Forums at TownHall Seattle Will Give Candidates a Platform to Share Their Cultural Plans for the Region

Two candidates’ forums hosted by Inspire Washington will provide general election contenders the opportunity to outline their plans for restoring, supporting and expanding the region’s cultural arts, heritage, and natural science fields. 

Broadcasting from TownHall Seattle, the Seattle Cultural Candidate Forum will be held on October 4 at 7 p.m., for a livestreamed audience and will feature Seattle Mayoral Candidates M. Lorena González and Bruce Harrell, City Council Candidates Teresa Mosqueda, Kenneth Wilson, Nikkita Oliver and Sara Nelson. Seattle School Board candidates will also answer questions from the event’s two moderators, Marcie Sillman and Vivian Phillips.

Questions for the candidates were prepared by a diverse array of cultural leaders to focus on specific needs and areas for growth. The forum will feature performances from local artists between moderated sessions with the candidates.

“Washington’s arts and cultural sector has been pummeled by the pandemic yet remains a critical engine for our economy and the catalyst for reconnecting communities after more than a year of social distancing mandates,” Manny Cawaling, Executive Director of Inspire Washington said. “Here in King County, there are hundreds of cultural organizations doing exemplary work to withstand the mandated closures and restrictions brought about by COVID-19 and assist the artists who make this region such a vibrant place to live. Beyond economic statistics, our programming nurtures growth and strengthens communities. We make a difference and communities are counting on us to restore programming. We are excited to host these forums for voters to gain new insights and to challenge every candidate to be a cultural champion.”

The King County Cultural Candidate Forum will be held on October 12, 7 p.m., to a livestreamed audience and will feature King County Executive Candidates Dow Constantine and Joe Nguyen, County Council District 1 Candidates Rod Dembowski and Sally Caverzan, District 3 Candidates Kathy Lambert and Sarah Perry, District 5 Candidate Dave Upthegrove and Shukri Olow, and District 9 Candidates Reagan Dunn and Kim Khanh Van. The County Candidate Forum will be moderated by Janell Johnson.

This is a critical moment for the cultural sector. Now more than ever, we need champions in order to recover and thrive. Take this opportunity to get involved and share with your friends and be sure to “attend” the livestreams!


Both livestreams are free and available to all. You can RSVP here.    

SF Symphony Makes Access to Their Video Streaming Service, SFSymphony+, Free for All

San Francisco Symphony has announced that their digital programming platform, SFSymphony+, will now be available to all people without a subscription. The platform includes a myriad of performances, special programs and more.

SFSymphony+ was launched in February 2021 and offers viewers the ability to stream content from their home or on the go. Highlights of the 2021/22 digital season include two signature projects led by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen—LIGETI: PARADIGMS, created in partnership with renowned media artist Refik Anadol and SF Symphony Collaborative Partner and roboticist Carol Reiley, and a new direct-to-digital staged production of Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, directed by Netia Jones.

Three new programs released yesterday on SFSymphony+ include SoundBox: Delirium, curated by pianist Jeremy Denk; CURRENTS: Niji (Rainbow), curated by koto master Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto; and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, Rhenish, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Additional digital projects to be released on SF Symphony+ throughout the season include a variety of orchestral performances and chamber music with San Francisco Symphony musicians and guest artists.

SFSymphony+ is available for free browser-based streaming worldwide on sfsymphonyplus.org, via TV services including Apple TV, Amazon FireTV, Chromecast, Roku, and smart TVs, and can be downloaded as an app via Apple App StoreAmazon FirestickGoogle Play – Android, and Google Play – TV.

Vaccination and Mask Requirements at Performing Arts Venues in the San Francisco Bay Area

As we prepare to return to live performance, we will help keep you updated with requirements from arts organizations on vaccination status and masking. Be sure to find full information on each organization’s website before attending a performance.

BroadwaySF

All ticketholders 12 years of age or older are required to show proof of full COVID vaccination for entry into the Orpheum Theatre. “Fully vaccinated” means that a ticketholder’s performance is at least 14 days after their final vaccine dose. Proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance will no longer be accepted for patrons who purchased tickets after August 12, with the exception of children under the age of 12. Children under 12 will continue to be required to show the negative test results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance. Children under 5 are not admitted. All patrons are required to wear masks inside the theatre at all times (except when consuming food or beverage in the lobby or auditorium). Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking—masks must be worn between bites and sips. See full protocols.

