“Today more than 200+ African-American Men in the Seattle area welcomed the children of South Shore Middle School to school with high-5’s and genuine words of encouragement!
The look on these kids faces and excitement they had from receiving a simple high-five from all of us in attendance was amazing! Parents, teachers, staff and community leaders were just as excited….as was I to have been apart of something special!
This kicked off an entire day of programs and targeted discussions at South Shore that centered around importance of nurturing and developing our African-American communities, starting with the youth!
The intent and goal was simple: Change The Narrative by exposing children of all race and cultures to the diversity of excellence that exist amongst African-American Men. And there we were, 200+ men of color representing a diversity of hues, professions and stories enthusiastically giving out high-fives to students as they entered the building to start their day! What a time to be alive!
As we celebrate Black History Month, take to time to reflect on the greatness and excellence that people of African descent have brought to this world. There is so much to be celebrated!
Still, many accomplishments and positive stories from the past and present go untold in favor of audio and imagery that often seek to promote negativity.
Doing race better: Race and the reform of urban schools
An increasingly common topic in our cultural conversation, issues of race are largely ignored as a consideration in the policies that shape urban schools and school systems. Professor Payne explores how taking race more fully into account may allow us to shape more powerful educational practices and adequately address social inequity..
When:Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016; 7:30 p.m.Where:Kane Hall, Room 120
4069 Spokane Lane
Seattle, WA 98105 (directions and parking)
Cost:Free, but advance registration is required.
Tacoma- Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Screening
Please join the conversation on how we can come together to build awareness and connect communities working on similar issues.
Find more information on the documentary and other African American History programs and resources at amgrad.kbtc.org/blackhistory
Strong thematic content, children under 13 not recommended.
37th annual Group Health Seattle to Portland
presented by Alaska Airlines
The largest cycling event in the region tops at 10,000 cyclists; registration
sells out every year
Portland or bust! Public registration for the 37th Annual Group Health Seattle to Portland presented by Alaska Airlines (STP) opens Tuesday, February 9 at 10 a.m. Cascade members have had early registration access. The 206-mile Group Health STP takes place on July 16 & 17. Topping out at 10,000 riders, the STP is the largest bicycle event in the region and sells out each year.
An epic journey connecting two of America’s great bicycling cities, STP riders will also have exclusive access through Joint Base Lewis-McChord on beautiful, low-traffic roads. All of the official STP free food stops will feature exciting new food additions, as well as all new giveaway items available at the finish line to commemorate riders’ 206-mile accomplishment.
Full route and additional information available at cascade.org/STProute.
The Group Health STP presented by Alaska Airlines is made possible with support from the local communities through which the route passes. The STP is a joint fundraiser between Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes. In addition to supporting Cascade and Washington Bikes programs, rider registration fees help give back to the communities we pass through and the organizations that thrive along the route.
2015 STP facts:
8,212 Washington riders; 1,242 Oregon riders
26 percent of Washington riders are from Seattle; 48 percent of Oregon riders are from Portland
Riders represent 45 of 50 U.S. states and seven countries
1 in 4 STP riders identifies as a woman
Oldest rider: 89
In 2016, Seattle Center and community organizations in our region present 23 ethnic festivals on weekends throughout the year. The acclaimed series, which fosters unity by honoring diversity, opens with Tết Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year in mid-February and concludes with a celebration of Dawali in Festival of Lights, the first weekend of November.
As Seattle Center Festál prepares for a public program milestone in 2017, the 20th anniversary year of this illuminating series of ethnic cultural events at Seattle Center, we look to the depth and breadth of the individual festivals that comprise the outstanding collection. They form the bedrock of our free, public offerings at Seattle Center, captivating and enlightening festival-goers as they experience the distinct cultures that influence the character and course of our broader community
Following is information and details on the 2016 series:
Seattle Center Festál: Tết Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14, Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion. Traditional dress, lucky money, martial arts and Children of the Dragon preserve the rituals, joys and learnings of an ancient culture – celebrating its 20th year at Seattle Center in 2016.www.seattlecenter.com/festal.
