Tom Hanks Is Coming To Seattle: Seattle Arts and Lectures just announced they’re adding Oscar-winning actor and volleyball enthusiast Tom Hanks to their lineup. He'll make his way to McCaw Hall on Wednesday, December 6, with his new book of short stories in tow. Straight from the press release: “Uncommon Type: Some Stories is Hanks’ first book and was published in October to rave reviews. Uncommon Type contains seventeen stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter (Hanks is an avid collector of vintage typewriters and owns over one hundred of them)."
Gage Academy Will Help More Underserved Youth Make Art: Thanks to a $15,000 grant from Boeing, Gage’s Teen Art Studios (TAS), a free, year-round art access program for homeless, at-risk, LGBTQIA, and underserved youth, will be able to launch a third location in January in South King County that will serve Spanish-speaking students. ¡Que maravilloso!
Hugo House Is Supporting Indigenous Poets: With a new series called Poetry Across the Nations. Poet Natalie Diaz will work with Jennifer Foerester and Ydalmi Noriega of the Poetry Foundation to host events in Seattle, South Dakota, and Phoenix that are “shaped according to the community’s unique dynamics and needs, as well as by the vision of the participating poets.”
The Office of Arts & Culture Has Been Busy: Last summer the Office of Arts & Culture put out a fantastic report about preserving and growing Seattle’s cultural spaces, called "CAP Report: 30 Ideas for the Creation, Activation, and Preservation of Cultural Space." There were a ton of good ideas in there. Now, they’re following up on a few of those ideas: They’ve branded cultural spaces in Capitol Hill with medallions, they’ve increased capital funding for cultural spaces by expanding the city’s Cultural Facilities Fund to $1 million, they’ve worked with developers to subsidize cultural uses in new buildings, and they’ve worked on the city’s building code to help art galleries open in older buildings. Theory into action!
An Artist’s Damaged Work, Redux: UW art history grad Miha Sarani’s large-scale portrait of African-American musician Sananda Maitreya was damaged by vandalism last year. But, determined to rise above the hate, he picked up the pieces—literally—and made a new painting, called Re:DUX.
Steal Shit Do Drugs Lose Two Guitarists, Gain One, Right Before Touring: Before their current two-week national tour, slashing Seattle gutter punks Steal Shit Do Drugs lost two of their guitarists: Jermaine Blair and Ricky Claudon. Filling in for them for the time being is Miki Sodos of riotous punk outfit Pink Parts. However, Blair and Claudon will rejoin SSDD one last time as they open for Stranger Genius Lars Finberg and his new band, the Bakersfield Moonlighters, and Dreamsalon, December 8 at the Highline.
SAM Olympic Sculpture Park Artist-In-Residence Paige Barnes Will Check Your Pulse: This Saturday at Northwest Film Forum. During her residency at SAM, Barnes collaborated with poet Vanessa DeWolf, animator Stefan Gruber and musician Evan Flory-Barnes after doing live "'pulse readings" for 20 people. She'll present dance-videos of the pulse-readings, combined with her experience studying Chinese herbal medicine in Shanghai, and also improvise a dance based on the pulse of the chosen participant.