Iran film “Fireworks Wednesday” probes marital tensions amid Persian New Year celebration

Director Asghar Farhadi's 2006 drama features acclaimed actor Taraneh Alidoosti. The movie is screening at Sundance Cinemas in Seattle starting April 22.
Apr 20, 2016
The newest member of Sesame Street's international cast is Zari, an Afghan Muppet who wears traditional clothing from the country's different ethnic groups. (Photo from REUTERS/ John E. Barrett)

A new Afghan muppet moves onto Sesame Street

Zari is here to teach viewers about girls' empowerment and national identity.
Apr 13, 2016
Brushy One String (Courtesy photo by Agustin Dusserre)

World music powerhouse globalFEST touches down in Seattle

Bringing world music to American stages isn’t easy. That’s what makes the globalFEST tour in town this week so special.
Apr 12, 2016

#GreaterSeattle: Sikhs seek recognition and respect

Despite it being the fifth largest religion in the world, Aman Kuar Mann says young American Sikhs like her are still fighting for recognition and respect.
Apr 11, 2016
Lion Dance leader Royal Tan with LED lion. (Video still by Seth Halleran)

#GreaterSeattle: King of the Lion Dance

Royal Tan has been studying the Lion Dance since he was three. Now he's bringing the 1700 year old Chinese tradition to new audiences around the Northwest.
Apr 4, 2016
Irene Auma, at center, helps conduct a yoga class at Thursdayin Seattle. Auma plans to start the first yoga-in-prisons program in Kenya. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

On a mission to bring yoga, compassion to Kenyan prisons

Irene Auma is in Seattle this week taking special yoga-training classes in hopes of bringing her skills back home to vulnerable people in Kenyan prisons.
Apr 1, 2016
Seattle hip hop artist Draze performs at the EMP's Black History Month Kickoff on Saturday. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

What the south end sounds like: Draze drops “Seattle’s Own”

Seattle hip-hop's hometown hero Draze has a new mixtape filled with South Seattle anthems.
Mar 31, 2016

Yes, there is such a thing as a secular Muslim

Tons of Americans are nominally Christian, but don’t actually practice the religion. So why is it so hard for secular Muslims to pull off the same thing?
Mar 30, 2016

#GreaterSeattle: Latino teen turned superhero drag queen

Luis Aguilar didn’t know he was gay growing up in West Texas. Now he's Seattle's top Latino drag queen, Klaudya Markos.
Mar 28, 2016

Rodney King: The man beyond the myth

We remember Rodney King as the man who tried to broker peace after his police beating ignited the LA Riots. A new one-man show reveals so much more.
Mar 22, 2016

Nikkita Oliver connects art, activism and education

Meet Nikkita Oliver, Seattle poet, teaching artist, lawyer and jail chaplain.
Mar 21, 2016

Redmond Indian clothing co. takes on challenges of cross-cultural fashion

The owner of Ravishing Marketplace hopes her original designs can bring Indian clothing styles into the mainstream.
Mar 11, 2016

Thai film “Cemetery of Splendor” blends surrealism and fear

Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul will not show his film "Cemetery Of Splendor" in Thailand because of heightened censorship after a 2014 coup.
Mar 9, 2016
Vivian Vo-Farmer is an 18-year-old Asian American YouTube star based in Seattle whose channel has over one million subscribers. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Lemos )

Asian American YouTube stars sidestep Hollywood

Young Asian American Youtube stars like Seattle's Vivian Vo-Farmer are shrinking traditional paths to fame and using their ethnicity as an asset.
Mar 8, 2016
Bernard White plays Amir and J. Anthony Crane plays Isaac in the Seattle Rep's production of Disgraced. (Photo by Liz Lauren)

How Muslims are “Disgraced” by the most popular play in America

Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced is filling theaters and thrilling critics by putting American Muslims on the defensive.
Mar 2, 2016

Top 5 things to do in Seattle this March

Tons of Globalist-y things to do in Seattle this month, from International Women's Day events, to the Black to the Future Hackathon and a nerve-wracking Spelling Bee!
Women Rebelling 4 by Houri Ronasi

“Women Rebelling” will challenge the way you think about the hijab

In Women Rebelling, local artist Houri Ronasi explores the effects of the Iranian revolution and Islamicization of Persian culture on women.
Feb 29, 2016

Seattle artists bring Afrofuturism to Black Future Month

Performances at Gay City Arts, Chop Suey and Nectar Lounge emphasized "future" in Black Future Month.
Feb 26, 2016

Seattle burlesque shows embrace “the brown and the round”

Fun and socially witty burlesque shows have performers diverse in color, size and gender, and have commented on Black Lives Matter, climate change and more.
Feb 19, 2016
Still from "For Here or To Go?"

Tech visa film vents frustrations of high-skilled immigrants

Can a movie change a law? "For Here or To Go?" takes a humorous look at flaws in the high skilled immigration system.
Feb 18, 2016