San Francisco Ballet Announces Program Details for Unbound: A Festival of New Works, April 20-May 6, 2018

San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has announced the program order and select titles for Unbound: A Festival of New Works, from April 20-May 6, 2018. Unbound, an unprecedented festival of new works, celebrates the city’s spirit of curiosity and experimentation. Over 17 performances, Unbound will include 12 world premieres by international artists including David Dawson, Alonzo King, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cathy Marston, Trey McIntyre, Justin Peck, Arthur Pita, Dwight Rhoden, Myles Thatcher, Stanton Welch, and Christopher Wheeldon. The festival, comprised of four programs, will make San Francisco the epicenter of the dance world next spring.

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San Francisco Ballet’s Miranda Silveira (© Erik Tomasson)

Program A opens on Friday, April 20 and will feature new works by Alonzo King, Christopher Wheeldon (entitled Bound©), and Justin Peck (entitled Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming). Program B opens on Saturday, April 21 and features new works by Myles Thatcher, Cathy Marston (entitled Snowblind), and David Dawson (entitled Anima Animus). Program C opens on Tuesday, April 24 and will feature new works by Stanton Welch, Trey McIntyre (entitled Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem), and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Program D opens Thursday, April 26 and includes new works by Edwaard Liang (entitled The Infinite Ocean), Dwight Rhoden, and Arthur Pita.

The festival will also include ancillary programs such as a dance film series, a symposium, a series of community pop-up events, as well as a recently completed series of live streams.

As part of Unbound, SF Ballet is partnering with the San Francisco Dance Film Festival to produce four short dance films. Participating filmmakers and artists include filmmaker Kate Duhamel with choreographers Alonzo King and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; filmmaker Mark Kohr with choreographer Cathy Marston; and filmmaker Matthew McKee with choreographer Dwight Rhoden.

Also, in conjunction with Unbound, SF Ballet is presenting Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet’s Future, from April 27-29. The Symposium includes an opening roundtable hosted by critic Marina Harss and three panels: “Silicon Ballet:” Bringing Ballet and Technology Together On Stage, On Film, and Online; Ballet Unbound? The Aesthetics and Politics of Ballet in a Globalized World; and Boundless: Featuring New Voices in Ballet Choreography, Leadership, and Audiences. The panels will include an array of critics, academics, industry leaders, and artists.

Unbound Out of Bounds is a series of pop-ups that take place throughout the winter and next spring, in unexpected spaces throughout San Francisco. A full schedule will be announced soon.

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New York City Gay Men’s Chorus Announces Their 2017/18 Season Of Performances And Fundraisers

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) has announced their 2017/18 season schedule of concerts featuring special guest stars, a ten-year anniversary celebration of the beloved sing-along sensation, Big Gay Sing X, and important fundraising events.

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New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) logo

YOUTH PRIDE CHORUS
MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCES BY LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, GENDER NON-BINARY, AND STRAIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE AGES 13-22
December 9, 2017, and April 21, 2018, The Center, 208 West 13th Street

NYCGMC HOLIDAY SLAY
BEARS, TWINKS, AND SUGAR PLUM FAIRIES, Featuring the NYC-based dance company, The Bang Group
December 14, 15, and 16 | 2017, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place

HARMONY: VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION
LOVE WILL FILL THE AIR FOR THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL BIG APPLE PERFORMING ARTS GALA
February 14 | 2018, Current, Pier 59

BIG GAY SING X
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF BIG GAY SINGALONGS IN THE GAYEST WAY KNOWN TO MAN
March 9, 10, and 11 | 2018, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place

QUEER GENIUS: DAVID BOWIE AND BEYOND
A CELEBRATION OF NON-CONFORMITY FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS ANGEL CITY CHORALE FROM LOS ANGELES
May 19 | 2018, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place

LILY GARDEN 2018
LILY PUTIAN’S ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY BENEFITING NYCGMC
July 31 | 2018

