by Bri Little
NW Black Pride kicked off last night with Black D*ck Matters, written by Kathya Alexander (co-writer of Black to My Roots: African American Tales from Head and the Heart) and directed and produced by Tyrone Brown. The multimedia experimental experience premiered at Gay City in front of a full house, and much like Black Pride itself, the play was provocative. The piece both asks and answers a question aimed toward Black men: How does “it” feel? The answers, revealed throughout the play, unmask the tenderness of Black pain alongside Black pleasure.
Continue reading Black Pride Play Examines the Black Male Body
by Carolyn Bick
Under the warm, yellow lights of Kobo in the Chinatown-International District’s Japantown, Mako Willet readied her sanshin, an Okinawan instrument similar to a lute, to play another song, supposed to warn fishermen about stepping on sharp conch shells.
Continue reading PHOTOS: The Celebratory and Somber Performances of Hai! Japantown
by George Collins
It’s hard to miss Javoen Byrd as he enters Empire Espresso on Edmunds Street in Columbia City. He sports a cream colored outfit with soft gold balls dangling from the collar, an Aso Yoruba. It’s an outfit I’ve seen him wear several times when tapping his hands on a set of drums in celebration of his African heritage.
Continue reading Javoen Byrd Drums The Beat of His African Heritage
by Emerald Staff
The Othello Block Party is back with a second volume of music, dance, and arts on Martin Luther King Jr. Way July 27. And this time with an expansive lineup of Seattle artists bringing songs, dance, and poetry to the of 42nd Avenue near Othello Street.
Continue reading Othello Block Party’s Second Volume Drops July 27
by Carolyn Bick
Festival organizer Benjamin Hunter is excited for the upcoming South End Heritage Festival on July 27, an event meant to blend a musical festival and the Rainier Valley Heritage Festival.
Continue reading Community Arts Create Hosts First South End Heritage Festival July 27
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.
Continue reading REVIEW: Discomfort in the Drama and Comedy of Act’s ‘Pass Over’
by Gui Jean-Paul Chevalier
A man a many sorts. Performing Artist, Painter educator among others.
After getting a personal tour of his new Pioneer Square Art studio, I sat down with artist Perry Porter at a bar on First Avenue to discuss his art, vision, process and future plans.
Continue reading Artist Perry Porter Talks Art, Hip-Hop