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These arts options will get you out but keep you covered

We have a cool and drizzly weekend ahead, so there's no better time to step inside a gallery or museum to shake it off.

As we do each week, we have recommendations for arts and culture events in and around Seattle. Today, KUOW’s Paige Browning talked to Margo Vansynghel, who reports on arts and culture for Crosscut.

Locally Sourced, at AMcE Creative Arts

This features 13 local artists. Some of them are emerging artists, some of them are a little bit better known. But I think what really groups all of the work in this show together is a sense of playfulness. There’s a fabric jungle wall, paintings, collages, and digital prints. It's just really playful and has lots of color. It should cheer you up.

She Bends: Redefining Neon Legacy, at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma

Neon is kind of known as this commercial medium used for signage, right? It's not often thought of as a high art form. This show is kind of meant to counter that narrative a little bit. You'll see neon in various shapes.

One good example I want to highlight is all these watermelons that you see on the wall. The artwork is made by the Palestinian-Canadian artist Jude Abu Zaineh. It feels really playful, but when you look into the watermelons, they mirror the Palestinian flag. Watermelon is actually considered kind of a Palestinian symbol of resistance. That kind of exemplifies for me what this show does, which is kind of having this artistic, playful aspect of neon, but at the same time really talking about politics and identity as well.

The Roots, at Showbox SoDo

I think most people will know The Roots as the house band for Jimmy Fallon. They’re kind of this jazz, hip-hop, soul jam band. They've been around since the 1980s and have won a bunch of Grammys. The live shows are really fun. You won't be bored. It should be a really fun show.

Listen to the interview by clicking the play button above.

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