Mickalene Thomas Photographs and
tête-à-tête open at the Henry on July 14
The Henry welcomes artist Mickalene Thomas (U.S., born 1971) for an exhibition of her photographic images and influences. Best known for her large-scale, multi-textured paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, Thomas first began to photograph herself and her mother as a student at Yale—a pivotal experience for her as an artist.
While working across multiple series, much of her photographic work functions as a personal act of staging and reappropriation. With each series, she grapples with and asserts new definitions of beauty and inspiration. Thomas’ portraits draw equally from 1970s black-is-beautiful images of women such as supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Vonetta McGee; Édouard Manet’s odalisque figures; and the mise-en-scène studio portraiture of James Van Der Zee and Malick Sidibé, to mention a few.
Perhaps of greatest importance, however, is that this collection of portraits and performed scenes reflects a very personal community of inspiration as well—a collection of muses that includes herself, her mother, and her friends and lovers, emphasizing the communal and social aspects of art-making and creativity that pervade her work. This exhibition and its accompanying publication are the first to gather together Thomas’ various approaches to photography, including chromogenic color prints, collages, and Polaroids.
On the occasion of the Henry’s presentation of MUSE: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête, Thomas has prepared a video installation of Je t’aime (2014) and Je t’aime deux (2016), and has curated a selection of video works by the artists included in tête-á-tête. These are on view in facing galleries, in keeping with Thomas’s commitment to dialogue across communities of inspiration. The exhibition at the Henry also includes a reconstruction of the artist’s studio, a tableau depicted in many of the photographs.
The idea of communities of inspiration is further carried out via tête-à-tête, an installation curated by Thomas of work from photographers and key images that have inspired her. This includes work from older generations of artists as well as more contemporary artists who are part of her generation or younger, and may in turn find inspiration in Thomas’ own practice. Artists in tête-à-tête include Derrick Adams, Renée Cox, John Edmonds, Zachary Fabri, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Deana Lawson, Nicole Miller, Zanele Muholi, Malick Sidibé, Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems.
MUSE: Mickalene Thomas Photographs is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York. The exhibition is supported, in part, by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc. The presentation at the Henry is organized by Sylvia Wolf, John S. Behnke Director.
Opening Weekend Events
Sat, Jul 14
11 AM – 12:30 PM SalonTalk with Bettina Judd, Anastacia-Renee, and Christa Bell
2 – 3 PM Conversation with Mickalene Thomas
4 – 6 PM Social Hour with a performance by The Black Tones
Drinks & conversation
Sun, Jul 15
1 – 3:30 PM ArtVenture: Tied Together
For more information and to reserve tickets, go to www.henryart.org
Friends of Waterfront Seattle has announced its 2018 waterfront summer event lineup, featuring free live music, performance, and sports for all ages. Family-friendly performances occur every Saturday and Sunday from July 7 through September 2 at Hot Spot, the event stage on Pier 58, located at 1401 Alaskan Way.
Awesome local bands kick off the Hot Spot season with the third annual KEXP Rocks the Dock concert hosted by KEXP 90.3, Seattle’s non-commercial independent radio station that produces an award-winning, innovative blend of music for a worldwide audience.
Live music by Stas Thee Boss and Nappy Nina, Misundvrstood & Gypsy Temple, Breaks and Swells, and DJ & Emcee OCNotes Summer make up the season kickoff Saturday, July 7 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Other weekend events include reggae and surf music, soccer and music with the Seattle Sounders FC Rave Foundation at the Soccer Octagon, site-specific dance performances, K-Pop music and dance, a hip hop tournament-style competition, Blues music, Central and South American music, dance parties and competitive dance battles, and the Americana Festival. For details on the full Hot Spot schedule of waterfront events this summer, visit www.friendsofwaterfrontseattle.org/events.
Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the City of Seattle’s nonprofit partner helping to build the park and ensure its lasting success. Following the public-benefit partnership model, we educate the public about the park and its benefits, raise philanthropic funds to build the park, and will partner with the City to manage and program the park long-term. Our goal is to make the central waterfront a public mixing ground where all communities can share cultural, recreational, and civic experiences in a beautiful environment. Waterfront Seattle / Friends is a founding member of the High Line Network, a movement in cities across the world to reclaim underutilized infrastructure and reimagine it as public space. Explore the future park at our project showroom, Waterfront Space, located at 1400 Western Avenue in Seattle, and open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Creatively Speaking, Please join us this Saturday, July 14th at 2.45 pm for series of short films, presented at Blerd City Con 2018. See details below.
