Chanteuse, comedienne and cabaret star Lady Rizo recently told alma mater Cornish College that she’ll know she’s truly successful when drag queens start doing impressions of her. But as a major force on the NYC singing scene and with a Grammy under her belt, Ms. Rizo (aka Amelia Zirin-Brown) has already arrived. She struts her stuff locally in The Hot Spot, Teatro ZinZanni’s new show (through 6/7; zinzanni.com). Location: El Diablo Coffee Co. on Queen Anne
On a Thursday evening one year ago this May, I walked into my kitchen wearing flannel pajamas. I had just driven back to my apartment in Seattle after guiding a three-day summit bid on Mount Rainier, and I could still feel the raw bite of the wind on my face. A light flashed on my phone’s glowing screen. I assumed it would be a cheerful emoticon from a friend, but on the screen was a text from one of my fellow guides:“FYI: there’s an Alpine Ascents team two days overdue on Liberty Ridge.”
Did you score any free coffee from Starbucks on Friday? A tech glitch that happened around 4 p.m. on Friday caused the coffee chain's point-of-sale computer systems to shut down registers at stores in the U.S. and Canada, The Puget Sound Business Journal reports. Baristas were handing out gratis coffee drinks until stores closed. Stores opened normally on Saturday and the issue was resolved.
Glassybaby Launches Non-Profit, Will Illuminate 1-90. On Friday, May 1, your morning commute over I-90 may look surprisingly different. With the help of 1,500 ambassadors, Glassybaby will illuminate the I-90 (pedestrian) bridge from end to end with Light the Bridge, an outdoor celebration and art installation.
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10, so it's that time of year again where you show a little gratitude to your mom or any caring, female role model in your life for all she has done for you. I mean, raising someone like you? That's some intense labor right there. If you feel like you go through the same cycle of chocolates, flowers and greeting cards every year, you've come to the right place. We present to you activities for all kinds of moms, from the artists and beauty lovers to the fitness-obsessed and slightly eccentric (yet very lovable), this Mother's Day!
Must Go EastCanvas of Style Runway Show Saturday (4/25, 9 a.m.) The style set will flock to Bellevue Square's center court to preview the season's must-have trends during this before-hours fashion show.
Need for speed: You won't be driving 75 miles per hour on any state highways any time soon. King 5 News reports that Governor Jay Inslee "partially vetoed" House Bill 2181 yesterday, which would "have raised the speed limit on certain stretches of the state's highways to 70 or 75 miles per hour." The portion of the bill that remains intact will allow an investigation into how speed limit increases affect safety.
Is it time to kill the death penalty in Washington?
That question has been brought to the fore in the last year. Governor Jay Inslee has let it be known that no prisoner will be executed on his watch. The state Legislature has held hearings on a proposal to end capital punishment in the state, a bipartisan bill backed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, City Council president Tim Burgess and a unanimous council.
Teachers to strike: Educators across eight school districts have planned a one-day strike to protest the lack of funding for public schools, King 5 News reports. The plan is as follows: "On Wednesday, the Stanwood-Camano, Arlington and Lakewood School Districts will hold one-day strikes and a joint rally. On Friday, the Blaine, Ferndale, Bellingham, and Mt. Vernon school districts will walk out of class.
’Tis the season of limos and corsages, lines out The Cheesecake Factory door and reminiscing about proms past. But while memories can be tricky, and we may fudge a detail here and there, the prom photo never lies. Have a look at these Seattleites decked out in their high school best.Hail to prom season!1. Artist and gallery owner Tariqa Waters, Surrattsville High School, Clinton, Maryland, 1998
While shiny new buildings crowd the Seattle skyline, local artists are moving into old forgotten spaces—and transforming them into promising new arts venues.1. Ballard Homestead6451 Jones Ave. NW in Ballard, built in 1923, open since MarchMost recently: Church of the Nazarene Who’s behind it: Abbey Arts, the people behind Fremont Abbey Arts CenterFocus: Live music comcerts, literary classes, cultural events (also available as a rental event space)