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View of Heather Hart's "Juju for the Blood". Image courtesy of the artist.

Material Memory

  • Saturday, February 22, 2014— Saturday, May 24, 2014

Gallery Aferro

Material Memory: Heather Hart (AR '98), Nick Pilato, Sophy Naess

Curated by Barbara Madsen

Material Memory is an exhibition bringing together three heterogeneous artists whose work engages observers to create their own narratives whether they are rooted in quotidian encounters, material process, or triggered latent memories. One may look to material culture studies to frame the associations that cultures have with objects, structures and landscapes through collective experience and memory. The exhibition considers the artist’s choices when deciding which physical intransient substances to use, directly or indirectly manipulating perception based upon the audience’s experience with the material. It raises questions about mortality and the invaluable commodity of time, ever present and yet fleeting, concrete and yet intangible. It examines the artist’s daily observations, transmuting meaningful or mundane fodder into content. What roles do everyday objects play in our lives? How are inherent memories born from these objects? How do material objects, and structures generate communal memory? What triggers the decisions we make? Is it a simple fragment from the street? Shard? House? How are these impulses implemented?

Image courtesy of the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Little Shop of Horrors

  • Saturday, March 8, 2014— Sunday, June 15, 2014

5th Avenue Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman

Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith

Directed by Bill Berry

A co-production with and performed at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre

This delightfully demented comedy of hapless lovers Seymour and Audrey and an unforgettable man-eating plant blends doo-wop, rock, and Motown into a hilarious send-up of B-movie horror flicks.

CAST
Joshua Carter - Seymour
Jessica Skerritt - Audrey
Jeff Steitzer - Mr. Mushnik
Ekello J. Harrid, Jr. - Audrey II (voice)
Eric Esteb - Audrey II (puppet)
David Anthony Lewis (TH '99) - Orin Scrivello and others
Alexandria Henderson, Naomi Morgan, Nicole Prothro - Doo-wop Trio

Image courtesy of the artist.

Frankly Mondays (Can Be Awesome)

  • Monday, April 28, 2014

The Royal Room

March 24
Crystal Beth & The Boom Boom Band
the long set and live recording

With the reflexes of a mongoose and the swagger of a leftist John Wayne, Crystal Beth* (aka: Beth Fleenor [MU '04]) spins her own brand of posicore purge-pop-punk-hop: a sweaty trance psychedelic ritual. Expect intense currents of bethnic chanting, propelled by the ferocious beating of the Boom Boom. For this show the band will perform an extended hour and a half set featuring new material which will be documented with a live recording.

*Crystal Beth is a psychoactive stimulant that increases alertness, concentration, and energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem, and increase libido.

April 28
MetriLodic
Beth Fleenor: Workshop Ensemble

Hailed as "alternately buoyant and ponderous, transfixing and exceptional" (City Arts Magazine), Beth Fleenor's Workshop Ensemble is a 12-piece modular project that performs her chamber works. Grounded in learning and working Fleenor's 20 Etudes for Blindfolded Musicians, WE also work in conduction and sonic meditation. Through the use of blindfolds to heighten full body listening/awareness, WE cultivate focused intention, highlighting that intention as a respected member of the ensemble.

MetriLodic formed in 2010 by Eric Barber (saxophone/electronics) to recreate music he was hearing in his dreams. He enlisted two of his closest counterparts, PK (bass) and Byron Vannoy (drums), to realize his vision to create an original improvised music language based on these dreams. Their music inhabits cerebral and ecstatic spaces at once, multimetric grooves there and gone, raw and refined.

Keep up on the latest with Beth by visiting her website.

Image courtesy of Taproot Theatre

In the Book of

  • Friday, March 28, 2014— Saturday, April 26, 2014

Taproot Theatre

By John Walch

Previews March 26 & 27

Lieutenant Naomi Watkins returns stateside and opens her home to faithful friend and Afghan translator, Anisah. When Anisah’s visa is called into question the whole town goes to war over this suspicious stranger. But as fireflies light up the night, romance launches a stealth attack showing us that anything can happen.

