The Beat Goes On as UW Holds Third Annual Summer Arts Festival

The Third Annual Summer Arts Festival at the University of Washington explores "beat" as a driving force in life, art and history--and as the theme for a generation. From July 16-20, the campus will be filled with performances, exhibits, lectures and workshops by faculty, students and internationally renowned artists from the fields of art, dance, drama and music.

The Beat Goes On as UW Holds Third Annual Summer Arts Festival.

Highlights include appearances by the Dave Douglas New Quintet and Ethos Percussion Group as well as a unique opening night event, Mysterio Simpatico--An Illumined Musicale, featuring jazz great Bill Frisell and projected visuals by Jim Woodring.

For film buffs, the festival features the rarely seen 1929 Russian masterpiece Man with a Movie Camera and Gypsy documentary Latcho Drom. The Jacob Lawrence Gallery hosts Imaging Cosmologies, featuring work from the SAFECO collection. The Chamber Dance Company-with guest performers Pamela Cohen, Rob Kitsos and Peter Kyle-pulsates to music by jazz greats Bechet, Brubeck and Hopkins. Lectures and readings by UW faculty and guests are planned, with additional activities available at the Henry Art Gallery, HUB Auditorium, Odegaard Undergraduate Library and Meany Theater.

In addition to ticketed events, there are free outdoor performances and lectures. Among these are Eurhythmic Voices (co-directed by Kitsos), which explores the rhythmic nature of speech and movement, and Dance on the Quad (choreographed by Kitsos), inspired by Bach's Mass in B Minor.

For those interested in intellectual titillation, the festival is showcasing Seattle's best. Philosophy Professor Ronald Moore opens each day with a talk, "Pay Attention to the Beat," exploring important ideas surrounding the Beat Generation. Midday lectures explore a broad variety of topics (including Betsy Cooper speaking on "The Shape of Dissent," a discussion of modern dance pioneers) while the Evening Lecture Series features a Seattle favorite, Perry Lorenzo, Seattle Opera education director, discussing "Meditations on Bohème."

For more information about the UW Summer Arts Festival, visit or call (206) 685-6696.

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