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

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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! "Calculated Chaos" By Greta R.

A dancer's leg kicks upward at the exact moment that an adjacent dancer's arm shoots outward and hand clenches; the two are divinely connected for this second, before their bodies twist in different directions. Every limb of every dancer is on a pivot, malleable and boneless as the dancers navigate a grid of 20 metal tables that they themselves pushed onto the stage in a charging herd. A pelvis juts and a skin turns itself inside out as numerous bodies malfunction like broken toys rewired with a mistaken circuit. This calculated chaos is contained in the sounds of a long-forgotten arcade game, one that hums and whirs and occasionally remembers how to simulate a booming crash.

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Meet ALL-CAMP: Connecting you to local music, art, and people.

ALL-CAMP is a community dedicated to building creative and supportive live music and arts experiences for all ages. Launching just this year, ALL-CAMP has already helped produce a Teen Night with TeenTix, and has another upcoming event that will introduce you to new people and music.

Opportunity Alert: ALL-CAMP is also looking for a group of people ages 13-20 to work with them to make the experiences described above happen. If you're a passionate teen with some big ideas and a desire to get involved with Seattle's art and music scene, you can fill out the application. Below, check out what's next for ALL-CAMP!

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Hit the town with Penguin Productions!

​Shows. Talkbacks. Group discussions. Penguins on the Town has what you're looking for!

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Does theatre get your brain juices flowing? Do you love talkbacks with cast and crew? Do you love dissecting the meaning of art with a group of peers?

Penguin Productions, one of our newest Community Partners, has what you need! They're gearing up to offer a new quarter of this play-going and discussion class, and you're invited to join them. Get all the deets below:

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Twelfth Night Camp @ SPT: FREE for TeenTix Members

Brighten up your after-school schedule with this FREE camp from Seattle Public Theater!

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TeenTix's beloved Arts Partner, Seattle Public Theater, is offering limited FREE spaces in this drama camp for a few lucky TeenTix members! PRODUCTION: Twelfth Night or As You Will

Be a part of a production of one of the most famous romantic comedies of all time: Twelfth Night is the story of outsider Viola, who washes up in an unfamiliar country and has to disguise herself as a man. Filled with love, misunderstandings and gender bending, Twelfth Night is a delightful plunge into the colorful world of William Shakespeare. Taught by ArtsWest's production manager Jay O'Leary, this production is sure to get young actors engaged and excited about working with classical text. Intended for grades 7 - 12. Only TeenTix members may apply: sign up now!

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This weekend: two Teen Nights are better than one.

​Enjoy the perks of your TeenTix Pass with this weekend packed with Teen Nights!

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Two Teen Nights. One amazing weekend. On March 2 & 3, TeenTix and a couple of our many treasured Arts Partners bring you two very special events. Check out the ever-growing perks of having a TeenTix Pass, below!

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FREE for TeenTix Members: 14/48 Winter Break Camp

​Seattle Public Theater is offering a camp starring the quickest theater festival in the world! TeenTix members can apply today for a free spot.

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Being a TeenTix member has all SORTS of benefits: $5 tickets to the arts, exclusive arts events, snacks, and now this! Seattle Public Theater and 14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival are teaming up to bring you this Winter Break Camp. TeenTix members are encouraged to apply here to snag a FREE spot in this camp. Don't wait! Spots are limited, and the camp starts next Monday, February 19th.

Here are the deets:

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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.

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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 few questions.

With an artist for a mother, Epstein grew up surrounded by theatre. He went to shows regularly, and his parents were very supportive of him going into an arts-related field: “I was really lucky, that… I was able to have agency over [my decision to pursue an arts-related career]”, he stated. That wasn’t the only unique aspect of his arts-related journey, we found out, as Epstein had come up through lights and sound, and got into directing only later, in college. After purchasing West of Lenin, a tiny, eighty-eight seat, black box theater, in 2009, he started producing and directing shows there. Part of the theater’s charm is its small space, which provides the audience with a much more intimate experience.

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It’s the SLAM of the century!

​A poetry slam for the ages! Will you be there this Friday?

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This Friday, February 16th: our Community Partner, Arts Corps, presents the Youth Speaks Seattle WILD CARD Slam, part of the 2017-18 Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slam Series. Whether you're there to slam it down yourself or watch others at work, this is a fantastic way to spend your Friday night!

Since 2003, Youth Speaks Seattle has held an annual poetry slam series to build community, showcase the next generation of Seattle's poetic changemakers and to decide the top 5 poets to rep Seattle at Brave New Voices (BNV), the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. This year, the winners will travel to Chicago for BNV 2018. Stay tuned for the GRAND SLAM on April 21st @ The Neptune Theatre!

