Looks aren’t everything, but in the world of finance, they can be a key to success, according to Scott, a 57-year-old Seattle-area certified financial planner and wealth manager. Though things had been going well at work, Scott was worried about losing his edge. He’s physically very fit—a nationally ranked athlete—but until recently, his eyes sported noticeable bags, and his chin had spread enough that “when I smiled, I looked round and roly-poly,” he says, sighing.
On one of the last warm summer days of 2011, a construction crew put up the black steel tower of a pile driver in the extreme northwest corner of the parking lot just north of CenturyLink Field. Within days, a reciprocating WHAM! bounced among the brick and sandstone walls of Pioneer Square, as if the workers were announcing a turnaround for the beleaguered neighborhood.
What qualifies something as funky? Artist Xenobia Bailey has a pretty clear answer: a passionate spirit of improvisation, of winging it with the materials at hand and celebrating the idiosyncrasies that result.
Local filmmakers and film buffs hoped it was just a blooper reel as they watched the popular Motion Picture Competitiveness Program pass in the state Senate, but die before reaching a vote in the House during budget wrangling last May.
While supporters were confident there were sufficient votes to pass the bill (SB 5539) in the House, Speaker of the House Frank Chopp linked the bill to a House bill related to housing and homelessness, which did not pass in the Senate.
PERFORMANCE: “Redemption,” a live marimba performance with ambient music orchestrated by Seattle producer Steve Fisk (known for his work with Nirvana and Mudhoney).
Brangien Davis: This new piece is billed as a “concept album and self-help manual.” Come again?
Ryan Boudinot wrote his first story in first grade. Called “The Lion,” it was a retelling of the ancient fable of Androcles, a runaway slave who pulls a thorn from the paw of a fearsome lion and is rewarded with the beast’s eternal loyalty. Boudinot’s take was more autobiographical: “I bring the lion home, and it scares all my friends and teachers.”
Date night in Seattle can quickly add up, so if springing for a sitter—in addition to dinner at that new Capitol Hill hot spot and a movie—makes a night out a budgetary no-go, check out SittingAround.com, an online baby-sitting co-op.
Launched last year by Phinney Ridge parents Erica Zidel and Ted Tieken, Sitting Around is a free service that allows parents to earn points by watching each other’s kiddos, and then swap those points for a little time without the tots.
The phrase “old soul” is overused, but it’s perhaps never been more appropriate than in the instance of 24-year-old Allen Stone, the local singer/songwriter whose voice brings to mind Stevie Wonder, Prince and anyone else who can sing the hell out of an R&B song.
Seattle generally doesn’t give locals the tabloid treatment, but that wasn’t always so. In the 1950s and ’60s, the press was obsessed with Seattle’s answer to Brangelina, the gorillas Bobo and Fifi.
Bobo was the 500-pound local-celebrity primate, an ape raised by humans since infancy that became the number-one attraction at the Woodland Park Zoo. In the mid-1950s, Bobo’s love life became a fixation. He got a companion, and her story is often overlooked.
Leatrice Eiseman holds many titles—including prime consultant to international color-standardization company Pantone—all of which boil down to being a color expert of huge standing. A Bainbridge Island resident for the past 14 years, and boasting a corporate client list that has included Microsoft and Ikea, Eiseman determines the best colors for products and design using a blend of consumer psychology and her knack for spotting color trends before the rest of us. The author of eight books, Eiseman also advises individuals on finding their best colors.
It’s been a year of extraordinary changes in our city, from the explosive growth of Seattle’s best new neighborhood to the very green (and very micro) trends of pop-up, plug-in, nano- and repurposed everything.
January is the month for overly optimistic New Year’s resolutions, so why not dream big by signing up for an aerial yoga class? The exercise trend is taking wing all over the city, and involves airborne workouts similar to traditional yoga (focusing on core strength, flexibility and coordination) but performed while hanging from a ceiling-suspended apparatus. If the idea of switching from a grounded downward dog to an inverted pigeon pose has you tied up in knots, never fear: Instructors swear you’ll get the hang of it.