Crosscut.com is launching its first-ever Community Idea Lab, a project that focuses on a new way of doing journalism through community problem solving. The first thing it's tackling? The San Francisco tech boom and the polarization it has created between the tech and social services communities.
One of the many cool things about the Seattle Symphony’s groundbreaking Sonic Evolution program, according to maestro Ludovic Morlot, is that it brings people to Benaroya Hall who’ve never been there before. People such as, say, Sir Mix-A-Lot, who, before the photo shoot for this magazine, had never set foot inside the phenomenal concert hall (he was visibly wowed by the acoustics), but who will take the stage there this month—with the symphony playing backup on a new orchestration of his songs “Posse on Broadway” and “Baby Got Back.”
You know it. You do it. It’s safe, predictable, even comforting, like that pair of broken-in jeans that give in all the right places (thank goodness). A routine is one of the most powerfully subconscious habits that dominate our lives. Which is why it’s so thrilling to veer off the path and break the pattern with a vacation. But even if you’ve banked weeks of paid leave at a job, it is hard to get away more than once or twice a year.
Drew Atkins, a Seattle magazine collaboration with Crosscut.com
Strolling around Blanchard and Seventh in Seattle’s Denny Triangle, I’m taking in the last days of a forgettable block. It’s an easy spot to ignore as one passes by. Nondescript mid-rises commiserate with a Budget Rent A Car, a strip club and a fenced-off dirt lot. Having passed through the area for years, it’s hard for me to believe that by 2016, this block will resemble the set of a sci-fi movie and serve as an epicenter of global retail. But the wheels are already turning, and change is on its way.
This month's issue (on newsstands now!) is devoted to some of our city's best-kept secrets: bars, restaurants, gardens and beyond. Now it's your turn to let us in on any hidden Seattle gems that we editors might not be privy to. Send us your favorite secret haunts via our social media pages (Twitter; Facebook) using the hashtag #seattlesecrets.
Must MarvelThe Olympic Sculpture Park Gets a HeadStep aside, Ferris wheel. “Echo,” the new, 46-foot-tall white head—just installed at the shoreline of the Olympic Sculpture Park—faces the Olympic Mountains and serves as a serene beacon for everyone from Puget Sound sailors to Myrtle Edwards joggers.
The Northwest climate is heaven for ferns, where their fronded glory unfurls in countless dappled rockeries and shady groves. And as the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. In 1989, a group of fervent fern fans in Seattle formed the Hardy Fern Foundation, committed to celebrating and propagating the plant via display gardens, including the primary study garden at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (rhodygarden.org) in Federal Way. That’s where you’ll also find the Fern Foundation’s pride and joy, the Stumpery.
Is Seattle’s hottest music venue SeaTac Airport? Certainly that’s where local musicians can get the widest exposure. Thanks to the Experience the City of Music initiative, since 2013 travelers have been listening to welcome announcements from the likes of Macklemore, Brandi Carlile, Quincy Jones and Ann Wilson, and hearing local music on the SeaTac speakers.
Overlake Medical Center hosted its annual Bandage Ball gala and auction at the Bellevue Hyatt on Saturday, March 29, with more than 700 guests in attendance. The ball exceeded organizers’ expectations by raising more than $1 million for the hospital’s new cancer center, which will provide expanded integrative care and enhance the hospital’s capacity to meet the growing needs of the extended Eastside community.
Through Friday, May 23, more than 40 local museums—including EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Glass and The Museum of Flight—are offering two-for-one admission deals and special events during Museum Week Northwest. Key in museumweeknw.com to pick your cultural poison.
Tamesha Means was 18 weeks pregnant in 2010 when her water broke. The Michigan woman visited a nearby Catholic hospital twice, and was sent home, each time in severe pain, according to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU in December of last year. Doctors at the hospital, directed by Catholic guidelines that forbid abortion, did not tell her that her fetus had virtually no chance of survival or that the safest treatment was to terminate the pregnancy, which was the case, according to the suit.
Must SIFFThe Seattle International Film Festival Opens(5/15 to 6/8, times vary) — Seattle’s most famous film festival celebrates its 40th birthday with a sprightly commitment to fresh filmmaking from all over the globe. Put a local twist in your lineup by checking out films such as Lucky Them, Big in Japan and The Breach by Seattle filmmakers.
Every year, the Mariners go old school, rolling back the clock to a bygone era for Turn Back the Clock Night at Safeco Field. This year’s time travel happens on Saturday, May 24, and the vintage inspiration is Starsky & Hutch, a quintessential television show of the late 1970s. For the game against the Houston Astros, teams will don retro 1979 uniforms, which for the M’s means a return of the classic trident logo.
Best known for her powerful pipes (which she’s employed playing a wicked stepsister in the musical Cinderella, singing the national anthem before Seahawks games and in many other roles), Sarah Rudinoff also possesses major acting chops and an electrifying stage presence (Torso at Theater Off Jackson; The Clay Duke at On the Boards). This month, she goes it alone with a funny new solo show, Is This Real Life?, which she’ll premiere as part of the NW New Works Festival. 6/6–6/8. ontheboards.org