Must Experience New Style
Seattle Fashion Competition
Wednesday (6/8) - Our annual Seamless in Seattle competition is jumping off the pages and onto the runway. This year, the top 12 finalists will debut their work in front of a live audience and judging panel at Seattle Art Museum. Each designer will present four looks, the last of which will be crafted two weeks prior, as part of a design challenge (à la Project Runway). Winners will be revealed at the end of the night! (Vote for the “reader’s choice” winner on our Facebook page.) 7:30 p.m. VIP $75, general admission $25. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; 206.284.1750; more information at seattlemag.com
Must Hit the Road
Spring birding weekend
Friday-Sunday (6/3-6/5)- The North Cascades Institute’s Learning Center, which offers a plethora of educational and inspiring nature programs amid the mountains, glaciers and rivers of the North Cascades. To partake in the migration and song: spring birding weekend (6/3–6/5; $215–$455, lodging included; ncascades.org), featuring local avian experts who teach visiting bird enthusiasts about Clark’s nutcrackers, meadowlarks and Bullock’s orioles spied in the trees. (Binoculars are provided.) Extend your stay at the nearby Colonial Creek Campground, in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area, where you can explore the gorgeous surroundings via numerous hiking trails, or BYO canoe and fishing gear to make full use of the lake. Head north on Interstate 5 to State Route 20 East (exit 230). Drive approximately 65 miles and watch for signs at milepost 127.5.
Chicken Coop for the Soul
The shabby chicken coops of Old McDonald’s farm might look out of place in the city, but thanks to architect Traci Fontyn, owner and founder of Bothell’s Kippen House chicken coops (kippenhouse.com), urban dwellers can still enjoy fresh, organic eggs from their own small lots. These cool coops combine chicken housing with human gardening for a fully sustainable system that not only looks sleek (we love the modern, Scandinavian design), but is simple to maintain. Standard coops ($875 fully installed) are 3 feet by 6 feet 7 inches by 4 feet, and made from outdoor-tough cedar, local fir and pine. (Custom-designed coops are also available.) Each includes space for a garden (on the roof of the coop or as a vertical garden down the side), wall panels made from your choice of material (wood or wire), and a locked nesting box to keep those eggs safe. The best part? The self-sustaining mini ecosystem created by the design: The garden feeds the chickens, the chicken manure helps the garden grow and—provided you feed and water them like a good farmer should—both the garden and the chickens will feed you, too.
8 Summer Ice Creams
A flurry of ice creameries is making homemade frozen treats, providing lots of delicious reasons to give yourself an ice cream headache. Check out our “Summer Sweets” guide in the June Summer Cravings issue for eight of the cities must-taste ice creams.
Revenge of the Electric Car at SIFF
Wednesday (6/8) - This sequel to 2006’s Who Killed the Electric Car, a film about the auto industry’s aversion to going electric, this documentary follows the new race to be the first and best electric car maker. Follow Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors as they fuel the global resurgence of electric cars. 8:30 p.m. Prices vary. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. For more information visit siff.net. Additional showings at the Egyptian Theater 6/8 and Harvard Exit 6/12.