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On the List | #caphillpsa art show, community council, Outer Planet, Balkan Night Northwest

Artist D.k. Pan's contribution to the #caphillpsa project. Want a print for your own walls? Artists are giving away a limited number of original #caphillpsa art and prints at Vermillion's Thursday night opening.

Artist D.k. Pan’s contribution to the #caphillpsa project. Want a print for your own walls? Artists are giving away a limited number of original #caphillpsa art and prints at Vermillion’s Thursday night opening.

The #caphillpsa Poster Exhibition opens on Thursday, February 19th at 6:00 PM at Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave.

Looking for more to do this weekend around the Hill? Check out the CHS Calendar.

Jan
21
Tue
Slow Flow in The SweatBox Loft @ The SweatBox Loft
Jan 21 @ 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Slow Flow in The SweatBox Loft @ The SweatBox Loft

Find the softer side of your flow practice with Slow Flow in The SweatBox Loft. In Slow Flow, we’ll intentionally weave together traditional postures. This class will be unheated and very beginner friendly (aka- no Chaturangas!) Slow your practice down and build your alignment, balance, and focus. Come and expand your strength and flexibility- physically AND mentally. Appropriate for all levels. 80 degrees. This class takes place in The SweatBox Loft and pre-registration is encouraged. Please pre- register and use code 9642 and follow signs to get to The SweatBox Loft space for this class.

Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be @ Frye Art Museum
Jan 21 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Jeffrey S. Kane. Donald Byrd, 1989. Photograph. Courtesy of Jeffrey S. Kane.

Seattle-based choreographer Donald Byrd works at the forefront of contemporary performance. For four decades, he has created innovative and startling dance theater works that explore the extraordinary capacities of dancers’ bodies, the complexities of Africanist aesthetics, and the ways that theatrical dance can open audiences toward social change. Presenting selected works from across his prodigious career, Byrd’s first solo museum exhibition reflects Americans’ ongoing struggles to care for our complex diversity. The show centers the artist’s firm belief in an America that is to be: one that is “multi-racial in every aspect.” For Byrd, the future of performance will include “a full spectrum of who lives in America on the stage…a reflection of our world.”

More than any other statesman of contemporary dance, Byrd concerns himself with the terms of social encounters that produce racialized and gendered subjects. His works test suppositions: he wonders on public stages about the conditions of gender and misogyny, race relations, eternal warfare, sexual identity, and the price of obsession. Working across multiple genres—in Hollywood, on Broadway, in opera, and with major ballet and modern dance companies—Byrd always moves toward the most difficult questions, boldly, forcefully, and thoughtfully. In so doing, he presses us all to understand the potential of dance as an act of defiance, as a demonstration of expertise, and as a meditation on what else could be.

The America That Is To Be incorporates archival performance footage and ephemera from various stages of Byrd’s forty-plus years of creativity with in-gallery dance performances. The exhibition traces his beginnings at California Institute of Arts, where his dance work took on a punk-inspired aesthetic, to his early works with his first dance company Donald Byrd/The Group (active from 1978–2002), through crucial collaborations with groups including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and his work since 2002 as Artistic Director of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater. Reflecting the way Byrd’s vision has evolved into its full expression across a remarkable array of dance-theater works, The America That Is To Be demonstrates the passionate affirmation of a mature artist’s belief in dance to inspire social transformations; to dance toward social justice.

Donald Byrd (American, b. 1949, New London, North Carolina) is a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer. He has been the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle since December 2002. Formerly, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured both nationally and internationally. He has created dance works for many leading companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem, among others, and worked extensively in theater and opera.

His many awards, prizes, and fellowships include Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts; Masters of Choreography Award, The Kennedy Center; Fellow at The American Academy of Jerusalem; James Baldwin Fellow of United States Artists; Resident Fellow of The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center; Fellow at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Harvard University; and the Mayor’s Arts Award for his sustained contributions to the City of Seattle.

Donald Byrd received the 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in a presentation at the Frye Art Museum.

Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be is organized by Frye Art Museum and curated by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor of Dance, Duke University. Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. Additional generous support is provided by Graham Construction. Media sponsorship is provided by Encore Media Group.

Unsettling Femininity: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection @ Frye Art Museum
Jan 21 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Franz von Lenbach. Voluptas, 1897. Oil on canvas. 43 3/8 x 34 1/8 in. Founding Collection, Gift of Charles and Emma Frye, 1952.102. Photo: Spike Mafford.

Bringing together varied depictions of women from the Frye Art Museum’s collection, Unsettling Femininity examines historical conventions of representation during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the deeply entrenched beliefs and power structures they reflect.

Downtime at Lunchtime- Yoga Nidra Every Tuesday at Noon @ The SweatBox Loft
Jan 21 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Downtime at Lunchtime
Everyone needs a way to feel at ease when life gets challenging and it’s possible to find this even during your short lunch hour. iRest (Integrative Restoration) Yoga Nidra helps you tap into a place that is calm – even when life is not. Spend an hour doing Yoga Nidra Tuesdays at noon at The SweatBox Loft. Use code 9642 to access Loft door. Studio is at the top of ramp to the right.
iRest Yoga Nidra, is a deeply restorative, often contemplative and revelatory practice. During this guided meditation you will focus on body and breath sensing as well as welcoming all sensations just as they come. Some people use iRest to relax when life gets busy. Others use it to help heal from: serious trauma, stress, insomnia, depression, PTSD, chronic pain and chemical dependency.
No matter what you are coming for, research shows iRest meditation helps:
• Increase happiness
• Decrease stress, anxiety, and depression
• Improve sleep
• Increase energy
• Strengthen your resilience to deal with day-to-day life
Yin Yoga in The SweatBox Loft @ The SweatBox Yoga Loft
Jan 21 @ 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Yin Yoga in The SweatBox Loft @ The SweatBox Yoga Loft

Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with asanas (poses), that are held for longer periods of time-five minutes or more per pose is typical. Yin, which is not a heated class, is a great pairing with a more yang style like Bikram or Vinyasa because Yin offers a much deeper access to the body. Appropriate for all levels. Yin Yoga is held in The SweatBox Loft. Use code 9642 to access Loft. Studio is at the top of ramp to the right. Y

Botanical Watercolor @ Center for Urban Horticulture
Jan 21 @ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

7 Tuesday evenings, January 21-March 3, 2020, 7-9:30pm

Learn the basics of classical botanical watercolor painting, which will include techniques in measurement, drawing, and understanding how light reveals form, along with practice in color mixing.  The application of controlled washes and dry-brush technique will contribute further, producing an image that is three-dimensional, accurate, and aesthetically appealing–the goal of botanical painting–and equally effective in painting other subjects realistically.

Beginners are welcome, and students with previous instruction can take on new subjects under supervision.  It is recommended that you take Botanical Drawing as a prerequisite. A list of supplies will be provided with the confirmation email.

Taught by Kathleen McKeehen

Rebel Saints Meditation Society-Mindfulness Meditation Class @ Rebel Saints Meditation Society
Jan 21 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Mindfulness Meditation Practice on Tuesday Nights in the heart of Capitol Hill… All levels of practice welcome. Learn to practice mindfulness meditation techniques and how to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through these revolutionary practices. All teachings are freely offered. 10$ suggested donation. Support your local meditation society.

Jan
22
Wed
Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be @ Frye Art Museum
Jan 22 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Jeffrey S. Kane. Donald Byrd, 1989. Photograph. Courtesy of Jeffrey S. Kane.

Seattle-based choreographer Donald Byrd works at the forefront of contemporary performance. For four decades, he has created innovative and startling dance theater works that explore the extraordinary capacities of dancers’ bodies, the complexities of Africanist aesthetics, and the ways that theatrical dance can open audiences toward social change. Presenting selected works from across his prodigious career, Byrd’s first solo museum exhibition reflects Americans’ ongoing struggles to care for our complex diversity. The show centers the artist’s firm belief in an America that is to be: one that is “multi-racial in every aspect.” For Byrd, the future of performance will include “a full spectrum of who lives in America on the stage…a reflection of our world.”

More than any other statesman of contemporary dance, Byrd concerns himself with the terms of social encounters that produce racialized and gendered subjects. His works test suppositions: he wonders on public stages about the conditions of gender and misogyny, race relations, eternal warfare, sexual identity, and the price of obsession. Working across multiple genres—in Hollywood, on Broadway, in opera, and with major ballet and modern dance companies—Byrd always moves toward the most difficult questions, boldly, forcefully, and thoughtfully. In so doing, he presses us all to understand the potential of dance as an act of defiance, as a demonstration of expertise, and as a meditation on what else could be.

The America That Is To Be incorporates archival performance footage and ephemera from various stages of Byrd’s forty-plus years of creativity with in-gallery dance performances. The exhibition traces his beginnings at California Institute of Arts, where his dance work took on a punk-inspired aesthetic, to his early works with his first dance company Donald Byrd/The Group (active from 1978–2002), through crucial collaborations with groups including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and his work since 2002 as Artistic Director of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater. Reflecting the way Byrd’s vision has evolved into its full expression across a remarkable array of dance-theater works, The America That Is To Be demonstrates the passionate affirmation of a mature artist’s belief in dance to inspire social transformations; to dance toward social justice.

Donald Byrd (American, b. 1949, New London, North Carolina) is a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer. He has been the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle since December 2002. Formerly, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured both nationally and internationally. He has created dance works for many leading companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem, among others, and worked extensively in theater and opera.

His many awards, prizes, and fellowships include Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts; Masters of Choreography Award, The Kennedy Center; Fellow at The American Academy of Jerusalem; James Baldwin Fellow of United States Artists; Resident Fellow of The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center; Fellow at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Harvard University; and the Mayor’s Arts Award for his sustained contributions to the City of Seattle.

Donald Byrd received the 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in a presentation at the Frye Art Museum.

Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be is organized by Frye Art Museum and curated by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor of Dance, Duke University. Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. Additional generous support is provided by Graham Construction. Media sponsorship is provided by Encore Media Group.

Unsettling Femininity: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection @ Frye Art Museum
Jan 22 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Franz von Lenbach. Voluptas, 1897. Oil on canvas. 43 3/8 x 34 1/8 in. Founding Collection, Gift of Charles and Emma Frye, 1952.102. Photo: Spike Mafford.

Bringing together varied depictions of women from the Frye Art Museum’s collection, Unsettling Femininity examines historical conventions of representation during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the deeply entrenched beliefs and power structures they reflect.

Power Connect: Meet Your Commissioners @ WeWork Capitol Hill
Jan 22 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Power Connect

The GSBA’s first networking event of the decade will take place at the newly-established WeWork Capitol Hill. Come meet the commissioners who represent the important needs of our diverse communities before our city’s government. There are over 70 boards and commissions in the City of Seattle alone, and they recommend policies and legislation to better serve all Seattleites. This is a great opportunity for you to connect with business professionals, expand your network, and forge friendships with others who believe that equality is good business.

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