It takes a certain personality to talk about sex and puberty with kids and their parents; someone who combines trustworthiness with the ability to remain unflappable in the face of inevitable giggles and awkward moments. Magnolia dad Greg Smallidge has those qualities in abundance, and puts them to good use during Great Conversations’ “For Boys Only” and “For Girls Only” (greatconversations.com) classes, and coed classes, in which his nuanced approach and dry humor put attendees at ease.
The Easter holiday, complete with the appearance of a giant bunny, is fast approaching, and public venues throughout Seattle are pulling out all the stops with spring egg hunts for sharp-eyed youngsters. For a weekend full of Easter-related fun, we’ve rounded up an array of egg hunts and other exciting events around town that shall not disappoint.
The first places to look for no-cost egg scouting excitement are your local community centers. The following hunts all take place the morning of April 19:
I’m old enough to remember when Seattle was the end of the road. When I was young, Seattle seemed like a city walled off from the east by mountains and surrounded by water on the west. Provincial we were, but also isolated and little known, a jumping-off spot for even more remote places. “Gateway to Alaska” was still our geographic claim to fame.
Fans of the TV show Parks and Recreation will recognize Tacoma-born actress Pamela Reed from her recurring role as Leslie Knope’s mother. After countless roles on television and in local theater, Reed is now playing Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, made famous by Elizabeth Taylor. See her rise to the challenge in the Seattle Rep’s production. 4/18–5/18. seattlerep.orgLOCATION: Caffè Zingaro on Queen Anne, a cloudy morning in February
We were all in on the secret: Students from Bellevue's Highland Middle School arrived at Safeco Field to help participate in the filming of an anti-bullying campaign starring the Mariner Moose, completely unaware that waiting in the wings to surprise them were hip-hop star Macklemore and Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez.
Must MultitaskDraw a Masterpiece and Drink a PintThursday (4/10, 7 p.m.) — Capitol Hill Cider is taking an active approach to the neighborhood’s second-Thursday art walk with “Drink and Draw,” curated by the Gage Academy of Art, wherein patrons use free drawing supplies to sketch live models while sipping suds.
Updated information: You know that the fantastic West Seattle Brewing Company is serving up pints after the race, and now we hear that Chopstix and Curb Jumper Street Eats will be on hand, too, for that necessary post-race sustenance.
Still have yet to register for Seattle mag's Earth Day Run along Alki Beach? Key in Gilt City Seattle to purchase a registration for $27 (that's a whopping 40 percent off the regular reg. price).
Debra Baxter is renowned for creating work that contrasts spiky crystals against smooth stone, stunning beauty against repulsive physical reality. Her new show, All I Ever Wanted, features alabaster, crystal and mineral sculptures, as well as cast metal pieces, including a twisted human neck made of aluminum and a female pelvis in bronze.
The fact may have slipped many 12th Man minds, but Seattle also has a baseball team. The M’s kick off the season against the Angels at Safeco Field (mariners.org). And for a captivating hit of local baseball history, visit the new exhibit Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington at the Northwest African American Museum. Through 11/9; naamnw.org
In our January 2013 issue, contributing writer and professional forager Langdon Cook wrote an in-depth article on the development of North America’s largest open-pit mine, which is proposed for the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed.
Must SeeSeattle Playwright's New World-Premiere Mixes Sex and Politics(4/3 to 4/27, times vary) — In her new, world-premiere play, Tails of Wasps, Stephanie Timm addresses the age-old story of a politician brought down by a sexual scandal. Directed by New Century Theatre Company’s (NCTC) Darragh Kennan, the play explores the human tendency to get stung.
“We’re from the future. Don’t worry, you’ll be here soon enough.” That’s what North Capitol Hill’s Ted McDonald, 49, tells mystified onlookers as he rides around town on his new passion, the Solowheel. Known best as “Barefoot Ted,” thanks to his evangelic embrace of the barefoot running craze (which includes his founding of minimalist footwear company Luna Sandals), McDonald believes this type of eco-friendly “urbanscape driving machine” is about to start a transportation revolution.
King 5 posted this extremely helpful roundup today of local organizations that are accepting donations of all kinds--monetary, clothing, gas cards, food, etc.--for the people in Oso, Wash., who were affected by the mudslide.