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Friday, October 30, 2009

Taproot Theatre renews commitment to Greenwood neighborhood in wake of reported arson

SEATTLE – October 29, 2009 – As investigators search for clues in last Friday’s fire in Greenwood, which is being called arson, Taproot Theatre is renewing its commitment to the neighborhood. In response to the news, Taproot is releasing the following statement:

Taproot Theatre Company is brokenhearted to learn that the fire that devastated four of our neighboring businesses and damaged our theatre was reported to have been deliberately set. When Taproot Theatre moved into Greenwood, crime in the neighborhood decreased almost immediately. In the years since, we’ve watched Greenwood blossom into a vibrant community that’s focused on the arts, promoting small businesses and protecting the environment—values that we promote, as well, and that represent the spirit of Seattle. Greenwood deserves to have a top-notch theatre in its midst, and we at Taproot Theatre love this neighborhood and will continue bringing people from across the region to Greenwood for years to come.

We are saddened for the four businesses that lost everything in this fire; those businesspeople are tremendous, hard-working, and also dedicated to their work in this neighborhood.

People wishing to make donations to Taproot Theatre should visit taproottheatre.org for instructions. Donations to the other Greenwood businesses may be made through the Greenwood Fire Relief Fund at Chase Bank at 85th and Greenwood.

Please check our website, taproottheatre.org, for the most current information.

Taproot Theatre Company is a professional, non-profit theatre company with a multi-faceted production program. Founded in 1976, Taproot Theatre serves the Pacific Northwest with Mainstage Productions, Touring Productions and Acting Studio. Taproot exists to create theatre that explores the beauty and questions of life while bringing hope to our search for meaning. Taproot Theatre Company is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Theatre Puget Sound (TPS), and the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Taproot Theatre performances, classes continue despite Greenwood fire

SEATTLE – October 27, 2009 – Taproot Theatre staff members continue operations after Friday’s fire, which caused significant damage and left the theatre unusable for an indefinite amount of time. Despite the fire, the theatre held closing weekend performances of Enchanted April, thanks to Seattle Children’s Theatre, which made its facilities available for Saturday’s two performances. The cast gave its first Saturday performance a mere 24 hours after plans to host the shows at SCT were solidified. The cast, crew and director Karen Lund gathered on Friday night to restage the production, staff members were able to retrieve costumes from Taproot’s costume shop, and the show went on to accolades and standing ovations.

Though Friday evening’s performance was canceled, Taproot kept its arrangement to perform the opening scenes of Enchanted April during the afternoon ArtsFund Annual Meeting. In addition, Taproot Theatre’s Road Company, which performs social-issues plays at schools across the Pacific Northwest, performed its afternoon production of Alexander and the Dragon at Oakwood Elementary School in Tacoma.

Taproot Theatre’s Acting Studio is holding all acting classes as usual, though it will find new locations for those normally taught at the theatre.

On these first business days after the fire, Taproot Theatre’s production staff are preparing to move the costume shop, scene shop and production offices, which were previously located in the theatre, to Piper Village. That development’s owner, Gary Brunt, has generously donated space to Taproot Theatre in this interim time.

Taproot Theatre learned today that the fire did enter the theatre building. As the days go on our gratefulness to the Seattle Fire Department increases. Over 100 firefighters worked tirelessly and risked their lives to protect the theatre on Friday. Formal investigations resumed today and the fire department continues to offer its support.

As the staff works on the next steps, they would like to thank everyone for the incredible support and encouragement—both in the immediate aftermath of the fire and in the present. The Seattle theatre community, especially, has been extraordinarily gracious and generous, along with our neighbors in Greenwood and our patrons. Special thanks go out to Seattle Children’s Theatre, IATSE, Theatre Puget Sound and Gary Brunt.

Those desiring to make donations to Taproot Theatre should visit taproottheatre.org. Donations to the other Greenwood businesses may be made through the Greenwood Fire Relief Fund at Chase Bank at 85th and Greenwood.

Please check our website, taproottheatre.org, for the most current information.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Art Up G-P | Fri October 9 from 6-9pm

Updated 10/9/09

Art on the Ridge at SPACE a Design Collective:
7601 Greenwood Ave N (enter off 76th)
Art on the Ridge features: Refreshments, Photography, Paintings, Live music, Live painting and Community art! Joni James, Susan Sage, Kurt Bujack, Johnny Lucas, Sonja Morgan, Anthony Huss, Mathew Scott, Theresa Larson, Gene Sorensen, and Nicole Stremlow Monahan. Artists present.

