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See Stokley Towles’ performance this weekend and next, ‘Water Calling’ films May 27

There are five chances left to see free performances about our local waterways at The Next Fifty celebration, the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair at Seattle Center. Catch these while you can!

The performances are part of several temporary artworks we’re presenting that illustrate how local artists are contributing to the conversation around environmental sustainability. The performances run through May 27.

Stormwater: Life in the Gutter
Stokley Towles

Seattle Center, Stormwater Field Station
Construction trailer at the north end of The Next Fifty Plaza, between Center House and the Experience Music Project
Friday, May 18, 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 1 p.m.

SIFF Cinema at the Film Center
Friday, May 25, 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 26, 1 p.m.

Stokley Towles’ one-man performance Stormwater: Life in the Gutter reveals the world of urban rainfall and traces its travels from the clouds to the city’s streets, homes and businesses and the sewer lines below. Towles weaves interviews, observations and historical research together with images, props and humor to talk about runoff, offering a gutter’s eye view of Seattle’s drainage system and the people who manage it.

Water Calling Short Films
SJ Chiro, Britta Johnson, Susan Robb, Luke Sieczek and Rick Stevenson
SIFF Cinema at the Film Center
Sunday, May 27, 2 p.m.
Five filmmakers tap into the flow of water and invite viewers to reflect on the preservation of our water resources—from drinking water through drainage. The short films vary in length and format—from a fairy-tale approach to sci-fi-like images to stop animation to a portrayal of water as a healing force.
Stormwater: Life in the Gutter is commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) 1% for Art funds and administered in partnership with 4Culture. The Water Calling short films are part of a series of temporary public artworks commissioned in 2009 with SPU 1% for Art funds.
Images: Stokley Towles, photo by John J. Little, Sr. Bella Batie as Kristal in A Water Tale directed SJ Chiro, photo by Bellen Drake.