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Jan 18, 2020
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Thione Diop
Powerfully Expressive Djembe Drumming

Our Saturday Family Concert series continues with a performance by the legendary percussionist Thione Diop. His powerfully expressive Djembe drumming evokes the heart of the instrument as a traditional cultural icon from West Africa used to call the people together. Now he comes to Town Hall’s stage to gather us with our friends and family …

Jan 17, 2020
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Town Hall Seattle and Project Pilgrimage present
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A Scribe Called Quess? with Nikkita Oliver
Dismantling the Colonial Legacy

At the intersection of art and organizing, activists have found success combating white supremacy. Town Hall presents one such activist award-winning poet, educator, and Take Em Down NOLA coalition co-founder A Scribe Called Quess? He delivers poems from his latest book Sleeper Cell, investigating the institutionalized racism and disenfranchisement of Black youth. A Scribe Called Quess? …

Jan 17, 2020
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Cheikh Lô and Thione Diop

Instruments like the sabar and the djembe occupy a place of critical importance in Senegalese musical culture—and Senegalese musicians like Cheikh Lô and Thione Diop embody the spirit of African music that’s alive and well today. These two icons of rhythm take Town Hall’s stage for back-to-back performances as part of our Global Rhythms 2019-20 …

Jan 16, 2020
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City of Seattle presents
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POSTPONED: MLK Jr. Unity Day
Featuring Ijeoma Oluo

  The City of Seattle’s fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Day celebration is an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how Dr. King’s power to change society for the better has been passed to each of us. To reflect on King’s legacy, writer Ijeoma Oluo takes the stage for a discussion of race …

Jan 16, 2020
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King County presents
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2020 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Come together this MLK Day to honor our nation's foremost human rights leader and our County's namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hear from internationally recognized civil rights and civil liberties expert John A. Powell and King County Executive Dow Constantine as they unpack themes from King’s address at the conclusion of the Alabama march …

Jan 13, 2020
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Pamela Paul and Maria Russo with Maria Semple
How to Raise a Reader
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Pamela Paul and Maria Russo want to encourage our children to develop a lifelong love of reading. They present insight from their book How to Raise a Reader, an illustrated journey offering clear, practical wisdom for instilling a love of literature in our kids. In conversation with author Maria Semple, Paul and Russo present curated …

Jan 12, 2020
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Town Hall Seattle and Seattle Chamber Music Society present
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SCMS Winter Festival Preview
Beethoven’s Immortal String Quartet Legacy
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Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Winter Festival brings together some of the finest musicians in the world, offering six exceptional chamber music concerts and a fun Family Concert during the last two weekends of January. To prepare us for this incredible festival, SCMS and Town Hall present a special preview discussion focused on the immortal string …

Jan 10, 2020
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Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club present
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Generations

Cornell's renowned choirs return to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in 25 years! They take the stage at Town Hall with a concert featuring renaissance motets, folk songs, gospel, world music, and contemporary compositions. Centered on the theme of Generations, Cornell bridges the gap between contemporary and modern with works from noted composers …

Jan 9, 2020
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Samuel Woolley
How Technology Will Break the Truth
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Despite Samuel Woolley’s warnings as early as 2013, the problem of online disinformation stormed our political process in 2016 and has only worsened since. Woolley makes his way to Town Hall with urgent perspectives from his book The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth. He cautions that technology may …

Jan 8, 2020
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Town Hall Seattle and RepresentUs present
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‘Unbreaking America’
Screening and Discussion

According to RepresentUs founder and CEO Josh Silver, practices of corruption have taken political power away from Americans. He asserts that special interests, lobbyists, and the entrenched political establishment have rigged the system for their own self-interest, distorting the way we vote, the way candidates run for office, and the way politicians govern. Silver joins …

Dec 30, 2019
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Sandbox Radio presents
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Journey's End

