Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Simone Pin Productions Celebrates Diversity, Talent, and Thought-Provoking Artistry in ‘Queens’

by Becs Richards

Simone Pin Productions is much more than a dance company; they are dreaming of a new world. They are in the work of visioning for a more inclusive, sexy, editorial, and equitable creative space. Their upcoming performance, Queens, is a technical burlesque-based showcase of POC dancers, singers, and entrepreneurs premiering at Northwest Film Forum June 20.

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Columbia City Gallery Celebrates 20 Years

by Katie Pyontek

Columbia City Gallery smells, unsurprisingly, like oil paint. There’s a slight breeze in the gallery, and it’s quiet except for the air conditioner’s hum. An artist, one of the gallery’s current members, is working a shift in the gift shop and says hello. There’s an ease to being in the space.

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REVIEW: Discomfort in the Drama and Comedy of Act’s ‘Pass Over’

by Georgia S. McDade

When I heard the title of ACT’s next play was Pass Over, I thought the subject of the play was about Judaism. But when I saw the title Pass Over is two words rather than one, I did not know what to think. “Being excluded” and “overlooked” crossed my mind. Although I was directed to the ACT website, I did not visit it until after the play — a mistake.

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Artist Angelina Villalobos, aka 179, Infuses Her Art with Art, Culture, and Family

by Jessie McKenna

Angelina Villalobos, who goes by the moniker “179,” uses art to affect social change. Through drawing and painting, she explores her past and Latinx identity, dissecting elements of a traditional Mexican-Catholic education. She is consciously unlearning aspects of it, such as gender norms — issues, she said, “would do me harm and will ultimately hold me back.”

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Don’t Call It a Riot Comes to Seattle, Features Artwork from Franklin High School Students

by Georgia S. McDade

Amontaine Aurore. This multitalented woman is making a name for herself. She is a writer, actor, director, performance artist, and founder of Ten Auras Productions. When there were no roles for her to play, she wrote one-woman shows in which she starred: Waiting for Billie Holiday (2006), My Name Is Trazar (2007), Queen Rita’s Blues Alley (2008) ,and Free Desiree, (2012), all directed by Tikka Sears.

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THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Backstreet Bazaar, Pride ASIA Fest, MixxedFit Monday’s with Randy Ford, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., May 23:

Africatown Plaza Community Design Meeting

“We want the community engaged in the process of building Africatown Plaza, our next living monument. Now it’s time to help us build on the celebration of our legacy that was represented in the Liberty Bank Building and at the Imagine Africatown Midtown activation, bringing that momentum to our permanent building. We’ll introduce our design team to the community, present the initial concepts from previous meetings, and most importantly gather your feedback, which will help determine the design direction for the building.”

Time: 5:30–8 p.m.
Where: Liberty Bank Building — 1405 24th Ave.
Cost: FREE

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