Seattle Sketch Comedy Month 5/31–6/29Founded in 1999 under the direction of monologue master Mike Daisey, the SketchFest comedy festival each fall is packed with local performers and laughs aplenty. This new, summer showcase of short-form scripted comedy bits (think: Saturday Night Live but, hopefully, better) includes local groups Charles, Ubiquitous They, and Drop the Root Beer and Run. Times vary. $10. The Ballard Underground, 2220 NW Market St.; sketchfest.org
March 27 was a big day for Seattle. Not only did 15,000 middle and high school students pack KeyArena but the red carpet was rolled out for a lineup of stars, including Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson, Mia Farrow, Demi Lovato (via Skype), former Sonics player Gary Payton and a surprise performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. This star-studded event was in support of the first-ever We Day in Seattle, an initiative of Canada’s Free the Children, a nonprofit youth empowerment organization that encourages young people to become active citizens of the world.
COFFEE DATE: Award winning cartoonist Jim Woodring, whose new graphic novel, Fran (a “bizarre romance”), comes out from Fantagraphics this month.SCENE: Café Racer, a Wednesday morning in March.JIM’S ORDER: Coffee, black.Nancy Guppy: Describe the world through Jim Woodring’s eyes.Jim Woodring: Hmm. Well, the world has never quite jelled for me. It’s an endlessly strange, endlessly confusing place, and I think it’s worth exploring, especially in art.
When you think about it, Western fashion, with its focus on conforming to the predictable curves of the human body, designs itself into a box, as it were. With the exception of the audacious Alexander McQueen, most designers base their work on a woman’s hourglass shape (or often, a stick-straight version of it) and the body’s bilateral symmetry. But Japanese fashion, particularly since the 1970s, blows the lid off that box by embracing an orchestrated cacophony of pleating, asymmetry, deconstruction, peculiar shapes and unexpected textiles.
It’s become a common sight in sun-drenched Seattle parks: outdoorsy types balancing on what looks like a wide, flat tightrope strung between two carefully padded trees. It’s called “slacklining,” and Adam Burtle, 32, is Seattle’s authority on the sport, which originated with rock climbers in Yosemite in the 1980s and is gaining fans and practitioners locally. The slackline is a 1- or 2-inch-wide piece of nylon webbing (such as that used in climbing gear) with a bit of spring to it, which is why slackliners often bounce as they walk.
Must SupportDrink for a Good CauseThrough May 31 — Several local restaurants, including Elliott’s Oyster House, Ray’s Boathouse, Ivar’s, Toulouse Petit and Ba Bar, have partnered with broVo Spirits to serve up classic cocktails throughout May in honor of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. A portion of the proceeds for each cocktail ordered goes to the Kathi Goertzen Foundation, the organization created to help raise research funds for brain cancer cures and patient support.
As the wheels touch down in Cordova, a little fishing town on Prince William Sound in southcentral Alaska, Duke Moscrip already has his coat on and his finger on the latch of his seat belt. Outside, dozens of black 10-by-10-foot crates filled with freshly caught, flash-frozen Copper River salmon—what many consider to be the tastiest fish in the world—sit on the side of the tarmac waiting to be loaded onto the plane for the return trip to Seattle.
Every summer has a soundtrack, and if you live in Seattle the track listing is especially vibrant. Our thriving local music scene is more diverse than ever, with an ear-opening variety of sounds including neo-folk, indie rock, psychedelic, dream-pop, hip-hop and retro soul. To give you an earful, arts and culture editor Brangien Davis handpicked 17 songs for this year's mixtape—all recent releases by local bands—that will make your summer swell. *Starred bands are playing the Capitol Hill Block Party (7/26-7/28).
According to the Seattle Doomsday Map, not even the apocalypse will change local priorities. But in this dystopian future, you have to brave the Belltown black market to get a decent espresso, and the only organic garden grows on a heavily guarded SLU rooftop.
For Toni Keene, every Thursday is pressure cooker day. But that doesn’t stress out the Macy’s executive chef, who says her job is more play than work. The spritely 68-year-old has been recommending cookware and demonstrating new kitchen products on the sixth floor of the downtown store (and its predecessor, The Bon Marché) for 24 years, and doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon.