I have discovered the perfect gift for any native Seattleite who thinks he/she has done everything in this city. Two words: Seaplane tour ($87.50 per person for a 20-minute flight departing from Lake Union; seattleseaplanes.com).
Seattle Center is a 74-acre Rorschach test in which everyone sees what they want to see. It is Lincoln Center to some; Central Park, Tivoli Gardens or Disneyland to others. It is about Bumbershoot, skateboards, the opera, New Year’s fireworks, the Space Needle, the EMP blob, IMAX shows, the fountain and Folklife. It is public, it is private; it is some kind of crazy hybrid. It’s a civic jewel and an opportunity squandered. It’s too expensive, too tacky; it’s for locals, for tourists. It’s the city’s heart and soul, a regional amenity, a headache.
Coming soon to a house near yours—well, actually it’s coming to your house, if you live within the purview of Seattle City Light—an advanced electricity metering system that will make you very happy (according to City Light) and very sad (according to privacy and health activists in other areas where this technology has been deployed).
JUST GET IT
Visit these stores—or check the websites—to find this gear.
Outdoor ResearchSoDo, 2203 1st Ave. S; outdoorresearch.com
REISix local stores, including South Lake Union, 222 Yale Ave. N; rei.com
Boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy loses girl after evil shape-shifter assumes form of golden deer to distract girl, leading to girl’s abduction by demon king and boy’s subsequent battle against said demon king. If this sounds familiar, you either have a spectacular love life or you’ve heard of the ancient epic poem Ramayana. A centuries-old touchstone, the sprawling Sanskrit story contains profound moral and religious meaning for millions of people in South and Southeast Asia.
Challenge the chill with your own built-in heater, courtesy of West Seattle–based Toast’s heated long underwear tops and pants. Created by outdoor sports enthusiast Julia Aiken and her hubby, Andy, the moisture-wicking Polartec garments warm up frosty types with hidden air-activated heat packets in core areas, including the lower back, neck and waistband.
$75–$95 at toast-clothes.com.
Many of us experienced a thrill when the first Mars photos from the Curiosity rover began rolling in last summer. Something about finally seeing that arid ground up close and panoramic brought all our previous pondering about the red planet into extreme focus. A similar shift in perspective may occur with Photo Center Northwest’s new exhibit, Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India and Afghanistan.
All the city’s a stage for local choreographer Wade Madsen, who sees dance in commonplace movement everywhere—from the near collision of pedestrians in a crosswalk to the careful waltz of coffee-bearing baristas. His conversational style evokes choreography, too, as his hands swoop, glide and occasionally smack into objects in their quest to express. Such ordinary body language is crucial to Madsen’s work, in which he emphasizes the “finesse of simple gestures.”
As the political fur flies this month, insert a little levity into the conversation with Mount Baker author Ben Clanton’s book, Vote for Me!, in which a donkey and an elephant duke it out in a familiar blue and red rivalry. The rhetoric accelerates to a mudslinging climax of self-promotion (“How can you NOT vote for someone as adorable as me?”), bribery (“If you vote for ME, I’ll give you a sucker!”) and name-calling (“Dim-witted dolt!” “Belching beast of burden!”), before the candidates sheepishly apologize for their boorish behavior.
BD: How did you come up with the idea/storyline for Pullman Porter Blues?CW: First, the history of the Pullman porters is a great American story, a story of this country’s first organized black labor union. This accomplishment was no small feat and one that cost many lives and even more jobs. Considered some of the best-employed black workers, porters were men with prestige who owned their own homes, earned steady wages and respect from their communities and had unmatched access to famous entertainers, politicians and sports figures.
Combine the zany comedy and mad juggling talent of the Flying Karamazov Brothers with the slo-mo martial arts moves of The Matrix, and the result is local acrobatics group Nanda. Its show, The Jacket, blends slapstick, pop culture satire, ninja moves (known as “kung faux”), circus arts and a dancing robot to achieve a thoroughly unique—and utterly engaging—experience with elements that truly appeal to all ages.
Hello, hello. Master of the Obvious here to report that Bravo has just "revealed" that Season 10 of Top Chef will be located in Seattle. Herm... I think a little birdy might've broken that news earlier this summer?
The show debuts November 7th at 10pm. And naturally, first thing I did when I got the press release was search the lineup for a local cheftestant.
Our fearless arts and culture editor took on the Great Wheel to promote her top picks from our Fall Arts Guide on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. Watch the full episode to enjoy an interview with artist Cassandra Blackmore, who shatters glass on purpose, and to hear a live performance from indie rocker Rocky Votolato. Finally, watch all of Brangien's segment to hear Nancy's (impromptu) review of the "great" ride right at the end: