ICYMI: The Stranger puts out our Art + Performance Quarterly every three months, which means four times a year, you get a near comprehensive breakdown of arts events that are happening around town paired with stories about the Seattle arts scene, whether it's a profile of an artist who's passing through, or a piece about a classic musical given new life by a Seattle-area institution.
The Winter 2018/19 edition hit the streets this week, and the stories you'll find inside vary greatly.
Dave Segal profiled comedian Andy Iwancio—who performs at Safeword at Kremwerk on January 4, and at regular comedy nights around town. Iwancio got married in the smoking section of a Denny’s. She is a trans woman and her partner is a trans man. “I guess our wedding theme was confusing our parents further,” Iwancio joked.
Leilani Polk talked to clarinet virtuoso Kinan Azmeh, a member of Silk Road Ensemble (among other groups) who would prefer not to be categorized. “In all my work, I’ve tried to promote the idea that music is a continuum,” he said. He’s premiering a new piece with the Seattle Symphony this season, and will also play with Silk Road.
Henrik Ibsen’s classic play A Doll’s House ends with the main character, Nora, slamming the door and abandoning her family—a move that upended theater itself. Chase Burns sheds light on Seattle Rep’s production of A Doll’s House, Part 2. Nora is back, and she has things to say.
Zadie Smith is world-famous for her wit, her characters, and her gift for reflecting the zeitgeist. But when Katie Herzog asked her to comment on call-out culture, Smith joked about being given enough rope to hang herself.
The 24-year-old artist Anthony White paints brightly colored still lifes and the bathroom mirror selfies of his friends. And he does it all with plastic. Specifically, plastic rods fed into a glue-gun-like machine. The result, according to Jasmyne Keimig's story on White, resembles frosting.
It is a hard-knock life, as the musical Annie reminds us. But two 11-year-old actors are having the time of their lives playing the plucky orphan at 5th Avenue Theatre. Christopher Frizzelle offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the production.
And finally, if you're looking for something to do between now and mid-March, the Stranger Things To Do team (in collaboration with The Stranger's editorial arts writers) have got some recommendations for you—visual arts exhibits and events; book readings, talks and other literary happenings; festivals of all varieties; film releases and fests; music concerts (classical, jazz, and beyond); and performances in theater, comedy, and dance.
So what are you waiting for? Go out and soak up Seattle's incredible arts scene—and pick up a hard copy of Winter A&P while you're at it!