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Othello Park becomes the World at its International Music and Arts Festival

Othello Park becomes the World at its International Music and Arts Festival

Posted on 09 August 2016 by admin

Oh! Hello Othello.  Othello, Seattle’s most multi-cultural neighborhood, located on southeast Seattle’s LINK light rail line, invites the world to its annual Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival August 14 from noon to 6:00.  Admission is free.












As in years past, southeast Seattle’s mélange of East African, Asian, Filipino, Fijian, African-American and other immigrant communities will gather in Othello Park just a short block from the Othello Station to demonstrate their solidarity as one international community.  Othello Park’s permanent performing arts stage will transform its surrounding pastoral meadow into an amphitheater for music, dance and art performances beneath a high canopy of trees.  A dance floor laid out in front of the stage will invite everyone to join in the fun of learning steps and rhythms of many cultural dances.  Featured guest performers this year will include the Women’s Steel Pan Project, Global Heat, and Clava Kubana and many more. 

Encircling the meadow will be an array of vendor, craft, and community information booths.  Food choices will include Asian, Jamaican, Ethiopian and Indian cuisines, to name a few.  Besides dancing, features of special interest to children of all ages will include art creation stations, Othello Park’s playground and giant hillside slide, bouncy houses, a petting zoo with a variety of animals including the Festival trade mark, a camel.  Othello Park Alliance, Mona Lee said, “The Festival brings together the neighborhood’s many separate ethnic communities and unifies them into one.  This is a microcosm of what needs to happen for the entire world.”












To fulfill its mission of enhancing the Park as a beautiful community gathering place, the Othello Park Alliance convenes the Festival every year to culminate the Rainier Valley Culture Fest Weekend, an official Seafair event.

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Posted on 13 April 2016 by admin

SEATTLE– KUOW will launch a preview of a new music service dedicated to jazz and blues on Monday, April 18, at noon. Currently called Planet Jazz, the service will showcase leading jazz and blues artists from yesterday, today and tomorrow, and it will be available for streaming 24 hours a day, seven days a week at kuow.org and on KUOW HD Channel 2.

KUOW Planet Jazz

The architect of the new service is veteran jazz radio host and programmer Steven Williams who has 40 years of experience in broadcast and jazz programming, most recently as program director of WBGO public radio in Newark, New Jersey.

“Planet Jazz will be a comprehensive expression of the art form, covering all of the bases from the instantly recognizable trumpet of Louis Armstrong to the groundbreaking fusion of Esperanza Spalding, and everything in between,” Williams said.

The launch of Planet Jazz, which coincides with Jazz Appreciation Month, is part of KUOW’s preparation to provide a full-time jazz and blues station for the Puget Sound community if and when KUOW and the University of Washington acquire the license and frequencies of 88.5, currently the home of KPLU, from Pacific Lutheran University. The purchase agreement allows the option for PLU to sell 88.5 to a KPLU community group that makes a qualified competing offer by June 30.  If a community group is successful, KUOW and UW will defer. If the community group and PLU do not reach agreement, KUOW intends to preserve 88.5 for the public radio audience as a full time jazz and blues music station.

It is KUOW’s responsibility to the many thousands of radio listeners in the region to be immediately ready to deliver the highest quality service possible. The preview of Planet Jazz is intended to generate feedback from an interested community of jazz and blues music lovers and is not intended to overshadow the efforts of the community group.

“Planet Jazz is a pilot project and its sound, like the art form of jazz itself, will continue to evolve,” Williams said. “We’re developing this service using what we’ve learned from the enthusiastic community feedback about jazz and blues and its impact on the Puget Sound region. We will be working with UW jazz studies and other local jazz influencers to create a service that is relevant to communities both local and global.”

In order to accommodate Planet Jazz on HD2, the following programing changes will occur beginning Monday, April 18, at noon: All current programming on KUOW HD2 will now be heard on HD3, and KUOW will no longer offer an HD4 service, allowing us the extra bandwidth to offer Planet Jazz in quality HD stereo. The BBC World Service and World Radio Network will no longer be broadcast on HD radio. Both BBC World Service and WRN are available to stream and you can find links to their websites at kuow.org.


A survey to collect public feedback from listeners of Planet Jazz will be available online at kuow.org beginning April 18.

KUOW is the Puget Sound region’s public radio station for local, regional, national and international news, information and cultural programming, serving listeners in Seattle and Western Washington at 94.9FM; 90.3FM KQOW in Bellingham, KUOW2 90.7 in Bellingham, 1340AM in Olympia, and KUOW and KUOW2 online and HD services. The mission of KUOW is to create and serve an informed public, one challenged and invigorated by an understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. The station is licensed to the University of Washington, which is assisted in its operation and management by KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio, a private, non–profit corporation established in 1999 and governed by a community board. For more information, go to kuow.org, twitter.com/kuow or facebook.com/kuowpublicradio.

