Marcie Sillman, KUOW

Marcie Sillman


Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Marcie:

Thousands of Seattle-area cultural workers wonder if they'll ever return to work as pandemic drags on

When Governor Jay Inslee ordered restricted public gatherings, local arts workers worried. Almost seven months later, thousands are still out of work. → Read More

Release the Kraken!

The tentacles waving, the roar of the crowd, a goal – for the Seattle Kraken! → Read More

As we adjust to life in a long-term pandemic, we could learn a thing or two from this Seattle actor

When Suzy Hunt learned that state health officials had banned public gatherings, her first thoughts were for her friends in Seattle’s theater community. Everyone she knew immediately lost their jobs when performances were cancelled. “There will be more jobs in the future,” Hunt says, “but right now, it’s so unkind.” → Read More

Long weekend ahead with no plans? Check out some of these digital events.

Memorial Day weekend usually brings a spate of pre-summer festivals and other cultural offerings. Although public gatherings are out, you can still enjoy some of your holiday weekend traditions. → Read More

Lynn Shelton, filmmaker icon and devoted Seattleite, dies at 54

Lynn Shelton, a beloved member of Seattle’s film community, died May 15 in a Los Angeles hospital. Shelton’s representatives said the cause of death was a previously undiagnosed blood disorder unrelaed to Covid-19. Shelton was 54 years old. → Read More

Seattle's hip hop scene can trace its roots back 40 years, to a group called Emerald Street Boys.

Hip hop culture is ubiquitous—in Seattle and around the world. But 40 years ago, a local group called Emerald Street Boys were hip hop pioneers. → Read More

Looking for some online arts and entertainment? Check out NASH, a new Northwest website.

The pandemic has forced all of us to change the way we go about our daily lives--everything from work to school to grocery shopping. Even our social lives have migrated to various digital platforms; we have Zoom happy hours, Google Hangout coffee dates, and we stream entertainment like never before. → Read More

No First Thursday art walk? No problem. Take a stroll through your neighborhood.

Washingtonians have been sheltering in place since mid-March; we’ve gotten used to everything from online school to Zoom happy hours. Local artists also have become more skilled at migrating their output to various streaming platforms. Here are three weekend online cultural opportunities. → Read More

21st century tech keeps 17th century play alive, thanks to Seattle teens

When Governor Jay Inslee announced his stay-at-home order in mid-March, theater artist Shana Bestock knew she had two choices: cancel her youth drama program’s spring production, or move it online. → Read More

Poets give voice to our deepest thoughts when it comes to this pandemic

Our state’s Stay Home/Stay Healthy order will remain in effect in some form for at least several more weeks. As we adapt to the new, temporary, normal, many of us our turning to the arts for diversion, comfort, or just a new perspective on the world. KUOW’s Arts and Culture reporter Marcie Sillman talked with three poets about how they’re responding to the pandemic. → Read More

Looking for a diversion? Surf social media for a little classical music

We’re into our second month of Governor Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order. We’ve baked bread, cleaned cupboards, and binged on endless television shows. KUOW’s Arts and Culture reporter Marcie Sillman went online in search of some cultural respite. She found it in classical music; specifically short cello performances on social media. → Read More

Seattle Symphony orchestra musicians play on, even in a pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to learn new ways to work, educate our kids, socializing, even new ways to make and distribute art. Classical artists are diving right into new technologies. → Read More

The opera companies have closed their doors, but tenor Robert MacPherson is still singing.

Robert MacPherson has been singing since he was a very young boy. “I was a preacher’s kid, I grew up singing gospel,” he says. → Read More

KUOW's audience members astound in the kitchen

We asked and you responded. KUOW food reporter Ruby de Luna, and arts and culture reporter Marcie Sillman wondered what recipes you’ve turned to for comfort during the coronavirus crisis. Marcie is a stress baker; Ruby reached back to her Taiwanese/Filipino childhood for the recipes she loves. We wanted to know how cooking or baking is helping you cope, so we posted our food photos on the KUOW… → Read More

Looking for your cultural fix? Here's a sample of online opportunities

Governor Jay Inslee’s public gathering restrictions are wreaking economic havoc in what was once a thriving, multi-million dollar cultural sector. To put it in perspective, last year almost 9 million Puget Sound residents went to arts events or science exhibitions; compare that to the 3.1 million who attended professional sports competitions here. → Read More

With canceled performances, coronavirus leaves Seattle arts organizations reeling

Kim Malcolm talks with Marcie Sillman about the impact of coronavirus on Seattle's arts & culture community. → Read More

Coronavirus forces Seattle area cultural groups to cancel or postpone events

State and local public health officials have stopped short of banning public gatherings for large groups. However, some regional arts organizations have decided to postpone or cancel events scheduled during the month of March. We will continue to update this list. → Read More

Marcie Sillman's weekend culture picks February 28-March 1

It’s Leap Year, and our extra day falls on a Saturday. All the better for art and culture lovers. KUOW’s Arts and Culture reporter Marcie Sillman offers these weekend suggestions. → Read More

Seattle Art Museum's Chiyo Ishikawa will step down

Chiyo Ishikawa has organized some blockbuster shows during her 30 years at Seattle Art Museum; from a rare showing of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, to an exhibition from the Picasso Museum in Paris. Now the museums’ chief curator says it’s time to pass the baton to the next generation. → Read More

Marcie Sillman's weekend culture picks Feb. 21-23, 2020

We’re heading toward Spring. Longer days bring more cultural offerings in the greater Seattle area. KUOW’s Arts and Culture reporter Marcie Sillman offers these ideas. → Read More