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Nothing and Everything

​Review of Waiting for Godot by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Darragh Kennan, Todd Jefferson Moore and Chris Ensweiler. Photo by John Ulman.

The set is a stage within a stage. Red curtains flank a stark rock and tree — sparse and pathetic like a Charlie Brown tree — on a dull road. “There is no lack of void.” This is true of both the stage and the show. Waiting for Godot, written by Samuel Beckett, is a bizarre play in which nothing and everything happens. The plot goes in many circles from a nonsensical and hopeless beginning through many strange events and...

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The Saddest and Hardest-Hitting Fantasia Around

​Review of Angels in America, Part 1: Millenium Approaches at Intiman Theatre

It's America circa 1986, the land of the guilt-ridden and home of the closeted homosexual people. And it's the world of Tony Kushner's award-winning play, Angels in America. Subtitled “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” Angels in America might just be the saddest and hardest-hitting fantasia around – and it’s fantastic.

Part 1 of the play, Millennium Approaches, follows two couples in mid-1980s New York City. The first is...

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Save the Date for the Teeny Awards Dinner + Ceremony

​Saturday, September 20, 2014 at EMP Museum

Come and help us celebrate 10 years of empowering teen arts audiences. Much more information to come!

Chocolate: From Bean to Bar

​Review of Chocolate: The Exhibition at Museum of History and Industry

Chocolate: The Exhibition is a treat for one’s senses. The exhibition takes a ticketholder from bean to bar while chronicling chocolate’s history throughout civilization.

The first sense to be treated is smell. Entering the exhibition, one’s nose is met by the sweet scent distinct to cocoa. Eventually the aroma fades as one becomes accustomed to the sweetness, though a hint remains ever present. Having noted the exhibit’s...

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The Hacktivist Crusader

​Review of The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz at Northwest Film Forum

It’s clear throughout The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz that director Brian Knappenberger is partial to his documentary’s subject. But who can blame him? The blossoming programming prodigy turned enemy of the system is lovable from the moment he steps on screen.

Though Swartz has all the makings of a hero, he carries it with dorky accessibility. Friends and family describe him encouraging his brother to dress...

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Rocked

​Review of We Will Rock You at 5th Avenue Theatre

Walking into the 5th Avenue Theatre, I thought that I would be sitting down for a concert with small bits of scripting between songs, so I was not ready at all for what I saw, and I was, quite literally, overwhelmed. Lights flashed, disco balls spun, and then the curtain rose, revealing a screen that carried a message of hope. By this point I was completely curious as to what would happen next, and I wasn’t disappointed....

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The Complete Ai Weiwei

​Review of Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case at Northwest Film Forum

The photo on Ai Weiwei’s Wikipedia page is reverent. Luminous against a stony backdrop, he looks stoic, resilient. It’s an image fitting of a lone artist taking on the Chinese government, the sort that would win the praise of Ai’s media following and fans.

It would also make a great cover for a film. But that’s not the story Andreas Johnsen tells in his new documentary, Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case. In the film, Johnsen takes no...

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My Playlist

​Latest Hits from Press Corps Writer Bella A.

About the DJ: Hailing from Queen Anne, but truly belonging on Capitol Hill, you can find me having my nightly Game of Thrones marathon, or jumping up and down in my room to ear-bleedingly loud music, while I avoid practicing my viola by pretending I can play the guitar. Everyone I admire is either dead or a high school drop out, but I don’t plan on becoming either anytime soon. I love people, and if you have a story to tell, I...

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My Playlist

Top Recommendations from Press Corps Writer Isabella D.

About the DJ: Isabella is currently a freshman at Garfield High School who enjoys spending her time analyzing musicals, staring at maps, learning new things, and playing Casanova, her lovely violin, any chance she gets.

1. Stephen Sondheim
Being a huge Sondheim lover, I felt that I needed to include all of his musicals in this list — which unfortunately wouldn't fit into only five slots — so I've decided to talk about how...

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My Playlist

​A Taste of Press Corps Writer Evelyn S.'s Favorite Things

"Sunday Morning" by Evelyn S.

About the DJ: My name is Evelyn, and I am an almost-senior attending Inglemoor High School. I love to read, watch movies, listen to Broadway musical soundtracks on my “down” days, or go out for a cup of coffee just for the sake of it. Overall, I’m just an easy-going person who appreciates small things in life.

