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The Allen at the ACT Theatre is a smaller theater that can hold up to 420 people. Complete with high tech sound and visual systems this venue holds events such as seminars, meetings and performances.
Another feather in the hat for the artsy neighborhood of Pioneer Square, just South of downtown, this gallery explores the culminating local art culture. Showcasing contemporary works in form of paintings, drawings, sculptures, light based works, wax art, chocolate art, interactive media and sound installations, this gallery has already created a name for itself locally and nationally. And the fact that this non-profit organization is owned and operated by a group of local artists (members) shows how progressive the burgeoning art is today.
A stone's throw from the Seattle Art Museum, this bright gallery displays a little bit of everything in its theatrical space, vivid paintings, sculptures, photographs, pottery and mixed-media works. Opened in 1977, William Traver Gallery has good collections of glass from the Pilchuck School, the glassmaking institution made famous by the colorful swirls of Dale Chihuly. Solo shows, such as Ann Gardiner's scintillating mosaic exhibition, are certain to impress viewers.
Charles and Emma Frye arrived in Seattle in 1888. Throughout a 25-year period, they amassed an unrivaled collection (eventually more than 230 pieces) of fine art painted by both American and European artists, mostly from the 19th and 20th Centuries. A trust in Charles Frye's will made provisions for a free public art museum, and today anyone can view the collection at no charge. Located on First Hill, the Frye Art Museum also includes the Gallery Cafe. Free parking is also available across from the main entrance.
A big, gorgeous space flooded with natural light, Gail Gibson's Gallery on the second-floor emphasizes photography and sculpture, often in combination. Themes vary at the whim of the artist and the gallery owner. You might see a retrospective on the history of baseball or a series of "shadow" photographs in which the images look like faint scraps of ghosts. The creaky floorboards add a nice bit of atmosphere to such mysterious shows.
Founded in 1989, the Pike Brewing Company is a brewery, pub, and restaurant. Stop by for lunch or dinner in this 1920s industrial-style restaurant and watch beer being crafted right before your eyes. The creative menu complements the beers well. Try the handmade German sausage with smoked pork chop, bacon and sauerkraut, and the poached salmon. And don't forget the Pike Street Stout float for dessert! Finish up with a cigar in the Pike Pub Lounge. The pub also hosts meetings, receptions and parties for up to 500 guests, with table service or buffet-style catering. Also visit the Seattle Microbrewery Museum.