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My 2016 Seattle Arts Calendar [Dec. 14th, 2015|05:39 pm]
Russell Brunelle
Visual Arts

The most important art exhibition in this area, by far, remains Art AIDS America at Tacoma Art Museum. It closes Jan 10, making the last free evening Dec 17. Keep in mind that you're supposed to go through the exhibit counterclockwise, so start by going up the ramp to the right of the stairs. See http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org or http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0295994940/ for the exhibition catalogue.

Seattle Art Museum's Intimate Impressionism exhibition also closes Jan 10, but frankly what I found far more inspiring than the main exhibit was the accompanying large-scale painting by Samuel F. B. Morse (the inventor of the telegraph), which you don't need a ticket to the main exhibit to see, and as such could see for free on the evening of Jan 7. See http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/exhibitions/morse

Fathom Events has announced its art and architecture broadcasts for 2016, two of the most interesting of which may be Goya on Feb 11 @ 7pm and Da Vinci on 3/31 @ 7pm. See http://www.fathomevents.com/event/art-and-architecture-in-cinemas

There will be another Seattle Art Fair in 2016, over Aug 4-7 at CenturyLink Field Event Center. I thought the 2015 fair was outstanding. See http://seattleartfair.com

Local Radio

KEXP moved to its new home in Seattle Center on the morning of Dec 9, and is now broadcasting from that location. Its public grand opening will be Apr 16. See http://blog.kexp.org/2015/12/09/kexps-moving-day-parade/

KING 98.1 FM will broadcast the Seattle Symphony's Jun 18 performance of Mahler's Third Symphony on Jan 1 @ 9pm. See http://www.king.org

Hollow Earth Radio is currently 27% of the way toward its funding goal for its FM hardware, with 43 days left. Basically, Hollow Earth Radio is what KEXP used to be, though that's certainly not saying anything against either. See http://www.hollowearthradio.org

Live Music

Kronos Quartet performs on Feb 20 @ 8pm at the Moore Theatre. See http://www.stgpresents.org

An Evening with Janis Joplin over Mar 25 - Apr 17 at 5th Avenue Theatre sounds promising. See https://www.5thavenue.org/show/janis-joplin

The Museum of History and Industry hosts The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop until May 1. Featuring local DJs from 1pm-4pm on second Saturdays. See http://www.mohai.org

The Sasquatch Festival will be held over May 27-30. See http://www.sasquatchfestival.com

The Seattle Symphony's current (and first) artist in residence, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, is pretty amazing. Your last chances to hear him perform will be Jun 5 @ 2pm (Ravel's Piano Concerto in G), Jun 7 @ 7:30pm (Dvorak's Piano Quintet No. 2), and Jun 9 @ 7:30pm, Jun 10 @ noon, and Jun 11 @ 8pm (Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F). See http://www.seattlesymphony.org

Adele sings Jul 25-26 @ 7:30pm at Key Arena. See http://www.keyarena.com/events/detail/adele


Seattle SantaCon will take place Dec 12 @ 11am, running until late. The tentative route is available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seattle-santacon-2015-tickets-19234921167

Burning Man will be held over Aug 28 to Sep 5, with the artistic theme "Da Vinci's Workshop." Ticket deadlines have not yet been announced. See http://burningman.org


Uber has introduced "UberHop," which basically works like a carpool or non-stop express bus during commuting hours. Right now on my Uber app I'm seeing the following three options: [1] 1st & Seneca (Downtown) to 40th & Stone Way (Wallingford) for $5, taking 15 minutes, and leaving every 15 minutes, [2] 1st & Seneca (Downtown) to 14th & Pike (Capitol Hill) for $5, taking 10 minutes, and leaving every 15 minutes, and [3] Mercer & Terry (South Lake Union) to 15th & Market (Ballard) for $5, taking 20 minutes, and leaving every 15 minutes. The best use for this service is probably simply exploring different neighborhoods. See https://newsroom.uber.com/seattle/2015/12/more-people-in-fewer-cars/

New Link Light Rail stations will open during 2016 in Capitol Hill, University of Washington, and Angle Lake. The last of those is particularly intriguing, since it means you could leave your car permanently with Flightcar and take light rail to their facility whenever you actually need it. Also starting service during 2016 will be the First Hill Streetcar. See http://www.soundtransit.org and https://www.flightcar.com and http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/firsthill.htm

Live Broadcasts

Fathom Events will broadcast the opening night of TED 2016 to the Pacific Place 11 movie theater on Feb 15 @ 5pm. This is probably a good way to soak up current Silicon Valley culture without actually having to live there. See http://www.fathomevents.com/event/ted-2016-dream-live

If you enjoy opera, then you might also enjoy the Jun 16 @ 7pm Fathom Events look behind the scenes at Teatro Alla Scala. See http://www.fathomevents.com/event/teatro-alla-scala-the-temple-of-wonders

Fathom Events will broadcast a live performance of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's production of Romeo and Juliet (presumably again to Pacific Place 11) on Jul 7. See http://www.fathomevents.com/event/kenneth-branagh-theatre-romeo-and-juliet

Science Fiction Cinema

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec 18. The best place to see it would probably be the Cinerama. See https://www.cinerama.com

A cinema presentation of "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will be broadcast to Pacific Place 11 on Jan 5 and Jan 6 @ 7:30pm. See http://www.fathomevents.com/event/sherlock

On Jan 23 @ 11am, Seattle International Film Festival presents a six-hour scene by scene dissection of Blade Runner. See http://www.siff.net/education/film4all/cinema-dissection/blade-runner

