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Thursday, December 30, 2021

13 Seattle-area arts-and-culture events to look forward to in 2022 by Brendan Kiley, Michael Rietmulder, Moira Macdonald and Janet I. Tu

Fingers crossed and fervent wishes sent for the end of the pandemic, here are some of the arts-and-culture events we're looking forward to in the new year, from a Billie Eilish concert to na…

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

5 things to know before seeing the surreal ‘Ms. Pak-Man: Breakout!’ by Brendan Kiley

Ms. Pak-Man, a bulbous, golden, eternally vain train wreck of a lounge act, debuted in Seattle in 2017 and was a hit with audiences. Now co-creator Scott Shoemaker returns with a show featur…

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

‘Showgirls’ the movie is terrible but ‘Showgirls with David Schmader’ is transcendent by Brendan Kiley

On July 9, writer/performer David Schmader brings his improbably wonderful annotated screening of the catastrophically bad, painfully misogynist movie, "Showgirls" — about the back-stabby …

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Brown Paper Tickets to refund $9 million to 45,000 customers | The Seattle Times by Brendan Kiley

Seattle ticketing company Brown Paper Tickets has agreed to pay $9 million in restitution to an estimated 45,000 customers at both ends of the company’s business model: ticket buyers owed …

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Brown Paper Tickets to refund $9 million to 45,000 customers by Brendan Kiley

To settle a lawsuit, Seattle company Brown Paper Tickets has agreed to pay $9 million in restitution to an estimated 45,000 customers at both ends of its business model: ticket buyers owed r…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Seattle restaurants and arts and culture institutions are hoping for a big boost in latest round of COVID-19 relief by Paul Roberts, Tan Vinh, Brendan Kiley and Michael Rietmulder

Tucked inside Congress’ latest round of small-business relief is some rare good news for restaurants, hotels and the performing arts — sectors that have been especially hard hit by COVID…

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

These Seattle theater leaders are showing the arts world how to get serious about anti-racism by Brendan Kiley

Dozens of Seattle theater leaders have been meeting for months, aiming to overhaul everything — boards, audiences, casting and more — to create an anti-racist future. It's groundbreaking…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

ACT’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas!’ bring holiday-show spirit to your homes this year by Crystal Paul and Brendan Kiley

Even as we cozy up in our quarantine outposts for isolated holiday celebrations, much of Seattle's theater community has created virtual holiday shows to enjoy from the best seat in your hou…

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

At On the Boards, a play in which you and a stranger meet satisfies a pandemic-specific thirst for fresh intimacy by Brendan Kiley

On the Boards presents “A Thousand Ways Part Two: An Encounter,” in which two strangers are both performers and audience. It's part of the three-part "A Thousand Ways" by New York-based …

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

New Seattle foundation gives $9 million to arts organizations — mostly for new work by Brendan Kiley

This week, the Friday Foundation, a new Seattle entity, gave $9 million to nine Seattle arts organization — mostly for new work. The gifts are a legacy from the late philanthropists Jane L…

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Intiman’s next stage: A new home and a first-of-its-kind theater partnership with Seattle Central College by Brendan Kiley

Intiman Theatre finally has a new home. The Seattle institution is settling on Capitol Hill at Seattle Central College, where it will become the only nationally known regional theater attach…

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson sues Brown Paper Tickets by Brendan Kiley

After receiving nearly 600 consumer complaints from around the country about Brown Paper Tickets, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Seattle…

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Friday, September 11, 2020

6 months after COVID restrictions began, how are music venues, arts groups and musicians doing? by Michael Rietmulder, Moira Macdonald, Brendan Kiley and Megan Burbank

How are local arts groups and musicians holding up and what do they have planned this fall, despite the restrictions? Here, they tell us in their own words, offering a snapshot of how some a…

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Legal proceedings begin against Brown Paper Tickets by Brendan Kiley

Attorneys in Seattle have filed two legal actions against Brown Paper Tickets, which has been beset by complaints that it owes artists money. Filed last month, one of the legal actions is on…

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Seattle theaters get inventive, finding ways to perform even during pandemic closures by Brendan Kiley

