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Your weekly round-up of arts and culture news in the Northwest.

Alden Mason Has Died

The Stranger, Jen Graves

“I just heard; it happened last night, I’m told. I know he was very old, and everyone has to die, but I can’t help but feel that quite a lot died with this particular old man. The fact that this person will never make a new painting again is nothing but sad.”

Andy Fife and Randy Engstrom shake up Seattle’s arts scene

The Seattle Times, Marcie Sillman

When Randy Engstrom and Andy Fife start talking about Seattle arts and culture you can almost feel the air around them vibrate. Artists in the Northwest are “like a natural resource,” enthuses Engstrom. Fife chimes in: “This is a place where nature is abundant and provides so much. Likewise culture.”

Apartment to be named after jazz great

Daily Journal of Commerce

The Low Income Housing Institute will hold a grand opening at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 for a 60-unit Seattle apartment building named after Seattle jazz legend Ernestine Anderson.

National Parks to recognize Wing Luke Museum

The Seattle Times, Jack Broom

The Seattle museum named for the Northwest’s first Asian American elected official is being given a federal designation that could lead to government assistance and increased national exposure.