Must Cool DownSymphony Performs Live Score to March of the PenguinsWednesday (7/8, 7:30 p.m.) Flee the heat for cooler climes—at least as depicted in the movies. The Seattle Symphony will perform the original score from the documentary March of the Penguins while those precious flightless birds frolic on screen. Bonus: Leading the musicians is none other than Hollywood music director Jeffrey Schindler, who originally conducted the score for the film.
Record Temperatures: In case you didn't notice, last month was really, really hot. So hot, in fact, that KING 5 reports it was the hottest June in Seattle ever. The National Weather Service says that the average monthly temperature at SeaTac was 78.88 degrees--3 degrees warmer than the record high from 1992.
Our annual year-in-review story in December is always packed with editors' picks for the best our city has to offer. But you also have a say: Vote for your favorites--everything from casinos to CrossFit studios--in our Best of 2015 Readers' Choice poll. Make your choice right here by Monday, July 20. Winners will be featured in the magazine.
Up house update: The late Edith Macefield's famous little Ballard dwelling that inspired the 2009 Disney movie Up was purchased at auction this past spring, but it looks like the buyers have backed out of the deal.
Consider the connective tissue holding a long-term marriage together: a web of understanding based on personal history—years of discussion, arguments, realizations, inside jokes, terms of endearment, intimate gestures, memories of private moments. Then think about a spouse suddenly losing all that backstory, and in the process, losing the personality that made you fall in love with him or her in the first place. Now you’re married to the same physical person, but the persona has been wiped clean, like a hard drive. Who is this new spouse in your bed? Are you still in love?
In our bi-monthly Seattlemag.com column, Knute Berger--who writes regularly for Seattle Magazine and Crosscut.com and is a frequent pundit on KUOW--takes an in-depth look at some of the highly topical and sometimes polarizing issues in our city. Wandering around the new Third city council district, which includes Capitol Hill, the Central District, parts of Beacon Hill and Mt. Baker, affluent areas like Madison Park and Montlake—from hipsters to aging millionaires—I've tried to interpret what the signs say.
Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage
In a landmark 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court just legalized gay marriage across all 50 states, NPR reports. It was previously only legal in 35, and given this decision, 14 states will be forced to remove their bans. Here's some of the reactions from a few of Seattle's leaders:
Must Fest 2015 Seattle PrideFest Sunday (6/28, times vary) Follow the rainbow-colored crosswalks in Capitol Hill and make your way downtown where LGBT (and straight) revelers will flock to the sidewalks along 4th Avenue for the 41st annual Seattle Pride Parade, which wildly winds its way toward the PrideFest celebrations at the Seattle Center.
On this side of the mountains, we don’t think too much about water. Even with a dry winter and Governor Jay Inslee declaring this a drought year for the state, Seattle’s reservoirs are mostly full. Turn the tap and get all the water you want.
Summer is well and truly here, which means your summertime cocktail imbibing should begin in earnest (if it hasn’t already). There’s something about drinking in summer that I love – the whole school’s out vibe that takes us back to being young again, perhaps. Luckily, we have a number of swell bars that are prepared for the sunnier days, when you might want to have one under the sunshine. The below are all great spots to sip a good cocktail while you enjoy summer.
Construction Cabinet: Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order Tuesday morning to create a new city cabinet. Pending City Council approval, the new Office of Planning and Community Development would oversee the city's current growth and population boom, says The Seattle Times. The cabinet would bring together planners from various city departments to address issues brought about by rapid growth. Read the full story here.
Given the number of free outdoor music options in and around the city this month, it would be wise to keep a “go bag” at the ready—stocked with a picnic blanket, sunglasses, nonperishable snacks and a thermos full of refreshment—so you can run off to soak up sun and songs at the drop of a floppy-brimmed hat.
New Police Hire: The Seattle Police Department has hired community leader Habtamu Abdi as a civilain liaison between the department and the city's East African community. Abdi was chosen out of close to 300 applicants to reconnect the department with the East African population. "I want him to foster relationships and trust within our very large East African community," said Deputy Chief Carmen Best.