Nerdy Seattle loves its slide shows. Locally based and/or created series such as Pecha Kucha, Ignite and Slideluck Potshow—all of which feature presenters using a short, swift series of slides to tell stories about art, tech, food, etc.—have devoted followings, drawing people in with both the appeal of learning something new and the constraint of a seriously structured time slot.
If you’ve ever tried to get glitter out of carpet, you’ll understand the genius behind West Seattle’s brand-new kids’ craft studio, Young at Art. There, kids can paint, bead, glue, draw and, yes, glitter to their heart’s content without wreaking havoc on your home. Art teachers Theresa Anderson and Andrea Watterson, who host after-school programs at Schmitz Park Elementary, opened the studio last November; the place is jam-packed with art supplies and offers open studio time in the morning, workshops in the afternoons, summer art camps and party options.
The most innovative, high-tech musician playing the Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend is named Stanley, and he only does covers. Invented by the artful geniuses at Digital Kitchen, Stanley is a souped up, interactive player piano that takes requests via text message (@stanleypiano).
There’s a new gang hanging out in Westlake Park this summer and its members seem a bit steely. But that’s only appropriate—they’re made of aluminum and cast iron. The gathering of humanoid sculptures, called “Borders,” was installed in June by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir. The 26 androgynous, life-sized figures are cast in ordinary poses and stationed around the park: sitting on benches, traversing the plaza (which since April has been enlivened by Konstantin Dimopoulos’ ultramarine trees), stopping to “think” or to look at something.
In case you haven't seen it, check out this short film that won the critic's choice award at Capitol Hill Block Party's Totally Stacked short film competition. Composed as an open letter that sticks it to Clay Bennett - former owner of the Seattle Supersonics - the film is really a love letter to the landscape of Seattle, composed of beautiful noir imagery of the city (who knew the Monorail was so sexy?).
If you've always wondered how the Space Needle came to be—or if you'd like to know why Seattle Center was almost named "Pleasure Island," grab a seat at a special Elliott Bay Books event this Saturday.
The eminent local experts on Seattle history (not to mention monopolizers of the most entertaining World's Fair trivia) are assembling to talk about the impact of—and the intriguing characters behind—Century 21.
This press release from Taylor Shellfish Farms about the upcoming Shellfish-tival inspired a couple Friday afternoon thoughts...
1. I think if you're going to call something a Shellfishtival you should fully embrace it and drop the hyphen.
2. The lineup seems a little heavy on feces-related fun. What's with the poop party?
MUST GO OUTSIDEOlympic Sculpture Park Summer KickoffThursday (7/12) - Beginning this week and continuing every Thursday evening through the summer, Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park features a rotating lineup of fun, including food trucks, live music, wine tastings and other special events. This evening, Eduardo Mendonça’s Show Brazil! and the VamoLá Drum & Dance Ensemble bring a Brazilian carnival to the park, accompanied by the sun’s dramatic drop behind the Olympic Mountains.
1. If there are only two people in your party, you will probably have to share a pod with strangers. Hopefully you will get paired with a nice, socially competent couple from Mukilteo (like I did). Otherwise, congratulations! You just paid to join a cruel social experiment: Seattle strangers trapped in a glass bubble and forced to make small talk. Don’t bother trying to escape, they lock the doors from the outside.
2. The air conditioning inside those pods is more powerful than any currently offered in Seattle. Bring a sweater.
Three Eastside tech firms have pioneered lifesaving new devices and treatments in the past year. Redmond’s Mobisante has created a MOBILE ULTRASOUND IMAGING DEVICE—the MobiUS SP1 ultrasound system—that is the first smartphone-based diagnostic device to be cleared by the FDA. The device, released last October, fits into a pocket and can be charged anywhere, making it ideal for disaster relief organizations.