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An excited, masked crowd, many of whom were college-aged folk clad in Dr. Martens, packed tightly around the stage at the Neptune Theatre on Sept. 25 to see indie rock band Japanese Breakfast perform.

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For the layperson, navigating the world of Japanese theater is difficult. The flashy makeup characteristics of Kabuki and the intricate puppets of Bunraku constitute greater art forms that take individual performers a lifetime to master. Films like “Spirited Away” circulated objects paramoun…

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As the lights faded atop the Fisher Pavilion stage and the first kick drums hit I looked up to the late-summer sky to see something unlike anything I had ever witnessed in my life. The sky, often gray and muddy, was visibly light purple, with fluffy clouds scattered in a seemingly perfect ye…

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As May becomes June, like clockwork, rainbows illuminate both virtual and physical spaces as major metropolitan and rural areas alike hold pride parades and festivals to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Last weekend marked the return of the largest video game convention in the greater Seattle area, PAX West. Since 2004, PAX West (formerly PAX Prime) has served as a congregation for all things nerd and geek-adjacent. 

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As the music slows and the show ends, audience members come up to Alex Wagner. They talk. They cry. Most of all, Wagner and his audience see one another as their authentic selves.