Friday, 02/17/2012 1:37 AM
Gary HillThis Seattle-based video, sound and installation artist has been blowing people’s minds for decades, as evidenced by Glossodelic Attractors, an expansive survey of his work (or rather, his “psychotropic languaging vehicles”), which reveals his preoccupation with communication and the intersection of the corporeal and the verbal. 3/31–9/16. Times and prices vary. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Avenue NE and NE 41st Street; 206.543.2280; Sandra Cinto
Friday, 02/17/2012 1:34 AM
Louise Glück: Acclaimed New York poet. Known for: Winning a Pulitzer Prize for poetry, serving as U.S. poet laureate (2003–2004) and penning unflinching, gorgeous poems. Reading: As part of Seattle Arts & Lectures. 3/15. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.621.2230;
Friday, 02/17/2012 1:49 AM
Superstar soprano Renée Fleming joins the Seattle Symphony to stun the audience with her spectacular vocals (conducted by music director Ludovic Morlot) on a diverse mix of compositions by Maurice Ravel, Ben Gibbard, Leonard Cohen and others.3/16. Times and prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747;
Friday, 02/17/2012 1:30 AM
Marvel at splendid Egyptian artifacts excavated from the tomb of TUTANKHAMUN: THE GOLDEN KING AND THE GREAT PHARAOHS (5/24–1/6. Times and prices vary. Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N; 206.443.2001; Discover the films of 20th-century Indian filmmaker RAJ KAPOOR (3/30–4/12. Times and prices vary. SIFF Film Center, 305 Harrison St.; 206.324.9996;, an artist of huge acclaim in his home country, but barely known in ours.
Friday, 02/17/2012 1:54 AM
On the Stage at On the BoardsContemporary dance fans may as well camp out at On the Boards this season—it’ll be easier than driving home and coming back and finding parking for each of these stellar performances.
Friday, 02/17/2012 12:46 AM
For the first time, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is convening in Seattle (3/28–3/31), which means approximately 5,000 ceramics fanatics are descending on our city. In celebration, 183 venues—stretching from Bellingham to Tacoma, and ranging from art galleries to Harborview Medical Center to the windows at Nordstrom—are showcasing works of clay.
Friday, 02/17/2012 12:56 AM
A Wrecking Brawl For nearly 60 years, Seattle’s polarizing north-south thoroughfare, the Alaskan Way Viaduct, crouched in concrete splendor along Elliott Bay, carrying 100,000 cars a day the length of the city, from SoDo to Belltown and beyond. Irreparably damaged in the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, the thing has since been at the heart of a heated citywide debate: rebuild, repair or remove? Tunnel or “surface option”?
Friday, 02/17/2012 12:51 AM
Friday, 02/17/2012 12:04 AM
ELECTRIC COMPANYCharging stations are popping up all over the city, making it easier for Seattleites to turn to green, clean electric-powered cars.
Friday, 02/17/2012 12:18 AM
With peak-hour downtown parking meter fees now as much as $4 an hour, Seattle is the sixth-most-expensive city in the nation in which to park a car, according to a 2011 Colliers International survey (an average of more than $24/day, behind Manhattan, Boston and Chicago).
Friday, 02/17/2012 12:48 AM
Every month, 97 Seattle Police Department parking enforcement officers print around 45,000 citations (about 7 percent of the city’s total population). While most tickets are for commonsense infractions—the most common: not paying or letting your time expire—there are a few lesser-known ways to end up with the dreaded envelope tucked under your wiper. Seattle Municipal Code: 11.72.240
Thursday, 02/16/2012 11:37 PM
It usually feels like the worst traffic spot in Seattle is the one you’re stuck in, but during peak traffic hours (6–9 a.m. and 3–6 p.m.), SDOT says these locations officially rack up some of the most stop-and-go traffic—sometimes minus the go. Check out King-5’s Jam Factor app ( and WSDOT traffic cameras ( for up-to-the-minute views. 1. Denny Way, between First and Fairview avenues 2. I-5 through downtown
Thursday, 02/16/2012 11:28 PM
Is there any form of transportation in the Northwest more bizarrely storied than the monorail? In a region famous for infamous means of travel—the barrel-rolling Boeing jet, Galloping Gertie crumbling into the Tacoma Narrows, the zombie ferryboat Kalakala emerging from the mist again and again, unidentified flying objects first called “flying saucers” near Mount Rainier in 1947—the 50-year-old monorail remains a simultaneous, if somewhat incongruous, nod to the past and the future.
Thursday, 02/16/2012 10:42 PM
If money were no object, what single thing would you do to improve transportation in the region? We put that question to dozens of local transportation thinkers and limited their responses to 150 words—short answers to a long-debated question. Here are a few; add your own idea in the comments section below, or write to
Thursday, 02/16/2012 10:44 PM
Just when you thought cross-lake commuting couldn’t get any more fun, tolling on the S.R. 520 bridge went into effect. Now, crossing the floating bridge can set you back as much as $5 one way, depending on the time of day and whether you have a prepaid “Good to Go!” pass affixed to your windshield.