Many theaters have turned to digital programming. Now, a few Seattle theaters have announced slightly more inventive, refined and ambitious season plans: audio dramas, online choose-your-own…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Seattle’s fall 2020 art scene will be unlike any that’s come before. Here’s a guide to what’s in store by Brendan Kiley

It's tough to find silver linings in 2020. In a year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, though, artists have continued to create and will keep doing so, no matter the circumstances. Here's a …

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Harrowing tales from frontline COVID responders in livestreaming play ‘The Line’ by Brendan Kiley

For “The Line,” playwrights Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen interviewed real health care workers in New York City. The play, presented by The Public Theater, streams online for free throug…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A blowup around an award leads to broader questions about Artist Trust by Brendan Kiley

A blowup around this year's Artist Trust's Artist Innovator Award has become a kind of referendum on the 33-year-old nonprofit that supports Washington artists and distributes nearly half a …

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How might Seattle’s live performance scene come back post-coronavirus shutdowns? by Brendan Kiley

Performing arts organizations were among the first to close their doors in the pandemic shutdown and will likely be among the last to reopen. Even when they are allowed to turn on the light…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pipe dream or intriguing blueprint? Here’s a quick look at Greg Lundgren’s ‘One Half a Football Team’ proposal by Brendan Kiley

How do we rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic? Do we try to reestablish the status quo of January 2020, or should we take this enforced pause — triggered by the twin forces of coronaviru…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Could the coronavirus reset society? Questions we should be asking about post-pandemic life by Brendan Kiley

The twin pressures of the coronavirus pandemic and economy-snarling lockdown have dramatically changed just about every aspect of life. As the country begins to emerge from stay-home orders,…

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Seattle-area cultural organizations projected to lose up to $135 million in revenue because of coronavirus by Brendan Kiley

ArtsFund on Monday announced new projections about pandemic-related losses in regional arts, cultural and scientific nonprofits, as well as its first round of coronavirus-related relief gran…

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Washington Attorney General’s Office looking into complaints about Brown Paper Tickets owing artists money by Brendan Kiley

Earlier this year, clients of the Seattle-based online ticket broker — many of them artists and small-business owners — said they haven't been paid for events, some dating back to last y…

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Petra Karr, who dedicated herself to church, theater and taking care of those in need, dies at 60 of coronavirus disease by Brendan Kiley

Petra Karr, who with her husband, Chris, founded what became the theater company ACT 1, died on April 7.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

9 of the most intriguing streaming and online arts events April 24-30 by Brendan Kiley

From the Capitol Hill Arts District Streaming Festival to a virtual benefit for "unconventional venues and the gig and production workers that make them possible," here are the streaming and…

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

King County Executive Dow Constantine proposes additional $57 million for coronavirus response by Brendan Kiley

The emergency-spending package is expected to get a council vote on May 12.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Frantic fundraising, relief that can’t meet demand: Artists and arts groups scramble amid coronavirus crisis by Brendan Kiley

The coronavirus-shutdown crisis has ripped through Seattle’s arts and culture scene, guillotining income for individual artists and organizations while they scramble to cut expenses.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Brown Paper Tickets, facing claims by many artists who are owed money, says coronavirus pandemic led to systems failure by Brendan Kiley

Artists and arts groups say money they expected from Seattle-based Brown Paper Tickets either didn’t arrive, or the checks bounced, or money was deposited, then got sucked back out of bank…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Emergency relief funds launching for Seattle-area arts organizations and artists by Brendan Kiley

ArtsFund, along with a coalition of arts organizations, is working to launch an emergency relief fund for arts organizations in King County. Artist Trust is launching a relief fund to help i…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

City announces $1.1 million and rent relief to support arts organizations in the coronavirus economic crisis by Brendan Kiley

On Tuesday, the City of Seattle announced a $1.1 million, arts-specific recovery package and rent suspension for cultural organizations, designed to help an arts sector heavily hit by the co…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

How to help arts and culture workers in the middle of the coronavirus crisis by Brendan Kiley

Whatever comes of the novel coronavirus tumult, the economic crisis is happening now. The needs for arts workers — gigging artists, teachers, staffers at arts institutions — are piling …

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All that Chat

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Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards