!--paging_filter--p“What do black men have in common?” “Who are you and what is your purpose?” “Do you really feel free?” In emQuestion Bridge: Black Males/em, the new video installation at Photo Center Northwest (PCNW), African-American men pose such questions, and African-American men answer, in straight-on, close-up, unadorned video recordings. Produced by actors Delroy Lindo and Jesse Williams and photographic historian Deborah Willis, and collected over four years from more than 150 black men in cities across America, the 1,500 exchanges add up to a fascinating documentary that blows apart the notion of a monolithic identity. To augment the installation with local perspectives, PCNW issued an open call for photo submissions, asking black men of all ages and backgrounds in the Northwest, “In one photograph, what would you say?” A selection of these photos will serve as a concurrent exhibition, emSeen: An Exploration of the Inside and the Out, the Then and the Now, By the (Still) Invisible Men/em. Together, the displays serve as a powerful reminder that the shorthand concept of “diversity” often masks the actual, limitless diversity that exists within the confines of demography. 1/16–3/8. Hours vary. Free. Photo Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave.; 206.720.7222; a href="http://www.pcnw.org" target="_blank"pcnw.org /a/p
Need to Know
1. As a student at The Evergreen State College, Pavitt used $50 and a crayon to create Sub Pop as a fanzine for credit in 1979, made it a record company, and then sold 49 percent of it to Warner Music Group for $20 million in 1995.
2. Pavitt’s spirited teen pals in his hometown of Park Forest, Illinois, included Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto, who followed him to Seattle and started Soundgarden, and Tom Zutaut, who discovered Enya, Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses, featuring Seattle’s Duff McKagan.
3. Pavitt predicts that streaming music, including songs remixed on his new 8Stem app, will jump from a $4 billion market today to $16 billion in 2020.
4. Farish (above, right) cofounded SmartAmerica Home Automation, owns Orcas Island’s Outlook Inn, made two albums and toured America as an electronic dance music DJ.