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?

KT Niehoff isn't normally the life of a party. Throw her into a roomful of strangers, she says, and she feels deeply uncomfortable.

If the Seattle Art Museum had sat in psychotherapy five years ago, its diagnosis would have been simple: Patient suffered from severe identity crisis.

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It's common knowledge that Seattleites rarely bother to dress up for anything, not even the symphony. But retirees in jeans and Tevas are nothing compared to the unorthodox audience at a recent Sunday afternoon concert at Benaroya Hall.