Culture

Friday, 03/11/2011 11:44 PM
Grim's Provisions and Spirits Capitol Hill Seattle
Bar owner Laura Olson and designer Chris Pardo (both of Po Dogs and Auto Battery) opened Grim’s (1512 11th Ave.; 206.324.7467; grimseattle.com) in December in the former Grey Gallery space on Capitol Hill. A self-proclaimed cross between steampunk and a horror video game, the tavern is actually quite convivial.
Friday, 03/11/2011 11:05 PM
UMO Ensemble
Clowns are freaky, we know. But if ever there was a time to conquer your coulrophobia, it would be right now, so as to enjoy the sophisticated antics of UMO Ensemble. Based on Vashon Island, the physical theater company has been around since 1987 and has taken more than 20 original shows across the globe. Performances have included juggling, puppetry, acrobatics, comedy, drama, live music, aerial work and, yes, the dreaded clowning.
Thursday, 03/10/2011 9:42 PM
Crocheted potholders, vintage tin tops, stripey wool sweaters, pipe cleaners, sequins, hooked rugs, porcelain birds, god's eyes, Beanie Babies, synthetic hair, candy wrapper chains, unfurled cassette tapes and a million white pearl buttons.
Tuesday, 02/22/2011 2:10 AM
tiger mom
Some days, I suck at being a tiger mom. It simply requires more attention to monitoring my daughter's work than I have time to devote. On those days when I let my daughter watch TV instead of practice writing letters and numbers, the self-flogging kicks in and, perhaps irrationally, I fret that the one, two or even three missed practice sessions somehow will mean the difference between another year of preschool or early entrance into kindergarten. 
Friday, 02/18/2011 9:29 PM
I wanted to write a blog entry about HB 1609, the “Great Schools” bill, which was debated in Olympia this week, but failed to move out of committee.  A similar bill in the Senate, SB 5399, was blocked from public hearing by Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, chair of the Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education. 
Friday, 02/11/2011 9:02 PM
Playboy of the Western World starring Daniel Breaker
Seattle’s beloved Intiman Theatre has announced an urgent fundraising campaign, thanks to severe financial mismanagement by former managing director Brian Colburn (who resigned suddenly in November citing personal reasons). According to Intiman Board president Kim Anderson, “Unless we are able to raise $500,000 by the end of March, an additional $250,000 by June, and $250,000 by September, we cannot continue.” The press release includes tthe following summary of the errors leading to the emergency situation:
Tuesday, 02/08/2011 9:58 PM
4/6 Michio Kaku
Tuesday, 02/08/2011 9:53 PM
Northwest Film Forum
4/7–6/2 American Heart: The Films of Jeff BridgesIf Jeff Bridges’ recent star turn in True Grit has you longing for more, you’re in luck. The Seattle Art Museum is screening seven of the actor’s greatest hits in chronological order, including The Last Picture Show and The Big Lebowski. Dude! 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Plestcheeff Auditorium at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3121; seattleartmuseum.org 4/8–4/10
Tuesday, 02/08/2011 8:46 PM
Tricia Brown Dance Company
3/25–3/27 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Tuesday, 02/08/2011 8:14 PM
Degenerate Art Ensemble Cuckoo Crow
Breadth: A Cross-examination of Seattle PortraitsTHE DRAW: Some of Seattle’s hottest painters, sculptors and photographers will be in the same room—on the same walls!—in this amazing group show, including work by Dan Webb, Gretchen Bennett, Joseph Park, Joey Veltkamp, Klara Glosova, Mandy Greer and many others. They’ll all give their take on local places and people, with the intriguing constraint that no piece can exceed 20 inches in width.  THE DRAWBACK: Great big art is going to seem so over after seeing this.
Tuesday, 02/08/2011 8:57 PM
Our picks for this season's can't-miss theater events
Tuesday, 02/08/2011 8:18 PM
Zoe Muth
The Head and the Heart This local alt-country band burst onto the scene in 2009, spreading infectious songs across Seattle. Sub Pop recently snatched the group up, and will release a CD of its self-titled album (previously available for download only) on April 16. theheadandtheheart.comDeath Cab for Cutie
Tuesday, 02/08/2011 7:55 PM
nick garrison madison park seattle rep
Known for such outrageous roles as Hedwig (in Hedwig and the Angry Inch), the emcee in Cabaret and the negligee-clad lead singer of local band The Love Markets, Seattle actor Nick Garrison has taken on a new character—Alan, in the relationship comedy/drama This—who is, shockingly, a pretty regular guy. Times and prices vary. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St.; 206.443.2222; seattlerep.org
Tuesday, 02/08/2011 7:51 PM
Seattle has long been a mecca for outdoorsy people and technical innovation, so it follows that some of the leading outdoor clothing and gear manufacturers in the world have set up shop here. Chances are good that many items in your gear closet were designed and possibly even manufactured within a few miles of home. We decided to take a look at new spring/summer gear and clothing designed and/or manufactured in the Seattle area to help you get through the active warmer months in functional—and local—style.
Tuesday, 02/08/2011 7:35 PM
Diva Espresso West Seattle
West Seattle TriangleBordered by Fauntleroy Way SW, 35th Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street