Arts

Arts
5:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Author Alex Tizon Examines What It’s Like To Be An Asian-American Man

In his new memoir, Alex Tizon explores the experience and pysche of being an Asian American man.
Daniel D. Morrison

As a boy growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, Alex Tizon was well aware of a racial hierarchy that existed, a hierarchy that put him, a Filipino immigrant, at the bottom. 

His parents admired white Americans and all things western. Tizon once caught his father massaging and pinching his nose to make it sharper and narrower, and less round and Filipino-looking.

“I took it a step farther,” Tizon said. “I used to put clothespins on my nose.”

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Arts
5:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Seattle Sound Artist Trimpin’s Latest Work To Be Unveiled At Olympic Sculpture Park

Alison Marcotte KPLU News

Three sets of oversized orange headphones have arrived at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park.

They’re parts of  “YOU ARE HEAR,” a temporary installation by Seattle sound artist Trimpin that will be unveiled Saturday.

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Living Legends
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Lily Tomlin Finds A Parking Place, And Other Comedic Insights

Lily Tomlin is touring her one-woman show and set to appear in a new Netflix series in 2015, with Jane Fonda.
Luis Sinco

Lily Tomlin calls for our interview just before lunchtime.

She's on the road, driving through Beverly Hills. I ask her to park before we start in on the questions, because I don't want to be the guy who distracted Lily Tomlin while she was behind the wheel.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

'A Year In Your Ear': NW Record Label Signs 52 Little-Known Artists For 1 Song Each

Kim Virant performs on stage.
Courtesy of London Tone.

A Northwest record label has made it a little easier for musicians to launch their careers.

London Tone has signed contracts with 52 mostly unknown artists for just one song, and allowed them record the single at the famed London Bridge Studios in Shoreline.

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Seattle International Film Festival
6:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Director Of 'Lucky Them' Proud To Showcase At SIFF A Film Set And Shot In Seattle

This year’s Seattle International Film Festival features a movie set and shot in Seattle by a Seattle filmmaker. 

Director Megan Griffiths' film “Lucky Them” kicks off the Renton portion of SIFF Thursday night. 

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On Exhibit
10:09 am
Fri May 16, 2014

'What Does It Mean To Be American Indian?' Asks Photographer Matika Wilbur

Darkfeather, Bibiana and Eckos Ancheta, Tulalip Tribes.
Matika Wilbur

Can you name and count the Native American tribes in our state? Photographer Matika Wilbur thinks everyone should be able to. She has set out to visit and photograph each of the 566 federally-recognized tribes in the U.S. 

Wilbur is on a mission: "Changing the way we see Native America. That is the goal."

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Arts
8:26 am
Thu April 24, 2014

'Vagina Monologues' Inspires South Asian Women In Seattle To Perform Their Own

The cast of this year's "Yoni Ki Baat."
Shikha Jain

In 1996, playwright Eve Ensler reclaimed a word that had mostly been relegated to medical textbooks and grade-school jokes. In her piece, “The Vagina Monologues,” she adapted interviews with women about their sexuality and turned them into performance art. The play has inspired women around the world to talk more openly about their bodies.

Here in Seattle, it inspired some South Asian women to reclaim the word “yoni.” That’s the Hindi word for vagina.

Instead of performing Ensler’s piece, these women write and perform their own stories. And there’s much to explore. They come from a society that’s grabbed unwelcome headlines in recent years for brutal violence against women. Even here in Seattle, South Asian women say they battle repressive attitudes within the expatriate community. 

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Esperanto Lives
12:45 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Esperanto Speakers To Gather On Whidbey Island, Celebrate Language's Arts Scene

Martin Schmitt Flickr

In the 1800s, a Polish doctor wished there was an easy way for his polyglot neighbors — and everyone, really — to communicate. So, he invented a language: Esperanto. About 130 years later, it’s still around, including in the Pacific Northwest.

Jennifer Bondelid started learning the language when she was 11 years old. This week, she’s hosting workshops on Whidbey Island to promote theater and film in the language. Saturday night, she and 10 cast members will perform a play called “Connected” for those attending the 34th regional conference. I had to ask: Why?

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Arts
8:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Seattle's Deaf Community Hoping To Build Understanding Through Film Festival

Seattle Deaf Film Festival

People who are deaf or have hearing loss often find themselves misunderstood, says Patty Liang. It happened to her once on a plane. A representative from the airline labeled her as disabled, which resulted in someone meeting her at the gate with a wheelchair.

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Not Just All Brawns
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Ahead Of Sounders-Timbers Match, Seattle Librarians To Take On Portland's Book Nerds

Seattle Public Library

Bragging rights on the soccer pitch aren't the only thing at stake in this weekend's Sounders match against the Portland Timbers; major nerd points are on the line, too.

The staff at Seattle Public Library has challenged their Portland-area "rival," the Multnomah County Library, to a Twitter battle of book recommendations ahead of Saturday's faceoff.

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Arts
10:53 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Denver Museum Pays Off Super Bowl Art Wager To Seattle Art Museum

"The Broncho Buster" by Frederic Remington.
Denver Art Museum; The Roath Collection

The Denver Art Museum has made good on its Super Bowl bet and delivered the Frederic Remington "Broncho Buster" sculpture to the Seattle Art Museum for a three-month exhibit.

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Arts
5:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Meet The City Of Seattle's New Director Of Film And Music

Kate Becker is the new director of Seattle's Office of Film and Music

Imagine getting a job — but in doing so, replacing a friend whose firing prompted more than 1,200 people to sign a petition calling for his return. 

That was the situation Kate Becker faced as she took over the city of Seattle’s Office of Film and Music.

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Arts
5:01 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Seattle Artist Turning Centuries-Old Pieces Of Wood Into One-Of-A-Kind Sculptures

"I Love You"
Bellevue Arts Museum, Collection of Cathy and Michael Casteel

Where does the creativity come from that fuels a work of art?

For Seattle woodcarver Daniel Webb, it comes from the dialogue he has with centuries-old wood as he carves into them.

Webb uses mostly reclaimed wood, much of it more than 200 years old. His first solo exhibition opens today at Bellevue Arts Museum, where you can see how he transforms discarded stumps and I-beams into objects as delicate as a shimmering balloon, a wispy dandelion or child’s pillow. 

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