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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

A Post Alley Zoomcast: COVID Versus the Arts – It Doesn’t Look Good

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Post Alley writers and editors Barry Mitzman, Tom Corddry, David Brewster and Douglas McLennan talk about the ability of arts organizations to withstand the pandemic.

Is Seattle Courting Over-Tourism?

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When cities invest in the visitor market (hotels, convention centers, festivals) they are ordinarily playing a final, desperate card in economic development.

Intiman: The Theatre That Wouldn’t Die

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One of Seattle's primary theatres dodges a bullet and soldiers on. The question is should it?

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.

The Showbox Becomes A Slowbox

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The city of Seattle is slow-walking the decision process on what to do with the venerable music venue, the Showbox, at First and Pike,...

Seattle Arts for the Plague Years: A Dozen Ideas

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Leaders of endangered arts groups and their boards are busy mulling possibilities. Here are some of the leading ideas, as well as the debate about them, not arranged in any order of preference.

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.

What Seattle Is Losing: A Culture of Risk?

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Many of Seattle's arts institutions are so focused on the essentials of survival it’s increasingly difficult to experiment or play. When margins are so close, a failed project is less tolerable.

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.

Old Bones And Natural Wonders: Inside The New Burke Museum

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The new Burke Museum opens up virtually all its work spaces to public view. A curator says that at first, some staff members were skeptical, but by now, everyone seems all in.

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."

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.

Seattle’s Asian Art Museum Discreetly Upsizes: Not Just A Connoisseur’s Jewel Box

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What's new is the way the museum now opens up to views of the park. The addition stands behind and to one side, taking advantage of a dip in the ground level on the east side.

Calling All Billionaires: Time to Step Up!

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Seattle has a knack for growing families of enormous wealth. Now's a good time to get some of these internationally-focused foundations a bit more intentional about the locals.

Bumber-Gone? How An Iconic Seattle Festival Lost Its Way And How It Might Be...

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What explains the flagging fortunes of Bumbershoot, which has over the past 20 years become less and less distinctive, spectacularly more expensive to attend, and suffered diminished attendance and an increasingly unsustainable business model?

Remembering Re-bar: A Home for Tolerant Oddballs

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Perhaps, they said, they might open again in the fall of 2021 in a new but still undetermined location. Either way, my heart is broken. Re-bar was like another home to me in a rapidly changing city that offers fewer and fewer places where it is possible to hold on to some of what once was.

Review: Seattle Opera’s Cinderella – Dickens Meets Rossini Meets Tim Burton

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Seattle Opera’s current staging of Cenerentola is mostly fun to watch. It is also a great example of how much work having fun can be, on both sides of the imaginary footlights.

Should arts groups and nonprofits set the pace for equity?

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This new report from Boston studies how nonprofits can become "anchor institutions," pacesetters for community goals. The idea is borrowed from eds and meds,...

Two Writers: One Bernadette

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If ever a film was sure to raise cries of “It’s not like the book,” Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is that film.

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.

The End of Movie Theatres?

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It's not too much of a stretch to think that the movie theatre business - when it returns - will be considerably scaled down and that distribution will have been rethought.

FENCE: The Power of Pictures next to a Changing Waterfront

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The show is a reminder of the power of still photos to explore and explain, especially events that blend history with natural phenomena. Much of the exhibit consists of photo essays reminiscent of extinct magazines like Life.

Panhandling Dialed Up To 10: It Can’t Fix The Arts Crisis

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"The arts” must cease lobbying just for themselves but for their just share of support alongside other “non-profit” instruments of a just society; essentials like universal public heath, public education, basic income.

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.

Has Tacoma Become A Better Place For The Arts Than Seattle?

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The Stranger's Charles Mudede offers this provocative idea: that Tacoma might eclipse Seattle as an arts town: "My point: As the arts...

Hickenlooper Out? – But First An Inspirational Arts Story

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It looks like the presidential campaign of former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is coming to an end. Key advisers are leaving, and the pressure...

Model Of Reinvention: Seattle Symphony At A Crossroads

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A decade ago the orchestra was badly broken. After ten years of huge progress the SSO is playing better than it ever has and is a model of reinvention. And now another crossroads.

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

The Once And Future KING

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KING-FM, Seattle's listener-supported classical music station, will be moving early next year to new digs in the new Opera Center (formerly Mercer Arts Arena,...

The Arts Online: Ten Great YouTubes that wouldn’t have been made without Lockdown

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Deprived of their usual performance venues, artists have turned to the internet to make and disseminate their art. The art is evolving quickly