NAME: Kristen T. RamirezART FORM: Visual ArtsWEB SITE: kristenramirez.comNEXT UP: The grand finale of the bridge project on or near 9/12 (visit thebridgereport.blogspot.com for details). Also see Ramirez’s visual work at Capitol Hill’s Grey Gallery in October/November (greygalleryandlounge.com)
I thoroughly enjoyed Thursday’s opening night performance of Bottega ZinZanni, the creative collaboration of two of Seattle’s biggest dreamers; local fashion designer Luly Yang and purveyors of one-of-a-kind dinner theater, Teatro Zinzanni. Encouraging our imaginations to soar, the two joined hands to create the cabaret-style show which tells a beautiful story about the transformative nature of fashion.
This just in: Chinatown and the International District will soon be home to the city's newest art walk. Participants will include Kobo Gallery, Higo Variety Store, a travelling collection from ArtXchange, highlights from the largest collection of Bruce Lee memorabilia, alleyway art, Kau Kau’s famous BBQ pork and outdoors street performers.
How you gonna pay last year’s rent? This year’s rent? Next year’s rent?
Broadway’s Tony award-winning musical, Rent, is now playing at the Paramount Theatre through June 21. You want to see it (you need to see it!), but how you can afford a ticket and still pay your rent?!? You aren’t as broke as the characters in the musical, but you also don't want to eat Ramen noodles for a month in order to buy tickets!
It seems that sometimes hitting below the belt can be a good thing. ACT Theatre’s Below the Belt by Richard Dresser is currently on stage until June 21 and it’s a timeless take on corporate culture. Anyone who has had to face down a cubicle on a daily basis will appreciate the satire and black humor found in Below the Belt.
If you suffer from coulrophobia (an exaggerated fear of clowns), that does not mean that you need to avoid Intiman Theatre’s current production of A Thousand Clowns by Herb Gardner. There aren’t actually 1,000 clowns (much to the relief of the costume department! How many shades of plaid and polka dots can you even find!?). There is one, cardboard cutout of a clown, but you can easily avert your eyes until the danger has passed. The good news is that even without clowns, the play remains laugh-out-loud funny!
Sometimes an invention can revolutionize the world. For instance, there is the stick. Ice cream was imprisoned in bowls until the stick transformed it into a portable phenomenon (cake never recovered from the blow). The corn dog? It wouldn’t have any fans if not for the stick. The new-and-improved Capitol Hill Art Walk, renamed Blitz, blitzcapitolhill.com, hopes that the stick can revolutionize art in the same way. On June 11, Blitz will celebrate its launch with the Art-on-a-Stick Parade.
In your twenties, you are the master of being cool (if only in your mind!). Then you look in the mirror one day and there is a full-fledged adult staring back at you! You have a career, 2.5 kids, furniture and even a few gray hairs. You can’t help but wonder whether your coolness went the way of legwarmers and hacky sacks.
No need to worry and create more gray hairs. After seeing local celebrity author Tom Robbins, there is no doubt that coolness is a state of mind without an expiration date!
Phew! After watching 1163 minutes of short films over the course of 7 evenings last week, I am happy to report that my fellow jurors and I were able to choose three winners (and two runners up) for SIFF's ShortsFest... without too much fist fighting. We began our deliberations last night at 9pm, after the final short film showcase. By that point we had all watched alllllll the films and had our personal Top 10 lists in each of the three categories (Documentary, Animation, Narrative) at the ready.
After the recent grueling set of experimental shorts, the batch of short films I watched last night was refreshingly okay! Nothing during the 3 hours of films either sucked outright or made me feel like I was going to have a stroke. Several were quite good, actually.
I attended SIFF's jam-packed opening at the Paramount last night, which featured a pretty funny British mockumentary (In the Loop), a Mayor's Award for Lynn Shelton (and her soaring success), and a lot of thankful speeches (perhaps too many...then again, SIFF has a lot of people to thank). I'm told the post-screening party food was fabu but the crowd was so thick I couldn't get to it (and I was starving, so I slipped out to forage for a meal elsewhere).
In our February issue, we gave readers "Five Reasons NOT to Move to Portland" (apparently ruffling a few feathers in the process). Always looking for a good debate, we were flattered by the ensuing response from Portland Monthly, which recently published its own retaliatory list with five reasons why Portland "kicks ass&qu