Hope you enjoy the last five days of summer because according to the masses, fall starts when Pumpkin Spice Lattes return. Starbucks has officially announced that the "PSL," as the delicious sweet and spicy drink has been lovingly nicknamed, will be made available on August 26 this year. That's earlier than its usual first-week-of-September appearance.
Must CheerRed Bull Soapbox RaceSunday (8/24, 1 p.m.) — Seattle's creative and adventurous makers will compete in this infamous race, in which 41 teams will careen down Yesler Way in homemade non-motorized vehicles. Expect crowds (the last race drew 40,000), hilarity (each team must perform a skit before shoving off) and cars themed around popular Seattle icons like Jimi Hendrix, Bertha, the Fremont Troll and yes, Macklemore.
Star architect Tom Kundig of Seattle-based biz Olson Kundig Architects talks to Crosscut about the books and authors that inspire him. He notes that he "[doesn't] read design or architecture magazines very often, and rarely [reads] blogs." Well, then.
Forget basketball. We may have an NHL hockey team soon. But what should it be called? It appears the name "Seattle Sea Lions" is making some waves. Good grief. Another shooting has happened. King 5 news reports that a drive-by shooting in Kent has left two dead at the corner of S. 212th St. and 64th Avenue S.
Since that glorious February day when the Seahawks smiled, waved and wended their way through countless fans gathered for the Super Bowl parade, our champs have continued to make headlines: Russell Wilson got a divorce, Richard Sherman got into a fight at training camp and Marshawn Lynch got naked in the “body issue” of ESPN The Magazine. What does this all portend for our first season as Super Bowl stars? And what about the loss of notable players Golden Tate, Chris Clemons and Walter Thurmond?
Weather this week: Sunny with some clouds. More sunny skies predicted for the weekend.As reported by KOMOnews.com
Gunfire investigation in West Seattle last night. Gunshots were reported for the second night in a row in West Seattle's North Delridge neighborhood near 23rd and Juneau. No injuries; it may have been a drive-by shooting.
For years, the only physical evidence of the Tateuchi Center in Bellevue has been in a dim corner of the downtown Hyatt Regency hotel lobby. There, in a preview center, sits a glass-encased balsa wood model of a 2,000-seat concert hall; mounted television screens cycle through photos of imagined future acts and a row of theater chairs summon the ambiance of opening night. It’s the footprint of a project expected to draw world-class performers and to serve as the nexus of the Eastside’s cultural hub.
If you’ve noticed a series of mysterious poles popping up in the Central and Chinatown–International districts, you may have wondered—are they not-so-subtle NSA spying devices? Beacons for drones? Signs of an alien invasion? The truth is out there, and while it’s perhaps less enigmatic, it’s exciting nonetheless. The silvery shafts are part of a public art installation heralding the new First Hill Streetcar, scheduled to open this fall.
To insist on a $40,000 salary in Seattle is to take a vow of poverty. That’s what City Council member Kshama Sawant has done. She has said that she’ll take home about that much of her $117,000 salary and devote the balance of it—some $70,000 per year—to her pet causes, in effect tithing most of her taxpayer-funded income.I don’t know what Sawant’s overall financial picture is; maybe she has a trust fund. But I do know that living in Seattle on $40K per year—even with benefits—is a challenge these days.
The messenger angel in Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America makes a famously big entrance when she first appears—crashing through the roof of an apartment building to convey her prophecy to a gay man struggling with AIDS in 1980s Manhattan. In the original 1993 Broadway production, which won a Tony Award for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize, the angel’s wings are almost bat-like, sharply angled like chevrons. In HBO’s 2003 miniseries version, the wings are more swanlike, arches that sweep to a 12-foot span.
Must TasteChow Down Along Old Bellevue’s Main StreetSaturday (8/16, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) — Secure a $40 tasting passport and sample cuisine from some of Old Bellevue’s beloved restaurants, including Monsoon East, Cantinetta and the newest hot spot, 99 Park.
What’s your favorite current Seattle band? If you have trouble answering (or if you draw a blank after Macklemore), we’re not going to judge. But we are going to suggest it’s time to check in with the city’s thriving indie music scene. New local bands are exploring sounds, blurring genre boundaries (though we’ve wrestled them into categories here) and playing vibrant live shows all over town (see our Live Music Venue guide).