Weekend arts picks: NFT gets a museum, Fannie at Seattle Rep, and NAAM’s Virtual King Day
We made it to Friday and the start of the long weekend, so it's time to get some recommendations for interesting things to do in the Puget Sound region. For guidance, KUOW’s Kim Malcolm turned to Margo Vansynghel, who covers art and culture for Crosscut.
NFT stands for non-fungible token. It's basically a museum of digital art. Instead of paintings, you get screens of digital images, moving images in some cases. These images were created on computers, like sci-fi art.
Part of the reason why they're creating this museum, they say, is to explain to people exactly what NFTs are. I think a lot of people will be coming out because they're curious and asking, Why should I be coming out when I can see this at home? I'm interested in getting some answers to that question.
Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights icon. She was born into a sharecropper family and became an influential voting rights activist later in life. She also became famous for a speech that she gave at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.
This show really revolves around her. It's a one-woman play. It sounds like there's going to be a lot of monologue, which is true, but it's a lot more lively than that. There's going to be a lot of singing. There's a band on stage, and she'll be singing inspiring songs of the movement. I think in some cases the audience is invited to sing along.
The theme is The Poetics of Infinite Hope, a reference to a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
The museum is still closed due to the pandemic, but they organized this free livestream. The keynote address will be given by the poet Nikki Giovanni. There will also be musical performances, including by the African American Cultural Ensemble, a gospel spiritual choir, and Leroy Belle, who plays the guitar and harmonica. And community leaders will be reading children's books.
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