Local Art News
T O P S O I L ! Achievements of SOIL Gallery members – in venues locally, nationally and internationally. This issue: JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2014
Comics Alternative Blog Style! Ryan Henry Ward, Maggie Harbaugh and Aliesha Larson! A Brief Look Back Before We MoveForward!
The entry period is now open for the Classical KING FM Young Artist Awards Competition, open to nonprofessional acoustic instrumentalists, vocalists, and chamber groups in two age groups: 6-15 and 16-20. Deadline is April 4. (Rules and entry forms here.)
New this year: winners will be featured on the radio throughout the year both in audio and on the KING FM website with video performances. And as usual, the public gets a say, by being able to watch finalists’ video entries and vote for their favorites.
The 10 finalists will perform together in May on KING FM. A separate prize, the Monika Clowes Memorial Emerging Artist Award, will be awarded by Seattle Chamber Music Society. The panel of eight judges includes James Ehnes, artistic director of the SCMS, and Stilian Kirov, Seattle Symphony associate conductor.
From Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic:
Local actors Zach and Ashley Adair were injured Saturday while crossing a Seattle street, friends and colleagues report. Zac Epstein and others are fundraising to help them in their recovery. The Adairs, married in fall 2011, were featured in a Seattle Times story about acting couples, published in 2010. Some of what Epstein has written about the funding campaign on gofundme.com :
"On January 11th, 2014 Zach and Ashley Adair were struck by a car while crossing the street in a crosswalk on Stone Way in Seattle. Ashley suffered a head injury as well as painful bruising on the left side of her body. Zach suffered a small bleed in his brain and a piece of his skull has been temporarily removed to relieve the pressure. He is currently in the ICU and is predicted to be there for at least a week depending on his progress, although he is conscious. [Ashley is now home recovering after a short stay in the hospital.]
"They were both graduates of Cornish College Of The Arts and enjoy much success as local theater performers in houses such as ArtsWest, Intiman, and others. They recently purchased their first house together in South Seattle and just last week bought a second kitten to fill the extra space."
A benefit show for the Adairs will be performed by local actor-comedian Jennifer Jasper on Jan. 15 at the Rendezvous Room. Details here.
Ego, John Brophy, Brian Despain, Sail Uselessarm and an Amazing Group of Local, National and International Artists Headline Robbie Lowry’s “Unpredictable Gravity” Now, Through March 1st – 2014 at Roq La Rue!
All eyes will be on the big game this weekend.
Or will they?
We know not everyone in the Northwest follows football, so this week's entertainment suggestions have nothing to do with CenturyLink, tailgating or viewing parties. Even if you ARE a Seahawks fan, Sunday looms. So here are five ways to amuse yourself till the next game ... or assuage your sorrows.
TIMBRRR! WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL. Last summer's inaugural Timber Music Festival in Carnation -- a celebration of neo-folk music -- was such a success that presenter Artist Home is producing a winter version, this time in Leavenworth, Wash. Northwest faves The Moondoggies and Hey Marseilles are headliners. Read Owen R. Smith's preview, chain up for the drive over the pass and hit the road.
14/48. Billed as "the world's quickest theater festival" this go-go-go event features 14 plays, conceived, written, designed, scored, rehearsed and performed in 48 hours for two weekends, beginning tonight. It's at ACT Theatre, and details are here.
SEATTLE WEDDING SHOW. If you're half of a happy couple planning nuptials, you may not give a fig about the game this weekend. Saturday would be the perfect time to visit the Washington State Convention Center and browse booths from hundreds of vendors, from florists, to caterers, to formalwear shops and beyond.
BALD EAGLES. America's favorite bird is wintering over in the Skagit Valley. Viewing platforms, on-duty naturalists and special activities run from Concrete, Wash. to Marblemount on Highway 20, every weekend this month. Plan a road trip with the help of Madeline McKenzie's preview story.
OSCAR PREP. Next Thursday, this year's slate of Oscar nominees will be announced. At least three of the titles that will undoubtedly end up on the best picture list are still playing in and around Seattle: "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" (playing in 3D) and "American Hustle." Catch them while you can. Look for Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's Oscar-nominee predictions in this Sunday's newspaper.
GOLDEN GLOBES. While we're talking about movies, don't forget that the Golden Globes -- one of more entertaining awards shows -- will be handed out in Hollywood on Sunday night. The great Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host. Join me and Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald for a live chat during the NBC broadcast, starting at 4:30 on Seattletimes.com.
Hawks fan or not, have a great weekend.
