Local Art News
Seattle Arts & Lectures has appointed a new executive director. It's Ruth Dickey, director of Cincinatti's Clifton Cultural Arts Center.
In a press release, the organization cited Dickey's programming and fundraising abilities, saying she raised $2 million for capital renovations for the Cincinatti organization, doubled the number of individual donors and created a strategy to gain corporate and foundation support. She has also served as a writer-in-residence in the DC WritersCorps, an organization with similarities to SAL's Writers in the Schools program.
Dickey has previous experience in the Puget Sound region - she was director of the New Futures program in Burien for four years prior to her appointment to the Cincinatti organization.
SAL marked its 25th anniversary as a lecture series this past year. It also experienced organizational turmoil. Last fall, SAL director Linda Bowers left the organization, and three staffers were laid off in November.
Regular festival-goers have probably already marked their calendars for the Seattle Chamber Music Society's Summer Festival, to be held June 29-July 26 at Benaroya Hall. Chamber-music newbies, as well as anyone who wants a taste of this year's fest, are invited to a free SCMS multimedia presentation from noon-1 p.m. June 18 in the Microsoft Auditorium at Seattle Public Library's central branch, downtown Seattle. Did we mention it was free?
The coming weeks are rich in opportunities for Seattleites to experience many facets of Japanese culture: a silent film, museum exhibitions, a photography book and a close look at Noh. Dig in:
Joe Vollan! Ego! Quincy Quigg! Boxes of Death 4 – Saturday the Fifteenth at Electric Coffin – The Best Nail in all of our Coffins!!!
Tonight! “The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers” – Fri. 6/14 6-10pm! + Introducing AXIS – Urban Light Studios! Tonight!
Whether you're into historic rock 'n' roll, crude humor, fine art or just a frosty-topped mug of beer, your weekend is here. We've got five suggestions of ways to spend it. Want more? Go to our Entertainment page for ideas. Also feel free on the comments thread your own ideas of things to do this weekend.
Beginning June 15, the Tacoma Museum District is offering a district pass, allowing visitors admission to Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum for one price: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, kids 6 and up and military. Each pass is good for seven days from the first time is used; each pass is good for one visit to each of the three museums during the seven-day period. Passes are available at each of the three museums, or here.
Usual admission prices are: Museum of Glass, $5-$12; TAM, $8-$10; history museum, $7-$9.50.
From Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic:
A memorial service has been set for influential theater director, author and scholar Herbert Blau, of Seattle, who died May 3 (obituary here). The author of a dozen books, he held several posts at the University of Washington: professor emeritus of English and comparative literature, adjunct professor in the School of Drama and the Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor Emeritus of the Humanities. He retired from teaching in 2012.
The memorial is 4 p.m. June 22 at Kane Hall 210, University of Washington. Organizers request RSVPs by June 15 at email@example.com or http://herbertblau.eventbrite.com.
5 Year Anniversary and Art Opening Thursday, June 13, 2013 – Raymond Kempe, Brooke Weston & Tia Matthies
That's about par for the course for The Triple Door, a venue that hosts an eclectic range of Americana, blues, folk, jazz and cabaret music. In a nod to the club's adventurous programming, ArtsPage is giving away one $100 gift certificate to be used toward tickets or food. To enter the contest, answer this week's ArtsPage trivia question by noon Friday, June 7: "How did The Triple Door get its name?"
Search for the correct answer -- or just make up one of your own. (We don't really care how you do it; creativity counts.) Send your answer by noon Friday to ArtsPage honcho Melissa Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. She and her fellow editors will choose a winner at their whim and notify him or her via email Friday afternoon.
Here at ArtsPage HQ, we know the combination of artiness and free is irresistible. Here's an event coming up on Monday (June 10) that fits the bill:
Balagan Theatre invites all to its free season-preview party on Monday, which will feature not only music from the new season of shows, but also the unveiling of the not-yet-announced fifth mainstage production. Also on tap: Jinkx Monsoon (aka local actor Jerick Hoffer, aka winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race") and Broadway veteran/Tony winner Alice Ripley ("The Who's Tommy," "Next to Normal." Balagan's new artistic director, Louis Hobson, will be on hand as well.
7:30 p.m.. June 10, Moore Theatre, Seattle.