Local Art News

First Thursday is First Friday -- at least in September

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 2:24pm

Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch writes:

Seattle Art Dealers Association president Patricia Rovzar has announced that downtown Seattle’s usual “First Thursday” Art Walk is being changed to “First Friday” in September. The reason: The Seattle Seahawks have their season opener on Sept. 4. The Art Walk will happen on Sept. 5 between 6 and 8 p.m., with all the usual galleries taking part. For more details, go to www.seattleartdealers.com. The Art Walk will shift back to “First Thursday” in October.

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Theater news: The Rep taps Kaminski, Pocket Theatre opens

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:34pm

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes ...

Noted local stage actor and  former Cornish College of the Arts instructor Marya Sea Kaminski has been named the new associate artistic director of the Seattle Repertory Theatre.  She takes over the job from  Braden Abraham, who has been promoted to the post of Seattle Rep artistic director, following the sudden recent death of the previous a.d., Jerry Manning.

Kaminski has been a very active figure in the Seattle theater community over the past decade on numerous fronts.  As a leading actor in town,  she has appeared in major roles at many local theaters with stand-out turns at Seattle Rep in “My Name Is Rachel Corrie” and “Clybourne Park;” at ACT Theatre in “Other Desert Cities;” and in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s “Electra.”  She has also written, performed and toured half a dozen solo pieces,  and created and starred in a rock musical (“Riddled”).  Currently she is in the cast of Intiman’s upcoming production of “Angels in America.”

Kaminski holds a B.A. in theater arts from University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree from the University of Washington’s Professional Actors Training Program.  With other PATP grads, Kaminski was a founder and  co-artistic director of  WET (Washington Ensemble Theatre), and directed several shows for the company.

Pocket Theatre opens

The Greenwood district has a new theater space:  The Pocket Theatre,  at 8312 Greenwood Ave.  N. near  North 85th Street – a hop, skip and a jump from the neighborhood’s long-established Taproot Theatre.  The Pocket Theatre offers theater arts classes, as well as theatrical, musical and comedy performances. Quite unusually,   the company charges no rental fee to those seeking a place to put on a show.   More information at http://thepocket.org.

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Save the Date for REDUX 2014: ARTbeat of the 60s – When: Saturday, November 1st, 2014|5:30pm Where: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:14pm
Celebrate Kirkland Arts Center at ARTbeat of the 60′s, a groovin’ gala evening inspired by 1960s art and music.   Photography: Mary Dee Mateo Styling: Alex Dahl Hair Concierge, Trust; Coty Valdez, Zero Zero Hair; Huntress & Haute When: Saturday, November 1st, 2014 |  5:30pm Where: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue Doors open at 5:30pm   GROOVE your […]
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4Culture Newsletter + August 2014

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:56pm
HazMatters and The Wild World of Pesticides Seattle based artists Edie Everette and Clyde Peterson create a new kind of public service announcement – a comic book and animated film – to demystify hazardous materials with humor and storytelling moxie. Read More August 2014 Invite Congress to your Museum With cultural funding at issue, it’s […]
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Axis Powers Up – Celebrating It’s 1st Birthday – First Thursday 8.7.14

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:31pm
Gallery AXIS presents “Jeremy Kronbach Solo Exhibition” Artist Statement: I don’t think of myself as a landscape painter, but my work is almost always about place. Sometimes a painting is suggestive of a physical location, somewhere I traveled to and was changed by. Other times, a composition will form out of the memories and feelings associated […]
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The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life

Crosscut Arts - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 4:17pm
Musicals about urine: Your cup of tea? (So to speak.) How about socially motivated Mexican sculpture? S'mores? Street food? P-Patch walking tours? Free local pop-rap?
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News from ArtsWest, Balagan Theatre -- Part 2

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 3:33pm

Last week, we reported on some personnel and structural changes at ArtsWest and Balagan Theatre. Today, Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson has more news from these two local outfits. She writes:


The 1991 movie "Dogfight" depicts the unexpected romance between a wallflower waitress (Lili Taylor) and a young Marine (River Phoenix) about to be shipped off to the Vietnam War.

The film is  also the basis for  "Dogfight" the new musical,  which received its 2012 premiere Off Broadway and will be further developed in Seattle this fall  in a joint production by Balagan Theatre and ArtsWest Theatre.

"Dogfight" features  music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ("James and the Giant Peach," "A Christmas Story"), and a book by Peter Duchan ("Stu for Silverton"), artists whose work is getting a lot of stage time in Seattle lately.

The show runs Oct. 23-Nov. 22 at ArtsWest, and replaces "Bad Apples" in Balagan's 2014-15 season and "The Pride" in ArtsWest's line-up.

Information:  www.artswest.org or www.balagantheatre.org.

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