After a year of rallies and marches, NYCGMC and YPC are bringing you a collection of concerts that address the wrongs of the world with music that celebrates what’s right in all of us,” said Charlie Beale, Artistic Director for NYCGMC. “Our aim is to ease your mind, get you to your feet, get you dancing in the aisles and back out to the streets with a newfound energy to support equality and human rights,” Charlie added. Continue reading

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces 2017 Award Winners In Theater, Dance & Film

Statue Awards To Be Presented To Playwright Bridget Carpenter And Dancer Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Princess Grace Awards. The Annual Gala will continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film. In the presence of Their Serene Highnesses The Prince and The Princess of Monaco, this year’s Gala will be held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2017. The evening will be chaired by co-chairs Wallis Annenberg and Sidney and Katia Toledano and major Gala supporters include Christian Dior Couture as Presenting Sponsor and the Annenberg Foundation and Karen and Rod Gancas as Crown Sponsors.

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Photo Credit: Yale School of Drama’s James Udom by Alfred Heartley, The Washington Ballet’s Gian Carlo Perez by Dean Alexander, Hunter College’s Megan Rossman by Nikki Kahn.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a nonprofit, publicly-supported foundation, headquartered in New York City and founded 35 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor his wife, Princess Grace’s [Kelly] legacy. The Foundation’s mission is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. Since the Foundation’s inception, nearly 800 recipients have been awarded more than $14 million.

This Year’s Princess Grace Award Winners Are:

Theater and Playwriting:

Mikael Burke/DePaul University (Theater Scholarship), Delaney Feener/DePaul University (Theater Scholarship, Robert and Gloria Hausman Theater Award), James Udom/Yale School of Drama (Theater Scholarship, Grace Le Vine Theater Award), Camille Hayes/California Shakespeare Festival (Theater Apprenticeship, Pierre Cardin Award), Christopher Annas-Lee/Gala Hispanic Theatre (Theater Fellowship, Fabergé Theater Award), Kristina Valada-Viars/Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Theater Fellowship, Gant Gaither Theater Award), Donja Love/New Dramatists (Playwriting Fellowship).

DANCE PERFORMANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY: Mikaela Kelly/The Juilliard School (Dance Scholarship), Jacquelin Harris/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Dance Fellowship), Miriam Miller/New York City Ballet (Dance Fellowship, Chris Hellman Dance Award), Gian Carlo Perez/ The Washington Ballet (Dance Fellowship), Lyvan Verdecia/Ballet Hispanico of New York (Dance Fellowship), Bryan Arias/Charlotte Ballet (Choreography Fellowship), Gemma Bond/The Washington Ballet (Choreography Fellowship), Raja Feather Kelly/Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (Choreography Fellowship).

FILM: Malik Ford/Hampshire College (Undergraduate Film Scholarship, John H. Johnson Film Award), Pamela Guest/Pacific Northwest College of Art (Undergraduate Film Scholarship), Daniel Chein/ San Francisco State University (Graduate Film Scholarship), Huay-Bing Law/University of Texas at Austin (Graduate Film Scholarship) Megan Rossman/Hunter College, CUNY (Graduate Film Scholarship), Reed Van Dyk/ UCLA (Graduate Film Scholarship, Cary Grant Award); Honoraria: Amanda Bonaiuto/California Institute of the Arts, Emily Drummer/University of Iowa, Maleny Lopez/School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sadie Schiffman-Eller/Bard College.

SPECIAL PROJECT, WORKS IN PROGRESS RESIDENCIES at the BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER, and the CHOREOGRAPHY MENTORSHIP CO-COMMISSION (CMCC) AWARDS are grants available to past Princess Grace Award and Honoraria recipients for uniquely significant projects that advance their artistic development. This year’s winners are:

SPECIAL PROJECT AWARDS: Chinonye Chukwu, Michael John Garces, Andrea Miller, Iva Radivojevic, Ian Soroka and Susan Youssef.

Works in Progress Residencies: CarlosAlexis Cruz, Sarah Cameron Sunde and Dustin Wills.

Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission (CMCC) Award: Zoe Scofield.