Seattle Center Festál: Irish Festival, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Saturday andSunday, March 13-14, Armory Irish gigs, genealogy, dance and drumming enliven Irish culture and heritage in the Pacific Northwest – now marking its 45th year in Seattle.Learn more at: www.irishclub.org.
Seattle Center Festál: Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, March 20, Armory. The young festival – in its 4th year at Seattle Center – presents music, dance, food and fashion to highlight French influence around the world and in our region. À bientôt! Learn more at: www.fenpnw.org.
Seattle Center Festál: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, 10 a.m-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 22-24, Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion. A feast for the senses, articulated by Taiko drums, ikebana flowers and intricate artwork, illuminate ancient views of a modern culture. Celebrating 37 years at Seattle Center in 2016. Learn more at: www.seattlecenter.com/festal.
Seattle Center Festál: Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration,12 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, May 1, Armory. Lion dances, martial arts, live music and expressive art forms explore Cambodian, Thai, Laos and Tongan civilizations. Learn more at: www.apiheritage.com.
Seattle Center Festál: A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, May 21, Armory. Journey from Beijing to Seattle through 5,000 years of visual arts, crafts, traditional dance and music of China. Learn more at: www.chinaartandculture.com.
Northwest Folklife Festival, Friday – Monday, May 27-30, throughout the grounds. This Northwest tradition – observing its 45th year at Seattle Center – evolves with our communities as it presents multicultural arts and traditions through lively music, dance, stories and art. www.nwfolklife.org.
Seattle Center Festál: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., June 4-5, Armory and Mural Amphitheatre. The 30th annual festival presents pageantry, music, martial arts, drill teams and visual arts to celebrate Filipino independence and showcase the beauty of the country and people. Learn more at: www.festalpagdiriwang.com/.
Seattle Center Festál: Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest, Saturday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., June11-12, Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Roof. Continuous live music and Southern spiced foods illuminate African-American heritage and inspiration in this soulful and fun-filled event – celebrating 36 years in 2016. Learn more at: www.festivalsundiata.org.
Seattle Center Festál: Spirit of Indigenous People, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 25, Armory and Mural Amphitheatre. Colorful costumes, rhythmic dance and storytelling preserve the sacred and promote the value of indigenous ancestries throughout the world – now in its 7th year at Seattle Center. Learn more at: www.sihb.org.
Seattle Center Festál: Polish Festival, 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, July 9, Armory and Mural Amphitheatre. Polish food, thrilling performances, cultural workshops and vibrantly decorated costumes and crafts celebrate this jubilant culture – now in its 5th year at Seattle Center. Learn more at: www.polishfestivalseattle.org.
Seattle Center Festál: Iranian Festival, Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., August 13, Armory. Expressive performances, poetry, face painting, puppetry and authentic cuisine offer a glimpse into this rich and multifaceted culture – in its 10th year at Seattle Center. Learn more at: www.iaca-seattle.org.
Seattle Center Festál: BrasilFest, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, August 21, Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Roof. The 18th annual tropical “carnival” showcases the lively music, martial arts, food and cultural roots of this South American ethnic mosaic. Learn more at: www.brasilfest.com.
Seattle Center Festál: Tibet Fest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28, Armory and Fisher Rooftop. The ancient and unique thrives at this 21st annual festival highlighting Himalayan arts, music and stories that express a cultural pride rooted in kindness, compassion and love. Learn more at: www.washingtontibet.org.
Seattle Center Festál: Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Roof. As the festival enters its 9th year, the resourceful aloha spirit comes to life in the Hula, Ono food, music, crafts, tourism resources and a Hawaiian marketplace. Learn more at: www.seattlelivealohafestival.com.
Seattle Center Festál: Seattle Fiestas Patrias, Saturday, 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 17-18, Armory, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center Pavilion. Wellness and community intermingle in this Latin American independence celebration – in its 38th year at Seattle Center – filled with lively music, tantalizing foods and family. Learn more at: www.seattlefiestaspatrias.org.
