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

50 Most Influential People in Seattle Right Now

Seattle Met

New York has its Wall Street titans and its media elite. LA traffics in good looks and charisma. Seattle is a different matter altogether. Here the juice that puts things in motion is harder to define. The closest word is ideas. But it’s never the idea siloed in the head of one person. It’s the big idea, wet and ill formed, that leaks from one mind to another, the idea upon which entire communities feast before rising onto the national stage.

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Library Journal, Shari Held

This January, hundreds of people attended the grand opening of an addition to the Teton County Library in Jackson Hole, WY. The big draw was “Filament Mind,” a stunning digital art installation utilizing more than five miles of fiber-optic cables, cut into 1,000 pieces, and 44 LED illuminators.

A final gift for Seattle from philanthropist Bagley Wright

KPLU 88.5, Florangela Davila

If you’re a Seattle arts and culture lover, you owe a lot to a man named Bagley Wright. The Space Needle, Benaroya Hall, Seattle Repertory Theater — Wright helped build or create all of them. Then there’s the art he’s given to the city.


Children in the region celebrate World Children’s Theatre Day – VIDEO                                                                                                                                    

The Journal, David Whetstone

For young people coming to the theater for the first time, the effect is electrifying, utterly compelling. It is live in front of their eyes, the story, the spectacle, the music, the lighting, the movement, the sound, and the actors. “Such an experience can change young lives. It informs and enriches us all.”

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The Stranger, Paul Constant

Ever since Northwest Book-fest hacked up a Target-branded lung and died back in 2004, hundreds of people have tried to bring a book festival back to Seattle. One notable attempt to revive the literary festival at the Columbia City Event Center in 2009 was ill-conceived and awkwardly produced, costing local booksellers and publishers a lot of money for little return.