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18 artists, $137,500: The 2013 Artist Trust awards
The Seattle Times, Melissa Davis

artssatotease12-150x150Artist Trust, which supports Washington artists through grants, professional development and other resources, announces the recipients of the 2013 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award, as well as fellowships in a variety of disciplines.

Photo: Norie Sato/Photo by Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times


The Stranger’s Guide to SIFF 2013
The Stranger, David Schmader

They don’t call SIFF America’s biggest film festival just for kicks. Besides corralling 273 films (plus multiple shorts packages) from all over the globe, the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival is three and a half weeks long, which means you have almost an entire month to dive into SIFF, get sick of it and ignore it for a while, then dive back in all over again.

trockadero570The Full Monte
The Stranger, Melody Datz

Raffaele Morra does not shave his chest, even though his professional wardrobe includes pointe shoes, a golden tiara, and yards of fluffy white tulle. For someone used to the traditional staging of classical ballets, it may be jolting to see a hairy, um, décolletage nestled into a frilly white Swan Lake costume, or to watch the uniquely defined musculature of male quadriceps peeking out from under a tutu while whipping through 32 fouettés. But the all-male company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo makes it work.

Photo: Sascha Vaughn

Seattle Art Museum Offers Free General Admission on Saturday May 18, 2013
Seattle PI

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) offers free general admission to SAM Downtown and the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) on Saturday, May 18 as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day, on May 18. This year, SAM—along with more than 120 other AAMD member museums across North America will participate in Art Museum Day.  General admission includes all of the galleries except for admission to the special exhibition, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London.