Florangela Davila

Lead Artscape Reporter

Florangela Davila  has been a journalist since 1992. For 14 years she worked at The Seattle Times where she covered both news and features. She's been freelancing for KPLU since 2008, reporting and producing as well as helping coordinate the station's "Looking Back to Look Forward" documentary project. She's also a lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Florangela received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She's been both an arts consumer and an arts practitioner for as long as she can remember.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:23 am
Mon July 29, 2013

A Leading Question: Mary Martin and the Working Class

Courtesy of Mary Martin

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

Talk to a candidate long enough and she’ll start repeating herself because she's staying on message, or because it's who she really is.

Like when Mary Martin talks about an upcoming trip to Egypt.

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regulating marijuana
5:03 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Seattle Mulls Ordinance to Fine Public Pot Smokers

FILE
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Seattle city leaders are considering an ordinance that would fine public pot smokers about $100 each.

City leaders agree that while the state works to figure out how to regulate marijuana, it’s important for citizens to remember there are still laws governing its use.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:25 am
Wed July 24, 2013

A Leading Question: Doug McQuaid and His Pivotal Moments

Doug McQuaid as seen reflected in a favorite wooden sculpture that's in his West Seattle office. The sculpture? An homage to the bronze Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market. McQuaid purchased his sculpture at a Market fundraising auction.
Florangela Davila

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.

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rally planned
3:28 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Seattle Rally, March Planned in Support of Trayvon Martin

FILE - In this undated file family photo, Trayvon Martin poses for a family photo.
Martin Family Photos via AP Photos

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at the federal courthouse in downtown Seattle Saturday as part of a Justice for Trayvon Martin National Day of Action.

The noon vigil will include Martin's cousin, Cedric Martin of Tacoma. It's being held as part of the Rev. Al Sharpton's nationwide Justice for Trayvon Martin Day, which is expected to include 100 cities across the country.

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Arts
5:02 am
Fri July 5, 2013

At the state prison in Purdy, creating theater behind bars

This photo shows a "suicide letter", one of the props used by inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy. The women are participants in Freehold Theatre Lab's Engaged Theatre program.
Florangela Davila

There’s something about art that has the power to heal, for both those performing it and those watching it.

That is precisely why Seattle’s Freehold Theatre Lab teaches creative writing to the women locked up in the Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy. The program helps the inmates weave their past and dreams into stories they perform on stage.

Prison isn’t exactly the most natural space for theater, says inmate Amanda Songer.

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Arts
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Teens making films 'on the fly' out in Indian Country

Raven Two Feathers of Seattle directs a short documentary about the Suquamish Indian tribe as part of the 2013 SuperFly Filmmaking Workshop.
Josh Marshall Josh Marshall Photography

Each year, 50 teens  from all over the country fly into Seattle to participate in a fast-and-furious film challenge. They have to produce short films in 36 hours, or "on the fly." Which is why the program is called "SuperFly."

Most of the participants are Native Americans, creating Native-themed films out on location on an Indian reservation.

Seattle filmmaker Tracy Rector and her Longhouse Media company launched the workshop 8 years ago.

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Local Arts
6:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

A final gift for Seattle from philanthropist Bagley Wright

This artist's rendering shows the installation “MIRROR” by artist Doug Aitken.
Seattle Art Museum

If you’re a Seattle arts and culture lover, you owe a lot to a man named Bagley Wright.

The Space Needle, Benaroya Hall, Seattle Repertory Theater — Wright helped build or create all of them.

Then there’s the art he’s given to the city.

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Multimedia
12:46 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Watch: A personal look at Seattle's first same-sex ceremonies

Barbara Kinney for KPLU

On December 9, 2012, same-sex marriage became legal in Washington State, one of the first states to do so by popular vote. Wedding ceremonies began at 12:01 a.m. that day.

KPLU's Florangela Davila and photographer Barbara Kinney take a look at what unfolded during the first eight hours at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle.

