Archive for May 2011

You missed it!!!

At 5:30 on May 5, May’s First Thursday activities began as revelers dressed in outlandish costumes hopped, skipped, and jumped down First Ave. from SAM toward Pioneer Square following a brass band. It was a joyous parade of children and adults celebrating art and the Nick Cave show that will be at the museum until June 5.

The revelers were greeted under the hammering man at the museum’s entrance by 10-foot-tall Mercia whose pants were covered in straw hats and reached all the way to the bottom of her stilts. Merrymakers dressed in fur, feathers, sheets, ribbons, silver foil, velvet, banners, dreadlocks, animal ears, jar tops, fringe, masks, and anything else they could find to create outlandish costumes. They along with three bands made a happy scene. A huge rhinoceros vied with a silver headed hammer for my vote as most astounding costumes.

For those of you who aren’t aware of First Thursdays, know that the art galleries are all open. SAM is free that day, and it’s a wonderful time to take in Seattle’s art scene downtown, and do it every month.



“Cultural Activism in a Time of Crisis” at The M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery, Seattle Central Community College

Only a day left to view this mixed media show by 18 local and international artists. Each addresses contemporary social issues: war, racism, human rights, apartheid, globalization, among others. The artists use a wide range of media and work in many different styles.

Artists as social commentators! It can be dangerous for them depending on where they live, and it usually isn’t very lucrative, but they persevere. Sometimes an image can be more powerful than words.

See my complete review in The Seattle Times of April 28.

Through May 6 (206-344-4379 or


“The Tale of Jemima Canard ” at Annex Theatre

Beatrix Potter meets Sigmund Freud in this creative adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved children’s story about a duck who meets a sly fox, but believe me, this production is not for children. It’s got pathos, flirtation, sex, and violence served up by a stunning cast of humans who turn into animals with just the addition of a bill, a nose, a tail, or a hat. Jillian Vashro as Jemima, while a bit too much like Blanche DuBois, is appropriately vacuous and sexually ripe, just as she should be.

See my full review in The Seattle Times of April 26.

Through May 21 at Annex Theatre (206 728-0933 or or