What’s Good in Seattle: The Magic Number, July 23, 2014

Posted on July 24, 2014, 7:19 pm
5 mins


Capitol Hill Block Party is this weekend. Deco Night is tomorrow night at Seattle Asian Art Museum. And artist Yuri Kinoshita’s floating teahouse will be out and lit beautifully in Lake Union on Friday and Saturday (July 25 and 26). That’s a load of good stuff happening this weekend, but there’s always more.

I turned 33 this month (oh dear…) and in light of that, the number three has been much on my mind. It’s the magic number, they say, and several good things come in threes this week.

Your Feast Has Ended at The Frye Museum

Acrylic and ink on paper, chromed steel, marble veneer, brass.

Nep Sidhu. “(Re) Confirmation A, 2014.” Image courtesy of the artist.

I have written a long essay on this show, and I will probably write another digest of it closer to its final days, because it’s one of those must-see experiences. Three artists are presented together: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nep Sidhu and Nicholas Galanin. The media is diverse; the themes are challenging; the experience is wholly rewarding. In essence, the work at the Frye does everything art is supposed to do. (And as always, a lot of the permanent collection is on display, so if the new art rattles you, you can take a breather halfway through and see the exquisite, more familiar portraiture and landscapes in the back gallery.)

For those who want to hear more from the artists, mark your calendars not this week but next week, Saturday, August 2. The artists will form a panel to discuss historical understandings and roles of the male shaman that underpin their body of work. The panel will be moderated by Seattle-based writer, editor, and researcher Negarra A. Kudumu. This panel discussion is part of the Frye’s Community + Family Day, which offers activities from 11 AM to 4 PM, including window mural creation, pollinator garden planting, a breakdancing workshop and performance by The Vicious Puppies, live music from Eduardo Mendonҫa, and more. For full information and schedule, check out the Frye Web site.

Your Feast Has Ended is on display at The Frye Museum (704 Terry Avenue) through September 14. The Frye Museum is always free and family friendly.

An Evening of One Acts at ACT Theatre

A triple bill of one-act plays from acclaimed writers is brought under one roof at ACT Theatre (700 Union Street). From art enthusiast and comedian Steve Martin comes Patter for the Floating Lady, which rather sounds like something he’d say and features a lovesick magician and his assistant breaking off their romance. Perennial favorite of New Yorker subscribers Woody Allen offers Riverside Drive, in which a paranoid vagrant confronts a screenwriter whom he believes to have stolen his idea. Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard completes the night with a rather zany sounding play called The Unseen Hand. The synopsis: “Loners, outlaws, and aliens come together in a wild affirmation of free will and pioneering human spirit.” I’m reeeeally curious to see how that translates onto the stage.

An Evening of One Acts plays most nights (and Sunday afternoons) through August 17. Learn more and grab tickets on the ACT Theatre Web site.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Seattle loves film. It loves all kinds of film, because, after all, La Lengua de Cinema es Universal. Seattle also likes being ahead of the curve on social issues, including LGBT rights. That all comes together in Three Dollar Bill Cinema, which was founded in 1996 to give a venue for LGBT stories that were at the time far outside the mainstream. It continues to be on the cutting edge, with eyes on international issues (which are grim for LGBT people around the world) and trans-rights.

They have had a pretty good month, getting highlighted by The Audience Awards as one of the top queer film festivals in the country. In addition to their festival, Three Dollar Bill works with youth through their Reel Queer Youth program, presents Cineoke (karaoke style movie sing-alongs), and hosts outdoor screenings at Cal Anderson park in the summer. The theme this summer is Teenage Dreams. Check out the fun line up for August on their Web site. Consider becoming a member to support their work and get the scoop on all their events throughout the year.

T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.