Editor's Note

Out of the Darkness

The curtain can’t rise on this season soon enough.

It’s no secret that we’re in the midst of a national identity crisis, grappling with our values and our violence, our ties threatened by distance and distraction. Then, just when it seems things can’t get much bleaker, along comes a new wave of performances offering clarity, connection, a way forward. The curtain can’t rise on this season soon enough.

The fall slate of shows drips with courage, tackling subjects no less profound than love, race, prisoner abuse, refugee camps, prize fighters, family dynamics and cultural belonging. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Check out all 29 of our picks in theatre, dance and classical music, starting here. There’s nothing like live performance, in all of its visceral and ephemeral glory, to immerse people in our shared humanity.

But there are many other ways to reach out and connect, too. In this month’s epilogue, Natasha Marin writes about her Reparations project, an online social experiment that exploded onto the Internet in late July, drawing widespread media attention from around the world for its effort to help people with privilege help people in need. Natasha describes the origins and effects of the project in her own powerful words.

In our first-ever photo feature, Naomi Ishisaka trains her lens on the Common Ground Music Project, which brought 12 Seattle artists of color to Cuba this summer for a cultural exchange. Organized by local writer/musician/performer/activist Shontina Vernon, the trip was an opportunity for Seattle artists to learn about freedom and community and to establish solidarity with their Cuban counterparts. See Naomi’s evocative photos here.

See you out there,

Editor in Chief