Shoes with recording devices built into the heels, coins embedded with deadly needles, pens that shoot tear gas, umbrellas that fire poison pellets—ah, for the olden days of spying, before the NSA began monitoring our phone conversations, Google started tracking Internet searches and drones filled the skies. View history through James Bond goggles at the new Pacific Science Center exhibit Spy: The Secret World of Espionage, featuring nearly 300 gadgets, declassified CIA artifacts, and documents from the FBI and NRO (National Reconnaissance Office).
Given Seattle’s current love affair with all things artisanal and old-fashioned, the arrival of the Kalakala Co. Animation and Mercantile should perhaps come as no surprise—but it’s a nice one. The brainchild of local animator Drew Christie (best known for his painstakingly drawn old-timey cartoons, featured regularly on NYTimes.com) and his longtime romantic and creative partner Amanda Moore, the shop/animation studio serves as a fount of inspiration for wannabe animators and fans of all things drawn by hand.
In November, I moved from Wedgwood to Mount Baker, city-side near Massachusetts Ave. I moved for many reasons—to be closer to work and in a more urban setting, near better transit options and with great walkability, and, yes, for a more diverse experience. Among other things, I wanted to live somewhere where everyone did not look or live like me—and to be stretched and enriched by these new relationships. My husband and I focused our home search mostly in the Central District, and by chance, landed further south.
Choreographer Zoe Scofield combines her training as a classical ballerina with a grotesque physicality that seems to come from a primal place—a netherworld writhing just beneath our own skin. Her artistic and romantic partner, Juniper Shuey, uses video of Zoe/Juniper dancers to haunting effect, projecting moving images on translucent scrims as live performers move among them.
Raised in Bellingham, where her family had a “hobby farm” with chickens, cows and pigs, Janelle Maiocco is no stranger to tractors and muddy barn boots. The 41-year-old mother of two has been a trained chef, food blogger and food marketer, and in September she launched Farmstr.com—a kind of Craigslist for locally farmed food. Two months later, Farmstr took first place at the prestigious Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s First Look Forum.
When Mount Calvary Christian Center pastor Reggie Witherspoon was growing up in the Central District in the 1960s and ’70s, the neighborhood was tight-knit and largely African-American. But today, it’s another story. “It’s radically different,” he says. Now, he can visit the neighborhood and not see any African-Americans. “I never thought I would see the time when I am driving through and white folks would look at me strangely. I’m like, ‘I grew up in this area, what are you looking at me for?’”
Must RockSeattle musician Ayron Jones Opens for B.B. KingMonday (3/3, 7:30 p.m.) — Like the very best rock ’n’ rollers, emerging Seattle musician Ayron Jones seems just slightly unhinged when he performs his own blend of blues and grunge. Witness Jones live at The Moore Theater when he opens for blues legend B.B. King.
I rarely follow celebrities on Twitter because of snooze-ville tweets like this. I much prefer to get my dose of daily news and commentary from journalists and other witty average Joes and Janes of the world. This Sunday, March 2, marks the 86th Annual Academy Awards, the day when fancy-pants celebs in grand gowns and suits descend upon Hollywood's Dolby Theatre and pretend they've not disowned carbs for the past two months.
A ZIP code might be a somewhat useless piece of information in the web-o-sphere age, but in Seattle and its environs—an area swelling with hyperlocal neighborhood pride—those five numbers still speak volumes. Make the mistake of assuming a Queen Anne resident lives in 98109 when he or she is a 98119-er and, trust me, you will get an earful.
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