Three cheers for Friday, eh? It's going to be a stellar weekend both weather-wise and event-wise. (For a curated list of things to do, read our Must List.)
Needless to say, it was a busy week here at Seattlemag.com, as our loyal readers pored over a multitude of great stories, everything from pieces on food and wine to articles that uncovered a slew of hidden gems in Seattle and photos of homes with ridiculously enviable views of Lake Washington. Did you miss one of our top stories from the week? Read on.
Must RockBoogie in the Streets this Weekend(7/25 to 7/27, times vary) — Stage dive into the urban music festival vibe at the Capitol Hill Block Party, featuring awesome local bands including Cataldo, Katie Kate, Ayron Jones, Country Lips, Pollens and dozens more.
New Pioneer Square gallery Martyr Sauce (122 S Washington St.; martyrsauce.com) is the size of a stairwell…because it is a stairwell, leading to the apartment where curator and painter Tariqa Waters lives with her husband and kids. What it lacks in square footage it makes up for in sheer cool, thanks to Waters’ keen eye and open-minded philosophy. See the space during First Thursday Art Walk (8/7), and also visit her mirrored installation, “No ‘I’ in Self,” in Occidental Park through September.
Parklets are miniature parks, funded, designed, built and maintained by the applicant (often a neighboring business) or community volunteers, so there’s no cost to taxpayers.Parklets prioritize the pedestrian experience and aim to improve the neighborhood vibe, often with the addition of bike racks and seating.
Admit it. You kinda missed them last year. When the U.S. Navy announced that the 2013 Blue Angels air show would be canceled due to federal budget cuts, many Seattleites rejoiced. (No freaked-out dogs! No expensive, extraneous exhibitions of military might!) But when Seafair weekend came around, it was just so…quiet. Not only was the sound of F/A-18 Hornets screaming overhead missing, so too were the standard complaints about the noise and the I-90 bridge shutdowns, and the debating among neighbors over the pros and cons of the daring display.
Summer's a great time for outdoor fun in the Pacific Northwest, but it's also a good time to plan for the return of those rainy days that never really left. Whether you prefer card, video, mobile or puzzle games; fancy a retro, forward-looking, or simple art style; or don't care about any of that and just want a fun distraction, you should find something you like among these six Kickstarter-funded games created by Seattle-area indie game developers and companies.
In South Seattle, a forested green space The Seattle Times once called “Walden Pond in urbania” is now a battleground between mountain bikers seeking to bring the sport back to Seattle parks and advocates for undeveloped natural areas that protect wildlife and wetlands.
Must HearOutdoor Music Concerts(Dates and times vary) — For an urban lunchtime escape, don’t miss the free Out to Lunch concert series around downtown, including the Portland Cello Project in Occidental Square Park (7/18). Or spend a magical evening at the Music on the Green Summer Concert Series at Salish Lodge, featuring a gourmet picnic, wine and the sweet sounds of alt-country singer Sera Cahoone (7/24, 7:30 p.m.)
Over the past 10 years, Brazilian native Tininha Silva has owned Tininha’s, a stylish bikini boutique in Fremont; the online Orla Kiely boutique; and her own line of teeny-weeny bikinis (Teu Swimwear).
Today is the day that will go down in local traffic infamy: All westbound travel along I-90 will be reduced to ONE LANE near Bellevue Way Southeast as crews repair expansion joints on the bridge. Officials have said this closure could potentially create backups of up to 10 miles. Thus, The Seattle Times has warned Eastsiders to just stay home.