Virginia holds a Bachelor’s degree in oboe performance and has been involved in the arts for most of her life in one capacity or another. She has abiding interest in worldwide traditional tea cultures, as manifested in her editorial work and writing for the tea blog, gongfugirl.com. She also devotes time to supporting and promoting the arts in and outside of Burien through her work as a member of the Burien Arts Commission.

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: playing the piano

Over the last thirty-plus years, Japanese musician/composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has produced a rich and varied body of work. The span of his career has ranged from sowing the seeds of electropop with Yellow Magic Orchestra, to pop collaborations with...
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Additional Glimpses of Cyra Hobson’s Anew

In the past couple of years Cyra Hobson’s work has gained dimension…and attention, as her focus began shifting from highly textural paintings to sculpture. Anew, described by the artist as, “a meditation on existential awakening,” was...
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Renew

A year after their awakening at Gas Works Park, nine mysterious golden sculptures live on in Seattle’s imagination … and its gardens. Photography by Andrew Waits for City Arts On the morning of August 24, 2009, Seattle awoke to unexpected glints...
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Catch This:

Today in local culture SEATTLE | Northwest Film Forum and the University of Washington are pleased to present Pamela Z Live. Ms. Z will perform an evening of solo works for voice, electronics and video tonight at Northwest Film Forum. Her...
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The Show Must Go On

In spite of the tragic fire in Greenwood last week that demolished the Eleanor Roosevelt Building - and the four businesses it housed - our friends and neighbors at Taproot Theatre are still in business, putting on the shows that make up their...
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Seattle’s Two Mayoral Candidates Discuss Arts and Culture.

With the Seattle Mayoral election less than two weeks away, artists and patrons are likely wondering where the two candidates stand on arts and culture. The two candidates have views on topics beyond primary issues discussed in the widely publicized...
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Where the Wild Things Are Benefit Screening for 826 Seattle

Last week's benefit screening of "Where the Wild Things Are" at Seattle's large format movie theater, Cinerama, raised about $47,000.00 for 826 Seattle, located in Greenwood, just around the corner from the City Arts offices. The money raised will be...
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Three Dollar Bill Presents the 14th Annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The 14th Annual Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is already underway, but there are plenty of opportunities to see some fabulous films before the festival's conclusion on October 25. The showings are spread out across the city during the run of...
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City Arts to Receive AMOCAT Award

This Thursday, October 29th, the Tacoma Arts Commission will be presenting City Arts with the 2009 AMOCAT Arts Patron Award, in recognition of our work in highlighting the arts scene in Tacoma and the rest of the South Sound. 2009 marks City Arts’...
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Sudden Sculpture

The Burien Interim Art Space proves any empty lot can become an artistic spectacle. Photography by Virginia Wright Rising out of the rubble of Burien’s Town Square construction zone, the one-acre Burien Interim Art Space (B/ IAS) is an...
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Combat Evolving

How the Kirkland video game studio behind Halo won its independence from a corporate giant. Master Chief of Halo 3 | courtesy of Bungie Studios It's 3:12 a.m. I round a corner and run head-on into a Brute. Light glints off his metallic armor and the...