Must List: Burke Museum Grand Reopening, Seattle Queer Film Festival, ‘Stabbin’ Cabin’

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By Gavin Borchert & Kendall Upton


October 10, 2019

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Burke Museum Grand Reopening 
(10/12-10/14) The Burke Museum’s $106 million rebuild, designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig, opens up previously behind-the-scenes labs and research spaces via glass walls, making the museum more accessible and integrated. Visitors can now take a peek at the collections at the same time they’re perusing the natural history and culture exhibits. Get your first look during its reopening weekend. Times and prices vary. University District; 


Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair 
(10/12-10/13Spend a day or two of literary leisure browsing the thousands of collectible books, maps, manuscripts and more on display a this fair. More than 100 exhibitors will showcase their paper goods, which include rare finds, original prints and autographed editions. Talk with experts from around the world about all of your literary and print history interests. Times vary. $5. Seattle Center; 

Apple and Cider Festival 
(10/11-10/13) For those looking to get out of the city, spend a weekend celebrating a quintessential autumn fruit—the apple—in charming Port Townsend. The Apple and Cider Festival invites you to join for one, two or all three days of celebrations. It begins with a Harvest Dinner Kickoff on Friday evening; a Cider Saloon, farmers market and fire party, featuring food trucks, a fire show and dance party on Saturday and a Cider Breakfast and Apple Day Fair on Sunday. Times and prices vary. Port Townsend;


Jet City Improv: Stabbin’ Cabin 
(Through 11/1What ingredients make a great slasher movie? Lots of (horny) teenagers, very few adults and a creepy locale. Put these together and you have summer camp, which is why that setting became a horror-film archetype after 1980’s Friday the 13th blazed the trail. Jet City Improv is sending up that movie and the era’s other camp (in both senses) classics on Thursdays and Fridays in October. See who makes it out alive! Times and prices vary. University District; 


Seattle Queer Film Festival 
(10/10-10/20Showcasing creativity and building community since 1996, this festival brings its usual generous buffet of shorts, docs and features from around the world for 2019, exploring every aspect of the queer experience—and occasionally making news. Last year’s festival closer, the 2018 Kenyan drama Rafiki, was banned in its conservative homeland thanks to its “intent to promote lesbianism.” Times and prices vary. See for participating venues  


Seattle Fresh Hop Beer Festival 
(10/12Fresh hops refers to hops that are raw from the bine and used in the brewing process within 24 hours of being picked, making for an even tastier beer or brewed beverage. This means that fresh hops beer is only available during harvest season—right about now. This tasting event held at The Georgetown Stables celebrates and serves the freshest beer from the Pacific Northwest, which makes about 75% of the nation’s hopsTimes vary. $20-$35. Georgetown; 


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 
(9/12-10/20This Tony awardwinning, coming-of-age musical comedy about six middle schoolers vying for the spelling bee championship wraps ups its run next weekend at Village Theatre. Village’s version stars local Renaissance man Justin Huertas as Chip Tolentino, whose recent theatre ventures have included acting in Seattle Rep’s Tiny Beautiful Things and dually writing and composing the fantasy musical The Last World Octopus Wrestling ChampionTimes and prices vary. Issaquah; 

Illustration by Arthur Mount

Seattle Artifacts: The Mystery of Chief Seattle’s Death Mask

Is it real? Where did it come from?

In different parts of the world, and throughout the course of history, death has been memorialized in a variety of different ways. One of the more intriguing was death masks. Typically, a wax or plaster cast was made of a deceased person’s face, which then served as a model for sculptors when creating statues and busts.  …

Photography by Sage Chen

The Art of Weathering Winter: Foraging, Bathing, and Gold Dust

Two Seattle Chefs on the Soothing Hobbies that Get Them through the Winter

Though I’ve lived in Seattle nearly my entire life, the early winter sunsets, which fall like a set of blackout curtains over the world, never fail to feel like a curse. This year, though, I wanted to challenge myself to find a better way to get through it. Could it be an opportunity to surrender…

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Hip-Hop Healing in Seattle

Rapper Carter Costello’s house is more than just a venue for artists

The last time I was at Seattle rapper Carter Costello’s house was under the cloak of night. I had been invited to an art and music show — featuring Seattle photographer and artist Baby Claypool, a duo of fire dancers, rapper Nobi and Costello — by local photographer James Gerde. Once I set foot on…

Seattle artist and curator Anthony White challenges consumerism and societal hierarchy in his work.

Seattle’s Prince of Plastic

Artist Anthony White’s work offers deep, and sometimes uncomfortable, cultural commentary

Overheard conversation at artist Anthony White’s current exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum plays out like a zeitgeisty spoken-word soundtrack that weaves between the past and present, hitting various cultural milestones along the way. “Is that Lindsay Lohan?” “Look, Nintendo!” “Do you notice the Greek columns?” “Ah, Lisa Frank!” The joyful cacophony is a reaction…

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Time Warp: ‘Seattle’ Magazine Cover Still Relevant, Five Decades Later

Magazine cover from 1968 still applicable today

Rising prices. Concern over firearms. The above cover from “Seattle” magazine is from September 1968, but it’s sadly just as relevant today. At 4.19%, inflation in 1968 was less than half what it is today (9.1% in July), but was rising rapidly. For perspective, an item that cost $1 back then would cost $8.51 today….

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Book Excerpt: ‘Cotton Teeth’

When I was 28 years old, I was diagnosed with a late-stage cancer and given a prognosis of “three months at best.” At the time, my wife was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with our only child. Not wanting to terrify her with the news, I chose instead to take the train from New York City to…