Activist + Artist = Artivist

Artists make things and make things happen. Activists stir the public pot and ignite social change. They agitate, demonstrate, boycott and protest. Artivists react and respond to current and historical events through acts of creation and have been doing so for a long, long time.

See for yourself! A People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements provides the long view and brings perspective to Global Activism: Art and Conflict in the 21st Century. Two other timely titles include Politics is a Joke: How TV Comedians are Remaking Political Life and Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation.

On all levels of society, artists move people to action through images and/or language. You can learn about the role of activist artists in Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life and Culture Jamming: Activism and the Art of Cultural Resistance.

Stories of how artists have responded to injustice can be found in:

This very day, in the streets, in theaters, museums, on screen, stage and page artists engage the public, create opportunities for discussion, providing opportunities that help facilitate understanding of the key issues that we face as a world community. Willing or unwilling, in support or opposition, we play a part, are a part of the great drama of life.

See how artivists get active, become involved and leave their mark on the world. Check out the resource list Activist + Artist = Artivists.

~ posted by Chris

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Burlesque 101

Join us November 18th at Timbre Room, 7-8:30pm, for Carnal Knowledge, a burlesque show designed to educate and entertain. Performances featuring Miss Kitty Baby, The Marquis Façade, Mx. Pucks A’Plenty and more! Hosted by Donatella Howe this show will explore the forms and functions of the art and the local history of burlesque. This event is 21+. Library events and programs are free; registration is not required.

To prepare yourselves for a night of tantalizing delight, here are a few novels to get you in the mood:

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Your Thanksgiving Kitchen Helper

Thanksgiving is just over a week away. Have you figured out where and with whom you’ll be celebrating and eating? If you’re cooking, have you begun planning your meal? If you’re a worrier, have you begun panicking? No matter where you are in the process, here are a few books, DVDs and websites to help you plan a Thanksgiving meal, figure out what to take to a potluck, or decorate.

Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well by Sam Sifton
New York Times Cooking editor Sifton covers everything Thanksgiving in this short (133 page) book: planning your meal; recipes for both classic Thanksgiving dishes and for new interpretations of those classics; instructions for setting the table; ideas for decorating; and musings on the nature of the holiday. Continue reading

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D.I.Y. Holiday? The Time to Start is…NOW!

Yes, yes, it’s two weeks before Thanksgiving, and for many of us it’s too early to think of the holidays. But for those who are among the ranks of making gifts for loved ones, the time to start is…NOW!  Check out these do-it-yourself books to help you make that special gift that will be cherished forever. Continue reading

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Seattle Rep’s THE HUMANS: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents Stephen Karam’s THE HUMANS from November 17 to December 17, 2017.

Stephen Karam’s THE HUMANS is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award™ for Best Play.

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The Artist in Fiction or Creating Your Own Story

Sometimes it is hard to separate the two, don’t you think? I mean the hard-baked idea of what an artist is or is not. The journey of an artist becoming an artist may be singular, but it is accompanied by a lot of noise!

Do you chart your own path or are you casting about for an identity that will fit? Masked or unmasked, imaginary or realistic, we hold in mind the idea of an artist, the ideal kind of artist we aspire to be and the one we encounter in the mirror.

You, already, have it all! An artist is creator and creation in constant flux and motion. There is a huge art eco-system encompassing Sunday painters, internationally-recognized artists and everyone else in between. While there are multitudes of artists, one story counts and that is the one you are creating. Continue reading

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Let’s talk time

Sunday morning saw us fall back from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time, setting our clocks back an hour. It reignited the biannual discussion in my house about the wisdom (or lack thereof) of time change, the history of time, the whole shebang. With time on my mind, I pulled together these books for your consideration, with topics ranging from time travel, to reincarnation, to the chance to live your life a second time.

Time Travel: A History by James Gleick is a reflection on the “flow” of time and time travel as pondered by poets, philosphers, physicists, and television characters, from  H.G. Wells to Jules Verne, Philip K. Dick to Doctor Who. Continue reading

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