A few excerpts from favorite articles in the current issue of Seattle magazine:
TRAVELFind your dream lodge getaway. "When we were coming up with a list of adjectives to describe the beauty and grandeur of Northwest lodges, a word used in excess these days by my 10-year-old son kept coming to mind. It was undeniable: 'Epic' is the only word that does the job."
“Seventeen years ago, when the Legislature passed the first Defense of Marriage Act [which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman], I would have told you I wouldn’t be in office when a same-sex marriage bill would be signed by the governor,” says Washington state Senator Edward B. Murray, who has spent the entirety of his 17-year career fighting for marriage equality. “The culture changed, and politics caught up with it,” he says.
MUST WARHOLGob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good)Opens Thursday (9/27-9/30) —Very funny German-British theater collective Gob Squad reprises Andy Warhol’s Factory in its heyday. Warhol would have approved of the many layers of artifice here, as actors play themselves in a live film being both projected and staged all at once. Audience participation is optional, but remember, your 15 minutes of fame are at stake.
Imagine you are dead. If you’re the type who thinks ahead, you’ve probably already told someone whether you’d rather be cremated or buried. Maybe you even suggested where your ashes should be scattered, or to whom you’d most like to lie next to for all eternity. But most of us don’t get that specific, simply because we don’t enjoy pondering our own death, much less what to do with our deadness.
November 7 will be quite the day for raising the Emerald City's national profile; Bravo is debuting, not only the much buzzed about Top Chef Seattle, but also a new "doc-com" about Seattle-based entertainment site, I Can Has Cheezburger?
Wow. So for once while watching football, I wasn't the only one in the room who had no clue what was going on. Seattle Seahawks' 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers has fueled what some predict will be a season-long debate (sure it will, at least until something else interesting happens).
I have no expertise whatsoever to add to the conversation (except this: Brandon Mebane is a fine dancer). But here are a few memorable reactions from people who presumably know what they are talking about:
I have discovered the perfect gift for any native Seattleite who thinks he/she has done everything in this city. Two words: Seaplane tour ($87.50 per person for a 20-minute flight departing from Lake Union; seattleseaplanes.com).
Seattle Center is a 74-acre Rorschach test in which everyone sees what they want to see. It is Lincoln Center to some; Central Park, Tivoli Gardens or Disneyland to others. It is about Bumbershoot, skateboards, the opera, New Year’s fireworks, the Space Needle, the EMP blob, IMAX shows, the fountain and Folklife. It is public, it is private; it is some kind of crazy hybrid. It’s a civic jewel and an opportunity squandered. It’s too expensive, too tacky; it’s for locals, for tourists. It’s the city’s heart and soul, a regional amenity, a headache.
Coming soon to a house near yours—well, actually it’s coming to your house, if you live within the purview of Seattle City Light—an advanced electricity metering system that will make you very happy (according to City Light) and very sad (according to privacy and health activists in other areas where this technology has been deployed).
JUST GET IT
Visit these stores—or check the websites—to find this gear.
Outdoor ResearchSoDo, 2203 1st Ave. S; outdoorresearch.com
REISix local stores, including South Lake Union, 222 Yale Ave. N; rei.com
Boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy loses girl after evil shape-shifter assumes form of golden deer to distract girl, leading to girl’s abduction by demon king and boy’s subsequent battle against said demon king. If this sounds familiar, you either have a spectacular love life or you’ve heard of the ancient epic poem Ramayana. A centuries-old touchstone, the sprawling Sanskrit story contains profound moral and religious meaning for millions of people in South and Southeast Asia.
Challenge the chill with your own built-in heater, courtesy of West Seattle–based Toast’s heated long underwear tops and pants. Created by outdoor sports enthusiast Julia Aiken and her hubby, Andy, the moisture-wicking Polartec garments warm up frosty types with hidden air-activated heat packets in core areas, including the lower back, neck and waistband.
$75–$95 at toast-clothes.com.
Many of us experienced a thrill when the first Mars photos from the Curiosity rover began rolling in last summer. Something about finally seeing that arid ground up close and panoramic brought all our previous pondering about the red planet into extreme focus. A similar shift in perspective may occur with Photo Center Northwest’s new exhibit, Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India and Afghanistan.
All the city’s a stage for local choreographer Wade Madsen, who sees dance in commonplace movement everywhere—from the near collision of pedestrians in a crosswalk to the careful waltz of coffee-bearing baristas. His conversational style evokes choreography, too, as his hands swoop, glide and occasionally smack into objects in their quest to express. Such ordinary body language is crucial to Madsen’s work, in which he emphasizes the “finesse of simple gestures.”
As the political fur flies this month, insert a little levity into the conversation with Mount Baker author Ben Clanton’s book, Vote for Me!, in which a donkey and an elephant duke it out in a familiar blue and red rivalry. The rhetoric accelerates to a mudslinging climax of self-promotion (“How can you NOT vote for someone as adorable as me?”), bribery (“If you vote for ME, I’ll give you a sucker!”) and name-calling (“Dim-witted dolt!” “Belching beast of burden!”), before the candidates sheepishly apologize for their boorish behavior.