Artscape

Artscape
7:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Here's A Taste Of A New Album That Salutes Seattle’s Forgotten Funk And Soul Scene

Cover art for the 1987 LP "Our Night Out" by Romel Westwood, one of the musicians featured on "Wheedle's Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie Volume II 1972-1987"
Light in the Attic Records

Back in the day — we’re talking the 1960s, '70s and ‘80s — local Seattle bands played funk and soul music in the city’s dance clubs.

The music was the soundtrack of a black-owned radio station operating out of the Central Area called KYAC.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Seattle Gilbert And Sullivan Society Celebrates Composers' Enduring Popularity

Lydia Salo, 13, rehearses "The Mikado" for an upcoming show with the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Florangela Davila

At 6-foot-3, Garry Webberly is a towering figure with a head of white hair and a matching mustache. The 76-year-old Webberly's musical tastes run from classical to classic rock. But for the past 48 years, he’s taken to the stage to perform in volunteer productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

“It’s good music, great dialogue. I love it all,” Webberly said about the operettas that are known for their wit, their absurdly complicated plots and technically-challenging songs.

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon August 13, 2012

The record – it's more than just vinyl

Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery

There are so many ways we can listen to music. Usually the easiest these days is playing tunes on a digital gadget such as a phone or laptop. It wasn’t that long ago when we had to make a trip to the local record store to stock up on the latest hits.

The current exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery, The Record: Contemporary Art And Vinyl, shows how the flat black disk and the sleeve that holds can do so much more than just play music.

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Artscape
5:03 am
Sun July 15, 2012

John Cage: a great of the musical avant-garde, with Seattle roots

The prepared piano in the lobby of the Cologne Philharmonic - an installation honoring John Cage's centennial as part of the Acht Bruecken festival of new music. Cage invented the prepared piano while in Seattle.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Many experts call him the greatest iconoclast of 20th-century music.

The avant-garde composer John Cage is perhaps best known for his pioneering use of silence in music. He also broke ground with the use of everyday objects as instruments, electronics and chance in composition.

He was born in California and died in New York. But some of his most formative years took place in Seattle.

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Artscape
4:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Grassroots politics in Seattle hits the big screens

A political tale of the little guy going up against the establishment that happened in Seattle more than a decade ago is now on the big screen in movie theaters.

The film Grassroots tells the mostly true story about former monorail champion Grant Cogswell running against incumbent Richard McIver for a seat on the Seattle City Council in 2001.

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon June 11, 2012

LeMay Car Museum displays history and art of autos

Hood ornament at the new LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma.
Katherine Banwell KPLU

The new LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma is a dream come true for car lovers. But it’s also worth a visit if you’re into art. The color and shape of the vehicles is a feast for the eyes, and there’s art history too, if you consider such things as hood ornaments and how they’ve changed over time.

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Artscape
5:02 am
Mon May 21, 2012

At SIFF, local film "Eden" spins a true tale of sex trafficking

Jamie Chung plays a Korean-American teen kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery in the movie "Eden."
Sean Porter

The film "Eden" tells the story of human trafficking through the tale of a Korean American teen in New Mexico. It's part horror film and part survivor's tale and it's based on a true story.

It's Seattle director Megan Griffith's third feature film.  And it's a project she was drawn to because of the actual narrative:

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Getting creative with a very small space

Julie Alpert's Zigzags, Stripes and Shadows
Jennifer Wing KPLU

A tiny space with big ideas. This is the motto of the Telephone Room in Tacoma. It claims to be one of the smallest places in the world where artists display their work.

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Artscape
5:30 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Garcia Lorca's play exploring the pains of love, denial hits Seattle

Ruth McRee (in the foreground, on the left) as Bernarda and Colleen Carey as Angustias rehearse for Frederico Garcia Lorca's ‘The House of Bernarda Alba,’ which will play May 4-19 at The Ballard Underground in Seattle.
Michael Brunk NWLens.com

The ideas of freedom and repression have played out around the world for thousands of years. The Spanish playwright, Frederico Garcia Lorca, explored those themes in "The House of Bernarda Alba."

The play was the last thing the Spaniard penned before he was assassinated in 1936, after General Franco and his military regime took power in that country.

The House of Bernarda Alba will be performed in Seattle by an all-female cast.

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Paramount's library: A treasure trove of memories

1928 Model T Fords, top hats, and thousands of people spilling out onto 9th and Pike. It's the opening of Seattle's Paramount Theatre (originally called the Seattle Theatre). Now that rich history is archived in the new, fourth-floor Paramount library. 

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Was a homosexual life as public before WW2 as now?

Shower Bath by George Bellows, circa 1917

Right now the Tacoma Art Museum is the only place on the West Coast where you can see the controversial exhibit, Hide-Seek, Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.

The show covers nearly 150 years of art from the gay and lesbian perspective. It also explores the theory that the gay and straight worlds intermingled more freely before World War II.

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Artscape
4:46 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

'A Salesman' lives on in Philip Seymour Hoffman

Bridgette Lacombe

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 1:54 pm

When Philip Seymour Hoffman took the stage on March 15 in the new revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, he became the fifth actor in 63 years to walk the boards of Broadway in the shoes of the blustery, beleaguered salesman, Willy Loman. In the last six decades, each incarnation of the play has resonated with a new generation of theatergoers.

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon March 5, 2012

'A Song For Our Planet' - Hearing the sacred in the environment

Angela Sevin Flickr

Did you know that in just about every sacred text there is a reference to the environment? From the Bible to the Koran, to ancient Buddhist writings, there are passages that talk about how people have either been destroying the Earth or how we need to do a better job taking care of it.

A new coral work performed by Seattle First Baptist and Plymouth Church focuses entirely on the environment. It's called A Song For Our Planet.

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Artscape
9:16 am
Sun January 29, 2012

Seattle playwrights take on 'time' in latest Collective showcase

From the beginning of time when single-celled organisms were the only life on earth, to the multiverse where people can exist in parallel realities, to a dying woman who relives her romantic past through a photograph that freezes with the end of time – those are some of the plots for an upcoming showcase of Seattle-area playwrights.

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Artscape
9:52 am
Sun January 22, 2012

The majestic, four-legged performers of 'Cavalia'

"Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse" combines equestrian and performing arts as well as live music and more than 40 horses.
Courtesy of "Cavalia"

There’s a village of white tents that look like a castle rising from Redmond’s Marymoor Park. It's home to both arena and stables for dozens of horses, the stars of "Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Man And Horse," which has been billed as "equestrian ballet."

Created in part by one of the people behind Cirque du Soleil, the show is a spectacle featuring acrobats, aerialists, musicians and, of course, riders. But these are riders who do stunts like ride standing up (picture "watersking" on a pair of horses galloping in a circle) or riding while doing the splits.

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