Arts and Culture Reporter
Marcie Sillman arrived at KUOW in 1985 to produce the station's daily public affairs program, Seattle After Noon. One year later, she became the local voice of All Things Considered, NPR's flagship afternoon news magazine.
After five years holding down the drive-time microphone, a new opportunity arose. Along with Dave Beck and Steve Scher, Marcie helped create Weekday, a daily, two-hour forum for newsmakers, artists and thinkers.
The new century brought new challenges. Marcie and Dave Beck created The Beat, Seattle's only broadcast program to focus specifically on arts and culture.
In 2002, after more than 15 years as a daily host, Marcie decided to become a full-time cultural reporter. During her career, more than 100 of her stories have been heard on NPR's newsmagazines, as well as on The Voice of America.
In 2005, she became KUOW's first special projects reporter. In this role, she produced in-depth audio portraits and documentary series about life and culture in the Puget Sound Region.
In September, 2013, Marcie was part of the team that created The Record, a daily news magazine focused on the issues and culture of the Puget Sound region. After two years as Senior Host of the program, Marcie returned to full-time cultural reporting.
September ushers in the Seattle area fall arts. KUOW’s Arts and Culture reporter Marcie Sillman highlights some of the most promising offerings from smaller organizations.
People have been “doin’ the Puyallup”—the Washington State Fair—for more than a century. What started as a showcase for livestock and agricultural products is now a three-week festival featuring live entertainment, carnival rides, and deep fried fast foods.
September ushers in the Seattle area fall arts. This week, KUOW’s Arts and Culture reporter Marcie Sillman highlights a few of the notable offerings this month from large organizations. Next week she’ll turn her eye to smaller arts groups.
Labor Day weekend has arrived, and with it a slew of late-summer festivals.
When Bumbershoot started in 1971 as the Mayor’s Arts Festival, organizers envisioned a grass roots civic celebration of Seattle culture and the city’s resilience. It was the middle of the Boeing bust, local residents were fleeing the city in search of new jobs and then-Mayor Wes Uhlman wanted to create some reason for optimism. 125,000 people showed up to sample theater and dance, visual and literary artists, and, of course, music of all kinds.
Sarah Orza has spent 20 years as a professional ballerina; now she pirouettes into a new career working with new moms
Recent administration comments restart a debate about what liberty means in America. What does it mean if your teachers never look like you? Facial recognition software may know what you’re feeling. What does historic preservation mean in a city like Seattle? And the spectacle of the Perseids.
So, you’re rolling your large, plastic compost bin to the curb, and you wonder ‘who decided to make this thing so heavy with such a tippy lid?’” That’s just one example of how designers can effect your daily life. From sidewalk curb cuts to how seats are arranged on buses and light rail trains, designers make decisions that we love, hate or just put up with.
You say you don’t know anything about opera? Chances are you’ve heard some of the art form’s most famous melodies, from Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” to “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro,” one of the show-stopping arias in the “Barber of Seville.”
The Blue Angels roared into Seattle this week, ushering in the 70th annual Seafair weekend. But for the past four years Seafair has shared the civic celebration spotlight with the shiny new kid on the block: the Seattle Art Fair, the brainchild of the late philanthropist, Paul Allen.