Because ArtsPage HQ is toiling away in a newsroom, we bring you the arty news items first:
–Seattle sound artist/fanciful contraption builder Trimpin will be multiyear composer-in-residence with the Seattle Symphony, starting in the 2013-14 season. The residency will include the creation of a sound sculpture for Benaroya Hall, and a new work written for the SSO and the sculpture (yes, the sculpture). His post is one of five nationwide funded by the Music Alive program.
–Three of the 6 winners of the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at Portland Art Museum are from our vicinity. Trimpin, Seattle artist Isaac Layman and Tacoma artist Nicholas Nyland were chosen from 176 of the region’s artists, whose names were submitted by arts professionals. You can see their work and that of the other winners at the museum from Sept. 21-Jan. 12.
Now for the things to do:
1 SAM Remix
8 p.m.-midnight Aug. 9, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle; $12-$25 www.seattleartmuseum.org
If you’ve never been to Seattle Art Museum’s quarterly Remix parties, the August event is the must-attend. It sprawls all over the Olympic Sculpture Park, with a DJ/dance floor, a performance by local band Don’t Talk to the Cops!, a bar, after-dark drawing, bean-bag toss, karaoke and of course, food trucks.
2 KAC New Art Party
5-8 p.m. Aug. 9, Kirkland Art Center, free, www.kirklandartscenter.org
Browse new artworks, meet the artists who made it and share refreshments at the Kirkland Art Center party. New and returning artists will show paintings, textiles, sculpture, glass and works in wood.
3 'Manos -- the Hands of Felt'
8 p.m. performance, Q&A after, Aug. 10, Richard Hugo House, Seattle; $15-$24 puppetmanos.brownpapertickets.com
This takes some explaining, but stick with us: “Manos — The Hands of Felt” is a “giddy puppet musical re-imagining” of the horrid, not-even-B-grade 1966 horror movie “Manos — The Hands of Fate.” Rachel Jackson and her Vox Fabuli Puppets are doing the “Felt” version Aug. 9-17; those who attend Aug. 10 can stick around for a Q&A with Jackey Raye Neyman Jones, who appeared in the film, and Bryan Jennings, whose father was in the film. We’re going to go out on a limb and guess that most of the people who have actually seen this film did so when it was mocked on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” a dubious honor but nonetheless, the one that gave the film cult status.