Category Archives: Arts & Culture

“A Good Day for a Revolution”: Our review of Columbia City Youth Theatre’s The Defiance

by Sharon H. Chang

The house lights go down. Three young dancers in ripped white t-shirts and iridescent gold boots stride on stage. Beyoncé’s  “Freedom” starts to play. The dancers move, gesture, stomp. More dancers join them and the dance gets fiercer, stronger, bolder. “I’m keep running,” sings out Beyoncé, “cause a winner don’t quit on themselves.” Then–gunshots ring out and all the dancers drop to the floor, dead. Continue reading “A Good Day for a Revolution”: Our review of Columbia City Youth Theatre’s The Defiance

Pain, Growth, and Healing: Brother Ali Brings Recipe for World Changing Hip-Hop to South Seattle

by Jake Uitti

Since his debut album in 2004, Shadows On The Sun, Brother Ali has represented a powerful voice in hip-hop. He’s reflective and eloquent. You can hear his heartbeat pound through his music. He’s the sort of person you’d want to ask for advice – not, say, if you wanted to buy a new car, but if you needed guidance on how to deal with a sick family member. Continue reading Pain, Growth, and Healing: Brother Ali Brings Recipe for World Changing Hip-Hop to South Seattle

Acclaimed South Seattle Bassist Evan Flory-Barnes Assigns “Spiritual Homework”

by Paul E Nelson

What if the richest local businessmen in Seattle knew that their own legacy would depend on how much they supported the arts in their town, like the Medici Family in Florence? Can it happen here? We can dream can’t we? If there is an emerging Seattle culture, it sounds more like Jazz than the grunge of the 90s or even artists like Macklemore, if Evan Flory-Barnes is any indication. See his band, or “brotherhood” as he likes to call it, Industrial Revelation, and know that something swinging AND spiritual, something informed by Hip Hop AND Bebop sounds like it could only come out of multicultural Seattle. Continue reading Acclaimed South Seattle Bassist Evan Flory-Barnes Assigns “Spiritual Homework”

Liberty Bank Building Art Evokes Black History

by Doug Trumm

(This article was originally posted on The Urbanist and has been reprinted with permission)

Community members gathered at Centerstone in the Central District Wednesday evening to get a first glimpse at the art planned for the Liberty Bank Building, which will bring 115 affordable homes to the site of the region’s first Black-owned bank at 2320 E Union St. The immense artistic talent of the Central District was on full display at the art open house, and early indications are that the Liberty Bank Building will be a beautiful structure permeated with creative works. Continue reading Liberty Bank Building Art Evokes Black History

Gallery Showcases Art’s Pathway to Self-Expression

words and photos by Alex Garland

The Columbia City Gallery is dropping an assist to art aficionados whose colossal passion for collecting is mismatched with a microscopic bank account.

The local artist co-op, which is associated with the arts division of South East Effective Development (SEED), is currently hosting its annual two week sale of local works produced by nearly two dozen South Seattle based artists. All watercolors, pottery, ceramics, and jewelry on display in the main gallery is priced for under $200 and will be available to purchase until April 16th. Continue reading Gallery Showcases Art’s Pathway to Self-Expression