Theater in the Library: I Can Get It for You Wholesale

Seattle Jewish Theater Company has been touring productions of classic Jewish theater throughout the Seattle area since 2011. Seattle Public Library has been fortunate to host several of these productions in the past and were excited to continue the tradition this year. Join us in the Microsoft Auditorium at Central Library on Sunday, April 29 at 2pm to catch a rare production of the hit Broadway musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale.

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Seattle Rep’s IBSEN IN CHICAGO: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents IBSEN IN CHICAGO by David Grimm from February 2 to March 4, 2018. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, CDs and films to enhance your experience of the show: Seattle Rep’s IBSEN IN CHICAGO: Beyond the Theatre.

Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen gained success in the Scandinavian world with Brand in 1866, and then world-wide fame with Peer Gynt (1867), with music provided by Edvard Grieg, and continued to grow his reputation with subsequent plays like A Doll’s House (1879). Ibsen, who lived in Germany and other countries in Europe, never visited the United States. Yet in 1882, his new play Ghosts was produced not in Norway nor anywhere in Scandinavia, but at Aurora Turner Hall in Chicago. David Grimm, playwright of Ibsen in Chicago, takes this unlikely Chicago setting and the controversial plot mention of venereal disease in Ghosts to create a comedy imagining a motley crew of Danish and Norwegian immigrants debuting the play. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s IBSEN IN CHICAGO: Beyond the Theatre”

Mayor Jenny Durkan on the Book that Made the Difference

This past November, Seattle swore in a new Mayor and City Councilmember, and we here at ShelfTalk thought this would be a great opportunity to continue our series of posts in which we invited your representatives to share books that have meant a lot to them. This time, we asked them “What book was most influential in your life or career and why?” Mayor Jenny Durkan reflects on a book that has had a powerful influence on so many readers, herself included.

“What book was most influential in your life or career and why?”

To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

I have read this book many times, and each time I am struck by something new.  Two scenes were particularly influential on my career. The most significant is Atticus’ closing arguments, in which he refers to the courts as the “great leveler”. To him this means every person has a right to justice, regardless of race, personal circumstances, station in life, or background. This view of justice has inspired me to work on issues of inequality and discrimination. While we have not achieved Atticus’ vision of universal justice, I have fought to realize this goal for my whole career. Continue reading “Mayor Jenny Durkan on the Book that Made the Difference”

What’s Your Type? The Art and Design of Text

How can something so ordinary, so pedestrian and mundane be, at the same time, singular and iconic? Do you look at letters or are they just a means to an end? By ear and eye, we take them in–bite-sized, building block bold, every shape, look and length to behold.

Text talks, draws us in, is constantly pointing that-a-way. We follow its lead, relish and rail against the ideas it portends. Hand-lettered, typographic, calligraphic, script, print or scrawl, words turn heads.

A letter is a l­-i-n-e. A word is an im@ge, in fact, doubly so. What are the possibilities for the use of text as art? Why not start at the beginning with Alphabetical:  How Every Letter Tells a Story?

Draw Your Own Alphabets! Check out Hand Drawn Lettering:  Draw, Print, Paint. Find inspiration in The Art of Whimsical Lettering. Get bold! Try creating Knitted Letters or following The Knitted Alphabet: How to Knit Letters from A to Z. Continue reading “What’s Your Type? The Art and Design of Text”

Page to Screen: Never mind The Dark Tower – here comes IT!

Okay, so the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series wasn’t quite what we’d hoped for. Many fans of the books feel the film entirely missed the mark, while newcomers to King’s elaborate mythos wonder what all the fuss was about. As a film sequel seems unlikely and it may be some time until somebody brings this to big budget television where it naturally belongs, we suggest you try out the books. Better yet, listen to the audiobooks, masterfully read by Frank Muller and George Guidall over 145 hours, or as we call it in Seattle, a couple of months’ worth of commuting.

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