After the cluster that was Seattle traffic last night--all from a semitruck carrying a load of salmon that overturned on SR 99--drivers are preparing for more potential traffic nightmares this weekend. Starting Friday, March 27, road closures are set to happen all throughout the city, including portions of Interstate 90, SR 99 and the Alaskan Way Viaduct. See the WSDOT website for up-to-the-minute information on the closures.
Must Geek OutEmerald City Comicon Takes Over(3/27 to 3/29) If you weren't able to secure tickets to the annual cavalcade of comics fans, never fear, you can still witness the dazzling array of far-out costumes when passing anywhere near the Washington State Convention Center. Here, we take an insider's look at the high-energy, highly animated fest.
Spring is finally here and with the warm weather comes a burning desire to get outside. If you’ve been bottled up through the long winter months, you’re likely looking for any excuse to spend your days off exploring Seattle’s many outdoor activities. You can pack a lunch and have a picnic in the park, but you might be in the mood for something a little more festive.
The Moose cheers on the Mariners, Rhubarb the Reindeer boosts the Tacoma Rainiers, and the Everett Aquasox find motivation in that weird frog, but Seattle has a few heavy hitters that could use a little blind enthusiasm from a mascot of their own.
Hotel news: Bellevue has nabbed a W Hotel as part of its $1.2 million expansion of The Bellevue Collection. Slated to open in spring 2017, Starwood Hotels' W Bellevue will feature 245 guestrooms (25 of those will be suites and one will be W's Presidential-style Extreme Wow Suite), three restaurants and bars and more than 11,400-square-feet of meeting and event space.
The Easter holiday, complete with the appearance of a giant bunny, is fast approaching, and public venues throughout Seattle are pulling out all the stops with spring egg hunts for sharp-eyed youngsters. For a weekend full of Easter-related fun, we’ve rounded up an array of egg hunts and other exciting events around town that shall not disappoint.
The first places to look for no-cost egg scouting excitement are your local community centers. The following hunts all take place the morning of Saturday, April 4. All hunts begin at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
Explaining that he has had a heart attack and needs medicine for the pain, Dimitrias Manoulidis raises a fat, smoking joint and takes a deep drag. Frankly, he was not what I had in mind when I envisioned what our state’s newest tourists would look like. A stout, 60-something, ruggedly handsome, mustached man in a faded olive green down vest, this guy looks like he just walked off the docks of a Greek fishing village. Maybe he did.
“I am from Greece,” Manoulidis confirms. “I come here and legally get my joints. And I feel more nice and not depressed.”
In our bi-monthly Seattlemag.com column, Knute Berger--who writes regularly for Seattle Magazine and Crosscut.com and is a frequent pundit on KUOW--takes an in-depth look at some of the highly topical and sometimes polarizing issues in our city.
Must ViewMystical Works from Artist Maïmouna Guerresi on Display(3/20 to 5/1, times vary) Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (formerly M.I.A Gallery) celebrates its new name and new space in Pioneer Square with a show of photographs by Italian Muslim artist Maïmouna Guerresi, who stages bold scenes featuring cosmic garment sculptures that blend African and Western iconography and customs.
Ten dollars can buy you a lot of things. This coffee, yogurt and banana (with tip) that I'm currently enjoying, for one. Ten dollars might also soon buy you a trip down I-405 express lanes. A bit steep, eh? According to King 5 News, The Washington State Transportation Commission will hold its final public meeting and vote tonight on what the toll rates and carpool rules should be. "During peak hours, the toll rates may be as high as $10 per trip.
A little more than a year ago, in my Gray Matters column “Seven Slogans of Seattle,” I put forward the idea that Seattle needs a new nickname. We’ve been Queen City, Jet City and since the ’80s, rather lamely I think, The Emerald City. It felt like it was time for a change now that we’re a decade and a half into a new century.