There's a lot of discussion today about the fate of tolling on the soon-to-exist SR 99 tunnel, on the heels of yesterday's "tunnel tolling committee" meeting. Seems something interesting is happening around here since the 520 tolls went into effect: People are surprisingly willing to sit in terrible traffic to avoid paying tolls. Tell me about it. Traffic just hasn't been the same on my beloved I90.
February 29, 2012 update: Skillet is confirmed for Armory take-out counter
After much humming, hawing and are-they-or-aren't-they confusion, Skillet Street Food has officially signed on as an anchor tenant in the Seattle Center's newly-renovated food court, The Armory.
Nationally, we take flack for our supposed lack of fashion sense here in the Emerald City (cue the fleece and socks n’ sandals jokes). But as we’ve seen over the past five years of our Seamless in Seattle fashion design competition here at Seattle mag, the city is fairly bursting with talented designers out to change that view.
We writers and editors have a common complaint, “There aren’t enough pages!” Sometimes we just can’t fit the entirety of a story into the glossy pages of the magazine, and more often that not, we could fill volumes with ideas.
Thus was born our first-ever spring fashion show, The Forecast.
Despite what the weatherman is telling me about Sunday’s forecast, I definitely heard little birdies chirping this morning so I am now giving myself full license to think about spring clothing.
Two local designers recently released their new collections and I am particularly enamored:
SB 5539, the Washington state film incentive (Dana Standish wrote a great article about it for Seattle mag), a bill that would entice filmmakers and film studios to shoot more movies on location in Washington state (versus taking their proven economic benefits to our neighbors in Oregon and Canada), is in dire straits.
If you’re a Project Runway fan, you’ll love Seamless in Seattle. We’re combing the city for the best up-and-coming fashion designers hungry to change the face of local fashion. This year, we’re offering the winners big prizes, such as the chance to launch their line at a premier fashion event. Find complete details on the event below:
We are no longer accepting submissions. Applications were due Friday, June 1, 2012
MUST HEARWintergrass This annual bluegrass music festival is taking over the Hyatt Regency Bellevue for the entire weekend, jam-packing it with back-to-back concerts, workshops and impromptu jam sessions in every nook and cranny of the hotel. You can bring your axe and join in, or just meander through, listening to the sounds of a hundred mandolins strumming. Headliners include Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Tim O’Brien and Greensky Bluegrass. Note: 520 is closed all weekend. Detour appropriately.
I fell in love with the contemporary dance piece Cylindrical Shadows long before it was finished. Choreographed by Colombian/Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, it debuted in Seattle at a Whim W'Him show in January 2011.
Update! We've gotten almost more nominations than we have time to process. Thank you for sending us info about your single friends (and, in some cases, your single selves). We have begun our review process and will soon begin reaching out to nominees we'd like to feature in the magazine (no one will be featured without consent). In the meantime, please don't send any more submissions! Thanks so much for reading. - Seattle mag editors
You don’t have to save a trip to one of Seattle’s best breweries for date night anymore! Lucky for Seattle beer-loving parents, there are plenty of spots around the city to take your little ones and enjoy a brew. A couple of tips for a family-friendly trip to a brewery – order rootbeer for the little ones, it’s typically brewed in-house and very tasty. Also, don’t forget to get a growler of your favorite brew to go – perfect for enjoying once the kiddos are in bed!
There are two ways to visit the Space Needle: one as a casual observer, mooning over views of Elliott Bay, exploring the checkerboard of Belltown rooftops, and thinking to yourself: Huh. 99 looks really small from up here.
The other—and probably the best possible way—is in the company of writer and Seattle history buff Knute Berger. Give him half an hour and your mouth will soon be gaping in dumb shock as he describes from memory the 78th bizarre moment of history that happened in the very carpeted vestibule in which you are standing. “Bill Cosby did what?”
We’ll come back to that.
Seattle fans of the PBS show Downton Abbey are pushing it to ever higher ratings. The show is so popular in the Seattle area, KCTS is consistently the No. 1 or No. 2 PBS station in the country for "Abbey" ratings. Last Sunday's two-hour episode was second only to the Grammy Awards in the Seattle market.
The brother of Abbey actress Elizabeth McGovern lives in Seattle, and he understands the show's appeal.
Seattle Rep is celebrating its 50th anniversary next season (September 2012-May 2013), and the theater has booked a trio of plays to represent a half-century of producing timeless classics, new works and big hits. It will be very interesting to see how they tackle the puppet master magic that made War Horse such a hit on London's West End.
Here's the lineup of shows as described in today's press release:
Pullman Porter Blues