Arts
5:28 am
Mon October 1, 2012

At Seattle Rep, a play about the Pullman Porters

"Pullman Porter Blues" at the Seattle Rep features a blues band, shown here in rehearsal.
Andry Laurence

Seattle Repertory Theatre opens its season Wednesday with a world premiere play about a group of African American workers known as the Pullman porters.

"Pullman Porter Blues" looks at three generations in one family of porters. The Pullman porters were former slaves who worked on a luxurious fleet of sleeper cars beginning in the late 19th century. Their descendants worked the trains up until the 1960s.

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Artscape
4:50 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Intiman's new summer festival means bold and crazy busy for local actors

Timothy McCuen Piggee as Judge Brack in "Hedda Gabler," part of Intiman Theatre's Summer festival
Chris Bennion

After running out of money and shutting down last year, Intiman Theatre is back with a groundbreaking summer festival.

"Groundbreaking" because the theater has a new repertory format: a cast of 17 actors -- Intiman's Class of 2012 -- staffing all four summer productions.

For audiences, that means a chance to see an actor stretch in various roles: "Romeo and Juliet" one day; a drag queen take on Helen Keller the next.

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Artscape
5:27 am
Mon July 9, 2012

In Seattle's International District, celebrating the Higo Variety Store

Masako (left) and Ayako Murakami in their Higo Variety Store.
Dean Wong

An old five-and dime store that helped Seattle's Japanese community rebuild itself after World War II is being celebrated in a new way: in a permanent exhibit by the Wing Luke Museum in a local gift shop/art gallery.

The exhibit features a variety of old store merchandise from a business that lasted 96 years. There's also an assortment of personal items from two generations of the Japanese-American Murakami family.

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Artscape
5:30 am
Mon July 2, 2012

At the Seattle Art Museum: Australian Aboriginal art

"Wilkinkarra (09.003) 2007" by Mitjili Napanangka Gibson. Promised gift of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan, T2011.55.2

A new exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum invites us to experience Australia like we never have before: through the eyes of Aboriginal artists whose culture is considered to be one of the oldest in the world.

More than 100 paintings, sculptures and photographs are featured in this first-of-its kind show on the West Coast. The exhibit is called "Ancestral Modern," a title that relates to the fact that Aboriginal culture is at least 50,000 years old but the artwork on display is no more than 40 years old.

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Artscape
4:44 am
Mon June 18, 2012

At ACT, an edgy and provocative production about inmates

Ray Tagavilla (l) as a prison guard and Dumi as Lucius Jenkins in Azeotrope's production of "Jesus Hopped the A Train" at Seattle's ACT Theatre.
Jessica Martin

On stage at ACT Theater is a play about two inmates and their different outlooks on life. One man is on Death Row and has found God. The other is facing attempted murder charges and has lost faith.

The play is called "Jesus Hopped the A Train." It was written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and world premiered in New York in 2000.

Now it's in Seattle, in a production by a Seattle company called Azeotrope that thrives on material that's edgy and provocative.

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Artscape
5:11 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Khambatta Dance looks at where gestures come from

Siamak Poursabahian

Where do gestures come from? Is it nature or nuture...or just from our own imagination?

Khambatta Dance Company explores these questions in performances this week at the Seattle International Dance Festival/Beyond the Threshold. In a work called "India Calling," the Seattle-based company looks at the gestures we've inherited from our parents.

The piece, for five dancers who wear red costumes, includes live monologues and videotaped interviews of people telling stories about gestures.

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Artscape
5:02 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Now playing at Teatro Zinzanni: a Latino-themed 'Caliente' show

Mark Kitaoka

Teatro Zinzanni, which has been around since 1998, serves up a different kind of dinner theater. Acrobatics as an appetizer. A contortionist with your crudite.

Housed in a red-and-yellow antique mirrored spiegeltent, Zinzanni delivers shows served alongside a five-course meal. The waiters dance. The audience participates. The concept started in Seattle and it was so successful, Zinzanni now also has shows at a venue in San Francisco.

But the show now playing is a first for the venue and it's also more personal for the star performers.

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