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Executive Director Wier Harman Reflects on a Tumultuous but Rewarding Year

06/30/2020
Wier Harman

Looking back, I don’t think anyone will remember Town Hall’s 2019-20 as easy, but it certainly started and ended in celebration. This eventful year featured our first (almost!) full season back in our beautifully renovated building, and a return to our nomadic, Inside/Out years with an (almost!) fully virtual program. I reflected a bit on the highlights of the year in the video below,

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Black Lives & Police Accountability

06/08/2020
Town Hall Seattle
The Life on the Margins podcast features co-hosts Marcus Harrison Green, Enrique Cerna, and Jini Palmer as they share stories not just about marginalized communities, but from within, and alongside them. In each bi-weekly installment of this residency podcast, they engage with the narratives and experiences of our city, sharing them more widely with the Town Hall community. In solidarity with the Black and Brown community in the fight for justice against police brutality and the institutionalized racism that enables it, the hosts of the Life On The Margins podcast have released two special edition episodes featuring discussions of police accountability, racism as a public health threat, the search for answers surrounding the death of Manuel Ellis while in police custody.
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06/02/2020
Town Hall Seattle

Whether seen as individual lives tragically taken, or the latest examples of our nation’s 400 year history of systematic disregard for Black Americans, the heartbreaking deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd over just ten weeks have left our nation—and this community—convulsed with grief. As sad and shocking as these stories are we know that they are just the reported examples of an incomprehensible structural crisis,

05/22/2020
Alexander Eby

Author Annabel Abbs writes powerful stories that capture the lives and struggles of remarkable women. Her first novel, The Joyce Girl, tells the fictionalised story of Lucia Joyce, forgotten daughter of author James Joyce. Abbs gives voice to Lucia and enables her to tell her own story—a fascinating,

05/15/2020
Alexander Eby
When it comes to the last analysis there can be nothing of higher worth gained from any school than the building of character.
05/08/2020
Alexander Eby
Prince Paolo Petrovich Troubetzkoy (1866-1938) was an acclaimed artist and a sculptor who was described as "the most astonishing sculptor of modern times."
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05/04/2020
Alexander Eby
Seattle is a city that demands we think outside the box—and few series exemplify this idea quite like Red May.
05/01/2020
Alexander Eby
“Incidentally, you'll be surprised to see the number of Shakespeare devotees in this town. ‘Best people,’ you know, and all that sort of thing.” 
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A Guide To Watching Town Hall's Livestreamed Content

04/29/2020
Town Hall Seattle

With the recent switch from in person to livestreamed events, we’ve received a few questions about where and how to watch events on our digital platform. We understand that livestreaming is a brave new world for some folks, so we thought we’d include a few tips and tricks to make your event viewing just a little easier.

An Interview with Marcus Harrison Green

04/27/2020
Alexander Eby

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many historically marginalized groups are finding themselves facing prejudice, animosity, and rejection by a system already stacked against them. But South Seattle Emerald founder Marcus Harrison Green is stepping forward as proof that if you speak loudly enough,

04/24/2020
Alexander Eby
Not to toot our own Town Hall horn too much but we have also done our part in making local music history.
04/23/2020
Alexander Eby

Humans occupy a unique place in nature. Our evolution has been interdependent on pattern recognition and the development of technology unlike any other animal on the planet. We often consider our primary evolutionary advantage to be our intelligence—yet we are still limited in our ability to define what “intelligence” actually means. 

Futurist Richard Yonck speaks to audiences and writes about artificial intelligence and other emerging trends and technologies.

April 5, 1919/April 17 2020

04/17/2020
Alexander Eby
Not to toot our own Town Hall horn too much but we have also done our part in making local music history.

An Interview with R. Eric Thomas

04/14/2020
Alexander Eby

R. Eric Thomas tells the kinds of stories we need. They connect us with the American experience writ large—the trends, the headlines, the important conversations—all filtered through his unique and hilarious perspective. Thomas joined us for a livestreamed conversation on 4/16 (watch the full event below) to discuss his new book Here For It: Or,

03/25/2020
Wier Harman
Want to feel the energy and emotion of live music while you’re stuck behind closed doors? In collaboration with Earshot Jazz, Town Hall is streaming live Saturday jazz concerts at the end of March and the first three weeks of April, directly from our stages! 
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03/24/2020
Wier Harman

March 24, 2020

Friends,

On March 23, Governor Inslee issued a shelter-in-place order for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. That description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,” provided guidelines around safe assembly are also followed. No more than 10 artists and technicians can be present at these events,

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Neil Shubin with Steve Scher—Decoding Four Billion Years of Life