Some notable Princess Grace Awards recipients in Film include Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga, director of “True Detective,” Jane Eyre and Beasts of No Nation; Greg Mottola director of Superbad, and Keeping up with the Joneses; Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Theater recipients include Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Play, Anna D. Shapiro; Pulitzer and Tony Award winning playwright Tony Kushner; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac; and Academy Award winner Eric Simonson. Dance/Choreography recipients include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; American Ballet Theatre‘s Gillian Murphy and Isabella Boylston and New York City Ballet‘s Tiler Peck and Maria Kowroski; as well as choreographers Kyle Abraham and Michelle Dorrance.

Toby E. Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA shared, “This marks the most joyous time of year for the Foundation as we welcome the next group talented and emerging artists into the Princess Grace Awards family. Each year, we are captivated by a new generation of exceptional Award winners whose work will influence the artistic landscape. It’s a privilege to be a part of their artistic growth in the same way we have watched this year’s Statue Award winners, Bridget Carpenter and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, evolve. We are incredibly proud of all of them.”

Past winners of the Awards for theater, dance, and film, who distinguish themselves in their artistic disciplines since receiving their initial Princess Grace Award, are eligible for the Foundation’s Princess Grace Statue Award. This year Emmy Award-nominated writer Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Westworld, and Hulu’s 11.22.63) and Bessie Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer critically acclaimed as the “mastress of her generation,” Dormeshia Sumbry- Edwards will each receive Princess Grace Statue Awards. In addition to a $25,000 unrestricted cash gift, Bridget and Dormeshia will be presented with bronze statues of Princess Grace created by the Dutch artist Kees Verkade. To date, sixty-five artists have received this Award.

For the ninth year in a row, celebrated artist Alex Soldier, known for his mastery of precious miniatures, has created an objet d’art to represent the Princess Grace Awards. The Award symbolically combines the three art forms lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film by using precious metals and Swarovski crystal accents. Presented as a distinctive sculpture to the Prince Rainier III Award honoree, this creation is transformed for each recipient to wear as a pin, a special reminder of their Award for the world to see.

For more information about the Princess Grace Awards program, please visit www.pgfusa.org

Jockey® Reveals New Campaign Featuring War Orphan Turned Ballerina Michaela DePrince

Her Story Of Hope Is The Next Chapter Of The Brand’s Celebrated Show ‘Em What’s Underneath, Show ‘Em Your Jockey Campaign

Jockey International, Inc. (Jockey) today announced an addition to its inspiring brand campaign Show ‘Em What’s Underneath, Show ‘Em Your Jockey. The newest hero, war orphan turned ballerina, Michaela DePrince, demonstrates that with hope, anything is possible.

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The #ShowEm campaign introduces DePrince proudly wearing Jockey in a personal, intimate video and series of portraits illustrating what’s underneath it all, both literally and figuratively. #ShowEm honors everyday heroes who embody the spirit and values of Jockey and the characteristics that make them unique, like perseverance, courage, family and hope.

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Michaela’s story from survival to success made her an ideal hero for the #ShowEm campaign,” said Matthew Waller, senior manager of corporate communications and brand partnerships, Jockey.We’re so proud to be able to amplify Michaela’s story and be a part of her life as she continues to realize her dream and inspire others by conveying the message of ‘hope’.”

DePrince has faced many obstacles in her young life, including the loss of her parents, Sierra Leone’s civil war, growing up with Vitiligo and being abandoned at an orphanage. At age 4, She was adopted by an American family and became one of 11 children. Throughout her childhood, DePrince trained as a ballet dancer and earned a scholarship to the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre. She’s currently a soloist with the Dutch National Ballet. (You can hear her story here from her TEDx talk in Amsterdam from 2014).

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I was drawn to Jockey and its #ShowEm campaign because it is authentic and inspiring,” said DePrince. “The campaign gives me an opportunity to reach more people with my story and inspire others to feel confident and comfortable with who they are, inside and out, and provide hope.” Continue reading

Wynn Las Vegas Announces 2017 Exclusive Residency Roster; Introduces We Are Wynn Nightlife Brand Campaign

Newly Inked Talent Joins Returning Icons To Comprise Lineup

Wynn Las Vegas‘ world-renowned nightclubs XS, Surrender, and Intrigue, and dayclub Encore Beach Club announce their 2017 resident DJ roster with the introduction of the resort’s We Are Wynn Nightlife brand campaign.

