Finding Freedom 
Seattle Magazine » Arts & Culture
by Rachel Gallaher
5d ago
From the get-go, Stacey Levine’s latest novel, Mice 1961, plunges the reader into a story of motion. Full of fast-paced, dramatic language, slicing humor, and a cast of characters that simultaneously attract and repulse, the book (released through Verse Chorus Press) reads quickly — within the first handful of pages, two sisters are running through the sun-soaked streets of their South Florida town — unspooling a strange tale about family, longing, conformity, belonging, and finding the freedom to enjoy life fully, on one’s own terms.  “I’m interested in playing with language,” says Levi ..read more
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Celebrating 50 Years of Seattle Pride
Seattle Magazine » Arts & Culture
by Carly Dykes
1w ago
For Seattle, celebrating 50 years of Pride is about honoring the past while pushing for progress. This year’s theme, “NOW!,” is both a call to action and a nod to the origins of Seattle Pride, reflecting our city’s history of leading the movement for queer rights. Seattle’s LGBTQ+ history stretches back to the late 1800s when Pioneer Square, known at the time as “Fairyville,” was a sanctuary for the queer community, housing thriving gay bars and social spaces.  Seattle Pride 2022 Photo courtesy of Seattle Pride In 1974, a picnic organized by activist David Neth brought fewer than 200 ..read more
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Tacoma Art Museum Reckons With the Roots of One of its Biggest Collections 
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by Rachel Gallaher
1w ago
On the night of Nov. 3, 1885, a mob composed of hundreds of people marched through Tacoma, expelling members of the Chinese community from their homes, intimidating them (with weapons and threats) into leaving the city permanently, and then burning down the remaining houses — often with all of the victim’s possessions still inside.  The night of terror, which would spawn an expulsion process dubbed the “Tacoma Method,” included many prominent citizens, and was endorsed by Tacoma’s mayor at the time, Jacob Robert Weisbach. This shameful page in Northwest history is addressed in the recentl ..read more
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Trailblazing Women: Jean Smart
Seattle Magazine » Arts & Culture
by Daniel Anderson
1w ago
It’s almost noon, and Jean Smart is present as ever during a phone call. She actually asks the first question, about whether I’m a Seattle native. “Oh, you are!” she exclaims, her voice lighting up with even more warmth when she finds out I am a fellow University of Washington alum and, like her youngest, also a Chinese adoptee. She then proceeds to tell me how wonderful it was to grow up in Seattle. She still calls the city home. Nowadays, most people recognize Smart as the character of Deborah Vance, the lead character in HBO’s Hacks, a legendary comic every bit as callously cruel as compass ..read more
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Dark Emotions, Lighthearted Interactions
Seattle Magazine » Arts & Culture
by Rachel Gallaher
1w ago
Last weekend, choreographer Olivier Wevers stood on the stage at Cornish Playhouse, asking the audience to drop their preconceived notions and open their hearts to art. Casting aside any pre-written speech and speaking from a personal and vulnerable place, Wevers — the artistic director of local contemporary dance company Whim W’Him — invited viewers to approach the work they were about to see with curiosity and openness.  It was the first of a two-weekend run of Spring ’24, the company’s annual end-of-the-season performance. Wevers’ monologue was a ..read more
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Abrupt Write Turn
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by Rob Smith
1w ago
Zachary Kellian ditched a career he loved, as he puts it, “to live out a dream.” Kellian left his job as a nonprofit executive five years ago to pursue a literary career. Today, he is one of 17 finalists in an inaugural, national short story contest based around lived experiences with money. The contest, called “Money Chronicles: A Story Initiative,” is a new program from The Principal Financial Group Foundation, a Des Moines, Iowa-based grantmaking entity. Kellian’s 1,200-word story, Scotch 80s, is about the hardscrabble upbringing of a 17-year-old boy in Nevada who robs an armored truck to p ..read more
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Feeding Ghosts to Free Them
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by Shin Yu Pai
1w ago
Seattle artist Tessa Hulls’ new graphic novel Feeding Ghosts is a deeply stirring narrative of loss, mental illness, and intergenerational trauma. Set against the backdrop of China and its difficult histories, Hulls’ book is reminiscent of graphic memoirs like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do. Feeding Ghosts braids together the narratives of three women: Hulls’ Chinese grandmother Sun Yi, her mother, Rose, and Hulls’ own experiences as a mixed-race woman seeking to understand her family’s past. Sun Yi was a journalist in Shanghai during the communist takeover and ..read more
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Seattle Launches Public Poetry Campaign
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by Rob Smith
1w ago
Poetry installations will appear across Seattle starting April 1 as part of the city’s Public Poetry campaign. The campaign coincides with National Poetry Month, and centers around sustainability. It features Seattle poets Kathya Alexander, Bryna Antonia (Á Thanh) Cortes, Cindy Luong, Joe Nasta, and Bryan Wilson in locations across the city, including the Seattle Public Library (downtown and South Park); Wa Na Wari; Friends of Little Saigon; Seattle Municipal Tower; Slide Gallery (Belltown); and Bureau of Fearless Ideas.  Visual elements include postcards, posters, win ..read more
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Beauty and Diversity in Art
Seattle Magazine » Arts & Culture
by Chris S. Nishiwaki
1w ago
Seattle has become something of a hot spot for diversity in the arts. The Seattle Opera is just finishing its run of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, following its successful production of A Thousand Splendid Suns, which explored the experience of two women living under Taliban rule in Afghanistan. This past holiday season, Intiman Theatre brought back the rousing Black Nativity, written by Langston Hughes. Black Nativity returned to Intiman Theatre for another run, captivating audiences through December. Photo courtesy of Intiman Theatre   Seattle Children’s Theatre is finishing u ..read more
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The Power Of Quitting
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by Danny O’Neil
1w ago
I’m not a quitter. That used to be my standby joke when discussing my consumption of alcohol. It usually got the intended effect, which was a laugh, but there was more than just a kernel of truth in there. I didn’t want to give it up. I liked the excitement I felt when trying to decide whether I wanted to drink bourbon that evening or beer (spoiler: I often chose both). I loved the moment the buzz first hit my brain, everything getting a little warmer. I enjoyed getting loud and rowdy, especially before a Husky game, and as I started to increasingly drink by myself at home, I liked to come up ..read more
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