Feeling a little cocky of late, now that everything's totally back to normal down here in SoDo (the new "slow normal," that is), so today I actually took a meeting in the office, inviting an uninitated reporter to drive southbound through the SoDo Coaster to our Viaduct-adjacent office.
That was mean.
Right about meeting time, I got an email, subject line: "Got Messed Up on the Viaduct." By which she meant "Am now being funnelled helplessly to West Seattle."
If the idea of holding ten of the most venomous snakes* in the world makes your kid do somersaults, then it is imperative you head out to the Serpentarium in Monroe. Inside this unassuming warehouse sits one of the most colorful collections of reptiles, spiders and crocodiles on the West Coast.
Keep your eyes peeled for a plethora of new shopping stops and beauty spots opening in the coming weeks:
+ Get ready gents: Ward & Co., a men’s grooming retailer flush with shaving supplies, moisturizers, hair care and fragrances, will open in Rainier Square downtown on November 16.
I'm reluctant to even say the “V” word here, let alone the “G” word. As someone who eats and adores meat, I'll be the first to admit that I'm apt to stop reading a profile of a vegetarian, or even—god forbid—a vegan or gluten-free restaurant after the second paragraph.
MUST WATCHDon your tutu, develop a deranged doppelgänger and sprout unwanted epidermal plumage—the famous “Black Swan” dance from Swan Lake is taking flight, along with several other besotted ballet masterpieces, in Love Stories at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Read the rest of our preview from the November issue.
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Today's VFD update: A response to the random question from the back seat this morning as we weasled our way onto the Viaduct in SoDo. "I thought the Viaduct was coming down. So why are we still getting on it?"
Listen, Billy, it ain't that simple. Rebuilding Seattle's north-south access via SR 99 is going to take years...about four more, to be exact. And until it's all built, the Viaduct's not coming down.
Now that we're all getting so good at riding the SoDo Coaster, here's a look at some of the key timeline highlights, all just estimates, courtesy of WSDOT:
Trick-or-treating? We’ve got you covered.
Want to stay in a watch a good scary movie? Double check.
Have an awesome costume and want to find something better than your typical, stand-around-until-the-punch-dries-up sorta party? Voila:
In case the weekend shut-ins among us need a little help rounding off the perfect horror movie marathon. (Watch at your own discretion – we can’t be responsible for any “accidents.”)
Listed in no particular order:
The Fly You will never look at Jeff Goldblum the same way again.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) The zombie movie that schooled the rest.
The Shining Redrum.
Black Swan Natalie Portman scares me.
Word just in that the WSDOT will reopen the Alaska Way Viaduct on Saturday morning, two days ahead of schedule. The SoDo southbound offramp will reopen on Monday.
Though north-south travel along the waterfront will once again be possible, it might be so annoyingly slow that some of us will revert to our Viaduct-pocolypse workarounds. Picture yourself and thousands of your friends squeezing onto a 4-lane roadway (two in each direction), weaving through SoDo before rejoining SR99. Picture yourself celebrating when you finally hit 25 miles an hour.
As Ken Burns recently illuminated for us, women were at the forefront of the two most significant developments in our country's history of drinking: the enactment of Prohibition, and then its repeal. And when ladies' thirst roared in with the '20s, it wasn't pink cosmos they were drinking.
MUST SCREAMHorror Film Exhibit at EMPRest up your vocal cords—EMP’s new exhibit Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film explores the human fascination with scary movies. Indulge in classic film screenings (such as Nosferatu, Bride of Frankenstein and The Exorcist), iconic artifacts (the axe from The Shining and Freddy Krueger’s original glove) and the Scream Booth, which is fairly self-explanatory.
With the Viaduct lying in ruins around our ankles, seems a good time for a look ahead. Want to get a peek at what's cooking for the shiny new, re-imagined Seattle waterfront? There's a cool public event tonight, from 5-9 p.m. at Bell Harbor Conference Center on Pier 66. You'll see a presentation of design ideas from James Corner Field Operations, the guy who's been tasked with making our precious waterfront more stroll-worthy.