Directed by Scott Nolte

Cast
Carolyn Marie Monroe
Pam Nolte
Nolan Palmer
Kevin Pitman (TH '06)
Matt Shimkus
Alison Strickland

Production Team
Mark Lund - Scenic and Sound Designer
Sarah Burch Gordon - Costume Designer
Andrew Duff - Lighting Designer
Claire Branch (PP '10) - Stage Manager
Kayla Walker (TH '12) - Dialect Coach
Sonja Lowe - Dramaturg

"Seattle Vice" publicity image courtesy of the artists.

Seattle Vice

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • Friday, April 18, 2014
  • Saturday, April 19, 2014

ACT Theatre Bullitt Cabaret

Inspired by the book Seattle Vice by Rick Anderson, this cabaret musical set in 1965 combines dancing, comedy, and original music created by Mark Siano (The Habit, Soft Rock Kid) and Opal Peachey (Modern Luv, Café Nordo). A lively, historical peep-show, Seattle Vice is an immersive experience that takes the audience underground into one of alleged gangster Frank Colacurcio's notorious night clubs. Vice tells the story of how Colacurcio came to dominate vice and crime during Seattle’s infamous “anything goes” era.

Seattle Vice features nightly guest burlesque and cabaret performers and is accompanied by the live band The Enablers.

CAST:
Michael Cimino - Frank Colacurcio
Opal Peachey (TH '04) - Rose Marie Williams (AKA Madame Washington)
Mark Siano - Gil Conte
Ray Tagavilla - Chief of Police Ramon, Caliguri, and others
Joselynn Tokashiki Engstrom - Baby June
Kenna Kettrick - Lulu
Norah Elges - Zorita
Rachel Delmar - Sherrie
Colleen Gillon - Helga
Heidi Korndorffer (TH '10) - Cinnamon
Melanie Verna - Valentine
Katheryn Reed - Dixie
Dani Suder (TH '04) - Frances Colacurcio
Andrew Murray - Officer Larson and others
Devon Allen - Officer Hector and others
Troy Lund - Handsome Johnny Carbone and others
Hisam Goueli - Pizza Nick and others

PRODUCTION:
Writers (Music, Book, & Lyrics): Mark Siano and Opal Peachey
Director: Mark Siano
Stage Manager: Noel Parkinson
Musical Director: John Kranz
Set Design: Terry Podgorski
Lighting Design: Robert Aguilar
Central Heating Lab Producer: Alyssa Byer

Ages 21 and Up Only: Valid I.D. required for admission.
Contains male and female nudity.

Allyce Wood. Knotted Stones (detail). Watercolor on paper, 22x30in, 2014

Meanderboard

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014— Saturday, April 26, 2014

SOIL Gallery

Meanderboard alludes to the Greek Key pattern used to describe a basic Labyrinth- the “up, right, down, left” pattern that repeats onto itself; a system that can be applied to ones own faceted identity. Local artist Allyce Wood (AR '10) and Danish artist Diana Lindbjerg use video, photography, and drawings to describe concepts of persona and representation.

Metaphorical imagery, documentations, and alternative portraits examine the range of truths and inconsistencies ever-present in the collective consciousness.

Image courtesy of NCTC.

Tails of Wasps

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014— Sunday, April 27, 2014

Busters Special Events Room, ACT Theatre

Scandal is irresistible. We are captivated by the personal lives of celebrities and political figures almost to obsession. But at what cost? Tails of Wasps takes us behind closed doors to witness the rise and fall of one politician as he wrestles with his most intimate demons. In a hotel room, away from the public eye, a powerful man spirals downward into the depths of sexual transgression.

A world premiere presented by New Century Theatre Company (NCTC). Nominated for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, this arousing and eviscerating tale explores the inescapable ties between lust and power. Written by NCTC Affiliate Artist Stephanie Timm, directed by NCTC Artistic Director Darragh Kennan, and featuring NCTC company members Paul Morgan Stetler, Brenda Joyner, and Betsy Schwartz. With guest artists Sylvie Davidson and Hannah Mootz (TH '11).

Emily Chisholm (TH '04), image courtesy of ACT. Photo: Stuart Isett.

Bethany

  • Friday, April 11, 2014— Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Contemporary Theatre (ACT)

The reality of the economic meltdown as seen through the life of a struggling suburban single mom trying to keep it all together. It all comes down to one big sale, and when the pressure is on, she pushes her own limits to get back everything she wants - including her daughter.