California Shakespeare Theater

Everyone who comes to the Bruns—including audiences, staff, artists, and crew—will need to bring proof of vaccination (a vaccination card/photo of vaccination card, or a Digital Vaccine Record; and your ID) or a negative COVID-19 PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours before entering the grounds. People are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or 14 days after a single-dose vaccine. A Cal Shakes staff member will verify your documents at the front gate. If you do not bring your documents with you, you will not be granted admittance to the grounds.

Masks are required when not actively eating and drinking. See full protocols.

San Francisco Opera

Per San Francisco city guidelines, San Francisco Opera will require all patrons ages of 12 and older to show proof of vaccination to attend performances at the War Memorial Opera House and the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, along with a photo ID.

If you plan to attend a performance with a child under the age of 12, please call the Box Office at (415) 864-3330 to discuss seating and safety options. Please note the operas SF Opera is presenting this season are most appropriate for children ages 12 and up. See full protocols.

San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for everyone ages 12 and up entering Davies Symphony Hall. Audience members under age 12 must show proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event or antigen [rapid] test taken within 24 hours of the event). These protocols are in accordance with policies enacted by the City and County of San Francisco and follow the advice of the San Francisco Symphony Health & Safety Task Force.

Full vaccination is defined as completion of the two-dose regimen of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered two weeks or more in advance of the concert. A negative COVID-19 test must be taken not more than 72 hours before the concert. See full protocols.

Stanford Live

For outdoor shows at Frost Amphitheater, masks are required for unvaccinated patrons, and optional for fully vaccinated patrons. In accordance with Santa Clara County Public Health, masks are encouraged to be worn by all at crowded outdoor events. For indoor shows at Bing Concert Hall, masks are required to be worn by all patrons. Please bring your own face coverings that cover your nose and mouth and wear them at all times. Masks with valves will not be allowed. If you are eating, please cover your face between bites and sips.

All visitors coming to an indoor performance at Stanford Live (Bing Concert Hall, Bing Studio, Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Church) must meet at least one of two criteria: be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival onsite. To show proof of vaccination, you must bring a photo ID plus one of the following: vaccine card or a photo of your vaccine card PR digital COVID-19 vaccine record using the My Vaccine record App. See full protocols.

TheatreWorks

Every individual must show proof that they are fully vaccinated at the time of their entry into the building, along with a matching photo ID. You may present a physical vaccination card; a clear, legible photo of your vaccination card; or a digital vaccine record. California residents may obtain a digital vaccine record at http://MyVaccineRecord.cdph.ca.gov.

“Fully vaccinated” means that it has been 14 days since your second dose of a WHO or FDA-approved two-dose vaccine (e.g. the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine), or 14 days since your sole dose of a WHO or FDA-approved single-dose vaccine (e.g. the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine). If you or a member of your party are legally exempted from being vaccinated, you must reach out to the TheatreWorks Box Office at 650.463.1960 or boxoffice@theatreworks.org as early as possible prior to your performance date to alert us (four days before your performance is the final cutoff), as you might be permitted to provide a negative COVID test as an alternative to proof of vaccination. See full protocols.

Vaccination and Mask Requirements at Performing Arts Venues in Seattle

As we prepare to return to live performance, we will help keep you updated with requirements from arts organizations on vaccination status and masking. Be sure to find full information on each organization’s website before attending a performance.

The 5th Avenue Theatre

Starting on January 12, 2022, the first performance date of the 2021/22 Season, The 5th Avenue Theatre will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all audience members or proof of a negative COVID-19 test for exempted persons. Masks will also be required for audiences inside the theater, except while eating or drinking in designated locations.

Children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time. The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes guests ages 4 and up. See full protocols.

ACT Theatre

ACT Theatre will rigorously follow all health and safety guidelines as identified by the CDC, regional government entities and our union partners regarding COVID-19 protocols including vaccination status, masks and cleaning procedures to ensure the safety of our audience, artists, production crew and staff.

