The stage is set at The Frye Art Museum for 16 weeks of events: films, live music, dance, artist talks, poetry readings. Part of the Genius / 21 Century / Seattle exhibition, it’s all free and open to the public, with some events being particularly suited to younger audiences and burgeoning artists. We recommend taking a look at the full lineup on the Frye’s website, and also check out our list of the video installations. Here is some guidance on what we are most excited to see this month.
Friday, October 9: Industrial Revelation – Decade Rehearsal and Performances
Musical group Industrial Revelation rehearses live in the greathouse gallery from 3 PM to 5 PM for two performances that evening, at 7 PM and 9 PM. The performance, titled Decade, celebrates their tenth anniversary as a band and the release of their new album, Liberation and the Kingdom of Nri. Members Evan Flory Barnes and Ahamefule J. Oluo performed in 2012 during the Frye’s exhibit Mw [Moment Magnitude]. While you are there, check out the blackbox theatre around the corner for short films by Charles Mudede (in collaboration with other writers and filmmakers), including two clips featuring Oluo: an excerpt from a new adaptation of his work and a clip from a performance of his critically acclaimed show, Now I’m Fine at On the Boards. .
Thursday, October 15: PNB presents Becoming Something, Within Without
A new commission from the Frye, Becoming Something, Within Without showcases the “process, progression, and product of a new dance.” Dancer and choreographer Ezra Thomson will create a new work live with Pacific Northwest Ballet Professional Division students, set to songs by musical group Animals as Leaders. Thomson is one of Seattle’s finest emerging choreographers, and the Pro Division students of PNB are exceptionally talented. (If you’ve seen their Next Step showcase, then you know what I mean.) A great event for lovers of dance young and old. 5 – 7 PM in the Frye Galleries.
Saturday, October 24: Why Seattle? with Ellen Forney and Rebecca Brown
Acclaimed authors Ellen Forney and Rebecca Brown give readings and take part in a moderated panel discussion on the question of “Why Seattle?”
Seattle, this dim beautiful place—why make it home, how does it affect your writing?
Recommended for writers of all sorts, because insanity does not discriminate based on genre. 2 – 3:30 PM in the Frye Galleries.
Sunday, October 25: The Mysterious Others with Marya Sea Kaminski
Stunning songstress Marya Sea Kaminski has an amazing performative range. Anyone who saw Intiman‘s presentations of Angels in America last year can attest to her proficiency in comedy, drama and mid-flight monologues. Things get no less complicated with her performance in the Frye’s galleries. From the website:
In this multi-media performance, Kaminski…uses text, video and terrible jokes to conjure and then cast out the demons of her brother’s mental illness, while parsing through ghosts, grief and the way memory will haunt the half-lit corners of a house.
The performance is from 2 to 4 PM, but consider staying for another hour of shared quiet, also scheduled in after what is bound to be a pretty intense two hours.