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Town Hall Seattle: Arts & Culture Series

The Arts & Culture series enriches our community with imagination and creativity. Whether reinventing the classics for a new audience or presenting an innovative new art form, these events are aimed at expanding horizons. From poetry to music to storytelling, this series leaves our audiences inspired, encouraged, and seeing the world with new eyes.

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Highlighting big ideas from both recent and soon-to-come events. A rolling Town Hall timeline, with you at the center. Every two weeks, hosts Steve Scher and Jini Palmer rewind through the recent past and fast-forward to the near future, catching you up on events you may have missed and offering a glimpse into the weeks ahead.

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Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world. Annually, we present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with more than 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs. Rooted in the belief that we all deserve a voice, our programming reflects—and inspires—our region's best impulses: creativity, empathy, and innovation. With our podcast series, we take one more step towards making our programming accessible to all. 

Dec 7, 2017

Many of us are inspired at the thought of taking a journey of self discovery. Irene Skyriver took just such a journey—an epic solo kayaking trip to find herself and a new sense of connection with her ancestors. In her memoir Paddling with Spirits she chronicled her solo voyage from Alaska to her home in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Town Hall is proud to debut Irene as she vividly reimagined stories of her family history and native coastal ancestors (Tlingit and Makah), interweaving them with the true account of her adventures. Irene invited us to follow her on the water and through her past—through oil booms, orphanages, wartime romances, dance halls, and cattle ranches. Join Irene for a celebration of her heritage, and a chance to share her experiences of self reflection amidst the wild beauty of the coastal waters.

Irene Skyriver comes to Town Hall with her debut memoir. Born in a ghost town and raised in the country, she is a rider of horses in full gallop across the Tibetan grasslands. An activist, an organizer, a deliverer of babies; a teen mother, now grandmother of 6. She is a tame rebel, a busy dreamer and singer of Earth songs, fearful of buildings and fearless in Nature.

Recorded live at Green Lake Bathhouse Theater by Town Hall Seattle on Sunday, November 19, 2017.