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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Artscape
8:16 am
Sun December 18, 2011

At the Seattle Art Museum, listening to old records is the show

Installation shot of Theaster Gates: The Listening Room at Seattle Art Museum. Courtesy of the artist and Seattle Art Museum.
Photo by Robert Wade

The newest show at the Seattle Art Museum features thousands of records, a DJ booth made out of an old church pew and a hands-on record player.

The installation is called "The Listening Room" and it's the latest work by Theaster Gates.

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Artscape
8:28 am
Sun December 11, 2011

Gingerbread Village is a sugary work of art

The Gare du Palais in Quebec as a gingerbread house, one of six molasses marvels on display at the 19th Annual Gingerbread Village at the Seattle Sheraton.
Florangela Davila

Forget about sugarplums dancing in his head. Architect Eric Drivdahl is drooling over cookie staircases, pretzel fences and a giant Rice Crispy treat mountain covered in 100 pounds of white chocolate.

"Look at this whole building, it's made out of candy," he says.

He's in the lobby of the Seattle Sheraton hotel, the site of the annual Gingerbread Village. This year's theme is "Holiday Express," with all six gingerbread marvels replicating world-famous train stations.

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Artscape
8:51 am
Sun November 27, 2011

zoe | juniper is wild, theatrical dance

Raja Kelly in Seattle-based dance company zoe|juniper's "A Crack in Everything."
Photo by Christopher Duggan

Here’s what a performance by  zoe|juniper won't look like:

"Predictable and controlled," says company dancer Christiana Axelsen.

"Having the music play. Having everyone dance. Having the lights go on and then having the lights go out," says sound designer Matt Starritt.

"I wouldn’t expect it to be simple. I wouldn’t expect to see anything I’ve seen before," says dancer and company manager Raja Kelly.

Critics have described the Seattle-based company as "visually arresting" and "a feast for the senses."

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Artscape
7:51 am
Sun November 20, 2011

Old-time radio drama fires up the imagination

Gerwin Sturm/Flickr

"You're in a dark room you've never been in before. And it's very late at night."

Larry Albert is casting a spell. Cue up the sound of a creaking building and suddenly, you're transported to a slightly terrifying place.

Albert is one of the behind-the-scenes talents of Jim French's "Imagination Theater," which produces old-time radio dramas.

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Other News
12:54 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Seattle Rep goes to the dogs

Clouseau, a schnauzer from Sammamish, was among 100 dogs in attendance at "Dogs Night Out" Sunday at The Seattle Rep.
Florangela Davila KPLU

Last night’s crowd at Seattle Repertory Theatre was anything but ordinary at a first-of-its kind, tail-wagging cultural event.

There was the "welcome" message, for example, as the audience arrived at the theater doors.

"We have a little pee patch there in case your doggie should desire to go to the bathroom," said an usher to patrons filing in.

Yes, a “pee” patch. Treats and plenty of head rubs were also on hand for 100 dogs attending the theater with their humans in tow.

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Artscape
8:18 am
Sun November 6, 2011

At Seattle Opera, grooming the next generation of stars

Sarah Larsen (as Charlotte) and Andrew Stenson (as Werther) in Jules Massenet's "Werther." The Seattle Opera Young Artists production is currently playing throughout the Northwest.
Photo by Alan Abastro

It used to be that aspiring opera singers would live with their voice teachers and practice every day. That was in the 1800s.

Nowadays, the typical track is college followed by graduate school and then professional training at a major opera company.  That’s where Seattle Opera and its Young Artists Program come in.

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Artscape
7:25 am
Sun October 16, 2011

New book looks at city's musical history 'Before Seattle Rocked'

David “Guitar Shorty” Kearney and band circa 1968. The band is one of dozens profiled in 'Before Seattle Rocked: A City and Its Music" by Kurt Armbruster.
photo by Ed Lee

Long before “grunge,” Seattle was home to big band musicians, immigrant choral groups and a seafood restaurant owner who sang folk songs about clams.

Those are only some of the stories  in Kurt Armbruster's new book, "Before Seattle Rocked: A City and Its Music" (University of Washington Press).

