Photography Show: Featuring the work of Ting Li Wang


Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Concrete Theatre
45920 Main Street

You’re invited to a free Photography Show, featuring the work of Ting Li Wang.

Ting Li came to town in February 2022, intrigued by the idea of Mardi Gras in Concrete! After photographing the event, we talked to her about her work and asked if she’d share it.

“My journey in photography started in small town USA,” said Ting Li. “As a graduate student at Ohio University in Athens, I loved finding and meeting special people- like Hathaway Meadows, a centenarian born on Valentine’s Day in 1898 or 16-year-old single mother with twins, Lisa Allbery, who was determined to finish high school.”

Telling stories with compelling photography is her passion. Her career included time as a staff photographer for The New York Times.

“In the 6 exhilarating years that followed,” she said, “I covered stories across America, local happenings in the 5 boroughs of New York City and at times had the good fortune of doing travel stories internationally.”

Ting Li now says: “Life has brought me to beautiful Skagit Valley in Washington. The adventure continues!”

Photo: Concrete Youth Cheer by Ting Li Wang.

Special Guest: Ross Reynolds

Free Presentation:
How Audio Technology Changed the World

Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Concrete Theatre
45920 Main Street

I grew up enthralled with the radio — did you? I remember listening long into the night to the Seattle stations (KJR, KVI, KOMO). It was magical.

Although nowadays we live in a visual world, audio still has the power to create intimacy and spark the imagination like no other medium can.

Veteran broadcaster Ross Reynolds will explore the impact that audio transmission has had on society and storytelling, beginning with the first century of radio up to the modern age of audiobooks, internet streaming, podcasts, and smart speakers.

How has audio transmission changed society, and what makes it such a still powerful form of communication? You will be encouraged to share stories of your formative audio experiences, and local radio broadcasters and podcasters will be invited to share their stories.

This FREE presentation is hosted by the Concrete Heritage Museum, in collaboration with the Concrete Chamber of Commerce, Concrete Theatre, and our local radio station, KSVU 90.1 FM.

This special event is brought to you by the Speakers Bureau of Humanities Washington.

Ross Reynolds is KUOW’s executive producer for community engagement, before which he was a program host for 16 years. His awards include the 2011 Public Radio News Directors First Place in the call-in category for Living in a White City. In 2015, he was named to the University of Washington Communication Alumni Hall of Fame.

Reynolds lives in Seattle.

Please note that this is an in-person event. As a precaution against the continued threat of COVID-19, the host site agrees to follow all local, state, and federal safety guidelines for public gatherings.


About Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau Events

Speakers Bureau talks are free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in between. Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau roster is made up of professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. All talks are free and open to the public, and each lasts about an hour. They are hosted by a wide range of organizations throughout Washington State.


Coming Soon: the Climb in Concrete

On April 16 we held a community meeting to hear all about the most exciting activity being created in Concrete in a long time. New business owners Jeremy and Lisa Akers, along with their two kids, are establishing a climbing wall on the cement silos. Haven’t you always wanted to climb up our most famous landmark and take a look around?!

Jeremy and Lisa are also the new owners of The Hub, next door to the Theatre. They invite you to stop by following this event to take a look around.

For more information about the Silo Climbing Wall, please send a message to Jeremy Akers.