03/24/2020
Alexander Eby
In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin about the impact of viruses on our genetic makeup, and the hidden universes inside our DNA.
03/23/2020
Alexander Eby
At a time when quarantines are keeping us isolated from our neighbors, it’s more important than ever to help us maintain connections with our community and stay engaged as citizens.
03/23/2020
Alexander Eby
A pancake smackdown, gravy bats, a little yellow man from the sun who loves to go on adventures—Morgan Taylor’s creations have been delighting kids and parents alike since 2005.
03/18/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Every year, millions of birds migrate along the Pacific Flyway—the migratory path that stretches over 4,000 miles from the coast of Mexico to the Arctic Circle. And each year, light pollution from populated areas can disorient and disrupt the rhythms of these birds.
03/17/2020
Jonathan Shipley
This isn't a day to celebrate Town Hall, it's a day to celebrate us all.
03/17/2020
Jonathan Shipley
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
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Gary Locke with Rich Smith—Census 2020: Why It Matters and What You Can Do

03/12/2020
Alexander Eby
In this week's interview, former WA Governor Gary Locke spoke with correspondent Rick Smith about the history and importance of the US Census.

An Interview with Heidi Sandhorst

03/11/2020
Jonathan Shipley
Tattoos are just another way to express myself, to shrug off the status quo, to heal, to just enjoy something beautiful.
03/06/2020
Jonathan Shipley
Not to toot our own Town Hall horn too much but we have also done our part in making local music history.

A Global Rhythms Concert Review

03/05/2020
Jonathan Shipley
On Sunday, March 1, The Great Hall was a melting pot of Arabic sound.
03/04/2020
Jonathan Shipley
Eating in ways that are good for the planet tends to be good for people.
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03/02/2020
Jonathan Shipley

Town Hall Seattle is committed to the health and safety of everyone who attends our events. With this in mind we are closely monitoring both the global and local status of the coronavirus outbreak, as well as insights and recommendations from health organizations including Public Health Seattle and King County, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

02/28/2020
Jonathan Shipley
Town Hall Seattle hosted Freeman Dyson on two occasions. His last visit was in May 2018.
02/28/2020
Jonathan Shipley
Did you know there’s a place in Seattle where anyone can learn the French language from children to adults? C’est vrai! It’s true!
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Nathan Price with Steve Scher—Systems Biology and Human Senses

02/27/2020
Alexander Eby

In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Dr. Nathan Price of the Institute for Systems Biology. They outline the science behind systems biology, exploring it as an attempt to quantify the components that make up a biological system and then work together in concert to achieve life.
02/26/2020
Jonathan Shipley
Unlock the secret (and not-so-secret) origins of the growing world around us with Ross Bayton’s illuminating exploration of the plants we know, and some we don’t.
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Conor Dougherty with Steve Scher—The Fight for Housing in America

02/24/2020
Alexander Eby


In this week’s interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Conor Dougherty about the fight for housing in America. Dougherty outlines why developers aren’t building homes for millennials the way they did for baby boomers, and explains the factors that led to this decline. He discusses the rise of Nimbys (“not in my backyard”) and the growing movement against gentrification.

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Thom Hartmann with Venice Buhain—The Hidden War on Voting

02/13/2020
Alexander Eby


In this week’s interview, correspondent Venice Buhain talks with Thom Hartmann about the war on voting. Hartman compares voting systems in other countries to those in the United States, and discusses exit polling as a method of determining the winner of an election, both in the US and abroad.

02/13/2020
Alexander Eby
What happens when you merge fluid improvisation and subtle noise with traditional Arabic music—then add the talent of a guitar master?
02/07/2020
Jonathan Shipley
Town Hall fans, there are a variety of events involving drama this very month on our stages.
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Dan Esty with Steve Scher—Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future

02/06/2020
Alexander Eby


In this week’s interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Dan Esty about solutions to big problems like climate change. Esty outlines ways to bridge political perspectives in order to approach climate change as a serious issue while maintaining flexibility when it comes to policy.

02/04/2020
Jonathan Shipley
Two men—diametrically opposed intellectuals—met at the University of Cambridge on February 18, 1965. There they debated the question “Has the American Dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?”
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H.W. Brands with Steve Scher—A History of the American West

01/31/2020
Alexander Eby


In this week’s interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with H.W. Brands about the American West. Brands outlines what we think of today as the West, and highlights the dreams of wealth that inspired American settlers. He discusses the struggles between the white settlers and indigenous peoples and widens our perspective to 30,000 years ago when settlers from Asia came across the Bering Strait.

01/31/2020
Jonathan Shipley
After watching the Big Game, or the commercials between the game, come back to Town Hall in February for a variety of great events that you’ll cheer for.
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