They say your home is a reflection of your identity—and if money allows, you can reshape your house (through a new coat of paint, a kitchen remodel, a second story) to more accurately reflect the person you are, or hope to be. But what happens when the relationship goes the other way—when a house transforms a human into a particular sort of person? Seattle sculptor Leo Saul Berk, 42, believes the house he grew up in is the reason he became an artist.
The Makers is a new column on Seattlemag.com that explores different Seattle creatives and their crafts. These artists live to design, connect and create.
Alexandra Greenwald has been obsessed with pastries since she was 12 years old, when she would ogle the éclairs and macarons her aunt would bring back from Paris. Photo Credit: Sparkfly photography
Remember a superhero named The Red Bee? No? How about The Bouncer? Or The Puppeteer? Now’s your chance to get to know these (understandably) long-lost comic book stars, thanks to a new book by Redmond-based writer Jon Morris. The League of Regrettable Superheroes (Quirk Books, $24.95) grew out of Morris’ blog, Gone & Forgotten (gone-and-forgotten.blogspot.com), in which he unearths lesser-known comic books from the past and explains the strengths and foibles of these “half-baked heroes.”
Must WatchWhim W'him X-Posed at Cornish Playhouse(5/29 to 5/31, times vary) Former PNB dancer Olivier Wevers directs his recently formed company in X-Posed, featuring three new pieces: one by Seattle’s edgy Kate Wallich; one by French choreographer Manuel Vignoulle; and one by Wevers himself, exploring what’s unfiltered, raw and real.
Emerald City Express: Cyclists are pushing for bike lanes along 5th Avenue, says King 5 News. The plan would create a protected bike route (AKA the "Emerald Mile") between Denny and Olive, a segment already divided by the Monorail. Opponents of the Emerald Mile worry that the route would take away from already-limited parking spots and contribute to congestion.
Akio Takamori’s ceramic work reflects a long-term interest in matters of the flesh. He often paints blushing red cheeks on his sensuous figures, giving the impression that blood has just rushed to the surface of the skin. His people squat, curl into the fetal position, lie in repose, ride piggyback, stand with arms crossed over their chests and spell out the words “love” and “lust” with their bodies. Though more cartoonish than realistic, the figures nonetheless radiate humanness, inspiring a tactile sort of empathy when an arm clasps a knee, a hand grips a shoulder.
Instagram Inspiration is a new column on Seattlemag.com that explores our favorite Instagram themes each week.
This week, our minds are on food. We’re drooling over these seasonal recipes--perfect for those long summer nights and backyard barbecues. We hope these mouth-watering snaps inspire you to try that new recipe you’ve been dying to make, or roast some s'mores over the fire. Happy cooking!
So long, Silicon Valley: According to Seattle-based Redfin, "For the first time ever, the median price for a Silicon Valley home just exceeded one million dollars," which means that people are leaving the area simply because they can't afford to stay. Just where are they headed?
Holiday travelers put the Washington State Department of Transportation's online summer ferry reservation system to the test this weekend. The system, which serves parts of the San Juan Islands, has experienced problems in the past (it failed on its first day back in April), but this time around it went off without a hitch.
Over the past 10 years, the South Asian population in the Puget Sound region has nearly tripled. Most people who have seen the show Outsourced or have had an Indian-accented technician solve their computer woes associate this influx with tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon. This is partly true, as many South Asians can attest to growing up in a household that was exclusively focused on education—particularly in the areas of math, science and other related fields (i.e. engineering and medicine).
Instagram Inspiration is a new column on Seattlemag.com that explores our favorite Instagram themes each week. There's no denying how much pride flows through this city. You see it in the crowds at Safeco and Centurylink cheering on our beloved Hawks, Mariners and Sounders. You see it with the kayaktivists protecting our harbors from invading oil rigs. So this week, we thought it was only appropriate to give a round of applause to our beautiful city and the people who inhabit it. Cheers to Seattle and the PNW.
Must Laugh Local Artist Dons Sea Cucumber Costume in Manifesto (5/22 to 5/24, times vary) Ilvs Strauss uses a sleeping bag as the basis for the California red sea cucumber outfit she dons in her funny and poignant piece Manifesto, in which she artfully combines a witty personal monologue about childbearing and womanhood with gestural dance, backup dancers, facial expressions and two costume changes.