Blerd City Con is a conference dedicated to showcasing the multi-dimensional complexity of black nerdiness through all spectrums of creativity, invention, and innovation. We’re going to have panels, workshops, film screenings, Afrofuturism, special guests, presentations, and so much more. Visit our marketplace for gaming and comic books and take your kids to our all ages science and technology exploration center — where they can be inspired like never before.
BLERD City Con panels and workshops include:
New Avengers: Voice of a New Media
Wakanda & the Wealth of the African Diaspora
Betting Big! Tech and Business
Women in Comics
Black Males in Mainstream Media: Politics, Protest, and Sexual Misconduct
Dysfunctional Disorders of Social Media Mayhem
Code, Write, & Sip
Son of Mogh: A lecture
ZOMBIE DOOMSDAY: A fictional reading
World of Martial Arts: Does it work in Brooklyn?
It’s a Kpop World Sing-a-Long
This expansive cultural celebration is held at St. Francis College 180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, New York on July 14 and 15. A further announcement will follow for July 13’s location. It will be a blast.
You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event and experience!
A ticket admits one adult and one child.
Pre-Registration is required for admission.
Fathers and Sons Together
Awesome FREE Empowerment BASEBALL Camp special guest Seattle Mariners
How do we strengthen the relationships between fathers and sons? An organization founded by Larry Wilmore, husband of 28 years, Seattle resident and father of two sons is the founder of Fathers and Sons Together (FAST). FAST is a 501©3 non-profit organization designed to strengthen this relationship through various activities, events, and programs. On Saturday, July 21st, 2018 they will host a AMAZING Baseball Camp with Baseball Beyond Borders, Seattle Mariner Dee Gordon and his dad Flash Gordon along with Seattle Mariner Hall of Famers Alvin Davis and Brian Hunter. The lesson theme: Integrity
Rainier Beach High School Baseball Field
|10 – 2pm | 8815 Seward Park Ave S.
Seattle WA 98118
Fun, high-energy learning experience with a highlight Father/Son baseball activities and games Lunch provided
Lesson: Integrity A strong Father/Son relationship is based on integrity
For more information and registration: www.FASTFathersAndSonsTogether.org
or call (206)228-6460
Calling all families, youth, parents, grandparents, & young adults! Are you ready to laugh, worship, sing & dance?
For the very first time Multi-Grammy nominated artists The Walls Group will perform live in the Pacific Northwest. Nate Jackson—nationally accomplished comedian will bring comedy—creating an evening of entertainment you will not want to miss!! All are welcome to the SHIFT Conference community night.
The NEW SHIFT CONFERENCE July 20-22
Get ready for a YOUNG ADULT conference unlike any other in the Pacific Northwest! SHIFT has one main goal: to EMPOWER young adults to become high impact leaders in the church, community & family life. Our workshops and activities address the needs of the TOTAL person…Mind-Body-Spirit.
The SHIFT Conference features:
- Nationally recognized preachers, scholars, community organizers & clinicians
- A fresh menu of workshops that will transform participants personally, professionally, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and economically.
- Food & Childcare!!
- Social and Networking events
- Dynamic Worship
- Entertainment by The Walls Group & Nate Jackson
- SO MUCH MORE!
A NEW SHIFT is coming….you don’t want to miss it.
Visit www.theshiftconference.org for all details related to SHIFT weekend!
Grab your tickets for the concert of the summer!
Visit www.theshiftconference.org for more information and to purchase tickets!
LIHI Announces Free “Upbeat on Jackson” Concert Total Experience Gospel Choir
LIHI is excited to announce a free Central District performance by the amazing Total Experience Gospel Choir, featuring Pastor Pat Wright.
The choir will be performing for The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) as part of the “Upbeat on Jackson” concert series. LIHI, a Seattle housing non-profit that has been fighting homelessness for over 25 years, is now at the forefront of the “Tiny House Village” movement, providing shelter, safety, and community to people and families experiencing homelessness.
The Concert is 7pm-9pm at Ernestine Anderson Place, located at 2010 South Jackson Street. Ernestine Anderson Place is named after the jazz vocalist legend from the Central Area and provides housing for over 65 low income and formerly homeless seniors. All are welcome to this free concert. Free dinner will be provided for all guests as well.
Under the direction of founder Pastor Pat Wright, the Total Experience Gospel Choir is a well-oiled spiritual machine of perpetual movement, having toured and done charitable works locally and across the country and world since 1973, winning over 150 awards. Pastor Wright is a long-time resident of the Central District, home to many other internationally known artists including Ernestine Anderson, Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix.
