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September 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM

ArtsWest offers tickets to Balagan subscribers

From Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson: ArtsWest cultural center in West Seattle announced it will present as planned the musical “Dogfight,” despite the loss of  the show’s co-producer, Balagan Theatre.  The Balagan board of directors announced last week that the nonprofit Seattle company was being disbanded, due to crippling financial shortfalls.  “Dogfight,”  about the…


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September 26, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Weekend preview: 4 hot tickets in the cool season

The fall arts season is underway in earnest. Good thing, too, since it’s looking like we’ll need all the indoor entertainment we can get in the next few weeks. (Let the rainy season begin!) Here are a few things to put on your weekend calendar. For hundreds more, see our Fall Arts Guide. And…


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September 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Cirque du Soleil to return to Marymoor with ‘Kurios’

The globe-trotting Cirque du Soleil will return to King County’s Marymoor Park in Redmond in January 2015, with the local premiere of the  circus extravaganza “KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities.” The latest touring production by the popular Canadian outfit, the show will be performed under the company’s blue-and-white big-top tent at Marymoor starting on Jan. 29,…


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September 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Obituary: J. (Joan) California Cooper

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes: A prolific author of plays, novels and short stories, J. (Joan) California Cooper passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, in Seattle, where she lived with her daughter Paris Williams since 2013.  Ms. Cooper was 82. Born in Berkeley, Calif., and a longtime Bay Area resident, Cooper penned at least 17 plays.  Her script  “Loners”  was given a…


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September 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Cornish cancels performances as dancer encounters visa troubles

By Michael Upchurch/ Seattle Times arts writer

Trouble at the U.S.-Canadian border again for a traveling artist wanting to share his expertise. Canadian dancer Yannick Matthon, one of the stars of Crystal Pite’s troupe Kidd Pivot, was scheduled to start rehearsals of excerpts from Pite’s brilliant “Dark Matters” for the Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2014 Concert. He was also slated to present a lecture/demonstration about Pite’s choreography on Sept. 19.


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September 22, 2014 at 10:57 AM

SAM acquires Raphaelle Peale still life for undisclosed sum

Raphaelle Peale's "Still Life with Strawberries and Ostrich Egg Cup," recently acquired by SAM. (Photo by Elizabeth Mann)

Raphaelle Peale’s “Still Life with Strawberries and Ostrich Egg Cup,” recently acquired by SAM. (Photo by Elizabeth Mann)

By Michael Upchurch/Seattle Times arts writer

The Seattle Art Museum has purchased an 1814 painting by Raphaelle Peale, “Still Life with Strawberries and Ostrich Egg Cup,” from the Roy Nutt Family Trust, for an undisclosed sum.

Peale (1774-1825) was the son of artist-naturalist Charles Willson Peale and the brother of portraitist Rembrandt Peale. His painting portrays an eclectic array of objects from his father’s collection, including “a silver mounted ostrich egg from Africa, a Chinese export porcelain pitcher, a celadon bowl, a finely crafted silver spoon, and a gathering of strawberries cultivated on the family’s experimental farm.”


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September 21, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Balagan Theatre out of business

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes: Balagan Theatre announced Friday that, due to financial concerns, it will shut down permanently. “This is not a decision that the board took lightly,” said board president Jim Griffin, in a company press release. “When viewing the big picture of our overall financial health, this was a difficult conclusion, but ultimately…


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