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Bellevue-based photographer Subhankar Banerjee, whose stunning images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have been on display at the Burke Museum since late June, has cause for celebration. Following U.S. Senate approval of a budget bill that OK'd oil drilling in ANWR, the House Rules Committee removed the drilling component, a move that Banerjee hails as "a big victory" for opponents of Arctic drilling. Banerjee said when moderate Republicans voted the bill down, they "proved that it truly is a bipartisan issue. This place is important for all Americans." The photographer was active in the campaign against the bill; he contributed the image Caribou Migrating Across Frozen Coleen River, also viewable at the Burke, to a full-page ad that ran in The Washington Post and The New York Times prior to the Rules Committee's decision. Banerjee's pictures are on view at the Burke on the UW campus through Dec. 31 ( NEAL SCHINDLER


The Earshot Jazz Festival lost one of its primary venues this year when On the Boards declined to host. But Earshot survived—and thrived, according to Executive Director John Gilbreath. Presenting key shows at the Triple Door and Consolidated Works, it pulled off 60 events in 20 days (Oct. 20–Nov. 6), including concerts, poetry readings, and a film series. And "this from an arts organization with a full-time staff of two," Gilbreath says. LYNN JACOBSON


We note the passing, in Seattle, of William Dunlop—internationally recognized poet, editor at Granta, University of Washington English professor until his 2001 retirement, and prolific writer for this very paper on his twin passions, soccer and opera. Dunlop was lured to the Northwest from his native England by Theodore Roethke in 1962. His Oct. 20 death was honored in The Independent with an obituary by no less than his alphabetically adjacent Cambridge colleague Margaret Drabble.GAVIN BORCHERT


The Northshore Performing Arts Center at Bothell High School opens Saturday, Nov. 19, with a jazz festival. The 600-seat space, completed three months ahead of schedule for $5 million, will host the Woodinville Repertory Theatre, the Attic Theatre Company, the Seattle Philharmonic, Olympic Ballet, and others this season. . . . Caroline Cumming loses the word "interim" from her title as she officially becomes 911 Media Arts Center's executive director, a post she assumed in July following two years as a board trustee and 11 years as a member. . . . To honor Lisa Corrin, Seattle Art Museum's outgoing deputy director of art and the artistic force behind the Olympic Sculpture Park, SAM has acquired two works: Claude Zervas' sculpture Nooksack (2005) and Shirin Neshat's video Tooba (2002), both scheduled for display at the Seattle Asian Art Museum next year. GAVIN BORCHERT

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