Local Art News
Seattle Artists on the Move! “Along The Way” – Carlos Aguilera and KSERA at MOKSHA in the University District!
If going to one of the area's many fine theaters has crossed your mind lately, you're in luck. Comedy, drama, comedy/drama -- they're all on local stages. Play on!
This just in: The Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony and Opera Players' Organization have agreed to a three-year contract extension, through Aug. 31, 2018. The current contract was set to expire Aug. 31, 2015; the agreement comes 14 months ahead of schedule. That undoubtedly will smooth the way for new Seattle Opera general director Aidan Lang, who takes the helm of the opera company this fall, as well as everyone else involved in the symphony.
Terms of the extension, from the SSO: "Annual wage increases of 3.2%, 3.1% and 3.6%, respectively, with minimum salaries reaching $98,100 in the last year of the contract. The extension also includes a 6% raise in the post-retirement defined benefit pension, taking it to $31,680 per year. The contract continues to guarantee 47 weeks — 87% with the Seattle Symphony and the remainder with Seattle Opera."
The SSO had a busy year, with the release of discs on its own label, Seattle Symphony Media; a trip to Carnegie Hall to play in the Spring for Music Festival; the premiere of John Luther Adams' Pulitzer Prize-winning "Become Ocean," (as well as premieres by local composer Angelique Poteat, Luis Tinoco, Gabriel Prokofiev and Alexander Raskatov, among others); continuation of new programs such as Untuxed and [untitled] and a flurry of global attention for hosting Sir Mix-A-Lot at the recent Sonic Evolution concert, a series that salutes musicians with Seattle ties.
Hall Spassov Gallery, which houses contemporary works on the Eastside at 800 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 150, is branching out to Seattle. Hall Spassov will open a second gallery in July in the spot formerly occupied by Grover/Thurston Gallery, 319 Third Ave. S.
Hall Spassov was founded in 2006 by Erik Hall and Amy Spassov. The first Seattle show, "User Profile" (July 3-31), will exhibit works from more than 25 artists, including Robert Chapman, Francesca Sundsten and Alicia Tormey. Meet Hall, Spassov and artists at First Thursday, July 3, from 3-5 p.m.
Listeners of the Saturday, June 21, broadcast of NPR's classical-music program "From the Top" will hear not only the show's host, Christopher O'Riley, and other fixtures, but two young Seattle-area musicians as well: Violinist Felicity James, 17, of Seattle, and cellist Audrey Chen, 17, of Redmond. The program was recorded at Cornish College in April. "From the Top" can be heard at 7 p.m. Saturdays on Classical KING FM 98.1 in the Seattle area, while other communities can listen on Northwest Public Radio at noon on Sundays.
Why does it take well-known Canadian authors so long to gain a following on the south side of the border? I can't answer that question, but I can do my part by letting you know about one - Joseph Boyden, author of "The Orenda."
Boyden's latest novel is the gripping tale of a 17th century conflict between the Iroquois and the Huron tribes in French Canada, and of a Jesuit priest who gets swept up in it. It has been chosen for the "Canada Reads" program, chosen as the book most likely to change Canada (imagine trying to organize that here).
Boyden discusses it tonight on "Well Read," the books and authors interview program aired by state public affairs network TVW.
You can watch it at 7 and 10 p.m. (in Seattle, Comcast channel 23). Or you can watch it here.
For more information on "The Orenda," here is the Seattle Times review.
A Story of two SAM’s: A Staff-full of Artists at the Seattle Art Musuem and an artist named “Sam” aka Soul Batteries at the Quadrapuss Gallery in the Greenwood Collective!
Introducing the Fantastic Comic Work of Kassandra Davis! Every Other Friday will be Comics Day Here on the Blog!
Looking for ways to spend some QT with dad (or your favorite elder gentleman) this weekend? Here are a few suggestions. Feel free to share your own ideas with other readers on the comments thread.
J. Fenwick Lansdowne was a Canadian artist and naturalist, known for the lifelike quality of his beautiful paintings and much admired by his fellow artists. He died in 2008 but a volume of his work, "J.Fenwick Lansdowne" (Pomegranate) has just been published.
One of the contributors to the book is Seattle wildlife artist and naturalist Tony Angell. He will share his recollections of Lansdowne at 2 p.m. Saturday June 14 at the Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle, and sign copies of the book.