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Hot ticket: Seattle Rep adds a performance of 'All the Way'

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:10pm

Due to popular demand, Seattle Repertory Theatre has added a New Year's Eve performance of "All the Way," the first installment in Robert Schenkkan's two-part drama about the tumultuous presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

The Tony Award-winning play is scheduled for 5 p.m. on  Dec. 31, and seats will go on sale to the general public at noon on Sun., Dec. 21.  Tickets are available by calling 206-443-2222, online at seattlerep.org or at the Rep box office.

"All the Way" and its companion, "The Great Society," are garnering critical acclaim and breaking box-office records at Seattle Rep. They run through Jan. 4 and tickets are extremely limited. Call the box office for the most current information on ticket availability.

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The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life

Crosscut Arts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:05am
SAM Lights, Judy's Scary Little Christmas, Visual Explorations of The Book, The Moondoggies, Mexican Hangover Brunch and more.
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Madeline Albright's powerful pins coming to Bellevue

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:39pm

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright always went forth armed with diplomatic acumen and a snazzy brooch pinned to her jacket. She picked out many of them based not on their price tag, but what they symbolized; after Saddam Hussein's press referred to her as an "unparalleled serpent," she wore a snake pin to a meeting with Iraqi higher-ups. And thus a tradition was born. Her collection of more than 200 pins is coming to the Bellevue Arts Museum March 13-June 7  in an exhibit called "Read My Pins: The Madeline Albright Collection." She takes a global approach to her collection. The snake is from the 19th century. A little model of the U.S. Capitol is a 1970 piece from renowned costume jewelry maker Monet. Another brooch in the exhibit is called, appropriately, "Breaking the Glass Ceiling," and was made in 1982.

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Books to give, books to love: Chat with the experts

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:36pm

In a panic for a holiday gift? Bookstore gift card burning a hole in your pocket? We’re here to help.

Join Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn and the Elliott Bay  Book Co.’s Karen Maeda Allman for a live chat on the best books of 2014, the best books to give as presents and best books of the 21st century (so far).

The chat will take place right here from  noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday.  To submit a question in advance, e-mail Mary Ann at mgwinn@seattletimes.com.

Catch up on our recent book coverage before the chat:

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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Latino…err Mexican…err Chicano, or what have you–Part 2. (Warning graphic speech and imagery)

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:44pm
Sometimes you have so much to say that you can’t really figure out how to say it, for me that means sleepless nights where my mind is filled with half ideas and seemingly really good beginnings that end up being false-starts while I figure out exactly what I want to say.  Well, at this point […]
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'Something Rotten' may skip Seattle en route to Broadway

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 3:43pm

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes:

Playbill.com reports that "Something Rotten" -- a world premiere musical slated for April 29 to May 24, 2015, at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre -- may bypass Seattle and go straight to Broadway in early 2015.

Reached for comment Saturday, executive producer and artistic director David Armstrong said, "There's discussion around that possibility. It's not confirmed at this point." The 5th Avenue is expected to make a complete announcement in the next few days. In the meantime, the theater is still selling tickets to the show on its website.

"Something Rotten" is a musical comedy about two Renaissance writers who, unable to compete with William Shakespeare on his own terms, invent the first musical. The show was co-written by screenwriter-film director Karey Kirkpatrick and British author John O’Farrell, with a score by Kirkpatrick and his brother Wayne Kirkpatrick.

The New York Times says "Something Rotten's" move to Broadway has been precipitated by the upcoming closure of "Side Show" -- "the fastest flop of the fall Broadway season." It reports that "Something Rotten" will take "Side Show's" place at the St. James Theatre.




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A Great Man Unravels

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 12:01pm
The Great Society, Seattle Repertory Theatre, playing in rotation with All the Way through January 4 By Alice Kaderlan Condensing Lyndon Johnson’s landmark presidency down to six and a half hours was a daunting task, but as Robert Schenkkan’s pair of plays “All the Way” and “The Great Society” make clear, living through those years was even […]
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Olympic Sculpture Park reschedules lights night

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:31pm

Today's weather isn't conducive to gathering outdoors by the water and looking at lights, so Seattle Art Museum has rescheduled its SAM Lights event for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18. On that night, you can stroll through the Olympic Sculpture Park on a path illuminated with hundreds of lights and luminarias, listen to music and snack on sweets.  SAM encourages visitors to "come wearing your best light ensemble," further brightening the festivities.

