The Complicated Legacy of Julia Child

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The show may be a fictionalized version of Child’s groundbreaking TV success, but it portrays struggles by women for recognition and equality that ring true to that era.

Exit Stage West: A Ukrainian Soprano’s Escape

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“My situation is not tragic. I don’t consider myself a refugee,” Anna Bondarenko told me over dinner in a cozy bistro in central Vienna.

How Bud Krogh Quietly Helped in the Creation of Town Hall Seattle

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The Town Hall connection emerged when out of the blue Krogh helped me understand why I and others were having such a hard time getting anywhere in our decade-long efforts to purchase the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist for conversion to a music and civic venue on Seattle’s First Hill.

Fixing Fort Worden: The Thing about Port Townsend’s Arts Campus

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To some townsfolk, the new plan looks like rearranging the deck chairs aboard the Titanic.  But insiders believe that, at least in the short run, they can make it work.

Poison Always Leaves a Trace: Navalny Documentary Wows Opening-Night SIFF Audience

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It would be hard to imagine a greater example of the power of film, the essence of what SIFF is all about.

Department of Mergers & Acquisitions: A Prescription for Seattle Arts?

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Maybe the best way to accomplish these unions is for there to be a source of funding (or loans) that dangles a five-year package of money and real estate -- but only if the merger takes place.

Italy: Arts of, by, and for the People

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Cities see their role as making culture widely available to everyone without imposing stiff ticket prices.

Can Seattle Arts Find a New Model for Flourishing After the Pandemic?

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Arts organizations spawned in these boom years may have outpaced the audiences or the sources of revenue. Do we now have too many mouths to feed?

Looking for Women Composers? Here are a Few

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For decades, for centuries, women have created a wealth of music—Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary.

What Italy Can Teach Us About Beautiful Handmade Objects

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So much of Italian culture and artistry is like the proverbial peeling of an onion. The more layers you remove, the more you find beneath.

Arts Funding: The Ten-Year Plan (Maybe 20?)

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The latest setback in this long saga happened earlier this month when an effort to modify the legislative permission to impose a 0.1 percent increase in sales taxes died in the House Finance committee.

Seattle Symphony Update: A Cautionary Tale?

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Whenever an organization is having problems – as this one clearly is – it's helpful as a reporter to step back to consider how a successful, well-run organization might respond in the situation. Then you compare it against what the actual response is.

Remembering David Wagoner, Northwest Poet and Unforgettable Teacher

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David advised poets to take acting classes and study music. He said, “Control volume, pitch, register, tension, tempo, dynamics, and color as if you were a singer.”

SSO: Dancing Through the Dark

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Symphony supporters have had some lovely distractions from the twin menaces of cabal and COVID during the darkest days of the year over the Holidays.

Seattle Symphony Debacle: Inside the Sudden Departure of Thomas Dausgaard

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Yes, music directors quit all the time, but virtually never in the middle of a season and, in the modern era, not effective immediately.

‘Seattle’s Best Gift’ — How Richard Fuller willed the Seattle Art Museum into Existence

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In his director's role, Fuller hired local artists to hang pictures and do odd jobs. He was an early patron for Northwest artists including Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, Guy Anderson, Helmi Juvonen, William Cummings, and Mark Tobey.

Me and Kshama: Our Mad Love For “Succession”

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What's next? Will I suddenly discover that the city's resident Marxist has a taste for Dutch Babies and Fran's chocolates? That she's bought a copy of Hillary Clinton's best seller?

Through the Murk: A Bad Night at Benaroya

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When sounds fails one in the concert hall, the mind is left to wander.

A “Puget Sound” Style of Architecture? Here’s where it came from

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Much of the delight of Paul Hayden Kirk’s designs is in the details. Many projects are modest and inexpensive buildings, yet they incorporate astounding custom wood craftsmanship and are surrounded by glorious landscapes created by an ensemble of talented designers Kirk selected.

EastHUB: A New Initiative for Arts and an Eastside Theatre

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EastHUB's initiatives might be a way for Bellevue to advance beyond the elusive dream of a major concert hall and build in a more dispersed, diverse community scenario.

Seattle Symphony: With and Without

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I felt as if I had been strapped to a platform and slowly driven through one of sculptor Richard Serra’s immense steel plate installations, with my eyes fixed three inches from its surface, the better to appreciate every noble rusty nuance.

Chain Chain Chain

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At the end of Beyond Ballet, PNB’s second live program under current live-performance COVID rules, my date and I joined the hearty applause for...

At Home with Dick and Jane

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Carry your impression of the couple with you as you view the remarkable assembly of art works which were their everyday home environment. You’ll find connections between artists and images you’d otherwise miss.

Longer and Longeur: PNB’s Alejandro Cerrudo and the Mirroring of Coincident Sounds

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The choreography is fluid, flexible, constantly folding, an interaction of equal mutual forces embodied by undifferentiated partnering as unlike the polar gender opposition of classical ballet as imaginable. 

Ojai: A 75-Year Conversation About Where Music is Going

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Many listeners have attended for decades and are deeply knowledgeable about what they’re hearing. They don’t by any means expect to love everything; indeed, they can get as excited about the music they hate as about the performances they thrill over. The biggest crime in Ojai is not a misfire but a performance or piece of music that fails to provoke reaction.

The Man Who Designed The World Trade Center’s Twin Towers

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Though he was never a fan of the egotistical desire to build the world’s tallest building, he saw some recompense in the fact that sending the towers into the air would create room for a large plaza at the base that would grant relief from the dense urban fabric of Lower Manhattan.

Promenade: A London Tradition Returns to In-Person Concerts

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The beloved Proms concerts this year invite back audiences and have expanded the stage to accommodate full-size orchestras. Bravo!

Lavishing Lovin’ on Lupin

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The show everybody is watching this summer is a 9-hour, 10-installment limited series in which class and ethnicity and gender are the raw material of everything we see, but the story told is a just one more fiendishly clever manipulation of our times’ inexorable submission to the superhero genre.

Goodbye, Walker Rock Garden. Another Treasure We Failed to Save

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Various schemes were proposed to save the rock garden that the Walkers built, a mosaic landscape of river rock, lava rock, agates, thunder eggs, petrified wood, quartz, beach glass, and whatever else caught their eyes. The Walkers’ vision was at once exuberant and serene, outsider art without the dark side. But now it is mostly demolished.

At Long Last, Sea-Tac’s updated North Terminal Emerges

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The structural bones are still there, but the terminal has been opened up and modernized by popping the ceiling way up so the original structure is now a low-lying frame.