This weekend, kicking off as early as 7:30am for some (and 10am for the rest of us), Seattle Center shall spilleth over with installations, exhibits, performances, and food trucks - all assembled to celebrate the much-anticipated 50th Anniversary of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair (you may have heard of it).
Every year, when the first 70 degree day hits, Seattleites go completely bonkers. Swimming, boating and water skiing on Lake Washington, playing beach volleyball on the shores of Alki Beach in skimpy shorts and tank tops, and sunning themselves in patches of ardent green near Green Lake--it's all about to go down. If you're new to these parts, here's a tip: 70 Seattle degrees equals 90 anywhere-else degrees.
MUST SEEKyle Abraham: Live! The Realest MCOpens Thursday (4/19-4/22) - Puppet fever is in the air. As Spectrum Dance Theater concludes its final weekend of the stunning adult puppet drama Petruchska, emerging contemporary NYC dance star Kyle Abraham presents a new piece co-commissioned by Seattle’s On the Boards—in which he explores gender roles, hip hop celebrity and Pinocchio’s classic quest to become a “real boy.”
In the April issue of Seattle magazine, I shake up five new (to me) local spirits.
But they aren’t the only new local liquors or liqueurs in town. One of the offshoots of our local distillery explosion (which I detailed in another article) is the growing number of fresh offerings from our expanding crop of Washington State distillers. Consider the three spirits listed below to be three more reasons why our state is becoming a center of cocktail culture.
Stop by Sole Repair in Capitol Hill (1001 East Pike St., solerepairshop.com) for the Off Hours reading series, featuring among others, former Rocket editor Charles Cross and Open Books co-owner Christine Deavel. Doors open at 7:30pm, which gives you plenty of time to order a specialty cocktail (always named after one of the readers) before the show starts at 8pm. Admission is $5 at the door and the atmosphere is usually lively.
A complete lineup from the Off Hours newsletter after the jump:
At Bellevue’s newly opened Hopscotch Consignment Boutique, the parking is plentiful and the gently-used kids and maternity clothes are bountiful. On a recent visit we were pleased to find a store chock full of great finds in sizes infant through 12, including brands like Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, Janie and Jack, Gap Kids, Ralph Lauren, The Children’s Place and maternity lines like Japanese Weekend, A Pea in the Pod and Gap Maternity. Prices are about 60-70% off retail, making purchasing decisions a snap.
I don't want to give too much away, because the best parts about Petruchska (plays through April 22) should be stumbled upon – like many of the steps I almost tripped over while wending my way with the rest of opening night audience through the dark passages inside the transformed Madrona Bathhouse studios, where Spectrum Dance Theater has its enviable home.
My first question for Ethan Stowell at last night's media preview of his casual, late-night, pizza-by-the-slice stop-in joint was, “Ethan: Are you ready for an onslaught of drunk Ballardites?”
Ethan: “Well, we'll see. That's the question. Is it going to be slow? Is it going to be busy? I have no idea. I can't make any predictions.”
Over 150 restaurants are participating in Seattle Restaurant Week (April 8-12 and April 15-19), wherein each restaurant is offering a three-course set menu for $28. Visit the entire list of participating restaurants on the Seattle Restaurant Week website.
MUST TASTEPickled Egg!We dare you to order the pickled egg at Blue Glass in Ballard. A modern take on the old-time bar grub staple, this savory treat brings a rainbow of pink, purple and yellow to your table for only $1.50 at happy hour. The Blue Glass is one of the best restaurant happy hours called out in our April issue; read the full list at seattlemag.com.
Here’s your chance to grab hot-off-the-runway style: Local jewelry maven Sarah Loertscher just returned to town after runs at Los Angeles’ and El Paseo’s fashion weeks, where her innovative sculptural jewels were paired with Project Runway alum Mila Hermanovski’s new collection.