10 Must See Exhibits in the Seattle Area

Must See Exhibits in the Seattle Area
Electric Coffin: Future Machine
If your life seems to be lacking some creativity lately, a trip to one of Seattle’s amazing museums could be just the thing you need. Here are 10 incredible exhibits now available for viewing in the Seattle area. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors , June 30th - September 10th @ Seattle Art Museum photo credit : Seattle Art Museum (pictured above) Infinity Mirrors includes 5 Infinity Mirror Rooms, The Obliteration Room , where visitors can decorate the room’s furnishings with multi-colored stickers, and other fascinating works all by the creative genius Yayoi Kusama. The gorgeous colors and lights that encompass this exhibit will make you wish you could stay forever. On site tickets are still available on a first come, first serve basis. Electric Coffin: Future Machine , February 3rd - September 10th @ Bellevue Art Museum photo credit: Emilie Smith With...
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Keep your Cool! Best Ways to Beat the Seattle Sun

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Seattle Art Fair Gilley Wotan Woodside Braseth Gallery
When the temps rise and the Seattle beaches are packed, there is still plenty to do that will keep the summer cooler than ever.  Be Artsy Artists have long been a little bit cooler than everyone else. Tap into your artsy self by embracing the summer’s scene. Escape the sun by retreating to WAMU for the Seattle Art Fair , a cultural hub for Pacific Northwest art featuring large-scale outdoor sculpture at the North Plaza at CenturyLink Field by Jessica Jackson Hutchins . Hutchins incorporates stained glass frames into art inspired by the design of public rest spots, such as bus stops and park gazebos, to invoke a feeling of friction between mundane and transcendent.  Don’t miss local artists like Sean Barton featured by SEASON and Sherry Markovitz featured by Greg Kucera Gallery.  Photo: Gilley Wotan Woodside Braseth Gallery (Seattle...
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LUZIA: It Was All a Dream

LUZIA: It Was All a Dream
Stilt Walkers and puppeteer at Cirque's LUZIA
The circus has finally arrived in the Seattle area – well the "Cirque" that is. The highly anticipated touring show, LUZIA, premiered this past Thursday under the Big Top inside Marymoor Park. Opening nights are always a big deal – it’s the first impression; it sets the standard on what to expect. I’ve been to three other Cirque opening nights, LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, VIVA Elvis (no longer in production), and I saw O after it had been around for about year. All the shows are on massive stages in Las Vegas so experiencing Cirque du Soleil under the Big Top was a first. Any show Cirque produces is exceptional, but LUZIA was incredibly different because it was the best Cirque show I’ve seen yet.   Once my date and I arrived, we were greeted by a Mariachi stilt walker...
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Books You Must Read in 2017

Books You Must Read in 2017
1984
We have entered a turbulent and troubling time in America. It’s becoming harder to separate the lies from the truth. It’s becoming easier to fear or even hate someone based on their race, religion or political views. You might feel upset, scared or maybe you don’t even know how to feel. In a world of alternative facts and fake news, these powerful works of literature might help you gain some perspective and open your mind. A little knowledge never hurt anybody. 1984 George Orwell’s 1984 tells the tale of Winston Smith. He lives in a time encompassed by perpetual war, intense government surveillance and public manipulation. His job in the Ministry of Truth is quite simple. He rewrites news articles to always reflect the all-powerful Inner Party’s interests. In this age even a thought against the leader, Big Brother, is...
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Inside HBO's Westworld

Inside HBO's Westworld
In a time where virtual reality has truly become our reality, HBO takes it a few steps further with a reboot of the 1973 classic, Westworld . When you enter the new Westworld as a newcomer, anything is possible. You may gamble, visit a brothel, hunt outlaws, rob a bank, kill and do anything else your heart desires. And best of all, you can’t be harmed. You are God. For the androids or “hosts” who inhabit Westworld, it is an entirely different story. You are merely a brush stroke upon a canvas, a sentence in a book that can be enjoyed or destroyed depending entirely on the actions of the newcomers. You might be pampered one day then beaten the next or even worse, murdered. You are simply there to satisfy the customers in any way possible. But no matter...
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Festival Review: Bumbershoot 2016

Festival Review: Bumbershoot 2016
The Bumbershoot Festival was one hell of a weekend. What makes Bumbershoot so special is not only the different musical genres it provides but also the wide variety of entertainment as well. For 3 days, Seattle Center is taken over by music, comedy, theatre, film, visual arts, dance performances and more. The ability to jump from a yoga class, to a laser show, to stand up comedy and still have plenty of time for live music is something you mustn’t take for granted. Of course, Bumbershoot also attracts a classic mass of festival folk who range in age, creeds, color and music preference. No matter the differences, all of us were there to have a great time together and enjoy the last bit of summer, which despite a bit of rain during Friday, shined down on us splendidly for the...
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Inside Imagined Futures at Pivot Art + Culture

Inside Imagined Futures at Pivot Art + Culture
Imagined Futures celebrates the final frontier. Space has captivated hearts and minds since the beginning of time. It presents endless conquests and opportunities of discovery. If what lies beyond the clouds has ever interested you, then you’ll love Imagined Futures . This exhibit can be broken down into five sections; historic material, science fiction, fine art, artifacts and the Voyager One project. The exhibit’s curator, Ben Heywood, provided me with a detailed tour through each part. Ben hopes that although these five sections are different, they can all fuse together to give attendees an inside look into space and also invite them to conceive the inconceivable. We begin with Wernher von Braun. He was a leader in the German rocket science program. After World War 2, he was relocated to the United States where he developed the rockets that launched...
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Seattle Repertory Theatre Presents: Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray)

Seattle Repertory Theatre Presents: Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray)
I would like to introduce you to Tray. Despite losing his father and his mother abandoning him as a child, he is doing just fine. He is working nights and weekends to support himself and save up for a car. He is an excellent boxer who is competing in the Golden Gloves competition. He also has the loving support of his quick witted Grandmother, Lena and sweet sister, Devine. The three of them live in Brownsville-a notoriously dangerous neighborhood located in east Brooklyn. Now, I know what you are thinking, “I’ve heard this story a million times. This is just like any other tale a kid from a bad neighborhood tries to rise above the crime and decay that surrounds him.” But let me assure you like Lena does the audience, he was not the same old story. Kimber Lee’s...
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A Night at The Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

A Night at The Opera: The Marriage of Figaro
When attending a comedy, you can expect some laughs. Most importantly, you know that although negative events may transpire, a happy ending is awaiting the characters. Seattle Opera 's The Marriage of Figaro is full of tricks, lies and lust all wrapped up neatly in a great comedic bow. The stage direction by the brilliant Aidan Lang gives the audience a unique perspective on this hilarious story. This is a marvelous show for first timers or veterans of any opera house. Be prepared to laugh and try your best to solve the mystery as the thick web of deceit is spun. There are many twists and turns in The Marriage of Figaro . Without divulging many secrets and going into too much detail, the general plot is as follows. Figaro is a valet to Count Alamaviva and will soon wed Susanna, the maid of the wonderful Countess...
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