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October 31, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Three days, seven Seattle arts reviews

Bach. Merce Cunningham. James M. Cain. George Nelson. The arts weekend just past was studded with famous names, and Seattle Times reviewers were out and about Thursday, Friday and Saturday to note them. Here’s the rundown on the weekend’s shows, some of which continue into November.

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Theater critic Misha Berson highly recommends“Double Indemnity,” a stylish new adapation of Cain’s noir novella at ACT Theatre.

Speaking of double, arts writer Michael Upchurch made a point of going to both of Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s farewell performances at the Paramount. The programs were different each night; find the reviews here and here. His unique point of view on Amy O’Neal and Kathleen Hermesdorf at Velocity Dance Center is also a great read.

Friday night, classical music reviewer John Sutherland basked in the “warm, spiritual mathematics” of Bach at Benaroya Hall.

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And if you’re a fan of retro furniture design, don’t miss Gayle Clemans’ take on Bellevue Arts Museum’s George Nelson show. Nelson was “a giant in the industry who not only introduced iconic designs like the Coconut Chair, Marshmallow Sofa and Bubble Lamp but fostered the careers of other design greats like Charles Eames and Isamu Noguchi,” Clemans writes, and the exhibition does him justice.

Finally, a book review that Seattle fine-arts fan should read: Michael Upchurch on Kurt E. Armbruster’s “Before Seattle Rocked,” which is filled with juicy tidbits about Seattle’s musical history.

Got something you’d like to see us review this week or next weekend? Let us know in the comments thread …

(Photos: John Bogar, front, and Carrie Paff in “Double Indemnity,” taken by Chris Bennion. Marshmallow Sofa, 1956, by George Nelson, courtesy Vitra Design Museum.)

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