Culture

Monday, 09/17/2012 10:00 PM
If the trajectory of a romance can be charted through the books a couple reads, perhaps it is a good sign that Ruth Frobe and Nicki McCraw met while reading David Sheff’s harrowing memoir about his meth-addicted son, Beautiful Boy, and have since moved on to Tina Fey’s lighthearted Bossypants.
Monday, 09/17/2012 10:46 PM
Jody Hall and Kelly Ring met in the usual way: riding around in a car topped with an enormous cupcake at the 2005 Pride Parade. Hall, owner and cupcake doyenne of Cupcake Royale, had pulled out all the stops to make sure her float was one of the sweetest in the parade. Hall and Ring were introduced by mutual friends, who thought they might like each other. Ring was impressed by Hall’s kindness. Hall was impressed by Ring’s honesty, by how clear she was that she wanted to stay home and raise children.
Thursday, 09/13/2012 4:31 PM
MUST SEEMaldoror Seattle’s ever-innovative UMO Ensemble combines poetry, film, athleticism and outlandish imagination to illuminate its newest character: Maldoror, whose dark soul is brought to life by virtuoso acrobatics, zoomorphic costumes and experimental electronic music. Peek inside the mind of evil, if you dare.9/13-9/15; 8pm. $12–$15. Northwest Film Forum; 1515 12th Ave., 206.329.2629; nwfilmforum.org
Wednesday, 09/12/2012 7:21 PM
If you haven't already, add the new and locally-produced literary magazine, The Monarch Review to your reading list. In addition to publishing works by local and emerging writers regularly online, its Seattle-based team of editors have released two excellent print editions, available for purchase in bookstores around the city and online ($10)...and I hear there is a third on its way.
Tuesday, 09/11/2012 9:32 PM
Because we couldn't figure how to do an animated GIF in print. Only kidding. Sort of. Seriously though, you should reference Brangien Davis' helpful (and entertaining) flowchart to track down just the right music event for your frame of mind this fall. Download a full-size, printer-friendly chart here.
Tuesday, 09/11/2012 8:11 PM
Three cheers for fall, when Seattleites switch gears—from soaking up every inch of summer possible to gorging on our city’s amazing wealth of arts offerings. This year promises to be no different, with so many excellent chances to experience dance, film, music, theater and visual arts that, frankly, we’re already worried about having to make some hard choices.
Tuesday, 09/11/2012 7:59 PM
Why, in 2012, do we need an exhibit focused solely on women artists? Try this: Make a quick tally of the names you’d expect to find on a list of the most important visual artists of the 20th century. Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp, Monet, Hopper, Pollock, Warhol…all these come to mind so easily (and need only be noted by last names!). But women artists made huge, influential strides during this period as well—albeit under the radar.
Tuesday, 09/11/2012 7:14 PM
Although ensconced in NYC since the 1970s, Mark Morris must still think fondly of his old stomping grounds—the former Seattleite and superstar choreographer is presenting two different world premieres on two different local stages this fall. First up, at On the Boards (10/4–10/6. 8 p.m. Prices vary. 100 W Roy; 206.217.9888; ontheboards.org), the Mark Morris Dance Company performs three of the choreographer’s older works in addition to a brand-new piece, A Wooden Tree, with music by Ivor Cutler.
Friday, 09/07/2012 3:46 PM
After closing a successful, inaugural theater festival at Intiman, artistic director Andrew Russell reflects on a whirlwind year.
Thursday, 09/06/2012 5:16 PM
MUST SHOPFashion's Night OutThursday (9/6) — Now in its fourth year, the Vogue-led celebration of fall shopping in Seattle has installments all over our fair city and the Eastside, so much so in fact, it’s nigh impossible to hit everything. Check out fashion & lifestyle editor Kate Calamusa’s picks for the must-see fashion shows (including one featuring a Seattle mag Seamless in Seattle star); and the must-grab deals.
Thursday, 08/30/2012 6:48 PM
MUST SEE Sally Meets StuFor one night only, Israeli choreographer Danielle Agami and her company, Ate9, are taking over Century Ballroom to present an evening-length performance. Sit back, enjoy a drink in Century’s stylish cabaret and watch the vigorous, captivating style of dance known as “Gaga” (which has been around way longer than the Lady by the same name).
Thursday, 08/30/2012 5:16 AM
Metro's new RapidRide bus
Another bright, shiny new innovation as we struggle towards transportation efficiency: Metro's gradual rollout of the new "RapidRide" bus system. Already zipping around on the east side and the south end, some Seattle neighborhoods will soon have this service (details below), and those neighborhoods will rejoice. Why?
Tuesday, 08/28/2012 5:13 PM
Bill Predmore’s street art collection started with a Shepard Fairey print, gifted to him by an employee long before the iconic Obama “Hope” poster skyrocketed the artist into ubiquity. Since then, Predmore—founder and president of Pop, a Seattle-based digital agency—has maintained his interest in art intended to grab attention in an urban environment, collecting the work of neo-Pop and street artists who use contemporary culture as fodder for satire and good fun.
Tuesday, 08/28/2012 5:46 PM
My husband grew up in New York City, but wanted to escape what he calls “the hustle.” Though I was born in Washington, I grew up in suburban Racine, Wisconsin, and longed for city life. (Any chance I’d get, I’d head to Chicago, just 45 minutes away; it’s still one of my favorite cities in the world.) We met while living in Madison, Wisconsin, and we started to plot our next steps—living in a place with both hellacious humidity and eyelash-icicle-inducing winters was not going to fly with me for long.
Monday, 08/27/2012 7:16 PM
For decades, Pier 57 owner Hal Griffith dreamed of building a Ferris wheel at the end of the historic landing. Now, after 30 years, he’s putting his money where his dreams are—and he says the time couldn’t be better; he fears the waterfront is in real peril, thanks to the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement. “We thought this was the perfect time to make a project like this work,” says Griffith, who owns the Great Wheel with his sons Troy and Kyle.