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Skeleton Theatre, Remains of Hills and When Instinct Trumps Evidence

Megan Sukys
10/31/2008

West Seattleite Chris Walker has more than pumpkins in his yard this year. He has built a giant pirate ship with a crew of moving, talking skeletons. We take a look at Skeleton Theatre. Then, we examine art that traces Seattle's cycle of construction and destruction.

At 2:05 p.m. – When Instinct Trumps Evidence

If you're suspected of committing a crime, you're innocent until proven guilty. In human relationships, the opposite is usually true. That's the dilemma Glenda Burgess faced when she met the man she considered her soul mate. The Spokane–based writer recounts her unlikely relationship in the book, "The Geography of Love." In an archive from September 9, 2008, Glenda tells Megan Sukys that why she married a man who was the prime suspect in his ex–wife's murder.

At 2:20 p.m. – Remains of Hills

Construction crews in Seattle will soon demolish buildings and streets on Capitol Hill to make way for a new light rail transit station. A similar demolition took place a few decades back when a street car route on Capitol Hill was dismantled to provide space for automobiles. This cycle of construction and destruction has caught the imagination of Seattle artists Robin Stein and Perrin Teal–Sullivan. Using old images of Seattle under construction they've created a temporary art installation called "Remains of Hills." The exhibit is on view in one of the buildings scheduled for demolition to make way for light rail.

At 2:40 p.m. – Robert Horton Movie Reviews

Robert Horton reviews Hollywood Blockbusters and art house rarities every Friday on Sound Focus. He joins us with a look at films screening in our region this weekend.

At 2:50 p.m. – Skeleton Theatre

A modest West Seattle yard is currently home to two pirate ships. One is 24' long with a 25' tall mast. Fog machines, lights, and a wave machine are also in place, setting the scene for motorized skeleton actors. Chris Walker has spent the past year recycling scraps and asking friends for favors in order to put on a two night show he calls Skeleton Theatre.

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