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May 6, 2015

Arts Roundup: Art, artifacts — and ‘The Magic Flute’

Burke Museum Artifact ID Day

May starts strong, bursting with arts events for the community to enjoy. The School of Art + Art History + Design begins the month with the Painting + Drawing BFA graduation show, followed by the Kollar American Art Lecture featuring Kenneth Haltman. The School of Music starts its run of “The Magic Flute,” co-presented with Pacific MusicWorks, and the Burke Museum hosts the annual Artifact ID Day.

April 29, 2015

Arts Roundup: Piano, drama—and IMPFest

Guitarist BIll Frisell at IMPFest, May  1-3.

Drama and opera fill this busy week in the arts. From the final weekend of the School of Drama’s production of “Bus Stop” to the upcoming UW School of Music and Pacific MusicWorks collaborative production of “The Magic Flute,” there’s plenty to see on the University’s main stages. Also, don’t forget to check out the Improvised Music Project Festival (IMPFest) over the weekend at the Ethnic Cultural Center.

April 24, 2015

Harmonic Canon? Quadrangularis Reversum? Wild musical world of Harry Partch comes to UW

Charles Corey, research associate with the UW School of Music, plays the Bass Marimba, one of about 50 instruments invented by musical genius and eccentric Harry Partch (1901-1974) that now reside at the School of Music.

  The bass marimba, big as a desk and twice as tall, uses an organ pipe as a resonator and answers the mallet with a musically wooden plonk. The Chromelodeon II, a retuned reed organ, wheezes a trio of soft tones with the press of a key. And the elaborate Cloud-Chamber Bowls deliver tones ranging…

April 22, 2015

Arts Roundup: Music, drama — plus UW Symphony and Seattle Symphony ‘Side by Side’


This coming week, the School of Music leads the way with a variety of events to keep your calendar full. Highlights include the UW Symphony performing with the Seattle Symphony in a “Side by Side” concert, a faculty recital with faculty pianist Craig Sheppard, and the annual Improvised Music Project’s jazz festival.

April 15, 2015

Arts Roundup: Drama, music — and the Arty Party


Rounding out this month is a variety of events to keep you entertained. From the Lyon Opera Ballet, Emerson String Quartet and Simone Dinnerstein — all presented by UW World Series — to the annual, family-friendly Arty Party hosted by the Henry Art Gallery, prepare yourself for the rest of spring quarter because it’s looking bright!

April 2, 2015

‘Fu-Go’ explores World War II Japanese balloon attacks on US

"Fu-Go: The Curious History of Japan's Balloon Bomb Attack on America," by Ross Coen, was published by University of Nebraska Press.

Ross Coen, UW doctoral student in history, discusses his book “Fu-Go: The Curious History of Japan’s Balloon Bomb Attack on America.”

April 1, 2015

Arts Roundup: Dance, lectures — and Music of Today


Welcome to a new quarter! The Henry Art Gallery kicks off this week with an Incite and Insight lecture featuring artist Suzanne Bocanegra. The School of Music quickly follows up with a faculty recital by Jazz Studies Professor Marc Seales and a Music of Today performance in collaboration with the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS).

March 23, 2015

Author Charles Johnson discusses new work — and the return of Emery Jones

"The Hard problem," the second book by Charles Johnson and his daughter, Elisheba Johnson, is now available.

Charles Johnson, English professor emeritus discusses three new books out, including the second children’s book in the Adventures of Emery Jones series, “The Hard Problem,” illustrated by Johnson himself.

March 18, 2015

Arts Roundup: Exhibitions, music — and Native Art Weekend


As we approach spring break, sit back, relax and take in an event or two. This week, the Henry Art Gallery hosts a slew of collaborative events including a performance by the Seattle Chamber Players and Juan Pampin, director of Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS).

March 11, 2015

Arts Roundup: Lectures, exhibitions — and pianist Olga Kern


This week, the UW World Series presents Russian pianist Olga Kern and the School of Art concludes its Critical Issues in Contemporary Art public lecture series. Other events include a free UW Campus Philharmonia concert in Kane Hall and the final weekend of the School of Drama’s “The Hostage.”

March 4, 2015

Arts Roundup: Music, drama — and the Dance Majors Concerts

Dino Day

From drama to dance to dinosaurs, it’s an exciting week in the arts. The School of Drama’s production of “The Hostage” continues, the Burke Museum presents Dino Day and the School of Music offers a plethora of performances including Music from the Great War and Studio Jazz and Modern Bands.

