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Jan
17
Fri
Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers (Part 2) @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Jan 17 @ 11:30 AM – Jan 18 @ 9:00 PM

Friday, January 17 | 11:30AM
Friday, January 17 | 7:30PM
Saturday, January 18 | 7:30PM

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
(104 17th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98122)

TICKETS General $20 / Students $10 / TeenTix $5 (available at the door)

SHOWING OUT: CONTEMPORARY BLACK CHOREOGRAPHERS (Part 2) — a mentorship and performance event curated by Dani Tirrell. SHOWING OUT supports the creation and development of work created by Black Choreographers from around the Pacific Northwest — perfectly aligned with CD Forum’s mission to support distinctive Black artistic voices.

This follow up to Showing Out Part 1 (Nov 2019), during which artists received audience feedback, showcases new and re-imagined iterations of their work.

Some adult content and language. Recommended for ages 12 and older.

— FEATURED CHOREOGRAPHERS —

Saira Barbaric

Markeith Wiley

Keelan Johnson

Michael O’Neal Jr

Brian J Evans

Kyle Bernbach and Gilbert Small

Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco

Jan
18
Sat
Knife sharpening @ Melrose Market @ Melrose Market
Jan 18 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Bring your kitchen knives or camp knives or scissors or anything that you have that has a dull edge to Melrose Market on Saturday and have them hand sharpened while you wait or drop them off for pickup later the same day. $10 for smaller knives, $15 for larger.

Sea Rose Knifeworks is owned and run by Sasha Rosenfeld. Sasha is a former chef from Seattle who has been hand sharpening for the last 10 years. Sea Rose is a weekly pop up, but sharpening services are available 7 days a week through Rain Shadow Meats, which is the butcher shop at Melrose Market. You can bring your knives in any day and drop off for pickup within 7 days.

Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be @ Frye Art Museum
Jan 18 @ 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 18 @ 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.

Blood Water Paint @ 12th Ave Arts
Jan 18 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

In 17th century Rome, painter Artemisia Gentileschi must fight for everything—her place at the easel, her father’s respect, credit for her visionary work. But in the aftermath of rape, she must fight for her truth, buoyed by her shared experience with the Biblical women she paints. Blood Water Paint is a raw and compelling portrait of a brilliant woman whose accomplishments were buried for generations under the weight of selective history. Since its adaptation into a National Book Award-nominated novel, the original play returns to Seattle.

 

Jan
19
Sun
Darkwave Yoga @ Ritual @ Ritual
Jan 19 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Come practice gothy, slow-flow vinyasa to the musical stylings of dark wave bands like Joy Division, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, and Depeche Mode in the weird and lovely Ritual space on Pike Street. This is a free karma class meant for all friends and neighbors on the Hill, taught by one of the Ritual owners, a certified vinyasa instructor, and all attendees enjoy a 15% discount if they stay and shop after class.

Rebel Saints Meditation Society-Meditation-Kindness/Forgiveness/Compassion/Equanimity/ @ Rebel Saints Meditation Society
Jan 19 @ 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Capitol Hill Meditation Sit/Class on with Rebel Saints Meditation Society.

Sunday Morning10:30 AM to Noon

Learn how to use the practice of meditation to become more kind, more compassionate and more forgiving towards yourself, towards others and towards the world.

30 minute guided meditation-talk-discussion

We are located at 1423 10th Ave Studio 9 in the Pike/Pine corridor of our beloved Capitol Hill Neighborhood.

We are easily accessible by all public transportation with the light rail station three blocks from our door…

You will find us by walking down the ramp and entering thru the red door..

Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be @ Frye Art Museum
Jan 19 @ 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 19 @ 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.

Yin Yoga in The SweatBox Loft @ The SweatBox Yoga Loft
Jan 19 @ 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