Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Fun. No Fun. Featuring Dawn Cerny: Walk. Use Your Library Voice. And Don’t Touch. But Enjoy Yourself.

by Brian Bergen-Aurand

Sundays are free admission to the Henry Art Gallery on the campus of the University of Washington, so we made it a family outing to see the new installation Fun. No Fun. by Kraft Duntz featuring Dawn Cerny. (It runs until 10 September.) I had read Travis Vogt’s interview with Cerny in City Arts, “The Comedic Architecture of Dawn Cerny,” (23 March 2017) and was intrigued by the concepts of “comedic architecture” and “the hidden corners of domestic life on a budget” as well as Cerny’s interview statements regarding houses and moms. Continue reading Fun. No Fun. Featuring Dawn Cerny: Walk. Use Your Library Voice. And Don’t Touch. But Enjoy Yourself.

Trombone Shorty Bringing Sound of New Orleans to Seattle

by Jake Uitti

Trombone Shorty, playing Seattle on Sunday, August 20 as part of the annual Woodland Park Zoo series, is well known for his prowess on brass instruments. Famous for his skills on the trumpet, trombone and as a bandleader, Trombone Shorty (aka New Orleans’ Troy Andrews) has been fronting groups since he was a child. An affable, thoughtful and generous fellow, the musician recently began a summer tour showcasing the music from his hometown, including cuts off his new record, 2017’s Parking Lot Symphony. We had a chance to catch up with the virtuoso to ask him about the Big Easy, how his musical ear developed, his thoughts on his lineage and much more. Continue reading Trombone Shorty Bringing Sound of New Orleans to Seattle

Urban Book Expo Founder Returning Swagger to Seattle’s Writing Scene

by Carla Bell

“We create worlds” – a commission and a solemn responsibility. Almost a decree.  From a young age, it’s this magic and power that drew him in.  

Jeff “Jay” Cheatham II, founder of the Seattle Urban Book Expo (SUBE), recalls stories of good vs. evil, villains and heroes, comic book dramas, and even televised wrestling as early influencers of his voice as a writer today.   Continue reading Urban Book Expo Founder Returning Swagger to Seattle’s Writing Scene

Delbert Richardson’s “American History Traveling Museum”

by Susan Fried

(Editor’s Note: This article contains images that may be triggering to some readers)

The white, replica, Ku Klux Klan robe seemed to emit an eerie glow as the sunlight from the skylights in the ceiling of the Armory at Seattle Center put a spotlight on it during Festival Sundiata, the annual Black Arts Festival at the Center. Every year Delbert Richardson sets up his American History Traveling Museum during the event to highlight the “unspoken” history of African Americans. He’s been collecting artifacts, like this robe, for over 30 years and estimates he has several hundred items, along with over 100 storyboards he created. Continue reading Delbert Richardson’s “American History Traveling Museum”

Review of Seattle’s Latest Walking Guide

by Emily Moore Smargiassi

Walking guides of Seattle abound, but Take a Walk Seattle by Sue Muller Hacking, out now in its 4th edition, remains the ultimate guide to walking in nature in the Puget Sound region. A book for those who look forward to scenic walks close to home and work, Take a Walk Seattle includes only walks, “at least a mile in length…surrounded by greenery or close to water, and allow no motorized vehicles.” Continue reading Review of Seattle’s Latest Walking Guide

Robert O’ Hara’s Satirical Barbecue is Inappropriately Appropriate

by Sharon H. Chang

Barbecue, by satirist and playwright Robert O’Hara, is a play full of twisty turns, politics, tons of f-bombs, and the kind of dark comedy you’re not sure if you should laugh or grimace at. One (of only two) full-scale productions put on by Intiman Theatre for their 2017 season, the play is quick-witted, inappropriately appropriate, and an experience you won’t likely forget. It opened in Seattle last week at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, under the direction of Malika Oyetimein who previously directed O’Hara’s Bootycandy for Intiman in 2015. Continue reading Robert O’ Hara’s Satirical Barbecue is Inappropriately Appropriate