News broke today that longtime KOMO-TV anchor Kathi Goertzen died after a long struggle with brain tumors.
We at Seattle mag have long been big fans of her work at KOMO and, in particular, of the bravery she showed in the face of this illness. In fact, we named her "Most Inspirational Media Role Model" in our Best Of 2011 issue. Here's what we wrote then:
MUST SING ALONGRentJonathan Larson’s rock musical about starving artists living in the shadow of AIDS in New York’s East Village won the hearts of countless audiences when it debuted in 1996. Fast-forward to now, as the 5th Avenue Theatre presents an exciting, renewed rendition that manages to both accurately capture the early 1990s and still feel relevant today.
Nihonmachi Nite is this Saturday (August 11; 4-9pm).
A free community event celebrating the history of Seattle's Japantown, several shops, restaurants and the Wing Luke Museum are offering special programming or discounts throughout the evening.
Most intriguing among those is probably Momo Seattle's second annual Spam-O-Rama musubi-making contest.
Tonight is National Night Out!
That means many Seattle neighborhoods will close residential streets and host festive block parties, all in the name of taking a stand against crime and building stronger communities (August 9, 6-9pm). After all, you don't have much of a community if you don't know (or like) your neighbors.
Aerojet, a company located in Redmond, Washington, has provided propulsion for every mission to Mars, including the one that saw "Curiosity," NASA's latest Mars rover touch down successfully late Sunday night.
Our partners at King 5 News interviewed the gleeful scientists at the company yesterday.
MUST HEARKEXP Concerts at the MuralPark your picnic blanket on the Seattle Center lawn for live and locally made tunes at this popular Friday-night concert series. This week’s lineup is “No Depression Night,” boasting the soulful sounds of Fly Moon Royalty (which we named Seattle’s best new hip-hop band of 2011), Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside and more rocking good fun.
Wooden O's mixing it up again this summer, this time stranding Shakespeare's shipwrecked twins Sebastian and Viola on a happenin', hipster spring-break island, complete with straggly palms, a motorboat and beach loungers. Not since their beloved 2006 production of Taming of the Shrew—set in a trailer park—has the company so embraced a re-setting, or allowed itself such leeway in goofing on the sacred Shakespearean script.
News broke yesterday that beloved Mariners player Ichiro Suzuki has been traded to the New York Yankees. The announcement spurred a mix of bitterness and speculation in our offices yesterday—and, of course, nostalgia. From food writer Leslie Kelly: "As a longtime, diehard M's fan, my heart breaks at this revolting development. I know it's a major league baseball is a business, but, darn it, would the Yankees ever even consider trading Jeter? No!
The most innovative, high-tech musician playing the Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend is named Stanley, and he only does covers. Invented by the artful geniuses at Digital Kitchen, Stanley is a souped up, interactive player piano that takes requests via text message (@stanleypiano).