Archive for February, 2011

From the Editor’s Perch

February 10, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!

Photo by Carl Nelson

A Poet’s Lives with Lyn Coffin

February 9, 2011

Love Affairs!


When Poets fall in love the Universe responds.  And they often need “help!”  In this first discussion, fellow playwright Len Goodisman offers some advice:    (About 1 minute)

Len Tries to Offer Some Sound Reasonable Advice

Love communications between Poets can become quiet intricate also:    (About 2 minutes)

She is NOT discussing here, what you think she might be discussing.

Photo by Carl Nelson

A Poet’s Lives with Lyn Coffin

February 9, 2011

Poet Goes For Bookcover Publicity Shot


Lyn tells a good annecdote:   (About 1 minute.)

Lyn Tells About Her First "Photoshoot"

Photo by Carl Nelson

A Poet’s Lives with Lyn Coffin

February 8, 2011

Portable Art Gallery


Poet Lyn Coffin Takes Wearable Art to a Here-to-Fore Unseen Level


Hear another portion of our interview with the Poet Lyn Coffin:    (35 seconds!  you have the time…)

This is a little piece of art Lyn made for a charity auction, which is a small house with money in a drawer and burnt filaments of money coming out the chimney. I bought it for twenty dollars; then took my neighbor's advice and put a fifty in the drawer. I look like quite a shrewd investor.

Photos by Carl Nelson

Plays and Such with Jorj Savage

February 8, 2011

The Brothers Size at the Seattle Rep


Jorj Often Finds Time to Think About the Plays He’s Seen While Digging in the Backyard.

 “Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play THE BROTHERS SIZE has it’s offical opening Wednesday February 9th and runs at The Seattle Rep. mainstage through February 27th.  In the cast are three Black males from the world of the Black street.  The main character, Oshoosi is just out of prison.  I’ve always felt the world of the Black folk play could rival the Irish plays for theatricality, poetry and existentialist joy and pain. There should be ten plays being produced from this world.  This one just re-opens the door that August Wilson opened.  Had we heard it read at SPS we could have said its too talky in places, needed more plot and maybe the homosexual theme wasn’t necessary or else needed more development but that’s just quibbling.  There is a rendition of the Otis Redding song “She Gets Weary” that is better than Otis Redding himself.  Don’t not go.” –  Jorj

Photo by Carl Nelson


February 7, 2011

3 Screams

By Vincent Delaney

A West Coast Premiere

At Theatre Off Jackson

Family Photo


“The inaugural show for a new production company is a notable event, but when that company includes names like Peggy Gannon and Brandon Ryan, such a show definitely makes a Seattle theater-goer sit up and take notice.  Man Alone Productions presents 3 Screams through February 26th.  Written by Seattle playwright Vincent Delaney, the play is an ambitious work that takes on a lot thematically as well as visually.

Michael Oaks as Edvard, Erin Ison as Tulla, and Brandon Ryan as Gunnar play a nuclear family, but they don’t share the stage or exchange dialogue.   Their words are directed to Edvard Munch, who painted one of the most iconic works of all time, “The Scream.”  This painting has had a remarkable effect upon their lives, and the play deals with how they manage the fallout.  Not very well, it seems, because these characters are all cracked to some degree. 

Why would this be so?  Certainly there is the genetic factor of mental illness, but the show is not as interested in that aspect as the effect of art, great art, on life.  Much like how 12 Angry Men is less about the legal system than those caught up in it, 3 Screams is less about the vocal reminders (“Decorum!”) the compulsive baking, and the meds the characters use to hold on to something stable than it is about how art itself could drive them to their extremes.

 Edvard dares to declare that “The Scream” is not great art, and his drive is to produce happy, rather than despairing, art.  Tulla vows that she loves her husband’s artwork, when he’s sure she hates it.  Gunnar is forced to deal with the fact that his brother has become a world renowned artist who paints flowers, of all things.  “I feel like an artist, but without one drop of ability,” he says.

