The Perfect Party

Here’s who we’d invite if we could entertain this month’s most interesting visitors, locals, and newsmakers.

By Allison Williams January 25, 2012 Published in the February 2012 issue of Seattle Met

Paula Clapp

The longtime philanthropy pro joins 10 local activist women to raise funds for the youth-oriented Bridge Program, perhaps in a bid to outcharity the Gates clan.

Philip Eaton

Before stepping down as Seattle Pacific University president after 16 years, he’s inviting Tent City to his campus for two months. The homeless encampment keeps it alcohol-free—who’ll break it to the college kids?

Donald Byrd

Spectrum Dance’s artistic director tackles race and gender in his dances, but how will he make Oklahoma! edgy? Finally expose the screwy sexual politics of “I’m just a girl who cain’t say no”? (5th Avenue, opens Feb 3)

Dave Isay

He’ll pick the best love stories from his oral-history endeavor, StoryCorps, to share with Seattle for Valentine’s Day—it’ll be like Love Actually: Live! (Town Hall, Feb 7)

Robin Held

As chief curator at the Frye Art Museum, she commissioned dark, daring, and multidisciplinary art; now she turns her radical eye to the media nonprofit Reel Grrls.

Ali Tarhouni

The University of Washington business prof returned from his native Libya, having served as finance minister during the revolution. Don’t try telling this teacher you were too busy to do your homework.

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