Within the century-old confines of Uptown Glassworks' warehouse, furnaces melt handfuls of kaleidoscopic frit into malleable shapes manipulated by a team of professional glass blowers. But these tradesmen don't just create works for the gallery; they also share their secrets with students in a variety of activities, from introductory courses on making beads and paperweights to advanced instruction that can be applied toward college credit or used to fix the pockmarked walls of glass houses.
During the shop's Blow-Your-Own sessions, participants apply color to clear, molten glass that has recently emerged from a 2,000-degree furnace, then blow their mixture into 1 of 20 different shapes. The next day, patrons can pick up their cooled and packaged creations, comparing their handiwork to the gallery's collection of products, which are made by more than 90 local and regional glass artists.
Onlookers gasp as the graceful figure tumbles to earth in a slow-motion plunge. Her strong legs twist and spin down a billowing swath of deep-red fabric like a spider expanding its web. It is awe rather than fear, however, that draws the crowd's gasps, as the elegant descent is performed as a demonstration by one of Emerald City Trapeze Arts’ skilled instructors during a silks class. A dedication to teaching students of all ages and abilities the skills necessary to capture both the beauty and athleticism of the circus arts is the studio's main mission, upheld by a cadre of circus-grade instructors and a friendly staff.
Below the soaring ceiling of exposed old-growth beams, students leap and balance on well-maintained circus apparatuses as their instructors correct their form and ensure their safety. The staff welcomes aerial enthusiasts to experience the sky-splitting thrills of all manner of circus specialty, from the flying trapeze to acrobalance to hatha yoga performed on the top of an elephant's stiletto. Along with high-flying classes, Emerald City Trapeze Arts’ crew celebrates the circus arts via dances and parties held within the whimsical-yet-rustic venue, from merriment-packed Halloween festivities to energetic performances by staff and students.
Founded by movie-industry veterans Scilla Andreen and Carlo Scandiuzzi, IndieFlix culls a massive collection of independent and festival-selected films from across the globe into a convenient online streaming-video library. Filmmakers can submit their comedic, dramatic, or documentary masterpieces to the site, which fairly distributes movies of all genres and lengths, with artists fully retaining their films' rights and action-figure tie-ins. Audiences delve further into IndieFlix’s arsenal of cinema gems with Film Festival in a Box game—lauded by the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Seattle magazine—which allows cineastes to display their knowledge without having to stroll through the local megaplex with a megaphone.
Set amid Seattle’s Upper Fremont neighborhood, the Fremont Abbey Arts Center is a non-profit organization that sponsors instruction and performance opportunities focusing on local music, contemporary dance, interactive visual art, spoken word and even the occasional culinary activity. Located in the Fremont Abbey, a beautiful, century-old building that was once St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the center is run by volunteers and strives to be accessible to people of all ages and income levels. The annual events calendar at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center is filled with various events, including creative classes and concerts, and the space itself has become a rental destination for weddings, receptions and all manner of large-scale celebrations.
The name means "the intimate" in Swedish, and it's a name that fits. Whether it's a production of a American classic, a world masterpiece, or a bold new work, shows at the Intiman aim to close the gap between performer and audience for an immersive experience. Founded by Fulbright Scholar Margaret Booker in 1972, the Intiman Theatre has developed a reputation for excellence with its impeccable stagecraft and contributions to the community, even winning a 2006 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. And, serving as the crown jewel in a crown full of achievements, the Intiman was also the very first regional theater to stage a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America saga.
Originally founded as the Civic Light Opera, Seattle Musical Theatre at Magnuson Park has produced over 150 musical productions and provided theatre education for over 35 years. The company has gradually regrown its roots to take on American musicals both classic and esoteric. Located at scenic, 350-acre Magnuson Park, which sits along the shoreline of Lake Washington, Seattle Musical Theatre is spacious, with 400 seats, and has ample free parking available. In its 35 seasons, the company has premiered a number of shows in the northwest, including rarely seen productions such as 110 in the Shade.