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Wednesday, 05/11/2011 10:12 PM
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Since May is Bike Month around the world, I am devoting my Outdoors blog posts for the next few weeks to urban bicycle commuting around Seattle. I will be virtually following two urban bike commuters as they make their way to and from work every day on two wheels under their own power, and I will personally be doing all the grocery shopping for myself and family members by bicycle (since I work from home). Stay tuned throughout the month for trip reports, helmet-cam video snippets, gear reviews and other goodies for cyclists of all kinds.
Wednesday, 05/11/2011 10:12 PM
Just when you thought cyclocross was the most badass recreational sport to take root in the Northwest, along comes an entire new category of events for the endurance-obsessed, adrenaline-junkie mud lovers among us: obstacle courses. If you’re a distance runner, iron man/woman, triathlete or weekend athlete who loves a challenge (and doesn’t mind getting dirty), these races might be just what the doctor ordered.
Wednesday, 05/11/2011 8:31 PM
The year 1985 was a big one for music: USA for Africa’s “We Are the World” raised $70 million, David Lee Roth left Van Halen for a solo career, and Madonna embarked on her first tour—The Virgin Tour, which kicked off in Seattle. But of much greater import locally, Gerard Schwarz took the position of music director for the Seattle Symphony. Since then, he’s raised the symphony’s global profile, earned 12 Grammy nominations and countless other awards, and was instrumental in bringing a state-of-the-art symphony hall to our city.
Wednesday, 05/11/2011 8:09 PM
If you listen to people like Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, “Left Coast” cities like Seattle are so far out of the mainstream that we’re on the outer banks of reality. It’s true that we’re an antiwar kind of place, having been at the forefront of opposition to nuclear submarines, and wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Central America and Vietnam. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Department of Peace.
Tuesday, 05/10/2011 11:19 PM
We haven't heard the entire story quite yet but it looks like SAM's director is leaving his post to pursue other projects. Check out the press release sent by Cara Egan, following a post by Cartwright on the SAM blog: Subject: Derrick Cartwright Resigns as Director of the Seattle Art Museum Derrick Cartwright Resigns as Director of the Seattle Art Museum
Monday, 05/09/2011 6:37 PM
Contamination-related shutdowns at two beloved local cheese makers sparked outrage last year—but maybe not for the reasons you’d think. The most vocal protests weren’t about the reports of contamination—listeria at the Estrella Family Creamery and E. coli at Sally Jackson Cheeses—but about what some see as a draconian federal crackdown on small, local businesses.
Thursday, 05/05/2011 8:56 PM
Master monologist, former Seattleite, and top contender for funniest man on the planet Mike Daisey has a new show, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, in which he chronicles his total geek love for Mac products, and his horrifying discovery of how they are made. Here's my haiku review: So flippin' funny.Powerpoint slam is priceless.End gets preachy. Rats.
Wednesday, 05/04/2011 11:48 PM
If you've seen fabric sculptor/performance artist/dancer Nick Cave’s otherworldy soundsuits (on display now at the Seattle Art Museum), you've probably also imagined what it would feel like to wear a soundsuit of your own. Tomorrow, the public will have the chance to do just that at SAM's soundsuit parade.
Monday, 05/02/2011 10:35 PM
OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS The Brothers, 6,565 feet; Mount Constance, 7,743 feet; Mount Ellinor, 5,952 feet
Friday, 04/29/2011 9:53 PM
It's time once again for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth! Started by Seattle's Jesse Harris (a highly talented youth himself), NFTTY has swiftly become the largest youth film festival in the world. This year, NFFTY will showcase 200 films (culled from a record-breaking 700 submissions) from 20 countries, all directed by auteurs 22 and younger. The lineup includes work by more than 30 local filmmakers, including 14-year-old Ben Kadie, a film fanatic from Bellevue who has competed annually in NFFTY since he was 9 years-old.
Friday, 04/29/2011 11:48 AM
Good morning! For those of you who slumbered through the Royal Wedding last night (or maybe, like us, you haven’t been to bed yet!), here’s a quick update of the play-by-play reactions and the insane, fun and funny comments from our virtual Royal Watching party with Seattle Bride magazine.
Thursday, 04/28/2011 8:33 PM
A Haiku Review of "O Lovely Glowworm," an absurd, wistful story by playwright Glen Berger, told from the twisted but sweet perspective of a taxidermied goat and performed by New Century Theatre Company. Lyrical writingActing, directing superbI love that dead goat
Friday, 04/22/2011 9:56 PM
When Animals AttackWhen an experienced hiker was killed by an aggressive mountain goat last fall on a trail near Hurricane Ridge, it brought home to anyone who appreciates the great outdoors the fact that our abundant geographical blessings come with a sobering dose of reality. The wilderness can be a dangerous place, and while human encounters with wild animals are exceedingly rare, no one should ever take a hike without knowing what to do if animals attack.
Friday, 04/22/2011 5:39 PM
We can't keep this news under our hats any longer! The recipient of the 2011 Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film is... Seattle-based producer Jennifer Roth. Hooray! Roth will be presented with the award at SIFF's opening night on May 19th. She's receiving the prestigious award because she has played a crucial role in getting big budget movies filmed in Seattle, and also because of her tireless dedication to local indie filmmakers.
Thursday, 04/21/2011 5:48 PM
We’ve all asked (and answered) the classic vacation question: The mountains or the shore? As it happens, we feel strongly both ways. But after publishing our Ultimate Coast Guide three years ago, we knew we had created an obvious imperative. And so we present our paean to Washington’s magnificent mountains. Why? Well, to paraphrase the famous quotation of British mountaineer George Mallory, partly because they’re there. But, more precisely, because they are ours. Here in Seattle, mountains inform our lives, whether we spend time hiking up them, skiing down them, or driving through them.