Tamesha Means was 18 weeks pregnant in 2010 when her water broke. The Michigan woman visited a nearby Catholic hospital twice, and was sent home, each time in severe pain, according to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU in December of last year. Doctors at the hospital, directed by Catholic guidelines that forbid abortion, did not tell her that her fetus had virtually no chance of survival or that the safest treatment was to terminate the pregnancy, which was the case, according to the suit.
Must SIFFThe Seattle International Film Festival Opens(5/15 to 6/8, times vary) — Seattle’s most famous film festival celebrates its 40th birthday with a sprightly commitment to fresh filmmaking from all over the globe. Put a local twist in your lineup by checking out films such as Lucky Them, Big in Japan and The Breach by Seattle filmmakers.
Every year, the Mariners go old school, rolling back the clock to a bygone era for Turn Back the Clock Night at Safeco Field. This year’s time travel happens on Saturday, May 24, and the vintage inspiration is Starsky & Hutch, a quintessential television show of the late 1970s. For the game against the Houston Astros, teams will don retro 1979 uniforms, which for the M’s means a return of the classic trident logo.
Best known for her powerful pipes (which she’s employed playing a wicked stepsister in the musical Cinderella, singing the national anthem before Seahawks games and in many other roles), Sarah Rudinoff also possesses major acting chops and an electrifying stage presence (Torso at Theater Off Jackson; The Clay Duke at On the Boards). This month, she goes it alone with a funny new solo show, Is This Real Life?, which she’ll premiere as part of the NW New Works Festival. 6/6–6/8. ontheboards.org
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.