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Artscape
8:46 am
Sun October 9, 2011

At the UW, Chamber Dance Co. is resurrecting history

Chamber Dance Company dancers General Hambrick and Christy McNeil in Bebe Miller's "Cantos Gordos." The work, created in 1994, will be performed at the 2011 fall concert.
Photo by Steve Korn

The year 1994 might not seem that long ago to you. But in the world of modern dance, it's ancient history.

Or at least history, the year in which Bebe Miller choreographed her funky, athletic "Cantos Gordos."

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Artscape
8:10 am
Sun October 2, 2011

Go ahead and scream: New horror film exhibit at Seattle's EMP

Among the horror film props on display at "Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film" at Seattle's EMP Museum is the infamous mask from "Friday the 13th."
From the Paul G. Allen Family Collection. Photo by Brady Harvey

What is it about horror films that makes our skin crawl?

EMP Museum's new  "Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film" exhibit dissects the horror flick, ripping apart the hair-raising soundtrack and giving us an up-close view of various movie props: from the gory to the just plain eerie.

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Artscape
7:09 am
Sun September 25, 2011

Seattle author looks "Inside the Land of Ballet"

Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers Noelani Pantastico and Lucien Postlewaite in "Romeo and Juliet" by Jean-Christophe Maillot. Mounting the ballet in Seattle was fraught with injuries and all kinds of second-guessing by the PNB dancers.
Photo by Angela Sterling

Stephen Manes has been a TV writer, a children's author and a personal technology columnist for national publications. He's also co-authored a book about Bill Gates.

But he was a total outsider when it came to ballet.

He'd been a patron of Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet. But it wasn't until a behind-the-scenes tour of the company for donors got him thinking: How much do pointe shoes cost? What's it take to mount a season? What's it like to be an artistic director, a dancer, a dance student, a stager, a costumer or a member of the orchestra?

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Artscape
10:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Freehold teaches the art of theater to all who seek it

Amontaine Woods, Carl Kennedy and Christian Jenkins in "The Purification Process" by Malka Lee, performed as part of the 2011 New Play Lab Showcase at Freehold Theatre in Seattle
Scott Maddock

Twenty years ago, a group of like-minded theater folk felt there was something missing in Seattle. There wasn't a lab where actors could take classes and try out new things.

"In New York, people work all the time," says Robin Lynn Smith. "In Los Angeles, you study when you’re not working. Here we wanted to have an opportunity for people to have that option to keep challenging themselves to go further. And then for creating work, we needed a place for experimentation."

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Artscape
8:45 am
Mon September 5, 2011

On Beacon Hill, a house is both home and public art gallery

Klara Glosova runs NEPO House, an art exhibition space, out of her Beacon Hill home. Her living room is frequently transformed by artists, such as Troy Gua, who show their work.
Photo by Florangela Davila

What if your neighbors turned their house into a public art gallery?

That’s what a few artists are doing in Seattle. There's a house in Ravenna, a house in the Central Area and a studio on Capitol Hill that are all transformed into temporary art venues for an art-craving public.

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Artscape
8:30 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Seattle's Pinata Man creates happiness one whack at a time

The Ninja pinata under construction by pinata maker Alex Lopez. Its destination: a birthday party for a 17-year-old girl.

In Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, Alex Lopez has carved out a reputation as the go-to-guy for making unique piñatas.

Case in point: a 26-foot-long, 7-feet-tall, 6-feet-wide pinata in the shape of a bridge. It dumped 450 pounds of candy.

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Artscape
8:40 am
Sun August 21, 2011

Youth in Focus: A story that lens itself to art

Khatsini Simani is documenting downtown Seattle as part of a summer participant in the Youth in Focus program. The program empowers young people through photography.
Florangela Davila KPLU

A busy street with lots of cars, bikes and people rushing from one place to another. Except for that one person over there with a camera ... and that one over there.

They're students with Seattle's Youth in Focus (YIF) program who are documenting the area around Second Avenue and Cherry in downtown Seattle.

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Artscape
6:15 am
Sun August 14, 2011

The banjo in Seattle Opera's "Porgy and Bess"

John Patrick Lowrie holds the 1920s banjo he plays in Seattle Opera's "Porgy and Bess."
Courtesy of Seattle Opera

You don't expect to find a banjo in the orchestra pit at Seattle Opera. But there it is, getting warmed up by John Patrick Lowrie, a half-hour before showtime for "Porgy and Bess."

From the first day of rehearsal, Lowrie made an impression upon the orchestra.

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