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Seattle Hosts the 10th Annual South Asian Film Festival

Seattle Hosts the 10th Annual South Asian Film Festival

Posted on 21 September 2015 by admin

1SEATTLE – September 16, 2015 – Tasveer is proud to present the 10th annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival. Slated for October 15-25, SSAFF 2015 includes 59 films from 9 countries, with dozens of directors, producers, and acting talent expected to attend the 12-day event.

SSAFF has grown to become the largest, longest, and most diverse South Asian film festival in the United States, presenting conversations about human rights, social justice, women’s issues, immigration, and globalization engaged through the art of film from across the South Asian sub-continent. Films from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka will appear at SSAFF 2015.

Sri Lanka is in the spotlight at SSAFF 2015 with an exceptional program of dramas, documentaries, and shorts and the attendance of veteran Sri Lankan filmmaker and recipient of the 2014 Tasveer Emerald Award Prasanna Vithanage. A retrospective of Vithanage’s work will take place over the first weekend of the Festival and the filmmaker himself will appear at Q&As following each of the four films included in the retrospective, at a symposium titled “Human Rights and the Politics of Filmmaking in South Asia,” and at a reception to be held in his honor.

The theme for SSAFF 2015 is Coming Home, an evocative topic reflected among the selected films in ways as diverse as the South Asian diaspora itself, as varied as answers to the question, “What is Home?”

Opening Night kicks off the Festival on Thursday, October 15 at AMC Pacific Place in Seattle with the dramatic comedy FOR HERE OR TO GO? and special guests associated with the film. The humorous look at personal battles faced by immigrants living in America will be followed by a gala featuring VIP guests, food, wine, music, and much more.


Pakistani-American comedian Fawzia Mirza will grace the Festival’s Centerpiece Gala on Thursday, October 22 at Seattle Asian Art Museum to present her short film THE FIRST SESSION and perform her one-woman play, “Me, My Mom, and Sharmila.” Mirza is known for her web series “Kam Kardashian” and sketch comedy series “Brown Girl Problems” and was named to Indiewire’s Top 10 Creatives of 2014.

SSAFF 2015 closes on Sunday, October 25 at the Carco Theatre in Renton with a star-studded evening featuring THE SPECTACULAR JIHAD OF TAZ RAHIM. Director Raghav Murali and actor Rahsaan Islam are expected to attend and the screening will be followed by a reception and announcement of the SSAFF 2015 audience and jury awards.

Local films featured at SSAFF 2015 include DRAWING THE TIGER by Amy Benson and Scott Squire, FLYING KISS by Tarun Seth, THREADS by Cathy Stevulak, SONGS OF THE BARDS OF BENGAL- THE BAULS AND FAKIRS by Monalisa Dasgupta, and THE DECISION by Joydeep Das. Many of these projects are the first fruits of efforts by Tasveer and SSAFF to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and exhibit the efforts of the northwest South Asian filmmaking community that continues to grow each year.

Further highlights include a new documentary AMONG THE BELIEVERS, a timely look into radical Islam in Pakistan and the conditions that led to its rise. Filmmakers Hemal Trivedi and Mo Naqvi are expected to attend the Sunday, October 18 screening at SIFF Film Center. A double-feature presentation on partition includes A THIN WALL by director Mara Ahmad and PEACE, DAAL, AND PARTITION by director Paisley Smith on Sunday, October 25 at Carco Theatre in Renton. Both filmmakers are expected to attend.

A full schedule of screenings and special events is available online at www.tasveer.org. Single tickets are $12 general admission; various discounts available. Special event ticket prices vary. Passes cost $50-$150 with full-fest, first weekend, and second weekend passes available. All proceeds support Tasveer. Sponsorship levels and benefits available online or contact the Executive Director at info@tasveer.org.

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Shirin Color (4)

The Rise of a New Dawn

Posted on 09 January 2015 by admin

Shirin Color (4)

A Poem by Shirin Fazel-Dedicated to the Somali People

A new dawn rises,

let’s bury weapons,


clan divisions,



personal interest.

A new dawn rises,

let’s leave behind

the bitter taste

of being a refugee,

of the young who die without a name and a gravestone,

swallowed by the sea and by the desert.

A new dawn rises,

let’s build our country

with pride,



A new dawn rises,

let’s cure our wounds

with love,




By : Shirin Ramzanali Fazel

From the book : “Lontano da Mogadiscio/Far from Mogadishu” 

Bilingual version : Italian/English on Amazon


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Posted on 07 October 2014 by admin


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Internationally recognized artist Ann Hamilton selected for Waterfront Seattle public piers project

Internationally recognized artist Ann Hamilton selected for Waterfront Seattle public piers project

Posted on 01 April 2014 by admin


 SEATTLE (March 26, 2014) — The Seattle Office of Arts &

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25 Year Anniversary at MOHAI Museum in Seattle

Posted on 04 November 2013 by admin



Neighborhood Districts & District Councils (13 neighborhood districts are Ballard, Central, Delridge Neighborhoods, Downtown Seattle, East, Greater Duwamish, Lake Union, Magnolia/ Queen Anne, North, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest). The Department of Neighborhoods was based on the 1987 Seattle City Council resolution to promote, support, and involve citizen participation at the neighborhood level. Approximately 500 guests showed up. The guest list included city council members, Mayor Mike McGinn and other representatives from different City of Seattle departments.

