Local Art News
"Watch — and see what life teaches," urged the Log Lady, who was just one of the odd/creepy/puzzling characters that inhabited the amazing TV series "Twin Peaks." By the time the series ended, most viewers weren't sure what they had learned, other than "Twin Peaks" was the most radical, inventive and disturbing shows on television.
Feeling nostalgic for those days?
--There's a shiny new Blu-ray set out, "Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery," that includes every episode; the U.S. and European versions of the pilot; "Fire Walk With Me"; making-of features and all manner of other material.
--If you'd rather not spend upwards of $120 on '90s feels, Seattle Art Museum hosts "Twin Peaks/David Lynch Night: Cherry Pie, Coffee, and the Dark Night of the Soul." Starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, the event includes a screening of short films plus "Fire Walk With Me" for 8 bucks. Sweetening the deal: Taste restaurant's cherry crumble/coffee special -- $7, honoring Lynch's favorite number.
Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes:
Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, with the support of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and 4Culture, will present a Forum on Artistic Freedom & Artistic Responsibility at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at at the Poncho Forum at Seattle Rep.
The event was sparked by a lively debate in the Seattle Times, other publications and social media over the racial implications of a recent production of "The Mikado" by the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, which had no actors in the cast of Asian heritage, and a GreenStage airing of Shakespeare's "Othello," which had an actor of color who was not black in the title role.
According to The Office of Arts and Culture, the forum will be a collaborative conversation, in which the audience is asked to raise questions, provide examples and offer strategies, while engaging in respectful dialogue. A video of the event will be posted online sometime after the event. One can also follow along on #seattleAFAR on Facebook or Twitter to take part in the conversation.
Femke Hiemstra and Casey Weldon at Roq La Rue – Opens Thursday August 7th 6-9pm show runs through Sept 27th (2 month show)
Only Forty-Eight Hours for you to help the GDC to fund the Dreams of Seattle’s Street Artists! Follow the link and make a difference!
It's the Godzilla of festival weekends: The Seafair Torchlight Parade and FanFest; Capitol Hill Block Party; and three major Bellevue arts fairs -- and that's just the top of the list. If you love music, art, street food, and guys in breeches who say "Arrr," this is the weekend for you.
Seattle architect Johnpaul Jones is one of 10 winners of the National Humanities Medals, the White House announced. The medals will be presented at the White House on Monday, July 28.
Jones was singled out for "honoring the natural world and indigenous traditions in architecture. A force behind diverse and cherished institutions, Mr. Jones has fostered awareness through design and created spaces worthy of the cultures they reflect, the communities they serve, and the environments they inhabit," according to the announcement.
He drew national attention for his work (and that of his firm, Jones & Jones) on the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., but his work is also an integral part of the regional landscape. Among his many projects: Woodland Park Zoo Gorilla Habitat; Gene Coulon Park, Mercer Slough Nature Park and Environmental Ed Center; University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture and Native Longhouse; Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort; and the Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial.
By Michael Upchurch/Seattle Times arts writer
In March , when the Seattle Symphony launched its record label, Seattle Symphony Media, with three CDs, SSO executive director Simon Woods promised there’d be more coming soon. A fourth release of orchestral works by Gabriel Fauré was issued last month, and it’s an hour-plus delight of sumptuous melodies and gossamer-fine orchestration. Ludovic Morlot conducts “Masques et bergamasques,” the “Pelléas et Mélisande” suite and four other works. Soloists include principal cellist Efe Baltacigil (“Élégie” for Cello and Orchestra), concertmaster Alexander Velinzon (“Berceuse” for Violin and Orchestra) and former principal flutist Demarre McGill—who shines not just on “Fantaisie” for flute and orchestra, but throughout the recording, delivering some truly sublime passages in “Pelléas et Mélisande.” Available as both download and CD.
Puget Sound Community Artists Showcased in 2014 Kirkland Arts Center Artists’ Exhibition, Opening July 18th
We may get a little sprinkle on Saturday, but Friday and Sunday are looking fine, and in the great Northwest ... we'll settle for two out of three.
Here are five outdoor entertainments to take advantage of while summer lasts. Keep in mind that these are just a few suggestions, not a comprehensive list. Feel free to add your own weekend picks for other readers on the comments thread.
Scott Burk of Blindfold Gallery announced today that the gallery, on Olive Way in Seattle, will close on Dec. 31. "We have loved being a part of the art community in Seattle, bringing you strong shows from artists that inspire us. But we aren't gone yet! We still have 6 amazing shows for you, and we intend to go out with a blast, not a whimper," he said in a statement. Showing now at Blindfold: New paintings by Ryan Wetherly. Below is his "Study for Wiley."
Frying eggs on the sidewalk is no longer an option, and the dreadful (yes, you read that right, dreadful) humidity has drifted away, looking for another city to bother. Seems a good time to go seeking artiness -- you won't have to wander far.