REI Encourages Shoppers to #OptOutside: In a bold attemt to reject the consumerist clusterf*ck that is Black Friday, the Seattle-based
outdoor and fitness co-op, REI, will shut its doors this retail holiday.
For Carey Evenson, who shares one car with her husband, Car2Go has been a lifesaver on more than one occasion. But more than a year ago, the car-sharing service, which allows members to rent cars on demand using a per-minute pricing structure, took on an even more important role in her daily life. The Columbia City resident is an avid user of public transportation, such as light rail, which takes her to her job at public relations firm C+C in downtown Seattle.
The fog practically lifts off the pages of Sea and Smoke: Flavors from the Untamed Pacific Northwest (Running Press, $40) by Blaine Wetzel and Joe Ray. Wetzel is the young chef and James Beard darling at the wildly hyperlocal Willows Inn on Lummi Island. There, Wetzel and his loyal staff craft a 10- to 20-course prix fixe (several nights a week) with ingredients farmed, foraged and fished on the island.
For those of you who can’t part with your car, a new company launched last fall promises to make getting around a bit easier. ZIRX (zirx.com), an on-demand valet parking service, works via a smartphone app, much like another popular car service.
Users let ZIRX know when they’re on their way to the office, a concert—you name it. GPS tracks the driver, then a ZIRX agent meets him or her on foot or nonmotorized scooter, and whisks the car away, parking it in one of several contracted lots. Time to go home? Reverse the process.
There have been many artists whose work has made bold claims for the necessity of art in society. Perhaps none in recent memory have done so with more urgency and deftness than New York playwright Anne Washburn, whose 2012 apocalyptic musical drama Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play is currently on stage at ACT Theatre.
Must DrinkGet Your Tickets for Seattle magazine's Brew SeattleFriday (10/23, 6 to 9 p.m.) If you haven't attended Seattle magazine's Brew Seattle the past two years, you're missing out. The annual local-breweries-only tasting bash corrals some of the best beers from more than 20 breweries such as Big Al Brewing and Schooner Exact under one roof and pairs it all with eats aplenty.
Last month, I wrote a blog post about the seeming explosion of demolitions in the city. I cited an article in ARCADE magazine by Schema Design that plotted demolition permits from 2005-2009, and from 2010-2015 (projected). A graphic that ran with the original article, not my story, heightened the dramatic sense of demolition being more common and widespread.
We have a question: Where is cornerback Richard Sherman? We've seen a man with long dreadlocks on the playing field. We've seen him in Domino's and beef jerky commercials. But the man who shut down the NFL's top receivers, picked off Aaron Rodgers in the playoffs and asked the great Tom Brady, "You mad, bro?"-- well, he's been missing.
After Sunday’s stunning Seahawks loss to the Carolina Panthers at the Clink, I posted the accompanying picture (above) on Facebook and Twitter with saying that it reflected the “interior weather” of Seahawks fans. The likes began to pour in.
The image is of a painting by the 19th century artist Albert Bierstadt and you can see it in person at the Seattle Art Museum. It purports to be a painting of “Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast,” but the artist clearly has mixed up his geography, perhaps the way the Seahawks themselves are sending us fans mixed signals.
It’s a lesson we’re still learning. Under the watchful eye of the U.S. Justice Department, Seattle is still trying to reform a police department accused of racial bias and excessive force. Mayor Ed Murray has installed a new chief, Kathleen O’Toole, who has, in turn, shaken up police leadership. New rules for handling complaints, shootings and oversight are being put into place, and new technologies, such as body cams, are being deployed to improve policing and regain public confidence.
American Express and the Seattle Seahawks are celebrating their new partnership with Blue Friday, a program that provides benefits and exclusive events for card members and fans. As a part of the program, Amex is collaborating with Uber to deliver Seattle Seahawks-themed surprises and specials, including $12 off of one UberX ride today, October 16, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The deal is available to all users in the Seattle market with use of the promo code, “AmexBlueFriday.”
The Emerald City Is One of the Greenest: The personal finance website Wallethub has ranked Seattle as the 6th Greenest City in America. In honor of October being National Energy Awareness month, the site conducted an in-depth analysis comparing 100 of the most-populated U.S. cities across 13 key metrics, ranging from green-house gas emissions per capita to the number of smart-energy policies and initiatives.