At the groundbreaking ceremony for the 12th Avenue Arts building, on a gray day in February 2013, the ground was unavailable for breaking. The Capitol Hill property had been a police precinct parking lot for decades, and the pavement was impervious to ceremonial shovels. But the ritual was enabled by a clever bit of staging: Someone had brought in a large quantity of dirt, piled it on the asphalt and embellished it with glitter.
It's a bit chilly out there on this fine Monday, but guess what: It will get much colder as the week goes on! Leading off:
Enjoy your 50-degree temps today, it's about to get a lot colder. Meteorologists say there will be a cold air mass settling over our region, which will bring lows of mid-30s and highs that will only reach up into the mid-40s. Winter is officially here.
Well, it's Friday at last. Pour yourself an eggnog latte and let's dive into what's happening so far today.
A late surge in votes has pushed I-1351, the measure to limit class sizes and increase public school staff in Washington state, ahead. It's currently leading by nearly 5,000 votes. Expect the next update sometime tonight.
Jen Wood: Wilderness
With her first album since 2010, Jen Wood reveals a bolder, more layered sensibility. Her pretty voice shines over poppy piano riffs, anthemic guitars and smashing cymbals graced with electronica elements. The result feels like rushing forward into hope.
Best played: During last-minute food prep, final table decorations, general pre-dinner optimism
CD release party 11/15 at Barboza on Capitol Hill.
Must Shop 5 Shopping Events Not to Miss This Week (Dates and times vary) Now that it’s dark at 5 p.m., there is no reason left not to shop: You have finally packed away your sundresses and swimsuits, and it’s time to remember that added layers mean added opportunities for looking fabulous. Brighten your look and your outlook at these shopping events around Seattle and on the Eastside this week.
With a grand opening this month, Tacoma Art Museum’s new wing embodies the West in ways both historic and current. First, there’s the building itself, designed by Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects—a firm that has helped define the contemporary look of the region via sleek buildings that reflect the local landscape and “Scandinasian” design.
The rain appears to be over for the moment, but I'm hearing we're in for up to 40mph wind gusts. Hold on to your hats:
Supporters of I-594, the measure to expand background checks for gun purchases and transfers, are pleased with their success but say that this is only the beginning, KUOW reports. The group aims to expand its research and advocacy to pass laws in other states.
So you’ve always wanted to be a clown. Or learn to tap dance. Or do improvisational theater. Like they say on reality-TV shows, it’s never too late to pursue your dream! Thanks to The Studios Center for Performing Arts (1801 Fifth Ave.; 206.582.3878; thestudios.org), you can hone that dream to a waking-life skill.
'Tis the season for nesting, and for many of us that means cooking—either for entertainment on a rained-in weekend (dinner included!), or as an effort to cut costs now that holiday gift buying is back on the horizon. For Throwback Thursday this week, we're honoring a program that has satisfied both of these cravings and more in Seattle for 20 years. Held at Solid Ground, a Wallingford-based antipoverty non-profit, Cooking Matters classes offer low-income adults, youth and families the opportunity to polish their kitchen craft and also learn nutritional and budgeting skills.
Happy day after Election Day, Seattle. There's a 50/50 chance that you're either elated over last night's results or absolutely depressed. So let's get to it:Kiro Radio's Rachel Belle takes an in-depth look at Seattle's pho phenomenon and how the delicious hot Vietnamese soup became such a mainstay here. Now I know what I'm having for lunch.
They look like decaying movie sets left over from some long-ago shoot. Across Capitol Hill, skeletal remnants of vintage brick buildings are propped up with girders and posts, while huge construction pits gape just behind. The prevalence of these haunting façades is the result of zoning incentives established by the Seattle City Council in 2009 as part of the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District, which set out to preserve the character of the old “auto-row” architecture in the neighborhood.
We're the fifth whitest major city in America, but we have been diversifying. We were 92 percent white in 1960 and by 2010 we were down to 65 percent. As Seattle urbanizes and the U.S. population becomes more racially diverse, we should see steady change in this area.
Or, maybe we won’t.
In the days leading up to the Super Bowl last year, a class of University of Washington art history students took their own slant on the citywide fan frenzy—by seeking out the origins of the Seahawks logo. They soon learned that the distinctive bird face, created for the team in the mid-1970s, was very likely based on an indigenous eagle mask made by the Kwakwaka’wakw tribe in the Vancouver Island area. A blog post about the research somehow reached the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum—which had the mask in its collection.
It's already November. Let's dive into what's going on around Seattle, shall we?
'Tis the season for winter depression. According to The Seattle Times, "Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) tends to hit women harder than men." If you find yourself feeling a bit blue as the days grow shorter and grayer and rainier, they've outlined seven tips to help you combat SAD.