Seattle arts luminaries Marcie Sillman and Vivian Phillips’ new podcast advocates for art, by and for everyone

Marcie Sillman retired after 35 years as an arts and culture reporter at radio station KUOW in December 2020, as artists and performers struggled to pay bills without work, galleries and museums sat empty and the art world wondered if things would ever return to normal. 

She says her last year at KUOW was sad because the artists she loved were struggling. And she felt a responsibility, even though she was retiring, to keep focusing on the arts community because it was “disproportionately hit by the pandemic in a way that’s not really recognized.”

Sillman reached out to her friend Vivian Phillips, a prominent Seattle arts advocate, and asked if she wanted to start a podcast.

Half a year later, they released the first two episodes of their “DoubleXposure” podcast on June 25. It’s available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and most other audio streaming platforms

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Meet Hill Street Country Club and Club Boutika: Oceanside gallery and art collective host High Tea event

Alofa Gould walks in and almost immediately bursts into tears.

Gould is an artist and musician who also happens to be in the service industry. Working on Father’s Day after a global pandemic has been a bit much. Just as quick as the U.S. celebrated “essential workers” during the pandemic, many of those same workers are on the frontline again, this time having to deal with crowded restaurants filled with often anxious and sometimes abusive customers.

But just as soon as Gould walks into Hill Street Country Club (HSCC), she is surrounded by her colleagues and friends, who offer her words of encouragement and hugs. She is in a safe space.

Along with Desiree Poellnitz, Gould is one-half of Club Boutika, a Black, queer-owned “culinary and craft collective” that is teaming up with HSCC to present High Tea, an inaugural arts, music and cultural gathering to be held just down

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Center for Contemporary Arts names new cinema director

On June 1, The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) announced Peter Grendle as its new cinema director. Grendle brings more than 15 years of theater management experience to the CCA, which operates two screens at its 1050 Old Pecos Trail location, as well as its satellite venue, The Screen (1600 St. Michael’s Drive), located on the former campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Grendle served as The Screen’s general manager from 2005 to 2015, and as general manager of Violet Crown Cinema from 2015 to 2021. “I believe a successful community theater should not simply entertain but educate and enlighten in a manner that is truly unique,” said Grendle in a news release. “CCA’s past, present, and future offers one-of-a-kind artistic interaction and community engagement with the best crowd on the planet: Santa Feans.” Pasatiempo recognized Grendle as

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Art gallery to move forward with Hunter Biden’s exhibition despite N-word text message scandal

Hunter Biden’s art exhibition will reportedly carry on despite newly surfaced text messages that show him repeatedly use the N-word.

President Joe Biden’s son, who is now a “full-time artist,” initially announced a partnership with SoHo art dealer Georges Berges last year and said the duo would hold an exhibition in New York this fall. He intends to sell his artwork there from $75,000 to $500,000 per piece, according to a new report.

Biden, who faced multiple scandals involving his laptop and family’s financial dealings, is again facing scrutiny after reports revealed multiple uses of the N-word in conversations with his lawyer that took place between 2018 and 2019.

“How much money do I owe you?” Biden asked in a December 2018 text exchange with his lawyer, George Mesires, who is white. “Becaause [sic] n**** you better not be charging me Hennessy rates.”

“I only love you because

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