Culture

Monday, 10/17/2011 4:55 PM
Beyond two locked security doors on the seventh floor of Seattle’s Veterans Affairs hospital (VA) on Beacon Hill, patients are treated for some of the more severe cases of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a web of other issues. Some of them are depressed, some are suicidal, and some are simply not functioning because of substance abuse or other psychological disorders.
Monday, 10/17/2011 4:08 PM
I look forward to the meetings we hold each summer to discuss our end-of-the-year issues, even though they keep us inside on some of the nicest days of the year.
Monday, 10/17/2011 4:58 PM
MOST PEOPLE AGREE THAT dieting is easier when you do it with a buddy. If you live on Vashon Island, diet buddies are everywhere. That’s because a new diet plan—called the “TQI Diet” (“to quiet inflammation”)—has become so popular on the island that an estimated 15 percent of the adults there have signed up for diet classes. Several restaurants offer TQI Diet–based dishes on their menus, and grocery stores stock special shelves with TQI Diet–friendly items.
Monday, 10/17/2011 4:29 PM
“My sixth-grade son’s report card came home, and he got almost all A’s,” recalls Seattle parent David Price. But what seemed like a cause for celebration quickly turned to concern. “Later, when I asked him how hard his classes were on a scale of one to 10, he said, ‘Four.’”
Monday, 10/17/2011 4:04 PM
A few crumbling $20 bills. An airline boarding pass. A pink parachute. A black, clip-on necktie from J.C. Penney. This is all that remains of a legendary highjacking, and it fits neatly into a cardboard box at the FBI office in Seattle, part of a long-dormant investigation. Dormant, that is, until this past August, when Seattle FBI officials reported they’d gotten a new lead: an Oklahoma woman claiming to be D.B. Cooper’s niece. Her story didn’t pan out, exactly—but for a few weeks, it renewed the tantalizing hope of unraveling the mystery of D.B. Cooper’s sensational demise.
Monday, 10/17/2011 4:38 PM
At age 10, he was reciting Shakespeare on the stage of a community theater, and ever since, Egan Orion (shown in bullseye tee) has been commanding attention. With a background in theater and extensive experience producing mondo-scale parties (hello, Seattle PrideFest!), the 40-year-old Central District resident has become the name in the Seattle flash mob scene.
Monday, 10/17/2011 3:29 PM
We love it when Internet trends encourage people to desert their computers, head out into the city and do something—even if that something is pretty inane. Last summer, “planking” (getting your photo taken while lying stiffly face down in public places) became an online sensation and led to a wave of imitator trends. For example, “owling,” in which you perch on an object like an owl, and “batting,” which is essentially upside-down owling. And now, Seattle has joined the fray with “Needling” (dotheneedle.com).
Monday, 10/17/2011 3:00 PM
Ski bunnies and snowboarders, prepare to be totally stoked: This month marks the opening of Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, where the new Mt. Rainier gondola awaits. Built at a cost of $8 million and open since January, it’s the first such high-wire act at any ski resort in Washington—and by all accounts, it provides unbelievably cool views of Mount Rainier. Stat junkies will be thrilled to know that the vertical rise is 2,456 feet (to a top elevation of 6,856 feet), and the trip takes 9 minutes, 39 seconds at a speed of 800 feet per minute.
Monday, 10/17/2011 3:27 PM
BD: Why did you start the Seattle Jewish Theater Company? AF: I felt the need to create something personally meaningful and significant. Being Jewish is important to me. While I’m not religious, I do very much appreciate the rich Jewish cultural heritage, especially in theater. I would like to introduce the great plays—provocative dramas, warm comedies, delightful musicals—that have grown out of the Jewish heritage and continue to reflect and interpret that heritage today. BD: What is a Jewish play?
Monday, 10/17/2011 3:26 PM
We’re all familiar with the mutual benefits of community supported agriculture (CSA): Farmers get a guaranteed customer base, and subscribers get a box of fresh, locally grown produce delivered on a regular basis (and along with it, the satisfaction of eating sustainably). It’s a win-win. So what if the A in CSA stood for art?
Monday, 10/17/2011 3:48 PM
Don your tutu, develop a deranged doppelgänger and sprout unwanted epidermal plumage—“Black Swan” is taking flight at Pacific Northwest Ballet, along with several other besotted ballet masterpieces.
Monday, 10/17/2011 3:56 PM
November’s gloomy weather can bring out couch-potato tendencies in kids. Not yours, though, because you, smart parent, have signed your child up to run the Seattle Marathon. You don’t need $250 running shoes and a CamelBak; this is a marathon your kids do a little at a time, at a place near home.
Monday, 10/17/2011 3:07 PM
When civic disputes get down to arguments over numbers, the point has usually been lost. Debates this year over building heights near the planned Roosevelt light rail station and in Pioneer Square heated up because the numbers symbolize an approach: density versus single-family homes, sustainability versus sprawl, high-rises versus history. These debates, legitimate as they are, are indicative of the ways in which a city is often reduced to numbers.
Saturday, 10/15/2011 12:38 AM
Everybody loves a good line-in-the-sand scene. That is, the classic, dramatic moment at the center of the mythic Alamo story, in which a ragtag group of wild men and outcasts occupy a mission in the middle of Mexico, er, Texas, and decide to stay and “defend” it against the encroaching Mexican army. It’s a loaded story. But then what American tale isn’t? So the scene is envisioned by American icon and director of this movie, John Wayne:
Thursday, 10/13/2011 10:30 PM
The boys of Seattle band My Goodness are currently sitting in our office lobby, posing for pictures shot by our staff photographer Hayley Young. She's making them do all sorts of funny screaming and heavy breathing for the pictures. It's quite amusing - but they are great sports about it. Don't know who My Goodness is? Take a moment to rock out with them here: