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8:31 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

New Film Series Heads to Tacoma

This image grab shows a scene from the film "Chasing Ice."

It's not quite a film festival. But a new series of films will play for free in Tacoma next month as a way to spark cultural conversations.

The "Film Forum: Advancing Cultural Dialogue" is sponsored in part by The Sundance Institute.

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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
1:18 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Real Life Story Of Small Town Mayor To Hit Seattle Stage

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 7:50 am

The mayor of Silverton, Oregon is one of a kind. Stu Rasmussen is the nation's only transgendered mayor. It’s a distinction that generated international headlines and even a protest by the anti-gay group, Westboro Baptist Church. Now, Rasmussen's saga has a new twist: A musical about his life. It’s hitting the stage in Seattle this summer.

In a small rehearsal room in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, long-time actor Mark Anders is preparing for a role like none he's had before.

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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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Arts
5:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Lynn Shelton: Seattle 'like the canvas that I paint everything on'

Director Lynn Shelton on location in Seattle
Eliza Truitt

In all the films that she writes and directs, Lynn Shelton shines the spotlight on Seattle. 

Her latest project, "Touchy Feely", was filmed entirely in the city, mainly in the Central District and "all over Capitol Hill," according to Shelton. 

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Arts
4:25 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Seattle Symphony, Opera musicians approve contract

Jessie Hodge

Labor disputes have shut down performances across the country, but Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera fans don’t have to worry about cancelations anytime soon. The musicians have agreed to a new contract. 

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SIFF
9:55 am
Thu May 2, 2013

SIFF 2013 tickets on sale today

Tickets go on sale today for the 39th annual Seattle International Film Festival. SIFF is set to feature more than 300 films, special guests, and film workshops. 

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Arts
7:20 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Seattle's Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to perform at MTV Movie Awards

Last month, it was Saturday Night Live. This month, Seattle rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will perform at the MTV Movie Awards.

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Arts and culture
2:18 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

At WSU, an ex-cigarette machine that sells art

WSU

Washington State University now has its own cigarette machine, but it doesn't sell smokes.

Instead, the Art-o-mat vends artworks at $5 each. The machine aims to make art more accessible and affordable.

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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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notable locals
3:55 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Seattle's own Macklemore: 'Don't let being gay hold you back'

Seattle’s own music sensation Macklemore has a message: “Don’t let being gay hold you back. If you’re straight, do not hold others back.”

Macklemore delivered the message in a video posted on youcanplayproject.org, a website that promotes respect for all athletes regardless of their sexual orientation.

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Arts
6:00 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Laura the Luthier kept Gibson strumming during WWII

This 1944 staff portrait piqued author John Thomas' curiosity.

During World War II, a popular song called "Rosie the Riveter" turned female assembly workers into icons.  Women filled in at places like the Boeing airplane factory in Seattle and the Kaiser shipyards in Portland while the men went off to war. 

But one famous guitar company allegedly tried to hide the fact that it was using female replacements to keep making its musical instruments. Now, seven decades later, a Portland guitarist is helping tell that story.

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Local Arts
1:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Last call for artworks to adorn vacant storefronts

"Somewhere out there" by Ryan Everson will be on display at the Publix Hotel 504 5th Ave. S. through this summer.
Storefronts Seattle

A nonprofit arts group is looking for art installations to feature around town. 

Storefronts, a program which showcases artworks in empty storefronts, is accepting applications for the year.

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Arts
5:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Teens have voice heard at Young Playwrights Festival this weekend

Cast, with director Wayne Rawley and playwright Jenna Levin, of The Inside Scoop

Teens will be the first to complain that no one listens to them. But Seattle's ACT Theatre is doing precisely that. 

For a dozen years now, the theatre has been offering playwrighting classes to young people, in and out of school time. From some 400 submissions, eight young playwrights were chosen to have their words heard in the upcoming Young Playwrights Festival. 

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Arts
11:53 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Vivian Maier, a reluctant genius photographer

Vivian Maier self portrait
Vivian Maier Jeffrey Goldstein Collection

Vivian Maier is an artist who is considered one of the greatest street photographers of our time. She was a nanny who lived in Chicago. She never talked about her work when she was alive and became famous for it after she died. That’s when thousands of her negatives were discovered and developed. Some of her work is on display right now at The Photo Center Northwest in Seattle.

Jeffrey Goldstein is a collector and owns the negatives of the photos that are on the walls. We are looking at a black and white picture taken by Vivian Maier. It shows girls, young women, laughing and playing in the shallow waves of Lake Michigan near Chicago in the late 1960's. You can almost feel their joy as they splash each other in the hot sun.

“And this is the north shore, with wealthy households and girls who have most things that they want and they are having fun, with bikinis and they are splashing water and here is Ingar, looking out towards the water and she’s the only one with a white bathing cap on."

Ingar Raymond is a chubby girl. She’s about six or seven years old and Vivian Maier was her nanny. In this picture, Ingar is the only person with her back turned to the camera.

"The lightest areas in the photograph are the clouds and Ingar’s cap. And she’s almost like one of these clouds. Just floating out there in the water by herself."

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