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Dinaw Mengestu's novel of love, revolution and loneliness

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:00pm

I read a lot of books, but some stick with me more than others. Dinaw Mengestu's "All Our Names" has an enduring place on my mental bookshelf - it's a haunting novel of an African man swept into a revolution and an American social worker who tries to help him when he shows up, identity-less, in 1970s America.

Mengestu, of Ethiopian heritage, is one of a number of young writers of African heritage who now live in America. They are producing brilliant books that illuminate life for the people of the African diaspora. He appears tonight on "Well Read," the books and authors interview program on state public affairs network TVW. It airs at 7 and 10 p.m. (in Seattle, Comcast channel 23).  The episode will replay throughout this week. Or you can watch it here.

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New look for SAM's site

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:45pm

Seattle Art Museum's new website design is open to the public, the museum has just announced. Gone: the turquoise background; the long columns of stuff; and and the small images. Now: Maps, visitor info and events are easy to find. Visuals are big and so is the type. Videos are hanging out.

SAM worked with Hornall Anderson, a Seattle agency, on the design. The site is driven by Microsoft's SharePoint Server 2013. “We tried to thread the needle of a design that was visually confident and yet, in total service of the art," said Nick Thiel, Hornall Anderson design director, in a news release.

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Byrd Ensemble off to London

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:22pm

Seattle Symphony players are not the only local musicians invited out of town. The Byrd Ensemble, led by Markdavin Obenza, is one of just 16 choirs in the world selected for the London International A Cappella Choir Competition (April 21-26), and the only one from the U.S. The winning choir will receive 3,000 pounds (a little over $5,000 U.S. at this writing). Judges include Tallis Scholars director Peter Phillips, composer John Rutter and James O'Donnell, director of music at Westminster Abbey. But wait, there's more  -- the competition takes place at St. John's, Smith Square, a Thomas Archer-designed church leveled during the Blitz but restored to its English Baroque glory in the 1960s.


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Today! expand(art) / a conversation – Sandra Jackson-Dumont gathers an amazing group to discuss the changing face of art in Seattle

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:33am
Trouble viewing this email? CLICK HERE join us: expand(art) | a conversation Tuesday, April 15 | 5pmArt space in Seattle is changing: DIY setups in living rooms; bars and cafes converted to exhibition space; combining music, dance, and performance to draw in new audiences; and more ideas are springing up all over our city. From […]
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Local ties in the Pulitzer news: 'Become Ocean,' Jen Graves

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:10pm

The Pulitzer Prizes, given each year for excellence in journalism as well as arts and letters, have just been announced to the lucky crowd gathered in New York City.  A couple of local connections sprung up amid the prizes:

--The Pulitzer Prize for music went to Alaska composer John Luther Adams for his work "Become Ocean," which the Seattle Symphony premiered on June 20, 2013. The SSO will also perform the work next month at Carnegie Hall, as part of the Spring for Music festival. The citation describes it as a "haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels."

-- Jen Graves, visual-art critic for the alternative newspaper The Stranger, was named a finalist in the criticism category "for her visual arts criticism that, with elegant and vivid description, informs readers about how to look at the complexities of contemporary art and the world in which it’s made."

--Another winner of note: Donna Tartt's novel "The Goldfinch" is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction; Tartt visited Seattle in October, and our review of the book is here.



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A little bit of a meander as I ponder the Selection of Ann Hamilton for the Waterfront Seattle public piers project. (Repost)

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 2:02am
still life | 1988 Honestly, I have been a fan of Ann Hamilton’s work since I was an undergrad at good, old, UNR–so many years ago.  So it was really awesome for me to hear that Seattle has chosen this amazingly personal and powerful artist to make some of her magic on our waterfront. (It […]
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Announcing the 2014 Steinberg/ATCA prizes

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 2:04pm

From Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson:

Lauren Gunderson's play "I and You" has earned the $25,000 top award in the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award competition, honors given annually to plays that premiered at theaters outside of New York City.Receiving  two other 2014 Steinberg/ATCA citations, and awards of $5,000 each, are the plays "Fear Up Harsh" by Christopher Demos-Brown, and "Seven Spots on the Sun" by Martin Zimmerman.  The prizes were announced at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville on April 5.

Gunderson's play focuses on the rapport between a teenage girl awaiting an organ transplant and a boy who arrives at her home to work on a special class project with her about the poetry of Walt Whitman.   "I and You" premiered last fall at the Marin Theatre Company in California.   (Three earlier works by the prolific, Bay Area-based Gunderson have been produced in Seattle at ArtsWest Playhouse: "The Taming,"  "Emilie" and "Exit, Pursued by a Bear.")

"Fear Up Harsh," which examines the nature of heroism as it affects two U.S. veterans of Mideast combat, debuted last November at the Zoetic Stage in Miami.  "Seven Spots on the Sun" considers forgiveness and redemption against the backdrop of civil war, and it was unveiled last October at the Cincinnati Playhouse.