All of the shows have flexible ticket exchange and refund policies. If you or any of your party feel unwell, feels uncomfortable attending a performance for any reason or needs to self-isolate, you can request to exchange your tickets free of charge for another performance, receive a gift-certificate voucher equal to the face value of your ticket, donate the value of your ticket back to ACT or initiate a refund up to 4 hours before your scheduled performance. See full protocols.

Book-It Repertory Theatre

For entry to any and all performances at The Center Theatre at Seattle Center, patrons, artists, and staff will need to wear a mask and provide proof of vaccination (in a clear and legible format) or negative COVID-19 test (PCR within 48 hours or antigen within 24 hours. Please, do not attend your scheduled performance if anyone living in your household, or to whom you have regular exposure, is awaiting a COVID test within your 48- or 24-hour test period.) There will be no separate sections for vaccinated/unvaccinated patrons. See full protocols.  

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Upon entering McCaw Hall, all PNB patrons will be required to provide proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test, a valid ticket to the performance and photo ID.

Masks will be required inside McCaw Hall lobby spaces and in the auditorium for the foreseeable future. Additional safety measures include upgrading all of McCaw Hall’s HVAC filters to top-of-the-line MERV 13 filters and running 100% fresh air circulation for all events. All events will at a minimum follow State and CDC guidelines for large indoor events. In-person capacity may be limited and social distancing may be required. See full protocols.

Seattle Opera

When attending a Seattle Opera event, patrons will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or proof of a negative COVID-19 test for exempted persons) for all public events at McCaw Hall and the Opera Center. As previously announced, masks are required except for when eating or drinking in designated areas. 

Children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance start time. A negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 12 hours of the performance start time is also acceptable. Opera Center programs designed for youth will not require vaccination.

Vaccination and masking requirements will likely remain in place for the upcoming season. Seattle Opera will review these policies on an ongoing basis. Relaxing certain measures may be possible when recommended by health officials or when COVID case counts allow. All Seattle Opera staff have been vaccinated. See full protocols.

Seattle Rep

Seattle Rep will require masks and vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test for all attendees to its performances in order to ensure a safe and successful return of the Seattle arts scene.

Children younger than 12 years and individuals with a medical condition or closely held religious belief preventing vaccination can instead provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time. Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, a laboratory, or a health care provider cannot be accepted. Masks will be required for all attendees at all times in the venue, except while actively eating or drinking.

Seattle Rep is planning to sell all performances at regular seating capacity, but if health and safety guidelines change there is the possibility of capacity restrictions becoming necessary. If so, it is possible that ticketholders will be reseated. See full protocols.

Seattle Symphony

Benaroya Hall will require proof of full vaccinations for all performances. Children younger than 12 years and individuals with a medical condition or closely held religious belief preventing vaccination can instead provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Masks will also be required at all times for all attendees regardless of vaccination status.

Benaroya Hall staff will check for proof of vaccination and negative COVID-19 tests at the doors as a condition of entry. Those without documentation will not be admitted to the performance. See full protocols.

Seattle Theatre Group and Broadway at The Paramount

STG requires proof of vaccination for entry to all performances at the Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres. Only children under 12, and people with a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief that prevents vaccination, may attend without proof of vaccination. Individuals who meet those criteria must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance start time. Additionally, masking is required inside the venue. Patrons and employees will be required to wear masks, except while actively eating or drinking. See full protocols.

Village Theatre

Village Theatre will require masks and vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test for all attendees to its performances in order to ensure a safe and successful return of the greater Seattle area arts scene. Village Theatre anticipates vaccination and masking provisions to remain in place for the foreseeable future and expects to review these policies on an ongoing basis, evolving them as need be.

Children younger than 12 years, individuals with a medical condition, or individuals with a closely held religious belief preventing vaccination can instead provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time. Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, a laboratory, or a health care provider cannot be accepted. See full protocols.

Intiman Theatre Celebrates Move to Capitol Hill With Outdoor Arts Festival

Intiman Theatre is inviting Seattle to join in and celebrate the return of the live arts in a safe, outdoor setting at HOMECOMING Performing Arts Festival on September 18 and 19 in front of the Erickson Theatre on Harvard Avenue between Pike and Pine.

The festival will feature a full block of outdoor entertainment including vendors, food trucks, artist installations, a beer garden presented with Life on Mars, and over 100 artists performing on the mainstage.

