With the popularity of Project Runway, a lot more people are dreaming of careers as the next top clothing designer. After all, they have fabulous imaginations, can whip up a sketch and are always the ones friends consult with when it comes to fashion conundrums.
But is that enough to actually get a foot in the business?
Yesterday morning at Seattle Central Community College's Apparel Design Final Line & Portfolio Show, I got a glimpse of what it really takes to even consider putting a toe in the competitive world of clothing design.
It seems that sometimes hitting below the belt can be a good thing. ACT Theatre’s Below the Belt by Richard Dresser is currently on stage until June 21 and it’s a timeless take on corporate culture. Anyone who has had to face down a cubicle on a daily basis will appreciate the satire and black humor found in Below the Belt.
Outdoorsy types, mark your calendars. The National Park Service has announced a new Fee-Free weekend program giving visitors several chances (6/20-6/21; 7/18-7/19; 8-15/8-16) this summer to be one with nature for free.
Here's a list of the National Parks in Washington that are participating in the program: Fort Vancouver National Historic SiteLewis & Clark National Historical Park
If you suffer from coulrophobia (an exaggerated fear of clowns), that does not mean that you need to avoid Intiman Theatre’s current production of A Thousand Clowns by Herb Gardner. There aren’t actually 1,000 clowns (much to the relief of the costume department! How many shades of plaid and polka dots can you even find!?). There is one, cardboard cutout of a clown, but you can easily avert your eyes until the danger has passed. The good news is that even without clowns, the play remains laugh-out-loud funny!
Entrails and brains were flying last Thursday night at the Kirkland Performance Center for the Seattle International Film Festival showing of ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction. Dubbed a “political zomedy” by local director and co-writer Kevin Hamedani (who was raised in Edmonds and attended the University of Washington), ZMD is a political satire that also pokes fun at the clichés of horror films (young couple in car and boyfriend eaten by zombies).
I love imaginary Seattle. No, I don’t mean the Seattle in my mind that has free parking and a winning sports team. I’m talking about Hollywood’s version of Seattle. The Fabulous Baker Boys is amusing because people seemingly teleport all over downtown (I wish I could walk the entire city in under a minute!) and I love Singles if only because the mayor is told that the city needs better public transportation. Geesh! That movie was made over 17 tears ago! Maybe Singles could offer some prescient advice on the tunnel vs.
I was never one of those little girls who wanted to be a ballerina. (This is probably a good thing since my joints are as creaky as a former pro-football player.) Had I seen Louise Nadeau dance when I was younger, however, I think I would have been clamoring for a tutu.
Nadeau is a born ballerina and can charm an audience with the turn of a toe. On Sunday, after 19 years of dancing with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Nadeau retired her pointe shoes and was honored with a farewell performance, “A Celebration of Louise Nadeau.”
Mayor Greg Nickels has teamed up with county health officials in an effort to revise the city’s strict street-food regulations. Since 2003, a city-wide ban on street food has made it difficult for vendors to open up shop in the University District and from Westlake to the stadiums in Sodo, reported The Stranger last week. They went further to say:
Sometimes an invention can revolutionize the world. For instance, there is the stick. Ice cream was imprisoned in bowls until the stick transformed it into a portable phenomenon (cake never recovered from the blow). The corn dog? It wouldn’t have any fans if not for the stick. The new-and-improved Capitol Hill Art Walk, renamed Blitz, blitzcapitolhill.com, hopes that the stick can revolutionize art in the same way. On June 11, Blitz will celebrate its launch with the Art-on-a-Stick Parade.
In your twenties, you are the master of being cool (if only in your mind!). Then you look in the mirror one day and there is a full-fledged adult staring back at you! You have a career, 2.5 kids, furniture and even a few gray hairs. You can’t help but wonder whether your coolness went the way of legwarmers and hacky sacks.
No need to worry and create more gray hairs. After seeing local celebrity author Tom Robbins, there is no doubt that coolness is a state of mind without an expiration date!
Phew! After watching 1163 minutes of short films over the course of 7 evenings last week, I am happy to report that my fellow jurors and I were able to choose three winners (and two runners up) for SIFF's ShortsFest... without too much fist fighting. We began our deliberations last night at 9pm, after the final short film showcase. By that point we had all watched alllllll the films and had our personal Top 10 lists in each of the three categories (Documentary, Animation, Narrative) at the ready.
After the recent grueling set of experimental shorts, the batch of short films I watched last night was refreshingly okay! Nothing during the 3 hours of films either sucked outright or made me feel like I was going to have a stroke. Several were quite good, actually.
I like to think of myself as an open minded person. In fact I usually prefer outsider and edgy art to mainstream, traditionally "pretty" things. But "Short in the Dark," the collection of short films I watched last night (as part of the 100+ I am watching as a SIFF short film juror) caused me to throw all that into question and just beg for something pretty.