Tuesday, 10/13/2015 5:55 PM
When the City of Bothell invited McMenamins to consider the city’s landmark 1930s-era Art Deco Anderson School as a site for its first Seattle-area hotel, the Oregon-based family business, led by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin, was faced with an exciting, and perhaps slightly daunting, challenge. The school would be the largest historic property the hospitality group had ever converted into one of its signature hotel/breweries.
Tuesday, 10/13/2015 4:45 PM
Seattle choreographer and performance innovator KT Niehoff is widely known for her dance theater company Lingo Productions, and for cofounding Velocity Dance Center in 1996. This month she presents A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light, a rollicking spectacle featuring a live band, spooky showgirls, half-dead dancers and an audience free to roam where it may. 10/31–11/14. Times and prices vary. Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theatre;
Monday, 10/12/2015 4:15 PM
It was a day of firsts for the Seattle Seahawks Sunday – the team got its first interception of the season (Earl Thomas) and first rushing touchdown (Thomas Rawls) and COULD HAVE GOTTEN THEIR FIRST ROAD WIN BECAUSE THEY WERE WINNING 24-7 IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. But they lost. They lost.
Friday, 10/09/2015 8:01 PM
In The Sky Lounge bar of Tokyo’s Prince Park Tower, Rick Seely is winding down the day with a beer and some conversation. A longtime American expat nearing retirement age, Seely looks out at the megacity at dusk, the lights of nearby skyscrapers flickering on, Japan’s Eiffel Tower replica glowing orange. Rick is discussing the chances his son, Bryan, a young ex-Marine and increasingly famous hacker in Seattle, will be murdered.  
Friday, 10/09/2015 6:18 PM
Ten Hundred for Seattle Magazine
There is no escaping the modern-day state of South Lake Union. Cars fill every lane, cranes hover high and construction wraps around street corners. When construction is complete, the once low-lying industrial neighborhood will be replaced by skyscrapers en masse, according to a recent Crosscut article. Two 25- and 26-story residential buildings are already approved for construction, with another 11 on the way -- six of which will stand more than 40 stories tall.
Friday, 10/09/2015 5:39 PM
Must ListenEarshot Jazz Festival Takes Over the Town(10/9 to 11/18, times vary) This year’s citywide jazz-aganza boasts more than 50 concerts, including the Wayne Shorter Quartet (above) (10/11), starring the Grammy-gobbling saxophonist; Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda (10/16), who plays the instrument in ways you’ve never seen; the Memphis-born, globally influenced Charles Lloyd Quartet (10/17); and Afro-Cuban ensemble Pedrito Martinez Group (10/22).
Friday, 10/09/2015 5:16 PM
The Grateful Dead have a way of blending pre-composed songs with improvisation – frontman Jerry Garcia, after all, came to the band with a bluegrass background and bassist Phil Lesh came from a classical and jazz background. And it’s a style that has earned them hundreds of thousands of fans and has spawned almost as many hours of recorded music.
Friday, 10/09/2015 1:14 AM
Stumptown Coffee Roasters mug
Peet's Buys Stumptown: In a letter released on Tuesday, Stumptown Coffee Roasters announced their acquisition by Peet's Coffee & Tea, a major West Coast coffee retailer.
Thursday, 10/08/2015 5:03 PM
Wayne Horvitz turned 60 this fall, and he’s celebrating the way any jazz musician worth his salt would—by playing an epic ton of gigs. The illustrious composer, pianist, and local jazz booster (he opened The Royal Room in 2011) released a new album in July, called Some Places Are Forever Afternoon.
Thursday, 10/08/2015 5:42 PM
No team in the NFL is perfect and that includes the Seattle Seahawks. Some teams are weak at quarterback, some have no depth at wide receiver. Some teams have no pass rush and others wasted top draft picks on players that haven’t panned out. The Seahawks, who stand at 2-2 after two recent wins against the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, haven’t intercepted a pass all season and look semi-lost in the passing game. They can fix these things as the season progresses with good coaching.
