Culture Blogs

Thursday, 05/24/2012 12:34 AM
Dear Mr. Hansen, As the city eagerly awaits the results of your privately-funded transportation study that may (or may not) determine if a third professional sports venue in the SoDo neighborhood will cause insurmountable traffic issues, where two stadiums and a working port already frequently force things to a standstill, let us at Seattle magazine (headquartered very close to Safeco Field) submit the above for consideration.
Tuesday, 05/22/2012 10:53 PM
Why: Just try to watch this and not get covered in empathy-goosebumps. When: May 23, May 29 and May 31 at various times and locations. More info and tickets at siff.net
Tuesday, 05/22/2012 9:51 PM
It's almost that time again: time to get down at the always free and always folksy Northwest Folklife Festival this weekend (5/25-5/28; 11am-10pm) at Seattle Center.
Tuesday, 05/22/2012 9:31 PM
Check out this video Seattle Channel's Art Zone, in which host Nancy Guppy interviewed Northwest filmmakers featured at SIFF this year on the red carpet during the opening-night gala. Why does Guppy arrive in a dog crate strapped to the top of a car? Because that's how Guppy does it. (Mitt Romney, we're looking at you.)
Monday, 05/21/2012 9:10 PM
Warning: There's a pretty gross (but funny) vomit scene in the trailer. Why: a) Seems funny; b) directed by Jay and Mark Duplass; c) we empathize with the pain and humiliation that is misdirected sibling love; d) we dig laser tag. When: May 22 at Pacific Place. 4:30 p.m. More info and tickets at siff.net.
Monday, 05/21/2012 5:43 PM
Two weeks from today, you'll be able to do something that, a year ago, few Seattleites thought they would do again: buy tickets to a show at Intiman. And not just one, but four shows, ranging from classic to never-before-seen works that all promise to test the boundaries of our comfort zones (yes, please! Test away!). The much anticipated Intiman Summer Festival will run July 11-August 26, with preview performances starting July 5. A repertory company of seventeen local actors (listed below) will play more than 40 roles in four plays directed by Allison Narver, Andrew Russell, Valerie Curtis-Newton and Dan Savage.  2011 subscribers can redeem the free seats promised to them before tickets go on sale to the general public. Information on how former subscribers can redeem those tickets is already in the mail. Otherwise, tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800.745.3000, starting June 4. Here's the detailed description of the lineup from the press release:
Monday, 05/21/2012 4:47 PM
It is hard not to feel inspired after visiting the new Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, opening to the public today (!) Monday, May 21. It is also hard, as a local, not to approach the new exhibit with an air of cynicism – superiority, even.
Friday, 05/18/2012 7:08 PM
A flock of cranes at the southern end of northbound SR 99
Driver alert: SR 99 will be closed all weekend, to allow crews to reinforce the shorn end of the Viaduct, so it doesn't fall down when they eventually tunnel directly under it. Look for snarly traffic around downtown and Pioneer Square this weekend; the closure will affect the highway between the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge, from 11 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.
Friday, 05/18/2012 3:35 PM
A recent article in ESPN's The Mag compares the energy and devotion of Sounders fans to the notorious supporters of English football clubs. The writer also seems surprised that a soccer team is doing so well financially in an American city:
Thursday, 05/17/2012 8:36 PM
SIFF! Is! Here! So much indie film goodness... it's overwhelming, isn't it? One way to make the SIFFxperience more manageable is to go locavore—plan to see as many of the locally produced films as possible.
Thursday, 05/17/2012 7:31 PM
MUST SEELauren Weedman’s New ShowOpens Thursday (5/17-5/19) - Hilarious performer (and Almost Live alum) Lauren Weedman presents her new one-woman show, SRO: Single Room Occupancy, a true story about the strange life she once lived in Seattle—involving lawn maintenance, sexual misadventures and horror films.
Thursday, 05/17/2012 5:44 PM
Ah, spring in Seattle. After all those months of building forts and hitting indoor play areas on cold, rainy days, Puget Sound kids are more than ready to get outside and explore. All around the Emerald City there are green spaces filled with trees and flowers in full bloom. And even though cherry blossoms have peaked, there’s still plenty of time to identify rhododendrons, daffodils, and magnolias.
Wednesday, 05/16/2012 11:14 PM
Since researching our June article on the shaky state of local resident orca populations, I’ve been waiting for the report from NOAA’s local office, hoping they could determine what killed L112, also known as "Sooke" or "Victoria." The young female southern resident killer whale washed up dead on the Long Beach Peninsula this February, bruised and swollen, particularly around her head and neck.
Tuesday, 05/15/2012 8:44 PM
The Space Needle’s writer in residence, and our own editor at large Knute Berger, has just published Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle.
Tuesday, 05/15/2012 6:22 PM
If you're interested in blogging professionally, self-publishing digitally, creating e-books—or your employer wishes you knew more about such things, look into the University of Washington's new certificate program in digital publishing.