Photos: Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Bernie Agor Matsuno with Mayor McGinn.


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The Black Tulip

Posted on 10 October 2013 by admin


Press Release—When Sonia Nassery Cole set out to film The Black Tulip in her homeland of Afghanistan, she knew the odds were against her; she was told time and time again that filming inside a war zone would be impossible. What she didn’t anticipate was how intent the Taliban and its sympathizers were on halting the film’s production—the crew encountered extortion, government corruption, kidnapping attempts, and death threats, even with around-the-clock security. Her cinematographer fled after two days, and many others followed.

After 9/11, Cole wrote The Black Tulip, based on a true story of a real Afghan family. The plot was simple: After 2001, when the Taliban was routed, an Afghan family opened The Poet’s Corner—a restaurant with an open microphone for all to read poetry, perform music, and tell their stories. Without financial support from a studio or anyone else, Cole self-financed the film by mortgaging her home and selling her belongings.

Selected as Afghanistan’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Academy Awards, The Black Tulip is a modern portrait of Afghanistan that captures the plight and resilience of its people. 


About Sonia Nassery Cole

Sonia Nassery Cole came to the United States from her native Afghanistan as a teenager. In the early 1980s, Cole wrote to President Reagan requesting help for the people in her native Afghanistan, under attack then from the Soviet Union. The president invited her to Washington, D.C., and she worked with him to get congressional authorization for intervention in Afghanistan. Since then, Cole has actively worked with various organizations and committees set up for the improvement of the conditions and quality of life in Afghanistan.

Her film The Black Tulip was Afghanistan’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards and releases in the United States on October 26, 2012. The film has premiered in prestigious film festivals all over the world.

By Garson & Wright Public Relations, Inc.


By Sonia Nassery Cole (BenBella Books Oct. 2013)

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New art project unveiled to educate public about solar energy

Posted on 16 August 2013 by admin


This week Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle City Light and Pacific Science Center unveiled this a new interactive art project designed to demonstrate the science of solar energy in an accessible way. Five sculpted flowers standing up to three stories tall now greet visitors to Pacific Science Center and Seattle Center with a creative lesson in renewable energy thanks to a partnership between the Science Center and Seattle City Light.

“Sonic Bloom” is a solar-powered work of art created by Dan Corson on behalf of City Light’s Green Up program, which supports the development of new renewable energy sources.

“Solar energy is part of the future of sustainable energy here in Seattle,” said Mayor McGinn. “This is a creative way to engage people in a conversation about renewable energy and climate change.”

Each of the flowers glows when the sun shines through the petals during the day and light up at night. They also individually “sing” harmonic tones whenever someone walks by. Solar panels atop each flower and the Science Center roof generate enough electricity to run the interactive audio experience and the dynamic evening lighting.

“It was exciting to be able to sculpturally showcase solar generation in a more unique and playful way that goes beyond standard rooftop installations. While we can’t actually see electricity, we can see the effects of it through these dynamic flowers both day and night,” artist Dan Corson said. “Working with Pacific Science Center and Seattle City Light allowed me to continue my exploration of green design and new technologies and how these tools can frame and amplify the natural world and our shifting relationship to it.”

“Sonic Bloom’s impressive combination of art, science and energy that has the power to inspire hundreds of thousands of people,” City Councilmember Nick Licata said. “Equally impressive is the partnership between Seattle City Light and Pacific Science Center that allowed Dan Corson to share his artistic vision with our community.”

Interpretive signage at the exhibition and inside Pacific Science Center explains how solar energy works and how it is powering the flowers.

”Few issues are of greater importance to our generation and the generations to come than energy. As part of the Science Center’s commitment to building a more scientifically literate society, we are proud to share Sonic Bloom with our community and visitors,” said Bryce Seidl, Pacific Science Center’s president and CEO. “Sonic Bloom will not only help increase awareness of the importance and opportunities of renewable energy; it will also be a beautiful and captivating gathering place, where art and science can be appreciated and explored at any time, any day.”

The project is being supported by a grant from City Light’s Green Up program and in-kind donations. The Green Up program is designed to dedicate a portion of the money collected from voluntary participants to promote awareness of renewable energy.

Photos by Dan Corson

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Othello Park Alliance Has Won the 2012 Denny Award!

Othello Park Alliance Has Won the 2012 Denny Award!

Posted on 04 December 2012 by admin

The OPA which has deep love and strong commitment to Seattle’s Othello Park was chosen to receive the Denny Award of 2012 after it was Continue Reading

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