Donald Byrd is staging an intervention. Seattle’s renowned contemporary dance choreographer is unsettled by America’s craving for the “mythologized,” candy-coated version of love portrayed in popular movies (see: the re-release of Titanic in 3-D this month) and he wants to help curb our addiction.
“I think it gets us into trouble in the real world,” Byrd explains. “People internalizing these romantic notions about love…they think that it’s something to be pursued above all things. It’s not.”
Seattle’s Outdoor Research, which just turned the ripe old age of 30, is blazing new trails with the introduction of the 13.5-ounce Axiom jacket ($375), the company’s first shell that uses Gore-Tex’s most breathable and waterproof stretch fabric, Active Shell. And for adventurers who don’t have time to change before hitting the bar, the Termini shirt ($65) bridges the gap between casual style and technical function. Only in Seattle!
Imagine receiving a telephone call from your child’s teacher asking you about your family’s academic goals and how you can work together to achieve them. It’s happening in areas of Seattle as part of an innovative new strategy to turn around a troubling trend among local schoolchildren.
Imagine you’re this close to missing your flight at Sea-Tac Airport, the family floundering in front of you has apparently never been through security before, and your departure has just been moved out to the N gates. From somewhere overhead, you hear the voice of a local rapper saying, “Hi. I’m Macklemore. Welcome to one of the greenest airports in the world.” Don’t you feel better now?
What image does the phrase “forces of nature” bring to mind? A tornado? Crashing waves? An apple falling on Isaac Newton’s head?
Last winter, the Hello Poster Show (hellopostershow.com) extended a call for entries, asking graphic designers from all over the globe to translate the concept into bold, screen-printed posters—the best of which are now available for purchase.
“Have you seen Wayne’s World?” asks Amy Pennington, host of the new local restaurant review show Check, Please! Northwest on KCTS-TV. “I constantly think: ‘Camera 1, Camera 2.’ I’m a total fish out of water.”
You might not have picked 1890s Germany as the setting of choice for a bold coming-of-age story, but the rock musical Spring Awakening may have changed that forever. Winner of eight 2007 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), the story is based on a banned German play from 1892 and surrounds teenagers discovering the good, the bad and the ugly of all things sexual. The pubescent protagonists struggle with parents who censor sexual information (such as how babies are made) and others who are sexually abusive, meanwhile navigating their own fantasies, fears and intense feelings.
February was a banner month for Seattle civil engineer turned poet Kathleen Flenniken. President of local poetry publisher Floating Bridge Press, she released a new collection, Plume (about growing up in the shadow of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation), and was appointed poet laureate of Washington state, a two-year position that comes with an annual stipend of $10,000 (funded by the National Endowment for the Arts) and a mission to build a statewide audience for poetry.
If you find yourself going into withdrawal waiting for the (just announced) third season of the IFC comedy Portlandia, don’t fret—there’s a live version of the Northwest culture-skewering show going on right now, all over our own city. See for yourself in this side-by-side comparison of Portlandia skits and Seattle realities.
Good news: the State House of Representatives passed the bill that will renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program or the Washington State Film Incentive. 92 yeses to 6 nos? Sounds more like a slam dunk than a pass.
From the Washington Filmworks Blog:
Joe Follansbee, Jordan Royer, Kristen Russell and Feliks Banel
It’s the least sexy, most flammable cocktail-party topic around: transportation. The horror story about a one-hour crosstown crawl. The strategy swap about how best to cross the lake during a Mariners home stand. And the sharply divisive rhetoric about which multibillion-dollar projects our region really needs—and how to pay for them.
Spring has sprung! Maybe not in terms of weather, but certainly arts-wise, with beautiful events bursting forth in galleries, theaters and concert halls. We’re fired up for the massive slab of ceramics exhibits opening this month (in conjunction with the big clay conference in town), new work by Seattle dance luminaries Donald Byrd and Mark Haim, funny shows by Lauren Weedman and Sarah Vowell, new albums from local bands, plus a phalanx of film festivals, and a plethora of exciting new plays. Here’s our guide to picking the perfect spring arts bouquet.
I knew when our youngest son got the birthday party invitation in January that it was time to bite the bullet. The party was in Bellevue, which meant crossing the bridge, and that meant finally getting one of those bridge-toll passes (or start paying through the nose for Container Store runs and trips to Woodinville for wine).
I came across an ad in The Seattle Times from 1962 touting the advantages of going to Portland by train instead of car. “More fun and a lot safer,” reads the ad. “Only $4.95 Seattle to Portland Round-Trip.” And the kicker: “Costs less than a tank of gas.” Fifty years later, in an era when a tank of gas can easily cost $60 (and that train ride will set you back at least $70), we’re still trying to convince people to take rail.
When Tim Gaydos takes visitors on a walking tour of Belltown, where he lives with his wife and two small children, he’s always a half-step ahead at a pace that can leave an out-of-shape companion gasping. As you catch your breath at a crosswalk while waiting for the light to change, he speaks in language drawn from his work as pastor of the Belltown Mars Hill Church: if not quite preachy, certainly with spiritual overtones.