You may not know much about Brad Nixon, but neither did his son, local musician (in bands “Awesome” and The Half Brothers) David Nixon. On the brink of becoming a father himself, the younger Nixon began to search for details about his deceased father—a charismatic presence who went from being the president of the college republicans at Eastern Washington University to dropping LSD in 1960s San Francisco, to a stay in a mental institution to being the adored leader (much adored, by his female followers) of a controversial 1970s offshoot of Buddhism.
Seattle magazine: Your new album, Bear Creek, is named after the Woodinville studio where you recorded it—which has also recorded such bands as Foo Fighters, Built to Spill and Fleet Foxes. How did the setting affect the composition of the record?
WHERE: The Olympic Peninsula.
WHY: For the Harvest Winery Tour (11/10–11/11. $30. Multiple locations; 800.785.5495; olympicpeninsulawineries.org), during which eight wineries between Port Angeles and Port Townsend open for tastings and harvest-inspired edibles. Try Eaglemount’s hard ciders, made from the fruit of its 1883 heirloom apple orchard in Port Townsend or Black Diamond’s red and white wines from grapes grown in its Port Angeles vineyard.
If you live in the Northwest, you’ve likely seen Nikki McClure’s bold black-and-white scenes on calendars, cards and journals. Born in Kirkland, the Olympia-based artist uses an X-acto knife to cut each intricate, evocative image out of a single sheet of paper. The resulting artwork is deceptively simple, depicting the mundane moments that make up a life: riding a bike through dandelion fields, hanging laundry on a line, darning clothing, lounging in a hammock.
This weekend brings us the 34th annual Pilchuck Auction, something of a "fashion week" for Seattle glass art collectors.
In addition to hosting a swank gala and tours of the school's Stanwood campus, Pilchuck organizes an enormous auction of glass art made by Pilchuck students, teachers and alumni. Proceeds benefit scholarship programs at the school, which is now recognized as the premier glassblowing program in the nation.
Same sex marriage is not only on the November ballot in Seattle, it's on the minds of people all over the country. As was pointed out in our current story on local same sex couples, this is the civil rights issue of our time. (If you haven't yet, be sure to watch Seattle hip-hop star Macklemore's new and lovely video, Same Love, in support of gay marriage.)
Leslie Helm, editor of our sister magazine Seattle Business, boarded All Nippon Airway's very first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight to Tokyo this week. Read his account over at the Seattle Biz blog, in which he describes both the ups...
Tonight brings the first of four presidential debates, which will no doubt set the tone for all future water cooler discussion around the Obama vs. Romney political race. Jim Lehrer hosts and the topics have been announced as follows: The Economy, parts 1, 2 and 3 (a new series from George R. R. Martin?), health care, role of government and governing.
In August, the Space Needle announced its Top This contest, an open call for submissions of original designs that will temporarily decorate the top of the Space Needle—a celebration to culminate many celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Space Needle's existence and the 1962 World's Fair.
When we were coming up with a list of adjectives to describe the beauty and grandeur of Northwest lodges, a word used in excess these days by my 10-year-old son (and further creatively mangled by him, as in the headline, above) kept coming to mind. It was undeniable: “Epic” is the only word that does the job.
A few excerpts from favorite articles in the current issue of Seattle magazine:
TRAVELFind your dream lodge getaway. "When we were coming up with a list of adjectives to describe the beauty and grandeur of Northwest lodges, a word used in excess these days by my 10-year-old son kept coming to mind. It was undeniable: 'Epic' is the only word that does the job."