Seattle will be inundated in so much art this weekend and it’s wonderful but also very overwhelming: Take a second, breathe, and read Emily Pothast’s takes on what to see at the third Seattle Art Fair and satellite exhibition of Pacific Northwest artists Out of Sight. Also, Pothast says, don’t miss Borderlands – and in particular, artist Ryan Feddersen’s powerful and participatory installation, Kill the Indian, Save the Man, at King Street Station this weekend. Happy arting!
SIFF Names First Female Artistic Director, Beth Barrett: Barrett, who was named Interim Artistic Director in October after Carl Spence stepped down, has been with SIFF since 2003 in a variety of programming roles (including Director of Programming). Barrett officially joins Executive Director Sarah Wilke to make SIFF’s leadership team now 100% female-driven. Excellent!
A New Literary Hub Opens in Pioneer Square: While you’re out doing Seattle Art Fair stuff and First Thursday stuff, stop by the newly minted X Y Z Space. Three local literary entities—Cold Cube Press, Mount Analogue, and Gramma Press—have taken up residence in what used to be the G. Gibson gallery. Tonight there will be a weird DJ and an installation by Mary Anne Carter called “Women In the Style of Taco Bell,” which is just as fun as it sounds.
Anastacia-Reneé Is Your New Civic Poet: Your old civic poet was Claudia Castro Luna. During her tenure, she gave several readings at unconventional places and made an interactive “poetic grid” of the city that links poets and poems to the places they write about around town.
Rich Smith talked to your new civic poet, who published three books this year and threw this party. She wants to work with indigenous people and also towards extending poetry’s reach to those who don’t think about it very often.
The Gregory Awards Exist: And they’re happening for the ninth time in as many years on October 23rd. Sara Porkalob and Justin Huertas will host. Likely their charm will ameliorate the awkwardness of watching the Seattle theater community pat itself on the back for an entire evening, Rich Smith says.
Learn to Draw Comic Books from Some of the Best in the City: Short Run isn’t just an annual comix festival featuring some of the coolest independent comics in the world, it’s also a summer school that teaches you how to become one of those of those cool comics. There are classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced artists, and cost is on a sliding scale. Some are held in the CD, some are held Ballard. High recommends go to Sarah Glidden’s Intermediate Watercolor class, Mita Mahato’s papermaking class, and Taylor Dow’s class on how to “make a giant comic.”
Northwest Psych Fest and TUF Announce Final Lineups: Cellist Lori Goldston and Seattle dream-pop group Screens have been added to Northwest Psych Fest’s already killer lineup (which Dave Segal says may be their best yet). And TUF, a Seattle collective of womxn, non-binary, and trans musicians, artists and DJs, just released their final lineup. The FREE daytime festival at Judkins Park includes a ton of music and some really rad workshops. Check them out, plus the TUF FEST ‘til Dawn nighttime portion of the festival, here.
Also: Would you pay $30 to watch two hours of cat videos instead of just watching them at home for free, Anna Kaplan wonders? Sean Nelson writes about keeping up with the Belle and Sebastians. And Amber Cortes (hey, that’s me) escapes primary election night madness by seeing Kendrick Lamar at the Tacoma Dome.