Saturday, 05/14/2011 11:30 PM
bike commuting
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). 
Thursday, 05/12/2011 7:20 PM
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.
Thursday, 05/12/2011 6:28 PM
Agua Verde Café and Paddle Club
Thursday, 05/12/2011 5:53 PM
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
Thursday, 05/12/2011 4:58 PM
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.
Thursday, 05/12/2011 3:26 PM
NAME: Kim Beckett OCCUPATION: Seattle Gaels camogie team manager DAY JOBS: Works with retirees, both human and greyhound CAMOGIE POSITION: Defense, halfback and fullback ON THE OUTFIT: “We wear a skort on the field. It’s an old standard we’ve embraced as a team.” LINGO: Hurley = stick, sliotar = ball, pitch = field
Thursday, 05/12/2011 3:47 PM
WHERE: The North Cascades Institute’s Learning Center, which offers a plethora of educational and inspiring nature programs amid the mountains, glaciers and rivers of the North Cascades. WHY: To partake in the migration and song: spring birding weekend (6/3–6/5; $215–$455, lodging included;, featuring local avian experts who teach visiting bird enthusiasts about Clark’s nutcrackers, meadowlarks and Bullock’s orioles spied in the trees.
Thursday, 05/12/2011 3:00 PM
Hop on your mountain banshee, plug in your braid and fly to the Science Fiction Museum, where an extensive new exhibit offers a look behind the scenes of James Cameron’s latest fictional universe. Avatar: The Exhibit features concept models, original sketches, costumes and props from the blockbuster film, including a full-size Amplified Mobility Platform exo-suit, which looks a bit like Ripley’s power loader (from another James Cameron sci-fi movie, Aliens) if it were hopped up on steroids.
Thursday, 05/12/2011 3:32 PM
ARTIST: Jennifer Borges Foster, seattle poet and chief editor of filter, a limited edition, hand-bound literary journal
Wednesday, 05/11/2011 11:19 PM
Charlie and Benita Staadecker should come with a warning label: Contact with contents may result in channeling all your discretionary income into funding artistic projects. As endearing as they are enthusiastic, the Seattle couple is out to prove that commissioning art isn’t just for Vanderbilts and Guggenheims—it’s actually within reach for “ordinary people”—and it may be the single most satisfying and lasting way to spend money. As Charlie puts it, “You can choose to buy a new car, or throw a big anniversary party, or pay for a legacy work of art.
Wednesday, 05/11/2011 10:41 PM
We take pride in it: Our state regularly earns top honors as one of the most livable in the country, thanks to our old-growth forests, vast waterways, and our literary and recreational lifestyles. But Washington state also tops a few not-so-pleasant lists: We outpace the nation in debilitating, and sometimes deadly, diseases. Washington is a hot spot for multiple sclerosis, has the sixth-highest rate of melanoma skin cancer and is number 15 nationwide in tuberculosis.
Wednesday, 05/11/2011 10:01 PM
It wasn’t a native tree. It wasn’t what most would call pretty. And it was so big it dwarfed the little cottage it had grown beside for the past 60 or more years. But the spiky, Seussian monkey puzzle tree that was cut down last January in Ballard by the home’s new owners had been like a fellow neighbor to many local residents. Some cried, and others got angry. Still others backed the new owners, saying that individual property rights should trump sentiment.
Wednesday, 05/11/2011 10:12 PM
© Roddy Scheer Photography
Since May is Bike Month around the world, I am devoting my Outdoors blog posts for the next few weeks to urban bicycle commuting around Seattle. I will be virtually following two urban bike commuters as they make their way to and from work every day on two wheels under their own power, and I will personally be doing all the grocery shopping for myself and family members by bicycle (since I work from home). Stay tuned throughout the month for trip reports, helmet-cam video snippets, gear reviews and other goodies for cyclists of all kinds.
Wednesday, 05/11/2011 10:12 PM
Just when you thought cyclocross was the most badass recreational sport to take root in the Northwest, along comes an entire new category of events for the endurance-obsessed, adrenaline-junkie mud lovers among us: obstacle courses. If you’re a distance runner, iron man/woman, triathlete or weekend athlete who loves a challenge (and doesn’t mind getting dirty), these races might be just what the doctor ordered.
Wednesday, 05/11/2011 8:31 PM
The year 1985 was a big one for music: USA for Africa’s “We Are the World” raised $70 million, David Lee Roth left Van Halen for a solo career, and Madonna embarked on her first tour—The Virgin Tour, which kicked off in Seattle. But of much greater import locally, Gerard Schwarz took the position of music director for the Seattle Symphony. Since then, he’s raised the symphony’s global profile, earned 12 Grammy nominations and countless other awards, and was instrumental in bringing a state-of-the-art symphony hall to our city.