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2015: Most watched Seattle Channel productions of the year

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An aviator, an artist, mentors, musicians and more. Here’s a look back at 2015 and the shows that you watched the most.

1. Art Zone with Nancy Guppy: Duff McKagan
This special episode of Art Zone features an interview with Duff McKagan. Duff grew up in Seattle, (almost) graduated from Roosevelt High School, and in the 1980s moved to Los Angeles where he played bass for Guns N’ Roses. Duff has done a lot of living since those heady stadium rock days, including writing a second book “How to Be a Man (and other illusions)” inspired by his column for Seattle Weekly. He sat down in host Nancy Guppy’s living room to talk about the forthcoming book, music, family and his personal hair-care regime.

2. Civic Cocktail: October 2015 with Gary Locke and Rick Steves
Host Joni Balter sits down with two homegrown guys with international ties for a wide-ranging conversation that spans local to global issues. First up, former governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke talks about preserving local jobs while collaborating in a global economy. Then famed travel author and TV personality Rick Steves shares the stories behind his many books and shows. Plus he offers tips for planning your next trip.

3. Community Stories: History of the Wildrose
The Wildrose on Capitol Hill is the only lesbian bar in Seattle, and now one of the oldest on the West Coast. It’s truly an institution in the gay community, and keeping the doors open for more than 30 years hasn’t been easy. Wildrose, which has evolved with the changing character of the Pike/Pine corridor and lesbian culture, remains a mainstay. Community Stories meets co-owners Shelley Brothers and Martha Manning and celebrates the history of this pioneering bar as a place for fun, self-expression and kinship.

4. Community Stories: Enfu
Known to most as Enfu, Seattle-based artist Ken Taya’s work speaks to generations of Asian Americans. From the gritty exploration of his cultural identity to fatherhood to the evolution of his artistic style to kawaii or “cute” in Japanese, Community Stories examines the whimsical and cross-cultural relevance of Enfu’s work, which has won him fans around the world. Known for a body of work that includes video-game design, printmaking, fashion and comic strips, Enfu’s projects meld culture and coolness and are set to help illustrate Seattle’s Japantown renaissance.

5. City Inside/Out: Council Elections Position 3 – Banks vs. Sawant
Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant faces off with challenger Pamela Banks in the race for council district position 3.

6. Art Zone: Ernie Sapiro
Photographer and man-about-music Ernie Sapiro teases an upcoming large scale portrait project, “Musician.”

7. CityStream: Leadership through Sports
Learn how Companion Athletics works to engage East African kids through athletic programs and mentorship.

8. Art Zone with Nancy Guppy: Kurt Bloch
Seattle music legend, Kurt Bloch, talks about a life playing guitar, producing records and satisfying his inner “teen rocker.”

9. Art Zone: SIFF Special
Art Zone visits the great nation of PhinneyWood. Host Nancy Guppy visits Versatile Arts, a hidden rehearsal space for Seattle’s aerial artists. Over burgers and shakes at Red Mill Burgers, actor John Aylward discusses his latest role as Big Daddy in ACT’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Family-owned A-1 pianos hosts jazz icon Overton Berry and bassist Jeff Davies for two original numbers from Berry’s new CD “Eleven is Forever.” Jump to Georgetown’s Fantagraphics, a graphic-novel retailer and publishing company, and learn how owner Gary Groth made a career out of comics. Then Nancy waxes poetic about the Bloedel Reserve, a public garden on Bainbridge Island.

10. CityStream: Honor and History
CityStream takes flight, heading back in time to famed aviator Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 visit to Seattle – a national hero at the height of his fame. Get a glimpse of the rare footage donated to the UW Libraries’ Special Collections. Then, tour a living museum within the Nisei Veterans Committee Memorial Hall, where exhibits reveal the wartime experiences of Japanese Americans. Plus, we dive deep into the scrap heap with a small business that gives new life to old building materials. Join host Josephine Cheng from the Nisei Veterans Hall for these stories and more.