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Alesso (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

On the heels of their successful 2016 residencies, Wynn Nightlife welcomes back Alesso, A-Trak, David Guetta, Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Ookay, RL Grime, Skrillex, Slander, Virgil Abloh, and Yellow Claw.

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David Guetta (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

New residents include Alison Wonderland, Brillz, Cedric Gervais, Chuckie, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Duke Dumont, EDX, Getter, Laidback Luke, Lost Kings, MAKJ, Nicky Romero, Robin Schulz, Stafford Brothers, and Sultan + Shepard.

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Marshmello (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

Wynn Nightlife has always had a strong commitment to providing the best entertainment experience possible,” said Alex Cordova, Wynn Nightlife Executive Vice President, and Managing Partner. “We are happy that so many incredible artists are returning — many have been with us five, six or seven years — and are excited to welcome the newly-signed residents. With our carefully curated roster, we provide the most stylistically diverse music lineup in town, positioning us as the leader in Las Vegas nightlife entertainment.”

The 2017 residencies were revealed in a video introducing We Are Wynn Nightlife, the new brand campaign featuring photography by the acclaimed contemporary photographer, Tyler Shields.

Appearing in various marketing mediums, advertisements will spotlight Wynn Nightlife and its DJs with black and white photography while XS, Surrender, Intrigue and Encore Beach Club will each have a distinctive color blocking treatment.

The We Are Wynn Nightlife campaign introduces a new look and feel to the nightlife brand,” said Cordova. “We feel that with Tyler Shields’ photography and our art direction, the campaign will speak to Wynn Nightlife’s ever-evolving customer while reflecting the luxury of the Wynn brand.”

For tickets, table reservations and additional information, please visit www.wynnsocial.com.

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces 2017 Applications for Princess Grace Awards in Theater, Playwriting, Dance Performance, Choreography and Film

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) announces the availability of applications for the 34th annual Princess Grace Awards in Theater, Playwriting, Dance Performance, Choreography, and Film. Founded in 1982, in memory of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a non-profit, publicly-supported charity, headquartered in New York City and established 34 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor his wife, Princess Grace’s [Kelly] legacy. Its mission is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.princess-grace-foundation-usa-awards

Since its inception, more than 800 recipients have been awarded, totaling over $13 million. Some notable Princess Grace Awards recipients include:

FILM: Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga, director of HBO‘s “True Detective,”Jane Eyre and Netflix‘s Beasts of No Nation; Jon M. Chu director, and Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Nickelodeon‘s most iconic cartoon, “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

THEATER: Tony Award winners for Best Direction of a Play, Anna D. Shapiro (August

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Princess Grace of Monaco. Archives of the Princely Palace of Monaco

Osage County) and Sam Gold (Fun Home); Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner, Academy Award winner Eric Simonson and Golden Globe Award winner for HBO’s “Show Me A Hero,” Oscar Isaac.

DANCE: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy and Isabella Boylston and New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck; as well as choreographers and MacArthur “Genius” grant winners, Kyle Abraham and Michelle Dorrance.

As this year’s applications become available on our website, we invite non-profit theater, dance, & film schools and theater & dance companies to nominate candidates. We are eager to select the next group of emerging artists ready to soar to new heights, break down barriers, and reach their fullest potential,” says Executive Director, Toby E. Boshak.

Videos about the Award opportunities in each discipline highlight the outstanding and diverse artistry supported by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Click here to watch theater, dance, and film videos.*

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Grace Kelly – Rear Window. The Kobal Collection

Theater Awards are offered via scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. Awards are based on the quality of the emerging artist’s past work, potential for future excellence, and impact the collaboration between the nominating organization and the artist will have on the individual’s artistic growth. DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2017.

The Playwriting Award includes a residency at New Dramatists and opportunity for the winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc. Submission window: March 1-March 31, 2017 through New Dramatists’ website at www.newdramatists.org/princess-grace.

