Category Archives: Arts & Culture

South End Chef Tarik Abdullah’s Insatiable Hunger to “Feed The People”

by Jake Uitti

Tarik Abdullah is one of Seattle’s most accomplished chefs. Whether he’s hosting a new pop-up restaurant or starring on an episode of Vice’s MUNCHIES, Abdullah’s fresh ideas and fresh ingredients delight his fans. To get a sense of Abdullah’s journey becoming a chef, we sat down with the man and asked him a few culinary questions. Continue reading South End Chef Tarik Abdullah’s Insatiable Hunger to “Feed The People”

The Story of Seattle’s Black and Tan Club and Those Who Owned It

by Ashley Harrison

As we have been working to build a future where Hillman City’s Black & Tan Hall serves as a thriving neighborhood restaurant, music venue, and community cultural space, a group of partner-owners at the Hall have also been exploring Seattle’s past and the history of the Black and Tan Club. Along the way, we have made some surprising discoveries about the founders of that famous venue and the role it has played in the history of our city. Continue reading The Story of Seattle’s Black and Tan Club and Those Who Owned It

Don’t Call it a Riot! Offers A Glimpse Into The Complex Realities Of Revolution

by Beverly Aarons

Don’t Call it a Riot! a stage play written and directed by Seattle playwright Amontaine Aurore premieres May 11, 2018 at 18th and Union and runs through May 20, 2018. The play is set in 1968, taking place against a backdrop of civil unrest we follow the life of Reed, a member of the Seattle Black Panther Party as she struggles with impending motherhood while fighting for Black liberation.  Continue reading Don’t Call it a Riot! Offers A Glimpse Into The Complex Realities Of Revolution

Schoolboy Q: How Key to Change Music School Is Teaching Its Founder Quinton Morris a Few Lessons

by Jake Uitti

Quinton Morris is the founder and director of the South King County music school, Key to Change. An educator at Seattle University, Morris is also one of the only tenured African-American violin teachers in the United States. In other words, he’s an Emerald City treasure. And this summer marks the first birthday for his amazing school, which serves underprivileged students seeking to learn violin or viola to one day, perhaps, play it professionally. To celebrate the Key to Change milestone, we wanted to catch up with the composer, musician, and artist before he headed out on another national tour or something else creatively incredible. Continue reading Schoolboy Q: How Key to Change Music School Is Teaching Its Founder Quinton Morris a Few Lessons

Artists Examine Black Panther Party’s International Legacy

Frye Art Museum hosts the first of three talks centralized on the iconic group’s influence

by Agazit Afeworki

After George Zimmerman’s acquittal of killing Trayvon Martin, the black community’s collective weary manifested itself in a single hashtag: Black Lives Matter. This virtually-born group drew massive national protests in real ways. But their multi-platformed activism follows the tenancy of nationalistic groups like the Black Panther Party, which feels all the more timely five decades later. Continue reading Artists Examine Black Panther Party’s International Legacy

Dance Beauty, Dance Truth

Dani Tirrell’s Black Bois brings an uncompromising truth to the stage

by Lola E. Peters

Black Bois actually began as the audience arrived and mingled in the lobby. Several performers, each wearing an opaque black veil over their face, entered the lobby, walked randomly through the assembling crowd, then exited.

On the Boards’ (OtB) Merrill Wright Mainstage has its performance space at floor level, with the audience in tiered seating before it. On entering the theater, I was greeted by Dani Tirrell, Black Bois Creator/Choreographer/Director, who invited audience members to walk around the stage and experience it. Continue reading Dance Beauty, Dance Truth

Jazz Legends Overton Berry and Julian Priester Set to Perform at International Jazz Day

 by Gus Marshall

April is jazz appreciation month, with International Jazz Day taking place on Saturday.

The Royal Room will be hosting an impressive lineup to celebrate jazz in all its glory that night, with two special shows, one early and one late. Continue reading Jazz Legends Overton Berry and Julian Priester Set to Perform at International Jazz Day