Angry Asian Man sets the scene
: "The Bagley Wright Theatre in Seattle is currently staging Gilbert & Sullivan's 'classic' comic opera The Mikado, which has historically required actors to perform roles in yellowface, and a bunch of shitty made up stereotypes for comic effect. This version is no different, with all forty Japanese characters played by white actors.".
The Seattle Times weighs in with a negative op-ed.
The Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan society had a response to the Times Op Ed: "I get it because as a black woman I am often confronted by issues of racism and sexism, be it blatant, subtle, institutionalized, or perceived. I too have reacted in a knee-jerk fashion. I believe when confronted with these issues I have always dug a little deeper, checked other sources, and did some research on my own before taking action.
Given what I, and the Society have been through in the last few days, I hope to God that my actions were indeed merited. The idea that I may have caused the kind of damage that we are experiencing to some other organization, individual or institution because I took a head long rush to judgment based on a headline, or an opinion piece, and regarded those things as fact sickens me to my soul."
posted by josher71
on Jul 18, 2014 -
The Seattle Symphony
's "Sonic Evolution" program links up the Symphony with other Seattle area artists.
Last night, the hip players at the Seattle teamed up with Sir Mix-a-Lot for what Mix described as '"Orchestral Movements from the Hood" Night'. The results are on youtube:
Posse on Broadway
and Baby Got Back
posted by rmd1023
on Jun 7, 2014 -
is a multi-billion-pixel panoramic image celebrating the arts in Seattle, featuring artists and performers
in the context of their city. Pan and zoom the image to find each artist/group (and enjoy the sights and scenery along the way); when an artist is in your sights, a pop-up ID tag will link to an artist profile page featuring a bio and video showcase.
posted by prinado
on Jan 26, 2014 -
Something unknown, engineers say — and all the more intriguing to many residents for being unknown — has blocked the progress of the biggest-diameter tunnel-boring machine in use on the planet, a high-tech, largely automated wonder called Bertha. At five stories high with a crew of 20, the cigar-shaped behemoth was grinding away underground on a two-mile-long, $3.1 billion highway tunnel under the city’s waterfront on Dec. 6 when it encountered something in its path that managers still simply refer to as “the object.”
posted by Chrysostom
on Dec 23, 2013 -
Songs from Pearl Jam's 1991 debut album Ten
, stripped of all but Eddie Vedder's vocals: Once
. Even Flow
. Apart from highlighting Vedder's unique voice, phrasing and harmonzing, these vocal mixes expose some interesting studio effects applied to his voice (on 'Even Flow', for example).
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Nov 14, 2013 -
This August, Washington state's Fish and Wildlife Commission banned
giant Pacific octopus hunting (recreational harvesting) across seven popular scuba sites in the Puget Sound -- not because the species is endangered, but simply because the sea creature is revered by the Seattle community. The law went into effect on October 6. What triggered the ban? Therein lies a story
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Oct 17, 2013 -
"Why yes, we do have a female sushi chef. She also happens to be Caucasian. Her name is Mariah Kmitta, and we are blessed to have her behind our sushi bar." Sushi chef Hajime Sato of Mashiko
in Seattle responds to customers who find a non-Japanese sushi chef distasteful with "An Open Letter to Bigot Diners"
. The opinion is not universally accepted. Slate author LV Anderson wonders
, "does raising your eyebrows at a white sushi chef really make you a bigot?" [more inside]
posted by saeculorum
on Sep 5, 2013 -
It's time for MIND YOUR MANNERS with BILLY QUAN
, a recurring spoof on martial arts movies from classic Seattle sketch comedy group Almost Live! Today's episode:
, 8 BALL
ENTER THE BOWLER
, NEW YEAR
, FIVE IRON
Remember kids, BE LIKE BILLY. BEHAVE YOURSELF!
posted by JHarris
on Aug 26, 2013 -
Someone is cleaning up part of the Gum Wall,
a 100-foot (ish) stretch of Post Alley (between Pike St. and Union St.) beneath the Seattle's Pike Place Market. (wikipedia
Begun in 1993 around the entrance to the Market Theater, the city's most unhygienic visitor attraction is a brick alley covered on both sides, from toe to a considerable heights, with wads of chewed gum. [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt
on Jul 15, 2013 -
Click that 'hood!
is a simple game which tasks you to locate neighborhoods in one of six cities: Chicago, IL; Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY; Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA. An easy game gives you 20 neighborhoods: A hard game gives you the entire city.
posted by shakespeherian
on Feb 4, 2013 -
RIP Bob Quinn
. If you've spent any time at the University of Washington, you'll likely recognize him as the guy who wandered, with his well-behaved off-leash dog, up and down the Ave, spending all day at various coffee shops and bookstores. Or if you were using heroin
or were otherwise at high risk for HIV in North Seattle anytime between the 1980s and now, you likely recognize him because he may have saved your life. [more inside]
posted by librarina
on Nov 7, 2012 -
On Election Night 2008 in Seattle, Renee received a random celebratory text from a stranger. She saved that text for four years, until last night
posted by litlnemo
on Nov 7, 2012 -
When is a private space a public space? When it's a Privately Owned Public Space (POPS)
. In accordance with the planning codes of some cities, owners or builders of buildings are mandated to provide members of the general public access to spaces which include rooftop gardens, courtyards, and plazas. [more inside]
posted by larrybob
on Aug 31, 2012 -
A dude found his stolen bicycle on Craigslist days after it had been lifted and then drives 160 miles to find the thief and confront him
posted by gman
on Aug 16, 2012 -
Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners has pitched the Major League's
24th 23rd perfect game
, in a 12-strikeout, 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. You can watch an abbreviated video showing all 27 outs in succession at mlb.com here
(6:08). [more inside]
posted by hincandenza
on Aug 15, 2012 -
In 1971, "decades before any state had seriously considered legalizing gay marriage, long before anyone had thought of creating—never mind repealing—a policy called “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” before Reagan, before AIDS, before the American Psychiatric Association determined that homosexuality was not a mental illness, and before half the people currently living in America were even born, a man named John Singer stepped into the King County marriage license office in Seattle." Meet Faygele ben Miriam, the radical activist who pioneered the fight for same-sex marriage in Washington State, 41 years ago. Via.
posted by zarq
on Jun 7, 2012 -
The Seattle Times has just published a largely unfavorable four-part series about Seattle-based Amazon.com. In Part 1
, the newspaper questions how much Amazon is doing for the local community. Part 2
suggests that Amazon is damaging the publishing industry. Part 3
asks if Amazon's tax-free status gives it an unfair advantage. And Part 4
wonders whether Amazon is bad for its own workers.
posted by twoleftfeet
on Apr 3, 2012 -