Longtime donor and friend of Town Hall Chuck Nordhoff has stepped forward with additional matching dollars for donors who want to add their names to the Great Hall stage. He will match $50,000 for named plaque gifts made from now until April 15!
Recently on the Town Crier, we were discussing a plague of Seattle Spring poets. With the Spring Equinox now upon us, let us celebrate in verse! Today we’ll be showcasing the poetry of Shin Yu Pai.
Irene Butter is one of the few Holocaust survivors still writing about her experiences. On April 16, 2019 she joins us for a Town Hall conversation about taking action and refusing to be a bystander.
On the cover of the March 15, 1919 edition of the Town Crier was one of the most famous musicians alive at that time, cellist Pablo Casals. He played at the Masonic Temple, at Harvard and Pine, on March 19. Prices ran from 83 cents to $2.20 (including war tax)
Ignite Education Lab is a storytelling event like no other—and exactly what the education community needs right now.
The season begins with a bang on March 20 at Broadway Performance Hall on the Seattle Central College campus. Talea Ensemble will be performing “Sideshow,” a work based on the dark sideshows of Coney Island’s amusement parks in the early 20th century. The work was written by contemporary composer Steven Kazuo Takasugi.
“You Auto Go to the Auto Show” heralded the Town Crier in the March 8, 1919 edition. The particular issue was filthy with advertisements for cars, including ads for Oldsmobile, Pierce-Arrow, and Paige, “the most beautiful car in America.”
In episode #29 of In The Moment, correspondent Katy Sewall talks with John Lanchester (3:58) about his book The Wall. They delve into Lanchester’s inspiration for the book—a recurring dream. Lanchester recounts the prescient nature of his dream, which took place before discussions of Brexit and Trump’s border wall. The dream took place in the future of our world impacted by global climate change and a rising sea level, and followed a lone figure standing on a dark,
There are thousands of living languages spoken in the world—and countless literary masterworks written in each of those languages. Translators like Michael Straus offer us a gateway to these incredible works of fiction and literary history.
“The most delightful social events of the week,” the Town Crier enthused in their March 1, 1919 issue, “were the afternoon parties given Monday and Tuesday by Mrs. Albert Charles Phillips at her home on Queen Anne Hill. It was like a breath of the days before the wary for the member of society to meet and have a joyful time together without any anxiety.”
There was a lengthy article in March 10, 1923 edition of the Town Crier about Spring Poets, and who they are, and how all Spring poems need to include doves.
“The merry, merry season is almost at hand,” it begins. “That is to say, if another snow storm doesn’t hit us. Two or three times already it has looked as if Winter were rather slipping from her perch upon the lap of Spring, then the weather prediction would go all haywire again and we’d wake up in the morning to find the milk frozen and snow halfway to our knees.”
In this bonus episode of In The Moment host Jini Palmer talks with Wier Harman while touring the Town Hall construction site.
The February 22, 1919 edition of the Town Crier had this bold prediction for 1919, “Doughnuts will be cut very large around the interior and will be loose-fitting and very plain, being entirely without trimming.”
Our renovation has touched every corner of Town Hall. When the cranes clear out and the plaster is all swept up, some of our performance spaces will feel revitalized yet familiar—while others will get to introduce themselves all over again.
Thaddeus Turner, also known as Thaddilac, is ready to rock for Town Hall and is inviting your kids to get funky. As part of Town Hall’s Saturday Family Concert series, Turner will combine the beauty of traditional soul with the power of rock on March 9 at the venerable Royal Room in Columbia City.
“Dancing feet need expert care,” noted a Frederick & Nelson ad in the February 15, 1919 edition of the Town Crier. “Dancing feet need expert care to keep them always well-groomed and graceful, whether one dances barefoot or in slider silver slippers.”
“St. Valentine’s day and the worst snow storm of the year form a rather unusual combination for this section,” a Town Crier writer wrote on February 17, 1923.
Town Hall is eager to be present at the coming “One Big Neighborhood” festival (2/16-2/22). It’s being put on by Northwest Folklife and the Seattle Center. We’ll have a table there on Saturday (2/16). Come on by and make a zine with us! The multi-day festival is a youth and family program that provides opportunities to share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic, and traditional arts for present and future generations.
The February 8, 1919 editors of the Town Crier sang the praises of Seattle’s libraries in an article entitled “The Use of Books.”
In this bonus episode of In The Moment, get an inside look at the past and present of our Global Rhythms series! Host Jini Palmer talks with Spider Kedelsky, the founder of the Global Rhythms series. He recalls how the music series came to be and shares his experience working with different groups and musicians over the years. In the 1990’s Spider explored different cultural groups and communities throughout Seattle to bring a diversity of music and traditions to Town Hall’s stages,