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March 10, 2023

ArtSci Roundup: Health and Houselessness, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, Angela Hewitt, and more

This week, listen in to the “Health and Houselessness in Seattle” conversation, head to the Burke Museum for some cherry blossom activities, witness Angela Hewitt’s famous piano talent, and more.


Josephine Ensign and Anna Patrick

March 14, 7:30 PM | “Health and Houselessness in Seattle” with Josephine Ensign and Anna Patrick, The Wyncote NW Forum

Home to over 730,000 people, with close to four million people living in the metropolitan area, Seattle has the third-highest homeless population in the United States.

In 2018, an estimated 8,600 homeless people lived in the city, a figure that does not include the significant number of “hidden” homeless people doubled up with friends or living in and out of cheap hotels. In her book “Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in Seattle” Josephine Ensign digs through layers of Seattle history—past its leaders and prominent citizens, respectable or not—to reveal the stories of overlooked and long-silenced people who live on the margins of society.

Josephine Ensign is a professor in the School of Nursing and adjunct professor in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. She is the author of Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling through the Safety Net; Soul Stories: Voices from the Margins; and the Washington State Book Award Finalist Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in Seattle. Anna Patrick is a reporter for Project Homeless, a community-funded team at The Seattle Times dedicated to covering the region’s homelessness crisis.

$5 – $20 | More info and tickets

March 15 – April 15 | Cherry Blossom Activities, Burke Museum

The UW is famous for the blossoming of cherry trees in the quad each spring. The main species of cherry blossom on campus is Somei-yoshino, with other varieties including Higan, Hisakura, Kwanzan, Mt. Fuji and Shirofugen.

At the Burke, enjoy tree-themed puzzles, books, and crafts in the Experience Alcoves. Spot the five hidden Huskies in the galleries to earn a special cherry blossom pin you can decorate and wear home. Free with regular admission while supplies last.

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March 16 – 18, 8:00 PM | Camille A. Brown & Dancers BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, Meany Hall

Camille A. Brown’s BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play draws on the games little girls play to tell a story of Black female empowerment. One of the most important American choreographers of our time, Brown uses African American vernacular forms — social dancing, Double Dutch, hand-clapping games, ring shout — to evoke the self-discovery and playfulness of childhood in a work The New York Times calls “by turns, clever and tender.” Brown, a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, Bessie Award winner and Tony Award nominee is known for imaginative works that address issues of identity and social justice.

$48 tickets | More info and tickets

March 22, 7:30 PM | Angela Hewitt, Meany Hall

Hailed as “the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time” (The Guardian), Angela Hewitt’s honors include the Companion of the Order of Canada, the Order of the British Empire and the Gramophone Hall of Fame. Her pristine musicianship demonstrates how she is “one of those rare musicians who seem to get something into their heads and hearts and find it at their fingertips instantaneously” (The New York Times). Hewitt will perform Scarlatti, Brahms and Bach’s final “English” Suite in what is sure to be an unforgettable evening.

$58 tickets | More info and tickets

Have an event that you would like to see featured in the ArtSci Roundup? Connect with Lauren Zondag (zondagld@uw.edu).