Seattle Center Festál: The Italian Festival, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, and10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24-25, Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion. Pasta and pizza, popular music and wine, grape stomping, and expressive displays recognize the remarkable contributions of this dynamic and artful culture – in its 29th year at Seattle Center. Learn more at: www.festaseattle.com.
Seattle Center Festál: CroatiaFest, 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, Armory. Acclaimed dance ensembles, art exhibits, foods, tourism information, intricate costumes and historical displays explore this rich culture at the 12th annual CroatiaFest. Learn more at: www.croatiafest.org.
Seattle Center Festál: TurkFest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, Armory. Folkdances, elaborate costumes, culinary delights and a tempting bazaar underscore Turkish linkages to East and West – now in its 16th year at Seattle Center. Learn more at: http://www.turkfest.org.
Seattle Center Festál: Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, Armory. Exquisite arts, elaborate altars, face masks, processions, special foods and ritual honor the past and celebrate our departed at this 15th annual festival of the dead. Learn more at: www.seattlecenter.com.
Seattle Center Festál: Hmong New Year, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, Armory. This family celebration preserves the ancient highland cultures of China, Laos and Thailand as it brings together Hmong people from across the region. Learn more at: www.hmongofwa.org.
Seattle Center Festál: Festival of Lights, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, Armory. The final Festál event is also the newest – in its first year at Seattle Center – sharing the story of Diwali as it presents Indian music and dance, crafts, children’s activities and flavorful Indian food. Learn more at: www.seattlecenter.com.
Seattle Center Festál is a program of Seattle Center Productions. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visitwww.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200.
About Seattle Center Festál
Seattle Center Festál 2016, a collection of 23 cultural events presented on weekends throughout the year, highlights the diverse cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region with traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops, marketplaces and more. Seattle Center Festál is produced with the generous support of KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, Coca-Cola, Alaska Airlines and T-Mobile. Additional support is provided by the City of Seattle and Seattle Center Foundation.
Tacoma, WA– Tacoma Little Theatre is honored to present Pamela Parker’s SECOND SAMUEL, directed by Chris Serface.
It was a simpler time in the late 1940’s, especially in South Georgia in a sleepy little town called Second Samuel. The Great Depression was quickly fading into memory, the war had been won, and “Give ’em Hell Harry” was still president. Folks in Second Samuel were ready for things to settle down and get back to normal. Except—this was the summer Miss Gertrude passed away, and deep dark secrets were about to be revealed. Nobody could have imagined how the death of one sweet little old lady would turn the entire town upside down. Would anything ever be normal again?
This production features Aaron Mohs-Hale (B Flat), Kerry Bringman (Frisky), Jimmy Shields (US), Bob Yount (Mansel), Tom Birkeland (Mr. Mozel), Diana George (Omaha), Jill Heinecke (Jimmy Deeanne), Neicie Packer (Marcela), Ellen Peters (Ruby), Michael Dresdner (Doc), and Marc Carvajal (June).
SECOND SAMUEL will run Friday, January 22, 2016 until Sunday, February 7, 2016. Friday and Saturday showings are at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. This show is recommended for all 12 and up.
Tickets are $24.00 (Adults). $22.00 (Seniors 60+/Students/Military), and $20.00 (Children 12 and under). Tickets may be purchased online at www.tacomalittletheatre.com, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281. Group rates are available for 10 or more, and special FLEX passes for 6 are only $120.00.
There will be a special “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Tickets for that performance will be available beginning Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in person or over the phone.
Dave Malloy, Marisa Michelson, Amanda Green converse and perform
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4
TACOMA, Wash. – Three significant composers of American musical theater are coming to Tacoma to discuss their influences, to perform and share excerpts of their work, and to engage in an intimate conversation about the changing world of staged musicals.
The free, public event at University of Puget Sound will feature Off-Broadway Theatre Award (OBIE) winner, composer, and performer Dave Malloy, who is on the brink of his Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer and performer Marisa Michelson, co-writer of the acclaimed musical Tamar of the River; and Tony-nominated lyricist, composer, and performer Amanda Green, the first woman recipient of the Frederic Loewe Award for Outstanding Composition.