Dance Performance Awards are offered via scholarships and fellowships. Awards are based on the applicant’s artistic merit, significance of the Award to current artistic development, and the potential for future excellence and impact on the field. Choreography Awards offer emerging choreographers the opportunity to create a new work with organizations with which they have little experience. DEADLINE for both: May 1, 2017.

Film scholarships, awarded to undergraduate and graduate students, are by invitation-only and support the filmmaker’s thesis projects. Approved film programs are invited to submit applicants via their Department Chairs or Deans. A complete list of accepted schools is in the FAQ section under “Grants” at www.pgfusa.org/grants-program/FAQs. DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2017

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. All applicants (except playwriting) must be nominated by a non-profit organization (school or company) with which they will be affiliated during the grant period (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018).

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Grace Kelly. Photo Credit: The Kobal Collection

Visit www.pgfusa.org/grants-program/applications.

Born November 12, 1929, Grace Kelly grew up in a boisterous, loving Irish Catholic family. The strong personalities of her father John B. Kelly, Olympic medalist in rowing, politician and successful businessman, and her mother, Margaret, competitive swimmer, and community activist, fostered achievement in their children. Sisters, Peggy and Lizanne were outgoing and vivacious. Brother Jack, following in his father’s footsteps, became a rowing champion and public figure. Civic responsibilities, a wide circle of friends, and a large close-knit extended family kept life busy at the Kelly homes in Philadelphia and at the Jersey shore.

Grace’s personality was shy and gentle. In contrast to her outer reserve, the determination that led her to leave her comfortable life in suburban Philadelphia to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City at age 17 was an indication of an inner strength that would characterize her adult life. Continue reading

Celebrate Culture and the Arts During Seattle’s Third Annual Seattle Museum Month

Downtown Seattle Hotel Guests Receive Half-Price Entry to Region’s Museums and Cultural Institutions in February 2017

February Is The Best Time To Save On Admission To More Than 40 Participating Museums Throughout Seattle And The Surrounding Region.

Visit Seattle‘s third annual Seattle Museum Month – returning February 1-28, 2017 – offers hotel guests half-price admission at more than 40 participating museums throughout Seattle and the region.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass. (Photo Credit: Terry Rishel)

Seattle Museum Month , a program created to encourage travelers to visit Seattle in February and celebrate the incredible arts and culture scene present in the region, is produced by Visit Seattle and funded by the Seattle Tourism Improvement Area (STIA), a dedicated marketing fund assessed from guests at the 61 downtown Seattle hotels.

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Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. (Photo Credit: Benjamin Benschneider)

For visitors and locals alike, Seattle Museum Month offers an immersive way of experiencing Seattle’s art, history, music, design and culture. Since its inaugural year in 2015, Museum Month has been an exciting cultural complement to Seattle during a mid-winter vacation.

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Seattle Art Museum. (Photo Credit: Benjamin Benschneider)

Seattle’s major museums have returned for this year’s offer – including Seattle Art Museum, Museum of History & Industry, Museum of Flight, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Two internationally renowned glass art museums are included – Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. The Flying Heritage Collection and the Suquamish Museum are new participants this year.

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Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) (Photo Credit : Brady Harvey)

Furthermore, many exhibitions of note are timed during the month-long promotion. Epicureans can indulge themselves at Edible City: A Delicious Journey at Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), a new exhibit highlighting Seattle’s natural resources, cuisine, famous chefs and its role in the culinary industry.

Also on display in February is part three of the Day in the Life of Bruce Lee: Do You Know Bruce? exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Pacific Asian Experience – the only museum outside Hong Kong to present an exhibition about Bruce Lee. Additionally, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds at MoPOP commemorates the 50th anniversary of the famous science fiction series and is offered to Museum Month pass holders at a discount.

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Seattle Asian Art Museum. (Photo Credit: Benjamin Benschneider)

Visitors can enjoy natural scenery while indoors at Seeing Nature: Landscape Photography from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, opening February 16 at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), or familiarize themselves with Puget Sound sea life during Octopus Week Feb. 18-26 at the Seattle Aquarium. Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts will be on display through Black History Month at the Northwest African American Museum. Continue reading