1. Joe Hisaishi
Joe Hisaishi is a film composer who composed soundtracks for pretty much all of the Studio Ghibli...

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Conveying Humanity

​Review of Life Feels Good at SIFF

Life Feels Good, directed by Maciej Pieprzyca, is a feature-length Polish film chronicling the adventures of a man named Mateusz, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age despite his mother’s best efforts to convince her family and the doctors that he is more than a vegetable. Narration makes clear from the beginning the truth of his mental capabilities as he struggles to tell the outside world of his understanding...

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Charlie Brown Grew Up

​Review of Dog Sees God at UW UTS by Kelsey G.

If you ever wondered what happened when Charlie Brown got to high school, then you have to see Dog Sees God. The characters go by different names and love interests have been moved around, but it is easy to make the connections. That said, Dog Sees God goes down a completely different path than any Charlie Brown shows you have ever seen.

The play starts with CB dealing with the death of his dog, a beagle, which had to be put...

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Summer Opportunities for Teens 2014

​It's that time again! Find something for every artistic endeavor on this complete list of classes, workshops, and programs for teens this summer.

Know about a summer opportunity that isn't on this list? Email Leah at leah@teentix.org and she'll add it right quick!

DANCE

See what's going on at PNB this summer in their Summer Course list 2014. They've got Pointe, Technique, Jazz, Character, Flamenco & more! PNB is also...

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Ready, Set, Write!

Two BIG things are coming this Fall for teens interested in pursuing writing. Does that sound like you? Read on! 

"What is criticism and why does it matter?" Explore this question and more in the Young Critics Workshop! In short, it's an arts criticism seminar open to 11th and 12th graders who are interested in exploring arts journalism. In YCW, you'll take classes, field trips to see art that you'll then review, and have...

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SIFF Recommendations: Week 3 and Beyond

​May 30 - June 8

Wetlands
Screenings: May 30 and June 6
Not for the queasy or the prude, Wetlands is a bizarrely tuned exploration of the teenage psyche in the aftermath of trauma. Seventeen-year-old Helen’s hygienic and sexual habits frame her story. She’s an average teenager, except that she does a lot of things with her body that would make anyone else sick. Somehow Wetlands makes these happenings (often involving bodily fluids)...

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A “Perfect” Baby

​Review of B for Boy at SIFF

B for Boy is a powerful film about one strong woman’s struggle between staying true to herself and following her Igbo culture. Amaka is a 40-year-old Nigerian woman who is pregnant with her second child. Her first child is a daughter, so during this pregnancy there is pressure from her culture and her husband’s family to bear a son. If she does not bear a son there is the possibility that her husband will take a second wife.

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A Tender Teenage Tale

​Review of Boys at SIFF

Boys, a film from the Netherlands directed by Mischa Kamp is unbearably tender. It’s about Sieger, a 15-year-old who is recently motherless during a stifling summer in which he grapples with his burgeoning attraction toward Marc, his new track-and-field teammate.

The setting of the film is beautiful, especially the prominently featured pond area. There's an old rickety bridge, dark murky waters, lily pads scattered across...

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Six African Shorts

​Review of African Metropolis at SIFF by Daniel G.

I’ll start right off by saying the one element of African Metropolis anyone can enjoy is that it starts off fast. There’s no fancy or a drawn out introduction sequence. That being said, the rest of the film is an utter rollercoaster. It’s actually six short  10-15 minute films, and each one is drastically different. Thus the only way to properly criticize and praise the film is to review the films individually.

The first...

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A Magical Storybook Come to Life

​Review of Giselle at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist Jerome Tisserand as Albrecht, and principal dancer Kaori Nakamura as Giselle.

If a magical fairy came up and dumped fairy dust TNT on your favorite childhood storybooks, you’d have Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Giselle. With swirling romance, fierce jealousy, and stage effects to make every person “Ooh” and “Ahh,” you’ll be wondering how PNB pulled off this magical classic.

The story of Giselle is short and sweet: Rich guy likes girl. They fall in love. She finds out he’s rich. She dies...

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My Playlist

​Top Picks from Teen Press Corps Writer Audrey C.

About the DJ: My name is Audrey, and I’m a “homeschool” student finishing my junior year of high school at Edmonds Community College. I come from a very arts-involved family, but my personal passions include debate, current events, law, business management, economics, event planning, and applied psychology. In my spare time, I read everything I can get my hands on, and I delight in playing guitar and ukulele badly.

1....

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