If you’d like to get a bit of the Pseattle feel of things before 2015, here are a few online treats.
Let’s start your Saturday night off right with The Swing Years And Beyond (kuow.org/swingyears). This radio program, on the University of Washington’s public radio station 94.9 FM (“nearly 95!”), “features popular music of the 1920s – 1950s, from familiar favorites to lesser-known gems”. It airs every Saturday night from 7pm-Midnight Pacific time. But you don’t need to stay up late to hear it, there are podcasts available online. KUOW has an app for most smartphones & tablets, too. Check your app store for “kuow”.
Next up is jazz in general – all kinds, all times – via KPLU. They also have an app available for a variety of devices, but you can listen online at http://kplu.org/listen-live in a number of ways. KPLU is mostly jazz, but does have news & programs during (Pacific time zone) commute hours and weekends. So they kindly offer Jazz24, which is exactly that – just jazz, 24 hours a day.
Sunday nights there is the Compline Service at St Mark’s Cathedral. A lovely oasis of music and contemplation, all are welcome at 9:30pm every Sunday. Information about St Mark’s and the choir is available: http://www.saintmarks.org/Worship/Music/Compline.php
You can enjoy this service online via http://complinechoir.org/listen/ via podcasts.
You can hear the service live on the radio at 98.1FM, KING FM, Seattle’s subscriber-funded classical radio station. (And there’s a great organ program immediately following it) KING is available online at king.org.
You can get an eyeful after that earful, by visiting the Seattle Art Museum webpage: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/ Along with all the visitor info you’ll need for next year’s visit, you can browse some collections online from your armchair. One of my favorites is Keet Shagoon by Preston Singletary, in the Native American collection, along with Canoe Breaker by Robert Davidson. You can also explore the Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Park Sculpture Park.
There’s also the Seattle Symphony, which plays in Benaroya Hall. http://www.seattlesymphony.org/symphony/
Near the Convention site is the Fifth Ave Theater. https://www.5thavenue.org/
A few more blocks away is the Paramount Theater, with a Wurlitzer organ for Silent Movie Mondays. http://www.stgpresents.org/paramount
And in North Seattle we have the theater that has staged, and continues to stage, Wodehouse adaptations – the Taproot Theatre http://taproottheatre.org/
There’s a whole lot more out here in Seattle, these are just a few to get started. We’ll continue listing information as the days go by!