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african american film festival
Now in its 11th year, the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
features films from around the world and by local filmmakers. From an 18th century epic tale to a black Western, sci-fi, animation, and environmental films, catch these and a lot more at the festival focused on films by and about African Americans.
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film: time to go
An elderly man receives a visitor from above in this animated short by Vancouver Film School
student Arian Rahimian.
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bellingham theatre guild
The Bellingham Theatre Guild
is one of the oldest continuously operated community theatres on the West Coast. PIE goes backstage with the volunteers who break a leg to keep community theatre thriving in the 21st century.
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The LQ Lion Dance
group performs at Lunar New Year Celebrations in Seattle's International District.
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film: after the rain
This short film by Pacific Northwest Ballet
presents Kylee Kitchens and Seth Orza, performing on a rainy day. Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, with pianist Allan Dameron and violinist Michael Lim.
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ReScene: suquamish totem
An old picture of a totem pole leads us to Suquamish
, a quiet reservation by the sound steeped in Native history.
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city arts editor leah baltus
Meet Leah Baltus, editor-in-chief of City Arts
, and hear how the local arts community is evolving to adapt to changing times.
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art seen: a day at the frye
PIE visits the Frye Art Museum
on Seattle's First Hill. This dreamy peek into the galleries of the free museum features director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker and highlights community programs.
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film: the recurrent one
This animated short by Andres Tapeton of the Vancouver Film School
takes a nighttime journey through peril and domestic tranquility.
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Art historian and curator Barbara Matilsky has created an exhibit for the Whatcom Museum
in Bellingham called "Vanishing Ice," that looks at climate change through the eyes of painters and photographers.
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seattle asian american film festival
Molly speaks with Kevin Bang, Co-Director of Seattle Asian American Film Festival
. The 2014 festival February 6-9 at the Ark Lodge Cinemas in Columbia City.
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film: history of greed
In this animated short from Vancouver Film School
student Mauricio Dal Poggetto, a man disovers a fruit which is stolen by some monkeys only to leave some seeds.
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a world of paper
A profile of a current exhibition at Bellevue Arts Museum
. Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave
recreates exquisite, life-size historical costumes and fabrics entirely out of paper.
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A look inside the home of Seattle artist and engineer Kim David Hall
. It's chock-full of captivating and imaginative sculptures and contraptions.
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film: donutini sprinklestein and his inconvenient destiny
A sweet animated short created by Vancouver Film School student Vera Kobelkowsky Vidrio through the VFS Digital Character Animation program. Talk about reinvention!
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lelavision's physical music
, a Vashon Island-based movement and theater company, performs Physical Music with large metal objects.
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"Shedding" is a clever play on the history of industrialization by Stefano Marrone
, a 2013 graduate of the Vancouver Film School
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Megan Sukys and Tad Monroe are so passionate about storytelling, they have started a "storytelling show" in Tacoma. At Drunken Telegraph
(named from a famous quote by author Rudyard Kipling when he visited Tacoma) anyone can learn how to tell a story and practice it before a live audience.
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The Richard Hugo House
in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is one of the greatest resources for writers and storytellers in the Northwest. Molly Spurgeon interviews Executive Director Tree Swenson and Writer-in-Residence Peter Mountford.
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the african artist's journey
Local artist Marita Dingus
always wanted to be a visual artist, but didn't discover her path until a trip to Africa. Now she uses her art to keep African and African-American culture alive. Her work is being shown at the Northwest African American Museum.
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film: saturday the 14th
Vancouver Film School graduate Kristjan Lyngmo's animated short shows us that the day after Friday the 13th can be just as frightening for the man behind the mask.
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Seattle band Touché is influenced by Django Reinhardt and the French gypsy jazz that became every popular in pre-war Paris. Featured song: "Minor Swing" by Django Reinhardt.
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film: wasabi guy
A 3D-animated introduction to that hot green condiment wasabi created by Vancouver Film School student Chris Ushko.
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art seen: first thursday
PIE visits First Thursday in Pioneer Square, the ever-evolving monthly staple for Seattle artists and art-lovers.
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jet city improv's blak cloud
Experience Jet City Improv's take on the Salem witch trials, where the audience decides whether someone burns at the stake or is set free.
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Brian Hunsaker, George Varghese and Sergio Ortega are Triaxe, Seattle's very own instrumental rock band. Joined by Jay McAllaster on drums and Gus Apostol on bass, these "shredders" are wowing audiences with high energy music and amazing guitar play.
