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.
Our city is in the midst of a multidisciplinary—dare we say postrecession—renaissance. The 50th anniversary of the Space Needle and the opening of Chihuly Garden and Glass have reinvigorated the city’s creative spark, getting many of the most jaded cynics excited again. The Pike Place Market remodel is complete, and it’s all gussied up in time for the throng of tourists.
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.
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.
On Saturday, March 24, on a practice baseball field under a bank of clouds at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), 59-year-old Robert* packed his belongings. The unshaven man with happy eyes wore a small wooden cross around his neck, underscoring his faith that he might soon find a permanent place to live. All around him, about 90 other homeless men and women took down tents, folded tarps, and filled plastic trash bags with clothing and keepsakes before loading them into a truck.
Anyone who saw Martin Scorsese’s recent movie, Hugo, understands the particular joys elicited by the silent films of Georges Méliès. The turn-of-the-century French artist’s work was groundbreaking in its use of special effects, as well as its surreal approach to visual storytelling.
Resurrected thanks to a fundraising campaign, Intiman Theatre enters its 40th year this month—but considering the many revisions to the theater’s leadership and mission, it may feel more like the first. Led by new artistic director Andrew Russell, Intiman has amassed a repertory company of stellar local actors, directors and crew to bring you one memorable (and cost-effective) summer festival. But prepare yourself: This isn’t just breezy summertime fare.
Seattleites are nothing if not socially aware, but it can still be difficult for us to fully grasp the grave problems facing people who live a world away. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hopes to help bridge that gap with its new visitor center, located on the organizational campus near Seattle Center.
Flip-flop days are upon us, but soon enough, it will be time to lace up those runners again. Need help getting your tot trained to tie his own shoes? Leave it to the professionals by attending a free shoe-tying lesson in the Nordstrom kids shoe department. Offered once a month at all locations, typically on the third Saturday, the one-hour classes teach the skill via a clever poem about making tents and mountains, and lots of practice on an oversized shoe from the men’s department.