Must Go EastKirkland Arts Center's InflorescenceOpens 9/20 — Roughly based around the concept of a cluster of flowers growing from a single stem (“inflorescence”), this group show features three Washington artists (Jean Bradbury, Lisa Conway and Patty Haller), each working from her own aesthetic but within a common theme of the plant world.
It was 1974 when the first iteration of Seattle’s superstar soccer team, the Sounders, was founded. Originally playing in the North American Soccer League, the team came out with a winning first season, but succeeded off the pitch (that’s a soccer field for any fùtbol neophytes) as well. The Sounders were the first team in the NASL to play to a sold-out crowd, and when seating in the Seattle Center's Memorial Stadium was expanded a year later, they broke attendance records.
For Jennifer Porter, thinking inside the box led to inspiration: Two years ago, the mother of two elementary-age schoolchildren stashed a leftover box from a gingerbread decorating party in the trunk of her car, thinking to fill it with donations for area food banks. “Having it in the car kept it top of mind,” says Porter, who is the founder of the local baby apparel and accessories brand Satsuma Designs. “By picking up extra goods on sale during grocery trips, we filled it within a month.
I have been a vegetarian my whole life for cultural and animal rights reasons. I am a food lover as well. This may seem contradictory to some, but I have never felt like I was missing out on anything. And Seattle, out of all the places I have ever lived, is one of the most diverse, herbivore-friendly and easiest places to find not only viable, but absolutely tantalizing meatless options. Stepping out of this vegetarian-loving metropolis, I decided to be spontaneous and do something absolutely crazy last week.
The rattle and whistle of trains have long provided a soundtrack for beachgoers at Golden Gardens, salmon spotters at the Ballard locks and sports fans headed to a game in SoDo. So it’s not surprising that so few bother to watch the trains anymore. But a closer look could reveal something new—about a dozen times a week, engines haul 100 or more cylindrical tank cars through Seattle. Each car is marked with a 1267 placard, the hazmat code for crude oil. Not just any old crude.