Festival headliners include Ahamefule J. Oluo, BeautyBoiz, and dani tirrell + friends. There will be programming from Café Racer, LANGSTON, Red Eagle Soaring, Velocity Dance Center and more. barry johnson will unveil a new 24’ mural as the backdrop for the stage.

Each day will open with children’s entertainment from South End Stories, followed by live bands, dance, stand-up comedy curated by Emmett Montgomery, drag, burlesque, DJ sets and more. The Filthy FemmeCorps marching band will perform on Sunday. On Saturday, Intiman is teaming up with BECU to present the “Angels in Seattle” awards, recognizing five local arts heroes with $1,000 prizes.

Additional artists performing include: Aishé Keita, AJ Suede, Archie, Arson Nicki, Betty Wetter, Bonnet Black, Bosco, Bread Pilot, Burl Dirkman, CarLarans, Charlie Cash, Cherdonna Shinatra, David Rue, El Sánchez, Erin Ingle, Fairygawdzad, marco farroni, House of Noir, LüChi, Markeith Wiley, Moonyeka, Nia-Amina Minor, Tinashea Monét, Waxie Moon and many more.

The artist lineup is different each day. Full festival passes and single day tickets are now available, ranging from $5–105. A limited number of FREE FOR EVERYONE tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the festival.


HOMECOMING Performing Arts Festival will take place at Harvard Avenue between Pike and Pine (entrance near 801 E Pine St. 98122) on September 18 and 19, 2021 (Saturday: 11am-10pm / Sunday: 11am-9pm). Tickets are available for purchase online.

New Podcast From Seattle Shakespeare Focuses on POC Artists’ Relationships With Shakespeare’s Works

“Under This Light—A Revelation of Shakespeare and Self” is a new podcast series that gathers locally and nationally recognized POC theatre professionals for a conversation about their relationship with Shakespeare and the classics. Each episode in this new, biweekly series explores the guest artist’s background and career to uncover personal triumphs, current struggles, and future ambitions while revealing what Shakespeare means to them.

“‘Under This Light’ is a much-needed conversation between POC artists which directly addresses issues we currently face within our community and our creative work,” says series host Lamar Legend. “We’ll wrestle with Shakespeare’s stories, his problematic text, and where our joy can fit within them. My hope is that, in listening to the broad array of backgrounds and experiences from our guests, listeners may see themselves and their own journeys reflected; perhaps, learn something new; and are emboldened to deepen their relationship with The Bard.”

The “Under This Light” podcast series is an extension of Seattle Shakespeare Company’s mission to help to make classical plays relevant to the ongoing human conversation and open ways of thinking about and viewing Shakespeare through a new lens. It helps connect people to the classics who think it might not be for them and provide a different perspective to patrons who already have a familiarity with the classics.

The project team for the series includes Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Diversity Programming Coordinator Lamar Legend (Host/Producer) and Stephon Dorsey (Sound Engineer/Composer).


The series appears on Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Rough Magic podcast, and is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever podcasts are available. More information about the podcast series can be found on Seattle Shakespeare Company’s website.

TeenTix is Coming to Los Angeles and Bringing Generation Z Access to the Arts

The Seattle nonprofit organization TeenTix has announced a new partnership with Los Angeles arts leaders, increasing arts and culture accessibility for teens along the West Coast.

For the past 17 years, TeenTix has led the way on furthering regional arts and culture accessibility, youth leadership, and arts coverage for teens in the Greater Puget Sound area. Now, TeenTix announces the launch of TeenTix LA, a partnership intended to decrease barriers preventing youth in L.A. County from accessing the cultural opportunities available to them by providing any teen, regardless of where they live, a personalized TeenTix Pass to purchase a $5 ticket to any event held by any TeenTix Partner in Seattle or Los Angeles.

“Equity and accessibility are at the forefront of our mission,” says TeenTix LA advisory board president Chandra Jackson. “In a culturally rich city like Los Angeles, TeenTix LA will give young people even more opportunities for creativity, connection and meaningful dialogue.”

In partnership with more than 70 regional arts organizations, TeenTix exists to break down the barriers that prevent teens from accessing art in the community, such as ticket or admission cost, not knowing where to look for events, navigating transportation around the city, or feeling insecure about arts-going. TeenTix has facilitated the sale of over 130,000 arts tickets to thousands of teens across Seattle and the Greater Puget Sound.

