* denotes events that are $15 or less
SIFF ShortsFest *
There’s a lot to love about SIFF, but as you look at the reviews, and the lines winding around the corner, and the sun shining overhead, it can get overwhelming. Here’s my two-cents on narrowing it down: Go to the Shortsfest this weekend! I see at least a handful of short film specials each year, and I still feel like there are so many stellar shorts being made that I can’t keep up. Starting Thursday night, SIFF will host a diverse array of shorts, from the family-friendly “3 Minute Masterpieces” to “American Refugees,” four animated films about homelessness in local families. Where you’ll find me? At “Animation4Adults” on Saturday night and “WTF” on Sunday, an eclectic mélange of shorts that wouldn’t fit into any other category, all with a surprise ending (often involving light bestiality).
Diana of Dobson’s
I’ve been meaning to get to Greenwood’s Taproot Theatre to see its new Kendall Center, which rose after an arson fire in 2009 and is a neighborhood symbol of the power that is art. And it looks like now’s the time what with its latest production that offers up a story on that most timely of subject: the haves and the have-nots. Diana is pissed about her economic reality (Oh, how relatable). She works long, she earns little, she’s old (by society’s standards). And then she unexpectedly inherits money and has to decide: Invest it wisely or blow it all on something grand? Here’s your opportunity to wonder about life as a 1 percenter, based on a story written in 1908.
If you go: Diana of Dobson’s, Taproot Theatre, Through June 14 ($15-$40). — F.D.
Marie Watt *
I’ve been curious about Marie Watt ever since the Tacoma Art Museum announced she’s creating a new monumental outdoor sculpture for display later this fall. (For the past few months, the museum has been asking for donations of 400 blankets for her bronze sculpture that will eventually stand outside its new wing ).
Watt is a Northwest artist who elevates the everyday object into something glorious. She pays tribute to the social connectivity of blankets and the value of these humble items, particularly within Native American culture. Watt is a member of the Seneca nation.
Now there’s a way to get to know Watt before that sculpture is on view; the Greg Kucera Gallery is presenting its third exhibition by the artist (including the arched column design for the museum commission). There are also blanket tapestries, stitched samplers and a piece crafted out of aromatic cedar that’s inspired by a hope chest. Watt will give an artist talk and host a community sewing circle on June 7.
Marie Watt's "GENEROUS ONES (BLUE SKY),"
Untitled (DREAM CATCHER)
If you go: Marie Watt, Greg Kucera Gallery, Through June 28 (Free). — F.D.
Transmissionary is a newer band with a heinously clever and meaningless name. They play with guitarist Tomas Hunter from the Afrobeat and heavy blues fusion group Wild Orchid Children, but Transmissionary moves in a very different direction. Founding members Michael Knight and Jacob James don’t dabble much in Afro percussion, pursuing instead what they describe as “DarkMath.” In practice, it’s hardcore rock that echoes and races along. Any song would be great as a chase scene soundtrack, maybe one involving a demented motorcycle gang. Transmissionary opens for Dust Moth and Hand of the Hills .
If you go: Transmissionary, Dust Moth and Hand of the Hills, Barboza, May 22 ($10). — J.S.H.
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