Seattleites love books. As the second most literate city in the country, it's no surprise that our town is filled with eccentric independent bookstores. Everyone is partial to their own faves, but these Instagrammers showcase local bookstores that attract all types of bookworms.
Seattle Superheroes is a regular series on seattlemag.com wherein artists depict standout people in our community as superheroes. While we've taken some artistic license with the narratives, the sentiment behind them is very real.
From a cloud of mist, she arrives. With a whoosh, she arrives. On the back of an eagle, or with two flanking her, she arrives. Superhero singer-songwriter, Mindie Lind (a.k.a. Glide) knows how to make an entrance.
Think of Tom Douglas’ newest downtown hot spot as a steakhouse flipped. At The Carlile Room, kitty-corner from The Paramount Theatre, veggies are the attraction and meats come on the side. It’s a fantastic way to eat, especially since Douglas and executive chef Dezi Bonow (Dahlia Lounge, Palace Kitchen) have dreamed up flavorful (often thanks to yummy animal bits and broths) plant-based dishes.
When the City of Bothell invited McMenamins to consider the city’s landmark 1930s-era Art Deco Anderson School as a site for its first Seattle-area hotel, the Oregon-based family business, led by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin, was faced with an exciting, and perhaps slightly daunting, challenge. The school would be the largest historic property the hospitality group had ever converted into one of its signature hotel/breweries.
Seattle choreographer and performance innovator KT Niehoff is widely known for her dance theater company Lingo Productions, and for cofounding Velocity Dance Center in 1996. This month she presents A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light, a rollicking spectacle featuring a live band, spooky showgirls, half-dead dancers and an audience free to roam where it may. 10/31–11/14. Times and prices vary. Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theatre; acttheatre.org
It was a day of firsts for the Seattle Seahawks Sunday – the team got its first interception of the season (Earl Thomas) and first rushing touchdown (Thomas Rawls) and COULD HAVE GOTTEN THEIR FIRST ROAD WIN BECAUSE THEY WERE WINNING 24-7 IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. But they lost.
In The Sky Lounge bar of Tokyo’s Prince Park Tower, Rick Seely is winding down the day with a beer and some conversation. A longtime American expat nearing retirement age, Seely looks out at the megacity at dusk, the lights of nearby skyscrapers flickering on, Japan’s Eiffel Tower replica glowing orange. Rick is discussing the chances his son, Bryan, a young ex-Marine and increasingly famous hacker in Seattle, will be murdered.
There is no escaping the modern-day state of South Lake Union. Cars fill every lane, cranes hover high and construction wraps around street corners. When construction is complete, the once low-lying industrial neighborhood will be replaced by skyscrapers en masse, according to a recent Crosscut article. Two 25- and 26-story residential buildings are already approved for construction, with another 11 on the way -- six of which will stand more than 40 stories tall.
Must ListenEarshot Jazz Festival Takes Over the Town(10/9 to 11/18, times vary) This year’s citywide jazz-aganza boasts more than 50 concerts, including the Wayne Shorter Quartet (above) (10/11), starring the Grammy-gobbling saxophonist; Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda (10/16), who plays the instrument in ways you’ve never seen; the Memphis-born, globally influenced Charles Lloyd Quartet (10/17); and Afro-Cuban ensemble Pedrito Martinez Group (10/22).
The Grateful Dead have a way of blending pre-composed songs with improvisation – frontman Jerry Garcia, after all, came to the band with a bluegrass background and bassist Phil Lesh came from a classical and jazz background. And it’s a style that has earned them hundreds of thousands of fans and has spawned almost as many hours of recorded music.
Wayne Horvitz turned 60 this fall, and he’s celebrating the way any jazz musician worth his salt would—by playing an epic ton of gigs. The illustrious composer, pianist, and local jazz booster (he opened The Royal Room in 2011) released a new album in July, called Some Places Are Forever Afternoon.
No team in the NFL is perfect and that includes the Seattle Seahawks. Some teams are weak at quarterback, some have no depth at wide receiver. Some teams have no pass rush and others wasted top draft picks on players that haven’t panned out. The Seahawks, who stand at 2-2 after two recent wins against the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, haven’t intercepted a pass all season and look semi-lost in the passing game. They can fix these things as the season progresses with good coaching.
Nearly 4,000 people turned out for last Saturday’s Pawsitive Alliance’s 4th Annual Statewide Shelter Open House, an effort that helped find homes for 417 homeless cats and dogs in Washington. It was the largest turnout to date, with 32 animal shelters—including Auburn Valley Humane Society, Benton County Animal Control and Blue Mountain Humane Society—in attendance. “We are thrilled with how much this event has grown each year,” Yolanda Morris, board president and co-founder, said.
Aesthetically, painter Chandler Woodfin and sculptor Todd Jannausch couldn’t be any more different. Woodfin creates colorful, sprawling pieces on pristine white backgrounds while Jannausch is often sanding down hunks of metal, his weathered face shielded from flying sparks. But process-wise, the two are joined at the hip.