She’s channeled a sleepy princess, a star-crossed lover and a human cursed to live as a swan—all while strapped into toe shoes. And now Kaori Nakamura is taking on an entirely new role. After 17 years with Pacific Northwest Ballet (16 as a principal dancer), she’s retiring from the stage at the end of this season, but will stay on with PNB as a faculty member at the ballet school. Dance fans will miss the precise, weightless grace she radiated on stage, playing pivotal characters in Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Merry Widow, Coppélia and other ballets.
The Bumbershoot lineup is here! The Bumbershoot lineup is here! And it looks especially awesome this year! Personally, I'm stoked about Elvis Costello, The Dismemberment Plan, The Replacements, Nada Surf, The Afghan Whigs, and locally based goodness including The Lonely Forest, Shelby Earl, Evan Flory-Barnes and La Luz. See the full list at bumbershoot.org and plan accordingly.
The Madrona home that Alex Landes shares with her partner, Chris Koehler, boasts a stunning view of Lake Washington, with Mount Baker and Mount Rainier visible in the distance. But equally eye-catching is the art collection, which Landes has been amassing for the past 15 years.
Must BrunchMother’s Day is Coming! Best Brunch Spots in SeattleSunday (5/11, times vary) — Belly up to these favorite eateries for Mom’s big day. Still need to come up with a present? Visit seattlemag.com to find myriad gift ideas that are perfect for mum.
On the day I was born in December 1956, my father, Lew Wallick, was doing what he did for a living, what he loved best: testing airplanes for The Boeing Company. I admit I find it very cool that my birth certificate lists my father’s “Usual Occupation” as Test Pilot. On that day, Dad was copilot with pilot Ray McPherson on the first flight of the number-two KC-135, the military version of the 707.
Over on our sister site, Seattle Health, editor Niki Stojnic reported on a rather difficult, serious-sounding subject: death. And more importantly the efforts of Bastyr University to make that subject a little less difficult and serious-sounding. Stojnic writes:
Just days before the March Oscars broadcast, reader Kevin Barry e-mailed us a Hollywood-movie-script-style critique of our March 2014 ZIP code story. We wanted to act it out and film it, but were too busy planning our next "lazy and lowbrow" batch of stories. Interior Conference room with ten person table, tastefully but sparsely decorated with modernist art including at least one glass piece that calls to mind Chihuly. Five players, casually dressed engage in a meeting
The Seattle Foundation’s one-day, online-only Give Big event is back on Tuesday, May 6, from 12 a.m. to 12 a.m., encouraging you to donate to your favorite local arts, environmental, civic, educational and health-related nonprofit organizations. Browse SF's extensive database of nonprofits to find the one (or several!) that calls to you and start giving.
Anyone can see the evidence on YouTube: a sea star (also known as a starfish) at the Vancouver Aquarium falling apart over seven hours in a one-minute time-lapse video. First, the middle of the star’s dark body flattens. Then, as the animal squirms all over the tank, its arms twist, pull free of its body and writhe independently. Soon after, the sea star dies. Seattle Aquarium staff veterinarian Dr. Lesanna Lahner has watched the video before, but still finds it unsettling from an ocean health perspective.
“What does it mean to be an indian? What is Indian enough?” These are questions artist Matika Wilbur asks her subjects as she travels across the country interviewing and photographing members of more than 560 federally recognized Native American tribes. You can hear the diverse answers via audio clips—and see the similarly varied portraits—in the new exhibit Photographic Proof of Contemporary Indians: Matika Wilbur’s Project 562.
Must SeeSeattle Opera’s Tales Of Hoffmann Opens(5/3 to 5/17, times vary) — Seattle Opera’s season finale concerns a poet who experiences tragic love with a robot-doll, a soprano of delicate constitution and a devious courtesan—or at least that’s what he tells his drinking buddies. Spoiler alert: This time, it’s poetry that conquers all.
Defiled by muddy feet, spilled lattes and crushed Cheerios, the car mat doesn’t get much respect. In fact, unless they’re being scrubbed, car mats aren’t given much thought at all. But Seattle-based high-end home furnishings company Curran (curranonline.com) aims to raise footwell fashion to new heights.