A jury of 19 critics from around the U.S. (including Misha Berson of the Seattle Times, and Jerry Kraft of seattleactor.com) selected the winning plays.  They also awarded the annual $1,000 M. Elizabeth Osborn Prize, given to a playwright deserving of more national exposure, to Topher Payne for his script, "Perfect Arrangement." A full list of winners past and present is here.

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Tails of Wasps: One political sex scandal you'll want to watch again

Crosscut Arts - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:36pm
Creative staging, whip-smart dialogue, formidable acting.
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The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life

Crosscut Arts - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:33am
Lorrie Moore's hilarously humanizing short stories, raucous L.A. hip-hop, theater that penetrates female beauty and world-class gospel -- for free.
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The Goddess Kring Returns to fill us all in on all her Kringie Goodness! Including Cafe Racer on April 12th with Claxton Kent and live painting 4/20 at Cannabis Carnivalus at Melrose Market Studios!

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:08pm
I recently had the esteemed pleasure of speaking to Shannon Nicole Kringen, who for many, many people is better known as the Goddess Kring, we talked for a few hours about all sorts of things and what follows are the highlights of two friends talking!  Enjoy! Xavier Lopez:  So its been a bit since we […]
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Now at BAM: A very real kind of nudity

Crosscut Arts - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:12pm
Sculptor Kathy Venter's new show explores the imperfection and vulnerability of bodies in transition.
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NYC isn't free, but these SSO concerts are

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:00am

Why: Seattle Symphony has been chosen for the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall and will perform at CH on May 6. The night before, a group of players will drop in at the Lower East Side cabaret (Le) Poisson Rouge and perform a program that riffs on the orchestra's [untitled] series. Can't make the jaunt to the Big Apple? You can still hear the programs -- for free -- in two concerts here at home on Friday, May 2.

How: RSVP by April 10 to (206) 215-4757 or tickets@seattlesymphony.com. Tickets are first-come, first-served.

What: At  7 p.m. May 2, the SSO will perform John Luther Adams' "Become Ocean"; Debussy's "La Mer"; and Varese's "Deserts." At 10, a small group of players will drift in to the lobby and play Debussy's Pagodes; Varèse’s "Density 21.5"; John Cage’s "Imaginary Landscape No. 1"; Vladimir Nikolaev’s Jimi Hendrix–inspired piece, "vnik-ton experience"; "Much Difference," a Pearl Jam–inspired world premiere by Seattle-born composer Angelique Poteat; and Adams’ "Light Within."

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Intruder Alert! Talented Emerging Seattle Cartoonists Featured at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on April 12.

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:46am
Fantagraphics Books, Inc. 7563 Lake City Way NE Seattle, WA 98115 Media Contact: Jacquelene Cohen cohen@fantagraphics.com | 206.524.1967 www.fantagraphics.com For Immediate Release: Intruder Alert! Talented Emerging Seattle Cartoonists Featured at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on April 12.  April 2, 2014 – Seattle, WA. The Pacific Northwest enjoys a long tradition as a breeding ground for […]
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Gargoyle Statuary April 2014 Art Show – Spirits of Earth and Ether Featuring new works by K. Amarak Waters & Jessica Geiger

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:42am
Gargoyle Statuary April 2014 Art Show    Come join us for our April Art Show! Gargoyles is pleased to present: Spirits of Earth and Ether Featuring new works by K. Amarak Waters & Jessica Geiger Their works will include animal spirit paintings and sculptural nature deities and elementals. Also featured will be Keith’s cat and wolf […]
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Krabjab presents – A Peculiar Alchemy: The Art of Norman and Tory Taber and much, much more!

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:36am
The Art of Norman and Tory Taber A Peculiar Alchemy: The Art of Norman and Tory Taber Norman (left) and Tory Taber They have been working together for twenty years as illustrators, coming together for many projects to join skills, occasionally handing paintings back and forth between them to achieve the desired result. However, for much of […]
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WORLDTREE FILMS PRESENTS: A free public screening of 619: A Short Documentary – a 27-minute peak into the history of the late, great Seattle icon.

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:26am
WORLDTREE FILMS PRESENTS   WHAT:  Free public screening of 619: A Short Documentary – a 27-minute peak into the history of the late, great Seattle icon.   WHERE:  Northwest Film Forum   WHEN:  April 19th, 4-6pm   ALSO:  Free snacks!               Join us for an evening of remembrance, celebration and story telling.  Starting off the […]
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Find out what’s happening at COCA!

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:19am
In this Issue Porfolio Reviews Nightmare Inductions Closing Soon Call for Art: 2014 Annual–PostGlamism Call for Art: Heaven & Earth VI We snipped this exciting photo from the web…. Save the Date: April 17, 6:30-8:30pm Member Portfolio Reviews As a special treat for our members, we are offering Portfolio Reviews. Experienced curators and art educators […]
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The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life

Crosscut Arts - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:30pm
Political scandal theater, viaduct-inspired art, Beats Antique, your last chance (for now) for some banging pop-up tacos and more.
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