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.

Bumbershoot: Down for the Count?

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The fact that a whole year has gone by, during which the public has heard and seen nothing, and a committee to “advise” on the future of Bumbershoot is only now being formed -- is an indication that there’s no creative spark at the center of this reinvention.

As the Arts go Online, will they Lose their Localness?

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The new audiences raise an old anxiety for local arts groups, which is how they maintain a distinctive local focus.

Lummi Carvers Send a Totem Pole to President Biden

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The totem is a gift from the Lummis -- Lhoq'temish (people of the sea) -- to President Joe Biden. Carved from a 400-year-old red cedar tree, the totem will be displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Bumber-Shot: A Beleaguered Seattle Festival goes Back to the Drawingboard

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This year would have marked the beloved music and arts festival's 50th anniversary. Instead, owing to continuing virus concerns and insufficient lead time, Bumbershoot has been postponed until 2022.In typical Seattle style, the pathway ahead has been handed over to a committee.

De-streaming the art of film

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Even today, the firm’s immense resources are organized—if that is the word—into categories—“Psychotronic” and “Literature” and “Live-Action Manga” are fair examples—which have more to do with desperate film-fandom than rational classification.

Renton: The New Hollywood North?

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I think we should turn the Boeing plant in Renton into a fully fledged film studio. I worked as a Screenwriting Fellow at Universal Pictures for a year and there’s no reason why the Boeing Renton facility couldn’t be turned into a similar facility with a little time and investment.

David to Goliath: Setting the New York Times straight

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The New York Times still claims to contain “all the news that’s fit to print.” But it also delivers a constant stream of individual...

Mark Morris Mozart @Meany

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Mark Morris created greatness early in his career. Though he then made plenty of memorable dances, observers wondered if he could ever create another to match his stunning debut. This work, set to Mozart, became that piece.

Remembering Pianist Deems Tsutakawa: On and Off Court

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His pieno style was both universal and totally personal. At times he seemed to have sprung full-grown from an earlier generation of Seattle lounge entertainers--Overton Berry, Joni Metcalf, Walt Wagner, Betty Hall Jones.

Seattle Youth Symphony: What Building Back Better Sounds Like

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Last March the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra – one of the country’s leading training grounds for young musicians – was rehearsing for a spring...

Can Weyerhaeuser’s Iconic HQ be Saved and Repurposed?

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While most of the old Weyerhaeuser campus in Federal Way could well be demolished and replaced with pedestrian commercial uses, this building could instead be re-purposed and acquire a new life.

Making Do and Making Art During the Covid Sabbatical

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The keys to adapting to the pandemic are to complete unfinished tasks, to make Zoom work for you, to solve problems, and to keep creating and displaying art.

‘Ma Rainey’ and the Playwright’s Artistic Journey: Learning to be Black

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Wilson says he did not feel he was Black by nature. He had to learn to be Black, and his education, which began at the age of 20, with the discovery of Bessie Smith and the Blues, is the stuff he transformed with ever growing skill into the tissue of his work.

Stadiums, Sure. Bars, of Course. But Why Close Museums?

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Of course some restrictions would be needed to keep them open, starting with the usual 25 percent capacity, six-foot distance, and masking requirements. But the fact that some institutions can’t operate safely in a pandemic shouldn’t doom those that can.

Streaming Scene: PNB in the House of Imagination

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Made with determination and imagination against the most inimical conditions imaginable, it may come to be seen as one of the harbingers of a new era performance, when all forms of delivery to an audience are seen as equally valid.

Post Alley Zoomcast: Seattle Arts and Surviving COVID

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ArtsFund's Michael Greer, Seattle Theatre Group's Josh Labelle and Post Alley editor Douglas McLennan talk about the state of Seattle's arts community seven months into the COVID lockdown.

Seattle Has Just Built Its Best Urban Plaza

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In some ways, 2&U is a laboratory for cities of the future. It could show us how to activate the all-important ground floor after e-commerce and now the pandemic have dealt blows to downtown retail.

Arts Fix: Return to the Repertory Model?

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The Seattle Repertory Theater (as the name recalls) once deployed a repertory method. It commenced in 1963, right after the Seattle World's Fair, when the repertory idea was the hot idea for regional, non-commercial theater.

Have I got an Opera for you!

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In this spare, intense revival from the Opera am Rhein in Düssedorf, it fits our current national mood like an Iron Maiden.

A New Funder Invests in the Future of Seattle Arts

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All philanthropic support is not equal. And the pandemic lockdown demonstrates different approaches.

Holl on Holl in Bellevue

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Holl’s building remains the most important work of art in the collection of Bellevue Art Museum

Lang Lang: A Goldberg Variations For Our Time

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Surprise: A new recording of JS Bach's Goldberg Variations shows Lang Lang in a new light.

The Return of Byrne

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It’s likely that many reading this piece were not among the audiences that made Stop Making Sense on of the most successful concert films of all time. I can only hope that they take advantage of the opportunity while it lasts.

Reinventing: Time to Reimagine Seattle Arts

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Seattle will go from being an over-achiever in the arts (measured by our population) to something much closer to other mid-sized cities such as Phoenix, San Diego, Portland, and Milwaukee. Or not.

Seattle Symphony: Reimagining, Reduced

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The orchestra opens its season with a socially-distanced performance. "Imagination is not the word I would use in describing the show, which put competence on view but nothing more. No surprise, no delight, no flair, no depth of feeling."

Still Swinging: Fred Radke on Big Bands and the Evolution of Jazz

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In the past you could go out for six weeks at a time. But now maybe you'll go out and work two or three jobs and you'll try to lump them together. But it's nothing to go to Florida for a one-nighter compared to the past. Really why I keep doing gigs now is because I think it's important to keep this music alive. It's part of the American heritage and it's part of history.

Covid Pushes Arts To Innovation. Will That Happen Here?

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An interesting innovation in Atlanta is to create a new kind of local opera company, built around notable singers who live in Atlanta. This kind of repertory company has the flexibility to put on all kinds of imaginative performances.

Join the Circus: A Way To Get The Arts Back Onstage

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"Theatres need to stop worrying about how they can reopen in a reduced form, and look out for other models of production in different spaces and to different audiences."