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It's David versus Goliath on the dodgeball court in this animated short from the Vancouver Film School, directed by student Nicolas Torres.
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The wheel of life. It stops turning for all of us. Filmmaker Dan McComb
brings a tender look at a Vashon carpenter
who makes earth-friendly caskets.
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ReScene: capitol hill
The show producers bike through the colorful streets of Capitol Hill to recreate a neighborhood scene from a 1930s photograph.
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high flight w/jet city improv
A dramatic reading of John Gillespie Magee, Jr.'s magnificent poem, High Flight, with interpretive acting courtesy of Jet City Improv. [Jet City Improv
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The musical mainstay of sci-fi movies, the theremin is an electronic instrument that creates some out-of-this-world sounds. 98.1 KING FM’s Bryan Lowe shows us this unique instrument, and how it is played without even touching it. [98.1 Classical KING FM
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film: space bar
What really happened when man first landed on the moon? Find out, as told in this short film from Nicholas Hogan and the Vancouver Film School. [Vancouver Film School
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Rock/electronica group Ghost Town finds a worldwide audience through social media.
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you're speaking shakespeare
Vancouver BC's Bard on the Beach Artistic Director Christopher Gaze delivers his witty monologue showing how we all are quoting Shakespeare every day without knowing it.
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Here's a piece of advice—never get into a jazz danceoff with a Chinese dragon. Produced by Good Co. and filmed at the Columbia City Theatre in Seattle.
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art seen: paige barnes
A journey into the desert with dancer and choreographer Paige Barnes
, as she reflects upon her new solo Coyote Adapted.
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Curator Katie Bunn-Marcuse brings us examples of the Burke’s collection of colorful handcrafted Native American dancing masks, plus rare and beautiful baskets, and other ethnological artifacts.
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The world’s most famous glass artist draws inspiration from his eclectic art collections.
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Twisted Flicks – Jet City Improv actors bring their overdub magic to the PIE studios and give us a new take on some of our favorite shows. (Downton Abbey 3.1, anyone?)
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Vince Garbarino plays a live piano soundtrack for PIE and tells us how he composes movie scores.
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Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton catches up with Enrique Cerna before her new film, Touchy Feely, premieres in her hometown. Lynn talks about the glass ceiling that still exists for women in Hollywood.
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A profile of young musicians in the KING FM Young Artists contest. The winner gets to perform on King FM
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Meet a young and gifted portrait artist dedicated to immortalizing the faces of his community in South Seattle, and his brother who creates a film to capture his work.
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cheap wine and poetry
Every few months, poetry fans gather on Capitol Hill for a night of cheap wine and poetry, hosted by the Richard Hugo House.
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Young filmmakers from around the world converge on Seattle for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth
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the art of art
PIE talks to comic artist Art Spiegelman about the evolution of his work from bubble gum cards to biting social commentary, now presented as a retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery
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welcome to doe bay
Guest interviewer John Keister chats with the filmmakers behind "Welcome to Doe Bay," a Reel NW Season 3 film about a fast-growing music festival in the San Juan Islands.
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art seen: toddler boogaloo
Local toddlers learn how to breakdance from one of the country's top crews - the Massive Monkees. [ go to a Mini Breaks class
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A visit to the new Bellevue Arts Museum exhibit shows how maneki neko cats became an icon of good fortune.
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what's the word
Our host Bill chats with the artists of “Hedgebrook Rising,” a night of poetry and performance at Town Hall Seattle.
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poetry in action
Spoken word artist Rose McAleese fires up the PIE studio.
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what is a "masterpiece"
Visit Seattle Art Museum's exhibit of masterworks from a real-life "Downton Abbey"
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you’re speaking shakespeare
You don't have to be Bard on the Beach Artistic Director Christopher Gaze to talk like Hamlet. Gaze's riveting monologue reveals how we are all speaking Shakespeare without knowing it.
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the magic flute
How can the "Timeless Coast Salish Realm" and an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart be one and the same? The Magic Flute becomes a critically acclaimed "opulent theatrical experience" set in the Northwest.
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art seen: vancouver public art
An introduction to Vancouver's popular A-mazing Laughter sculptures and other public art installments around town. [ Learn the exact locations of the featured installations
on the PIE blog. ]
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The best-selling Northwest writer tells us about Deadly Stakes, her latest mystery novel, and drops some clues about her next book—a new JP Beaumont thriller set in Seattle. Plus, why we love turning the pages of a good mystery.