Culture

Thursday, 05/03/2012 12:38 AM
Film buffs who can hardly wait for SIFF should head to Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. For one week, starting Friday (5/4-5/13), Restless City is returning to Seattle (since its debut at Langston Hughes African American Film Festival) for a local theatrical release, thanks to LHPAC's ongoing affiliation with AAFRM (African-American Film Release Movement).
Wednesday, 05/02/2012 4:13 PM
The Bob Rivers Show introduced Seattle to its "new and improved" super villain this morning: Rex Velvet. Sporting a bad English accent and vague inclinations to nurture "evil" in the community, Velvet was soon unmasked and revealed to be a professional wedding photographer by day. That might explain his connections to some talented filmmakers. Here's the video he posted on YouTube yesterday:  
Tuesday, 05/01/2012 5:35 PM
Remember that scene from Tim Burton’s Batman, in which the Joker orders his bomber-jacket clad henchmen to dump a bunch of money onto the streets of Gotham? Removing all nefarious intentions, and pretending there are well-meaning nonprofit managers on the street below, not greedy movie extras – that crazy money-distributing mad man or woman could be you on May 2, should you choose to participate in Seattle Foundation’s Give Big day.
Tuesday, 05/01/2012 12:39 AM
Seattle mag got a chance to sit in on the very first rehearsal for the Intiman's upcoming summer festival of shows this morning. Being the type of event at which everyone wears name-tags, we didn't see much in the way of rehearsing. But we did hear a lot about the four plays (directed by Allison Narver, Valerie Curtis-Newton, Dan Savage and Andrew Russell). We also learned who would be acting in them. Unfortunately, I can't tell you about any of that. It's all very top secret still.
Friday, 04/27/2012 3:04 PM
Did you experience any of the following emotions when the Seattle Supersonics left our town for Oklahoma City?
Thursday, 04/26/2012 7:56 PM
MUST EXPLORENFFTY - National Film Festival for Talented YouthSee more than 200 documentaries, shorts and features by filmmakers ages 22 and younger at this three-day film fest, which showcases work from around the world. Plus, new this year: the Film Expo (4/27-4/28; Seattle Center Exhibition Hall) is an opportunity for budding filmmakers to attend panels and network with film-industry professionals, organized in conjunction with the World’s Fair “Next 50” celebration.
Wednesday, 04/25/2012 8:15 PM
Sometimes in the process of producing an issue, our editors inadvertently create a “word of the issue”—a word (or words) that we are suddenly, unintentionally in love with, so much so that it pops up repeatedly throughout a story (if not the entire issue). This especially happens in stories with multiple writers, such as this month’s cover feature. It’s become a bit of a ritual—dare I say sport?—of our editors to spot the over-used word and cull it from the issue as we finalize layouts.
Wednesday, 04/25/2012 1:21 AM
This Friday (April 27), tickets go on sale for the annual Zoo Tunes concert series, always staged on a grassy lawn at Woodland Park Zoo. From a young virtuoso ukelele player to long-time crooner Melissa Etheridge touting a new album, the artists this year (as always) represent a good mix, if you like folk, country, jazz or world music.
Saturday, 04/21/2012 5:33 PM
In 1961, while studying interior design at the University of Washington, an arty kid from Tacoma experimented with melting and fusing glass. Today that kid is a world-renowned glass artist of tremendous influence—and as of this month, Dale Chihuly can boast an entire museum devoted to his career.
Saturday, 04/21/2012 5:16 PM
The first thing most seattleites think about upon hearing the phrase “glass art” is Dale Chihuly. And with good reason; the history of Northwest glass has Chihuly’s name woven throughout, from its earliest beginnings to right now, as the museum honoring his work is poised to open at Seattle Center.
Saturday, 04/21/2012 1:52 AM
This weekend, kicking off as early as 7:30am for some (and 10am for the rest of us), Seattle Center shall spilleth over with installations, exhibits, performances, and food trucks - all assembled to celebrate the much-anticipated 50th Anniversary of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair (you may have heard of it).
Friday, 04/20/2012 5:09 PM
Every year, when the first 70 degree day hits, Seattleites go completely bonkers. Swimming, boating and water skiing on Lake Washington, playing beach volleyball on the shores of Alki Beach in skimpy shorts and tank tops, and sunning themselves in patches of ardent green near Green Lake--it's all about to go down. If you're new to these parts, here's a tip: 70 Seattle degrees equals 90 anywhere-else degrees.
Friday, 04/20/2012 4:41 PM
Just announced on the Space Needle's Facebook page:
Friday, 04/20/2012 12:45 AM
Before opening contemporary art space M.I.A Gallery in Seattle last January, Mariane Lenhardt was working with a much older group of artists—ancient artists, in fact: the anonymous creators of Neolithic rock paintings in Somaliland. Lenhardt (who is of Somali descent) was struck by both the beauty of these 5,000-year-old paintings (cows, giraffes, dogs, many wearing adornments) and the fact that they might be destroyed by the political unrest and drought ravaging the area.
Friday, 04/20/2012 12:44 AM
Trolling with a guide off Malcolm Island near the northern end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, we watch the rod tip, hoping for a strike. It’s 6:30 a.m., and the sky over the Coast Mountains looks like the underbelly of a salmon. The rod tip dips sharply, and I let out the line, trying to keep the fish on. I don’t want to blow it; I haven’t caught a lot of salmon lately.