“This is a truly exciting time for arts accessibility, even in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said TeenTix Executive Director Monique Courcy. “We’ve seen teens increase their commitment to and passion for arts and culture, even when in-person events were not available to them. This partnership with L.A. sets the stage for unknown opportunities to center even more young people in the arts. Teens have told us they want socially relevant experiences, they want to engage with hard topics through an arts lens, and they want to see their community around them doing the same thing. Centering young people in the arts pushes us to do better and to be better. I can’t wait to see how teens in L.A. use the TeenTix platform to engage with art and create the change they want to see in their community.”


Any teenager (13-19 years old) can sign up for a free TeenTix pass in Seattle or Los Angeles. The pass entitles teens to purchase $5 day-of-show tickets at any of their partner organizations.

Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet Announce New Fellowship for Arts Leaders of Color

Three of Seattle’s biggest arts organizations have announced a new initiative to support emerging arts administrators and leaders of color.

Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Symphony have announced the inaugural cohort of the Seattle Arts Fellowship, a new initiative for emerging arts leaders and administrators of color. The 2021/22 fellows are Dalanie Harris (Seattle Symphony), Kierra Nguyen (Seattle Opera), and Gabriela “Gabi” Páez Shutt (Pacific Northwest Ballet). Each fellow will be placed at one of the presenting organizations for a year. Areas of focus will range from marketing, community education, and artistic planning. Beginning in 2022, the program will also include broadcasting as Classical KING FM 98.1 joins the roster of presenting organizations.

Kierra Nguyen, a dancer and visual artist from Seattle, is looking forward to broadening her tools as someone dedicated to a lifetime in the arts, “The foundational goals of this fellowship uphold my belief that art and artists must be cared for in a way that will sustain their growth for generations to come. As a recent college graduate, I want to continue to engage in arts administrative roles that promote the arts in informed and innovative ways.”

The paid fellowship includes hands-on work experience in administration and learning opportunities including leadership training, skill building, mentorship and networking. The cohort will engage in peer-to-peer learning, connect with local arts leaders, and build a strong network to support their career development.

In addition to making a positive impact on Seattle Symphony, Dalanie Harris, a bassist and podcaster from Los Angeles, reflects on what she hopes to gain during the experience, “Ultimately, I’d like to be in a position to uplift, celebrate, and bring awareness to Black music in return for all the joy it has brought to my life and the world. I’d like to be challenging the ways we as individuals interpret and analyze music.”

The Seattle Arts Fellowship is available to individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) or as ALAANA (African/African American (diaspora), Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American/Indigenous, and Asian Pacific Islander). The program is designed for those who have just entered the workforce such as college graduates or those transitioning into nonprofit arts careers.

“My ultimate goal in the arts is to increase access to arts education for students, specifically low-income students,” said Gabi Páez Shutt, a recent graduate from Florida State University with an M.A. in Arts Administration. “I was very fortunate to have incredible performing and visual arts education through my public schools, but this is not the case for many students.”

Theatre of Possibility Brings Heart and Humanity to a Complex Global Conflict in “Abraham’s Land”

The world premiere of Abraham’s Land tackles one of the world’s most tragic, enduring and intractable geopolitical conflicts—Israel and Palestine—with the three lead roles played by Jewish-American, Israeli, and Palestinian-American actors.

Seattle’s vibrant theatre community returns to live performance after the pandemic with the world premiere of Abraham’s Land, an original musical by Seattle playwright, Lauren Goldman Marshall and Pulitzer-nominated composer, Roger Ames, in association with Theatre of Possibility. In addition to in-person performances on July 15–18, the musical will be livestreamed nationally and internationally, with the goal of reaching audiences in the Middle East.

Abraham’s Land tells a human story set against the backdrop of the Israeli occupation of Palestine during the First Intifada. Israeli Sergeant Yitzhak prides himself on being an ethical soldier, but when a Palestinian demonstration in Jerusalem appears threatening, he fatally shoots the provocateur, Ismail. Devastated to learn that the victim was unarmed, Yitzhak is haunted by Ismail’s ghost. Disguising himself as a Palestinian, Yitzhak journeys to a refugee camp in Gaza to return Ismail’s identity card and ask his family for forgiveness. In the process, he experiences the humanity of the other side and the darker aspect of his own. Ultimately, he must choose between making amends and his duty to his country.

With recent changes in Israeli leadership, increasing tensions and violence in the region, the reexamination of the United States’ role in the Middle East, and the rise of antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism and tribalism in the United States and abroad, this work is especially timely. 

Hassan Nazari-Robati, Netanel Bellaise, Maria Habeeb, David Studwell, Bobbi Kotula in "Abraham's Land".
Cast of “Abraham’s Land”. Photo by Paul Bestock

“I am honored to pursue justice through this art form. One of my desires is that audience members would allow themselves to lean into discomfort, look within, and hopefully leave grappling with some larger questions,” said cast member Chandry Abreu.

Thirty years in the making, Abraham’s Land began as a Jewish/Palestinian collaboration, by Lauren Goldman Marshall, Hanna Eady, and David Nafissian, and was first performed in Seattle in 1992. Marshall further developed it with Palestinian and Israeli youth at Seeds of Peace International Camp in 1999. The current rendition features a new libretto and score.

In efforts to ensure the musical is more than just a performance for audiences, each showing will be followed by a post-play discussion, with representatives from local Jewish and Muslim communities. In addition, the Saturday performance will feature a pre-show talk by a visiting public health professional and mother from Gaza, Alaa Hammouda, who will share her story from her perspective as a 30-year resident of Gaza. An interactive workshop on Saturday 1–3 p.m. will use techniques from Theater of the Oppressed to explore issues in the play.

“The content shows political knowledge of the situation and it has characterization, psychological depth and transformation. The writing is amazing. Not didactic, not judgmental, not righteous, just heart and human,” said Vibha Thompson, an audience member from the 2019 workshop.


Abraham’s Land will run July 15–18 at the Kirkland Performance Center. Tickets to live performances and the livestream are available online or by calling 425.893.9900.

Arts Organizations Are Showing Their Pride With These Events in June

Even though many in-person Pride parades and events have been canceled this year, that doesn’t mean the celebration is also canceled. Arts organizations throughout the Greater Seattle Area and the Bay Area are presenting performances, discussions, and other events to celebrate Pride during the month of June in a safe way.

Seattle Choruses Present Out on the Porch

No parade? No problem! Seattle Men’s Chorus, Seattle Women’s Chorus, and The Supertonics are all out on the Porch for Pride this year. Hosted by Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht (Head Judge from The Big Flower Fight on Netflix and named Top Florist in the World by Harper’s Bazaar) the streaming show features ten new music videos from the choruses, all filmed safely in quarantine.

But that’s not all. The choruses created a competition, transforming porches into amazing Pride parade floats. You’ll get to see the porches…from concept to completion. And once you’ve seen the porches, we want to see yours. Show your Pride during the month of June by creating your own Pride porch.

Streaming June 10–30

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, The Musical

Welcome (back) to 28 Barbary Lane as A.C.T. celebrates the 10th anniversary of its world premiere musical hit, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City! One of the highest-selling productions in A.C.T. history, this is the first time the original production, captured before a live audience in June 2011, will be seen by the public—streaming for one week only to celebrate San Francisco Pride.

Audiences around the world will finally get to hear Mary Ann, Mona, Brian, Mouse, and their joint-rolling landlady Mrs. Madrigal sing their Tales of the city. Based on Maupin’s landmark series of novels about San Francisco in the 70s, and featuring a cast of Broadway favorites, the acclaimed musical was directed by Jason Moore (The Cher Show, Avenue Q, Pitch Perfect), featured music and lyrics by the Scissor Sisters’s Jake Shears and John Garden, and a book by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q).

Streaming June 21–27

Pacific Northwest Ballet is Listening

This month Pacific Northwest Ballet’s discussion panel is turning their focus to Pride and what it means to them. Director of Company Operations Kiyon Ross sits down with Major Gifts Officer Jackson Cooper, Corps de Ballet dancer Christopher D’Ariano, Senior Marketing Manager Noel Pederson, and Principal dancer Lucien Postlewaite to share their own experiences and to continue the dialogue around inclusivity, diversity, and Pride in our community.

You can watch the virtual panel discussion below.