Superheroes, supervillains, comic-book lovers and sci-fi fans flock to the Washington State Convention Center on March 28-30 for this beloved nerd ball. Visit emeraldcitycomicon.com for more information and expect to see plenty of this on the streets of downtown Seattle this weekend.
Must TourExplore Modern Architecture on the Seattle Modern Home TourSaturday (3/22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) — Six local homes (more may be added), from West Seattle to North Seattle, Magnolia to Leschi, are opening their doors to design lovers during this self-guided driving tour of mid-century modern and contemporary modern abodes.
Two years ago, when a third stadium was being pushed hard by Chris Hansen, who wanted to bring the Sonics back home, one of the best comments I heard was from longtime local sports journalist Art Thiel. We discussed the topic at our annual Most Influential People of the Year nomination meeting, and Thiel, who was there, pontificated about what archeologists of the future might think of our setup.
On April 22, King County residents will vote on Proposition 1, a measure to preserve current bus service and fund needed road maintenance projects with a $60 annual vehicle license fee and a sales tax increase of 1 cent per $10 spent in the county. Prop. 1 is on the ballot because, for nearly a year, legislators in Olympia have failed to agree on a comprehensive plan to fund roads and transit. As we wait, the demise of 74 Metro bus routes hangs like a sword of Damocles over commuters’ umbrellas. By the numbers:
On New Year’s Eve, growing fears that antigay violence is on the rise on Capitol Hill reached a peak as firefighters extinguished the last of the flames from an apparent arson attack at the popular Neighbours nightclub, packed with more than 700 revelers at the time. Quick action by patrons, an employee and the club’s sprinkler system averted the unthinkable, but the incident left a patina of anxiety behind, even after a suspect (a nearby resident) was arrested in early February.
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3/14–3/18 Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at Kells Irish Pub in Post Alley, where gingers toast to dear old Ireland with live music from the old country—and quite a few pints o’ Guinness as well. kellsirish.com
Must KnitYarn Lovers Unite at 'Vogue Knitting' Live(3/14 to 3/16, times vary) — Should your bucket list include learning to knit a runway stunner, head to the Meydenbauer Convention Center in Bellevue for three days worth of high-style knitting, crocheting and crafting lessons and demos, plus a marketplace filled with items made from unusual fibers such as possum, yak and qiviut.
Consider the toothpick: A sliver of wood used to liberate stubborn foodstuffs from between one’s teeth. It’s been pretty much the same design since Neanderthal times, but the current Northwest mania for all things artisanal has raised this common object to lofty status. The so-called “worthy and fulsome” toothpicks produced by Toronto company Daneson, for example, are packed by the baker’s dozen in a darling sepia-toned glass vial with a cork stopper ($7.50). Discerning food dislodgers can choose between such flavors as Salted Birch, Lemon with Herbs and Single Malt No.
A little more than a year ago, my son, Gus, returned from 10 years in the desert. He went off to college in Albuquerque, worked for computer game companies there and in Austin, but finally, like a coho salmon, found his way home.
Joey Veltkamp is known for making art that highlights the beauty of comfort—such as his drawings of striped blankets, paintings of bears with rainbows and his sweet ceramic ghosts. In his new show, This Is Not a Protest. It’s a Celebration!, he premieres a series of handmade quilts and flags (one, an homage to Pussy Riot; another, embroidered with Nirvana lyrics) at ArtsWest. 4/17–6/7. artswest.orgLOCATION: Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill, a Monday morning in January
March may be National Reading Month, but in hyper-literary Seattle that’s the case every month. We boast outstanding bookstores (Elliott Bay), niche shops for poetry (Open Books), math/science (Ada’s Books) and mysteries (Mystery Bookshop), several publishers, packed reading series and one of the largest and busiest library systems in the country. And still, this city of ravenous bookworms isn’t sated!
Must Go EastKathy Venter’s Striking Nude Sculptures on View at Bellevue Arts Museum(3/7 to 6/15, times vary) — Based on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, ceramist Kathy Venter crafts life-size nudes out of terracotta, hand-pinching it from feet to head without a mold or interior framework. Inspired by Venter’s own experiences of womanhood, the works take their place in the canon of artistic takes on the female nude.