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

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
Music activists celebrate civic win at Volunteer Park jam gathering
Sebastian Garrett-Singh, July 8, 2013


Lately it’s been the food workers demanding change, but some activists shake up the civic order another way — through their music.

Fair Trade Music Seattle started a little over a year ago, co-founder Jay Kenney tells CHS. The group founded as a musician advocacy group recently drum-rolled towards a musical win, and will commemorate the changes to Seattle music venues with a Monday night celebration at Volunteer Park running from 5 – 9pm. Cue the cymbal crash.

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Bees on a plane? Sea-Tac’s honeycomb habitat
Robert Mellinger, July 10, 2013


Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has made a substantial industry innovation. With a new aerial fleet that runs on nectar, it is now one of two or three airports in the country, including Chicago O’Hare, utilizing flower power. The project, called “Flight Path,” marries art, culture and ecology with the creatures upon whose lives we depend to bring all of these together — pollinators.

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Movie dates with Seattle’s mayoral candidates
Eric Scigliano, July 4, 2013


Taste in films, as anyone who’s been on a movie date knows, is a peephole into the soul — or at least a peek into a person’s character. Advice columns used to tout video stores, together with supermarkets, as safe places for girls to meet guys: They could check us out at the checkout, according to whether we bought nachos and cheap beer or sockeye and Syrah, or preferred I Use your Skull as a Cup to Drink your Blood to Casablanca. The stakes are compounded when political figures’ movie choices get cast into the spotlight: Robert Bork’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court started to unravel when Washington, D.C.’s City Paper secured his rental log from his neighborhood video store — even though his tastes seemed quite mainstream.

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The Seattle Times
ArtsFund grants more than $2.5 million to Northwest nonprofits
Lynn Jacobson, July 8, 2013


Seattle’s ArtsFund, an organization dedicated to “supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy and grantmaking,” is distributing $2,558,290 in grants to 59 nonprofit arts groups in King and Pierce counties for fiscal 2013. That’s an 8 percent increase over last year.


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Winners of the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards
Melissa Davis, July 1, 2013

Two individuals and four organizations have been chosen winners of the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards, according to the office of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. They’ll all be honored at an Aug. 30 ceremony at Seattle Center, part of the official opening of Bumbershoot.

The Stranger
Loose Lips
Sonic Boom Babes, July 3, 2013

For years, Seattle’s public-art roster has needed the energy infusion that can only come from short-term, ephemeral projects on the streets. So last summer, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture began sponsoring an array of fleeting art across the city. This second edition has begun, and it includes an interactive pottery station by Dane Youngren, movable camera obscura booths by Joe Park and Claude Zervas at Westlake Park, and Art Interruptions 2013, a lineup of a dozen more works on the waterfront and Beacon Hill. Youngren’s project promises to be a highlight. On Pier 62/63, you’re invited to create ceramics while watching destruction at the “Alaskan Way Viaduct Observation and Demolition Unit.”