Lego is NOT just for kids: The 14th Annual BrickCon is this weekend at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday, October 4 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.). It’s a convention put on by passionate Lego hobbyists featuring hundreds and maybe even thousands of models made of Lego. Still not convinced? Look at this Lego model of the Titanic—it’s incredible.
More secure credit card chip readers are supposed to be installed in stores by Thursday, although only 27 percent of retailers have the new machines, KIRO 7 reports. Cards with chips will no longer be swiped, but dipped into the new readers that provide an added level of security by creating a unique code for every transaction and not transmitting personal information.
At last, October is here. String up the ghost lights, deck your mantle with pumpkins and add faux spider webs to all surfaces with wild abandon because it's time to get in the Halloween spirit.
To kick off the season of tricks and treats, I've compiled 31 days worth of scary movies—old ones, new ones, campy ones, disturbing ones. It should be noted that these are my picks and I tend to leave out films like Hostel, Human Centipede, Hills Have Eyes for obvious reasons. I'm also not super into vampire films, so I only have one representative from the genre.
The Seahawks’ 2015 season will be remembered as their Return of the Jedi year.
Allow us to explain. Two seasons ago was the team’s A New Hope year with young Russell Wilson playing the role of Luke Skywalker and leading the upstart rebel team to a universally surprising victory.
Shaprece, the mononymous singer born and raised in Seattle, has gained acclaim for original songs that blend soul, electronica, strings and trip-hop with gorgeous vocals. Her new album, Coals, comes out this month, and she’s celebrating with a humdinger of a release party—playing the record in its entirety with backup by the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, as part of the Sonic Evolution program (10/29; seattlesymphony.org).LOCATION: Mioposto in Mount Baker
In 1996, a month prior to the first-ever Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, codifying marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Two decades later, we are celebrating both the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage and the 20th installment of SLGFF.
For Carrie, a Kenmore resident with severe autism, it’s all about the car ride. The 18-year-old loves the journey, says her mom, Lynn Vigo, but once they arrive at their destination, particularly if it is new, it can be quite an ordeal for the 5-foot-tall Vigo to get Carrie—who has a good 8 inches on her mom—out of the car, much less into an unfamiliar building.
So the fact that Carrie now arrives at the Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center without prodding—and without the use of her wheelchair stroller—is cause for celebration.
Define rage. Have you ever experienced pure rage? How did you express it? How was anger expressed in your family? These are the questions longtime local choreographer Pat Graney is asking five female dancers to explore in her new piece, Girl Gods. Even more daringly, she’s requesting that they ask the same questions of their mothers—and record the answers, which will be used in the score (by acclaimed Seattle composer Amy Denio). In early August, 24 weeks into the 32-week rehearsal schedule, none of the dancers had initiated those maternal conversations yet.
Mariners fans go into each season with a renewed hope because the season prior showed promise (think a big, new free agent signing, or the team on the precipice of the playoffs, or a new coach or general manager hire).
To my way of thinking, a neighborhood can rarely have too many bars. Even Belltown, home to a number of luminous lounges and more, can always happily fit another. Enter Wakefield (2318 Second Ave.; 206.770.7824; wakefieldbar.com), which delivers a comfortable vibe for downtown denizens looking to watch the game on one of the two big TVs, enjoy a moment of sunshine on the deck or catch up with friends while relaxing in a long booth or at the bar.
Historically, Seattle has been a leader in rock 'n' roll, airplane manufactuing and cutting-edge technology – but it is also at the forefront of another, even more indispensible movement: feminism.
The word often gets a bad rap. In its essence it’s a synonym for human rights, but more acutely, it’s a word that describes the fight for women to gain an equal footing on a leveled playing field in all public and private spheres.
In Seattle, we have some of the strongest, clearest and most inspiring voices on the front lines of this fight.
Stumbling across neighborhoods that collectively celebrate Halloween is a bit like admiring holiday displays of luminaria—only with the bonus of skeletons, dug-up graves, strobe lights and Vincent Price recordings. Here are a few spirited ’hoods inspired by the terror and the treats of the season.
When Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as All Saints Day in the 8th century to honor fallen saints and martyrs, he probably didn’t envision the night before—dubbed All Hallow’s Eve—blossoming into the raucous, indulgent and oftentimes scandalous celebration we know and love today as Halloween.