The name Bruce Lee instantly conjures images of the shirtless martial artist performing speed-of-light kicks, unstoppable blows and nunchaku tricks. But instead, picture the young Lee attending classes at Seattle Central College (then called Edison Technical School) in pursuit of his high school diploma. Imagine him working nights as a waiter at Ruby Chow’s Restaurant on First Hill.
When Landmark Theatres closed the Egyptian Theatre in June 2013, many locals proclaimed it a death knell for authentic Capitol Hill. (The death knells are becoming clangorous in this swiftly changing neighborhood.) The longstanding beacon of independent film—which started out as a Masonic temple—became a movie palace in the early 1980s, when the Seattle International Film Festival took over the space, built it out, added pharaonic details and dubbed it the Egyptian Theatre.
It's a chilly Thursday morning and as you can see, we are in the mood for donuts. Specifically, a classic sprinkles donut from the Seattle-based chain, Top Pot. This hand-forged donut mecca has 15 shops and cafes all over the greater Seattle area and recently opened one up in Dallas (talk about a change of scenery). Soon Alki Beach residents can expect one in their neighborhood, sandwiched between a Subway and a Starbucks on Alki Ave. SW.
When the Seattle Storefronts program took its first steps in 2010, the city was still climbing back from the economic downturn. Papered windows and empty storefronts with dusty For Lease signs were a common sight in retail areas. Shunpike, a local nonprofit devoted to helping artists with the business side of art, saw a win-win in putting temporary art installations in these empty spaces: Artists get a free, public place to display their work, and businesses get a cleaned-up, compelling storefront, one that attracts pedestrians and might even entice a full-time renter.
In the black, wanting cosmos of the music world, talented musicians generally see each other only in passing. They rarely have time for more than just a brief nod one to the other–perhaps a tandem song or two played out of mutual respect and appreciation. So when the rare chance of whole-hearted and prodigious players banding together arises, the result is worthy of attention.
Known for witty performance art—as a roving retro secretary/improv poet in The Typing Explosion and a fake scientist/real poet in The Vis-à-Vis Society—Rachel Kessler is currently at work on a funny memoir, Christian Charm Workbook, about her religious upbringing and its impact on her understanding of womanhood. See her perform a slideshow from her book-in-progress at Hugo House (10/7, 7 p.m. Free. hugohouse.org).LOCATION: The trampoline in Kessler’s Central District backyard, a sunny day in August
Must SeePNB’s Revival of Balanchine’s Jewels(9/26 to 10/5, times vary) — Now in his 10th season as artistic director, Peter Boal has invited original participants to collaborate on PNB’s revival of George Balanchine’s beloved Jewels. Expect each section—Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds—of this full-length ballet to have an updated look, but retain the streamlined, leggy style that Balanchine fans know and love.
Chi Krneta, a local bride and architect is an inspiration to those of us who think we have no time to do the things we want. With five months to go until her wedding, Krneta crocheted her bridal gown out of simple, white cotton thread while riding the bus on her daily 50-minute commute to work.