Last week on NBC’s singing contest, The Voice, two local contestants represented the Pacific Northwest well and gave star-quality performances that left us wanting more. Austin Jenckes, a native of Duval, Washington, battled it out against his teammate and nabbed a spot in the knockout rounds.
Contemporary Seattle music isn’t all about hip-hop and beard rock. The city has a thriving and ever evolving jazz scene, exemplified by local supergroup Industrial Revelation. With Evan Flory-Barnes on upright bass, Ahamefule Oluo on trumpet, Josh Rawlings on keyboard and D’Vonne Lewis on drums, the quartet is rooted in jazz, but branches off into fresh and unexpected directions that range from avant-jazz to indie rock to hard core to post-bop—all in evidence on the new album Oak Head.
Want to see your charitable event in the pages of Seattle magazine's annual Charitable Events Guide (CEG)? The 2014 guide, our 11th edition, will be published in February 2014. Designed as a calendar for our generous community of donors to plan their charitable giving, the Charitable Events Guide is the ultimate philanthropist’s datebook.
DOWNTOWNTrick or Treat on the Waterfront: More than 12 businesses, from the Ferry Terminal to Bell Harbor Conference Center, participate in the fun. Little tricksters can seek out their treats with a provided Treasure Hunt map. Sunday 10/27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Waterfront Park/Pier 58, 1301 Alaskan Way. Free
The country’s largest bike club is based in Seattle, and now the longstanding nonprofit—founded in 1970—has a new executive director. Elizabeth Kiker (yes, it rhymes with “biker”) took the handlebars of Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC) in early September, filling the clipless cycling shoes of Chuck Ayers, who held the position for the past 16 years.
Must SeePhotos of Food at the Moment of Being Cooked(10/26 to 2/17/14, times vary) — How exactly does heat make an egg physically transform? Seattle entrepreneur Nathan Myhrvold helped popularize molecular gastronomy (the hyper-nerdy take on cooking) with his book Modernist Cuisine (2011). Now Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition at the Pacific Science Center showcases 100 stunning large-format shots from the book. Read on for our interview with Myhrvold.
As “Psychic Bob” on Seattle’s long-running sketch comedy show Almost Live (which ran 1984–1999), cast member Bob Nelson played an ersatz prognosticator who could make only the most obvious predictions (“In 1998, Hooters will continue to attract a mostly male clientele”). As an announcer in a sketch about the Low-key Baseball Network (“For people who like to watch baseball, but perhaps they don’t care for all that noise”), he became catatonic when describing home runs. “I always played low-key people or dumb guys,” Nelson says.
While some of us can't resist the heaps of orange and white gourds at the nearby (read: easily accessible) grocery stores (I piled my cart high weeks ago with knobby and gnarled squashes, fat green pumpkins and oversized orange ones destined for my sub-par carving skills), there are plenty of people who love a good trek out to the pumpkin patch. And why not? It sounds like a whale of a good time, especially for pint-size pumpkin fans--many patches have corn mazes, petting zoos, inflatables, hayrides, hot kid-friendly beverages and beyond.
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition opens Saturday at the Pacific Science Center, showcasing the celebrated images produced by Nathan Myhrvold, co-author of Modernist Cuisine as well as the founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures.
Their fingerprints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, the 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) who were selected as our Most Influential People of 2013 are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year--for the first time in our nine years of compiling our list, it's a tie!--the impact is on a global scale.
If Paul Allen owns something like, say, a movie theater, you can bet that it’s going to be the best, most newfangled theater in all the land. Case in point: his 1960s-era, saved-from-demolition Cinerama in Belltown, which is slated to install the world’s first commercial digital laser projector in early 2014. The super-high-tech machine has a light output of 60,000 lumens, which translates into films with more clarity and color accuracy than ever before. This latest high-tech coup has us curious as to what else Mr. Allen may have in store for the Cinerama. Perhaps robotic ushers?
Redmond resident Sara Gardner always knew she was different. She graduated second in her high school class, but had very few friends. She was accepted into the National Honor Society and earned a New York State Regents scholarship, and yet was never invited to parties nor had a clue as to how she might attempt to be invited. The answer came in the form of a diagnosis when she was 41 years old—autism spectrum disorder (ASD).This news was a huge relief. She found she took comfort in the fact that she now had a tangible, documented diagnosis for that difference that had followed her around her whole life. Soon, however, her relief led to an emotional landslide and she sunk into a deep depression. “Oh no, I have a handicap; all this time I thought I was so smart,” she recalls thinking.With the help of an Asperger syndrome* (see footnote) support group, however, her final stop on this poignant ride was acceptance. The time she spent in the group (of which she eventually became president) showed her just how easily she could fit in and connect with the ASD community because of the many things they shared. “We really understood each other and had had similar experiences,” she said. It was here that Gardner first found herself diving wholeheartedly into a cultural identity she never knew existed, or dreamed that she would fit into so seamlessly.The idea of autism as a cultural identity has been gaining traction among some of the estimated 2 million individuals in the country with ASD. This shift in perspective became the subject of a public conversation in Seattle this summer, when the Washington chapter of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) criticized advertisements for Seattle Children’s Research Institute on the sides of Metro buses that featured the smiling face of a boy and the message “Let’s wipe out cancer, diabetes and autism in his lifetime.” Local ASAN members objected to the way it reinforced the idea of autism as something tragic and undesirable to be eliminated. Chapter leader Matt Young, who is autistic, explained that this sort of sentiment is an attack on who he is as a person. Not only does he believe this point of view creates psychological harm, but that it can lead neurotypical (a term used by some in the autistic community to describe those with typical brain function) parents to pursue what he considers desperate measures to try to fix the perceived problem. Young and others in the autism community believe the focus should be on acceptance and appreciation, which, among many other things, includes calling those with autism “autistic people,” not “people who have autism.” “Putting it front and center challenges the idea that there’s anything shameful about being portrayed as autistic,” Young says. The change is coming from inside the autism community, says Annette Estes, director of the University of Washington Autism Center. “There are more people than ever before that are self-identified and identified as having autism spectrum disorder who are very eloquent and who have very good communication skills,” Estes says. In a still small subset of the autism community, networking and discussions are now less focused on cures or ways to become more “normal,” and centered more on how to successfully navigate a world not designed for them. The documentary Neurotypical, which aired this summer, showed how there is even, among some with ASD, a reverse snobbism about the limitations of being merely typical. *Autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder–not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome are grouped under one umbrella diagnosis of ASD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition
It’s an election season and while many Seattleites are choosing to express themselves by voting, we think Halloween costumes are far more effective at shaping society. Should you opt to dress in one of these seven highly topical (and highly ridiculous) costume suggestions, we are not liable for any embarrassment, pointing or injuries that may occur at your Halloween party.
It's become kind of a healing ritual. With the arrival of fall, my wife and I head out to say hello to a national park. Last year, it was Glacier in northern Montana; before that, Wind Cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This year, we went closer to home to Olympic on the peninsula.