Seattle artist and designer Sarah Bergmann is making quite a buzz, thanks to the Pollinator Pathway, a project she began in 2008 with the intent of creating more habitat for local bees and other pollinating creatures. If you haven’t heard, the nation’s population of pollinators is plummeting, and the pathway aims to aid their plight by transforming a milelong section of city-owned planting strips into carefully planned groupings of flora—mostly native to the Northwest—designed to attract native bees, butterflies and moths.
How does a longtime metalhead channel her deep desire to quilt? In the case of Boo Davis, 36, she quits her day job as an illustrator for The Seattle Times, creates a label called Quiltsrÿche (quiltsryche.com) and uses traditional techniques to make quilts featuring the “devil horns” hand sign and tributes to heavy-metal bands. Davis’ “evil quilts” have gained raucous acclaim in the alt-craft community and landed her a book deal that resulted in the August publication of Dare to Be Square Quilting: A Block-by-Block Guide to Making Patchwork and Quilts (Potter Craft, $21.99).
The tide is out, revealing a great seaweed-matted mud flat. Gulls are scattered on it like huge, mobile, white-feathered clamshells. They strut at the water’s edge, looking for stragglers and snacks the receding tide has left behind. A few come too close to a great blue heron, which flaps its wings, driving them off as if sweeping dust from the front porch.
Talk about ambitious art projects. Glimmering Gone, at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, pairs two esteemed artists working on different continents. Sweden’s Ingalena Klenell makes lacy landscapes of glass that resemble icicles, snowflakes and the thin crust that forms on puddles in winter. America’s Beth Lipman creates dead birds, intricate breastplate necklaces and wreaths of glass so solid they appear to be ceramic.
BraintrustAs student-athletes prepare to head back to school, it’s unlikely many of them will be thinking about a young man named Zackery Lystedt. But state legislation known as the Zackery Lystedt Law might one day save their lives.
Revisit the classic sounds of Motown with the Temptations and The Four Tops (7/11; 7 p.m.; prices vary; Tulalip Casino, 6410 33rd Ave. NE, Marysville; 800.745.3000; ticketmaster.com) and let the grandfathers of soul take you to “Cloud Nine”—fee-fi-fo-fum, look out baby, ’cause here they come! Next, fly like an eagle to Woodinville for the Steve Miller Band (7/14; 7 p.m. prices vary; Chateau Ste.
After an 11-year hiatus, the female-fronted music fest Lilith Fair is back with a bang-up lineup, including Erykah Badu, Colbie Caillat, A Fine Frenzy, Ann Atomic, Sheryl Crow and Lilith Fair cofounder Sarah McLachlan. That’s grrrl power to the nth degree. 7/3 .3 p.m. Prices vary. Gorge Amphitheatre, George; 509.785.6262; lilithfair.com
The first production in Intiman’s new five-year International Cycle (in which the theater collaborates with artists and companies from across the globe), Ruined traces the tragic story of young women faced with unspeakable violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite the horrors of their rain-forest brothel, the women survive—sometimes on crumbs of hope and spirit alone. After the Seattle run (directed by Intiman’s new artistic director, Kate Whoriskey), the production will travel to South Africa. 7/2–8/8. Times and prices vary.
Although early-’90s alt-rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket may technically be headlining an upcoming show at the Moore Theatre, we’re willing to bet opening band Hey Marseilles is the reason most people snap up tickets. Started in 2006 by Nick Ward, Matt Bishop and Philip Kobernik while students at the University of Washington, the band has since grown into a septet—and stolen the city’s heart.