Must Nerd-OutEmerald City Comicon Takes Over Seattle(3/28 to 3/30, times vary) — Superheroes, supervillains, comic-book lovers and sci-fi fans don costumes and flock to the Washington State Convention Center for this beloved nerd ball.
It is likely the measure of any good cop: being in the right place at the right time. For Dave Reichert, former sheriff, now representative of Washington’s redrawn 8th Congressional District and the state’s highest-profile Republican, this uncanny positioning has also held true for his political career.
Call it the lament of the poet laureate: having people come up to you and confess, “Poetry makes me feel dumb.” Elizabeth Austen, Washington’s newly crowned poet laureate (the third in state history), says that over the course of her many years as a poetry writer, promoter and teacher, she can’t count the times she’s heard this refrain.
In her previous work, Seattle playwright Stephanie Timm has written about a teenage girl who devolves into an ape (On the Nature of Dust), and a “grim (fairy)tale” about human trafficking (Sweet Nothing). In her new, world-premiere play, Tails of Wasps, she 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.
Superheroes, supervillains, comic-book lovers and sci-fi fans flock to the Washington State Convention Center on March 28-30 for this beloved nerd ball. Visit emeraldcitycomicon.com for more information and expect to see plenty of this on the streets of downtown Seattle this weekend.
Must TourExplore Modern Architecture on the Seattle Modern Home TourSaturday (3/22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) — Six local homes (more may be added), from West Seattle to North Seattle, Magnolia to Leschi, are opening their doors to design lovers during this self-guided driving tour of mid-century modern and contemporary modern abodes.
Two years ago, when a third stadium was being pushed hard by Chris Hansen, who wanted to bring the Sonics back home, one of the best comments I heard was from longtime local sports journalist Art Thiel. We discussed the topic at our annual Most Influential People of the Year nomination meeting, and Thiel, who was there, pontificated about what archeologists of the future might think of our setup.
On April 22, King County residents will vote on Proposition 1, a measure to preserve current bus service and fund needed road maintenance projects with a $60 annual vehicle license fee and a sales tax increase of 1 cent per $10 spent in the county. Prop. 1 is on the ballot because, for nearly a year, legislators in Olympia have failed to agree on a comprehensive plan to fund roads and transit. As we wait, the demise of 74 Metro bus routes hangs like a sword of Damocles over commuters’ umbrellas. By the numbers:
On New Year’s Eve, growing fears that antigay violence is on the rise on Capitol Hill reached a peak as firefighters extinguished the last of the flames from an apparent arson attack at the popular Neighbours nightclub, packed with more than 700 revelers at the time. Quick action by patrons, an employee and the club’s sprinkler system averted the unthinkable, but the incident left a patina of anxiety behind, even after a suspect (a nearby resident) was arrested in early February.
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3/14–3/18 Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at Kells Irish Pub in Post Alley, where gingers toast to dear old Ireland with live music from the old country—and quite a few pints o’ Guinness as well. kellsirish.com
Must KnitYarn Lovers Unite at 'Vogue Knitting' Live(3/14 to 3/16, times vary) — Should your bucket list include learning to knit a runway stunner, head to the Meydenbauer Convention Center in Bellevue for three days worth of high-style knitting, crocheting and crafting lessons and demos, plus a marketplace filled with items made from unusual fibers such as possum, yak and qiviut.
Consider the toothpick: A sliver of wood used to liberate stubborn foodstuffs from between one’s teeth. It’s been pretty much the same design since Neanderthal times, but the current Northwest mania for all things artisanal has raised this common object to lofty status. The so-called “worthy and fulsome” toothpicks produced by Toronto company Daneson, for example, are packed by the baker’s dozen in a darling sepia-toned glass vial with a cork stopper ($7.50). Discerning food dislodgers can choose between such flavors as Salted Birch, Lemon with Herbs and Single Malt No.
A little more than a year ago, my son, Gus, returned from 10 years in the desert. He went off to college in Albuquerque, worked for computer game companies there and in Austin, but finally, like a coho salmon, found his way home.