Thursday, 04/26/2012 7:56 PM
MUST EXPLORENFFTY - National Film Festival for Talented YouthSee more than 200 documentaries, shorts and features by filmmakers ages 22 and younger at this three-day film fest, which showcases work from around the world. Plus, new this year: the Film Expo (4/27-4/28; Seattle Center Exhibition Hall) is an opportunity for budding filmmakers to attend panels and network with film-industry professionals, organized in conjunction with the World’s Fair “Next 50” celebration.
Wednesday, 04/25/2012 8:15 PM
Sometimes in the process of producing an issue, our editors inadvertently create a “word of the issue”—a word (or words) that we are suddenly, unintentionally in love with, so much so that it pops up repeatedly throughout a story (if not the entire issue). This especially happens in stories with multiple writers, such as this month’s cover feature. It’s become a bit of a ritual—dare I say sport?—of our editors to spot the over-used word and cull it from the issue as we finalize layouts.
Wednesday, 04/25/2012 1:21 AM
This Friday (April 27), tickets go on sale for the annual Zoo Tunes concert series, always staged on a grassy lawn at Woodland Park Zoo. From a young virtuoso ukelele player to long-time crooner Melissa Etheridge touting a new album, the artists this year (as always) represent a good mix, if you like folk, country, jazz or world music.
Saturday, 04/21/2012 5:33 PM
In 1961, while studying interior design at the University of Washington, an arty kid from Tacoma experimented with melting and fusing glass. Today that kid is a world-renowned glass artist of tremendous influence—and as of this month, Dale Chihuly can boast an entire museum devoted to his career.
Saturday, 04/21/2012 5:16 PM
The first thing most seattleites think about upon hearing the phrase “glass art” is Dale Chihuly. And with good reason; the history of Northwest glass has Chihuly’s name woven throughout, from its earliest beginnings to right now, as the museum honoring his work is poised to open at Seattle Center.
Saturday, 04/21/2012 1:52 AM
This weekend, kicking off as early as 7:30am for some (and 10am for the rest of us), Seattle Center shall spilleth over with installations, exhibits, performances, and food trucks - all assembled to celebrate the much-anticipated 50th Anniversary of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair (you may have heard of it).
Friday, 04/20/2012 5:09 PM
Every year, when the first 70 degree day hits, Seattleites go completely bonkers. Swimming, boating and water skiing on Lake Washington, playing beach volleyball on the shores of Alki Beach in skimpy shorts and tank tops, and sunning themselves in patches of ardent green near Green Lake--it's all about to go down. If you're new to these parts, here's a tip: 70 Seattle degrees equals 90 anywhere-else degrees.
Friday, 04/20/2012 4:41 PM
Just announced on the Space Needle's Facebook page:
Friday, 04/20/2012 12:45 AM
Before opening contemporary art space M.I.A Gallery in Seattle last January, Mariane Lenhardt was working with a much older group of artists—ancient artists, in fact: the anonymous creators of Neolithic rock paintings in Somaliland. Lenhardt (who is of Somali descent) was struck by both the beauty of these 5,000-year-old paintings (cows, giraffes, dogs, many wearing adornments) and the fact that they might be destroyed by the political unrest and drought ravaging the area.
Friday, 04/20/2012 12:44 AM
Trolling with a guide off Malcolm Island near the northern end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, we watch the rod tip, hoping for a strike. It’s 6:30 a.m., and the sky over the Coast Mountains looks like the underbelly of a salmon. The rod tip dips sharply, and I let out the line, trying to keep the fish on. I don’t want to blow it; I haven’t caught a lot of salmon lately.
Friday, 04/20/2012 12:04 AM
Action figures seem to be everywhere. On a shelf at home, Sigmund Freud, cigar in hand, is often in a death struggle with his counterpart, C.G. Jung. (My wife is a psychotherapist.) I’m amused at how these playthings get incorporated into my granddaughters’ games when they visit—there’s an absence of Barbies at our place. The other day, the two plastic shrinks battled against a black windup robot. No word on whether they triumphed over the giant mechanical id.
Friday, 04/20/2012 12:45 AM
Few foods look more fetching on the plate than fiddleheads, those vibrant green coils that emerge in moist forests each spring. Aptly named, a fiddlehead is the new growth of a fern, with a curled spiral that resembles the scroll on a violin’s neck. Fiddleheads begin to emerge in March or April in the Seattle area and are abundant by early May (although at higher elevations, you can continue to harvest fiddleheads well into late spring).
Thursday, 04/19/2012 11:43 PM
Remember how creepy it was when those disembodied feet kept washing up on the shores of BC? Some posited that it was the result of a serial killer, or a plane crash, or a human trafficking ring.
Thursday, 04/19/2012 11:27 PM
Even in the harsh, unforgiving light of the iPad era, the longstanding tradition of print literary magazines hasn’t lost its luster. Recently, three independent journals showcasing writing and art (mostly by locals) have begun to establish themselves in the Seattle literary scene. Follow them the old-fashioned way: by picking up copies at local newsstands and independent bookstores. MONARCH REVIEW
Thursday, 04/19/2012 9:46 PM
MUST SEEKyle Abraham: Live! The Realest MCOpens Thursday (4/19-4/22) - Puppet fever is in the air. As Spectrum Dance Theater concludes its final weekend of the stunning adult puppet drama Petruchska, emerging contemporary NYC dance star Kyle Abraham presents a new piece co-commissioned by Seattle’s On the Boards—in which he explores gender roles, hip hop celebrity and Pinocchio’s classic quest to become a “real boy.”