The summit, The Changing Sound of American Musical Theatre, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, in Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus. Everyone is welcome and entry is free, with no tickets required.
The evening will move between short lectures, live performances from the guest artists, a video presentation, and a discussion between the guests and audience, moderated by Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Jess K Smith. The multimedia review of the three composers’ bodies of work and unique creative processes will aim to uncover some of the significant ways in which the sound, structure, and needs of American musical theater are continually evolving.
One example that Smith gives of the shifting musical theatre frontier came in 1996, when RENT opened off-Broadway. Audiences suddenly were seeing challenging themes such as AIDS and addiction at the center of a Broadway musical. Moreover, the score blended Puccini’s La Bohème with the rough timbre of classic rock, to create an entirely new sound on the Great White Way—the nickname for New York’s Midtown section of Broadway. The hit play changed the sound and scope of musical theater.
Summit speaker Dave Malloy, too, has pushed boundaries. His Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,slated for a highly anticipated Broadway run this fall, takes 70 pages from Tolstoy’s iconic War and Peace, and transforms it into an electropop opera. His earlier opera, Beowulf—A Thousand Years of Baggage, was named in The New Yorker’s “Best of the Year” list and featured original music combining Weillian cabaret, 1940s jazz harmony, punk, electronica, and Romantic Lieder, turning the stage into a cacophonous swirl.
Similarly, composer Marisa Michelson has transported audiences to spaces that can be at once familiar and eerily foreign. She has taken inspiration from the Bible, Sappho’s poetry, and The Arabian Nights, weaving together contemporary, Middle Eastern, and American musical influences, with patter song, electronics, Meredith Monk-inspired sound play, and the harmonics of traditional Tibetan singing bowls.
Tony-nominated lyricist and composer Amanda Green is known for striking a balance between honoring Broadway traditions and simultaneously expanding the form. Through diverse collaborations with artists such as legendary guitarist Trey Anastasio, of rock band Phish; Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton); and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights David Lindsay-Abaire and Doug Wright, Green has contributed significantly to the sound of modern American musical theatre, with shows such as Hands on a Hardbody, On the Twentieth Century, Bring it On, and High Fidelity.
All three of the participating composers’ work is influenced by their perspectives as performers, composers, and scholars. Below is further information on each of the presenters.
Dave Malloy is a composer, writer, performer, sound designer, musical director, and pianist. He has won numerous creative awards, including two OBIE (Off-Broadway Theater) Awards, a Richard Rodgers Award, and a Will Glickman Award. He wrote the music for eight full-length musicals, most recentlyGhost Quartet, which sold out at performances in Brooklyn and New York. In 2012 Malloy wrote and performed in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera based on Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which received rave reviews and numerous awards. He co-createdThree Pianos, a drunken romp through Schubert’s Winterreise, and composed the highly acclaimed Beowulf—A Thousand Years of Baggage. Other musicals include Black Wizard/Blue Wizard, a philosophical musical fantasia with co-creator Eliza Bent; Beardo, a Russian-ballet inspired retelling of the Rasputin myth, written by Jason Craig and including a string quintet and 40-piece choir; and Ten Red Hen’s Clown Bible, a gypsy-jazz infused set of Bible stories, from Genesis to Revelation, told through clowns. Molloy has been a guest professor in devised music theater at Princeton University and Vassar College, and has worked with numerous theater groups.
Marisa Michelson is a Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer, singer, and voice teacher. The music for her experimental musical, Tamar of the River, written with Joshua H. Cohen and staged by Prospect Theater Companyin 2013, was called “exquisite” by The New York Times. The work also was produced as a theatrical oratorio by New York Theatre Barn and Choral Chameleon. Michelson composed the music for The Other Room, a musical theater piece that ran for a month at The Barrow Group theater. The music was praised by The New York Times as producing “real chills.” Musicals in development include Scheherazade—a musical adaptation of Jason Grote’s acclaimed play, 1001—and a new work, with playwright Dipika Guha, about the nuclear testing that took place in Las Vegas in the 1950s. Previous musical-theater pieces include Still Life with Toe Shoes; Hotel Sarajevo; and The Lovers. Michelson’s songs have been featured at New York venues including The Kennedy Center, York Theatre, New World Stages, and The Flea, and at Signature Theatre, in Virginia. Her recordings include Tamar of the River (Yellow Sound Label) and “All New,” sung by Nikki M. James (The Broadway Lullaby Project).
