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.

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.