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Mike's adventures in art: Seattle comedy laughs on Cap Hill

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Black Out Comedy Show
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If you are looking for some tips on how to experience art in the Seattle area, you are in the right place. In this weekly post, KUOW Arts Reporter Mike Davis gives you tips on what to do around Seattle over the weekend so you can have your own adventures in arts and culture.


The Black Out, Seattle’s only all-Black comedy show, is at Olmstead on Capitol Hill every fourth Thursday of the month.

“[The show’s] been selling out every single time, which has been great. The support has been awesome," said host and producer Javaan Jones.

This January features a lineup of comedians from Portland, Oregon, headlined by Jaren George. You can see the full lineup online, but Jones says there will also be a few surprise guests that will stop by and take the stage.

The Blackout Comedy Showcase, at Olmstead (314 Broadway East, Seattle), Jan. 26, 9 p.m.


I am not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, at the Seattle Rep is based on a novel of the same name. It tells the story of a teenage girl grieving the death of her older sister while trying to follow her own dreams of becoming a writer. Showing through Feb. 5 at Seattle Rep, 155 Mercer Street.

This Bitter Earth, at Seattle Public Theater dives into politics and how the pressures of our politicized society can cause struggles within our intimate relationships. At the center of this story is an interracial couple who must overcome the delicate balance between passion and political priorities. Showing through Feb. 19 at Seattle Public Theatre, 7312 West Green Lake Drive North.

Visual Art

This is my pick of the week. If you do one thing in arts over the weekend, I’d suggest you head to the Seattle Art Museum and check out Anthony White: Limited Liability.

I’ve seen this exhibit already and was immediately taken by the detail of the work. The pictures online are not able to capture the complex textures White uses when crafting his pieces. When standing in front of this work you will marvel at the detail of the texture as much as the actual drawings depicted.

The collages are intricate and tell the story of culture as it intersects with capitalism. It is the story of us, of youth in the early 2000s, through images of bodies, logos, cartoons, and pop culture. Even his choice of material, paining with molten plastic, seems to speak to the theme of human consumption in relation to our culture.

Showing through Jan. 29 at the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Avenue, Seattle.

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