For the first time, we asked readers to answer our annual Readers' Choice poll with their neighborhoods in minds.
Of the many questions we pose every year (What's your favorite restaurant, bar, takeout, etc.), "Who is your neighborhood hero," was a new addition to the mix.
Here are the results in that category.
Sorry, neighborhoods yielding an insufficient number of votes not included in the results. Want to see your 'hood represented better in our magazine? Vote in our current Best Restaurants poll.
This year we recruited local music expert Chris Estey, who writes for music website Three Imaginary Girls, to help us pick the best emerging bands from Seattle’s crowded scene. Here, Estey makes it easier for other up-and-comers by reverse-engineering his chosen bands’ recipes for success.
Tit for tat: Local developers of the JoeyBra bra—with pockets, of course—sued by British developer of similar bra.
Miss Calculation: Seattle beauty queen tweets about her hatred of Seattle weather, sparks a tempest among her Twitter followers.
Rink Rage: Last year’s holiday “ice rink” at Cal Anderson Park is little more than a giant polystyrene cutting board smeared with glycerine.
The new Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) has taken the “musty” out of museum. Located in the restored Naval Reserve Armory, it features interactive touch screens, views of Lake Union and a vaulted main atrium. The museum’s “new” home is active and engaging. Its curators have cherry-picked their collection to display a selection of artifacts that keep the place from feeling cluttered and dark, like the old MOHAI. This museum welcomes light and space.
“Helen Hunt is a very fine actress, and she’s beautiful,” says Seattle geneticist Dr. Mary-Claire King. Assessing actors isn’t a habit for the scientist, whose most famous discovery is the existence of a gene for inherited susceptibility to breast cancer, but in this case she has reason to—King is played by Hunt in a forthcoming film chronicling her discovery of the breast cancer gene. Of the movie, King says, “It will be my words, with perfect hair.”
I first heard rumblings about Matt Dillon (Sitka & Spruce, Corson Building) opening a bakery in Pioneer Square last spring. It was just rumor then, a word dropped by a friend we have in common. Sometimes food-world friends spill the beans on things. But I kept quiet, as Dillon hadn't finalized leases yet, and didn't want to comment.
Grunge: The word still has the power to make longtime Seattleites cringe, conjuring as it does images of grubby cardigans and long johns worn under shorts, the faddish, flannel-sporting caricature of a musical era that began as something raw and personal and real. The co-opting of grunge—by fashion, media and poser bands—was precisely the opposite of the authenticity the local musicians were striving to achieve.
New from local singer/songwriter Shelby Earl: a remastered Christmas tune, "This Christmas is for Us," which you can preview and download for $1 here.
Or, watch this video of her performing her gorgeous new song "Swift Arrows" live for a web series at Fretboard Journal:
One of Seattle’s most renowned artists—boasting a MacArthur “Genius” award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an extensive profile in The New Yorker and a documentary about his work—remains largely unknown in his adopted home city. But even those who haven’t heard of sound sculptor Trimpin (who goes by his last name only) have probably heard Trimpin’s work.
MUST FREMONTAn Especially Festive Artwalk Friday (12/7) — Three fun reasons to visit Fremont this week: The annual Lenin statue lighting (in lieu of a tree); a holiday arts and crafts bazaar; and Matthew Inman, the man behind The Oatmeal, who’s hosting a special open studio sale where you can get a book signed or pick up some Oatmeal merchandise—perfect gifts for any cat or Star Wars lover.
There’s an electric feel of happiness in the air today as same-sex marriage becomes officially legal in Washington state and couples of all ages, colors and creeds line up to be among the first who receive marriage licenses.
Sparks fly every year when our panel of experts assembles to choose Seattle’s boldest, brightest, brashest and bossiest movers and shakers from the past year. And 2012 is our biggest list yet—with 62 names—featuring high flyers who are definitely on your radar, and others who sneak under (or try to!). Some of their stories will put a smile on your face; others will put your teeth on edge, but that’s the beauty of this list: Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying their impact.
In no particular order...
Who would have thought that in the year of Occupy protests and anti-fat-cat rhetoric, liberal Seattle’s agenda would be hijacked by a multimillionaire San Francisco hedge fund manager? But so it was. An unknown guy named Chris Hansen spun the civic debate by proposing to invest around a half-billion dollars in building a new basketball/hockey arena in SoDo (he’s already sunk about $60 million into the land). What did that portend? For one thing, a salving of the civic wound left by the 2008 departure of the Sonics.