Culture Blogs

Wednesday, 11/21/2012 10:03 PM
MUST HEARBrandi CarlileOpens Friday (11/23-11/25) - The Northwest country star returns to Benaroya Hall to perform music from her new album, Bear Creek. The Seattle Symphony accompanies her big, beautiful voice. Read Brangien Davis' interview with the singer from our November issue. 11/23–11/25. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747;
Wednesday, 11/21/2012 5:43 PM
Maybe it’s time we flipped the bird off the Thanksgiving menu and replaced it with the original other white meat, eel. You know, the fish those first settlers probably ate instead of turkey.
Monday, 11/19/2012 6:05 PM
As part of their current exhibition Mw [Moment Magnitude], the Frye Museum Store has been re-conceptualized by photographer Charlie Schuck into one of the most exciting and interesting retail experiences to hit the scene in ages.
Friday, 11/16/2012 7:37 PM
Like many of you, earlier this week I giggled and snickered at Pete Wells' New York Times all-question takedown of Guy Fieri's Times Square behemoth, Guy's Kitchen and Bar. It's the most emailed Times article right now, and why wouldn't it be?
Thursday, 11/15/2012 4:39 PM
MUST LAUGHThe Habit Opens Friday (11/16-12/2) — The scintillating local sextet, featuring funny Seattle actors John Osebold and Mark Siano, is back with a series of reunion shows and an all-new act, including exquisite comic timing, clever wordplay and kooky characters ranging from Peter Pan to God himself.
Tuesday, 11/13/2012 8:25 PM
Seattle loves pho (if you're new on the block: our dining editor explains what it is, how to pronounce it and where to get her favorite here). And Seattleites love to claim they know where to find the best pho.
Tuesday, 11/13/2012 7:42 PM
Stacy Rosevear on Artsyo
Every house has one: the ugly, underperforming wall. You've seen it: 12x10 feet and bearing only a paltry letter-sized college diploma. Or worse, an over-sized novelty clock. Meanwhile, thousands upon thousands* of works by local artists live like unemployed post-grads: perpetually hanging out in coffee houses or leaning against storage sheds. Stop this neglect. Give local art a home.
Tuesday, 11/13/2012 1:52 AM
Patty Grazini paper sculpture
A visit to Curtis Steiner’s store can be like stepping through the wardrobe, or falling down the rabbit hole, or entering any other parallel universe that is equally alluring, mysterious and beautiful. Steiner populates his Ballard shop with quirky, haunting ephemera for the home; true conversation starters, object d’art, amazing, meticulous, tiny hand-beaded jewelry and antiques.
Thursday, 11/08/2012 10:10 PM
A 14-foot long, scale model of the design for Seattle's new waterfront will be on display at the downtown central library, starting next week. Stop by to get a clearer sense of the multifaceted improvements planned for both Alaskan Way and the sea wall. The design has not yet undergone environmental review. Construction is currently projected to be completed in 2019. From the press release:
Thursday, 11/08/2012 10:19 PM
MUST TASTEShots. Yes, ShotsThrowing back a shot at the bar is not a connoisseur move. Lately, however, more gourmet shots are appearing on menus. Allison Austin Scheff notes a few in our Best New Restaurants story, among other intriguing dining trends that surfaced this year. MUST SHOPNordstrom Rack
Thursday, 11/08/2012 12:06 AM
Mw [Moment Magnitude], a boundary-crossing, description-eluding, interdisciplinary arts summit, of sorts, is taking over the Frye over the next three months.
Wednesday, 11/07/2012 11:42 PM
1. Singing and dancing in the streets as a direct result of seeing change in action. 2. President Obama’s now famous Tweet, and that moment when the entire Obama family initially took the stage.
Monday, 11/05/2012 10:59 PM
My father told me never to get into a car with a stranger. I wonder how he'd feel about it if an app existed that knew which strangers were trustworthy, and which were, perhaps, even potential friends? And what if this app could also arrange for me (when I'm carless and in a rush) to get convenient lifts from these new friends? As of November 2, Seattle has just such an app thanks to San Francisco-based SideCar, a ride-share service that grew quickly enough—50,000 rides so far—to inspire CEO Sunil Paul to expand it in Seattle.
Friday, 11/02/2012 10:34 PM
Thanks to popular movies, the character of Seattle’s romantic landscape seems fixed in a few iconic images from the early ’90s: a) John Cusack broadcasting Peter Gabriel in the rain, b) Matt Dillon wearing high grunge, c) Tom Hanks on a houseboat. But we’d like to give some screen time to real singles—Seattleites in the present tense. Far from pathetic or brooding, they are adventurous, entrepreneurial and funny, much like the city itself.
Thursday, 11/01/2012 4:27 PM
MUST HEARKnute Berger at the Space needleThursday (11/1) — Seattle magazine editor-at-large Knute Berger is presenting MOHAI’s esteemed Denny Lecture tomorrow night at the Space Needle. The topic du jour? Why, the Space Needle, of course. Learn all about the truly quirkly origins of the Needle, as recounted in Berger’s new book, Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle, plus, be among the first to hear about new discoveries he’s made since publishing the book.