I recently talked over coffee with Jim Vesely, the retired editor of The Seattle Times’ editorial page and a longtime Eastside observer. We met at the Tully’s on Mercer Island in “The Rock’s” dense new business district. Even affluent, single-family Mercer Island has done its share of taking on growth, building up, and becoming transit- and pedestrian-friendly. Sitting in the café, we could have been, for all intents and purposes, ensconced in Fremont.
Kathi Goertzen, 54, one of Seattle’s most trusted television anchors for nearly three decades, died on August 13, after a 14-year battle with recurring brain tumors. Goertzen, a Seattle native and outspoken Cougar fan, first joined KOMO-TV as an intern in 1979, but soon became part of a long-term on-air partnership with co-anchor Dan Lewis. As her health declined, Goertzen’s openness about her cancer served as an inspiration to many; a public memorial at Fisher Pavilion drew an overflow crowd of thousands.
From no-hitters to new highways, pocket libraries to boutiques on wheels, 2012 brought a slate of changes to Seattle. The city is bristling with construction cranes and bustling with new shops, breweries, barbecue joints and pontoon-dragging barges. It’s thrilling to watch the recession recede, inch by inch, in the rearview mirror, as ever-innovative Seattleites launch exciting new ventures for the rest of us to taste, touch and tweet about.
A sneak peek at our latest issue, available on newsstands and in the Kindle store now:
Restaurants: Dining editor Allison Austin Scheff maps out the best noodle dishes at local Asian and Italian restaurants; and food writer Jess Thomson offers a beginner’s guide to shopping the Asian noodle aisle at Uwajimaya, complete with recipes for your first home-cooked fresh ramen or udon dish.
Today, we launch Seattle magazine’s 13th annual Top Doctors survey (seattlemag.com/topdocssurvey). Puget Sound–area doctors who receive the most peer-to-peer nominations will be included in the 2013 Top Doctors issue of Seattle magazine.
Our annual Top Doctors feature is one of our most anticipated issues. During our many years of conducting the survey, we have learned how much readers rely on these expert recommendations. We take the responsibility seriously.
Seattle magazine: How long have you been performing?Jerick Hoffer: I am 25 years old and I have been performing on stage since I was about 12 years old. I started in ballet, but soon I shifted my attention towards theater and comedy, and was in my first professional theatrical production at age 17.
As a Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon has received countless accolades (see: 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical), so little needs to be said about its quality: the tremendously catchy songs, funny writing and outrageous, South Park-style raunchy lines and lyrics. But the big question is: How does the touring show hold up to the New York production? Personally, I don't know. I didn't see the NYC show. But I can say the Seattle show makes for a genuinely fun evening.
MUST SHOP Ampersand As Apostrophe at M.I.A GalleryOpens Thursday (1/10-1/20) — One of our picks for best new art gallery of 2012, M.I.A is partnering with local brand Ampersand As Apostrophe to display (and sell) a swish collection of modern, stylish bags in a “concept store” that aims to challenge our understanding of a gallery space and which objects are classified as fine art. Opening night reception is January 10, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
MUST TASTEEasy Recipes from the Asian Noodle AisleUwajimaya, Seattle’s ultimate Asian grocery store, has four (!) noodle aisles—which can be a little overwhelming if you’re just starting to experiment with cooking noodle dishes. Accordingly, we teamed up with the store’s experts to give home cooks the best bets for easy and delicious noodle dinners.MUST SEEA Doll’s House
You’ve heard it all a million times: Drivers are jerky, lazy, inattentive louts looking to put another notch in their steering wheels by giving cyclists a close shave, thereby asserting the supremacy of the almighty car while wasting our precious natural resources. And cyclists are entitled, arrogant, Lycra-clad maniacs with a death wish, impeding traffic and making drivers feel out of shape and unecological.
If the book-publishing industry weren’t broken, Ken Shear might not be trying to fix it. Shear, publisher and CEO of Seattle’s new alternative publishing venture, Booktrope (booktrope.com), is trying to turn a page in publishing with a team approach, one that alleviates some of the traditional frustrations endemic to legacy publishing houses and typical e-book publishers.