Dr. David C. Grossman, senior investigator at Seattle’s Group Health Research Institute, has served nearly three years of a four-year term as one of 16 members on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which last year was at the center of a controversy arising from its new recommendations on mammography screenings. News reports have indicated that some states stopped offering routine mammograms for uninsured women in their 40s as a result of the task force’s recommendations. That has not happened in Washington, and Dr.
The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair takes place this month (October 9–10; seattlebookfair.com), enticing local book lovers with the promise of fragrant and crumbly yellowed pages, and at the same time prompting the question: Aren’t all ink-and-paper books becoming a bit antiquarian?
Seattle artist and designer Sarah Bergmann is making quite a buzz, thanks to the Pollinator Pathway, a project she began in 2008 with the intent of creating more habitat for local bees and other pollinating creatures. If you haven’t heard, the nation’s population of pollinators is plummeting, and the pathway aims to aid their plight by transforming a milelong section of city-owned planting strips into carefully planned groupings of flora—mostly native to the Northwest—designed to attract native bees, butterflies and moths.
How does a longtime metalhead channel her deep desire to quilt? In the case of Boo Davis, 36, she quits her day job as an illustrator for The Seattle Times, creates a label called Quiltsrÿche (quiltsryche.com) and uses traditional techniques to make quilts featuring the “devil horns” hand sign and tributes to heavy-metal bands. Davis’ “evil quilts” have gained raucous acclaim in the alt-craft community and landed her a book deal that resulted in the August publication of Dare to Be Square Quilting: A Block-by-Block Guide to Making Patchwork and Quilts (Potter Craft, $21.99).
The tide is out, revealing a great seaweed-matted mud flat. Gulls are scattered on it like huge, mobile, white-feathered clamshells. They strut at the water’s edge, looking for stragglers and snacks the receding tide has left behind. A few come too close to a great blue heron, which flaps its wings, driving them off as if sweeping dust from the front porch.
Talk about ambitious art projects. Glimmering Gone, at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, pairs two esteemed artists working on different continents. Sweden’s Ingalena Klenell makes lacy landscapes of glass that resemble icicles, snowflakes and the thin crust that forms on puddles in winter. America’s Beth Lipman creates dead birds, intricate breastplate necklaces and wreaths of glass so solid they appear to be ceramic.
BraintrustAs student-athletes prepare to head back to school, it’s unlikely many of them will be thinking about a young man named Zackery Lystedt. But state legislation known as the Zackery Lystedt Law might one day save their lives.