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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 14, 2017

The Seattle Sounders 2016 MLS ‘worst-to-first’ run was as thrilling as it was improbable. When they lifted the Cup last December, their achievement represented a major success for a community fostering soccer culture within the city for more than 40 years. Few are more familiar with the development of the Seattle soccer scene than former Seattle mayor Greg Nickels. Both a fan in their NASL days and a key player in bringing MLS to the Emerald City decades later, Nickels joined Steven Agen—lead author of Resurgence: How Sounders FC Roared Back to Win MLS Cup—for a discussion on Sounders’ impact on Seattle and the construction of CenturyLink Field. Together they reflected on the club’s 2016 title-winning campaign, reviewing reports from key figures within the Seattle sports journalism world including Art Thiel, Matt Pentz, Ari Liljenwall, Andrew Harvey, “Mr. Sounder” Zach Scott, and Nickels himself.

Nickels and Agen examined the former Mayor’s individual efforts to bring a soccer-ready stadium to Seattle as well as what their recent title means to the city.

Recorded live at Phinney Center by Town Hall Seattle Tuesday, November 28, 2017.