MC Mayor

Nickels seeks hip-hop nominations. Plus: Ten Tiny Dances, WET's season, and other news.

MC Mayor

Rock and roll is everywhere in Seattle—from the Hendrix statue on Broadway to the mayor's office's recent Music Map. But what about hip-hop, which has thrived locally since Nasty Nes' much-loved Rap Attack on KCMU? Look to Nickels and company again for this year's Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Hip Hop, which are based on community nominations (self-nominations are, surprisingly, welcome, too). Since 2002, recognition has gone to Sir Mix-a-Lot, Georgio Brown and the Coolout Network, Jasiri's Jonathan Moore, and Mr. Dog's Shon Peterson—and last year more categories were added, giving spoken word (Melissa Noelle Green) and community radio (KMIH-FM) their due. Until Aug. 4, note your favorite innovators at www.seattle.gov/arts. And if you can't decide who to campaign for, producers Vitamin D and Jake One and B-boy crews Massive Monkees and Circle of Fire are just a few of many locals due for some props. RACHEL SHIMP

Small Steps

A good crowd came out to see Ten Tiny Dances performed in the round on a 4-foot-square stage this past Saturday at the Capitol Hill Arts Center. Several 10-minute dances made great use of the confined space, but the strongest works by far were crafted by event organizers Crispin Spaeth (Seattle) and Mike Barber (Portland). Barber's piece depicted a sexually tense and humorous duet between a hipper-than-thou (and so terribly nerdy) Rollerblading guy (the choreographer himself) and a snooty woman in a tennis skirt. Preening and posing with over-the-top movement, these two were made for each other. A jeans and studded-belt rock and roll duet, Spaeth's piece employed disco-inspired movement and a strobe-light finale. Ten Tiny offered a quick peek at many new works, though instead of a new piece every 10 minutes, I would have enjoyed more by Spaeth and Barber themselves. ADRIANA GRANT

Get WET

Seattle's must-see fringe troupe, Washington Ensemble Theatre, has announced its 2006–07 lineup. True to form, two of its five mainstage plays will be premieres (Jordan Harrison's Museum Play and Stephanie Timm's Crumbs Are Also Bread), and one will be a destruction of a classical play (Hedda Gabler). You read that right: a destruction, not a deconstruction, the latter of which sounds too polite for WET's explosive ensemble approach. WET's mainstage series gets under way on Capitol Hill in September, but its second stage will be busy in July with a workshop production of Crumbs. Details: 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com . . . . Also recently announced: Seattle City Hall's noontime summer concert series, with concerts on the plaza on many Thursdays. On the slate: Seattle Women's Jazz Chorus, the Tiptons, a spoken-word mash-up, and more. Info: 206-684-7171 or www.seattle.gov/seattlepresents . LYNN JACOBSON

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