All Julie Paschkis wants to do is paint. A steep, narrow staircase leads to her “place of painting”: a treetop-nestled studio with small-paned windows that, on a clear day, offer a peek at the Olympics. Bottles of dye labeled “strongest red,” “grasse green” (long story) and “lemon yellow” sit in cardboard boxes. Gorgeous folk-art-style paintings on silk dupioni hang about, waiting to make their appearance at Seattle’s Grover/Thurston Gallery.
Early in June, I sat down with Seattle author Richard Farr to talk about how to get a children’s book published. He was highly amused by the idea that he would be considered any kind of expert, but I thought there was no better person to ask than someone who, after years of trying, recently landed his very first book with Farrar, Straus & Giroux, one of the most respected children’s book publishers in the United States. His book, for “ages 12 to 112,” is called Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antarctic, 1910-13 and is available this month.
I feel like we have been looking forward to it forever, and as the excitement mounts, it’s somewhat a relief to say: There is less than a week to go until the big Seamless in Seattle show at the Seattle Art Museum on Wednesday, June 8. Designers are finishing off their top-secret challenge looks, models have been selected and now we just need you there to join in on the fun.
Must Experience New StyleSeattle Fashion CompetitionWednesday (6/8) - Our annual Seamless in Seattle competition is jumping off the pages and onto the runway. This year, the top 12 finalists will debut their work in front of a live audience and judging panel at Seattle Art Museum. Each designer will present four looks, the last of which will be crafted two weeks prior, as part of a design challenge (à la Project Runway). Winners will be revealed at the end of the night! (Vote for the “reader’s choice” winner on our Facebook page.) 7:30 p.m.
We get kind of funny this time of year.
The temp hits 70 degrees (fingers crossed!) and suddenly our car windows are down, our sunglasses are permanently affixed to our faces, and we’re always thirsty for something cold and fizzy. Must be summertime! Barbecue, ice cream, an awesome fish taco—the change in weather changes the way we eat, too, so we’ve rounded up our favorite rituals and victuals for when the weather turns warm and the sun never seems to set.
Seattle magazine arts editor Brangien Davis scoured the local soundscape for a baker's dozen of the best warm-weather songs recently released by Seattle bands of note. Stream the videos here (via YouTube), then support local music by buying the songs from iTunes. Happy Summer!
In this entrepreneurial town, we like to do things on our own time and that includes being active. Whether there’s one last work project that can't wait or The Bachelorette conflicts with your Monday night tennis league, having a weekly team sport commitment just doesn’t always jive with our free-spirit attitude. Perhaps that’s why Seattle has such a lively pick-up sports scene. From badminton to basketball, here’s your guide to getting sporty on the fly.
Sometimes, it’s easy to fall into “other city” envy. What’s not to like about Portland’s utopian indie scene, Vancouver’s dim sum and Japanese food, Chicago’s thrilling modern cooking, New York’s delis, bagels—everything?
Almost a year ago, Jacob Wiegner left Spanish-romantic Olivar on Capitol Hill to open his own place in a revolving-door storefront at the West Seattle Junction (in four years it’s been five different restaurants).
But let’s hope, for the sake of gnocchi, this one sticks. Wiegner’s potato pasta puffs are lovely—fluffy, light and seared on one side to a caramel crust, wearing a simple Bolognese sauce made from hazelnut-finished pork. Really, really delicious.
Here are Greg's "essentials" for bike commuting:
"I was thinking about some of the "essentials" for bike commuting. It's easy to find the list of the best lights or the best jacket or the easiest panniers, but here are some of my tricks for making bike commuting routine a little easier (or I should say my tricks for not allowing myself to talk myself out of bike commuting).
Urban WalkaboutBy Arts + Culture editor Brangien Davis
Dear weather gods: Just so there’s no mistake, my perfect summer day in Seattle is sunny. When the vitamin D is finally shining down upon us, I want to soak up as much as humanly possible. My husband and I are big fans of the daylong urban walk, so we grab a backpack, fill it with just-in-case layers of clothing and head out early on a weekend morning.
School’s out this month, but for a group of local education advocates, the homework never ends. With recent leadership and budget crises fueling an environment of mistrust, protecting the interests of the more than 47,000 students served by Seattle Public Schools has never been more difficult—or more crucial. Meet the citizen watchdogs who remain vigilant year-round
It’s a sunny Saturday in early March. Nearly 150 media, tech and business professionals, academics and students are squeezed into a meeting room at Adobe’s Fremont campus. The crowd quietly sips bottles of specialty ginger beer and listens intently, many taking notes, as author Eric Liu discusses citizenship and leadership with the host of the afternoon discussion, Hanson Hosein.