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The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life

Crosscut Arts - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 4:18pm
One more chance at special film, 'Keep On Keepin' On.' Just in time for gift-buying: A pop-up bazaar. The genius of Maria Bamford.
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New tenant for the old doll museum in Bellevue

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:25pm

The KidsQuest Museum, now residing in the Factoria Mall in Bellevue, just received more funding in its quest for a new home. The city of Bellevue's just-approved budget includes $2 million for KidsQuest; that puts the museum's Good to Grow Campaign at $6 million, halfway toward its $12 million goal to purchase and renovate the former Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art on 108th Avenue Northeast. (The Whyel museum closed in 2012 after 20 years of operation.) According to a news release from KidsQuest, a move-in date is sometime in 2016. Since the museum opened in 2005, annual attendance has increased to 160,000 visitors per year.

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Gargoyles Presents: Candles: A Celebration of Light December 19th, 5 – 9pm candle art by Metamorphic Perspectives

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:19pm
   Come join us for our December Art Show and Very Special Candle Event! Come and enjoy some Holiday Cheer with us as we present: Symbiotic Featuring new mixed-media works by Dominique Cilento Beautiful floral and botanical inspired designs bringing together heart & spirit. “Through embracing our own strength we inspire ripples of universal imagination.” […]
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7th Annual DIY Holiday Fair at The Vera Project 12-13-14!

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 8:22pm
The DIY Holiday Fair Saturday, December 13th from 11am to 4 p.m. At The Vera Project (located on the corner of Warren & Republican) A Benefit for Hollow Earth Radio and The Vera Project Facebook Event Poster (attached) by Kelsey Gallo The Vera Project, Seattle’s non-profit, all-ages music and arts venue, and Hollow Earth Radio, […]
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APPLY FOR ARTIST TRUST’S 2015 FELLOWSHIP! Deadline: January 20, 2015

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 7:33pm
      Contact: Barbara Mizoguchi, Grants Program Manager barbara@artisttrust.org; 206-467-8734×11; toll free 1-866-218-7878×11     APPLY FOR ARTIST TRUST’S 2015 FELLOWSHIP! Deadline: January 20, 2015   Washington State artists working in emerging fields/cross-disciplinary, performing, traditional/folk, and visual arts are invited to apply for Artist Trust’s 2015 Fellowships. These $7,500 awards will recognize 12 practicing […]
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Curiosities from the Ellen Ziegler Studio!

Seattle PI Arts Listings - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 7:29pm
  e   N E W S   F R O M   E L L E N   Z I E G L E R   S T U D I O From Vermilion Series, 2014. Pigment transfer, burned holes, stenciled watercolor on paper. Cullom Gallery pop-up at Via6  Wednesday, December 10, 6 – 8 pm […]
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Ahamefule J. Oluo: A true talent emerges at OtB

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 11:26pm

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes:

With his On the Boards show “Now I’m Fine,” Ahamefule J. Oluo may have just discovered a new art form.

Call it standup-big band-autobiography.  Or what a collaboration between Duke Ellington, Spalding Gray and Sun Ra might have been like.

But it’s not necessary to define exactly where Oluo’s  extraordinary two-hour piece exists on the performance continuum.  Just be happy if you scored a ticket to the show’s  sold-out  four-night run at On the Boards.

A Seattle-raised jazz trumpet player, writer, composer and probably a lot of other things, Oluo in this remarkable event tells engrossing stories from his past in the company of a top-notch 17-piece band, including a string quartet and a singer decked out like a shaman.

The swinging, pulsating big band music is marvelous, from the full-bodied and ripe crescendos of the horns and percussion, to the bittersweet reveries of the strings (composed by Evan Flory-Barnes, also a wizard on string bass). 

As a jazz composer, Oluo has a true post-bebop gift for shifting sonic textures, intoxicating rhythms and lush harmonies. The instrumentals and the vocal interludes (by the flamboyantly dressed singer-lyricist okanomodé) are so densely sensuous, and well-performed, you can lay back and luxuriate in them.

By some alchemy, the musical environment is just right for the candid, often very funny, and sometimes agonized stories related in “Now I’m Fine.”

The suavely-suited and utterly disarming Oluo comes forward to deliver these  tales with with a comedian's timing and an expression of bemused wonderment, as if he’s still amazed that such things  happened to him.

Like having a black Nigerian father who returned to Africa and abandoned his white wife and two very young children in Seattle, who suddenly re-enters the adolescent Oluo’s life briefly in a heart-breaking phone call.

Or enduring a horrific reaction to an antibiotic that caused Oluo’s flesh to literally melt off his face.   Or being very mixed up about and surprised by the meaning of his African name.

Fortunately, all this personal sharing does not slop over into self-pity or masochistic braggadocio.  The humor is droll but not snarky, thanks to Oluo’s  hip-sweet sincerity.  

This  storyteller is a seeker, and his revelations are really about self-definition, about overcoming a sense of invisibility and unworthiness, about “finding a way to feel okay when you know things are not okay.”  He doesn’t give us a road map to that end, just his own experience and his music.