If you want to be engulfed by a good foot tapping, multicultural, heart thumping, soul saving, gospel music extravaganza, you need to take a listen to Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.
Opening act is singer/songwriter, raconteur and well-known Pike Place busker Michael Dare.
The concert will be preceded by a live oral history interview with Pastor Wright, conducted by two-time Peabody Award winning music documentarian Steve Rowland. They will discuss Wright’s childhood in Texas, the importance of Gospel music, the heyday of the Central District music scene, and the current gentrification of the neighborhood.
Join us in the historic Central District for an evening of community and uplifting spirits honoring LIHI and its tireless work for social justice and dignity.
The UpBeat on Jackson Concert Series is funded through a Department of Neighborhoods grant.
Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels is back for its eighth year with airshows featuring aerobatic performances, fly-overs, airplane, car and motorcycle displays, live music, food, a beer garden and kids’ activities.
The air show and car show, which is presented by the Tacoma Events Commission, will be held at Tacoma Narrows Airport, 1202 26th Ave. NW in Gig Harbor. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 30 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 1.
“We are excited to expand Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels to two days,” said Doug Fratoni, Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels director. “This will be the only airshow in Pierce County this year. Come out to Gig Harbor to see amazing airplanes while getting your car and motorcycle show fix at the same time.”
Highlighted performances and activities include:
- Smoke-N-Thunder jet car racing down the runway at 300 miles per hour
- Olympic Flight Museum flying an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter and Bell UH-1 Huey
- World War II P-51D Mustang flyover
- Vietnam-era TA-4J Skyhawk fighter jet flyover
- 1943 Boeing Stearman biplane flying aerobatics
- West Coast Raven RV team flying formations
- Extra 300C flying aerobatics
- Live music by: U.S Army Rock Band “Courage,” Kim Archer, The Spud Makers, The Jim Valley Project with Jim Valley of Paul Revere and the Raiders.
Private airplane and helicopter rides will be available at an additional cost. Details will be available at the gate.
A full schedule of events is available at www.freedomfair.com/wings-and-wheels
Tickets are available at www.freedomfair.com/wings-and-wheels or at the door. Tickets for adults 18 and older are $15 in advance/$20 at the door, seniors are $10 in advance/$15 at the door, military ID holders are $10 in advance/$15 at the door. Tickets are $10 for children ages 5 to 17, while those ages 4 and under get in free. VIP Chalet tickets are $50 and include admission, reserved shaded seating, catered lunch, and soft drinks.
Les Schwab, Smoke-N-Thunder Jetcar and Veterans of Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom (VOIEF) are partnering to offer free tickets to current and former military personnel. Visit any Les Schwab Tire Center in Pierce County and show your military or VA ID. Mention Jetcar or VOIEF. This offer is available while supplies last.
Seattle Parks and Recreation welcomes all to enjoy the annual Big Day of Play
Free event Aug. 18 at Rainier Community Center and Playfield; water activities at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
Big Day of Play is a celebration of our city’s diversity, and it encourages neighbors, communities and families to have fun, build relationships and be active together. Big Day of Play will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rainier Playfield and Rainier Community Center in southeast Seattle (3700 S. Alaska St.). The event is completely free and includes activities for all ages and abilities.
“Big Day of Play is our signature event at Seattle Parks and Recreation,” said Christopher Williams, Interim Superintendent. “This free event supports community members in enjoying the health benefits—both physical and mental—of connecting with others through active recreation, and it helps show adults and kids how much fun there is to be had in our parks and open spaces.”
The event will showcase active recreation booths and activities, including basketball, wheelchair rugby, goal ball, adaptive play equipment, rainbow bingo and much more. Community members can also enjoy cultural music and dance presentations throughout the day. Discover your inner athlete while enjoying the sounds, smells and foods from a range of communities.
Additionally, we are inviting everyone to hop down to Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center to try out sailing, rowing and stand-up paddle boarding.
The Big Day of Play is presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Get Moving Initiative, which supports local groups in offering innovative and culturally relevant events and projects to increase participation in community sports, recreation and physical fitness activities that serve under-resourced communities. Funding for the Get Moving Initiative is provided by the Seattle Park District.
This year’s Big Day of Play sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, City of Seattle, the Associated Recreation Council, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Bartell Drugs, 4Culture, Lowe’s and Cedar Grove.
If you’re interested in volunteering or participating as a vendor at Big Day of Play, please visit www.bigdayofplay.com.
Free transportation is available – more information here.