Culture

Friday, 12/02/2011 10:41 PM
BIKES
Friday, 12/02/2011 9:46 PM
ASININE Yo-ho-ho and a BUI: Seafair boasts 71 people arrested for boating under the influence—an increase from last year’s 62 drunken sailors but down from 2008’s impressive 84. Bad dog! Local pop singer Lisa Dank falls in love with found pooch, refuses to return to rightful owner.
Friday, 12/02/2011 8:42 PM
Tunnel visionSeattle gets split asunder by a manufactured deep-bore “debate,” which has no actual influence on the already-approved project (but does provide for entertaining and heated “Seattle process” rhetoric). Viaduct and coverTraffic-traumatized Seattleites endure the nadir of no-go during a record nine-day shutdown of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Many consider moving to the actual state of Alaska.
Wednesday, 11/30/2011 8:06 PM
For thirty years, Brian Skerry has explored the planet’s oceans, publishing his findings frequently in National Geographic. He's captured some of the most fascinating creatures under water, including whales the size of metro buses, Leatherback sea turtles and Tiger sharks. But his work has also led him to witness devastating problems like overfishing and marine degradation from pollution. In January, Skerry arrives in Seattle to present Ocean Soul, the first in the five-part lecture series National Geographic Live.
Tuesday, 11/29/2011 7:45 PM
viaduct
Our offices are right next to Phase 1 of the Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition, so we've had a front row seat to all the machines pick-pick-picking away at the doomed highway. In a surge of nostalgia for the concrete disaster-waiting-to-happen, I wrote a little song about the Viaduct. My husband Daniel Spils, a music producer, added a bunch of layers to fill it out. Then our friend (and musician and animator) David Nixon added video. And "O, Viaduct" was born. Hold hands and sing along, everybody!
Wednesday, 11/23/2011 5:12 PM
Ballard mom and publishing consultant Kerry Colburn has a knack for dispensing the kind of useful, no-nonsense advice that every parent wants and needs. Her newest book, Mama’s Big Book of Little Lifesavers: 398 Ways to Save Your Time, Money, and Sanity (Chronicle Books, $14.95), published this past April, is an easy stocking stuffer for the moms and dads on your list, and offers a big assist with sage tips, including a few for navigating the holiday season.
Tuesday, 11/22/2011 10:55 PM
THE CENTRAL DISTRICTSean Conroe, founder of Alleycat Acres Photo by Hayley Young
Tuesday, 11/22/2011 9:55 PM
Seattle’s legendary sushi chef, Shiro Kashiba—still a self-proclaimed “sushi bartender” at age 70—was a locavore long before it was trendy.
Tuesday, 11/22/2011 9:50 PM
You might have noticed that we at Seattle mag like our “best of” lists. They’re part of our job as a city mag, but we also know you like them, too. (The “best of” issues are almost always the year’s top sellers.) But mainly, we like them because there’s a lot of good stuff to go around in this town, and we are great at sharing. Plus, we figure you need those lists. In this unfiltered era of Yelp, we know it’s nice to get some credible advice from folks who know their stuff.
Tuesday, 11/22/2011 9:04 PM
When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched its online Food Desert Locator last summer, Seattle’s gourmets and locavores were horrified to see nutritional wastelands encroaching upon the city. In all, more than 125,000 people, in neighborhoods everywhere from West Seattle to Renton, live in places where fresh, healthy food is difficult to find—so-called “food deserts.”
Tuesday, 11/22/2011 7:05 PM
If you were on Mount Rainier or Mount Baker this past spring and summer—when the snow just wouldn’t melt—you probably saw the latest craze in backcountry snow travel: splitboarding.
Tuesday, 11/22/2011 6:04 PM
BD: What’s the best part about being a wicked stepsister? Sarah Rudinoff: I get to be wicked with a friend who I have been wicked with in real life! Nick and I have worked with each other in countless plays, cabarets and rock shows, and now we get to be “sisters.” Like a good sister, I get to teach him about girl things like boobs and hips, and he can share his in-depth knowledge about makeup and hair. What will you be singing?
Tuesday, 11/22/2011 6:47 PM
“Make the world you want to see” is a refrain that runs through Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas, the new family holiday movie directed and cowritten by Sue Corcoran. It also happens to be a theme that carries significant personal resonance for the Seattle filmmaker. In the comedy, Ira Finkelstein—a California-based, Christmas-obsessed 11-year-old Jewish boy—is on a mission to experience the snowiest, most reindeer-filled holiday possible. As Corcoran says, “The story is near and dear to my heart.”
Monday, 11/21/2011 10:30 PM
Scott Sistek is on a mission to make Seattle’s chilly weather cool. A Pacific Northwest native and University of Washington alum, Sistek has been forecasting the weather for more than a decade, including stints at the National Weather Service, NOAA and now KOMO News. His insightful and dependably witty weather blog, Partly to Mostly Bloggin, celebrates weather trends and events unique to Seattle.
Monday, 11/21/2011 10:20 PM
This year marked the 20th anniversary of several seminal events in Seattle grunge history—Nirvana released Nevermind, Pearl Jam released Ten, and Soundgarden released Badmotorfinger, all in 1991—which is why we’re awash in grungy nostalgia. If you’re hoping to keep the dream alive (or wondering what all the fuss is about), dig into these new books chronicling the music genre, and its players and predecessors.