DOUBLING DOWNSpinasse, the cozy Capitol Hill pastaria (1531 14th Ave.) where Jason stratton, one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2010, heads the kitchen, will double in size later this spring. The northern-Italian-style restaurant will expand into the corner space next door, the former Whimsy Home Décor location, adding another dining room that, Stratton says, will look similar to the original. There also will be a bar called Artusi and a glassed-in pasta-making room. The new space is expected to open in mid-May.
Neighborhoods are like family members. They all have distinct personalities. Some may evince a casually cool charm, while others have a decidedly dynamic vibe. The best offer up their own compelling mix of restaurants and retail, sundries and services, daytime and nighttime diversion options.
Four hundred and fifty people cheered as Seattle businessman Steven Goldfarb, president of Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler, swiveled, spun and salsa-ed across the floor at Fremont Studios. Dressed in a form-fitting, sequined costume, Goldfarb was competing in Seattle Dances!, Plymouth Housing Group’s March 2010 fundraiser patterned after television’s popular Dancing with the Stars. More rock concert than traditional charity auction, the event had family and friends waving Go, Steve! signs and women tossing onto the stage lace panties distributed for the occasion.
The Alaskan Way Viaduct has suffered a great many accusations during its hulking life: It’s an eyesore, it blocks views of the sound, it drops large cement chunks of itself onto sidewalks without notice and, most chillingly, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. But like it or not, the Viaduct has also become integral to the city’s landscape—especially for those working close by, such as the more than 100 artists who work in Pioneer Square’s 619 Western Building, which has served as a creative enclave since 1979.
At the warm, brine-scented Northwest Fisheries Science Laboratory (NFSL) in Montlake, soft-spoken biologist Paul McElhany and a team of scientists immerse geoduck larvae in a multitude of saltwater baths. The water, trucked in from Elliott Bay and another fisheries lab in Mukilteo, starts as the usual toe-numbing Puget Sound soup.
Must VoteA.W.A.R.D. Show1/27–1/30 (Thursday - Sunday) - Grab your tix quick for the second annual A.W.A.R.D. Show, in which 12 up-and-coming local dance companies compete for a grand prize of $10,000. (See our Spotlight story on page 46.) Just as they say on the reality shows, it’s up to you, America! A series of live Seattle audience votes will determine the winner. 8 p.m. Prices vary. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St.; 206.217.9888; ontheboards.org
MUST FIGAROThe Barber of Seville