You might have noticed that we at Seattle mag like our “best of” lists.
They’re part of our job as a city mag, but we also know you like them, too. (The “best of” issues are almost always the year’s top sellers.) But mainly, we like them because there’s a lot of good stuff to go around in this town, and we are great at sharing.
Plus, we figure you need those lists. In this unfiltered era of Yelp, we know it’s nice to get some credible advice from folks who know their stuff.
When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched its online Food Desert Locator last summer, Seattle’s gourmets and locavores were horrified to see nutritional wastelands encroaching upon the city.
In all, more than 125,000 people, in neighborhoods everywhere from West Seattle to Renton, live in places where fresh, healthy food is difficult to find—so-called “food deserts.”
BD: What’s the best part about being a wicked stepsister?
Sarah Rudinoff: I get to be wicked with a friend who I have been wicked with in real life! Nick and I have worked with each other in countless plays, cabarets and rock shows, and now we get to be “sisters.” Like a good sister, I get to teach him about girl things like boobs and hips, and he can share his in-depth knowledge about makeup and hair.
What will you be singing?
“Make the world you want to see” is a refrain that runs through Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas, the new family holiday movie directed and cowritten by Sue Corcoran.
It also happens to be a theme that carries significant personal resonance for the Seattle filmmaker. In the comedy, Ira Finkelstein—a California-based, Christmas-obsessed 11-year-old Jewish boy—is on a mission to experience the snowiest, most reindeer-filled holiday possible.
As Corcoran says, “The story is near and dear to my heart.”
Scott Sistek is on a mission to make Seattle’s chilly weather cool. A Pacific Northwest native and University of Washington alum, Sistek has been forecasting the weather for more than a decade, including stints at the National Weather Service, NOAA and now KOMO News. His insightful and dependably witty weather blog, Partly to Mostly Bloggin, celebrates weather trends and events unique to Seattle.
This year marked the 20th anniversary of several seminal events in Seattle grunge history—Nirvana released Nevermind, Pearl Jam released Ten, and Soundgarden released Badmotorfinger, all in 1991—which is why we’re awash in grungy nostalgia. If you’re hoping to keep the dream alive (or wondering what all the fuss is about), dig into these new books chronicling the music genre, and its players and predecessors.
The home of Slurpees, spicy hot dogs and Big Gulps is adding a new item to its shelves: whatever you just ordered from Amazon.com.
The Seattle-based online retail behemoth is partnering with megachain 7-Eleven to install banks of delivery lockers inside the convenience stores with the intent of making package delivery secure and accessible for customers who can’t otherwise have parcels delivered safely (as is the case for many who live in apartments).
It’s widely rumored that Jacques Cousteau deemed the Pacific Northwest his second-favorite place to scuba dive. (The Red Sea was his best beloved, but we’re going to assume that was merely because the water temps there are significantly less chilly.)
Cousteau’s high praise may seem surprising at first, given the cold, gray facades of local water bodies—so often indistinguishable from our skies—but that’s only until you peek within.
This last year, I’ve spent a lot of time in 1962, as I research and write a history of the Space Needle. Every week, I appear on KUOW-FM’s Weekday news roundtable to discuss such things as the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the tunnel, marijuana and the mayor, but honestly, I’ve been more fascinated with the politics of 50 years ago. I’ve encountered Mayor Gordon Clinton in my studies more often than Mayor Mike McGinn in person.
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It’s been a bit brutal of late for arts organizations around here. The past year has seen the shuttering of several beloved groups, including Giant Magnet children’s festival and the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra.