StorySlam at St. Mark's. Method Man and Redman and Deltron 3030 do Showbox Market.
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Book-It Rep hires new manager

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:43pm

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.

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KRABJAB Halloween! Be there!

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 7:54pm
Halloween Events at Krab Jab! Halloween Events: Allen Williams Signing October 25th By Flame,  Graphite, Allen Williams Master illustrator and October artist Allen Williams will be in town and at the gallery to sign his “Personal Demons” books (available at Krab Jab Studio) as well as prints and Magic: The Gathering cards. Seattle fans can finally […]
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A Flamenco Interpretation of Greek Tragedy

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 8:44am
Antigona World premiere, UW World Series, Meany Hall, through October 25 By Alice Kaderlan I have to be honest. I am not a great fan of flamenco; for me, a little goes a long way. I find the raspy singing in particular grating after a while. I can tolerate the dancing a little longer but […]
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Weekend preview: Beer, pizza, movies, more

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:56am

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.

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5 things to do this weekend for classical fans

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:27pm

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.

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

Crosscut Arts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:38pm
Flamenca at Meany. Delta does the Neptune. Seattle Women's Chorus howls at the moon from St. Mark's Cathedral. Irish Reels Film Festival at SIFF. And Lit Crawl's happening all over town.
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A Surprise Miss at Teatro ZinZanni

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:48am
Hacienda Holiday Teatro ZinZanni, through January 31, 2015 By Alice Kaderlan Over the years I’ve seen most of the productions at Teatro ZinZanni and each show has its own particular appeal. But without a charismatic emcee, the productions sometimes fall flat, which is the case with the current “Hacienda Holiday.” The story line of “Hacienda […]
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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 PI Arts Listings - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:18pm
Last week, I wrote a little bit about the mechanics of growing up Mexican, but I did not grow up in isolation–Family is a shared set of stories–a familiar set of vantage points filmed by several different cameras.  It is also those moments spent alone–wherein your experience is completely your own.  D. Alexis Lopez often […]
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The 2014 Gregory Awards: Sound Theatre wins big

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:01pm

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.




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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.

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:09pm
I have updated this article after a truly inspiring post on Roq La Rue owner 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.” Seattle is our city.  It belongs to all of us.  Here I have […]
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Readers, show us your Halloween pumpkins

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:37pm

We know you're creative. We know you'll have beautifully carved (or painted!) pumpkins on your doorstep this month. So, show them off!


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SEASON to exhibit at Exchange Rates Bushwick October 23-26

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:14am
Exchange Rates Conceived and produced by arts organizations helmed by artists and curators in Bushwick, Brooklyn and London, England, Exchange Rates—known also in this inaugural iteration as The Bushwick Expo—is an international exposition of artworks and curatorial programs in which host spaces in one art community open their doors and share their walls with kindred […]
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ARTS NEWS: Announcing new “Seattle Presents” gallery / Clyde Petersen’s “Empire Building” exhibition

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:56am
City of Seattle Edward B. Murray, Mayor ___________________________________________________   Office of Arts & Culture                           Randy Engstrom, Director NEWS RELEASE   For Immediate Release Contact:                Calandra Childers, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, (206) 684-7306   Announcing new “Seattle Presents” gallery in Seattle Municipal Tower Inaugural exhibition features Seattle-based filmmaker, animator and musician Clyde Petersen’s “Empire […]
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You’re Invited to Community Night Out – October 30th at SAM!

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:25am
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM ASIAN ART MUSEUM OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK Public and family programs                 STEP OUT TO SAM! Oct 30, 6 – 9 pm Seattle Art Museum Learn More » Community Night Out: Día de los Muertos Experience a night of culture inspired by art and tradition from all over the globe! […]
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La Sala – Están todos invitados! – You are all invited! — South Park Neighborhood Center on October 23, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:12am
Hola! La Sala and the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) are excited to be working together to produce a collaborative project by artists Michelle de la Vega and Jovino Santos Neto called plex.us. On October 1st, composer Jovino Santos Neto and visual artist Michelle de la Vega began work on their collaboration as part of the Center […]
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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Latino…err Mexican…err Chicano, or what have you–Part 1. (Warning graphic speech and imagery)

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:54pm
This has been an interesting month.  On October 30th, Ryan and I will be “Live Painting” for the Dia de los Muertos celebration, recently we were both invited to the Seattle Latino Film Festival opening gala as guests, current issues in the news and a few other things have made issues of race come to […]
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