Date night in Seattle can quickly add up, so if springing for a sitter—in addition to dinner at that new Capitol Hill hot spot and a movie—makes a night out a budgetary no-go, check out SittingAround.com, an online baby-sitting co-op.
Launched last year by Phinney Ridge parents Erica Zidel and Ted Tieken, Sitting Around is a free service that allows parents to earn points by watching each other’s kiddos, and then swap those points for a little time without the tots.
The phrase “old soul” is overused, but it’s perhaps never been more appropriate than in the instance of 24-year-old Allen Stone, the local singer/songwriter whose voice brings to mind Stevie Wonder, Prince and anyone else who can sing the hell out of an R&B song.
Seattle generally doesn’t give locals the tabloid treatment, but that wasn’t always so. In the 1950s and ’60s, the press was obsessed with Seattle’s answer to Brangelina, the gorillas Bobo and Fifi.
Bobo was the 500-pound local-celebrity primate, an ape raised by humans since infancy that became the number-one attraction at the Woodland Park Zoo. In the mid-1950s, Bobo’s love life became a fixation. He got a companion, and her story is often overlooked.
Leatrice Eiseman holds many titles—including prime consultant to international color-standardization company Pantone—all of which boil down to being a color expert of huge standing. A Bainbridge Island resident for the past 14 years, and boasting a corporate client list that has included Microsoft and Ikea, Eiseman determines the best colors for products and design using a blend of consumer psychology and her knack for spotting color trends before the rest of us. The author of eight books, Eiseman also advises individuals on finding their best colors.
It’s been a year of extraordinary changes in our city, from the explosive growth of Seattle’s best new neighborhood to the very green (and very micro) trends of pop-up, plug-in, nano- and repurposed everything.
January is the month for overly optimistic New Year’s resolutions, so why not dream big by signing up for an aerial yoga class? The exercise trend is taking wing all over the city, and involves airborne workouts similar to traditional yoga (focusing on core strength, flexibility and coordination) but performed while hanging from a ceiling-suspended apparatus. If the idea of switching from a grounded downward dog to an inverted pigeon pose has you tied up in knots, never fear: Instructors swear you’ll get the hang of it.
Yo-ho-ho and a BUI: Seafair boasts 71 people arrested for boating under the influence—an increase from last year’s 62 drunken sailors but down from 2008’s impressive 84.
Bad dog! Local pop singer Lisa Dank falls in love with found pooch, refuses to return to rightful owner.
Tunnel visionSeattle gets split asunder by a manufactured deep-bore “debate,” which has no actual influence on the already-approved project (but does provide for entertaining and heated “Seattle process” rhetoric).
Viaduct and coverTraffic-traumatized Seattleites endure the nadir of no-go during a record nine-day shutdown of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Many consider moving to the actual state of Alaska.
For thirty years, Brian Skerry has explored the planet’s oceans, publishing his findings frequently in National Geographic. He's captured some of the most fascinating creatures under water, including whales the size of metro buses, Leatherback sea turtles and Tiger sharks. But his work has also led him to witness devastating problems like overfishing and marine degradation from pollution. In January, Skerry arrives in Seattle to present Ocean Soul, the first in the five-part lecture series National Geographic Live.
Our offices are right next to Phase 1 of the Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition, so we've had a front row seat to all the machines pick-pick-picking away at the doomed highway. In a surge of nostalgia for the concrete disaster-waiting-to-happen, I wrote a little song about the Viaduct. My husband Daniel Spils, a music producer, added a bunch of layers to fill it out. Then our friend (and musician and animator) David Nixon added video. And "O, Viaduct" was born. Hold hands and sing along, everybody!
Ballard mom and publishing consultant Kerry Colburn has a knack for dispensing the kind of useful, no-nonsense advice that every parent wants and needs. Her newest book, Mama’s Big Book of Little Lifesavers: 398 Ways to Save Your Time, Money, and Sanity (Chronicle Books, $14.95), published this past April, is an easy stocking stuffer for the moms and dads on your list, and offers a big assist with sage tips, including a few for navigating the holiday season.