Thursday, 10/08/2015 5:21 PM
Nearly 4,000 people turned out for last Saturday’s Pawsitive Alliance’s 4th Annual Statewide Shelter Open House, an effort that helped find homes for 417 homeless cats and dogs in Washington. It was the largest turnout to date, with 32 animal shelters—including Auburn Valley Humane Society, Benton County Animal Control and Blue Mountain Humane Society—in attendance. “We are thrilled with how much this event has grown each year,” Yolanda Morris, board president and co-founder, said.
Wednesday, 10/07/2015 10:30 PM
Aesthetically, painter Chandler Woodfin and sculptor Todd Jannausch couldn’t be any more different. Woodfin creates colorful, sprawling pieces on pristine white backgrounds while Jannausch is often sanding down hunks of metal, his weathered face shielded from flying sparks. But process-wise, the two are joined at the hip. 
Wednesday, 10/07/2015 8:30 PM
It’s been in the air, the trees and the wind—also the news. Twin Peaks, the surreal crime drama about a small-town murder, is back for a new season and is again filming here in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps I don’t have the right to write this article. After all, die-hard fans of the ‘90’s cult television show have had to wait 25 years for this new season, and I haven’t even lived that long. I can’t imagine the pain of such anticipation.
Wednesday, 10/07/2015 5:24 PM
Most Influential People in Seattle 2015
We get that Seattle leads the pack when it comes to talent, technology and smarts. The influx of power players and sheer brainiacs into our town has helped transform it into the soaring metropolis it is today. Of course, with growth and development come big-city problems: traffic, parking, housing…the list goes on. That’s where our lineup of luminaries comes into the picture. Many members of this carefully curated collection are finding innovative solutions to new complexities. Others share their savvy and skills in science, sports and the arts—promising to elevate Seattle to even greater heights. The New SeattleitePHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN AJHAR You see them around town—those self-described geeks with the blue badges in their convertible Mini Coopers, adding to the Mercer Mess, with a yellow Lab named Jeff Bezos riding shotgun. You’ve seen them in Bellevue, dropping their supersmart kids off at preschool. We’re talking about the newcomer, our Most Influential Person of 2015, who is changing Seattle in ways that are big and small, good and bad, if not badass. Not that these predominantly male, data-mining software engineers from California, Texas and India are powerful individually. It’s just that there are so many of them. Hard to say exactly how many, but to put it in perspective, a record 64,376 newcomers applied for driver’s licenses in King County in 2014, and 2015 will probably bust that record, according to the state Department of Licensing. The city of Seattle grew by more than 5 percent between 2010 and 2014, outpacing the rest of King County for the first time in decades, according to the county Office of Financial Management. Media coverage has focused mainly on negative impacts: soul-sucking traffic, runaway rents and scarily fierce competition for half-million-dollar, 900-square-foot condos. What isn’t often reported: This infusion of talent and dollars is funding schools, small businesses and transportation options. The injection of demand is kick-starting the retirements of the old guard in neighborhoods the newcomers fancy, including South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Ballard and West Bellevue. And that giggling you’ve been hearing? Those are apartment developers. With the City of Seattle figuring that 30 percent of residents are now young adults ages 25–34, and its planning department predicting there will be 120,000 more people in Seattle over the next 20 years, there’s a push to build fast. And hey, ladies, have you noticed it’s raining men? According to U.S. Census data collected between 2011 and 2013, our local “computing, engineering and science” labor force is 78.6 percent male. And for those who have been unemployed since the Great Recession: Did you know there are tens of thousands of jobs listed on LinkedIn in greater Seattle? Apparently, every Amazon position creates almost three other jobs—such as in doggy day care, as a Mini Cooper salesperson and as cook on a grilled-cheese food truck. So where does this leave us? We salute and honor you, newcomer, on whose shoulders we have risen far above the “Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights?” era of the 1970s. And yet, for those of us who remember when the bumper sticker “Visualize Ballard” was a joke, there is a sense of loss. Some of us yearn for a Seattle that was weird and pleasantly gloomy, before global warming and high-tech corporations made everything so darned sunny. The question is, how many more responsible, math- and science-career-oriented newcomers can the city sustain before its soul heads south for Portland?