In the rapturous finale of  “Now I’m Fine,”  a show that  Oluo co-wrote with Lindy West, one is struck and sated by the generosity of spirit and wealth of music in the show.   Now a hard-working artist in his 30s, it seems Oluo is no longer hunting for a safe place to be himself.  He’s found one, and wants to take you there.

“Now I’m Fine.”  Through Sunday, Dec. 7, O\n the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., Seattle; sold out (ontheboards.org).

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6 holiday hits: What to see this weekend

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:59am

What's your holiday pleasure: Movies? Stage shows? Lights? Concerts? ArtsPage has you covered.

Remember: It's the season to give! Add your own seasonal recommendations on the comments thread.

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Let the 'Messiah' season begin

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 6:01am

We just had snow, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday.

It's now time, then, for Messiah December. Here are some places to enjoy Handel's masterpiece:

--Inverse Opera is first out of the gate, with director Robert Scherzer at the helm of a staged concert version starring 12 regional performers. It's a simple approach, Scherzer says, with actors in street clothes and off-book. Dec. 5-20, Taproot Theatre.

--Federal Way Symphony invites patrons to bring their own scores and sing along to its "Messiah," joining soloists Heidi Vanderford, Megan Chenovick, Tim Janecke, Ryan Bede and Brittney McClary, with the Breath of Aire Choir. It's Dec. 5 at Des Moines Beach Park Events Center.

--Bluegrassy types will enjoy the Mandolin "Messiah," presented by the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra, which reminds us that yes indeedy, Handel was familiar with the stringed instrument. Dec. 13 at Epiphany Parish, and Dec. 14, Broadway Performance Hall, both Seattle.

--St. John Lutheran Church also invites audience participation in its 25th annual Sing/Play-Along concerts, Dec. 13-14 at 5515 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle.

--Seattle Symphony unleashes its three-night "Messiah" with guest conductor Cristian Macelaru, conductor in residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Chorale and soloists Heidi Grant Murphy, Peabody Southwell, Ross Hauck and Tyler Duncan. Dec. 19-21, Benaroya Hall.

--Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers are now in their fourth decade of presenting the complete "Messiah." Join them and music director Clinton Smith Dec. 21 at First Free Methodist Church, Seattle.

--Keep the holiday cheer going with University Unitarian Church's annual Sing and Play Along "Messiah," Dec. 26 at University Unitarian Church on 35th Avenue. Bring a score if you have one.

--Squeeze a Sing/Play Along "Messiah" into 2014 with this one with the Northwest Chorale at Lake City Presbyterian Church on Dec. 30; bring a score if you have one; there will be some to share.

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Arts news: New Century season, Kirkland actor in 'Peter Pan'

Seattle Times ArtsPage - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:27pm

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes:

New Century's first shows at 12th Avenue Arts

New Century Theatre Company, one of the three theater companies in residence in the new 12th Avenue Arts building, has announced its first two-show season in the Capitol Hill housing and cultural complex.

The company's initial production in the space will be the Seattle debut of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-honored play "The Flick" by Annie Baker, about a group of millennials working together in a run-down movie theater. The show is set for March 5-April 5, 2015, and MJ Sieber directs.

NCTC's second 2015 presentation: "Festen," another local premiere. The play is an adaptation by David Eldridge of the prominent Danish film "The Celebration," about a fraught family gathering to celebrate a patriarch's 60th birthday.   Directed by Wilson Milam, it will run Oct. 29-Nov. 22.

Tickets and additional information: wearenctc.org.

Actor Alanna Saunders: From Kirkland to Never Land

A Kirkland native who got her start in local children’s theater will be featured in the Thursday, Dec. 4, live national telecast of the Broadway musical “Peter Pan.”   Alanna Saunders will play the role of Tiger Lily, the island native who befriends Peter Pan (played by Allison Williams from “Girls”) and joins a battle against Captain Hook  (that song-and-dance guy, Christopher Walken).

Saunders had her first theater training and  Studio East in Kirkland (where she played one of the Lost Boys in a production of “Peter Pan”),  and she’s part of a very accomplished family of performing artists.  One brother, Trent Saunders, is  in “Aladdin” on Broadway; another, Heath Saunders, is appearing Off Broadway in “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion"; and Alanna’s twin sister Claire Saunders has filmed a role in the upcoming movie “The Intern,” starring Robert De Niro.

Meanwhile, Blake Saunders, Alanna’s fourth sibling, is preparing the next generation of musical performers as the choir teacher at Washington Middle School in Seattle.

“Peter Pan Live!” airs at 8 p.m. on NBC stations.

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The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life

Crosscut Arts - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:41am
Tragically comic holiday drag, a seasonal Etsy browse-a-thon and Shabazz Palaces teams up with the artist formerly known as Iron & Wine to support children's health care. And that's just the beginning.
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