Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Back in Action

Ok, we're back in action, lots of changes, a new year,Happy Martin Luther King Day, a new president, getting over the flu... all that jazz we know as January... done. So we're in February and there are lots of big things happening, here are a few:

Today, is first Thursday at all the big Art venues, so a free night of fun for all. In particular, check out:

Celebrate African culture at SAM’s First Thursday program when museum admission is free for all. Listen to West African drumming and learn about the museum’s amazing African collection with a personal tour with artists Marita Dingus. The evening’s programs are co-sponsored by SAM’s African Arts Council. Art for All at Seattle Art Museum Downtown Anokye February 5, 2009 5:30–7:30 pm Brotman Forum Celebrate African heritage with a performance by West African drummer Yaw Amponsah and group Anokye. My Favorite Things: Highly Opinionated Public Tours Marita Dingus Co-sponsored by City Light Black Employees Association February 5, 2009 5:30 pm Fourth Floor Galleries My Favorite Things tours bring some of the most opinionated and fascinating artists, cultural producers and community figures into the galleries to discuss their favorite works of art. Celebrate African heritage with a tour of the African art galleries led by artist Marita Dingus. Dingus is a Seattle native whose extensive travels have informed her mixed media sculpture made from discarded materials. She has been awarded such prestigious prizes as the John S. Guggenheim Fellowship (1999) and the Morrie and Joan Alhadeff PONCHO Artist of the Year Award (2005). Tour meets in the Fourth Floor African art galleries.
The Wing Luke Museum really has some fabulous exhibits worth checking out. I love going there, I always learn alot and it is a great space. This topic in particular is really fascinating as we all see immigration shaping our communities every day and the policy impacts are rarely explored. Check it out:

"Deporting Cambodians: How Immigration Policy Shapes Our Communities": A New Dialogue Initiative Exhibit at the Wing Luke Asian Museum Go to VISIT US SOON Wing Luke Asian Museum 719 South King Street In Seattle's Chinatown/International District (206) 623.5124 http://www.wingluke.org__________________________________________________%20LADIES%20FIRST%202009%20KICK%20OFF%20SATURDAY,%20FEBRUARY%207,%202009%20@%20hidmo%20(20th%20&%20jackson)%207:30pm%20doors%20/%208pm%20open%20mic%20/%209pm%20features%20*%20Food%20available%20to%20order%20FEATURING%20DJ%20B-GIRL%20on%20the%201s%20and%202s%20HOSTED%20BY%201ST%20QUARTER%20STORM%20(last%20performance%20as%20duo%20in%20Seattle%20until%202010)%20and%20FEATURING%20the%20ALL%20STARS%20of%202008%20like%20Akua,%20JusMoni,%20eLa,%20THEESatisfaction,%20Cristina%20Orbe,%20Stephany%20Hazelrigg,%20Julie%20C,%20BeLoved%2001,%20Verbal%20Oasis,%20Onion,%20and%20more%20and%20the%20usual%20suspects,%20you%20know%20who%20you%20are!!!!%20YOU%20DON SAVE THE DATE:

One of my favorite places to go is Hidmo in the Central District, they do a ton of youth outreach and civic engagement through hip-hop. This is a great event being held for International Women's Day, check it out:
Ladies First celebrates International Women's Day with Toni Hill of Sirens Echo, Canary Sing & THEESatisfaction by celebrating the bonds of women. MARCH 7, 2009. same time. same place. LADIES FIRST (a project of CARA) Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA) HIDMO FAMILY

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