Culture

Monday, 11/21/2011 9:17 PM
It’s widely rumored that Jacques Cousteau deemed the Pacific Northwest his second-favorite place to scuba dive. (The Red Sea was his best beloved, but we’re going to assume that was merely because the water temps there are significantly less chilly.) Cousteau’s high praise may seem surprising at first, given the cold, gray facades of local water bodies—so often indistinguishable from our skies—but that’s only until you peek within.
Friday, 11/18/2011 10:31 PM
This last year, I’ve spent a lot of time in 1962, as I research and write a history of the Space Needle. Every week, I appear on KUOW-FM’s Weekday news roundtable to discuss such things as the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the tunnel, marijuana and the mayor, but honestly, I’ve been more fascinated with the politics of 50 years ago. I’ve encountered Mayor Gordon Clinton in my studies more often than Mayor Mike McGinn in person.
Wednesday, 11/02/2011 10:52 PM
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Wednesday, 11/02/2011 9:12 PM
It’s been a bit brutal of late for arts organizations around here. The past year has seen the shuttering of several beloved groups, including Giant Magnet children’s festival and the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra.
Friday, 10/28/2011 10:23 PM
If you already have tickets to SAM Remix, you can get a FREE copy (1 of 50 limited editions) of a beautiful hand-bound, two-sided book fresh "off the presses" from Folio 2011.
Friday, 10/28/2011 9:36 PM
Trick-or-treating? We’ve got you covered. Want to stay in a watch a good scary movie? Double check. Have an awesome costume and want to find something better than your typical, stand-around-until-the-punch-dries-up sorta party? Voila:
Friday, 10/28/2011 7:58 PM
In case the weekend shut-ins among us need a little help rounding off the perfect horror movie marathon. (Watch at your own discretion – we can’t be responsible for any “accidents.”) Listed in no particular order: The Fly You will never look at Jeff Goldblum the same way again. Night of the Living Dead (1968) The zombie movie that schooled the rest. The Shining Redrum. Black Swan Natalie Portman scares me.
Thursday, 10/27/2011 6:45 PM
MUST SCREAMHorror Film Exhibit at EMPRest up your vocal cords—EMP’s new exhibit Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film explores the human fascination with scary movies. Indulge in classic film screenings (such as Nosferatu, Bride of Frankenstein and The Exorcist), iconic artifacts (the axe from The Shining and Freddy Krueger’s original glove) and the Scream Booth, which is fairly self-explanatory.
Thursday, 10/27/2011 2:41 PM
Wednesday, 10/26/2011 9:21 PM
Remember when everyone used to send emails with 15 forwards intact and you had to scroll to the very bottom of the page and then it ended up being some stupid joke that wasn't worth your time anyway? Well, my dad still sends those sometimes (a lot). But this time? My two major life loves--dogs and food--come together. So call me a sucker; I thought it was cute enough to share. For your 3pm you-weren't-getting-anything-done-anyway break, I give you Dogs Eating at the Table.
Tuesday, 10/25/2011 8:16 PM
Stumbled across this new music video from Tacoma folk/soul band, Elk and Boar, the music project of Kirsten Wenlock (aka Elk) and Travis Barker (aka Boar). You may remember them from this year's Doe Bay Festival.  The stop-motion style "Thief" conjures a wonderful effect similar to silent films. Be patient: it grows on you. Also the styling is pretty fabulous. Sort of like those old west photo booths I used to long to pose in at Six Flags theme parks - except less cheesy.
Monday, 10/24/2011 7:43 PM
So, the world didn't end this morning in Seattle—but we're not out of the woods, yet, according to the DOT. Just because this morning's commute was "a skate" for some of us (not me!), we should still expect serious traffic problems as the week progresses, as people lured into a false sense of security go back to their bad old ways. Don't do it! But it was a pretty impressive effort this morning, in the rain, dodging apparently first-time bike commuters wobbling into traffic lanes. Attitude is everything, and mine was greatly helped by:
Monday, 10/24/2011 4:08 PM
The local theatre troupe that brought you The Adding Machine and O Lovely Glowworm continues its free Pipeline series tonight with a dramatic reading of The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh, the twisted, yet talented, writer who brought you The Pillowman and In Bruges.
Monday, 10/24/2011 3:06 PM
I am in line to meet True Blood’s Sam Trammell at Seattle’s second annual ZomBcon, a conference dedicated to zombie culture.
Saturday, 10/22/2011 1:03 AM
You probably already know that the new musical at 5th Avenue theatre, Saving Aimee, is written by American TV darling Kathie Lee Gifford. Because of all the local press hovering around Gifford, however, you may not know that the musical is about the scandalous life of Aimee Semple McPherson, an infamous leader in the early twentieth century evangelist Christian movement.