Does Seattle Have America’s Best Theatre Scene?


“The Seattle theater scene is a well-oiled machine fueled by a commitment to community-building, a home where performers are inspired to work together, pursue their passions, and try new things. More so than in larger metropolitan cities, theater companies dedicate themselves to enabling Seattle-based artists to choose their own adventure.”

Did “No Child Left Behind” Law Kill Music Classes? No, But…


“NCLB may have had no discernible effect on overall enrollment rates in music,” he writes. However, his analysis—which tracked 9th- through 12th-grade enrollment in music classes from 1982 to 2009—concludes that the law “likely exacerbated the underrepresentation of Hispanic students in all types of music courses.”

Indie Bookstores Mount Campaign Against Amazon

Amazon sticker

Independent bookshops have moved to profit from the situation, after the American Booksellers Association produced two digital banners reading “Thanks, Amazon, the indies will take it from here”, “Independent bookstores sell books from all publishers. Always”, or “Pre-order and buy Hachette titles today”.

Hirshhorn Names New Director: Asia Society’s Melissa Chiu

Melissa Chiu

The Australian-born 42-year-old is currently senior vice president for global arts and cultural programs at the Asia Society Museum in New York. “[She] succeeds former director Richard Koshalek, whose tenure was marked by controversy over funding for his signature Seasonal Inflatable Structure proposal.”