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Whim W'him dancer
Credit: Courtesy of Whim W'him

Take a breather from the news with these arts and culture picks

Every week we reach out for recommendations on events around Seattle. Today, KUOW’s Kim Malcolm spoke to Crosscut’s arts and culture reporter Margo Vansynghel.

Whim W’him’s POP UP ‘22

This is a series of outdoor dance performances. It's contemporary dance. The dancers are performing in the natural environment, so it's always a little bit different. Whim W’him started doing this during the pandemic, so that when all the venues were closed you could still spread out, and be socially distant, and safely watch art. This summer they’re presenting a performance called "Touch," which explores the ways we come together to support each other.

caption: A piece from Anthony White: Limited Liability, at SAM
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A piece from Anthony White: Limited Liability, at SAM

Anthony White: Limited Liability, at Seattle Art Museum

This show is running until January of next year, but I still think you should go see it right now. I love that there's so many symbols in it, so many things that you can decode. You can kind of keep coming back to the work. I kind of compare it to being like a digital era archaeologist. You just go back and you try to dig it up. He also has this interesting technique that I really like. He uses kind of a hot glue gun. There's strings of plastic that come out and he kind of paints with that. When you come closer to the paintings they have this really interesting texture. Go and see this star before he leaves for New York or LA.

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Thing: Music & Arts & Other Things
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Thing: Music & Arts & Other Things, at Fort Worden in Port Townsend

The lineup at this music festival is just really, really good. I was looking through it to see which ones I wanted to highlight, and I have so many. I want to call out Nation of Language, Arooj Aftab, Modest Mouse, Father John Misty, Curtis Harding, Shaina Shepherd, and Enumclaw.

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