There's a new breed of men, from Ballard to Brooklyn. It's the bearded, flanneled hipster, otherwise known as the "Lumbersexual." Those are two words you rarely hear together. My dad used to work in logging camps in the 1930s and I heard his incredible stories at the dinner table, including ones I won’t repeat here dealing with the sex lives of the lonely, brutal men who worked with him. Let's just say that no one really wants to be on the business end of a horny lumberjack. Really, truly. No one.
Three cheers for a sunny Friday! Also, the Paseo saga continues. Leading off:
A sunny outlook for Nordstrom these days. The luxury department store reported solid third quarter earnings, at 73 cents per share or $142 million, which is an increase from 69 cents a share and $137 million in the same quarter a year ago. King 5 reports that Nordstrom is one of a handful of retailers that will remain closed on the Thanksgiving holiday.
Must SeeA Film Festival Full of ShortsSaturday (11/15, times vary) Finally, a film festival that values efficiency! This one-day fest features three screenings of new short films, including the comedy Lunch, which features local actresses Wonder Russell and Lisa Coronado. Also on the tidy bill: Spokane filmmaker Mischa Jakupcak’s sweet The Hero Pose.
When I was younger, all I wanted to do was go to a big amphitheater to hear music. In my high school and college years, I saw the Dave Matthews Band. I loved seeing big concerts so much I even experienced Creed live in Camden, N.J. Now, some 12 or 13 years later, all I want to do is sit with close friends and sip a craft beer at a more intimate music performance.
Lucky for me, Seattle has a flourishing community of small, curated and artful shows. Shows where you can actually see the performer's face and can sing along without feeling like you’re just part of a droning crowd.
Ten years may seem like a drop in the bucket, but stop and think: ten years ago, George Bush was elected for his second term (this very month), and here in Seattle in 2004, the $165.5 million Rem Koolhaus-designed downtown Central Library opened, Jim McDermott had recently achieved rockstar status for his comments in Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11, and small plates were just starting to trend in restaurants.
Leading off on this ridiculously cold Wednesday morning:Windy conditions last night again knocked out power for many folks in Western Washington, and there are several area schools that are shut down. At 7:30 a.m., Puget Sound Energy told King 5 there were around 53,000 customers without power.
Continuing its trend of awesome fantasy exhibitions, next week Seattle's EMP Museum is bringing us Game of Thrones®: Ascend the Wall, which basically lets you pretend to be Jon Snow.
(If you're late to the Game of Thrones party, the 700-foot-tall, 300-mile-long solid ice wall referred to in the exhibit's title is a major feature in the wildly popular television series based on the wildly popular series of books.)
At the groundbreaking ceremony for the 12th Avenue Arts building, on a gray day in February 2013, the ground was unavailable for breaking. The Capitol Hill property had been a police precinct parking lot for decades, and the pavement was impervious to ceremonial shovels. But the ritual was enabled by a clever bit of staging: Someone had brought in a large quantity of dirt, piled it on the asphalt and embellished it with glitter.
It's a bit chilly out there on this fine Monday, but guess what: It will get much colder as the week goes on! Leading off:
Enjoy your 50-degree temps today, it's about to get a lot colder. Meteorologists say there will be a cold air mass settling over our region, which will bring lows of mid-30s and highs that will only reach up into the mid-40s. Winter is officially here.
Well, it's Friday at last. Pour yourself an eggnog latte and let's dive into what's happening so far today.
A late surge in votes has pushed I-1351, the measure to limit class sizes and increase public school staff in Washington state, ahead. It's currently leading by nearly 5,000 votes. Expect the next update sometime tonight.
Jen Wood: Wilderness
With her first album since 2010, Jen Wood reveals a bolder, more layered sensibility. Her pretty voice shines over poppy piano riffs, anthemic guitars and smashing cymbals graced with electronica elements. The result feels like rushing forward into hope.
Best played: During last-minute food prep, final table decorations, general pre-dinner optimism
CD release party 11/15 at Barboza on Capitol Hill.