To see this week: comedians of color, Clyde Petersen’s vision of the Northwest and DIY art
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As the live performances return, it’s time to welcome back Seattle’s comedy scene, but it’s also time to say goodbye to a beloved local art space. And it’s never a bad time to take a look at our region through analog art. Here’s where to do all three.
As some art events pick up, now is a good time to check out one of the city’s most charming stand-up windows. Originally started in Portland by stand-ups who wanted to create a space for comedians of color, Minority Retort expanded to Seattle in 2018.
The show served as a tour stop for nationally renowned comedians like Baron Vaughn, but the local stand-ups are also worth watching. That’s because comedy scenes in cities like Seattle and Portland are often incubators where stand-ups hone their craft before decamping to bigger markets like New York and Los Angeles, and Minority Retort hasn’t. is an exception. It has hosted artists like Curtis Cook, who has now moved to LA and Comedy Central, and Mohanad Elshieky, who lives in New York and works on âFull Frontal with Samantha Beeâ.
Seeing a local stand-up on the verge of its big transition to the idea of ââthe mainstream hit comedy world is one of the joys of shows like Minority Retort. It was sad to see him disappear during the pandemic, when comedy scenes turned dark and stand-ups ended up with grim options like Zoom Stand-up, which removed the essential interactive element from the movie. comedy. (It’s hard to tell if you’re killing if you can’t hear anyone laughing.)
But the comedy is back (for now), and if you haven’t been to a stand-up show in a while, Minority Retort is a great place to start. Alongside Julia Ramos, J. Jones and Chris Mejia, the show stars co-stars Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, who won the Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award in 2016, and Karinda Dobbins, which is open to everyone, from Dave Chapelle to W. Kamau Bell.
8 p.m. on September 24; The Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., Seattle; $ 17.77; therendezvous.strangertickets.com
Celebrate a DIY gallery
Tucked away in a small one-room gallery on Beacon Hill, Soft Spot is a dreamy and intentionally designed gallery space where you can browse cute, locally-made zines, browse a rack of vintage clothing, and shop for a pair of rainbow. – sparkling sky April Zhang earrings or one of Coco Spadoni’s iconic heavy-bottom mugs covered in large pops of bright color. From the signature printed on the front in a curly font to a small bunch of free zines inside, Soft Spot is a special place. This is the kind of place where you can buy a zine and Venmo the artist who made it there; if you care about supporting artists it doesn’t get any more blunt than that.
So it was a sad day on September 1 when Soft Spot announced the Instagram that the store would close, two years after opening, with âa celebration of community, art and sweetnessâ in place of a dark fade. On Saturday, September 25, from noon to 5 p.m., the space will be open for an unmissable sale and celebration. Participants are required to wear masks and encouraged to wear pink.
âWhen we first got the keys to this special placeâ¦ we were told we would only have 6 months before ours and the surrounding buildings would be demolished,â the Soft Spot co-facilitators wrote on Instagram. “When 6 months turned into 8, then a year, we couldn’t believe it.”
Even during the pandemic, Soft Spot has managed to stay open, with clear advice on masking and hand hygiene. For those who are not inclined to go out, you can see the wide variety of works by artists that the space has featured on their website. Clicking on is a worthy treasure hunt in itself, from the brooding landscapes of Elena Jacqueline and Natalie Dupille’s “Trendy Lacroix Flavors” (avocado, Advil candy) to the Kelly Froh Weeknight Casserole Collection short comic book zine and line art on the theme of the Marie Bouassi pandemic.
âWe are so proud of what we have been able to create with limited funds, space and resourcesâ¦ a profound testament to the power of community and how it manifests itself when you need it most,â wrote the co-facilitators of Soft Spot on Instagram. “In the beginning, as a brand new art space, we looked to collaborate with artists who had visions beyond what was imaginable in such a small space.”
They more than fulfilled this mission.
12 pm-5pm Sep 25; Soft Spot, 2544 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle; free; soft-spot.weebly.com
Catch the Northwest in Super 8mm
In a world of Instagram filters and perfectly edited YouTube videos, there is something sweet and lush about the images taken from Super 8mm film, especially when it captures the scenery of the Pacific Northwest – from tiny roadside chapels, the curved stone of bizarro Maryhill Stonehenge, emptied of mid-century sedans along the Green River, the intoxicating green of Rattlesnake Lake, a massive stump amid the rubbish of the logging industry.
You can see all of this and more in Clyde Petersen’s new show, “Even Hell Has Its Heroes,” which opened September 18 at the J. Rinehart Gallery and runs through October 16. Petersen’s show is not only about the beauty of the Northwest, strange and sometimes dark environments. For five years, Petersen worked with the Earth group and made it a major subject. Using a Super 8 film, the artist, filmmaker and musician created an experimental musical documentary about the group, anchoring them in the northwestern surroundings. The images for “Even Hell Has Its Heroes” are taken from these images.
Petersen is one of those Northwestern artists whose works feel both rarefied and tinkered with: They were shown at the Time-Based Art Festival in Portland and received numerous grants from top artists, but still contain an analog spirit, adjacent to punk, a chronicle of art and artists, and it’s always worth seeing in person.
Until October 16; J. Rinehart Gallery, 319 Third Ave. S., Seattle; free; 206-467-4508, jrinehartgallery.com