Arts

A curated guide to this weekend’s biggest art fairs

As an independent artist in Seattle, I love going to art shows. I am guaranteed to like only about 10 percent of the art, but…

The Weekend List: Two big art fairs and the poetic sculptures of Leo Saul Berk

* Events that are $15 or less Leo Saul Berk: Structure and Ornament * The Seattle artist pays homage to his childhood home through sculpture…

Must-see: The heroic fight against Japanese internment camps

I suspected I would like Jeanne Sakata’s play Hold These Truths at Seattle’s ACT Theatre. After all, I knew the story well, and Jeanne had…

City Superhero: Julia Massey, musician, mom

Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: musician…

The Weekend List: The story of Billy Bolden, an epic Indian film trilogy and the epic Capitol Hill Block Party

* Items that are $15 or less Emboldened: The Rise and Fall of King Bolden the First Have you ever heard of Buddy Bolden? Chances…

Seattle-born director’s play takes Tennessee Williams play to new level

I’ve been to lots of productions in Seattle that got what felt to me like an obligatory standing ovation, bravos for whatever cause a show…

Coming soon: A badass feminist coloring book

What exactly is a feminist coloring book? And why has Ijeoma Oluo, a 34-year-old black Seattleite known for her social justice writing and activist Twitter campaigns, created one? [caption…

Activist as Superhero: Jessica Spear

City Superheroes is a regular column by Jacob Uitti, highlighting the powerful figures walking among us with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: activist…

The Weekend List: Grease, sea chanties and a guy named Elvis

* Events that are $15 or less Grease The 5th Avenue closes its season with what’s arguably the perfect show for the summer. Because what…

Inner States: 3 poems for America

Editor's Note: The three poems excerpted here are from Inner States, the as-yet-unpublished collection of 50 poems — one for each of the United States —…

The Weekend List: African dance, comedy horror improv and an artistic celebration of the Duwamish River

* Events that are $15 or less DanceGarden: A Celebration of World Music & Dance * Not only does this event showcase contemporary and traditional…

City Superheroes: Josh Henderson, bacon jam man

Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: chef…

The Fabulous Downey Brothers on aliens, band rules and those crazy costumes

I’m convinced that The Fabulous Downey Brothers are secretly the cast for an upcoming sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s title: Dr. Frankenfurter…

The Weekend List: The funkiest party of Pride Weekend. The animals of painter Gaylen Hansen. Thai Curry Simple’s after-dark Pop Up

* Events that are $15 or less The Westerlies * They’re one of the most innovative quartets — two trombones, two trumpets — producing sweeping,…

Now Showing: “Güeros”, a lovely Mexican road movie

The bracing, beautifully made Mexican film, Güeros, is the kind of unabashed ode to cinema we rarely see on our screens these days (and when…

Revive Seattle’s creative spirit by inciting cultural trouble

Knute Berger’s recent piece in Crosscut about Seattle and creativity raised several good questions, most importantly at the article’s conclusion, when he asks rhetorically whether…

EMP: Chronicler of Seattle’s pop roots

EMP is more or less Seattle’s ultimate package — a chronicler of past rock ‘n’ roll and an encyclopedia of present popular culture, all in…

Viral Video: Ebullient promo for classic Beach Boys’ tune

One of the many delights in the new film Love & Mercy, about the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, is the lighthearted recreation of a promo…

Now Showing: “Love & Mercy” sending out very good vibrations

The musical biopic is the Trojan Horse of the movies. It arrives bearing the gift of song only to empty its belly of clichés. Upon…

The Weekend List: Fremont Solstice. Honk! Fest West. Threesome at ACT. Television at the Moore.

* Events that are $15 or less  Threesome A man and a woman invite another man into bed and what starts out as a comedy…

Does Seattle understand how to nurture its own creativity?

Just how creative is Seattle? We’re known as a city that has a burgeoning “creative class,” defined largely by people in the business research sector…

Now Showing: Nothing to care about in “Heaven Knows What”

The mangy hell of heroin addiction is explored in the new film Heaven Knows What, from moviemaking brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie. Set within the…

Viral Video: Louis C.K.’s “most offensive SNL monologue ever”

One tweet called it the "unfunniest, most offensive SNL monologue ever.” Another monologue viewer tweeted that her "heart aches for humanity" after watching it. Deadline.com said…

The Weekend List: International Dance Festival. Surfer Blood. Pike/Pine walking tours.

* Denotes events that are $15 or less  Seattle International Dance Festival The always wonderfully curated Seattle International Festival returns bigger than ever this year with…

Viral Video: Here’s looking at Eric Andre

The Eric Andre Show? Yep, he’s for real. Eric Andre, a former sitcom actor who created this late night talk show in 2012, shooting it…

Must-see: The heroic fight against Japanese internment camps

I suspected I would like Jeanne Sakata’s play Hold These Truths at Seattle’s ACT Theatre. After all, I knew the story well, and Jeanne had…

The Weekend List: Two big art fairs and the poetic sculptures of Leo Saul Berk

* Events that are $15 or less Leo Saul Berk: Structure and Ornament * The Seattle artist pays homage to his childhood home through sculpture…

A curated guide to this weekend’s biggest art fairs

As an independent artist in Seattle, I love going to art shows. I am guaranteed to like only about 10 percent of the art, but…