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Category: Arts & Entertainment
December 24, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Hoquiam will declare April 10 Nirvana Day

HOQUIAM (AP) — The City of Hoquiam has decided it will honor Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by naming April 10 Nirvana Day. KXRO reports Mayor Jack Durney says the band, whose roots are from Aberdeen, have left a positive impact on all of Grays Harbor. Durney says the band members are…

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December 19, 2013 at 7:24 AM

Larry Lujack, top disc jockey at KJR-AM in the 60s, dead at 73

Larry Lujack, who from 1964 to 1966 was one of the top disc jockeys at KJR-AM, then one of the reigning Top-40 stations in the country, died Wednesday at age 73. But it would be on Chicago radio – at WLS and WCFL — for two decades beginning in the late 60s, that Lujack would gain national…

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December 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Reward offered for stolen paintings

This 2008 painting by artist Whiting Tennis, titled ‘Senior,” is among seven stolen last week in North Seattle. (Kucera Gallery photo)

This 2008 painting by artist Whiting Tennis, titled ‘Senior,” is among seven stolen last week in North Seattle. (Kucera Gallery photo)

A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone who successfully recovers seven paintings by Seattle artist Whiting Tennis, which were stolen last week when a truck they were in was taken from a hotel parking lot.

The reward is being offered by Tennis’ gallery representative Greg Kucera.

Tennis is scheduled to open a show on Jan. 18 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Ore. and museum representatives were in town Wednesday to pick up the pieces from Tennis’ North Seattle studio.

They put the paintings in a rental truck, which was stolen overnight from the lot at a Holiday Inn Express where the museum representatives were staying.

Someone spotted the truck in West Seattle early Thursday morning, but didn’t report it to police until the weekend, after news about the stolen truck and artwork ran on TV.

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December 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Langston Hughes plans to end city subsidy by 2018

The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute will wean itself off its city subsidy and become a standalone non-profit in the next five years, according to a plan presented to the Seattle City Council this morning. The Central Area performing arts center, which has deep roots in the African-american community, is the only theater in town…

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November 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Catchy tune on emergency-preparedness video stays with you

What could be more boring than yet another public-service announcement reminding you how to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters? Especially one with a crudely drawn cartoon? But Bellevue’s Office of Emergency Management is sending that familiar message in the form of a video that jumps out of the usual ho-hum genre. The words, delivered by a Sasquatch family…

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Comments | More in Arts & Entertainment, General news, Government, Health, Video, Weather Beat | Topics: Bellevue, emergency preparedness, Inness Pryor

November 14, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Cobain mural planned for downtown Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — A new mural in downtown Aberdeen will commemorate Kurt Cobain and his time growing up around Grays Harbor. KBKW reports artist Erik Sandgren told the city council Wednesday night he was excited about the project. The Cobain mural will be on the side of a building at the corner of Wishkah…

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November 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Macklemore says join the ACLU to preserve freedoms

“If you like being free like me,” says rapper Macklemore, join the American Civil Liberties Union. The Seattle-based superstar has launched a video on his Facebook page and promoted via his Twitter feed urging people to join the ACLU to protect precious personal freedoms. In the 50-second spot, the rapper tells people to get the ACLU…

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October 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Tribute set today for Seatle Chamber Music Society founder

Seattle lost one of its great cultural leaders when Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) founder Toby Saks died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 1. To celebrate her accomplishments and her life, more than 60 top-flight musicians are gathering from around the country to pay tribute to Saks at 5 p.m. today in a free public memorial at…

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September 24, 2013 at 5:58 PM

‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye injured on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

LOS ANGELES — Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is also the injured guy. “Dancing With the Stars” producers say the TV personality is receiving medical attention today after he was hurt during his most recent performance. No other details were provided. Nye and his professional dance partner performed a paso doble routine on Monday’s episode that received…

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