Amanda Green is a lyricist/composer and an award-winning performer. Her Broadway credits include her role as co-composer and lyricist for Hands on a Hardbody, in collaboration with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, which attracted four 2013 Tony Award nominations. She wrote the lyrics for the original musical An Americain Boy, collaborating with Olivier Award-winning British composer Richard Thomas, on a work directed by Tony-nominated director Leigh Silverman. She was the first woman awarded the Frederic Loewe Award for Outstanding Composition, from the Dramatists Guild of America, for her music for Hands on a Hardbody. For television Green wrote additional lyrics for NBC’s Peter Pan LIVE! and special lyrics for the Kennedy Center Honors on CBS (2014). She is developing an original dramatic series for television, co-writing with Tony winner Lisa Kron (Fun Home), for producer John Lyons (Sisters, The Young Pope). Green produces and performs in concerts of her work, alongside Broadway guest stars, in New York theater venues including Joe’s Pub, Birdland jazz club, Second Stage Theatre, and Feinstein’s 54 Below. She received MAC Awards both for outstanding musical comedy performer and for comedy song. She also received a Bistro Award for Outstanding Comedy Song.
The Changing Sound of American Musical Theatre is sponsored by the Matthew Norton Clapp Endowment for Visiting Artists, Department of Theatre Arts, and School of Music, at University of Puget Sound.
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A youth led, adult supported community conversation about recognizing young men of color as community assets is planned for Jan. 18 following the Martin Luther King Junior Day Celebration.
The “Flip the Script” event begins at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.) at the University of Washington Tacoma’s William W. Philip Hall (1918 Pacific Ave.) for youth and young adults to reflect on how racism impacts their sense of self and wellbeing, discuss the systems that reinforce racist images and how to make change in the community.
The event is free to attend and space is limited to 300 attendees. To reserve space(s), pre-registration is available at 253flipthescript.eventbrite.com.
Refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available in the Cragle Parking Lot (21st and C St.) or at the Tacoma Dome Station (424 E. 25th St.). For information on public transportation, please visit soundtransit.org.
For questions about the event, please call the Office of Equity and Human Rights at (253) 591-5000.
Black Violin is a revolutionary music group blending hip-hop, rock, R&B, bluegrass and classical music. This group of two classically trained violinists, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester are redefining the music scene. The genre-busting group shows that music does not exist within a box. They’ll perform at Tacoma’s historic Pantages Theater on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
Black Violin takes their name from a record by the preeminent African-American swing era jazz violinist Stuff Smith. Since forming ten years ago, the duo has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles. Live, they are often accompanied by their crack band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal), drummer Beatdown (Jermaine McQueen) and cellist Joe Cello (Joseph Valbrun).
Over the past decade, Black Violin has performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries, as well as appearances at Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration, three official NFL Super Bowl celebrations, and the 2012 U.S. Open. Along with these performances, Black Violin remains particularly committed to a series of school visits, where they bring the importance of arts education to the forefront, particularly for urban youth.
“We encourage kids to think creatively, to take what they love doing and try to come up with something no one has ever done before,” explains Will B. “And that doesn’t just apply to playing violin or even music, but whatever it is you decide to do. Expand your mind. Once we get their attention with the music, that’s the message we want to deliver.”
Tickets for Black Violin are on sale now and are $19, $29, and $39. Tickets may be purchased through the Broadway Center Box Office at 253-591-5894, toll-free 1-800-291-7593, in person at 901 Broadway in Tacoma’s Theater District or online at www.broadwaycenter.org/BlackViolin