Upcoming events in the community Oct 27, 2011

by Jessica

Its fall in Seattle, which means that there's a surge of art events happening around the city. This weekend we've been talking about the final tour of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at The Paramount, but here are a few other events to put onto your calendar:

c. 1993 (you never step in the same river twice)
Annex Theatre

Thu – Sat | Now – Nov 18

Annex Theatre invites you on a journey to 1993, the year River Phoenix died, WWF’s “RAW” was launched, Bill Clinton was inaugurated, and Whitney Houston convinced the world she would always love them.  Developed and performed by en ensemble under the vision and direction of Bret Fetzer, c.1993 (you never step in the same river twice) is a crazy quilt mix of music, pop culture, gender dynamics, celebrity and the lasting impact of the early 1990’s.
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[c. 1993 photo courtesy Annex Theatre/Ian Johnston]

Harp Song for a Radical
University of Washington

Wed – Sun | Now – Nov 6

Professor Jeffrey Fracé and an ensemble are building a play from the ground up. Harp Song for a Radical is loosely based on Marguerite Young's biography and inspired by the life of labor activist Eugene V. Debs. The work explores how the "ordinary guy" makes a decision to act, and in so doing becomes a hero. This collaboration with the History Department also examines labor and politics, past and present.  Watch a “Behind the Curtains” segment.
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Seattle Art Museum

Fri | Oct 28

Get illuminated and experience Luminous: The Art of Asia during an evening of performances, gallery talks, art making, dancing and more at this late-night creative explosion! No two Remix events are the same!
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Guest Artist Series: AmyO/tinyrage + Kathleen Hermesdorf
Velocity Dance Center

Fri – Sat | Oct 28 – 29

Velocity’s 2011 Artist in Residence Amy O’Neal and San Francisco dance luminary Kathleen Hermesdorf pair-up for a week of classes and collaboration culminating in an evening of new works in a co-production with AmyO/tinyrage. Watch the trailer!
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The Haves and the Have Nots
Richard Hugo House

Fri | Oct 28

Commissioned by Richard Hugo House as part of the 2011-2012 Hugo Literary Series, Charles Johnson, author of the National Book Award-winning “Middle Passage”; queer spoken word luminary Tara Hardy; and Fantagraphics’ cartoonist Megan Kelso debut new writing that answers the question, “Does having it all ever equal happiness?”, with new music by David Nixon of “Awesome.”
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The Mormon Bird Play
Washington Ensemble Theater

Oct 28 – Nov 21

Written and Directed by Roger BeningtonSix male actors play little girls, who become birds, who manifest themselves as Mormon temple workers and Mormon pioneer women. This is the allegoric dream-world of The Mormon Bird Play, a darkly-twisted new comedy in which ten year-old Ivona–ugly, gawky, and mute–comes to live with her Mormon cousins in Salt Lake City. When she finds an injured bird on the grounds of the LDS Temple, Ivona immediately becomes an object of suspicion, dangerously reflecting the ills of the culture that surrounds her. Can that society suffer a mirror of its own imperfection, or must that mirror be shattered?
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[Photo courtesy of Washington Ensemble Theater]

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