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"Safety Not Guaranteed" Trailer is Finally Here! (And Seattle Mag is in it!)

Well, our conference room is in it.

Set in Seattle, Safety Not Guaranteed follows aspiring journalists who work for Seattle magazine (teehee!). A writer and his interns set out to write a story about a man who thinks he has discovered time travel, and heartwarming shenanigans inevitably ensue. Several scenes from the film were shot on location in Seattle mag headquarters in SoDo. A few staffers even stood in as extras; it will be exciting see who made the final cut. Read more »

5 Sophisticated Spring Break Cocktails

A.J. Rathbun

Spring Break, for many, conjures up visions of snockered college kids carrying around drinks with names that could make a sailor blush and, worse, taste of gasoline mixed with bad perfume. And while we might make fun of these scantily-clad, sandy revelers, I’ll bet many readers feel a twinge of sadness when spring break starts and southern beaches around the country begin to fill. Read more »

What You Learn about Washington Wine in a Smoke-filled Back Room

OK, there was no smoke. That would be illegal and/or generally frowned upon.

But for the newest installment of Seattle magazine’s Salon Dinner Series, we did find ourselves in a cozy private dining room near the back of the Capital Grille, a classic downtown steakhouse.

Our hope for these dinners is that Seattle mag can bring together bright minds and influential leaders from within particular communities or industries for candid and inspiring discussion.  Read more »

Shopping: Welcome the Season in Style at Thursday’s West Seattle Spring Fling

Pick up a pair of John Fleuvog Tailor Booties ($315) at Clementine on Thursday

One of my favorite summer staples are those weeknight twilight hours between 7 – 9 p.m. as local boutiques from Ballard to Capitol Hill fling open their doors and stay open late. Read more »

4 Ways to Celebrate the Seattle Monorail's 50th Birthday

Saturday, March 24 marks the 50th birthday of the Monorail, Seattle's iconic and "futuristic" train that connects Seattle Center and the downtown Westlake shopping center. For such a short and kooky ride, the Monorail evokes lots of love and nostalgia among locals. If you share these sentiments, take a minute to enjoy one of these expressions of appreciation for the train's dutiful 50 years of service:

1. Play the Monorail Video Game

Forget riding the monorail, ever dream of driving it? Evidently, 14-year-old McKaulay Kolakowski did. After hours of programming and staring at Google Street View, he designed a free computer game that puts you behind the “wheel.” Just choose between the blue or the red train and you're ready to cruise past several of the Seattle landmarks you'll see from the real train's window. An adorable interactive game that recalls the days of 8-bit Nintendo, you can travel with the train's doors closed or wrecklessly open and even honk the horn. The Mill Creek native plans to continue developing the game, adding more features and expanding his virtual monorail to new routes that go beyond its downtown track. What could possibly be a more fitting 21st century tribute to the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair? Jump on board at (Hat tip, Seattle Weekly and Daily Herald.) -Katie Joy Blanksma

2. Learn Fun Facts about the Monorail

If you have ever wondered how many adult male elephants the monorail could support, this beautifully designed video has the answer, along with several other pieces of fun Monorail trivia:

3. Read "Why the Monorail is Still the Best Ride in Town"

As part of our March issue transportation cover story, Feliks Banel reflects on the history of the monorail and why it's stuck around for so long in this nostalgic essay.

4. Go for a Joy Ride

The folks over at the Monorail have a big plans for the Monorail's 50th birthday on Saturday, March 23, including free rides granted to anyone who saved their ticket for a ride between 1962 and 2010. Full schedule after the jump:

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