What's Up Next Fifty?

150 Chairs, Pat Graney performance, Next Fifty, Photo © Spike Mafford, 2012
150 Chairs, Pat Graney performance, Next Fifty, Photo © Spike Mafford, 2012
150 Chairs, Pat Graney performance, Next Fifty, Photo © Spike Mafford, 2012
150 Chairs, Pat Graney performance, Next Fifty, Photo © Spike Mafford, 2012

Next Fifty celebrated its opening on April 21 at the Seattle Center with performances, exhibits and art installations. Events, symposia, and opportunities for participation will go on for the next six months as we communally celebrate the fifty year anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair, look back on the intervening years and forward to the next half century. 4Culture funded artists and organizations participating in opening day celebrations included Pat Graney, Mandy Greer, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Children’s Theatre and Seattle Men’s Chorus. We’ll be checking in with updates we think you’ll want to know about over the course of the Next Fifty celebration.

4Culture funded events happening in MAY:

Book-it Repertory Theatre Special Edition presents: Adaptation of The Future Remembered – a dynamic theatrical reading, recalling the formal and funky, weird and wonderful event that put Seattle on the world map. 4Culture sponsored performances in May:  Friday, Sunday & Monday at the Folk Life Festival (Narrative Stage, SIFF Cinema); Friday the 25th at 5pm, Sunday the 27th at 1pm, and Monday the 28th at 11am. Visit Book-It’s website for updated performance information or additional venues.

Jack Straw Productions presents: Seattle World’s Fair Audio Tour – a self-guided tour available via cell phone and /or as MP3 that individuals may use to experience some of the highlights of the 1962 World’s Fair and Seattle Center. Visit their website to access the tours.

Mater Matrix Mother and Medium, Mandy Greer, Next Fifty, Photo © Spike Mafford, 2012
Mater Matrix Mother and Medium, Mandy Greer, Next Fifty, Photo © Spike Mafford, 2012

Imagine Curriculum – developed for educators as a project of Next Fifty, the curriculum uses the 1962 World’s Fair as a lens through which students may examine life in the Pacific Northwest 50 years ago and Identify similarities and differences in today’s world. With so many partners for this project, there are multiple places to check this one out, History Link or The Next Fifty website.

In addition, keep an eye out for aLIVe artist Stokley Towles’ Waterlines performance.

COMING IN JUNE:

Docomomo WEWA (Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement in Western Washington) and Historic Seattle will present a three-part lecture series addressing the architecture and design heritage of the World’s Fair and its impact beyond the fair’s original physical space. Happening June 5, 12, & 19 at The Armory/Center House. Visit their blog  for more information.

For a deeper look at Next Fifty programming visit the events page on their website.