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This week in art news: Seahawks + film, piano bar pros, & more!

Seahawks, city help teens discover their talent as filmmakers


“A group of Seattle teens on Saturday premiered documentaries they made about the Seattle Seahawks and the relocation of residents at Yesler Terrace.

The high-school students, most of them children of East African refugees and immigrants, had

never held a microphone, never worked with video equipment and had never conducted an interview, much less with a Seahawks player or former team owner.” – Lynn Thompson, The Seattle Times | November 23, 2013 | Photo by Marcus Yam, courtesy The Seattle Times

Independent Bookstore Series: Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers

“Visitors to Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers become part of a story in progress. The Pioneer Square shop weaves the past and present into a singular experience, from the historic brick building to the heirloom bookcases and, most of all, the used books that have traveled time and distance to call the store home.”– Deanna Duff, City Arts Magazine | November 21, 2013

‘The Hound of The Baskervilles’ at Seattle Rep

“Sherlock Holmes purists may not be thrilled with Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, which takes some liberties with Arthur Conan Doyle’s original ending. But anyone with a love for mystery, an appreciation for clever stagecraft and a sense of humor will appreciate the adaptation by local theatre favorites R. Hamilton Wright and David Pichette. This world premiere production manages to be a compelling thriller without being self-serious—a somewhat tongue-in-cheek take on a Gothic murder tale. ” – Gemma Wilson, City Arts Magazine | November 22, 2013

The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013

“Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.” – Various Authors, Seattle Magazine | November 2013

Key Players: Seattle’s Piano-Bar Pros: Seattle’s longstanding lounge pianists make the holidays special

“Given the tendency of bars and restaurants to rely on Pandora Internet radio or iPod playlists to provide background music, it’s a rare and genuine thrill to walk into a joint and discover someone tickling the ivories on a real piano. That’s especially the case when you encounter one of Seattle’s longstanding piano-bar pros, such as Ruby Bishop, Jerry Zimmerman or June Tonkin. With a combined 252 years of life experience, the city’s most seasoned lounge pianists add instant atmosphere wherever they play.” – Brangien Davis, Seattle Magazine | December 2013

Shooting from the Hip: The Habit’s Latest Sketch Comedy

“The core members of the Habit began writing comedy together back in 1995, when they were college classmates and roommates. At the time, their sketches, filled with  theater1-570cops and robots and astronauts, seemed born of long afternoons on the couch watching cable TV and passing a bong around. Since then, the group has taken years-long hiatuses and some of its members have made names for themselves in other projects (Stranger Genius Award–winner John Osebold, for example, with his performance-band “Awesome,” and theater impresario Mark Siano with his semi-ironic “soft-rock” comedy extravaganzas). But when the Habit reconvenes to write new material, it still feels like a hazy, mid-’90s TV dream.” -Brendan Kiley, The Stranger | November 20, 2013 | Photo by Todd Hobert, courtesy The Stranger

Art and Controversy: Lesbians! The Male Gaze! French People! Blue Is the Warmest Color!

“File under: The internet is changing things. It’s increasingly difficult to separate creators from their work, as we have access to more information than ever about the lives and beliefs of people whose work we consume. Rumors of dickish behaviors spread via social media in a way they never did via gossip magazines, and consumers accustomed to voting with their dollars might be tempted to apply the same logic toward entertainment.” – Alison Hallett, The Stranger | November 20, 2013

Selected upcoming events around Seattle

November 23- January 12 | James and the Giant Peach | Seattle Children’s Theatre

November 23-30 | Pratt Fine Arts Annual Holiday Sale | Pratt Fine Arts Center

November 29 | Read/Write w. Short Run| The Vera Project

November 30 | Short Run Small Press Fest | Washington Hall

November 30 | J. Mitchell’s Tribute to Nat King Cole | Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

November 30 | Holiday Community Potluck | Columbia City’s Ark Lodge Cinema

December 5 | Lolita, Slave to Entertainment | Admiral Theatre

December 5 | Unacceptable Levels | Harvard Exit

December 7 | Dave Lewis Revue | Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

December 8 | Open Studios | Inscape Arts

 *Links are provided as a matter of public service and the views of authors may not reflect those of the city of Seattle.