Among all the howlingly funny skits in the Monty Python vault, the "Ministry of Silly Walks" ranks pretty high. And in conjunction with the 5th Avenue Theatre's production of an all-local version of Monty Python's "Spamalot," (Jan. 30-March 2) we invite you, Python fans, to show us your best Silly Walk and win some serious prizes.
Here's how it works:
Scroll below to upload a short video of your silliest walk — 15 seconds max. (For inspiration, go here and watch the original Python “Ministry of Silly Walks” sketch.)
Our staff judges will choose their favorite entries, awarding a grand-prize winner the "Spamalot" VIP experience (4 tickets for opening night, $100 restaurant gift card, access to the Producer's Club at intermission and an invitation to the "Spamalot” post-show cast party). Judges will also award 4 pairs of tickets to the show to the runners-up. Read the full rules here.
Deadline is noon Jan. 27.
Seattle Art Museum has joined the Seahawks mania, announcing that visitors wearing Seahawks gear on Friday receive 2-for-1 admission. Be sure to say "12th Man" at the admissions desk -- though perhaps not as loud as you might at the stadium. Speaking of Seahawks, SAM will turn the "Hammering Man" sculpture into the 12th man. Starting about 4 p.m. on Friday, SAM will project the number 12 onto the 48-foot sculpture, putting a little fun into his endless labors.
Patty Isacson Sabee, acting CEO of Seattle's EMP museum for the past year, has been hired as CEO/director, the museum announced. She has been deputy director of external relations and advancement since 2007; her previous arts leadership experience includes stints as director of development and interim executive director at the Seattle Symphony.
Opening next at EMP: "Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture," on Jan. 25; it features 10 world landmarks (including the Space Needle) all made from jillions of Lego blocks by Dan Parker, a local who is a certified Lego builder. (Ask the Lego-minded in your household who he is. They'll know.)
After more than two decades in business, Seattle gallery Grover/Thurston will close on May 17, co-owner Susan Grover announced in an email. The announcement gives no details other than the closure date. "Our sincere hope is the artwork which has passed through the gallery on its journey will continue to inspire curiosity and appreciation in the years to come," Grover wrote. Grover/Thurston represented such well-recognized artists as Fay Jones, Akio Takamori, Judy Hill, James Lavadour and Francesca Sundsten.
The gallery, established in 1991, moved in 2011 from Occidental Avenue to its smaller, current location at 319 Third Ave. S., the former home of the now-closed Catherine Person Gallery. Co-owner Richard Thurston told The Seattle Times then, "The Seattle art market has changed; how we operate is evolving and we require less space."
The modern Baker Street Boys are about to return to American shores, as the wildly popular BBC series "Sherlock" will air three new episodes on KCTS Channel 9 starting on Jan. 19.
Can't wait? Of course you can't. If you're quick, you can snag a seat at a free preview screening of Episode One, "The Empty Hearse," at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall.
RSVP is required, as seating is limited -- and as you might imagine, a stampede is likely. Fortune will favor the swift. Go here to reserve your seat.
If you're deep into "Downton Abbey," you've probably noticed the name Rebecca Eaton as executive producer in the credits. Eaton, the force behind PBS' "Masterpiece" programming, is a woman of great charm and determination, and makes no bones about her lifelong Anglophilia. She has brought so much great English television to this country to air on PBS' "Masterpiece," we're guessing she has a very special place at the Crawley table, right next to the Dowager Countess.
Tonight Eaton discusses her 25 years of producing "Masterpiece Theatre" and its successors, "Masterpiece Classic" and "Masterpiece Mystery" on "Well Read," the books-and-authors interview program on state public affairs network TVW. It airs at 7 and 10 p.m. on TVW (in Seattle, Comcast channel 23). Eaton's memoir, "Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Masterpiece Mystery" is an utterly fascinating look at the highs and lows of this great series, and a poignant look at the influences and sacrifices that shaped her career as its head.
If you can't watch it on tv, you can watch it here. For more information, here is my Q&A with Eaton that ran in November, where she discusses everything from the hot new "Masterpiece" programs that have given PBS a boost ("Downton Abbey," "Sherlock!", "Mr. Selfridge") to the long-term challenges faced by PBS in the digital age.
New year, new hours for two area museums:
--Bellevue Arts Museum is now open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, and the BAM Museum Store is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Admission is free 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Friday of each month. BAM administrators said that they had received "constant inquiries about new hours that allowed for after-work viewing and shopping." Currently on show:
--White River Valley Museum in Auburn is now open noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, and hours are extended 6-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Admission is free all day on first Thursdays and the third Sunday of each month.