--Jenny Cunningham Nurturing KnowledgeBrad Smith, president and chief legal officer, MicrosoftPHOTO CREDIT: HAYLEY YOUNG This stalwart Microsoft executive has been a regional force since joining the company in 1993, and increasingly, a global one since rising to the position of general counsel in 2002, and then president and chief legal officer in September. Smith brings some of that impact home by helping lead Microsoft’s funding of a new partnership between the University of Washington and China’s Tsinghua University. Microsoft dollars will go toward the creation of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a graduate academic institute focused on technology innovation. Students will begin classes in the fall of 2016. The $40 million initiative will attract top technical talent and research dollars to Bellevue’s new Spring District development—a 16-block, mixed-use urban neighborhood under development at the intersection of State Route 520 and Interstate 405. Education has long been one of Smith’s concerns, motivating his behind-closed-doors negotiations with state lawmakers earlier this year in which Microsoft agreed to forgo $57 million in tax breaks in exchange for increased state funding of education. Smith also aims to increase diversity in Microsoft’s legal department, offering $15 million in bonuses to certain law firms that it hires. The extra money is earmarked for firms that bring more minorities into their upper ranks. —Gianni Truzzi   Game ChangerAna Mari Cauce, Interim President, University of WashingtonPHOTO CREDIT: HAYLEY YOUNG Ana Mari Cauce,  Interim President,  University of Washington University of Washington interim president Ana Mari Cauce has a strong following among UW staff and faculty, thanks to her skillful management, first as dean of the UW’s College of Arts and Sciences, and later as provost. Cauce took on the job after previous UW president Michael Young left abruptly last February. Cauce, who has also been instrumental in such initiatives as the Husky Promise, which guarantees full tuition for qualified low-income students, and the push to make innovation a more central part of the student experience, won over many in the community when she launched an initiative to combat racism and homophobia in April. “We may not be able to solve racial inequity,” she said in a speech that referred to her own experiences as a gay Latina, “but we’ve got to begin by not being part of the problem.” In June, she presided over the launch of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a joint venture with Tsinghua University, China’s equivalent to MIT (see previous page). The institute will offer a project-based curriculum leading to a master’s degree in technology innovation, filling an important need for more tech talent. —Leslie Helm Leading the CausesPaul Allen, BenefactorYou’d be hard-pressed to name an aspect of Seattle that Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen hasn’t influenced, whether it’s the arts (he owns the newly revitalized Cinerama and founded EMP Museum), real estate (his company Vulcan Real Estate has reshaped South Lake Union) or sports (he owns the Seahawks and is a part-owner of the Sounders Major League Soccer team). Since he made a pact with Bill Gates to donate the bulk of his wealth in 2010, the philanthropy-minded former techie has made serious commitments to scientific research. His latest enterprise? Donating $100 million over a period of years to launch the Allen Institute for Cell Science, complementing his Allen Institute for Brain Science, established in 2003. He’s building a site to house them both on his home turf in South Lake Union, creating a miniature empire of scientific study in the Pacific Northwest. The Institute for Cell Science’s first goal is to research the way stem cells transform into other cell types, such as those that comprise muscle or skin. Allen isn’t simply accumulating research institutes, however; the avid art collector coproduced the first-ever Seattle Art Fair this summer, a four-day affair showcasing more than $250 million worth of contemporary art from icons such as Seattleite Buster Simpson and Japanese visual artist Tabaimo. While we can’t know how successful these art and research ventures will be, we can count on Paul Allen to keep investing in innovative, game-changing projects. —Niki Stojnic Public DefenderJim Ritter, Seattle Police DepartmentPHOTO CREDIT: HAYLEY YOUNG Jim Ritter, a Seattle Police Department officer, is trying