Julia Hughes and Ross Maddox are hosting the inaugural Nerd Nite in Seattle. These community gatherings are part of an international organization devoted to exchanges of highly nerdy and topical information in a highly boozy and social environment. We sent a few questions over to Julia and Ross to get a feel for just how fun the events might be. The outlook is good.
What is your mission?
To bring inebriated nerdery to the masses.
How do you plan to accomplish your mission?
Seattle mag editorial assistant Patrick Hutchison and local musician Matt Badger, of Ravenna Woods, team up to explore Seattle's street music scene, recording the stories and songs that help compose our city’s soundtrack. The fourth in a five-part series:
While you read, listen to this live performance of “Living Waters”, an original piece by Gregory James Blanke. Recording taken at 5th Ave & Pike, Downtown Seattle transit tunnel entrance on September 21, 2011.
Everyone knows about the bigger, popular parks in Seattle’s family-friendly Queen Anne neighborhood, but we've found some hidden kid-friendly gems that are worth exploring. Next time you’re in Queen Anne, add one of these eight Queen Anne parks to your must-visit list!
Seattle mag editorial assistant Patrick Hutchison and local musician Matt Badger, of Ravenna Woods, team up to explore Seattle's street music scene, recording the stories and songs that help compose our city’s soundtrack. The third in a five-part series:
Seattle mag editorial assistant Patrick Hutchison and local musician Matt Badger, of Ravenna Woods, team up to explore Seattle's street music scene, recording the stories and songs that help compose our city’s soundtrack. The second in a five-part series:
We’re bookish and brewish, so inevitably, as we sit in a warm pub on a rainy day drinking a pint of Big Time Dark Days Black IPA at the Fiddler’s Inn, the two tendencies collide. For years, my fellow beer (and word) lovers have been keeping a list of the most amusing names for beer. We’re not interested in the obvious, the Moose Drools of the world. Our interests lie elsewhere—in the subtle, the double entendre, the call and response.
The story of beer in the Northwest is the story of people—people who love beer. The dedicated souls who made Seattle a bastion of all things brewed are not only some of the most passionate about their chosen subject, but also come from different places, walks of life and generations, bound by their love of one of the oldest and most diverse beverages on the planet. ¶ The explosion in Northwest craft brewing began in the early to mid-1980s and focused on “Northwest”-style ales—generously hopped and bold in flavor.
We at Seattle magazine like to throw ourselves into researching our stories, so when we decided to do a beer issue to tap into (sorry) the recent resurgence of craft brewing, well, you can imagine how we felt we needed to take one for the team.
I am generally more of a wine drinker, but this summer as we worked on the story, I deliberately put on my beer goggles (so to speak) and every time I wanted a little refreshment, I tried a different beer that was on our list of best local brews.
I have to admit, it wasn’t easy at first.
A new line of urban bags from Cascade Designs’ SealLine brand ($64.95–$169.95) coddles your stuff when you’re out enjoying our region’s infamous inclemency. The Seattle-made bags feature roll tops with easy-open clips, and welded seams that ensure that your precious cargo stays dry. And add-on accessories, like a zip pocket or phone holster, sweeten the deal.
Nancy Guppy bought her first work of art at a coffee shop in 1989.
“I was waiting to order and became mesmerized by a painting of this maternal, Madonna-like figure. I loved the colors, and it felt so safe and loving,” Guppy says. The former Almost Live actress paid $600 for the painting and promptly hung it on the wall of the new apartment she shared with her husband, Joe. The purchase, she says, helped her settle into the space. “It was important to create our own aesthetic.”
Unlike most people, Nancy White looks forward to her monthly doctor’s appointment. Instead of waiting alone for her doctor in a cramped exam room, the 80-year-old Seattleite checks in with eight other elderly patients in a conference room, where she gets her blood pressure checked, learns how to better control her diabetes—and catches up with a few friends.
As he travels around Seattle seeking support for his City Council candidacy, Bradley Meacham hears the same two questions over and over again. “Can I vote for you?” and “Do I live in your district?” Every time, Meacham hesitates. The answer is complicated: Yes, Seattle voter, you can vote for Meacham. But no, you don’t live in his district.
An infection is spreading through Seattle—one so virulent it threatens to overtake the city’s other iconic symbols (coffee, rain, hipsters in plaid): zombies. Put another way, you can’t swing a dead cat in Seattle without hitting a dead person (who’s been reanimated and craves flesh and brains). There’s plenty of cruel speculation as to why zombies are so popular here. Seattleites are so pasty white it’s hard to tell us from the walking dead. Or: It’s how we look before we have our coffee.
NAME: Melanie BurgessOCCUPATION: Costume designerON CAREER PATHS: “Sometimes I think I was trying to find acting and costume design found me.”FAVORITE GIG SO FAR: Jesus Christ Superstar at the Village TheatreSEE HER WORK: In Inherit the Wind (Strawberry Theater Workshop; through 10/8), Harold and the Purple Crayon (Seattle Children’s Theatre; through 10/30) and Sylvia (Seattle Rep; 11/11–12/11).