Culture

Monday, 12/12/2011 11:11 PM
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.
Monday, 12/12/2011 11:05 PM
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.
Monday, 12/12/2011 11:57 PM
Not only is Seattle home to a multitude of mystery writers (see: the weather), it’s also an excellent place to curl up with a mystery novel (see also: the weather).
Monday, 12/12/2011 10:38 PM
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?
Monday, 12/12/2011 10:32 PM
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.”
Monday, 12/12/2011 10:02 PM
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.
Monday, 12/12/2011 9:51 PM
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.
Monday, 12/12/2011 8:40 PM
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.
Thursday, 12/08/2011 11:25 PM
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.
Thursday, 12/08/2011 7:57 PM
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.
Tuesday, 12/06/2011 12:07 AM
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.
Monday, 12/05/2011 12:52 AM
Alt-Country/FolkCase Studies Sounds Like: Leonard Cohen meets Fleet Foxes First Album: The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night; released in August
Friday, 12/02/2011 10:41 PM
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Friday, 12/02/2011 9:46 PM
ASININE Yo-ho-ho and a BUI: Seafair boasts 71 people arrested for boating under the influence—an increase from last year’s 62 drunken sailors but down from 2008’s impressive 84. Bad dog! Local pop singer Lisa Dank falls in love with found pooch, refuses to return to rightful owner.
Friday, 12/02/2011 8:42 PM
Tunnel visionSeattle gets split asunder by a manufactured deep-bore “debate,” which has no actual influence on the already-approved project (but does provide for entertaining and heated “Seattle process” rhetoric). Viaduct and coverTraffic-traumatized Seattleites endure the nadir of no-go during a record nine-day shutdown of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Many consider moving to the actual state of Alaska.