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New Guard Visits: Wing Luke Museum

Get all the deets on The New Guard's trip to the Wing Luke Museum!

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One of our favorite things about The New Guard is that teens get opportunities throughout the year to take trips to TeenTix’s Partner Organizations! A few months ago, The New Guard used their time to take a formal outing to the Wing Luke Museum. Not only did they get to enjoy a personal tour of the museum and learn about its history in in Seattle’s lively International District, but New Guardians also had a couple hours to spend with the art, and followed up the whole experience with dim sum at a local restaurant! And, since they were closeby, the group took a jaunt to Seattle Art Museum’s Teen Night Out—overall, a fantastic night of fun, friends, and food.

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12 Days & 12 Reasons to Give

​There are 12 days left to make a gift to our Annual Campaign!

Did you know that TeenTix gets most of its donations from teens & their parents? It’s true! YOU make TeenTix happen!

We need to raise just $360 a day for the next 12 days to meet our goal of $10,000 (that’ll allow us to send out 13,000 FREE TeenTix passes in 2018).

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BIG NEWS! The Press Corps is coming back and we’re HIRING!

We are super excited to announce that our well-loved arts criticism program, the TeenTix Press Corps IS COMING BACK!

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UPDATE: Applications will be accepted for The Press Corps Manager through Dec 31, 2017.

The Press Corps promotes critical thinking, communication, and information literacy through criticism and journalism practice for teens. Since 2006, some of the city’s most talented professional arts critics from The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Seattle Globalist, Seattle Dances and more, have taught over 550 teens through workshops and intensives focused on arts criticism training, resulting in over 450 reviews of arts and culture events that live on the TeenTix Blog. In 2015, we put the Press Corps on hiatus and worked with task force of community members to address some of the program’s ongoing challenges, including lack of significant racial and socio-economic diversity amongst program participants, and staffing challenges.

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CONSTANT SPACE at Local Sightings Film Festival

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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 before launching into the one hour and 13-minute long feature film, “Constant Space”.

“Constant Space” is a claymation space adventure filmed with a vintage Super 8 camera. The filmmaker Emmett Fifield, Snohomish native, wrote the script at the age of 16 and began filming at 18.

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Fall/Winter Opportunities 2017

​Keep active this season! Find something arty, crafted for your interests.

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Our partners and community do so much more than provide art(erriffic) experiences--many of them also hold programming year-round that supports your participation! Check out what's on the docket for Fall/Winter 2017.

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Welcome, Tacoma Partners!

You've been asking, we've been working.
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Drumroll, please, for the newest additions to our partner list, the the culmination of our work to expand the TeenTix program, and the most fantastic first six organizations from afar...

You can now use your TeenTix pass at the following TACOMA(!!!) partners: Broadway Center for the Performing Arts Museum of Glass Symphony Tacoma Washington State History Museum Tacoma Art Museum The Grand Cinema

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Nominate A Teen for the Youth Arts Advocate of the Year Award!

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Do you know a teen who is always getting their friends to go to shows? How about a teen who works to keep arts education in school? Or a teen who creates opportunities for other teens to express themselves through art? Or a teen who pours themselves into leading a drama club, poetry slam, photography club, writing club, dance team, or WHATEVER KIND OF AWESOME ARTY CLUB? Know anybody like that? Nominate them for the Youth Arts Advocate of the Year Award! Given by TeenTix's New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society, the Youth Arts Advocate of the Year Award celebrates a teen who makes big contributions to our region's arts and cultural community through passion, advocacy, and leadership. Finalists will be announced Monday, September 17, and the award will be presented during the 2017 Teeny Awards, Sunday, September 24th at The Vera Project.

Nominees must be 13- to 19-years-old and live in Washington State. Nominators must be TeenTix members (anyone 13 - 19 years old can sign up for TeenTix FOR FREE by clicking here). You will find the nomination form in the Teeny Awards Survey, which ALL TeenTix members are invited to take. By taking the survey, you'll be entered to win tickets to the Observation Deck of the Space Needle!

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ReachNow + TeenTix = New Transportation Options 4 U!

Transportation is just a tough nut to crack.
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We know transportation is a BIG part of the equation when you're planning your arts-going with your TeenTix Pass, which is why we're ALWAYS looking for new ways you can see art safely and for not a lot of dough. We also know that not everyone's transportation options are the same - so we like to work with people who can help teens get around Seattle in all sorts of different ways.

We are STOKED that our friends at ReachNow want to help.

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