Open Wound: January 6 in Stark Images

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It’s not a job, it’s a personal passion, a compulsion to witness – and to capture – the good, the bad, and the beautiful ugly of American politics.

Early Music Seattle Aims for New Audiences, New Directions, New Leadership

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Early Music Seattle, a mainstay of Seattle's classical music for 45 years, is now embarking on some significant changes and multicultural broadening.

State of Seattle Arts (Part II): How do we Build a Culture of Creativity?

Seattle is built on creativity. Now it's time to strengthen the arts ecology that supports it.

Seattle Arts: Reckoning or Opportunity? (Part I)

There are many reasons to worry about the survival of the arts in Seattle.

How Grand Opera Almost Came to Our Northwest Forest

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The magic of Santa Fe Opera mixed with Wagner’s grand dramas recalls those days when Seattle dreamed big, mixing art with natural grandeur.

Stephen Holl Talks Architecture Friday @Seattle Public Library

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He will discuss a theoretical text Questions of Perception he authored with Alberto Perez-Gomez and Juanita Pallasma in 1994. 

Filling Spaces: Peter Brook and John Aylward

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Brook’s misfortune as an artist was success: too much, too incessant, too routine.

Bellingham: A Music Festival says Goodbye to its Founder

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The Festival began with an idea, a vision, a bucolic place, and a dynamic leader.

Back in the Big Apple: My Post-Pandemic Culture Crawl

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In between music, museums and theater, there were the smaller pleasures of New York after too long an absence.

How Seattle Built a First-Rate Chamber Music Festival

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We have grown a full-form chamber music society of high musical distinction.

Venice: The Biennale Is Back

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"Compared with previous biennales, this 59th edition of the international art exhibition seems marked by both a greater somberness and an elevated spirt."

The Biggest Thing in Town: Old Theatre Finds New Life in a Small Town

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Because of competition from streaming services and struggling local economy, the O.K. had shut down as the town (and county’s) only movie venue.

Remembering John Aylward. Fondly.

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Someone suggested we call John Aylward, who was currently a star actor at the Seattle Repertory Theater. John accepted without pause.

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?