Being an artist, says musician Paul Rucker, is like constantly being on a job interview. “If you’re an actor or a musician, you’re looking for the next gig,” he says, “but during that time you’re constantly developing, you’re constantly growing; as an artist you can always get better.” A celebrated improvisational cellist, bass player, composer and visual artist, Rucker, 40, brings this kind of determination to all his endeavors.
It's common knowledge that Seattleites rarely bother to dress up for anything, not even the symphony. But retirees in jeans and Tevas are nothing compared to the unorthodox audience at a recent Sunday afternoon concert at Benaroya Hall.
Once abhorred and discarded, offal—“secondary cuts” such as internal organs—has made a resurgence in this town. With more chefs tackling the flavorful, nutrient-rich cuts, we believe these delicious picks can sway even the most conservative palates.
WHY WE LOVE HIS LOOK: It’s only fitting that James Todd has “creative” embedded in his job title. As a creative director for Gene Juarez Salons, Todd’s artistic vision extends from sleek haircuts to his thoughtful approach to suiting. “I’m notoriously formal,” he jokes about his trademark weekday attire, typically a luxe suit accented with unexpected details, such as a bright pocket square, a check shirt or a pair of heeled ankle boots plucked from his collection of Yves Saint Laurent shoe wear.
Once upon a time, people with questions went to a library, where a trusted librarian would help dig up answers. More recently, people stayed put and called the Ask a Librarian phone line to get answers. When a question arises in the age of Google, you whip out your smartphone, open the ask-WA mobile app and chat live with a librarian— anytime, anywhere. Launched in August by the Washington State Library and the first of its kind in the nation, the Ask-WA app builds on the web-browser-based Ask-WA online reference tool (in operation since 2005).
Yes, this is the month we’re going to stop eating pizza and start going to the gym every day! Definitely. Well, probably. OK, maybe? When it comes to getting healthy, many of us have trouble with stick-to-it-iveness—largely because we assign ourselves unachievable goals. That’s where recently launched Health Month (healthmonth.com) may help.
Last spring, students at Ballard’s Adams Elementary School toted some of their science lessons outdoors. On the lawn beside the building’s front steps, landscape architect David Minnery involved first-, second- and fifth-graders in the design process—including model building, site analysis and mapping techniques—for the school’s new rain garden.
NAME: Nancy PearlOCCUPATION: Author; National Public Radio commentatorTV PRESENCE: Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, a monthly show on the Seattle ChannelLOCAL LITERARY STRENGTHS: “You really get a palpable sense of place from Northwest writers.”ON SETTING BOOKS IN THE NORTHWEST: “You have to live through a Seattle winter to really capture the place.”
For years, debilitating arthritis kept Leanne Stevens from doing much in the way of exercise. But on her 60th birthday, she gave herself two knee replacements. In 2008, after taking two years to recover from myriad complications, the former hiker and martial arts enthusiast was ready—or so she thought—to start working out.
Special CallingUnder contract with the National Cancer Institute, Fred Hutch provides a service vital to people seeking communication and compassion.
The calls come in from anywhere and everywhere, landing in a quiet warren of cubicles inside a South Lake Union building. “I just found out I have Stage 4 cancer in my throat,” drawls a voice that drips Texas. “I need to get all my teeth removed.”
Picture a port city shaped by the ebb and flow of its maritime industry. A city where the local seafood is legendary, and the music scene is heralded for its influence and depth. Are you seeing the Emerald City, or the Big Easy?