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La Vie Magnifique de Charlie, le Film Très Magnifique

Review of ​La Vie Magnifique de Charlie at Langston Hughes African American Film Festival. Written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Jessie B.

Photo from La Vie Magnifique de Charlie, On-Set Photography by Melissa Simpson

La Vie Magnifique de Charlie premiered in Seattle at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival on April 20. A short film by Sewra G. Kidane, titled Proclamation Punctuation, showed before the feature film.

Official Gifs for Gee Spot Cine fashion film 'Proclamation Punctuation' ... an homage to the exclamation point!! www.ProclamationPunctuation.com

Official Gifs for Gee Spot Cine fashion film Proclamation Punctuation ... an homage to the exclamation point!! www.ProclamationPunctuation.com

Proclamation Punctuation features a woman of color, gushing...

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Carpets Are Unrolled. Nerf Guns Are Shot.

​Review of Patti & the Kid at On the Boards, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Anya S.!

Libby King, Maya Flory-Barnes Salas, and Frank Boyd in Patti & The Kid at On the Boards

A bright, gray light illuminates the stage, which is empty except for a tired, sagging tree; two rock-like structures made of carpet; and orange cords hanging from the ceiling. The audience, hushed, waits for thirty seconds. The stage is still. Fifteen seconds more. Nothing. People start rustling in their seats. Another fifteen seconds, and an alarm clock starts blaring. Carpets are unrolled. Nerf guns are shot. Patti & The...

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Expect the Unexpected

Review of Patti & The Kid at On the Boards​, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Emily B.!

Libby King, Maya Flory-Barnes Salas, and Frank Boyd in Patti & The Kid at On the Boards

How do you expect a play to begin?

With an almost deserted stage which remains still and silent for an uncomfortably long period? A stage which, even when filled with movement, will be devoid of voice for a large portion of the play?

Probably not. But if you come into Patti & The Kid at On the Boards expecting to witness a typical piece of theatre, you are in for a surprise.

It is difficult to summarize just what happens...

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THROWBACK: Three Teen Takes on PNB’s One Flat Thing

PNB dancers in the 2018 production of "One Flat Thing" by William Forsythe

When Pacific Northwest Ballet premiered William Forsythe's One Flat Thing Reproduced in 2008 it caused quite a stir, polarizing audiences and prompting questions about what defines "ballet." In early versions of the Press Corps, teen reviewers tackled the debut of One Flat Thing. Read these impressions from 10 years ago, then go see it for yourself! The piece has been remounted this weekend in PNB's Director's Choice program! ...Read more →

American Hwangap: Another Type of Rebirth

New Guard members Anya S. and Neha G. sit down with director AJ Epstein & share their thoughts about West of Lenin's production. 

American Hwangap runs through February 25 at West of Lenin.

Last week, we were lucky enough to go see American Hwangap by Lloyd Suh at West of Lenin. The play explores the relationships of an American-Korean family, the Chuns, particularly that of the family’s estranged father, Min Suk Chun, who returns home after fifteen years to celebrate his “Hwangap” (a commemoration of his 60th birthday). Before the show, we were also able to sit down with the play’s director, AJ Epstein, to ask a...

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CONSTANT SPACE at Local Sightings Film Festival

In the first seconds of the film, a dark screen appears and fuzzy neon green text slowly types the message: It is the distant future. Mankind has conquered many galaxies, but the universe is vast. The mega-corporation Apocalypse Inc. has dispatched exploration vessels to discover new resources and possibly new life. The following is a journey of Syrinx-87.” This opening statement is frozen on the screen for a full 75 seconds...

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MADAME BUTTERFLY - a review by Henry Hossner

Puccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY at the Seattle Opera

This past Sunday, I saw the classic Puccini opera Madame Butterfly at the Seattle Opera for the first time.

The set was a series of Japanese doors, revolving around center stage. This device was simple and effective in pulling the viewer into the scene. It was lit with many colorful lights, primarily pink, white and red, which changed to create dramatic effects for the storyline.

The orchestra, with conductor Carlo...

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Reflections on the Rep’s “perhaps overambitious” production of HERE LIES LOVE

An unsolicited review by TeenTix member Elizabeth V.F.

Going to see Here Lies Love is an experience. It is immersive and provocative and at times incredibly overwhelming. This rock musical was written by Fatboy Slim and David Byrne about Imelda Marcos, the wife of a Filipino Dictator in the years leading up to the People’s Power Revolution. 

While the Rep’s 2016/17 season revolves around power dynamics, HLL would perhaps have been more fitting in the next season, titled “We are...

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“I Am Not Your Negro”: All Too Real Today

by Haley Witt, TeenTix Member & Seattle University Spectator Staff Writer

As the film opens, the voice of Samuel L. Jackson is rich and deep—almost booming. His capacity for intensity made him an arguably perfect choice to narrate this documentary. Typewriter clicks accompanied words on the screen, words from a letter written by James Baldwin to his literary agent. In the correspondence, he described the book he was writing, which would be titled “Remember This House”. After his death in 1987,...

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Seattle Opera’s: La Traviata

An opera for die-hard-opera-fanatics and opera-newbies alike!

Joshua Dennis (Alfredo), Corinne Winters (Violetta) and cast members of Seattle Opera's "La traviata." Philip Newton photo

After attending Seattle Opera’s: La Traviata, I can officially say that I have been to the Opera!
As a die-hard-theater-goer, I figured it was high time I had my first operatic experience, but I was unsure of where or what to attend as a newcomer. Luckily, I had the perfect friend to phone! I immediately rang my wonderful sister- a trained singer, an opera fanatic and a Senior in the Audio Engineering Program at Evergreen...