Directed by John Langs

CAST
Emily Chisholm (TH '04) - Crystal
Richard Ziman - Charlie
Darragh Kennan - Gary
Suzanne Bouchard - Patricia
Cynthia Jones - Toni
Jonelle Jordan - Shannon

Age Recommendation: 14+ for mild adult language and some violence.

Claire Johnson, Hood, 2014 oil on canvas, 36"x 36". Image courtesy of the artist.

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014— Saturday, May 3, 2014

LxWxH Gallery

LxWxH is curated by Sharon Arnold (AR '06). The gallery is open every second Saturday for the art walk and by appointment.

a•nas•to•mo•sis

solo works by Claire Johnson

Opening Reception: Saturday 12 April, 6-9pm

a•nas•to•mo•sis features a new series of aerial landscape paintings by Claire Johnson. Johnson explores contour, pattern, and color formed either by nature or human intervention across the earth's surface. In past work, she has explored themes heavily related to the blood of the human body. The connection to this past investigation is tied to these landscapes in the similarities between the branching systems of blood vessels, roads, and river-pathways; linking distant parts or places aren't obviously connected at first glance.

Poster courtesy of Castillo Theatre.

The Fabulous Miss Marie

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014— Sunday, May 18, 2014

Castillo Theatre

The Obie award-winning The Fabulous Miss Marie, is perhaps Ed Bullins’ greatest work, a high point of his " Century Cycle” plays about the lives of ordinary African-American people. The setting is the Wilshire section of Los Angeles; the time the early 1960’s, just before the Watts rebellion. A three-day holiday party goes on at the home of Miss Marie. Her guests largely ignore the tumultuous happenings in the larger world. They are here to have a good time. Bullins’ play is a jazz composition: seemingly disjointed encounters, interrupted conversations, bawdy humor, sudden sharp violence, self-searching soliloquies and moments of intense intimacy are arranged with seeming effortlessness. The pace is swift. Bullins asks how love can be expressed in a "cemetery of human failure and class arrogance.”

Beethovan Oden (TH '02) plays Gafney.

Poster image courtesy of Ghostlight Theatricals.

Life is a Dream

  • Friday, April 18, 2014— Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Ballard Underground

by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, adapted by Caitlin Gilman (TH '04).

Directed by Roy Arauz

Life is a Dream is an adaptation of the Spanish Golden Age classic by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. Set in a dystopian future where countries have become corporations and medieval morality promises stability in a volatile world, it tells the story of Segismundo, heir of Polonia, who has been confined from birth in a virtual reality by his father, Basilio. While top executives Astolfo and Estrella compete to take over the company, Basilio devises a test to see if Segismundo will actually be the devastating and cruel ruler the stars foretold. And a young woman from a neighboring company arrives seeking vengeance and steps into the middle of a dangerous political secret. Life is a Dream is a beautifully told story that examines reality, fate, and free will.

"The Weight", Dorielle Caimi (AR '10).

Celebrate Cornish in Los Angeles

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014— Saturday, April 19, 2014

GUSFORD Gallery

Join President Nancy J. Uscher and other Cornish leaders, including Art Chair Christy Johnson and Theater Chair Richard E.T. White, for a reception at GUSFORD Gallery. On display at GUSFORD, alumna Dorielle Caimi’s (AR ’10) solo exhibition Complex Candy. Admitted students and their families will also be on hand to get to know Cornish better. Please help us welcome this next generation of young artists, while you reconnect with other LA-area Cornish alumni.

Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
GUSFORD Gallery
7016 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Please RSVP by April 16
alumni [at] cornish [dot] edu or 206.315.5839

Poster image courtesy of Book-it Rertory Theatre.

Truth Like the Sun

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014— Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Center Theatre

by Jim Lynch Conceived by Jane Jones & Kevin McKeon Adapted by Kevin McKeon | Directed by Jane Jones

Book-It is thrilled to produce the latest of local author Jim Lynch’s three novels. Roger Morgan was a smooth-talking young promoter who built Seattle’s most famous icon for the 1962 fair. Thirty-nine years later in the shadow of his Space Needle, the Seattle raconteur is a mayoral candidate dogged by an unscrupulous young reporter looking for long-buried dirt. “Enveloping and propulsive,” Lynch’s latest novel aims a light at the extraordinary events that put Seattle on the map.

