I don’t know a lot of people who look forward to going to the doctor, but it’s a necessity made less daunting when you’re going to see someone you trust, feel comfortable with and even gush about to your friends—the same way you do when you have a supportive boss or an amazing babysitter. I just love my doctor.
Warren Dykeman is looking for “the right kind of wrong.” A graphic designer by day, the Tri-Cities native and Seattle artist prizes an awkwardness in his mixed-media collages and paintings, which bring to mind graffiti, folk art, the oddly shaped humans of New Yorker cartoonist Saul Steinberg and blobby landscapes by 1960s poster artist Peter Max. “I’m interested in contour and rhythm within the composition,” Dykeman says.
COFFEE DATE: Singer/songwriter Shelby Earl, whose debut album, Burn the Boats, Amazon.com named “#1 Outstanding 2011 Album You Might Have Missed.” Her new record, Swift Arrows, comes out on July 23 (with a release party at Columbia City Theater, 7/13).SCENE: Voxx Coffee on Eastlake Avenue, a sunny Wednesday in AprilSHELBY’S ORDER: Grande soy latte
Must ExperimentSeattle Science FestivalA huge success last year, the second annual Seattle Science Festival boasts hands-on experiments, sci-fi movies, live demonstrations, activities and public talks on topics ranging from “The Scoop on Poop” to “Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human” to “The Science of Ice Cream.” Plus: a seven-hour event entirely focused on bubbles, an exploration of how scientists are trying to reinvent the toilet and, of course, robots!
This year’s mayor’s race has attracted a large group of challengers; at least eight candidates want to replace Mayor Mike McGinn, who is running for reelection. That number reflects a sense that McGinn is vulnerable, and that should come as no surprise. He began the campaign with low approval ratings. And, historically, Seattleites have shown they are not in the least bit afraid to toss out an incumbent. That’s how Mike McGinn got his job. In 2009, voters defeated incumbent Greg Nickels in the summer primary.
Get up early, hit the cash machine and drive north to this puny but picturesque rural arts haven. Once there, gird yourself for the two-block walk through town at Tweets Cafe (5800 Cains Ct.; 360.820.9912; tweetscafe.com) where everything is delicious, then walk about a block down the, er, main drag to Shop Curator (14010 Mactaggart Ave.; 360.820.9912), a decidedly funky gallery/treasure trove of natural curiosities, found objects, handmade jewelry and visual art by area artists.
One of the key challenges in debating gun safety is a lack of concrete information on the impacts and causes of gun violence, driven, in large part, by a nearly two-decades-long ban on funding Centers for Disease Control research into the topic. As a result, the conversation often turns anecdotal and ideological, and leads to serious misconceptions including scapegoating mentally ill people as more likely to be violent than the rest of the population, a belief Stacey Schultz
Holding the chicken by its wings, Riley Starks lifts the Rhode Island Red from its crate, confidently inverts the hen, places it between his thighs and slits its jugular with a thin blade. Not a feather ruffles; the bird never makes a peep.
Back in January, we wrote a story about Dr. Mary-Claire King, the pioneering Seattle geneticist who discovered the breast cancer gene, a groundbreaking finding that garnered some serious Hollywood attention. King is the subject of the new movie, Decoding Annie Parker, a Steven Bernstein film starring actress Helen Hunt as King and Samantha Morton as cancer-stricken Annie Parker.
Must DrinkRevelry on Red MountainHead east for a wine-drinking adventure at the Col Solare Winery atop Red Mountain. This fifth annual tasting event will feature the latest wine releases from 24 Washington winemakers, plus bites and spectacular panoramic views of the valley below the winery.
If you've always dreamed of starring in a reality TV show, you’ll be in good company at the city’s first-ever Vlogger Fair. Hosted by local digital media geek Chris Pirillo, the conference brings together established vloggers to discuss how and why they vlog, and to reveal how video diaries can earn hundreds of thousands of YouTube subscribers and views. “It’s storytelling,” Pirillo says. “A random ‘slice of life’ video is a one-off; a vlog potentially never ends” (which, depending on the vlog, can be a good or bad thing).