 What is great art?  Who can be a true artist?  Is it required that insanity, or at the very least, depression, be comingled with great talent?  These are the kinds of questions Delaney takes on.  There is a danger of preciousness with a play about art because the playwright himself is an artist and a biased observer.  However, in the same way, those in the seats are there to partake in it, so turnabout is fair play.

 This is a play that must teach the viewer how to watch it.  A full-length show comprised of three massive monologues (and yes, three screams), in which the characters address a long-dead artist is something different.  The middle monologue, Tulla’s, is the most difficult.  It is less plot driven than the first, and the unreliable narrator makes for question marks in the mind.  Tulla is also the most horrific.  That said, some plays are fast-food—you know exactly what you’re going to get because it’s the same everywhere.  This production is not fast-food theater.

 But neither is it relentlessly highbrow or somber.  It is often hilariously funny.  Brandon Ryan, with a remarkable ease on stage and unique line delivery was a delight to watch.  He doesn’t do it alone, however.  His performance benefitted from all the groundwork laid by Oak and Ison.   Well produced, with effective sets and sound, this new play is the kind that might even benefit from a second viewing.  There’s a lot to turn over in the mind, which is what we would hope to gain from art.” – Machelle Allman

For more details: 

Production Photo by David Judith Turnipseed


February 7, 2011

Machelle Allman

Editor’s Note:  Machelle Allman (check out VenetianBlond on our blogroll)writes so well I asked her if we could have something, and Machelle sent me a review of a local play she has just seen.  (See our next posting.)  Machelle is a local actress/playwright/blogger about town – and quite good at each.

Photo by Carl Nelson

From the Editor’s Perch

February 6, 2011

the artists of ART WALK


I visited a building of studios at 3rd & Washington:

Artist Kate Vrimoet in Her Studio with Painting at 3rd & Washington

And another warren – or maybe a beehive of studios, performance spaces, small art factories – at SIX19.  Watching these young adults out to mate and line up their lives around something authentic brought back memories of decades ago.  Wow!  I thought.  It hasn’t changed that much.  Exciting, depressing, penurious, hectic…

Entrance to Incredible Warren of Studios on Western

The Stairway Up

Manager of The Satori Group is Being Interviewed in Their Space Prior to a 'Teaser' Performance.

Tammy Deneau makes Wearable Art Masks:

Photos by Carl Nelson 

From the Editor’s Perch

February 6, 2011


We have the ‘little man’ and are free to proceed.  The first thing you notice off course are all the sights and sounds of Pioneer Square in the evening.

Smith Tower

Commuters Heading Home (They're going to miss it all!)

Modernist Office

Where I (and a lot of others) Performed Once Upon a Time

If You're in the Mood

Nightlife in the Clubs

Or Buy a Used Book, Cheap

Photos by Carl Nelson

From the Editor’s Perch

February 4, 2011

Art Walk Seattle

One of the reasons I put so much time and energy into creating this blog – besides the fun – is to find out why I put so much time and energy into this blog?  Last night I believe I got a little closer in my search when I stopped into the Union Gospel Mission Arts From the Streets exhibit, to have a look around.  Art is like gold; it’s where you find it.  And in that, I suppose it’s a little like God’s Grace; His thinking is not like ours.  Humans tend to demand all of the trappings of success and power before they will entertain a thought or suggestion.  Like the poor street musician in Joannie Mitchell’s song who was ignored because “they knew he had never been on their TV, and so they passed his music by”.  Art without the right look or connections, often doesn’t get the audience.  Perhaps this is why artists tend to get so political.  All of these small bits of free beauty continually say to them, that there is an entirely different way of looking at things; wake up!  It’s worth your support.

Anyway, it’s sort of a standard of this blog that as soon as it’s ‘successful’ – we don’t cover it.  The whole point is this idea of found beauty.  Once it’s available and ready for purchase – there’s all sorts of people out there pushing it.  They don’t need my energies. 

Joey Pollitt Had Some Interesting Things To Say

But.  Back to the latest nugget I found at the Union Gospel Mission: Joey Pollitt.  Here’s a photo of him, his work, plus about 3 minutes of conversation.

An Old Window Sash Makes Quite a Good Frame

    (About 3 minutes.)

Photos by Carl Nelson

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