Don't know about you, but we’re so ready to say bye bye to a rotten June! Bah humbug.
Here are a few ways to celebrate “summer” this weekend, no matter what the thermometer says:
1. This year’s first Salmon-Enchanted Evening dinner is Saturday in Victor Steinbrueck Park, just north of the Pike Place Market. It’s not just a screaming deal at $15 for a fish-centric din din, this outdoor feast is also a fundraiser for the Seattle Parks Department. And, yes, Tommy D will be there dishing it up. If you didn’t buy advance tickets, just bring cash or check.
Keep an eye on local newsstands. A lovely lady framed in sagey green is waiting for you on the cover of the latest issue of Seattle Bride. Packed with inspiration for all aspects of the epic adventure that is planning a wedding: from fashion to favors to transportation, this issue is a stunning example of Seattle's knack for hosting personal, creative and fun weddings. Here's a sneak peek at some of what's inside the new issue:
MUST RIDEPier 57 Ferris Wheel Opens Friday (6/29) — Pier 57 owner Hal Griffith has allegedly dreamed of building a ferris wheel on the Seattle Waterfront for years. This weekend, that dream comes true. Riding in climate-controlled gondolas, totally protected from the weather, Seattleites can enjoy views of downtown, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains from a fresh vantage point: suspended 175 feet over Elliott Bay!
Donald Byrd and his company Spectrum Dance Theater have gone to great lengths for love this season.
In the fall, the reprisal of Byrd’s earlier work The Beast terrified with too-real visions of domestic violence. In spring, Petruchska admonished against futile obsessions; and in Miraculous Mandarin…whoops! Didn’t see that one.
Seattle mag Spotlight Award winner Troy Gua continues to experiment with his most enticing muse: manufactured fame. Inspired by his childhool idol the artist (formerly? currently?) known as Prince, Gua constructed a doll that looks just like the pop star, if he were to land a cameo role on the marionette-puppet TV show Thunderbirds.
He had me going there. “We keep quails on the roof at the labs,” chef Maxime Bilet told the table of Modernist Cuisine aficionados on Thursday night. “And we’re playing around with feeding them different things to see how it effects the flavor of their eggs.” Before us sat a small plate with a lovely little nest of straw in which sat a speckled quail egg shell with the raw “egg” inside.
I never need an excuse to dive into a slice of pie, but the folks at High 5 are making it extra special this weekend, letting the Pride show with free rainbow-colored whipped cream topping on each order. LOVE that!
Might be a bit over-the-top on its brand new bacon cream pie, but then again, every color in the rainbow goes with bacon, right?
There’s nothing like seeing a baseball game at Safeco Field. Or any other stadium, for that matter, but I like Safeco best—especially when my pal Mark shares one of his season-ticket-holder seats.
To flip the ball over, though, I also believe that listening to a baseball game on the radio in your own backyard when the team’s on the road is pretty special. It’s better than watching a game on T.V. any ol’ day, especially any sunny day.
MUST LAUGHWin Tickets to See Sandra BernhardFeisty funnywoman Sandra Bernhard presents the Seattle premiere of her new show, I Love Being Me, Don’t You? Backed by a four-piece band, Bernhard (who has also recorded several jazz and blues albums) delivers the snark and satire she’s become known for since kicking off her comedic career in the ’70s. For a chance to win tickets to the Friday show, visit the giveaway page on seattlemag.com.
Check out this goosebumps-inducing video from Matt Harding, a 35-year-old Seattle resident who, by chance, landed a sponsorship deal that allowed him to travel to all corners of the world to....dance badly with people on camera. It's an undeniable feel-good montage.
The BMW's were thick on the ground at McCaw Hall last night at a gathering of Seattle's most revered surgeons, doctors and global-health superstars. Chauffered by sponsor BMW to the event were some of Seattle mag's Top Doctors Hall of Fame inductees--doctors so amazing, they've been chosen by their peers as the very best for ten years in a row.
For Nathan Kaiser, it's all about the hard work of his grandfather and his grandfather's fathers before him. Five generations of his family worked the land of the 2 Bar Ranch in Texas, which still exists to this day and conjures images of the era when men were men, and by that I mean in a very Marlboro sort of way.
The judges' votes have been tallied; the contestants have been given the word; now, see if your favorite designer made the cut.
The following 13 contestants have been invited back for the second round of judging in the 2012 Seamless in Seattle contest; from these talented designers, who will emerge on top and be featured in our runway show and in the magazine? Stay tuned. (Follow Seamless in Seattle on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates.)
You just never know who you’re going to bump into at the huge Aspen Food & Wine Classic Grand Tasting Tent.
There are hundreds of wineries, scores of food purveyors, not to mention ginormous displays of dazzling gadgets, gizmos and kitchen equipment for the home cook and the pros.
More than 5,000 consumers streamed into the two football-field-size tents several times a day to sip and sup. It was a complete and sweet surprise to find Seattle folks in the house.