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Town Hall Seattle: Arts & Culture Series

Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series elevates the voices of local artists while bringing world-renowned cultural icons to Seattle audiences. The series celebrates music, photography, sculpture, philosophy, heritage, and traditions around the world that enrich our lives.

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Aug 28, 2017

John Darnielle has developed a cult following as the frontman for the indie folk band The Mountain Goats. Along with a prolific collection of angst-ridden, revelatory songs, he also writes novels. His first, Wolf in White Van, was a New York Times bestseller, National Book Award nominee, and a finalist for the Los...

Aug 21, 2017

Drawing from a lifetime of treatment for clinical depression, author Daphne Merkin has contributed a number of essays for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine trying to sort out the root causes of her affliction. In This Close to Happy, she recounts the experiences of growing up in a large, affluent family...

Aug 14, 2017

Seattle native Jim Lynch grew up immersed in the local boating culture. Some of his happiest childhood memories are from his time on the water. His fourth novel, Before the Wind, tells the story of the Johannssens, a blue-collar Seattle sailing family described as adventurous, fanatical, and pretty dysfunctional. The...

Aug 7, 2017

In 1784, Mozart encountered a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Charmed, he brought the bird home to be his pet. For the next three years, the starling served as the famed composer’s companion, distraction, consolation, and muse.

These days,...