Must JediMay the 4th Be With You at EMPMonday (5/4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Don your finest Luke or Leia costume for a family-friendly intergalactic bash in honor of Star Wars Day, which (naturally) happens on May 4th. Expect Star Wars-themed arts and crafts, a roaming R2-D2, trivia, photo ops and Darth Vader masks. While you're there, stroll the museum's Star Wars and the Power of the Costume exhibit.
Chanteuse, comedienne and cabaret star Lady Rizo recently told alma mater Cornish College that she’ll know she’s truly successful when drag queens start doing impressions of her. But as a major force on the NYC singing scene and with a Grammy under her belt, Ms. Rizo (aka Amelia Zirin-Brown) has already arrived. She struts her stuff locally in The Hot Spot, Teatro ZinZanni’s new show (through 6/7; zinzanni.com). Location: El Diablo Coffee Co. on Queen Anne
On a Thursday evening one year ago this May, I walked into my kitchen wearing flannel pajamas. I had just driven back to my apartment in Seattle after guiding a three-day summit bid on Mount Rainier, and I could still feel the raw bite of the wind on my face. A light flashed on my phone’s glowing screen. I assumed it would be a cheerful emoticon from a friend, but on the screen was a text from one of my fellow guides:“FYI: there’s an Alpine Ascents team two days overdue on Liberty Ridge.”
Did you score any free coffee from Starbucks on Friday? A tech glitch that happened around 4 p.m. on Friday caused the coffee chain's point-of-sale computer systems to shut down registers at stores in the U.S. and Canada, The Puget Sound Business Journal reports. Baristas were handing out gratis coffee drinks until stores closed. Stores opened normally on Saturday and the issue was resolved.
Glassybaby Launches Non-Profit, Will Illuminate 1-90. On Friday, May 1, your morning commute over I-90 may look surprisingly different. With the help of 1,500 ambassadors, Glassybaby will illuminate the I-90 (pedestrian) bridge from end to end with Light the Bridge, an outdoor celebration and art installation.
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10, so it's that time of year again where you show a little gratitude to your mom or any caring, female role model in your life for all she has done for you. I mean, raising someone like you? That's some intense labor right there. If you feel like you go through the same cycle of chocolates, flowers and greeting cards every year, you've come to the right place. We present to you activities for all kinds of moms, from the artists and beauty lovers to the fitness-obsessed and slightly eccentric (yet very lovable), this Mother's Day!
Must Go EastCanvas of Style Runway Show Saturday (4/25, 9 a.m.) The style set will flock to Bellevue Square's center court to preview the season's must-have trends during this before-hours fashion show.
Need for speed: You won't be driving 75 miles per hour on any state highways any time soon. King 5 News reports that Governor Jay Inslee "partially vetoed" House Bill 2181 yesterday, which would "have raised the speed limit on certain stretches of the state's highways to 70 or 75 miles per hour." The portion of the bill that remains intact will allow an investigation into how speed limit increases affect safety.
Is it time to kill the death penalty in Washington?
That question has been brought to the fore in the last year. Governor Jay Inslee has let it be known that no prisoner will be executed on his watch. The state Legislature has held hearings on a proposal to end capital punishment in the state, a bipartisan bill backed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, City Council president Tim Burgess and a unanimous council.