Seattle Rep’s IN THE HEIGHTS: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents IN THE HEIGHTS by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes from November 23 – December 30, 2018. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, films, and music to enhance your experience of the show.

In the Heights blends hip-hop, jazz, pop, salsa, and merengue to tell a story set in the Latinx community of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood. For more stories of Latinx folks making their way in New York City check out Julia Alvarez’s classic novel How the García Girls Lost Their Accents or the 2018 National Book Award winning The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue is the first play in Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy, which examines the legacy of war through three generations of a Puerto Rican family. This play was a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize. Water by the Spoonful, the second play in the trilogy, won the prize in 2012.

The original Broadway cast recording of In the Heights showcases Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stunning music and lyrics. For more of Miranda’s music listen to the Broadway sensation Hamilton: An American Musical or the soundtrack to the Disney animated musical Moana.

The documentary From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A Bronx Tale provides a fascinating look at the history of many of the musical styles featured in In the Heights. The essays included in Salsa World: A Global Dance in Local Contexts focus on Salsa Dance in specific locals to examine the ways Salsa has spread across the world.

For more suggested reading, listening and viewing, check out this resource list.

~ Posted by Richard V.

#BookBingoNW2018: Graphic novels for a blackout!

One solid Summer Book Bingo blackout strategy is to stockpile quickly-read comic books that could be applied to one of a number of different squares. This strategy gives you multiple choices of where to place a title when you need to fill a certain area of bingo card real estate. Plus you’ve got options if you need to move a title to a new square. The comics below are applicable to at least three squares on your bingo card. Of course any of these titles could instead apply to the graphic novel or recommended by a librarian square.

Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore
Passmore has been producing funny, exceptional work for years, so it’s wonderful to see this collection of his comics essays, autobiography, fiction, and reportage. Don’t miss this short animation of the title story. Could apply to by an author of color; award-winning author; poetry or essays; memoir or biography; fiction. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: Graphic novels for a blackout!”

Book-It’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY: Beyond the Theatre

Poster that says: "The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde; adapted by Judd Parkin, Directed by Victor Pappas. June 6 - July 1, 2018. Logo at bottom right says "Book-It Repertory Theatre"Book-It Repertory Theatre presents THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde, adapted by Judd Parkin and directed by Victor Pappas, from June 6 to July 1, 2018. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, music and films to enhance your experience of the show. 

Oscar Wilde shocked Victorian sensibilities with his descriptions of Gray’s decadence and depravity. The book that scandalized readers was actually toned down from its original form. Book-It’s adaptation is drawn from Wilde’s original typescript, which you can read for yourself in the heavily annotated and illustrated The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition. Continue reading “Book-It’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY: Beyond the Theatre”

ACT’s ALEX & ARIS: Beyond the Theatre

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) presents the world premiere of ALEX & ARIS by Moby Pomerance from July 14 to August 6, 2017. ALEX & ARIS is the story of a young prince (who would go on to become Alexander the Great) and his time as a pupil of the great philosopher Aristotle. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books and films to enhance your experience of the show: ACT Theatre’s ALEX & ARIS: Beyond the Theatre.

Fiction can be an exciting way to visit the ancient past. Annabel Lyon’s The Golden Mean offers another exploration of the relationship between Aristotle and Alexander the Great. The first book in Mary Renault Alexander the Great trilogy, Fire from Heaven examines Alexander’s early life before he ascends to the throne. Set as his army is stalled, just before his final great victory, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield focuses on Alexander’s military acumen.

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#BookBingoNW2017: Maximize your Blackout strategy with comic books

Comic books are one of your greatest strategic resources in scoring a blackout on your Summer Book Bingo card. Don’t feel like you should limit comics to the Graphic novel square. There’s a comic for any square, many of which are quick reads (helpful for that Finish in a day square).

Here are comic book suggestions for a few Book Bingo squares. Many comics could apply to multiple squares, so I’ve included optional placements in parentheses.

Washington state author

Washington is a cartoonist-rich state. Check out The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song by Frank Young and David Lasky, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me by Ellen Forney, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden (also Set in another country), or Living in the Now by Tatiana Gill (alternative squares for all four: Biography or memoir or About art or an artist). Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Maximize your Blackout strategy with comic books”