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What We’re Reading This Week- February 25, 2013

Our weekly round-up of arts and culture news in the Greater Seattle area.

12th Ave ArtsPONCHO closing its doors, becoming a fund within Seattle Foundation

Puget Sound Business Journal, Valerie Bauman

ArtsFund has long used the model of direct funding of the arts, supporting groups ranging from the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Symphony Orchestra to small theater groups like the Northwest Puppet Center. It also used a different fundraising strategy from PONCHO, relying more on corporate sponsorships than private donations.

Seattle’s Pike-Pine Corridor Gets New Arts Space

KUOW, Marcie Sillman

The 12th Avenue Arts project will transform a Seattle Police Department parking lot into one of Capitol Hill’s newest multi-use buildings. In addition to retail and apartments, the building will include two theaters and office space for three small theater companies

Louis HobsonLouis Hobson chosen as Balagan artistic head

The Seattle Times, Misha Berson

Balagan Theatre, a troupe specializing in chamber versions of popular musicals, has appointed actor-director Louis Hobson as its new artistic director. He will also star in the first show of Balagan’s 2013-14 season: a chamber production of the Broadway megahit, “Les Miserables.”

Seattle’s Stramp: a swirling confection could finally link the Market and the waterfront

Crosscut, Mark Hinshaw

It’s still at least three years before the viaduct is bashed to bits — something I am eagerly looking forward to. Big Boring Bertha is having her teeth realigned in Japan but is scheduled to make an appearance sometime this summer. I hope someone is planning a gala “barge-in” for her arrival, complete with fireboats and firecrackers.