Friday Fish Wrap 7.27.18

Five things worth knowing this week . . .

Seattle Arts Fair is back and supporters of Vashon Center for the Arts get a 20% discount on the All Access Pass, 3-Day Ticket, and 1-Day Ticket to Seattle Art Fair (Aug 2-5, 2018) at time of purchase. Plus the opportunity for teens (age 13-19) to purchase a $5 Teen Ticket to the fair.  Click seattleartfair.com/tickets/vashon-arts to get your discounted tickets.

The Seattle Art Fair returns this summer to the CenturyLink Field Event Center where, for four days, modern and contemporary art lovers can take in performances, talks, special exhibits and works from more than 100 galleries from around the globe. As for Pacific Northwest participants, expect art world standouts such as Seattle’s Greg Kucera Gallery, Winston Wächter Fine Art, and Linda Hodges Gallery; Portland’s Elizabeth Leach Gallery and PDX Contemporary Art; and Vancouver’s Elissa Cristall Gallery

Another Hanging Week.  This week we’re doing a major gallery turn as we get ready for week four of Vashon Summer Arts Fest.  The festival has truly been a revelation and a re-revealing of the amazing artistic talent that lives in so many homes and studios on this island.  What I like best is the mashup of group and individual shows, exhibits by well known Vashon artists and shows by folks who have never had the opportunity to showcase their work.  Best of all, at least to my eyes, it all works together.  Come on down Friday, July 27 at 6:00 (or even earlier if you like) to see what’s on offer.

Can’t get enough of Ray.  Ray Pfortner continues to demonstrate his love of photography, love of teaching, and love for Vashon students.  His Crazy About Photography class has about 15 kids  traveling around the area snapping pictures (the downtown library, Volunteer Park, Burton and Friday they head to the Point Defiance Zoo).

On Thursday, the students worked on Encaustic art transfers—using their own images, pressed into wax. The students then soften the paper transfers with water which loosens the paper, but leaves the image ink embedded in the wax. They experimented with wax images on travertine, marble, slate and special encaustic board tiles. Some really vibrant, beautiful images and pretty cool to see these 10 to 13 yr olds creating, inspiring and being inspired in such awesome ways.

Joyfully we dance. This week’s “4 Day Dance Sampler Camp” was kicked off with a VCA dance alumn, Joy Ghigleri, who taught classes in Tap and Jazz.

Joy is going into her Junior year at PLU, working towards her BFA, majoring in Theatre. She is back home for the summer to participate in teaching here at VCA and perform in the Drama Dock production of Noises Off! She is a true triple threat performer who has carried incredible lead roles like Reno Sweeny in Anything Goes.

More focus groups.  We had two dance focus groups this week.  It’s safe to say we’re onto something with our Vashon Center for Dance.  The level of interest and the possibilities for the future are just plain exciting.

Finally, and this is a sixth item, regular readers know I love lists.  Online magazine Quartz alerts us to a recent study done by MIT students (already we should be suspicious!) of the most danceable tunes of all time.  The team used technology from a firm called Echonest to identify . . .

. . . attributes of songs, such as valence, instrumentation, and key signature (pdf). The company [Spotify] created a proprietary algorithm to determine the “danceability” of a song based on its tempo and beat regularity. The calculation emphasizes the ability to dance throughout the whole song, so a bridge that even briefly changes the mood is highly penalized.

Researchers at Columbia and INSEAD then combined Echonest features with US Billboard rankings going back to 1958. Although they were able to calculate danceability for more than 90% of Billboard-ranked songs, Taylor Swift’s album 1989 was not available from Echonest at the time. Thus we may never know whether “Bad Blood” is more danceable than 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” though my own personal investigation suggests it’s a dead heat.

And what, pray tell, are the most danceable US Billboard Number Ones since 1958?   Click here to explore them all.  It’s a very cool site.  Here are a couple that jumped out at me.


Why “Fish Wrap”? Years ago, living in San Francisco, I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Caen. While he may not have been the first to use the phrase in connection with “yesterday’s news,” he is the one I remember. Today’s news is tomorrow’s fish wrap. Maybe it’s a generational thing. At any rate, we call our Friday wrap up, The Friday Fish Wrap . . . Five things worth knowing about VCA this Friday.

 

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