Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Theatre’s “Dear White People” Probes Meaning of Resistance Through Artists of Color

by Reagan Jackson

(This article was originally published by The Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)

Performance artist Boom Boom L’Roux’s “Dear White People” is back for a fourth run at Theatre Off Jackson — this time, with a theme of Resistance.

Not to be confused with the movie or the Netflix series of the same name, this “Dear White People” is an ensemble revue that includes poetry, stand up comedy, burlesque, dance and music performed by a star-studded collective of artists of color. Though the Seattle show does not share content with the movie, it did evolve from the same moment in time in Twitter, where black folks began writing pithy open letters about whiteness. Continue reading Theatre’s “Dear White People” Probes Meaning of Resistance Through Artists of Color

Despite Changes, Gallery Continues Making “Memories” In Beacon Hill

by Chloe Collyer 

At the intersection of 15th Ave and Beacon Ave S visitors will find traces of the Beacon Hill neighborhood’s past, present and future. With the addition of a light rail station in 2009 just a block away, and recent housing developments, a neighborhood that once contained a significant number of people of color owned businesses has steadily undergone a transformation. Continue reading Despite Changes, Gallery Continues Making “Memories” In Beacon Hill

“My Liberation is Tied to Other People’s”: Non-Profit “Path with Art” Uses Creative Expression to Elevate the Vulnerable

by Alex Gallo-Brown

On a recent Monday in October shortly after she won the 2017 Washington State Book Award, Tara Hardy was back on the job—not writing her own poems but teaching creative writing to adults recovering from homelessness, trauma, and addiction. Hardy has been a teacher through Path with Art, a Pioneer Square-based non-profit, for years, bringing her gifts to a community that rewards her with one of the most powerful gifts there is: the feeling of belonging. Continue reading “My Liberation is Tied to Other People’s”: Non-Profit “Path with Art” Uses Creative Expression to Elevate the Vulnerable

Battle of the Sexes: “Male Chauvinist Pig Versus Hairy-Legged Feminist”

by Gracie Bucklew

Note: This column contains spoilers for the movie Battle of the Sexes]

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Battle of the Sexes. It touched my heart in so many ways to see a movie in a theater (Ark Lodge Cinemas) that stars a driven, self-discovering lesbian womxn. Continue reading Battle of the Sexes: “Male Chauvinist Pig Versus Hairy-Legged Feminist”

Children’s Festival Celebrates Seattle’s “Big Neighborhood”

by Sharon H Chang 

Sunday at Seattle Center, Northwest Folklife took a different approach to their fourth annual Seattle Children’s Festival. Rather than presenting a handful of cultural groups onstage, as in the past, this year the festival engaged children and families in a celebration of “Our Big Neighborhood.” Continue reading Children’s Festival Celebrates Seattle’s “Big Neighborhood”

Amplifier Will Find Plenty to Amplify in Its New Backyard

by James Trimarco

In late September, the Ecuadorian-born artist Layqa Nuna Yawar traveled to Seattle from his home base of Newark, New Jersey. He then spent about a week with brushes in hand finishing We Are the Interregnum—a mural-sized acrylic painting in four bright panels featuring hummingbirds, suns and moons, a spiraling white hurricane, and dramatic portraits of artists, activists, and migrants. Continue reading Amplifier Will Find Plenty to Amplify in Its New Backyard

South End Musician Echoes Life’s Uncertainty in Newest Album

by Kelsey Hamlin

Five records and countless shows in, South End musician Noah Gundersen hit a roadblock: He no longer loved what he created. The very things Gundersen used to define himself growing up felt foreign. So he did what any songwriter would do: he played it out, creating his newest album “White Noise” Continue reading South End Musician Echoes Life’s Uncertainty in Newest Album