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.
When cities invest in the visitor market (hotels, convention centers, festivals) they are ordinarily playing a final, desperate card in economic development.
One of Seattle's primary theatres dodges a bullet and soldiers on. The question is should it?
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 city of Seattle is slow-walking the decision process on what to do with the venerable music venue, the Showbox, at First and Pike,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Surprise: A new recording of JS Bach's Goldberg Variations shows Lang Lang in a new light.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
This new report from Boston studies how nonprofits can become "anchor institutions," pacesetters for community goals. The idea is borrowed from eds and meds,...
If ever a film was sure to raise cries of “It’s not like the book,” Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is that film.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
The Stranger's Charles Mudede offers this provocative idea: that Tacoma might eclipse Seattle as an arts town: "My point: As the arts...
It looks like the presidential campaign of former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is coming to an end. Key advisers are leaving, and the pressure...
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’s building remains the most important work of art in the collection of Bellevue Art Museum
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,...
Deprived of their usual performance venues, artists have turned to the internet to make and disseminate their art. The art is evolving quickly