We at Seattle magazine like to throw ourselves into researching our stories, so when we decided to do a beer issue to tap into (sorry) the recent resurgence of craft brewing, well, you can imagine how we felt we needed to take one for the team.
I am generally more of a wine drinker, but this summer as we worked on the story, I deliberately put on my beer goggles (so to speak) and every time I wanted a little refreshment, I tried a different beer that was on our list of best local brews.
I have to admit, it wasn’t easy at first.
A new line of urban bags from Cascade Designs’ SealLine brand ($64.95–$169.95) coddles your stuff when you’re out enjoying our region’s infamous inclemency. The Seattle-made bags feature roll tops with easy-open clips, and welded seams that ensure that your precious cargo stays dry. And add-on accessories, like a zip pocket or phone holster, sweeten the deal.
Nancy Guppy bought her first work of art at a coffee shop in 1989.
“I was waiting to order and became mesmerized by a painting of this maternal, Madonna-like figure. I loved the colors, and it felt so safe and loving,” Guppy says. The former Almost Live actress paid $600 for the painting and promptly hung it on the wall of the new apartment she shared with her husband, Joe. The purchase, she says, helped her settle into the space. “It was important to create our own aesthetic.”
Unlike most people, Nancy White looks forward to her monthly doctor’s appointment. Instead of waiting alone for her doctor in a cramped exam room, the 80-year-old Seattleite checks in with eight other elderly patients in a conference room, where she gets her blood pressure checked, learns how to better control her diabetes—and catches up with a few friends.
As he travels around Seattle seeking support for his City Council candidacy, Bradley Meacham hears the same two questions over and over again. “Can I vote for you?” and “Do I live in your district?” Every time, Meacham hesitates. The answer is complicated: Yes, Seattle voter, you can vote for Meacham. But no, you don’t live in his district.
An infection is spreading through Seattle—one so virulent it threatens to overtake the city’s other iconic symbols (coffee, rain, hipsters in plaid): zombies. Put another way, you can’t swing a dead cat in Seattle without hitting a dead person (who’s been reanimated and craves flesh and brains). There’s plenty of cruel speculation as to why zombies are so popular here. Seattleites are so pasty white it’s hard to tell us from the walking dead. Or: It’s how we look before we have our coffee.
NAME: Melanie BurgessOCCUPATION: Costume designerON CAREER PATHS: “Sometimes I think I was trying to find acting and costume design found me.”FAVORITE GIG SO FAR: Jesus Christ Superstar at the Village TheatreSEE HER WORK: In Inherit the Wind (Strawberry Theater Workshop; through 10/8), Harold and the Purple Crayon (Seattle Children’s Theatre; through 10/30) and Sylvia (Seattle Rep; 11/11–12/11).
For the second year in a row, the City Arts Festival is bringing arts of all genres to venues across Seattle (10/20–10/22; times, prices and venues vary; cityartsfest.com). If it all feels too gloriously overwhelming, just focus on our must-see picks below.
MUSIC: The Long Winters, Cobirds Unite, Cataldo and Campfire OK (10/20; Showbox at the Market): It’s a Northwest-band-a-ganza, featuring Seattle indie rockers established and emerging.
Here it is, the end of the Seattle Sounders’ third season, and our beloved team still has no mascot. What gives? The Portland Timbers have earned acres of press since joining MLS last spring—thanks in large part to their manly mascot, “Timber Joey,” a lumberjack who wields an actual (not foam!) chainsaw during games. Surely the Sounders can come up with an equally intimidating yet Northwesterly icon. Here are a few suggestions:
AJ Epstein doesn’t know quite what to call himself. The 40-year-old producer/director/lighting designer, who in June opened live theater venue West of Lenin in Fremont, has jokingly labeled himself “Responsible Party” and “El Presidente,” and has recently enjoyed the ring of “Arts Entrepreneur.” After verbally volleying all these options, he decides: “I’m an artist and a businessman. And I’m the proprietor of West of Lenin.”
Amy O’Neal has worked with Pat Graney Company and Scott/Powell Performance, as well as her own companies, Locust and (currently) AmyO/tinyrage. She is artist-in-residence at Velocity Dance Center and will perform new solos and duets with Kathleen Hermesdorf as part of Velocity’s Guest Artist Series. 10/28–10/29. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave.; velocitydancecenter.org
Surely there is no better name than Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, the New York–based Icelandic artist famous for her outlandish sculptures, installations and costumes made of braided hair and wildly woolly fabrics.
Arnardottir, who also goes by the handle “Shoplifter” and is a frequent collaborator with Björk, is the curator of Looking Back to Find Our Future, the keystone exhibit at the Nordic Fashion Biennale, which for the first time ever will take place in the U.S.—in Ballard, naturally.
“I love cookbooks,” says Lara Hamilton. “I read them as if they were novels.” The former Microsoft employee began collecting cookbooks a couple of years ago, and after visiting other cookbook-only bookstores (such as Books for Cooks in London) decided Seattle needed one, too.
This month, she’s opening Book Larder: A Community Cookbook Store (4252 Fremont Ave.) in upper Fremont, carrying new, used and collectible cookbooks, plus a few kitchen items.
Last week's heartbreaking news of the accidental death of beloved Seattle barista Brian Fairbrother touched a lot of people, including many who work here at Seattle magazine. Within minutes of word of Fairbrother's terrible bike accident last week, two conversations happened here.
When seasonal neighborhood farmers markets end in early fall and rainy days revisit the Emerald City, the indoor shops at Capitol Hill’s indoor Melrose Market offer families the chance to discover fresh food and artisan goods and the opportunity to grab lunch inside a recently restored warehouse. With Doug Fir beams and exposed brick, the 21,000-square-foot mini version of San Francisco’s famed Ferry Building Marketplace is home to nine Seattle-based businesses.