Throwback Thursday: March 31, 2008

Seattle Reads, the arts, and gentrification was the topic in our Throwback Thursday post on March 31, 2008.

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If you have picked up this year’s Seattle Reads novel, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu you’ve had a chance to get one novelist’s take on some of the issues and pressures that can fracture a community changing in the face of gentrification and immigration.

Facing similar issues, particularly those of gentrification pressures, local Capitol Hill artists, arts activists, neighbors and interested citizens are gathering at Seattle City Hall in April to discuss community concerns about rapidly diminishing affordable space for arts uses in the City’s core neighborhoods. Get details at:

Make Room for Art: Cultural Overlay Districts for Seattle
April 2, 5pm-6:30pm, Seattle City Hall

City Councilmembers will hear from Seattle residents, arts and entertainment venues and organizations, property owners, developers, and officials on how the Council might go about establishing an overlay district to offer incentives and controls in a specific area to encourage or preserve particular kinds of activities, spaces, and/or design. How can the city grow in a healthy balanced way that benefits all? This could be an exciting opportunity to add your voice as “A City Makes Herself.” Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: March 31, 2008”

Seattle Rep’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry from September 30 to October 30, 2016. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books and DVDs to enhance your experience of the show: Seattle Rep’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN: Beyond the Theatre

a-raisin-in-the-sunLorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun was an important, controversial play for its time and its themes of an African American family trying to survive and get ahead in a white world still illuminates and resonates today. Here are some further reading and viewing suggestions that will help deepen your understanding and enjoyment of the Seattle Rep’s production of Hansberry’s contemporary classic.

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes. Hansberry took the title of her play from a line in “Harlem,” one of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ most famous works. (Re)discover his poetry in this comprehensive collection. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN: Beyond the Theatre”

Poets at Play

Did you know that, Langston Hughes has the distinction of being at the top of the list of the most popular historical poets? This little gem was discovered on the Academy of American Poets website, which keeps a list of the most popular contemporary and historical poets. Known for his poetry, Hughes wrote the celebrated holiday play Black Nativity that will be honored for its 50th anniversary this year.

Seattle Theatre Group presents Black NativityHughes’ poetry and dramatic talents will be “on stage” in a unique collaboration between the Seattle Public Library and the Seattle Theatre Group. Poems at Play: a Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Black Nativity is a two-part program beginning on Saturday, October 8 at 2PM at the Douglass-Truth library. Poets from YouthSpeaks, a program of Arts Corps, will read from Hughes poetry and works written to honor the poet/playwright. Excerpts from Black Nativity will be presented at the Central Library on Saturday, November 12 at 2PM. Director Jackie Moscou, music director Pat Wright and Hughes scholar Hans Ostrom will read Hughes poetry and discuss his legacy. Continue reading “Poets at Play”