Ten Artists Intervene on First Hill: Think of it like an exhibition of temporary installations, called Art Interruptions. The pieces are by 10 local artists, and they're all accessible for free and outdoors, and they range wildly. There's a performance involving leading crows around. There are golden-filled cracks in sidewalks. There are photographs from National Geographic reoriented in local landscapes, and advertisements of advice from elderly First Hill residents on exercise, diet, and love (that last project has its own web site). Art Interruptions is public art not plopped down as a spectacle but encountered mysteriously, surprisingly, and maybe inspiring some wonder, inspiration, or curiosity. The series is produced by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; it began in 2012. Read about each piece and find a map here.
Monday's Conversation on Art, Race, Responsibility, and Freedom Moved to a Bigger Venue: This coming Monday, August 18 at 6:30 pm in the Bagley Wright Theatre at Seattle Rep, it seems there's going to be one hell of a community conversation. So many people expressed interest that it's been moved from the Rep's smaller forum space to its big main hall. People are encouraged to send questions in advance by email, phone (206-733-9926), or Tweet (using the hashtag #SeattleAFAR). Reservations are requested through eventbrite.com, and the event will be livestreamed on howlround.tv. Speakers, who'll respond to the questions, include Stranger Genius nominee Valerie Curtis-Newton, artist John Feodorov, Arts for Change author Beverly Naidus, Royal Alley-Barnes of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, and more.
Young Black Men Tweeting Diptychs of Themselves: The two contrasting photos, appearing with the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, are accompanied by the question, "Which picture would they use?" One picture is super-innocent, the other is super-gangster.
Orwell Estate Accuses Amazon of Orwellian Manipulation: Well, that's a black eye for Amazon:
Representatives of George Orwell have described Amazon's selective quoting of the Nineteen Eighty-Four author as "dystopian and shameless" and "as close as one can get to the Ministry of Truth and its doublespeak".
No Joke— It's Called Hanx Writer: For no good reason at all, Tom Hanks has produced an iPad app that simulates typing on a typewriter.
"One You Love, One You Can Live with, One You Can Be Paid for": Evan Johnston's cartoon about book design is simply wonderful.