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

The Atlantic
Seattle’s New Streetlights Are 40-Foot-Tall Singing Flowers – John Metcalfe – The Atlantic Cities
John Metcalfe, Aug. 26, 2013


When a city needs a psychedelic landscaping job and the guy who sold Jack the giant beans isn’t available, Dan Corson‘s the person to call. The Seattle-based artist has a portfolio stuffed with alien-looking botany projects, from a lawn of green lasers in Florida to streetlights in Portland shaped like carnivorous plants and now, under the Space Needle, 40-foot-tall flowers acting both as lamps and troubadours that croon when people get near.

(Image: Dan Corson)

Capitol Hill Times
Portrait of an artist: Yeggy Michael – The Capitol Hill Times
Gina Luna, Aug. 22, 2013


Yeggy Michael is the man behind Central Cinema’s front mosaic, and what artists should aspire to be. His contemporary approach to traditional Eritrean art, driven by bold lines and color, is a worldwide success, which has nothing to do with making money.

(Image: Gina Luna/The Capitol Hill Times)

City Arts
City Arts magazine profiles the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award winners. Follow the links below to each profile.

Mayor’s Arts Award: 826 Seattle

Mayor’s Arts Award: Seattle Repertory Theatre

Mayor’s Arts Award: Frye Art Museum

Mayor’s Arts Award: Preston Singletary

Mayor’s Arts Award: Barbara Earl Thomas

Mayor’s Arts Award: Pongo Teen Writing Project

Seattle Times
Mayor’s Awards honor local luminaries in arts

Nicole Brodeur, Sep. 2, 2013

It’s an election year, so it’s easy to be a little cynical about any gathering with an open mike and a politician looking over his notes.

But it was impossible to feel jaded about the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards, held under a glorious blue sky at Seattle Center on the eve of Bumbershoot.

Meet Stilian Kirov, SSO’s new associate conductor | The Arts | The Seattle Times
Tom Keogh, Aug. 23, 2013


An interview with Stilian Kirov, the new associate conductor of Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He’ll lead the orchestra on Pancho Vladigerov’s Toccato Op. 23, No. 5 on Sept. 15, the opening night of the SSO’s 2013-14 season.

(Image: Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)


West Seattle Blog
Followup: Delridge Way’s signal-box artists – and Youngstown’s future mural plans
Aug. 31, 2013


Meet the young artists whose mini-murals now adorn a dozen traffic-signal boxes/cabinets along Delridge Way SW, from SW Andover to SW Henderson (map). We mentioned the project Thursday night; on Friday afternoon, their three weeks of work concluded with a wrap party. While the celebration was inside Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, where the project was based, everyone took a field trip outside to the site where we photographed them – a painted box across from the south side of Youngstown.

(Image: West Seattle Blog)