Sandbox Radio invites us to their biggest party of the year! This latest installment of Seattle’s own radio variety show features music, stories, comedy, and the hottest performers in town. Join producers and hosts Leslie Law and Richard Ziman for this holiday episode, packed with local performers and scored with live sound effects and music …

Dec 28, 2019
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Earshot Jazz presents
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31st Anniversary Concert of Duke Ellington's Sacred Music

Ellington’s wonderful “Sacred Music” is both serious and swinging. It is a reverent and hip body of jazz composition, written late in his career, for jazz big band, vocal and instrumental soloists, gospel choir, and tap dancers. For the past 30 years, Earshot Jazz has presented an annual concert of Ellington’s Sacred Music. They bring this …

Dec 21, 2019
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Early Music Seattle presents
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Festive Cantatas
Christmas in Gabrieli's Venice

Giovanni Gabrieli, who died in 1612, is often considered the greatest composer of the Italian High Renaissance. Early Music Seattle invites us to celebrate the holidays this year with music by this Venetian master, as well as his uncle Andrea and their contemporaries. This music would have echoed from the mosaic-covered vaults of Saint Mark’s …

Dec 15, 2019
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Short Stories Live
A Rogue’s Family Christmas

A Town Hall holiday favorite, Rogue's Christmas brings together unconventional holiday tales as part of Town Hall’s Short Stories Live series. This year, curator Jean Sherrard offers a selection of humorous stories for the whole family, featuring readers Julie Briskman, Kurt Beattie, and Marianne Owen, plus accompaniment by returning house band Pineola, fronted by Leslie …

Dec 14, 2019
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Magical Strings presents
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Celtic Yuletide

For many in the Northwest, it wouldn’t be the holidays without the harps, dulcimers, and energetic Celtic sounds of the acclaimed Boulding family ensemble Magical Strings. The tradition continues with a performance that sings mysteries from the Boulding family’s most recent sojourns in Ireland and beyond. This year, Magical Strings enters the 5th decade of …

Dec 14, 2019
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Seattle Girls Choir presents
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A Gift of Song
SGC annual winter concert

Seattle Girls Choir is where girls, ages 5-18, come to gain serious music skills, while having serious fun. They present their annual winter concert, A Gift of Song, with performances by six of their performing choirs—including their brand new choir Entrata. They bring us a concert featuring singers from 1st grade all the way through …

Dec 12, 2019
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Michael Lerner
A Political Manifesto to Heal the World
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Many liberals and progressives yearn for coherent alternatives to capitalism, but previous visions of socialism do not necessarily account for anything beyond material benefits. Social theorist and psychotherapist Rabbi Michael Lerner comes to Town Hall to advocate his strategy for a new socialism built on love, kindness, and compassion for one another. Drawing from his …

Dec 12, 2019
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City of Seattle Human Rights Commission presents
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Amplifying Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples' Voices

A report published by the Seattle Indian Health Board identified 45 cases of missing or murdered indigenous women since 1943—more than in any other city studied. Seattle Human Rights Commission invites us to a discussion to raise awareness of this issue with a Human Rights Day panel discussion. Join this panel of speakers for a …

Dec 11, 2019
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Town Hall Seattle and Gage Academy of Art present
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Who Needs Galleries?
Young Artists Find New Ways to Navigate a Changing Art World

In an age of rapid advances in technology, the art world is being dramatically disrupted as never before. The Gage Academy of Art teams up with Town Hall to bring Seattle artists Brandon Vosika, Mary Anne Carter, and Leah St. Lawrence to the stage to share their experiences in an art scene facing unprecedented new …

Dec 10, 2019
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Erika Lee
A History of Xenophobia in the US
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The United States is known as a nation of immigrants—but it is also a nation of xenophobia. Author Erika Lee takes the stage at Town Hall with an unblinking look at the irrational fear, hatred, and hostility toward immigrants which have been defining features of our nation from the colonial era to the Trump era. …

 

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