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Shine On: 2013 Artists of the Year

They moved, they shook, they came from Seattle and left this year better than they found it.

Megan Griffiths collected kudos for her 2012 film Eden, premiered her latest film, Lucky Them, at the Toronto International Film Festival and continued her work as an all-around emissary for the Seattle film industry.
Shana Cleveland 
and her band La Luz blew up in Seattle, released their debut full-length It’s Alive to national acclaim, toured with Of Montreal and survived a gnarly car wreck in Idaho last month.
Lindy West 
won the Social Media Award from the Women’s Media Center, trolled Internet trolls as columnist for Jezebel, engaged in Twitter war with Roseanne Barr and furthered mainstream understanding of rape culture.
Ryan Mitchell premiered Paradisiacal Rites at On the Boards and Austria’s Donau Festival, was named by Maria Abramovic as one of “10 Young Provocateurs to Watch,” endured a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the arm and brought back leeching.
Wes Hurley held monthly screenings of his cult classic Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel at Central Cinema and penned a column for Seattle Gay News about growing up gay in Russia, which exploded on the Internet and landed him on the Huffington Post.
Nacho Picasso lurked like a perpetual shadow beneath Seattle hip-hop’s sunny exterior, released the High & Mighty mixtape, further revealed the damaged anti-hero behind the grill and consumed an inconceivable amount of drugs and alcohol.
Randy Engstrom reinvigorated Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture as its new director, launched a sweeping arts education initiative, shepherded the city’s $1 million artist call for waterfront redevelopment and attended approximately 6,000 arts events in a single year.
Rachel Marshall furthered her laid-back food and drink empire with a new ginger beer bar at Pike Place and an expansion to her Capitol Hill bar Montana and announced plans for yet another venture called Nacho Borracho.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis played packed arenas and concert halls around the world, topped the Billboard charts twice, appeared on Saturday Night Live, won three VMAs, became household names and spent a lot of money at Value Village.
Jerick Hoffer won RuPaul’s Drag Race as his alter ego Jinkx Monsoon, stormed New York with a four-month run of The Vaudevillians, dazzled as Hedwig at the Moore (a short reprise runs this month) and is rumored to possibly replace Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig on Broadway next year.

Illustrations by Shannon Perry

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