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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.

In addition, the UW World Series presents eighth blackbird — a Chicago-based new music sextet–and American dance ensemble Urban Bush Women.

eighth blackbird

eighth blackbird performs Feb. 7, Meany Theater.

“Twelfth Night”
Through Feb. 8 | Meany Studio Theater
Beloved for its rebellious portrayal of gender ambiguity, William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” is a comedy about a cross-dressing shipwreck survivor who finds herself at the center of a not-so-ordinary love triangle. Third-year MFA directing candidate Leah Adcock-Starr takes this delightfully comic tale of mistaken identities and weaves it into the jazz-infused world of The Roaring Twenties. More info.

“The Way Black Machine”
Through Feb. 28 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery
This special project, presented by the YAMS Collective, provides a fully-immersive, multi-media experience and an Internet archive of activism around black embodiment. The collective is composed of artists, writers, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the world who collaborate across disciplines and cities. More info.

eighth blackbird
7:30 p.m., Feb. 7 | Jones Playhouse
Presented by the UW World Series, this ensemble combines the virtuosity of a string quartet with the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company. During this program, the audience will be taken on a witty, mind-bending and atmospheric musical road trip.  More info.

Faculty Recital
7:30 p.m., Feb. 9 | Kane Hall, Walker- Ames Room
Douglas Cleveland, John Delo Faculty Fellow in Organ and David Gordon, artist in residence in trumpet, perform music for trumpet and organ of Baroque and 21st century composers. More info.

Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Public Lecture Series
7 p.m., Through March 12 | Henry Art Gallery Auditorium
The Division of Art within the School of Art + Art History + Design will host its annual public lecture series, now in its third year, at the Henry Art Gallery.  Organized by Eric Fredericksen for ART 361/595, the course and lecture series are part of the Nebula Project, funded by the New Foundation Seattle and the College of Arts & Sciences.  The program features artists who balance individual practices with collaborative and institutional work.

  • Feb. 12– Mitch McEwen, Detroit
  • Feb. 19– Gareth Moore, Vancouver
  • March 12– Liz Craft with Pentti Monkkonen, Los Angeles
Object Narratives

Patterson, Seattle. Woman’s hat. c. 1924-1926. Plush, bird of paradise feathers, silk satin trim. Henry Art Gallery, School of Drama Collection, 84.7-619.

Object Narratives: Plumage and Pillage – The Millinery Fashion Trade
7 p.m., Feb. 12 | Henry Art Gallery
Join milliner Wayne Wichern for a conversation about the power and authority of bird plumage. Object Narratives is a multi-part series that introduces visitors to the historical and cultural contexts of objects included in the Henry Art Gallery exhibit, “Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E.” More news.

Urban Bush Women
8 p.m., Feb. 12-14 | Meany Theater
Celebrating 30 years as an unstoppable force in American dance, this ensemble continues to make visceral, politically-charged work that is electric and inspiring. With “Hep Hep Sweet Sweet,” founder and choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar presents an earthy and provocative new take on the music and culture fueled by the Great Migration that emerged at jazz clubs in Harlem and Zollar’s native Kansas City. More info.

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