Smack talk? How about a smack drawing Sep 9, 2009

by Jessica

Smack talk is getting more creative - we recently received this outfit rendering from our friends at 4Culture:

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[Art by Sara Edwards and Paige Weinheimer]

Fellow contestants - if you have uniforms and/or official colors, let us know in the comments!

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Pick-6 suggestions Sep 9, 2009

by Jessica

Need help choosing 6 shows to make a specialized package of OtB's 09/10 season? Try one of these on for size:

Theater lovers
Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company
Reggie Watts | Tommy Smith
Diana Szeinblum
Pacific Operaworks | Seattle Chamber Players
 “Awesome ”
Rimini Protokoll

Dance lovers
Diana Szeinblum
The A.W.A.R.D. Show!
Olivier Wevers  | Whim W'Him
Bruno Beltrão | Grupo de Rua
Break a Heart
Morgan Thorson | Low

Music/theater/dance sampler
Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company
Reggie Watts
Bruno Beltrão | Grupo de Rua
Seattle Chamber Players
 “Awesome ”
Rimini Protokoll

Holiday Gift
Olivier Wevers | Whim W'Him
Bruno Beltrão | Grupo de Rua
Pacific Operaworks | Seattle Chamber Players

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Start placing your bets Sep 4, 2009

by Jessica

The official Badminton Royale bracket has been made:

badminton bracket2  

Click on the image to see the full size AND make your own predictions about who will make it all the way. Know who you think might win the whole thing? Let us know in the comments!

PS - Here are a few logistics for those playing:
-You must check in to your court 5 minutes before your kick-off time (if you miss your time, your game will be forfeited.
-Our courts are gravel. Please bring good shoes and kneepads or elbow pads if you plan to play aggressively.
-We will have...

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A guide to the arts smackdown happening on Sep 22 Aug 31, 2009

by Jessica


We currently have 25 teams signed up to play and have created a tournament bracket of 4 rounds (similar to the NCAA).   As a result of our huge response, we will need to begin our tournament a bit earlier than anticipated and hope this is not an inconvenience. This is what we have proposed:

Round 1 (3:30pm – 5:30pm): Teams will play the best 2 out of 3 games (games to 11). We will have 3 start times: 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm and 5:00pm (you will be assigned a time in advance)  

Round 2: (5:30 –6:30): The 16 winning teams will play the best 2 out of 3 games (games to 11). We will have 2 start times: 5:30pm and 6:00pm

Round 3 (6:30 – 7:00): The 8 winning teams will play the best 2 out of 3 games (games to 11).

Round 4 (7:00-7:30): The 4 winning teams will play the best 2 out of 3 games (games to 11). We will have a  “wildcard ” court available for those...

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Updated - Badminton Royale participants Aug 19, 2009

by Jessica

We've got a new and improved list of all Badminton Royale participants:
5th Avenue
Artist Trust
Central District Forum
Frye Art Museum
Giant Magnet
Henry Art Gallery
Meany Hall
NW Film Forum
Pacific Northwest Ballet
the Rep
Seattle Opera
Seattle Theater Group (The Moore &  The Paramount)
The Stranger
Tacoma Art Museum
Town Hall

Official bracket coming soon!

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Badminton Royale: Arts Smackdown! Jul 29, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

As a fun addition to our annual Tailgate Party, OtB invited our peer arts-focused organizations to each submit a team to participate in Badminton Royale, a badminton round-robin tournament.

Well, it seems that the arts community is far from the touchy-feely portrait we have painted in the past and our peers are hard-asses with competitive badminton in their pasts.

Due to the high volume of smack-talking and request by some participants for things like  “rules, ” we have set up this blog to facilitate conversation about this exciting  “community building ” event. PARTICIPANTS AND VOYEURS, please come here for your one-stop for information on Badminton Royale.


When: Tuesday, September 22nd from 5pm-9pm (if we have lots of teams, we may start a bit earlier)

What: A badminton round-robin tournament for teams of 2 players. (a final schedule and tournament rules...

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OtBTV | Contemporary Performances On Demand Jul 29, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Want to watch that artist you read about in the NY Times on your iPod while flying cross-country? Want to show your aunt in Racine, WI that kick-ass performance by Tanja Liedtke from OtB last spring? Are you too cheap to see a live performance, but want to stay culturally hip? Do you like contemporary performance better when you are sitting around in your pajamas? Are you an insomniac?

In early 2010 OtB will launch OtBTV, the first-of-its-kind online pay-per-view series offering high quality and hi-def, full-length OtB-style performances. We’re creating the live art equivalent to the museum catalogue, providing access for those not able to see a show due to scheduling, geography or cost, and giving art fans the opportunity to revisit a favorite piece again and again. OtBTV will also host extra features like podcasts, audience blogs, artist voices and other contextual information. Filmed at OtB, as well as at peer theaters across the globe, the performances in...

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grant for change Jul 23, 2009

by Tania Kupczak

Our friends down at the Portland-based technical clothing company Nau asked us to spread the word on a great grant opportunity for folks (hello artists!) who are making a difference through their creative work.

More info at

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