to show Seattle’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community that the city is on its side. A member of the gay community himself, Ritter was appointed last fall as the SPD’s first LGBTQ liaison. He hoped to address what he calls the “alarming lack of reporting of anti-LGBTQ crimes” by the victims. To that end, last May he created the Safe Place initiative, which sets up a citywide network of businesses and nonprofits committed to protecting LGBTQ individuals. Local managers and store owners register on the website and receive a 4-by-6-inch, rainbow-striped sticker—it’s shaped like a police badge—which Ritter installs on a street-facing window. Hundreds of local businesses and organizations have signed up for the program, and, in several reported cases, endangered Seattleites have found refuge inside Safe Place venues. To critics, some of whom are calling the program a PR stunt, Ritter says he is “ensuring that the members of Seattle’s LGBTQ community are respected by my [fellow police officers], and are able to walk Seattle’s streets without fear of being victimized. —Ryan Kindel Satellite ImageryLocal Artists Bring it HomeFrom left: Kirsten Anderson, Sierra Stinson, Sharon Arnold and Greg Lundgren PHOTO CREDIT: HAYLEY YOUNG When word of the Vulcan-sponsored Seattle Art Fair went public, some local artists felt left out by its emphasis on New York and LA galleries. Accordingly, art instigator Greg Lundgren conceived of a satellite art exhibit, running concurrently and focused entirely on local artists. Working with local curators Kirsten Anderson, Sharon Arnold and Sierra Stinson, Lundgren launched Out of Sight, featuring work by more than 100 visual artists, hung in a beautifully raw 24,000-square-foot space at King Street Station. The show not only proved that Seattle artists easily hold their own with a national audience, it also invigorated the local art community in a way that promises a thrilling future. —Brangien Davis Voice ActivatorIjeoma Oluo, Writer, SpeakerPHOTO CREDIT: CHUSTINE MINODA Whether defending the disruption of Bernie Sanders by Black Lives Matter activists, questioning the enormous social outrage over the killing of Cecil the Lion (versus the comparative acceptance of black men killed by police) or creating a “Badass Feminist Coloring Book” (, Ijeoma Oluo has emerged as one of Seattle’s strongest voices for social justice. As a local writer, public speaker and self-proclaimed “Internet yeller” on racial, sexual, economic and gender issues, Oluo has provoked conversation, opened eyes and attracted a Twitter following (@ijeomaoluo) of nearly 19,000. Best of all, she gets her message across with incisive wit, remarkable humor and an appropriate magnitude of rage. —B.D.   OpinionatorsHanna Brooks Olsen, Sarah Anne Lloyd and Alex Hudson, Founders, SeattlishFrom L-R: Alex Hudson, Sarah Anne Lloyd and Hanna Brooks OlsenPHOTO CREDIT: CHUSTINE MINODA The year was 2013. The brain trust of the International Communist Conspiracy looked upon Seattle, its foothold in North America, with concern. Yes, City Council member Kshama Sawant and news weekly The Stranger were playing their roles. But something was missing: a blog sympathetic to its cause, written with sarcastic humor and intelligence, instead of pious anger and solemnity. As luck would have it, three self-described “mouthy broads” were preparing to launch just such an effort. Hanna Brooks Olsen, Sarah Anne Lloyd and Alex Hudson were fresh out of work following the closure of Seattlest, the local branch of national blog network Gothamist. Not content to go down the road of public relations gigs and plasma donations, like so many other spurned reporters, they kept plugging away, offering their opinions to the world without the paycheck. Today, their creation, Seattlish, is a must-read for fans of local politics and civic life, provided those readers aren’t in the market for nuance, or anything but mockery of views outside the hard left of the political spectrum. For some, the blog is a symptom of an increasingly abrasive political culture. But for those who find Seattle’s mainstream liberals a bit too self-satisfied, Seattlish is part of the antidote. —Drew Atkins
Tuesday, 10/06/2015 3:50 AM
There are points in a season where everything can turn. Monday night, Detroit Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson (a.k.a. "Megatron") provided one of those moments when he fumbled what would have been a sure touchdown, thanks to former holdout Kam Chancellor's defense. As Johnson was about to score, Chancellor punched the ball from his hands and K.J. Wright knocked it out the back of the end zone (a borderline illegal move but no penalty was called) with just over a minute remaining in the game. What a gift of a play.