Greenpeace Be With You

Also: SAM newcomers are welcomed and the Youth Symphony has a new music director.

The Greenpeacing of Seattle

Don't you miss the good old days when bunches of activists dangled off the Aurora bridge for days at a time? Well, there's no promise of high-profile arrests this time, but Greenpeace is reopening in Seattle. Having closed its doors shortly after the 1997 suspension stunt (protesting North Pacific trawlers), a new office is set to open early next month. Greenpeace expects to hire a 10-to-15-person staff predominantly for street canvassing. The office will likely be in Capitol Hill or the U District, says Grassroots Director Phil Radford in Washington, D.C., and will operate almost exactly like the old office, "only it won't be closed down this time." There are no plans yet to address Seattle- specific issues, only global campaigns. Greenpeace's ad campaigns are hard to miss when an office opens, especially on campuses, but maybe we should keep a close eye on the bridges come fall, just in case. Read up on Greenpeace at www.greenpeace.org. KATIE BECKER

Art Starters

Last Friday, Western Bridge hosted a festive welcome for Seattle Art Museum's new curator for contemporary and modern art, Michael Darling, who hails from Los Angeles' Contemporary Art Museum, and its new deputy director for education and public programs, Sandra Jackson-Dumont, from the Studio Museum in Harlem. Surrounded by a gaggle of onlookers munching soft tacos, both newbies talked up their intent to bring new audiences to SAM. Darling said he plans to create a "global picture of contemporary art through the lens of the Pacific Northwest," and Jackson-Dumont, whose warm personality seemed to resonate with the diverse crowd, said she envisions engaging "a bigger audience in a lively and substantial way." Perhaps the choice of venue—the adventurous Western Bridge—bodes well for SAM. ADRIANA GRANT

A New Baton

Stephen Rogers Radcliffe has been named the new music director of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, following the startling departure a year ago of Huw Edwards from the post and a smoothly handled interregnum with Seattle Symphony associate conductor Christian Knapp at the helm. Radcliffe's strong résumé includes the New York Youth Symphony and Boston Lyric Opera; his bio also notes he's commissioned and premiered work by leading composers such as John Corigliano and Ned Rorem. We're looking forward to contemporary music in upcoming seasons, though his 2006–07 programs stick to Brahms-through-Bartok standard rep. The SYSO's season opens Oct. 29, with Wagner, Barber, and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. For info: 206-362-2300 or www.syso.org. GAVIN BORCHERT

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