Capitol Hill’s the War Room will reopen tonight with a fresh look and a new name. Dubbed HG Lodge, the new space—complete with lots of rock, taxidermy, wood floors and surfaces and a live ivy wall—looks like a hip ski lodge. Like any Capitol Hill bar worth its weight in trendy Northwestern iconography, HG is loaded with outdoorsy Americana decor, including-- yes--taxidermy.
I swung by The Atomic Bombshells Wednesday night performance of their new show, The Atomic Bombshells Are... Lost in Outer Space. From a sultry version of the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman to a playfully sexy take on Barbarella, the show was filled with fun references to sci-fi and horror classics. Too bad for Seattleites, tonight's show--the show's final scheduled performance in Seattle--is completely sold out.
We've known for a long time that the latest incarnation of Showgirls was moving in next door to the Seattle mag offices in SoDo. We've joked about it (conference room full? let's all go next door!) and complained about it (especially when it looked like h(o.o)ters was going to move in right below us... though now that business seems to have taken their "amazing wings" elsewhere). But today Showgirls turned on their gigantic digital signs—and the hilarity has turned to nausea and vague dread.
Normally orchestra and Grand Tier tickets to The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s classic stage musical On the Town, about a group of sailors who spend a night painting The Big Apple red, would run upwards of $80. Not today. Groupon—which offers one-day online deals for various local goods, services and activities—is offering half-off tickets to The 5th Ave show. The deal lasts until midnight tonight for select evening shows.
Must SeeSaturday (4/10) - Alice in Wonderbread. S’more and Peace. Huckleberry Flan. No pun is too painful at the fifth annual Edible Book Festival, where bookworms and food geeks unite to reinterpret great literature through gastronomy. As always, the fest asks the public to craft edible takes on books—and then eat them. Got a punny plan? Register online by April 8 to get your entrée on the table!
If the recession is still raging, it wasn’t apparent at Taste Washington Sunday, March 27 at Qwest Field. Of the 200+ wineries there, there were dozens that have just released their first wines—jumping into the wine business fray with vigor. A few of my new favorites are miniscule, but just as passionate about producing excellent wine with Washington’s premium fruit, as larger and more well-known favorites.
Here are a few:
I became acquainted with Portland artist Anna Peters after seeing her work in a Seattle show last year. I love her work—pieces of found wood that she festoons with old photos, cartoon images, lots and lots of tiny nails, bits of maps, old linoleum, and the shiny name plates from retro cars (think: Impala, Pinto, New Yorker). Since buying one of her pieces, I've gotten to know her a bit (we hung out with a bunch of kids and dogs on a windy Manzanita beach last summer), which of course makes me love her work even more.
Take part in this annual spring garden ritual and choose from the largest selection of organically, sustainably and locally grown vegetable starts in Seattle. Beginning and long-time gardeners alike will not want to miss this event! Shoppers can choose from over 50 varieties of tomatoes and 20 varieties of peppers, rare and heirloom organic veggie varieties, an extensive selection of culinary herbs, edible flowers, and drought tolerant perennials. These plants are hand-selected by the Seattle Tilth garden experts to perform well in our Pacific Northwest climate.
We swear, there is something in the water in Ballard: every year when we tally up the votes for our Seamless in Seattle contest (this year’s deadline coming up April 16, entry details here), an astounding number of finalists have Ballard-based New York Fashion Academy stamped on their resume.
At only 28 years old, Nicole Richie has become a Hollywood trendsetter thanks to her fashion sense. She recently visited Seattle’s flagship Nordstrom store to celebrate the launch of her new apparel line, Winter Kate (her daughter's middle name). Over 400 fans participated in the meet-and-greet and the downtown Nordstrom nearly sold out of the Winter Kate line by afternoon (don’t worry fashionistas - more Winter Kate will be arriving and is also available at nordstrom.com).
The North Casacdes Insitute last weekend kicked off its Sourdough Speaker Series with an enchanting talk by one of the best known landscape photographers of the Pacific NW, Lee Mann. Growing up on a rural third-generation stump ranch in the Skagit Valley, Mann was felling trees and trapping his supper by his teen years.