Brangien Davis, Bond Huberman, John Levesque, Lauren Mang, Allison Austin Scheff and Lisa Wogan
Before we rush blithely into the new year, we take a moment to consider the year that was, pressing the replay button on the best and worst of Seattle in 2013. Read on for all the memorable moments. What's In and What's Out in Seattle FoodYear in Photos: The Most Amazing Photos of 2013
Must OgleMartin Schoeller’s Larger than Life Portraits at the EMP Museum(Through 2/16, times vary) — In Close-Up, photographer Martin Schoeller shares his stunning, large-scale, full-face shots of celebs and regular folks alike.
Must DineWhere to Dine Out During the HolidaysThe holidays are here, family is in town—celebrate at one of these special-occasion spots.
The best thing about Seattle winter is that unlike frostier cities such as, say, Chicago, you can actually sit outdoors at night without freezing your face off. The experience is even better if you’re sitting next to a toasty fire pit with a drink in hand—and, of course, if it isn’t raining. Several (but not enough!) local restaurants have clued in to the prehistoric appeal of a fire pit, and to the fact that it tends to lure diners like moths to a you-know-what.
“Jane Fonda hugged me.” Columbia City–based writer, performer and activist Lindy West still can’t quite believe she got a squeeze from one of her idols, but there is video evidence from the Women’s Media Awards, held in October in New York City.
Seattle promises New Year’s Eve celebrations aplenty, everything from classy multi-coursed feasts to fireworks to sparkling parties brimming with bubbly and live music. Slip on your finest party shoes, grab a noise-maker and prep the vocal chords for a little “Auld Lang Syne,” then opt for one of these festive neighborhood NYE events.
MUST GLUGSun Liquor’s Exquisite Eggnog (Plus a Recipe to Make Your Own)Sneak out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (starting at 7 p.m.) to sip the delicious made-from-scratch eggnog at Capitol Hill’s Sun Liquor. Or make your own with this surefire recipe.
Seattle should start the new year by looking back in order to look forward. One hundred and fifty years ago, our sawmill town on Elliott Bay saw events that portended huge changes. In May 1864, a “cargo of brides” called the Mercer Girls arrived as potential mates for the male settlers, so the city could become self-propagating. In October of that year, Western Union—the Comcast of its time—brought the telegraph to Seattle, connecting us with the newly wired world.
Must SeeStroll Down Bellevue Square’s Snowflake Lane(Through 12/31, 7 p.m.) — ‘Tis the season at Bellevue Square’s ever-popular Snowflake Lane, where live toy soldiers march to festive music, a dazzling light show brightens the dark sky and snowflakes fall nightly.
The idea for SwopBoard (swopboard.com) was born out of necessity last January. “My daughter and I were transitioning her room from a little girl’s room to a big girl’s room, and we were left with an enormous dollhouse that my daughter no longer wanted,” says Magnolia mom and business owner Natalie Angelillo.
Must ShopUrban Craft Uprising(12/7 to 12/8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) — Shop the local, artisanal, indie offerings—including funky bags by Alchemy Goods, bodacious belts by Steel Toe Studios and lovely prints by Frida Clements—at this ultra-crafty two-day fest at the Seattle Center.
Must LaughThe Habit Comedy Show(12/1, 8 p.m.) — Seattle sketch comedy group The Habit is back with a new live show at The Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake. Bonus: Read Habit cast member John Osebold’s tips on upping your own comedic ante in our November issue.Must Kill the Mouse KingPNB’s The Nutcracker
When my husband and I moved to Seattle from Louisville, Kentucky, eight years ago, we were quickly given the scoop on the city’s culture. “It will be hard to find friends,” we were told (the Seattle freeze is real), people drink a lot of coffee, and depending on who you’re talking to, it may or may not rain all the time.