Arts & Culture Newsletter

Yadviga Dowmont Halsey Grasps Toward the Ineffable

The biochemist-turned-painter’s work is an accessible, casual delight.

The Euphoria and Sorrow of Naomi Wachira’s ‘Song of Lament’

The Seattle singer-songwriter’s new album was born “effortlessly” of a “spiritual experience.”

Premiere: Emma Lee Toyoda’s New Video Is a Haunting Femme Fever Dream

Directed by Anissa Amalia, “fuuuck // Dream” waltzes through an otherworldly realm.

An ‘Imaginary Museum’ at Henry Art Gallery Enlivens Queer and Trans History

A Q&A with Chris E. Vargas, organizer of ‘Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects.’

At SH*T GOLD, the Creative Process Goes Public

Velocity’s experimental open mic allows artists to take first stabs at performance with an audience.

Breath Master

Guru Kyle is changing lives with his revelatory respiratory exercises.

Dr. Willie Parker’s Christian Argument for Abortion Rights

The author of ‘Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice’ is coming to town, courtesy of Shout Your Abortion.

Great Northwest Poet Joan Swift Never Had a Book Worthy of Her Talent. Until Now

‘The Body That Follows Us,’ published two months after her death, is also her best.

Strange Coupling Plays Matchmaker

The whimsical tradition pairs artists with UW students for surprise results.

The Best Local Records We Heard This May—XL Edition

The scene put out too many good albums, so get ready for a jumbo-sized edition of our roundup.

The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

See anti-gasoline art, bring your cat to the park, and much more.

Twin Freaks

That cut you like is going to come back in style.

Under Its Glossy Exterior, ‘Paris Can Wait’ Is Tone-Deaf

Full of oblivious privileged characters and well-photographed food, the film is thoroughly off.

BAD BOY COMIX: SECRET HANDSHAKE FOR BOYS ONLY (WITH PICTURES)

Ever wonder what’s going on when boys greet each other? Wonder no more.

Grand Concourse and the Limits of Care

Seattle Public Theatre engages with one end of homelessness while missing the other.

In the Fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ Dead Men Tell Old Tales

The latest in the Disney series is a showy summer rehash.

Loud Mouth Lit Takes Readings to an Aurora Sports Bar

Paul Mullin’s reading series is for fighters ready to get a little uncomfortable.

Notes on Red May

The month-long leftist festival offers interesting perspectives on art and politics–but who is showing up?

So Rickety

Remembering the fleeting, neglected fancy of the Seattle Center Fun Forest amusement park.

The Radical Vulnerability of Hoop’s Soft Rock

The Seattle four-piece are the ‘anti-Metallica,’ but their new album is heavy in its own way.