Batman v. Superman opens Mar 25. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_v_Superman:_Dawn_of_Justice

Star Trek Beyond opens Jul 22. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_Beyond


The two most interesting treatments of The Nutcracker will doubtless be the new Pacific Northwest Ballet production using the Balanchine choreography (ending Dec 28), and Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker (ending Dec 27), which probably won't use the Balanchine choreography. See https://www.pnb.org and http://www.verlaineandmccann.com

Video Games

An expansion to Elite Dangerous which will allow you, among other things, to land your spacecraft and drive a landing vehicle around on NASA-identified exoplanets will launch on Dec 15 (PC only - the OS X version will arrive later). See https://www.elitedangerous.com

A new version of the classic PC game Doom is supposed to come out in the first half of 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. See http://doom.com

New Museums

Seattle now has the first museum devoted to the Holocaust in the entire Pacific Northwest. It's open only on Wednesdays, as well as first and third Sundays, and reservations are required. I thought it was excellent. See https://www.holocaustcenterseattle.org


The McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell, which opened less than two months ago, is amazing. The best way I can put it is that it's like a city within a city, and I found myself thinking it could be exactly where Burning Man enthusiasts might like to relax when they need some downtime from dust storms and welding. See it at night for best effect, and bring swimwear so you can enjoy the pool. Note that it's easily reachable by bicycle from large portions of our area via the Burke-Gilman Trail. See http://www.mcmenamins.com/AndersonSchool

Shiro Kashiba, the man who created Seattle's first sushi counter in 1970, and who trained with the legendary sushi chef in Jiro Dream of Sushi, has just opened a new restaurant in Pike Place. This would doubtless be expensive, but would certainly be memorable. See http://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-kashiba-seattle


The inexpensive paperback Tinder Nightmares (published 11/17/15) would be a genuine delight for anyone who has recently tried online dating. See http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1419719203/

For fans of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, the brand new graphic novel which he just published in this series (published 11/10/15) would be the obvious choice. See http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401248969/

Classical Seattle: Maestros, Impresarios, Virtuosi, and Other Music Makers (published 10/15/15) would be the obvious choice for any Seattle resident who loves classical music. See http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017F75M08/

Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation (published 10/8/15) could be an excellent choice for anyone with a serious interest in the sciences. Think of it as a more up-to-date version of the fantastic Teaching Company lecture Big History. See http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0198707649/

100 Years of the Best American Short Stories (published 10/6/15) offers a wealth of top-quality writing at a remarkably low price, and would be an admirably graceful gift for a relative whose actual interests you either aren't personally aware of or else don't wish to support. See http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QPI449E/

I have to admit I was very impressed with Amazon's first brick-and mortar bookstore, which opened in University Village about a month ago. I thought it was elegant, and obviously the price is right: you get the same prices you would pay on amazon.com, but instead of the mere free two-day shipping which Amazon Prime subscribers get, you get free zero-day shipping whether or not you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, since you walk out of the store with the thing you purchased. See http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=13270229011


A good bet would probably be The Book of Mormon over Dec 29 - Jan 10 at the Paramount Theatre. See http://www.stgpresents.org

Live Theatre

Come From Away will enjoy a few more performances by popular demand, and hence will now end at Seattle Repertory Theatre on Dec 20. ACT's admirably minimalist production of Shakespeare's As You Like It also ends on Dec 20. See https://www.seattlerep.org and http://www.acttheatre.org

Radio Theatre

This art form yields most of the benefits of live theatre, yet can still be enjoyed from the privacy of your home. Coming up is Sandbox Radio's presentation of The Big One on Dec 28 @ 8pm, and Seattle Radio Theatre's presentation of A Christmas Peril on Dec 22 @ 7:30ppm. See http://www.acttheatre.org and http://www.seattleradiotheatre.org

New Podcasts

I'd like to draw your attention to Meet the Composer, hosted by Nadia Sirota. Anyone who has ever enjoyed a work of contemporary classical music should be listening to this podcast. See http://www.wqxr.org/#!/programs/meet-composer/


Psychology professor Sheldon Solomon's Jan 11 @ 7:30pm talk at Town Hall Seattle on "Overcoming Fear of Death" sounds promising. See https://townhallseattle.org/event/sheldon-solomon/ and http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N6PELWO/

Public Service

On Feb 13, and again on Apr 30, Seattle Works will host a 9am-5pm class on how to be an effective member of a non-profit organization's board of directors. See http://www.seattleworks.org/bridge

Holiday Gifts

I've been thinking lately that high-quality playing cards can be a very elegant and tasteful gift, since at least for solitaire or social players they tangibly improve the recipient's enjoyment of an everyday activity. See http://varianto25.com/product/code-deck for a computer programming playing card theme, or http://www.artofplay.com/collections/playing-cards for more traditionally artistic themes.

For anyone teenage or older with an interest in either computers or mathematics, the $35 Raspberry Pi 2 is an astounding bargain, since it also comes with a free copy of Mathematica. For the device itself, a power adapter for it, a printed book on how to use it, and a printed copy of Stephen Wolfram's new book on Mathematica itself, all four of which items total just $80.56, see the following URLs: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T2U7R7I/ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MARDJZ4/ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1518684777/ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1944183000/

I thought the 2015 films Mad Max: Fury Road and Inside Out were both excellent, and each is now available on Blu-ray. See http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XQ13ZSO/ and http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YCY46VO/