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January 20, 2015 at 3:41 PM

ACT receives 5 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards

The fourth annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards for Seattle theater excellence have been announced, with the most honors (5) going to ACT Theatre. This year the two top prizes for 2014 productions,  awarded by a group of blog and freelance print critics, went to ACT for a dramatic work  (“The Invisible Hand” by Ayad Akhtar) and for a…

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January 16, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Seattle Symphony’s Stilian Kirov in big Euro competition

Seattle Symphony associate conductor Stilian Kirov is one of the 24 conductors chosen for the Malko Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark. Open to conductors ages 20-35, the Malko requires competitors to lead the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in front of a panel of conductors, musicians and other arts figures. The prize is worth the anxiety: 20,000…

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December 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Madeleine Albright’s powerful pins coming to Bellevue

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright always went forth armed with diplomatic acumen and a snazzy brooch pinned to her jacket. She picked out many of them based not on their price tag, but what they symbolized; after Saddam Hussein’s press referred to her as an “unparalleled serpent,” she wore a snake pin to…

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December 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Olympic Sculpture Park reschedules lights night

Today’s weather isn’t conducive to gathering outdoors by the water and looking at lights, so Seattle Art Museum has rescheduled its SAM Lights event for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18. On that night, you can stroll through the Olympic Sculpture Park on a path illuminated with hundreds of lights and luminarias, listen to music and…

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December 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM

New tenant for the old doll museum in Bellevue

The KidsQuest Museum, now residing in the Factoria Mall in Bellevue, just received more funding in its quest for a new home. The city of Bellevue’s just-approved budget includes $2 million for KidsQuest; that puts the museum’s Good to Grow Campaign at $6 million, halfway toward its $12 million goal to purchase and renovate…

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December 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Let the ‘Messiah’ season begin

We just had snow, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. It’s now time, then, for Messiah December. Here are some places to enjoy Handel’s masterpiece: –Inverse Opera is first out of the gate, with director Robert Scherzer at the helm of a staged concert version starring 12 regional performers. It’s a simple approach, Scherzer says, with…

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November 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Cornish College turns 100 today

November is a big month in Seattle’s history: The Denny Party landed at Alki on Nov. 13, 1851; Seattle Repertory Theatre welcomed patrons for the first time to “King Lear” on Nov. 13, 1963; and on two November days, in 1949 and 2010, the temperature was  74 degrees, the highest for a November day in…

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November 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

New leadership at Olympic Music Fest

Pianist Julio Elizalde, co-artistic director of the Olympic Music Festival in Quilcene, has been named the festival’s artistic director, the OMF announced. Former artistic director Alan Iglitzin, who founded the festival, will remain with OMF as executive director. “It is a profound honor to continue the vision that Alan Iglitzin has pursued for over three decades….

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