Cast
Solomon Davis
Chris Ensweiler
Emily Fortuna
Cynthia Geary
Brian Gunter
Laura Hanson
Joe Ivy
Chad Kelderman
Jonah Kowal
Kevin McKeon
Nikki Mejia (TH '14)
Anthony Rosenthal
Luke Sayer (TH '09)
Richard Sloniker
Jennifer Lee Taylor
Leslie Wisdom

Artistic Team
Catherine Cornell, Scenic Designer
Marnie Cummings, Lighting Designer
Pete Rush, Costume Designer
Nathan Wade, Sound Designer
Kathleen Le Coze (PP '13), Properties Master

Susannah Butler*, Stage Manager
Jeremiah Givers (PP '11), Assistant Stage Manager

Image courtesy of the artist.

The Nellie Bly Project

  • Friday, May 9, 2014— Friday, May 9, 2014


A new work by composer Samantha Boshnack - inspired by the life of daredevil, feminist, journalist & iconoclast Nellie Bly (1864 – 1922).

The quintet is:
Samantha Boshnack on trumpets
Beth Fleenor (MU '04) on clarinets/voice
Dawn Clement (MU '04) on piano/keyboards
Isaac Castillo on bass
Max Wood on drums

On the heels of their debut release, Exploding Syndrome, Sam Boshnack has quickly taken on the next large scale project for her Quintet – a narrative work inspired by the life of 19th century investigative journalist Nellie Bly.

Boshnack writes about the project, “Both as a young girl and today, Nellie Bly greatly inspires me. A reporter at a time when women were not welcome into journalism, she was a fiery and persistent individual who worked within extreme confines to achieve great things for both the subjects she covered (including mental health and prison facilities), and for women in her field.”

Boshnack has created a work in four movements highlighting stages and elements of Bly’s personality and career: “Early Years” establishing her voice – combining elements of punky irreverence, with a yearning to deeply understand the human experience and its unfairness; "Asylum Expose” exploring her extreme efforts to write about the atrocities of a mental asylum; and “Around the World” tackling her race around the globe to beat Jules Verne’s fictional record, while the world cheered her on. The piece concludes with “Lasting Legacy” - an homage to Bly and the impact she made to those who came after her.

Boshnack combines exploration of Bly’s life with propulsion from her words, incorporating quotes and segments from her books as spoken and sung elements within the suite. In addition to the music-based work, Boshnack hopes this concert will be an opportunity to educate the public about the life of this impactful, yet mostly unknown, iconoclast.

Image courtesy of Bellevue Arts Museum.

Knock on Wood

  • Friday, October 31, 2014— Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bellevue Arts Museum

Bellevue Arts Museum is excited to announce this year's participating artists. With more than 180 applications, the response to the call for proposals, as well as the quality of the entries, exceeded the Museum's expectations. From this talented and diverse pool of applicants, 39 artists were chosen to participate in BAM Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood: Humaira Abid, Rick Araluce, Laura Buchan, Christian Burchard, Morse Clary, Todd Coglon, Michael de Forest, Curtis Erpelding, David French, Erik Geschke (AR '93), John Grade, Julia Haack, Elaine Hanowell, Julia Harrison, Todd Jannausch, Aaron Levine, Kiki MacInnis, Amie McNeel, Drew Michael, Peter Millett, Taiji Miyasaka, Shawn Nordfors (AR '98), Michael Peterson, Peter Pierobon, Jim Piper, Mike Rathbun, Seth Rolland, June Sekiguchi, Matt Sellars, John Shrader, Garric Simonsen, Whiting Tennis, W. Scott Trimble, Kimberly Trowbridge, Brian Watson, Mark Wedekind, William J. Whipple, Ed Wicklander, and Helga Winter.

In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition occurring every two years which focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists and craftsmen, emphasizing current and new work. For each edition, Bellevue Arts Museum designates a new focus of exploration, be it a specific medium, technique, process, or theme in art, craft, and design.

The Biennial is an opportunity for makers of all kinds to push the boundaries of their vision and skill. The exhibition is intended to recognize the innovative and extraordinary work being produced by contemporary Northwest makers, and to celebrate the region's distinctive character.