Two weeks before the November 2009 election, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder addressed a sold-out concert crowd at KeyArena.
“I got this phone call the other night from Krist Novoselic from Nirvana,” Vedder said as his bandmates played softly in the background and fans screamed for their favorite songs. “He asked me to tell everybody here tonight, because there’s a local election coming up...he suggested that in November...for sure we vote for a guy called Dow Constantine.”
For the first time in 35 seasons, Dave Niehaus’ whiskey baritone will be silent. Folks, this is going to be a long, strange adjustment. Few people, places or things have ever occupied such a special spot in Seattle’s psyche. Emerson once said, “Every hero becomes a bore at last.” Safe to say Mr. Emerson never met Mr. Niehaus.
We may not have jetpacks yet, but the future has arrived in the form of highway-worthy all-electric cars that will take you at least 100 miles on a charge. The perks of such vehicles have been well documented—decreased impact on the environment, increased energy efficiency (thanks to a lithium-ion battery), incredibly low fuel costs and tax rebates—but with two models already available for purchase locally and two coming soon, Seattle drivers want the most important question answered: How far east can we go on I-90 before pulling over in search of a plug?
When still operational, the U.S. Immigrant Station and Assay Office (commonly called the INS building) was recognizable both for its commanding neoclassical presence on Airport Way South and for the long lines of people that waited (and waited) out front, rain or shine, hoping to become American citizens.
Lower Fremont has long been a hub for bar hopping, thrift-store shopping and people-watching. Yet in the past year, a slew of bustling restaurants and swanky bars has moved in along 34th and 36th streets near Fremont Avenue, adding fresh credibility to the neighborhood's claim of being the center of the universe.
Bar owner Laura Olson and designer Chris Pardo (both of Po Dogs and Auto Battery) opened Grim’s (1512 11th Ave.; 206.324.7467; grimseattle.com) in December in the former Grey Gallery space on Capitol Hill. A self-proclaimed cross between steampunk and a horror video game, the tavern is actually quite convivial.
Clowns are freaky, we know. But if ever there was a time to conquer your coulrophobia, it would be right now, so as to enjoy the sophisticated antics of UMO Ensemble. Based on Vashon Island, the physical theater company has been around since 1987 and has taken more than 20 original shows across the globe. Performances have included juggling, puppetry, acrobatics, comedy, drama, live music, aerial work and, yes, the dreaded clowning.
Some days, I suck at being a tiger mom. It simply requires more attention to monitoring my daughter's work than I have time to devote. On those days when I let my daughter watch TV instead of practice writing letters and numbers, the self-flogging kicks in and, perhaps irrationally, I fret that the one, two or even three missed practice sessions somehow will mean the difference between another year of preschool or early entrance into kindergarten.
I wanted to write a blog entry about HB 1609, the “Great Schools” bill, which was debated in Olympia this week, but failed to move out of committee. A similar bill in the Senate, SB 5399, was blocked from public hearing by Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, chair of the Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education.
Seattle’s beloved Intiman Theatre has announced an urgent fundraising campaign, thanks to severe financial mismanagement by former managing director Brian Colburn (who resigned suddenly in November citing personal reasons). According to Intiman Board president Kim Anderson, “Unless we are able to raise $500,000 by the end of March, an additional $250,000 by June, and $250,000 by September, we cannot continue.”
The press release includes tthe following summary of the errors leading to the emergency situation:
4/7–6/2 American Heart: The Films of Jeff BridgesIf Jeff Bridges’ recent star turn in True Grit has you longing for more, you’re in luck. The Seattle Art Museum is screening seven of the actor’s greatest hits in chronological order, including The Last Picture Show and The Big Lebowski. Dude! 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Plestcheeff Auditorium at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3121; seattleartmuseum.org
Breadth: A Cross-examination of Seattle PortraitsTHE DRAW: Some of Seattle’s hottest painters, sculptors and photographers will be in the same room—on the same walls!—in this amazing group show, including work by Dan Webb, Gretchen Bennett, Joseph Park, Joey Veltkamp, Klara Glosova, Mandy Greer and many others. They’ll all give their take on local places and people, with the intriguing constraint that no piece can exceed 20 inches in width.
THE DRAWBACK: Great big art is going to seem so over after seeing this.