Rachel Gallaher fell into interiors writing when she applied for an internship at a local shelter magazine three years ago. Now she reports on Pacific Northwest design for recently launched GRAY magazine and covers performing arts for City Arts. Worst design trend in history? Shag carpet in the bathroom—gross!

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Theater

Flushing Out the Emotional Undercurrents in WET’s ‘Stuck’

When the heart of a play is a woman sitting on a toilet for two years, there is bound to be some bathroom humor in the production. Based on a bizarrely true story, Washington Ensemble Theatre’s world premiere of Jessica Hatlo’s Stuck does not...
Dance

Eclectic Energy at PNB’s ‘New Works’

Something old, something new, something borrowed and lots of blue…At last night’s premiere of PNB’s annual New Works showcase, three international choreographers embraced both old and new, blending traditional ballet with contemporary modern...
Theater

Devil in the Details: Q&A with Actor Max McLean

Adapting C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters from correspondence form to stage production was no easy task. For actor Max McLean the undertaking proved both exciting and challenging, and in the end, wildly successful. With co-writer (and director)...
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A Sampling of Contemporary Dance at CHOP SHOP

Last weekend Seattle danceophiles migrated east for the 5th Annual CHOP SHOP Bodies of Work Contemporary Dance Festival. Held at the Theatre at Meydenbauer, the first night was full of strong and varied companies, each of the 12 performances with...
Dance

PNB’s Don Quixote Squeezes a Fresh Burst of Flavor from an Old Classic

Above: Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancers Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote. Raise your castanets—the Don has arrived in Seattle. After much fanfare, the anticipated American premiere of Don Quixote,...
Theater

Potent but Predictable Mystery in Strawshop’s “The Bells”

When a handsome French-Canadian bounty hunter shows up in a former Gold Rush town and begins poking around a 20-year-old murder case, questions inevitably arise. As the premise of Strawberry Theatre Workshop’s production of The Bells (written by...
Feature

Decorating by Memory

How Valerie Sloan transformed a house full of junk into a home full of meaning. Growing up in small-town Connecticut, teacher Valerie Sloane was raised with an appreciation for historic architecture. So when she set out to buy her first home a year...
Feature

Polished Punk

Linda Derschang mixes high, low and humor to create the perfect hangout at home. There are no skulls or safety pin sculptures on display in Linda Derschang’s home, but it still shows signs of her punk past—a metal “KISS” sign above a doorway,...
Feature

Loft Life

Inside the century-old home of the city's newest architecture star. “When I designed my current home, I based it on the space itself. It’s a 1906 loft—it’s not modern, but it has a lot of character.” Architect Chris Pardo is sitting in a...
Dance

Wit Wins in Olivier Wevers’ “Cast the First Rock in Twenty Twelve”

Olivier Wevers has done it again. Combining challenging choreography and a strong eye for humor and subversion, Whim W’Him’s Artistic Director brought the company’s third full-evening production to the Intiman last weekend. “Cast the First...
Theater

Celebrate the Holiday Season with a Shout, Stomp and Clap at ‘Black Nativity’

Black Nativity, the annual Christmas performance written by Langston Hughes, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. And what a celebration it is. Led by the spirited Pastor Patrinell Wright, The Total Experience Gospel Choir revamps traditional holiday...
Theater

Enter ‘A Pale and Lovely Place’ at West of Lenin

Take the devil, split him into three personalities, throw in an upright piano, and you’ve opened the door on A Pale and Lovely Place, Kevin Joyce’s unnervingly funny one-man show. Returning to the stage for the first time in more than a decade,...