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July 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM

President Obama honors Seattle architect

Seattle architect Johnpaul Jones is one of 10 winners of the National Humanities Medals, the White House announced. The medals will be presented at the White House on Monday, July 28. Jones was singled out for “honoring the natural world and indigenous traditions in architecture. A force behind diverse and cherished institutions, Mr. Jones has…

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July 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Opera reports healthy financial news

Seattle Opera announced at its annual meeting Tuesday it expects that its 2013-14 season will have generated a surplus. Growth in donations and ticket sales contributed to the bright fiscal picture, administrators said. Any surplus will be put back into operating reserves. The operating budget for the year was close to $28 million. Attendance for…

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July 16, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Met Opera dispute spills over into Seattle theaters

Things are getting heated between Metropolitan Opera leader Peter Gelb and the various unions that work in the storied New York opera house. Nearly all of the unions’ contracts expire July 31 but given recent developments, there seems to be little hope of amicable agreement. Gelb is asking for cuts to pay and benefits.

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July 15, 2014 at 3:47 PM

New chapter for Book-It Rep’s managing director

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes: Charlotte Tiencken, the managing director of the popular Book-It Repertory Theatre since 2007, is resigning her post to join the arts management faculty at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. According to Book-It publicist Patricia Britton, the teaching opportunity came up suddenly for Tiencken, who hails from Charleston….

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July 15, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Woodside/Braseth Gallery to move across town

After 11 years in its Denny Triangle location, Woodside/Braseth Gallery will move to a new site in late September. Denny Triangle, of course, is a white-hot real estate market, and Woodside/Braseth is surrounded by high-rises on the rise. (The gallery’s home, a building owned by Cornish College of the Arts, recently sold for $16…

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July 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM

New leader for Seattle Musical Theatre

From theater critic Misha Berson:   Seattle Musical Theatre has appointed local director and producer Roy Arauz as its new artistic director. Arauz brings wide experience as a theater artist, manager and dancer-choreographer to the longstanding company, which mounts revivals of well-known musicals at its venue in Magnuson Park.  Arauz has worked in various capacities for such local companies as ArtsWest, SecondStory Repertory, …

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July 2, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Seattle-area musicals figure big in NY festival

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes: It’s been clear for a while that Seattle theaters are incubating a lot of shiny new musicals, some of which wind up on or off Broadway after a try-out or workshop at a theater here. Further evidence of the city’s skin in the game: Four works out of the eight…

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June 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Mayor’s Arts Awards are out

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the recipients of the annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, selected from a record 650 nominations from the public. They’ll be honored at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at Seattle Center, which kicks off Bumbershoot. The winners: –Cultural ambassador: Alan Chong Lau, painter, poet, freelance curator/art-happening maker, and arts editor for International Examiner,…

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