Local Art News
From Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic:
The musical comedy “First Date," which premiered at Seattle's ACT Theatre in spring of 2012, will end a six-month Broadway date at the Longacre Theatre on Jan. 5, 2014. The show will close its run after 34 previews and 174 regular performances.
Co-produced in Seattle by ACT and 5th Avenue theatres, and counting Seattle businessman Ken Alhadeff among its producers, "First Date," about a couple navigating their awkward first encounter, was a sold-out hit at ACT. But it drew mixed reviews, ranging from enthusiastic to damning, upon arrival on Broadway last summer in an expanded production starring new leads, TV stars Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez. (Considering the subject matter and relatively small cast size, the show is a likely candidate for future regional theater and student productions.)
An original cast recording of the Alan Zachary-Michael Weiner score for "First Date" was released in October.
Last chance to have fun before the friends and relatives descend on you next week -- or before you have to pack up, brave the travel crowds and descend on someone else. So get out there and amuse yourself.
Our list of weekend entertainment suggestions, as always, just skims the top of what the Puget Sound area has to offer. Feel free to add your weekend suggestions for fellow readers in the comments thread.
$15 or Less: Vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz at Book Larder. Poet Dorthea Lasky at ACT. Comedy Womb at The Rendezvous.
Flatcolor is back! Flatcolor Gallery reopens in December. Flatcolor Gallery reopens December 5th with a solo exhibition from PARS entitled “Returning”!
Tlingit carver Israel Shotridge, of Vashon, is one of 16 artists nationwide to be awarded a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Arts Fellowship, the NACF announced recently. The grants, ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 per artist, recognize "Native artists who have made a significant impact in the fields of dance, film, literature, music, traditional and visual arts," according to fellowship administrators. "The fellowships support these artists as they delve deeper into their practices and cultivate their artistic voices to transport and inspire us. We celebrate their adventurous and creative spirits."
Shotridge's work includes significant works in Ketchikan, Alaska; the 12-foot "Hall of Nations" totem at U.S. Forest Service HQ in Washington, D.C., which honors the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps Totem Restoration Project (1939-1953); and the "Eagle/Bear House" screen at Puget Sound Blood Center in Seattle. To see more of Shotridge's work, including his "Chief Johnson Pole" (a 55-foot pole carved from a single Western red cedar log) , click here.
Longtime fans of Whidbey Island author Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley mystery series know the secret sauce to George's best-selling books - the aristocratic Lynley's foul mouthed, horribly dressed, and totally dedicated partner, Barbara Havers.
Havers gets top billing in George's latest, "Just One Evil Act," as she travels to Italy to investigate the kidnapping of a friend's daughter. George discusses what makes these books tick tonight on "Well Read," the books and authors interview program on state public affairs network TVW. It airs at 7 and 10 tonight (in Seattle, on Comcast cable station 23).
Or, you could watch it here.
Smithsonian magazine honored 10 people with the 2013 American Ingenuity Awards today, including two with regional ties: Doug Aitken, the Southern California-based multimedia artist whose giant, reactive "Mirror" was installed on the side of the Seattle Art Museum last year; and Michael Skinner, of Washingon State University's Center for Reproductive Biology.
Aitken creates "videopaloozas of murmuring sonics and drifting visuals — equal parts Antonioni, Eno and Disney. Since the 1990s, beating the calendar by a decade, he’s been laying 21st-century siege to 20th-century structures," writes Steve Erickson on Smithsonian.com. Skinner was honored for leading the way in the field of transgenerational epigenetics, or the study of inherited changes that can’t be explained by traditional genetics, writes Jeneen Interlandi, in her piece on the natural sciences honoree. "Not only is your great-grandmother’s environment affecting your health, Skinner concluded, but the chemicals she was exposed to may have left a fingerprint that scientists can actually trace," she notes.
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