Arts

Arts
5:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Two 'Monuments Men' Who Helped Preserve Art During WWII Hailed From Wash. State

Sherman Lee of Seattle, a "Monuments Man" who also served as associate director at the Seattle Art Museum in the late 1940s.
Undated photo via The Associate Press, courtesy of SAM

The movie “The Monuments Men” spotlights a platoon of real-life U.S. soldiers who rescued artistic masterpieces from the Nazis during World War II. 

Overall, there were approximately 350 men and women from 13 nations who fought to preserve art from the ravages of war. Two of them came from Washington state.

Sherman Lee, who was born in Seattle, was an expert in Asian art who served as associate director at the Seattle Art Museum in the late 1940s.

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Arts
5:30 am
Thu February 6, 2014

New Film Explores Reasons Why People, Young And Old, Walk 500 Miles Across Spain

"It's like walking in a postcard," says an American woman in the film "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago."

For centuries, people have been making a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain known as the "Way of St. James" or El Camino de Santiago, and among them is a growing number of people from the Pacific Northwest.

The pilgrimage was traditionally made for religious reasons. The route ends at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where the remains of  St. James the Apostle are believed to be buried.

But Portland filmmaker Lydia B. Smith, whose documentary "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago" is opening in Seattle this weekend, says there are many reasons people take on the challenge.

"A lot of people do it for the adventure or to ease a transition without looking for something specific," she said. "There really is no right or wrong reason to do the Camino."

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Lunar New Year
5:01 am
Fri January 31, 2014

For Lion Dancers, Lunar New Year Marks Culmination Of A Year's Work

Members of the Lieu Quan Lion Dance Team perform at a practice session.
Neil Giardino

Most people see the lion dance, at most, once a year on Lunar New Year. But for the dancers, the art is no occasional matter. Whether they practice the Chinese style or another version of the popular Asian dance, they practice year-round to perfect their moves for their annual performances.

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Native Sons
9:43 am
Fri January 24, 2014

7 Shots At Grammy For Seattle Duo Macklemore And Ryan Lewis

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, American musician Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore, right, and his producer Ryan Lewis pose for a portrait, at Irving Plaza in New York.
Carlo Allegri Invision/AP Photo

Seattle’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have seven shots at a Grammy Award on Sunday. The hip-hop duo is nominated for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album and Best Music Video.

Local pop music critic and writer Gene Stout says that’s an impressive list of nominations.

“A lot of people think of Macklemore and Lewis as an overnight success, but they’re not,” Stout said. “Macklemore’s been at it for 10 years. Certainly what they’ve done with two chart hits is extraordinary. And for a duo, it hasn’t really happened since the ‘90s.”

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Bah, Humbug!
5:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Beyond Scrooge: Dickens Characters Inspired By Walks Around London

5th Avenue Theatre

"Oliver!" tells the story of a young orphan's misadventures in London, from the workhouse to a den of thieves and, finally, to a family that loves him. The musical, on stage now at the 5th Avenue Theatre, is based on the novel "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens.

Albert Evans, artistic and music associate at the 5th Avenue Theatre, who says the character of Oliver was one of many Dickens created and used over the years to call attention to societal ills, and to portray London as he saw it.

Q&A: Albert Evans discusses Charles Dickens

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Arts
4:32 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Seattle to Convert Langston Hughes Institute Into Self-Sustaining Nonprofit

Joe Mabel Wikimedia Commons

The city-operated Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) will soon be its own self-sustaining nonprofit organization.

Under a five-year plan, Seattle plans to hire a transition coordinator, help LHPAI secure nonprofit status and gradually decrease its financial investment in one of its oldest cultural institutions.

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jazz
5:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Roosevelt High Senior Selected to Play in Grammy Band

Roosevelt High School senior John Otten discovered the trumpet as a fourth grader.

"I thought, 'It’s only three valves. It wouldn’t be that hard. I bet I could do it,”’ he said.

Turned out, it was hard; he couldn’t even get a sound out that first month.

Fast forward eight years, and Otten is headed to the Grammys as the only student from the Pacific Northwest selected for the Grammy Band Jazz Session program.

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books
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Sherman Alexie's Idea to Turn Authors into Booksellers for a Day

Sherman Alexie
American Booksellers Association

Head to an independent bookstore on Saturday, and you might find a local author working behind the counter.

One thousand authors at some 400 bookstores will be participating in a one-day national program called “Indies First”, which aims to draw shoppers to independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday.

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poetry
5:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Meet Mercer Island's Own National Student Poet

Florangela Davila

Meet Nathan Cummings, a senior at Mercer Island High School and one of five chosen National Student Poets.

"It's like a crazy fever dream," said Cummings of having been awarded the highest recognition of its kind for young literary minds. 

 The awards are part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. They're administered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Cummings flew to Washington, D.C. last month for the ceremony where he met Joyce Carol Oates and Michelle Obama.

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Arts
5:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Local Sightings Film Festival Showcases Local Talent

Tom Skerritt and Shirley Knight start in the film "Redwood Highway."

The film scene in the Northwest has become more prominent over the years thanks, in part, to the Northwest Film Forum. The small art house theater in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is an incubator for local talent that is getting noticed nationally. Many of these artists got their work in front of an audience for the first time at the Film Forum's annual Local Sightings Festival, which takes place over the next week. 

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Arts
5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Seattle, City of Literature?

Ryan Boudinot is on a mission to earn Seattle the UNESCO distinction as a "City of Literature"

A campaign is under way to earn Seattle the distinction of being an international “city of literature.”

The man behind the effort is Seattle author Ryan Boudinot.

“I’m just a guy who wants cool things to happen in his city, who loves books and loves reading, and loves talking to writers and learning about new voices," he said. 

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Fashion
5:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Garments Designed for That Other Big Moment: Your Funeral

One of nine "Burial Ensembles" created by Mark Mitchell in a new show at Seattle's Frye Museum.
Kelly O.

What do you want to be wearing in your final moments? That's the question Seattle artist Mark Mitchell has been wondering about. And he has answered it in the form of burial clothing he has created for a new show at the Frye Museum.

"I’ve not had the luxury of not thinking about death a lot," he says. "I’ve had HIV disease well over 20 years. And I’ve lost many friends." 

In his 51 years on earth, Mitchell has been to a lot of funerals. There was the one for his father.

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Prose Pros
2:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

State Poet Laureate Wins Book Award for Hanford-Based 'Plume'

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Flenniken.

Washington state’s poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken has been awarded the Washington Book Award.

Flenniken’s new work of poetry, titled “Plume,” recounts her childhood in the nuclear-company town of Richland.

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Arts
3:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

New Exhibit Highlights Infamous Skyjacker D.B. Cooper

A sketch of D.B. Cooper
AP/FBI File FBI

A new exhibit at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma explores the mystery and the legacy of D.B. Cooper, the infamous skyjacker who jumped out of a plane with $200,000 in cash more than four decades ago.

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Art by chimps
12:35 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Northwest Chimps Compete in National Art Contest

Chimp artist Jamie is said to be "the non-human boss" of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.
Courtesy of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Two chimpanzees living in the Northwest are competing in a national art contest. The chimps and their caretakers are trying to win a $10,000 first prize for their respective sanctuaries.

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