Sparks fly every year when our panel of experts assembles to choose Seattle’s boldest, brightest, brashest and bossiest movers and shakers from the past year. And 2012 is our biggest list yet—with 62 names—featuring high flyers who are definitely on your radar, and others who sneak under (or try to!). Some of their stories will put a smile on your face; others will put your teeth on edge, but that’s the beauty of this list: Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying their impact.
In no particular order...
Who would have thought that in the year of Occupy protests and anti-fat-cat rhetoric, liberal Seattle’s agenda would be hijacked by a multimillionaire San Francisco hedge fund manager? But so it was. An unknown guy named Chris Hansen spun the civic debate by proposing to invest around a half-billion dollars in building a new basketball/hockey arena in SoDo (he’s already sunk about $60 million into the land). What did that portend? For one thing, a salving of the civic wound left by the 2008 departure of the Sonics.
Local musician John Roderick of The Long Winters has teamed up with Jonathan Coulton to release an original album of Christmas songs (and one Chanukah song), titled One Christmas at a Time. Roderick explains the inspiration for the album (and the likelihood of his becoming Mayor of Seattle) in this interview with the Dallas Observer.
MUST TASTESeattle’s Best CupcakeBefore we reveal the best cupcake of 2012, you should know that this was no arbitrary declaration. We purchased just about as many cupcakes as would fit in the office kitchen and asked local dessert experts to taste and evaluate each one—while blindfolded. Rebekah Denn reports on the judges’ findings, some of which may surprise you...MUST SHOPHoliday Gift Ideas
If you're looking for fun and festive events to help get you in the holiday spirit, Seattle mag has you covered. From familiar chestnuts, to fresh (and funny) takes on classic themes, arts and culture editor Brangien Davis guides you through a slew of recommendations in the way only she can.
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Happy holidays from the entire team at Seattle magazine!
Intiman has already announced the lineup for its second summer theater festival, scheduled to run June 22-September 15, 2013. Here are details on all four plays from the press release:
Trouble In Mind – An integrated acting company in 1957 comes together to rehearse a new play in Alice Childress' groundbreaking comedy-drama of race and representation in the American theatre. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton.
An alien craft has landed in the serene reflecting pool at the Frye Art Museum. Resembling a miniature moon lander, the R2-D2-size sound sculpture, by Seattle artist Robb Kunz, floats on the surface like a water bug, emanating music by local composer Jherek Bischoff. Called “Andromeda Strained,” the piece is Kunz’s “sculptural remix” of Bischoff’s orchestral-pop composition “Casiopea.” It also serves as a harbinger of what you’ll find inside the Frye’s new exhibit: exploration, border crossing and a glimpse of the future.
If you've been to a bar on Capitol Hill lately, there's a good chance it was one opened by Linda Derschang.
Since launching the bar Linda's (707 East Pine St.) in 1994, Derschang has been on a major roll, piloting some of the hippest hangouts in the neighborhood, including Oddfellows Hall and Smith. And now she's about to open two more: the Bait Shop and Tallulah's, both also in Capitol Hill (as Leslie Kelly reported in our November issue).
There’s nothing more unsettling in an editor’s world than sending a big, best-y Best of the Year issue to the printer—complete with adulations of the most influential people of 2012—mere days before a nail-biting election in which we’re voting for a president and a governor, among other things, including a historic piece of civil rights legislation. It has been a lesson in letting go, to say the least.
MUST HEARBrandi CarlileOpens Friday (11/23-11/25) - The Northwest country star returns to Benaroya Hall to perform music from her new album, Bear Creek. The Seattle Symphony accompanies her big, beautiful voice. Read Brangien Davis' interview with the singer from our November issue. 11/23–11/25. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747; seattlesymphony.org
As part of their current exhibition Mw [Moment Magnitude], the Frye Museum Store has been re-conceptualized by photographer Charlie Schuck into one of the most exciting and interesting retail experiences to hit the scene in ages.
Seattle native Gregory Blackstock’s drawings are irresistible for several reasons: the subject matter, both mundane yet something we never thought of grouping before; his use of color, both accurate and unexpected; and his visual repetition of forms, which express both symmetry and variety. All this is augmented by the effortless feel of the work, remarkable given Blackstock’s intense focus.
Like many of you, earlier this week I giggled and snickered at Pete Wells' New York Times all-question takedown of Guy Fieri's Times Square behemoth, Guy's Kitchen and Bar. It's the most emailed Times article right now, and why wouldn't it be?