February 27, 2015

UW alum David Horsey discusses Charlie Hebdo, editorial cartooning in volatile times

David Horsey -- Q and A with the editorial cartoonist

UW alumnus and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist David Horsey discusses the Charlie Hebdo shootings and editorial cartooning in politically volatile times.

February 25, 2015

Arts Roundup: Music, drama — and Mark Morris Dance Group


As February ends and March begins, the arts present a variety of events. In drama, the Undergraduate Theater Society’s production of “Cabaret” continues and the School of Drama opens the slapstick satire, “The Hostage.” In music, Piano Professor Robin McCabe gears up for her faculty recital. Meanwhile, students in the Dance Program prepare for the Dance Majors Concert.

February 18, 2015

Arts Roundup: Drama, music – and ‘Music of Today’

Jazz Studies major Carmen Rothwell, bass

This coming week, the School of Music leads the way with a variety of events to keep your calendar full. Highlights include the UW Chamber Orchestra performing two nights, a faculty recital with Jazz Studies Professor Marc Seales, and a Music of Today performance in collaboration with the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media.

February 11, 2015

Arts Roundup: Music, lectures – and Urban Bush Women

Urban Bush Women

This week, the UW World Series presents American dance ensemble Urban Bush Women, then quickly follows this with the Jerusalem Quartet.

February 4, 2015

Arts Roundup: Drama, exhibitions – and ‘The Way Black Machine’


Following up last week’s full schedule of arts events, this week is equally packed. The School of Drama’s production of “Twelfth Night” runs its final weekend, the Jacob Lawrence Gallery’s exhibit, “The Way Black Machine,” is now open and the School of Music presents a faculty recital with Douglas Cleveland on organ and David Gordon on trumpet.

January 28, 2015

Arts Roundup: Music, lectures – and ‘Twelfth Night’

Gene 2_Seahawks Instagram

As we approach the end of January, enjoy a show or two. The School of Drama’s production of “Twelfth Night” sets Shakespeare in The Roaring Twenties, the School of Music offers a variety of performances including the Modern Music Ensemble and a Student Chamber Concert, and the UW World Series presents Ukranian pianist Vadym Kholodenko.

January 21, 2015

Arts Roundup: Music, drama – and the Dance Faculty Concert

Twelfth Night

It’s an exciting week in the arts as various units ramp up their winter events. For drama fans, there’s the Undergraduate Theater Society’s production of “Yellow Face” and the School of Drama’s take on “Twelfth Night.” For music lovers, don’t miss the rich sounds of the Nile Project at Meany Hall or the UW Symphony at Benaroya Hall.

January 14, 2015

Arts Roundup: Exhibitions, Artbreak — and a contemporary art lecture series


This week marks the first lecture in the School of Art + Art History + Design’s annual public lecture series, this year focusing on critical issues in contemporary art.

January 9, 2015

Gould Pavilion: New look, educational space, exhibition gallery

Gould Pavilion rendering

The UW College of Built Environments has rebooted the east end of its Gould Hall home, creating an expanded area for collaboration and a new gallery to exhibit work from national and international sources as well as the college’s student, faculty and alumni.

January 7, 2015

Arts Roundup: Lectures, ArtBreak – and the Takács Quartet

Melia Watras

Welcome back to a new year and new quarter! Henry Art Gallery kicks off the first Arts Roundup of the year with an assortment of events related to the exhibit “Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E,” including a lecture presented by Seattle Arts and Lectures and an unusual exhibition tour with ArtVenture.

January 6, 2015

New David Shields book a collaboration, an argument — and a movie, too

David Shields, UW English professor

Two men, four days, one cabin and an epic discussion of life and art, while James Franco makes a movie of it all. That’s the setup for the latest book by UW English Professor David Shields, working this time with former student Caleb Powell.

December 10, 2014

Arts Roundup: Exhibitions, drama — and ‘An Appalachian Christmas’


As autumn quarter comes to a close, Arts Roundup begins a holiday hiatus. But first we offer some final suggestions of campus art activities, including Mark O’Connor and his band performing ”An Appalachian Christmas.”

December 3, 2014

Music meets history in three-concert series on World War I

Robin McCabe

The creative spirit “does not hunker down or hide” in difficult times, Robin McCabe, UW professor of piano, was reminded as she researched the three-concert series she organized, “Music from the War to End All Wars.” The School of Music presents this series starting Dec. 7 and continuing March 8 and May 3, 2015.

Arts Roundup: Lectures, music — and UW Symphony and Opera Theater


This week there are lots of events to keep students, staff and faculty busy before finals. Don’t miss “Idleness,” the second Factory Showroom exhibit at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, or the UW Symphony and UW Opera Theater performing a version of Puccini’s opera “Gianni Schicci.”

November 26, 2014

Arts Roundup: Exhibitions, music — and ArtBreak with Barbara Ciega

Kwakwaka’wakw transformation mask that inspired the Seahawks' logo

The holiday season is officially upon us and the arts host a lineup of events to get you in the festive spirit. The School of Music paves the way with performances ranging from the Percussion Ensemble to CarolFest. If you’re looking for an exhibition to explore, the Burke Museum’s recently opened “Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired” will be the perfect option after the Thanksgiving bustle.

November 19, 2014

Arts Roundup: Drama, dance — and ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’

RADAR LA David Rousseve/Reality STARDUST 9-21-2013

Have you ever considered the implications of privacy around art and cultural institutions? Then don’t miss the three-day symposium “Surveillance and Privacy: Art, Law and Social Practice” hosted by the Henry Art Gallery and the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS).

November 12, 2014

Arts Roundup: Music, film — and ‘Meet the Mammals’

Jon Kimura Parker

It’s a packed week in the arts, with a diverse array of options to suit any fancy. The UW World Series has a music-themed weekend with Jon Kimura Parker on Friday night and Touré-Raichel Collective the next. Also, don’t miss the last film in the Climate Change and Nuclear Risks: A Speaker & Film Series presented by the Burke.

November 5, 2014

Arts Roundup: Art, music — and ‘Sweet Charity’

The Musical Theater Program debuts "Sweet Charity," Nov. 14-23, Meany Studio Theater

This week in the arts features an array of film, exhibitions, music and musical theater to enjoy—one of the highlights being “Sweet Charity,” the debut production of the new Musical Theater program.

October 29, 2014

Arts Roundup: Exhibitions, music — and ArtBreak


Music and exhibitions lead this week in the arts as David Alexander Rahbee conducts the UW Symphony and the School of Music presents the annual Halloween Organ Concert featuring spooky classics.

October 22, 2014

Arts Roundup: Music, drama — and Noche Flamenca


Drama, lectures, dance and exhibitions fill this especially busy week in the arts. From the closing of the Mad Campus exhibition to the start of the UW World Series collaboration with Noche Flamenca on a new work, “Antigona,” there’s plenty to see and do.

October 16, 2014

‘Antigona’ retells Greek tragedy through flamenco dance, music

Soledad Barrio in the Noche Flamenca production of "Antigona," presented by the UW World Series.

The UW World Series presents Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca’s production of “Antigona” — a world premiere — October 23 to 25 in Meany Hall.

October 15, 2014

Arts Roundup: Music, drama — and the Jacob Lawrence Gallery reopens

Noche Flamenca

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery opens its first exhibit of the year, “Industry,” and the School of Drama opens the year’s first production “Cold Empty Terrible” — plus lectures, the World Series and more.

October 13, 2014

Northwest artists, writers, arts advocates in ‘Mary Randlett Portraits’

"Mary Randlett Portraits" was published by UW Press in September.

Frances McCue discusses “Mary Randlett Portraits,” a new book from University of Washington Press she created with the well-known Northwest photographer.

October 8, 2014

Arts Roundup: Drama, music — and Anne Hamilton’s ‘The Common S E N S E’

Ann Hamilton

Fall is a busy time for the arts on campus, with a dizzying array of performances and exhibitions to take advantage of.

Renowned dances meticulously restaged for Chamber Dance Company’s ‘On the Edge’


The UW Chamber Dance Company presents restaging of well-known dances by choreographers Nacho Duato, Susan Marshall, Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith in “On the Edge,” Oct. 9-12 in Meany Hall.

October 1, 2014

Arts Roundup: Music, The Big Draw — and Chamber Dance Company

Maria Adams

Fall quarter has started, which means the weekly arts roundup is back in action. This week, the Burke is hosting The Big Draw and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis performs at Meany Hall on Oct. 4.

September 23, 2014

‘Celebrity and its Discontents’: The 2014 Performing Arts Lecture Series


Celebrities have fascinated the public for centuries — but why? And how does the spotlight affect those on whom it shines? This year’s Performing Arts Lecture Series, presented by the School of Drama, explores the power of celebrity from unique perspectives in three evening lectures.

September 12, 2014

‘Mad Campus’: Art here, there, everywhere


The University of Washington is being transformed into a vast art gallery for a six-week exhibition called “Mad Campus.”

August 29, 2014

Revisit 1990s HUB, U District as missing-student mystery unfolds

Shelves of books and head shot of author

Nick DiMartino, employee at University Book Store for 44 years, sets his latest novel at the University of Washington in the early 1990s.

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