Commonplace Objects, Uncommon Stories: An Evening with "The Blue Suit"

Commonplace Objects, Uncommon Stories: An Evening with "The Blue Suit"

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Nesholm Family Lecture Hall

Mercer Street

Seattle, WA 98109

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Join us Wednesday, September 7th as we explore the podcast The Blue Suit with host Shin Yu Pai.

About this event

Join KUOW, Wednesday, September 7th at McCaw Hall's Nesholm Family Lecture Hall in Seattle for a special evening of storytelling about commonplace objects with immense meaning, featuring The Blue Suit host Shin Yu Pai and special guests Wing Luke Museum Exhibit Director Jessica Rubenacker, musician Tomo Nakayama, and UW Senior Artist in Residence Anida Youe Ali. You’ll hear narratives of the Asian diaspora, told through personal artifacts and heirlooms – from a night-blooming cactus to a plastic tub of miso. These objects aren’t in a museum, but should be. Come hear their stories.

About this podcast:

Across eight episodes, The Blue Suit explores commonplace objects and the people who transform them into something remarkable. From a beautiful night-blooming cactus grown from clippings to a culinary ingredient to a sparkly red garment worn in global performance art happenings, The Blue Suit reexamines what gets elevated to heirloom status.


Shin Yu Pai, host of KUOW's podcast The Blue Suit

Featured Guests:

Jessica Rubenacker, Exhibits Director of The Wing Luke Museum, plant collector and curator

Anida Yoeu Ali, Senior Artist in Residence at University of Washington at Bothell, performance artist, and global agitator

Tomo Nakayama, Seattle singer, songwriter, and composer

Thanks to our community partners: International Examiner & South Seattle Emerald

Doors open at 6 p.m. at McCaw Hall's Nesholm Family Lecture Hall in Seattle: 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA

Photography and audio will be recorded at this event of the stage and live audience.

Proof of vaccination and masks are not required. However, KUOW & UW strongly encourage wearing a mask for all event attendees.

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