For the past 45 years, young women—mostly First Nations—have disappeared along Highway 16 in British Columbia. Some were found murdered, others were never seen again. This tragic road, called the Highway of Tears, is the inspiration for Port Townsend writer Adrianne Harun’s hypnotic new novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (Penguin; $16).
This Saturday, March 1 at Fremont Studios, eight notable Seattleites will don their dancing shoes and boogie down for Seattle Dances!, a benefit for Plymouth Housing Group (PHG), an organization that helps secure housing for the homeless.
Must Horse AroundOdysseo by Cavalia Gallops into Marymoor Park(Through 3/16, times vary) — More than 60 horses are the stars of this theatrical, acrobatics-meets-animals show, in which performers showcase equestrian arts underneath an enormous Big Top.
Our March 2014 issue is all about Seattle neighborhoods and the people and places that make our city so liveable (and loveable). In this issue, on newsstands Thursday, February 20, you'll find stories such as the "Best Neighborhood Bakeries” and "The Changing Face of the Central District," plus a look at "What Your ZIP Code Says About You," featuring myriad photos of people who hail from all over Seattle. To browse through the photos from our cover story photo shoot, go here.
Seattle Jewish Film Festival Celebrating Jewish and Israeli history, culture, humor and pathos. 3/1–3/9. seattlejewishfilmfestival.orgSociety for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference Presenting public screenings and talks at Northwest Film Forum. 3/19–3/22. nwfilmforum.org
David Guterson[Fiction] Local writer David Guterson made waves last year when his commencement speech at Roosevelt High School failed to paint a sunny view of the future, and instead suggested our lives pass in a “profoundly confused way…and then they end.” See if he’s still spreading tough love when he reads from new work written on the theme “Family Ties.” 3/14. 7:30 p.m. $15–$25 Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.; 206.322.7030; hugohouse.orgGeorge Saunders
Like the very best rock ’n’ rollers, Seattle musician Ayron Jones seems just slightly unhinged when he performs live—as if at any moment the music might carry him to a place even he didn’t know he was heading. With a voice that swerves between soulful runs and growly shouts, and an ability to seriously wail on the guitar, the 27-year-old has been blowing away local audiences of late, especially since the October release of his debut album, Dream.
Siddhartha’s quest for enlightenment is the inspiration for Songs of the Wanderers, a masterwork by Taiwanese choreographer Lin Hwai-min. Performed by his own Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, this blend of contemporary and traditional dance features a stunning set covered in 3 and a half tons of golden rice. 3/6–3/8. Times and prices vary. Meany Hall, U.W.
[Painting]Born in Astoria, Oregon, and based in northern California, painter Eric Zener is a master of the photorealist style, creating stunningly vibrant images, often of people underwater (pictured above) or in other personal sanctuaries. 5/1–5/30. Times vary. Free. Foster White Gallery, 220 Third Ave. S; 206.622.2833; fosterwhite.com
Ding-dong, spring calling! Time to crawl out of hibernation, take a deep breath and plunge into Seattle’s performance, literary and visual arts. Out of town artists shower us with gifts this season (a giant white head, a dance floor covered with 3 and a half tons of golden rice, a parable of apartheid), and hometown artists work plenty of their own miracles (wood turned to clay, blues-grunge rock from the Central District, a Liz Taylor classic gone local). Brace yourself: it’s full spring ahead!
Kristen Russell; additional research by Talia Gottlieb
In this era of email, ZIP codes may seem passé, gone the way of scented stationery, a postal relic destined for irrelevance (Amazon Sunday delivery notwithstanding). But in neighborhood-loving Seattle, a survey of ZIP codes tells an illuminating story of togetherness. In some city ZIPs, like-minded neighborhoods abut each other like peas in a pod; in others, it’s more like whirled peas, with distinctly disparate nabes blended together more or less peacefully. And so, we wonder, in this data-driven world, are your digits your destiny?
Must Rock OutParty with Local Band TacocatFriday (2/14, 9 p.m.) — Brandishing a riot-grrrls-meet-The-Go-Go’s sound, Tacocat charms fans with funny songs about waiting for the No. 8 Metro bus, fear of toxic shock syndrome and a psychic cat that predicts nursing-home deaths. The band celebrates the release of its second full-length record, NVM (as in “never mind”), at Chop Suey on Friday night.
If you’re heading to Capitol Hill any time of the day or night—maybe to eat at one of the too-many-to-count restaurants in this vibrant neighborhood—you might think twice about driving your car. Parking is famously difficult to find, and it gets pricey fast. The scarcity and expense of parking in the neighborhood were two reasons that Colin Petkus, 24, decided to try the car-free lifestyle. For about a year, the recent college grad commuted from his Capitol Hill apartment to his job at a Redmond social service agency—but not with his car.
Solid Ground and Seattle Food Committee have teamed up with local mom and designer Jennifer Porter for Food Driving Box to help with hunger and food insecurity in the Seattle Area.
February is a historically low month for food donations, says Porter, who has worked to stock 27 Seattle food banks with free cardboard boxes to keep in your trunk to fill with donations. They’re convenient and reusable and since they’re in your trunk, always top of mind.