The Arts

Educators share mariachi knowledge

We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and here is a story about how music programs and certificates are expanding Mariachi knowledge among younger generations in Washington.

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Author Jeffrey Dunn, whose novel, "Radio Free Olympia," releases Oct. 10. // Courtesy of Kelly Tareski.

Q&A: Northwest writer Jeffrey Dunn on his novel “Radio Free Olympia”

“Radio Free Olympia” is a book about a handful of characters, one of whom, Petr, is raised on the Olympic Peninsula. Without traditional parents, he’s also raised by the landscape. Petr guides readers through folklore of the peninsula by broadcasting spirits on a homemade radio. Reporter Lauren Gallup sat down with Jeffrey Dunn to discuss what inspired this surreal story about the Pacific Northwest.

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Spiderman movie poster

Reeder’s Movie Reviews: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Welcome back to the Multiverse. If the most recent Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Everything Everywhere All at Once, stoked your interest in compelling alternate realities, then the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe merits your attention, too. This movie has intelligence, humor, relatable themes and dazzlingly crafted animation.

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Elise Richman, associate professor of art, left, and Britt Freda, of the Northwest Artists Against Extinction, at the group's exhibition Honor: People and Salmon at the Kittredge Gallery on the University of Puget Sound campus. The two stand in front of Richman's piece, Confluence, which was included in the exhibition. Photo by Lauren Gallup.

PNW artists’ work evokes salmon to educate, inspire change

Northwest artists have drawn inspiration from salmon as long as people have walked along the running streams. But, the movement to close four dams on the lower Snake River has some artists, activists and naturalists hopeful that their pieces will not only tug at heartstrings, but also move forward the conversation of salmon conservation and restoration.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed budget bills to study removal of the four dams. Activists have been calling for the dam removals in order to preserve and restore salmon populations.

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