Raised in Bellingham, where her family had a “hobby farm” with chickens, cows and pigs, Janelle Maiocco is no stranger to tractors and muddy barn boots. The 41-year-old mother of two has been a trained chef, food blogger and food marketer, and in September she launched Farmstr.com—a kind of Craigslist for locally farmed food. Two months later, Farmstr took first place at the prestigious Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s First Look Forum.
When Mount Calvary Christian Center pastor Reggie Witherspoon was growing up in the Central District in the 1960s and ’70s, the neighborhood was tight-knit and largely African-American. But today, it’s another story. “It’s radically different,” he says. Now, he can visit the neighborhood and not see any African-Americans. “I never thought I would see the time when I am driving through and white folks would look at me strangely. I’m like, ‘I grew up in this area, what are you looking at me for?’”
Must RockSeattle musician Ayron Jones Opens for B.B. KingMonday (3/3, 7:30 p.m.) — Like the very best rock ’n’ rollers, emerging Seattle musician Ayron Jones seems just slightly unhinged when he performs his own blend of blues and grunge. Witness Jones live at The Moore Theater when he opens for blues legend B.B. King.
I rarely follow celebrities on Twitter because of snooze-ville tweets like this. I much prefer to get my dose of daily news and commentary from journalists and other witty average Joes and Janes of the world. This Sunday, March 2, marks the 86th Annual Academy Awards, the day when fancy-pants celebs in grand gowns and suits descend upon Hollywood's Dolby Theatre and pretend they've not disowned carbs for the past two months.
A ZIP code might be a somewhat useless piece of information in the web-o-sphere age, but in Seattle and its environs—an area swelling with hyperlocal neighborhood pride—those five numbers still speak volumes. Make the mistake of assuming a Queen Anne resident lives in 98109 when he or she is a 98119-er and, trust me, you will get an earful.
For the past 45 years, young women—mostly First Nations—have disappeared along Highway 16 in British Columbia. Some were found murdered, others were never seen again. This tragic road, called the Highway of Tears, is the inspiration for Port Townsend writer Adrianne Harun’s hypnotic new novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (Penguin; $16).
This Saturday, March 1 at Fremont Studios, eight notable Seattleites will don their dancing shoes and boogie down for Seattle Dances!, a benefit for Plymouth Housing Group (PHG), an organization that helps secure housing for the homeless.
Must Horse AroundOdysseo by Cavalia Gallops into Marymoor Park(Through 3/16, times vary) — More than 60 horses are the stars of this theatrical, acrobatics-meets-animals show, in which performers showcase equestrian arts underneath an enormous Big Top.
Our March 2014 issue is all about Seattle neighborhoods and the people and places that make our city so liveable (and loveable). In this issue, on newsstands Thursday, February 20, you'll find stories such as the "Best Neighborhood Bakeries” and "The Changing Face of the Central District," plus a look at "What Your ZIP Code Says About You," featuring myriad photos of people who hail from all over Seattle. To browse through the photos from our cover story photo shoot, go here.
Seattle Jewish Film Festival Celebrating Jewish and Israeli history, culture, humor and pathos. 3/1–3/9. seattlejewishfilmfestival.orgSociety for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference Presenting public screenings and talks at Northwest Film Forum. 3/19–3/22. nwfilmforum.org
David Guterson[Fiction] Local writer David Guterson made waves last year when his commencement speech at Roosevelt High School failed to paint a sunny view of the future, and instead suggested our lives pass in a “profoundly confused way…and then they end.” See if he’s still spreading tough love when he reads from new work written on the theme “Family Ties.” 3/14. 7:30 p.m. $15–$25 Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.; 206.322.7030; hugohouse.orgGeorge Saunders
Like the very best rock ’n’ rollers, Seattle musician Ayron Jones seems just slightly unhinged when he performs live—as if at any moment the music might carry him to a place even he didn’t know he was heading. With a voice that swerves between soulful runs and growly shouts, and an ability to seriously wail on the guitar, the 27-year-old has been blowing away local audiences of late, especially since the October release of his debut album, Dream.
Siddhartha’s quest for enlightenment is the inspiration for Songs of the Wanderers, a masterwork by Taiwanese choreographer Lin Hwai-min. Performed by his own Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, this blend of contemporary and traditional dance features a stunning set covered in 3 and a half tons of golden rice. 3/6–3/8. Times and prices vary. Meany Hall, U.W.
[Painting]Born in Astoria, Oregon, and based in northern California, painter Eric Zener is a master of the photorealist style, creating stunningly vibrant images, often of people underwater (pictured above) or in other personal sanctuaries. 5/1–5/30. Times vary. Free. Foster White Gallery, 220 Third Ave. S; 206.622.2833; fosterwhite.com