Seattle is booming. Newcomers are swarming to town. A largely male workforce is spending big, driving up rents and real estate prices, but no one wants to complain as the good times roll; after all, the boom is following a bust that temporarily slowed Seattle’s growth plans. The transportation system is expanding—streetcars, bike lanes and new roadways are being built to handle the heavy traffic. Downtown is getting denser. The newly redeveloped waterfront is bustling. Nightlife is flourishing.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice released a landmark study on the American sex industry. Commissioned by the DOJ, it set out to collect nationwide data on the underground sector for the first time, focusing on eight major American cities, including Denver, San Diego, Dallas and Seattle. Researchers spoke with hundreds of sex workers, pimps, local police, federal agents and others. Among their findings: Seattle may host the fastest-growing sex industry in the United States.
We were overwhelmed by the sweet, silly, adorable submissions we received for our February 2015 cover contest. Not surprisingly, the majority, by a long shot, were dogs—Labs, doodles, shepherds, Frenchies, pugs, Weimaraners, Heinz 57 mutts and more (including three fabulous pups with only one eye each)—snapped while crashing on couches, hiding under blankets, conquering mountains, enduring baths and cones of shame, and even, in one case, riding a horse.
In the NFC Championship game this weekend, it's a battle of the 12s: Seahawks fans versus the Green Bay Packers' #12, quarterback Aaron Rodgers. MyNorthwest.com reports on the sparring of fans from each side happening on Twitter, reminiscent of Seattle Mag's Twitter pitch war with San Francisco Mag last year at this time. Ah, memories.
Must LaughDame Edna's Final 'Goodbye' Starts in Seattle(1/15 to 1/18, times vary) Australian comedy goddess Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) is calling it quits after entertaining audiences for nearly a half-century. Catch her last show, Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye: The Farewell Tour at The Moore Theatre.
Performers seemingly constructed of salvaged metal parts. An upside-down dinner scene where counterweights attached to an artist’s costume give the illusion of reverse gravity. A rola bola specialist who wears a gold-lined, translucent aqua-colored overcoat reminscent of the early brittle plastics, Bakelite and Rhodoid.
Even though it was more than 70 years ago, Seattle legend Reverend Samuel B. McKinney can still remember the nickname he and his friends gave Martin Luther King Jr. during their days at Morehouse College. “We called him ‘Runt,” McKinney told me during our interview. Indeed, in 1944, when they first met, King couldn’t have been more than 5-foot-7.
In the fall of 2013, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center gathered at the bedside of a lymphoma patient about to undergo a new cancer treatment—the very first human in the treatment’s first human trial.
First we thought Capitol Hill's Kingfish Cafe was closing for good after announcing its goodbyes on its Facebook page. But it appears the restaurant's owners are merely taking a break, cites King 5 News, before opening "a series of Kingfish Cafes" around the city. Everyone can calm down now! You have until January 25 to visit the eatery as it currently stands in all its glory.
Whether it's a misogynistic message printed on a tee shirt for girls (ahem, "I'm too pretty to do math") or something racist (remember Abercrombie & Fitch's shirt with the "Wong Brothers Laundry Service" slogan that caused an uproar back in 2002?), it seems graphic tees covered in absurd statements just won't go away.
At his rehearsal studio in Bellevue, wearing pink and red socks emblazoned with “Whim W’him,” choreographer Olivier Wevers is clearly in his element. “Push the arms, but don’t swing them,” he gently directs his dancers, modeling the subtle difference. “Focus on the wrists.” This month, the former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal presents the first performance by Whim W’him (the dance troupe he founded in 2009) in its new incarnation as a full-time dance company.