NAME: Bao tranART FORM: FilmWEB SITE: bookiethemovie.comNEXT UP: See Black Coffee on the big screen at Bumbershoot’s One Reel film festival 9/5–9/7; Also this month, watch Bookie online at bookiethemovie.com
In the beginning, she was just in it for the tutu. As a young girl, choreographer Zoe Scofield coveted the scratchy pink skirt her older sister earned as a reward for completing a ballet class. She made it her mission to earn her own, and in the process learned she loved living in fantasy—even if only for the duration of a dance.
If you were one of the estimated 10,000 people who happened to be near the Harbor Steps last May Day, you have already experienced one of artist Lucia Neare’s self-described “theatrical wonders.” The two-hour spectacle, Ooo-La-La, was inspired by the question, “What if we put love in the air in downtown Seattle, just for a few hours?” The answer included a multitude of Marie Antoinettes (the Sophia Coppola version) blowing kisses from nearby hotel windows, 150 French toque-wearing and Lindy-hopping bakers giving golden eggs and three-tiered cakes to the audience, maids with pin
“Do you consider yourself mumblecore?” The question was lobbed from the back of the Egyptian Theatre, over the heads of a full-house crowd, during the Q&A session at the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival premiere of Lynn Shelton’s feature film My Effortless Brilliance. From the stage, hand over her eyes to block the lights, the effervescent Shelton quickly defined the term (contemporary, low-budget, indie movies with muted drama and improvised scripts) and answered that if the label helped draw attention to smaller films, then sure, stick it on her.
When Diem Chau wanders through thrift stores, she hears a cacophony of voices: A ceramic rice bowl whispers of family dinners, a porcelain teacup betrays shared confidences, a sturdy mug evokes memories of staying home sick and sipping Campbell’s soup.“I love more traditional techniques and mediums, but at some point I just found that they don’t talk back to me as much as an everyday object would,” says the 29-year-old Ballard-based artist, who uses found objects to create her arresting, small-scale works.
On a sunny afternoon last May, a Seattle mother had a perplexing conversation with her 6-year-old daughter at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Standing in front of a bright white swing set, she tried to explain to the puzzled little girl that the structure–a standard piece of playground equipment–was, in fact, not a swing set.
Much of the buzz surrounding Seattle Repertory Theatre's controversial spring 2007 production, My Name Is Rachel Corrie, centered around a singular question: How to define its real-life title character's refusal to settle for the status quo? For the play's one and only actor, however, the answer was simple.
"She was a hero, but not for the reasons that people think," says Marya Sea Kaminski of Corrie, the 23-year-old Olympia peace activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003. "She was just trying to follow her gut and find out what was right and true."
KT Niehoff isn't normally the life of a party. Throw her into a roomful of strangers, she says, and she feels deeply uncomfortable. But turn said room into a raw, light-filled dance studio and said party into Inhabit—the charmingly disarming interactive piece she created and performed with her local contemporary dance company, Lingo, last May—and it's safe to say she blossoms. “I am not a party girl," says the 38-year-old choreographer and dance teacher, a little wryly. “[But with Inhabit] we were trying to figure out how to really engage with people.
If the Seattle Art Museum had sat in psychotherapy five years ago, its diagnosis would have been simple: Patient suffered from severe identity crisis. With a collection that was neither encyclopedic nor specialized–and trapped in an outdated building–SAM was best defined by a sense of fragmentation. To quote Gertrude Stein out of context, there was no “there, there."
I'll be making my second appearance on New Day Northwest tomorrow (11 a.m. on King 5), filling in for ArtZone arts maven Nancy Guppy, and giving viewers a to-do list of arty events this weekend. It's supposed to be sunny (yeah, I'll believe it when I see it), so most of them are outdoors. Tune in to hear what I think is especially wonderful about these artful opportunities. Links to more info are below.
Thinking about taking the plunge? Here’s a look at what kind of cash you’ll sink into boat ownership—first the purchase price, then the combined annual expenses of insurance, maintenance and moorage. Illustrations by Vidhya Nagarajan
Intex Excursion 5 Boat: $450 + $0/year
In the beginning, there was yoga. Next, hot yoga caught fire. But for Seattleites, even that wasn’t enough of a mind-body challenge.
Now, behold WASUP: Washington Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga. At last we can execute warrior poses while balancing atop a paddleboard in the middle of Shilshole Bay. Part of the Washington Surf Academy (wasurfacademy.com), which offers a variety of waterborne classes out of Surf Ballard, WASUP is the Northwest’s first and only (but probably not for long!) paddleboard yoga series.
Keep your fingers and toes (and children) close—for the 10th year in a row, the talented kooks at the School of Visual Concepts (SVC) are putting on a letterpress wayzgoose, and that means the 2-ton steamroller will be back in action. A letterpress tradition since the 17th century, a wayzgoose was originally a feast to thank the lowly typesetters as fall approached and the days drew shorter, requiring arduous typesetting by candlelight.
Rumors of a giant squid dwelling beneath the Tacoma Narrows Bridge are probably bunk. Probably.
Lake Washington is reportedly home to a monstrous white sturgeon, which, according to various witness accounts, measures 20 feet in length.