“When someone tells you about how they feel about you, the burden is really on the listener.”
— Sean Nelson on the nature of the love song

For the second installment of Chamber vs Chamber at the Sorrento Hotel on Saturday, February 18, two very different artists – marimba player Erin Jorgensen and pop scholar Sean Nelson – took on the universal subject of love. Taking off from the theme “Valentine’s Day Is Over,” the two artists played original songs of love and loss, as well as classics from Nazareth, Cheap Trick, J. S. Bach and Billy Bragg, who wrote the evening’s titular song, a ballad peppered with violence. “I don’t think it has to be physical violence to still work as a song,” Nelson said by way of introduction. “But don’t tell Billy Bragg I said that, okay, because he can kick my ass.” Photograph by Sarah Jurado

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After reading to an attentive audience at Benaroya Hall as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures poetry series on Friday, February 26, National Book Award winner Mark Doty took a drink of water as Roosevelt High School student Margaret Kahn signed an autograph. The young poet won a scholarship from the Writers in the Schools program to attend Doty’s workshop at Richard Hugo House. Photograph courtesy of Seattle Arts & Lectures


A character from Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders production of Lullaby Moon enchanted Wanda and Pedro Garcia-Pelayo during Artist Trust’s annual Benefit Art Auction on Saturday, February 20, at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. The event raised more than $315,000 for grants, resources and training for Washington State artists. Photograph by NonFiction Media


Ray Zambroski, Tim Jones and Kathleen Warren chatted in front of Todd Lown’s “Helping Hands Mural” in Urban Artworks’ SoDo studio on Friday, March 12. The mural will hang along the construction area for the new organization’s downtown campus. Photograph by Austin Wilson