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Stage Fright Done Right

Stage Fright is Hugo House's monthly Teen-Open-Mic-Night, and if you're a young writer looking for a place to explore and express your art Stage Fright is the event for you! 

A few teens from November's Stage Fright!

Stage Fright is a monthly Open-Mic-Night for, about, and lead by TEENS at Hugo House!

It is the place to be if you feel like being surrounded by inspirational writing AND writers. It takes place one Wednesday of every month in the Hugo House Cabaret and includes snacks, snaps, and snazzy MCs from the Young Writers Cohort. The environment is incredibly warm, welcoming, and had a palpable WOW-Factor as the writers got rolling,...

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Sisterly Love

A review of WET's The Things Are Against Us by Elizabeth V.F.​

The Sisters. Photo by Chris Bennion

The Things Are Against Us is a trip on the dark side of the alley when the shadows seem to move behind you. Equal parts hilarious and terrifying, this play is a story of sisterly love that leaves viewers on an emotional roller coaster, and ultimately, not sure how they’re feeling. The play blends old descriptive language with modern verbiage seamlessly in the world playwright Susan Soon He Stanton creates. Having written the...

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Barefooted Truth

TeenTix member Parker M.'s take on 600 HIGHWAYMEN's Employee of the Year @ On the Boards

Photo by Maria Baranova

The words “let go,” sends five girls, ages nine and ten, into a surreal routine. What must be meticulously choreographed, seems somehow loose and reminiscent. One girl dances as if completely alone, twirling and waving her arms gracefully. The others run back and forth across the tiny stage, arms locked, unified as one. They trade giggles and grins as they jostle up and down. This scene is beautiful.

Besides the laughter,...

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A Graceful Collision Between New and Old

A review* of PNB's Emergence by Jessamyn G.

PNB Company in Emergence © Angela Sterling

I am so thankful for the opportunity to go to Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Emergence. The program featured four contrasting pieces, each of which were incredibly unique, and brought a different tonality to the theater.

To begin the program, the curtain opened up to a piece titled Sum Stravinsky choreographed by Kiyon Gaines, that made its world premiere in 2012. I found it to be an excellent way to introduce the program. It is...

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Big Names, Tiny Paintings

​A review of Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art at Seattle Art Museum by Harper M.

"Coast of Brittany" by Eugene Boudin

The exhibit Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art at the Seattle Art Museum features artists many have heard of, but not always the style or subject we’re used to. The 71-piece collection from the National Gallery of Art, most of which were donated by siblings Ailsa and Paul Mellon, is comprised of works that were meant to be shown indoors, in domestic spaces. Most of these paintings were done in the 1860s...

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Everyday Living in Extraordinary Circumstances

​Review of Tangerines at SIFF by Sophia G.

It is 1992. In Georgia, a civil war is tearing the country apart. Estonian settlers are fleeing back to Estonia to escape. In the midst of this, Ivo and his neighbor Margus, both senior Estonian men, tend to their tangerine crop. They want to stay until the last of their tangerines is harvested, despite the war that’s coming increasingly near. When two injured soldiers turn up near their houses, Ivo and Margus take them in and...

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Punk Rock Moms

​Review of Angry Housewives at ArtsWest

Janet McWilliams (Wendi), Heather Hawkins (Bev), Chelsea LeValley (Jetta), Ann Cornelius (Carol). Photo credit: Michael Brunk.

Imagine your dear, sweet mother. She’s living a very plain life, making sure the laundry is done before starting dinner, making ends meet, and generally keeping everyone alive and happy. Now imagine that mother, who couldn’t hurt a fly, is now in a punk rock band. Hard to not laugh at, right? ArtsWest is bringing that image to life.

Directed by Shawn Belyea, Angry Housewives is a delightful musical about four wives and...

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The Future of Film is Here

​National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) Hits Seattle This Weekend

It's finally that time of year again—the time to showcase young film directors from around the world. NFFTY is a stand out among film festivals for precisely the reason stated in its title; it's "for talented youth." Don't be thinking amateur, though. The directors, all under age 24, of NFFTY's selections have the creativity, skills, and vision to put them on par with the best. These are high quality, well-produced, and...

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He Really Does Look Like a Lizard

​Review of Lizard Boy at Seattle Repertory Theatre

Kirsten deLohr Helland, Justin Huertas and William A. Williams in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Lizard Boy (2015). Photo: Alabastro Photography.

Before Lizard Boy even begins the actors are milling around on stage, tuning their instruments, one of them half-dancing to the ambient acoustic indie rock playing over the speakers. Admittedly, it’s confusing at first, but after realizing this is an artistic choice by the director, it sets the tone as quite intimate for the rest production.

This hilarious comic book musical—written, composed, and starring Justin Huertas as...

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Living Up to Its Status

​Review of Swan Lake at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Carla Körbes in Kent Stowell's Swan Lake. Photo © Angela Sterling

A classic work of art, Swan Lake is heartrending and technically complex, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet is well up to the challenge of this amazing performance. With music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who also composed The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, as well as complementary choreography by Kent Stowell, this is a masterful, well-choreographed, and well-rehearsed performance.

Carla Körbes is stunning in the dual...

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