Culture

Friday, 09/16/2011 3:27 PM
Amy O’Neal has worked with Pat Graney Company and Scott/Powell Performance, as well as her own companies, Locust and (currently) AmyO/tinyrage. She is artist-in-residence at Velocity Dance Center and will perform new solos and duets with Kathleen Hermesdorf as part of Velocity’s Guest Artist Series. 10/28–10/29. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave.; velocitydancecenter.org
Friday, 09/16/2011 3:16 PM
Surely there is no better name than Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, the New York–based Icelandic artist famous for her outlandish sculptures, installations and costumes made of braided hair and wildly woolly fabrics. Arnardottir, who also goes by the handle “Shoplifter” and is a frequent collaborator with Björk, is the curator of Looking Back to Find Our Future, the keystone exhibit at the Nordic Fashion Biennale, which for the first time ever will take place in the U.S.—in Ballard, naturally.
Friday, 09/16/2011 3:11 PM
“I love cookbooks,” says Lara Hamilton. “I read them as if they were novels.” The former Microsoft employee began collecting cookbooks a couple of years ago, and after visiting other cookbook-only bookstores (such as Books for Cooks in London) decided Seattle needed one, too. This month, she’s opening Book Larder: A Community Cookbook Store (4252 Fremont Ave.) in upper Fremont, carrying new, used and collectible cookbooks, plus a few kitchen items.
Thursday, 09/15/2011 10:08 PM
Bike at the Pike Place Market
Last week's heartbreaking news of the accidental death of beloved Seattle barista Brian Fairbrother touched a lot of people, including many who work here at Seattle magazine. Within minutes of word of Fairbrother's terrible bike accident last week, two conversations happened here.
Thursday, 09/15/2011 4:49 PM
When seasonal neighborhood farmers markets end in early fall and rainy days revisit the Emerald City, the indoor shops at Capitol Hill’s indoor Melrose Market offer families the chance to discover fresh food and artisan goods and the opportunity to grab lunch inside a recently restored warehouse. With Doug Fir beams and exposed brick, the 21,000-square-foot mini version of San Francisco’s famed Ferry Building Marketplace is home to nine Seattle-based businesses.
Thursday, 09/15/2011 3:55 PM
Seattle mag editorial assistant Patrick Hutchison and local musician Matt Badger, of Ravenna Woods, team up to explore Seattle's street music scene, recording the stories and songs that help compose our city’s soundtrack. The first in a five-part series:
Wednesday, 09/14/2011 8:59 PM
In an interview for the October 2011 issue of Ebony magazine, Bill Gates makes it clear that he is none too happy about the state of public schools, namely those in inner cities. He points to it being a civil rights issue. And he wants to know why a strong social movement - especially in African-American communities - hasn't successfully mobilized. He is flummoxed as to why we aren't all expressing the same outrage and rising up against the status quo.
Wednesday, 09/14/2011 4:34 PM
Because good friends butt in when friends are in long-term relationships. 1. Seattle is totally over your bad attitude; but it's all she can talk about. It's beginning to distract her from what's important, like new Fall TV shows and fad vegan diets. 2. You don't support Seattle's hobbies. Except for that one day she tried kite-surfing, you have been quite content for her to sit on the couch all day, agonizing over you on Facebook. 3. We all see the way you look at Portland.
Friday, 09/09/2011 4:43 PM
I listen to 92.5 frequently in my car. All four songs they play cheer me up when I'm stuck in traffic. Recently the drive-time program launched a new contest called "Office Hottie," in which listeners are encouraged to nominate themselves or someone at their place of work as the "Office Hottie." The winner scores $1500 for the whole office. I'm torn: is this appalling? Or amusing?
Thursday, 09/08/2011 7:17 PM
Those of us who remember when the whole city throbbed in the thrill of grunge rock are having a somewhat unpleasant brush with mortality of late. Not only did September mark 20 years since the release of Nirvana’s epic album Nevermind, this year is the 20th birthday of a little band named Pearl Jam, whose debut record, Ten, came out in August 1991. Twenty years ago? But that would mean we’re…Nevermind, indeed.
Thursday, 09/08/2011 5:44 PM
Sunday marks the ten year anniversary of the September 11 tragedy. The impact was, of course, felt around the world. In Seattle that day, thousands gathered bewildered around Seattle Center's International Fountain, looking for answers and communal mourning.
Wednesday, 09/07/2011 7:59 PM
Drinking locally is a long-held tradition, though it has gone in and out of vogue. Washington was a major supplier of hops for beer and grapes for wine long before Prohibition, and during it, we avidly smuggled booze from Canada. One prominent bootlegger, featured in the new Ken Burns documentary Prohibition, which airs this month on KCTS, was a Seattle police officer, Roy Olmstead, whose side business was managing a gang of booze smugglers.
Wednesday, 09/07/2011 3:16 PM
It’s back-to-school week in Seattle. In that spirit, our editors have been reminiscing about "old school" lunchboxes we carried as kids. Compared to the futuristic bento boxes that are in vogue now, some of the rusty, metal classics of our school days seem sort of...odd. But, oh, did we love them then. Here’s what a few staff members were sporting in grade school, as well as a few @SeattleMag Twitter followers:
Tuesday, 09/06/2011 4:10 PM
For many kids in Seattle, today or tomorrow marks the first day of school. Inspired by the collective groan I thought I heard echo across the city this morning, I want to share some wisdom gained from my school days. You may find it holds water for more than just text-book-burdened texters.
Tuesday, 08/30/2011 5:28 PM
Our call for Big Ideas to fix Seattle yielded so many interesting, impassioned entries, we didn’t have room to put them in the print story. Here are another several dozen fascinating ideas, including many from Seattle City Council members.