Avanti Art & Design: 7317 Greenwood Ave N
Featuring the work of Artist Name: Nancy Fiala - Hand-Painted Glasswork, Acrylic on Canvas; Mieko Krell - Textural Photography, Oil on Canvas; Edith Hansen - Drawings on Paper; Maery Lanahan - Oil on Canvas. This amazing group of artists have a keen sense of color and vibrance that will excite and inspire you! Come out to see art like you've never seen it before! Artists present.

Balderdash Books & Art: 8536 Greenwood Ave N
Featuring the works of impressionistic oil painter, Ethan Jack Harrington. Plus meet author Bruce Taylor of “Bizzaro Fiction” Artist present.

*Bleacher’s Pub: 8118 Greenwood Ave N
Stop in for a discounted appetizer or entrée during the monthly art walk.

Bherd Studios Gallery (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
Featuring John Osgood “In Character". Artist-in-resident and co-owner of Bherd presents live painting and fresh urban contemporary art. Artist present.

Brand Vibes (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenood Ave N, Suite 1
SNAPS by Rabid Child Images - A photographic exhibition featuring portraits of Seattle hip hop artists on display in Brand Vides in association with Out for Stardom. Artist Present

*Carmelita’s: 7314 Greenwood Ave N
Carmelita now has cocktails! Come by and check out our new bar during the artwalk and sample tonight's $5 artisinal cocktail. ($5 Happy Hour Menu 5PM-7PM daily).

Diva Espresso: 7916 Greenwood Ave N
Monthly art rotation

KillaB Studio (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenood Ave N, Suite 1
Urban art work by Kate Barnett. Artist present.

Kouzina: 8403 Greenwood Ave N
Monthly Art Rotation.

*Gaspare Ristorante and Bar: 6705 Greenwood Ave N
Three Course Italian Meal for $22.00 all night special for the art walk. Plus $5 Mint Mojito drink special!

Greenwood Elementary School at the Greenwood Neighborhood Service Center:
8515 Greenwood Ave N
Students and Community Members are invited to stop by and make a tile for Greenwood Elementary's Centennial Art! Plus buy fused glass jewelry to support the school.

Erika Eckert in front of her artwork

Greenwood Sip & Ship: 8560 Greenwood Ave N
Featuring local contemporary artist Ericka Eckert along with live music and mini Wink cupcakes! Artist present.

Makeda Coffee: 153 N 78th Street
(between N. 1st Ave & N. Greenwood Ave.)
Photography by Trevin Chow Artist present.

Naked City Taphouse: 8564 Greenwood Ave N
Monthly Art Rotation.

Neptune Coffee: 8415 Greenwood Ave N
Monthly art rotation.

Oliver’s Twist: 6822 Greenwood Ave N
Featuring the work of Rian Robison “Fruiting Bodies”, mixed media. Artist present.

PAWS Cat City: 8503 Greenwood Ave N
Live art in progress: Cats & kittens looking for homes!

Pig & Whistle: 8412 Greenwood Ave N
Paintings by Jesse Logocki.

*Play Matters: 7720 Greenwood Ave N
10% discount to art walk attendee’s for child care services during the art walk. Kids will make their own art while you browse the neighborhood. October's theme is Pumpkins & Harvest. Please note that you must make arrangements 24 hours in advance.

Artwork by Jamie Farage

Rockwell Realty/Seattle Management Group:
8313/8315 Greenwood Ave N
Jamie Farage showcases her floral skulls and other arrangements. Come check out the festive imagery! Artist present.

Front: Anne Kennedy. Back: Aaron Finley, Kim Morris, Ryan Childers, Charity Parenzini. Photograph by Erik Stuhaug

*Tap Root Theatre: 204 N 85th Street
Experience the romance and magic of an Italian holiday during Enchanted April at Taproot Theatre (art walk discount: $5 off the Oct. 9 show).This “delightful, affecting, stunningly-deft” production will whisk you away to a place surrounded with wisteria and sunshine, and reignite your belief in love. Show starts at 8 p.m. Buy your tickets now at 206-781-9707 (just ask for your Art Walk discount); we’ll hold them at will call for you!

Art axes by Doug Keith

Urban Light Studios (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
ART AXES by Doug Keith - Artist decorated guitars from award-winning Seattle illustrator on display at URBAN LIGHT STUDIOS. Artist present.

Wayward Coffeehouse: 8570 Greenwood Ave N
Henna Art by Magic Magpie Studios, Works by Angie Whitney, Encaustic wax art by Cheri Prestek and Joyce Mitchell. Live music from 8-10pm. Artists present.

Washington Wilderness Coalition:
305 N 83rd St.
Featuring Jon Cornforth, award winning – internationally recognized, nature photographer. All images captured in the wild. Artist present.

*Venues offering special art walk discounts.