You never know what you’ll find at Westlake Park—a protest, a preacher, a person you wish would stop playing bagpipes. Even with recent splashy improvements, it’s a two-block petri dish swabbed with disparate strains of human culture. This month, add to the urban science experiment a 40-foot-tall geodesic-dome theater, courtesy of Portland’s Umpqua Bank.
In our bi-monthly Seattlemag.com column, Knute Berger--who writes regularly for Seattle Magazine and Crosscut.com and is a frequent pundit on KUOW--takes an in-depth look at some of the highly topical and sometimes polarizing issues in our city.We all know Seattle is changing faster than we can keep up with it. The cityscape is morphing rapidly before our eyes. That it’s become one big construction site is no illusion.
Despite being world-famous and on top of his musical craft as the lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America, Seattle’s Chris Ballew felt unsatisfied. Something told him there was another style of art out there and the rock-and-roll he was playing wasn’t quite it.
Thankfully, for Ballew’s state of mind, he met his wife Kate Endle, whose visual artwork provided the inspiration for his new mode of songwriting, called kindie rock, and his new moniker, Caspar Babypants.
Expectations were high. The Seahawks, who have been to the past two Super Bowls (with the most recent trip requiring an upset over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship), lost their season opener last week. And this week, they knew their opponent, the Green Bay Packers, would have their teeth showing in the rematch. Not to mention Seattle is hungry for a win after a gut-wrenching Super Bowl loss to the hated New England Patriots last February.
But after the week 2 game, just like week 1, Hawks fans were disappointed and the team fell to 0-2.
After a Seahawks loss, do you ever feel like it was partially your fault? Like maybe you could have done more as a fan—cheered a little louder, sent more good vibes toward the television, or decked yourself out in more blue and green gear? It’s a silly superstition, but I feel it every time.
Much has been made of Seattle’s first-ever council race featuring seven of nine positions selected by geographic district. With 45 candidates, it certainly yielded a clamorous primary. But the general election holds the potential for another first: a female majority. Of the 18 candidates on the ballot, 10 are women, and five led in the primary.
Let the demolition begin. IKEA begins demolition today—September 17—to make room for its 406,000-square-foot facility in downtown Renton. The store—which will be built across the street from its current Seattle-area location—comes with 1,600 parking spaces. Customers can continue shopping at the current location until construction is complete in spring 2017.
Bertha isn’t the only tunneler in town. Seattle artist Rick Araluce is known for his miniature-scale sculptures of haunting interior spaces as well as the giant-scale sets he creates for the Seattle Opera. Now he’s embarking on The Great Northern, a less than full-scale but still massive replica of the 111-year-old, 1-mile-long tunnel that still funnels trains beneath downtown Seattle.
Must SeeBold Play Bootycandy at Intiman Theatre Festival(9/16 to 10/3, times vary) Through a life-spanning patchwork of scenes and sketches, this semi-autobiographical dark comedy by Robert O’Hara tells one man’s story of growing up black and gay. Witness his obsession with Michael Jackson, liberal use of Jheri Curl and awkward romantic encounters in this satire that rings at times hilarious, at others crushing.
Earlier this year, Seattle’s single-family zoning suffered a near-death experience when Mayor Ed Murray’s affordable housing panel endorsed what would be an effective citywide up-zoning of the neighborhoods. It sparked an instant uproar, and the mayor quickly backed off. And for the moment, the dream of owning your own house in Seattle—if you can pull together the scratch—dodged a bullet.
Seattle abounds with culinary diversity. Stroll through most neighborhoods and you will likely spot a taco shack, gyro joint and pho house within blocks of each other. Walk another half mile and you’ll probably hit stellar sushi and vegan almost anything. But, Southern food—soul-coaxing dishes, such as shrimp and grits, collard greens, and biscuits and gravy—has never dominated our restaurant landscape.
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There was once a time when two-minute pop songs ruled the American airwaves.
Much of what you heard on the radio mid-century were supremely catchy tunes like Elvis’ “That’s All Right” (1:56) or “Don’t Be Cruel” (2:01); The Beatles’ “Love Me Do” (2:20) or “Can’t Buy Me Love” (2:11); or Patsy Kline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” (1:59) or “Back in Baby’s Arms” (2:03).