When the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and Mayor Ed Murray’s office rolled out the 9 1/2 Block Strategy to clean up crime in a chunk of downtown last April, the city cheered. After all, for years Seattle’s unsavory elements had turned those areas between Westlake Park and Pike Place Market and between Union and Stewart streets into what looked, to tourists, residents and nearby business owners, like a meeting place for petty criminals and drug traffickers.
Local Chipotles Are Back in Service: 43 Washington and Oregon Chipotles reopened their doors yesterday following an E. coli outbreak that affected 49 people. Health officials are still unable to locate the outbreak's source, but, unfortunately, this is not uncommon with foodborne-illnesses. In the time it takes to trace an illness, the tainted perishable food is likely already gone.
Since its construction in 1962 the Space Needle has been an icon of the future and technology in Seattle. According to CBS News Correspondent Ben Tracy, our city’s beloved landmark is getting a much needed upgrade into the modern era. Visitors can now login to a 20 foot long digital guestbook or take a selfie with a 3-D image of the Space Needle.
When Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) announced its adieu to the Kent Stowell/Maurice Sendak version of The Nutcracker last year, many of us—and by “us” I mean those rare individuals who have lived in Seattle for more than a few years—reacted with a plaintive groan or a whiny, toddler-esque chorus of Noooo!
Must MeowEMP Gets Catty with Hello Kitty Exhibit(11/14, times vary) Meow! Hello Kitty turns 40! At Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, the first exhibit of its kind at the EMP Museum, explore more than 600 Hello Kitty products, vintage treasures, artists' work from around the world and the infamous plush-toy-covered Hello Kitty dress worn by Lady Gaga. Curated by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.
Must Be HungryCarrie Brownstein Reads at the Neptune TheatreFriday (11/6, 7 p.m.) Northwest native Carrie Brownstein, star of Portlandia, will read from her new book, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, at Seattle's Neptune Theatre. Brownstein will share her story of music and family drama and how those experiences shaped her evolution as an artist.
Anonymous is protesting Amazon. The hacktivist group, Anonymous, is partaking in their "Million Mask March," a global day of action to protest corruption and injustice. This year, their target is Amazon.
Bellevue-based Pebblebee made a name for itself last year with the Honey ($24.99 at pebblebee.com), a small Bluetooth “key finder” device designed to help users keep track of oft-misplaced household items. This year the tech startup releases the Stone, a tiny gadget—roughly the size of a quarter—that looks like its namesake, except that it has a button on one side.
As writers are well aware, we are in the throes of National Novel Writing (NaNoWriMo) mayhem. For those unfamiliar with the month-long event, NaNoWriMo challenges writers to complete the first draft of a novel by the end of November. Sound overwhelming? I definitely couldn't commit. NaNoWriMo is not for the faint of heart.
Erica Strauss is a self-proclaimed “edible plants hoarder.” The Northwest Edible Life blogger (nwedible.com) grows more than 100 fruits and vegetables; raises chickens and ducks; and makes beer, jam, and more in her Edmonds home.
Strauss is also a leading voice among urban homesteaders who eschew the “just buy it” philosophy in favor of DIY. That means she makes her own deodorant and laundry detergent. Toilet paper? Not there yet.
After the swirl of rumors, Amazon has finally announced that it will open a physical retail store--a bookstore called Amazon Books--in University Village. The store will be Amazon's first-ever brick-and-mortar bookstore, Geekwire reports, and will "sell top-rated books that are available on Amazon’s website and also feature Amazon hardware," all at the same price points as it does on the website.
One year ago, the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) debuted its Haub wing, designed to house a newly acquired collection of paintings depicting the American West. Many of the works portray an imagined, culturally inaccurate version of the region (some of the white European painters had never been there), so TAM took the somewhat radical step of including personal responses from contemporary Native Americans next to the standard plaques. The responses revealed how paintings of “fierce” or “proud” Indians made actual Native Americans feel about their heritage and its appropriation in art.
Maybe Seattle’s magic is back; maybe it isn’t.
The team got a few lucky breaks on the field Sunday, including a close-call touchdown by tight end Luke Wilson (who scored by the seat of his pants) and a missed call for a too-many-men-on-the-field penalty leading to a Dallas Cowboys field goal instead of a potential touchdown.