As local a hard-of-hearing kid, the thought of attending musical concerts and performances was not often considered. Leisurely activities tended toward art galleries and museums, until we attended the Seattle Men’s Chorus [“Critics say chorus interpreter is inaccurate, seek his removal,” NWThursday, Dec. 29].
Its excellent performance was wonderfully supplemented by Kevin Gallagher’s interpretation. Thanks to him, my family has been given the privilege of a fully inclusive choice for the annual holiday show.
Corrected version Transformation or narcissism? Robert Ayers’ praise of “Mirror,” the new LED artwork by Doug Aitken commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum, illustrates what happens when more attention is paid to what the artist says than to what the artist makes. [“Street party will welcome SAM installation,” seattletimes.com, March 22.] Aitkin describes his work as a…More
Medicaid expansion will aid Seattle’s art scene You can’t walk more than a few blocks in Seattle without passing a coffee shop. Local art covers the walls, and sometimes you can hear neighborhood bands playing. Seattle is an art destination, with monthly art walks in neighborhoods across the city. Our artists and musicians are valuable culture…More
A premier venue for true ballroom dancers A significant point I’d like to add about the Washington Dance Club at the Avalon Ballroom, is that it is (and probably has been for decades) Washington state’s premier venue for true ballroom dancers [“Avalon’s last dance: history can’t save it,” page one, March 22]. I’ve been dancing there…More
Thanks to Poncho It is with sadness and deep gratitude that we note the loss of Seattle’s longtime friend Poncho [“Pioneering arts patron Poncho to fold into larger fund,” NWSunday, Feb. 24]. Organized exactly 50 years ago, Poncho’s philanthropic volunteers stepped up to help the Seattle Symphony erase debts incurred in its 1962 production of Verdi’s…More
References to age are unnecessary, misguided I was appalled by the recent review of the Patti Smith concert, written by Charles R. Cross [“Ageless Patti Smith soars at Neptune Theater show,” NWFriday March 1]. It began, “Patti Smith is 66 years old, but at the Neptune Theatre Wednesday night she put on a vibrant and…More
Original art should be preserved The pictures of the magnificent murals created by artist Andrew Morrison were beautiful [“Beloved murals may disappear,” page one, Feb. 25]. The title of the article should have been “Beloved murals about to be demolished,” because that is the real story. Seattle Public Schools has been indifferent, disengaged and dismissive of…More
Support bill and local artists Concerning The Seattle Times’ May 22 editorial ["Bill to limit public art should be vetoed," Opinion, May 2] regarding proposed legislation to make artists residing outside of Washington ineligible to compete for public-arts funding for two years: Stating it is shortsighted is the opposite of what really will occur. Enacting this legislation…More
Appreciate the parks we have The mayor of Bremerton should take a walk — to the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park and on to Myrtle Edwards Park — before he spouts off about Seattle’s lack of public waterfront space ["Harnessing the potential of Seattle's waterfront," Cary Bozeman guest commentary, Opinion, April 29]. – Anne Fontaine, SeattleMore
<img src=”http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2009/04/03/2008980786.jpg” width=”345″ class=”pic” /> Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times The house that Jimi Hendrix grew up in is destined for a Renton mobile-home park. Could have been an inspirational museum Editor, The Times: It’s an eyesore ["Love, money can't save Hendrix's old home," page one, March 31]. I think ghettos and German concentration camps are a bit of an eyesore,…More