Culture

Friday, 08/09/2013 9:50 PM
Writer Peter Mountford has a bone to pick with American literature. The Ballard-based father of two young girls, whose debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism, won the 2012 Washington State Book Award, is baffled by the fact that one subject remains taboo in fiction writing: money. Sitting in his wedge of an office at the Richard Hugo House, where he is writer-in-residence, he embarks on a bit of a rant, peppered with the dry humor that enlivens his book. “In real life, everyone is obsessed with money. It ruins relationships and lives,” Mountford says.
Friday, 08/09/2013 9:48 PM
You could say Lacey Leavitt is OK with getting hit from all angles—especially since the shy and steady Ballard-based filmmaker has spent time as a local roller derby skater for the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds and Rat City Rollergirls. Her competitive name, Rambo Connection, says it all: On the track and on the set, Leavitt, 31, artfully combines the sweet, “let’s put on a show!” spirit of The Muppets with the no-holds-barred determination of John Rambo. “I’m always putting out fires in different places,” she says. “I just figure out which is burning the brightest.”
Friday, 08/09/2013 9:30 PM
Klara Glosova makes ceramic sculptures that look like tube socks. She flattens clay with a rolling pin from her kitchen, cuts it into sock shapes and fires it in the kiln in the basement studio of her Beacon Hill home, then precisely paints the forms in colors that look straight off a soccer field. In shows at 4Culture, Vignettes and elsewhere, she has displayed them tossed about—sometimes along with the wadded-up underpants, crumpled jeans and dishtowels she’s also sculpted—where they appear to be so much discarded laundry.
Friday, 08/09/2013 9:41 PM
On a sweltering day in June, Jerick Hoffer is carefully stretching a second pair of nude-colored dance tights from his toes up to his waist. The Portland-raised, First Hill–based drag performer customarily wears four pairs of these thick pantyhose on stage, plus a couple of Spanx undergarments to make his form more feminine. But for today’s photo shoot at Cornish Playhouse, he’s taking it easy—even letting someone else do his makeup, a task he usually tackles himself over the course of two hours. He’s happy with the results. “I love it!” he says. “I look like a male Lady Gaga.”
Wednesday, 08/07/2013 11:21 PM
Must Hit the StreetsPhinneyWood Summer Streets FestivalFriday (8/9, 6 to 10 p.m.) — Walkers and wheelers reign supreme during this evening-long closure of Phinney and Greenwood avenues (between 67th and 87th streets). A celebration of the season’s long, warm nights, the temporary pedestrian paradise will be punctuated with art, live music, circus performers—and, of course, street food.
Wednesday, 08/07/2013 5:32 PM
Primary Day is finally over and Seattle has whittled the hefty playing field of nine candidates down to just two contenders for mayor: state Senator Ed Murray and Mayor Mike McGinn. According to Knute Berger over at Crosscut.com, come November we should be prepared for "a fascinating race between a City Hall insider who's happiest as an outsider (the mayor) and a City Hall outsider who's running as an insider (Murray)."
Monday, 08/05/2013 9:22 PM
Jeff Bezos Buys the Washington Post Seattle magazine
File this under your unpredictable, out-of-the-blue Monday afternoon news: Seattle Business magazine just blogged that Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is purchasing The Washington Post, according to the newspaper. Seattle Business managing editor John Levesque writes:
Monday, 08/05/2013 5:49 PM
Stefan Bisciglia is selling tickets to space, and if you’ve got the cash, you’ve got a seat. The 27-year-old from Gig Harbor is one of only three accredited “space agents” in the Northwest trained by Virgin Galactic, the world’s first “commercial spaceline,” spearheaded by Richard Branson. Having begun his career working for his family’s luxury cruise company, Bisciglia has expanded to offering travelers the trip of a lifetime—into suborbital space. “It’s a hell of a ride,” Bisciglia says, and it will cost you a pretty penny.
Friday, 08/02/2013 4:50 PM
University Village opened in 1956 and while all of its original inhabitants (save the QFC) are gone and the mall has changed considerably, Village Maternity is celebrating its 30th anniversary in September with a month full of in-store events, a new website with ecommerce and 5 percent of all sales to Children’s Hospital in honor of founder Shelley Capretto, who, daughter Anna Williams explains, passed away in January.
Thursday, 08/01/2013 11:47 PM
A roundup of all the cute and cuddly pups Seattle magazine readers snapped and sent to us via Instagram. Follow us on Instagram at @Seattlemag.
Thursday, 08/01/2013 10:32 PM
Must BravoThe Ring Cycle(8/4 to 8/25, times vary) — Running times for The Ring might make your blood run cold (the four mini-epic operas are Das Rheingold: 2.5 hours; Die Walküre: 4.5 hours; Siegfried: 5 hours; and Götterdämmerung: 5.25 hours), but the pros know all this tush time is worth it. There’s simply nothing that compares to Wagner’s monumental work, which features Rhine maidens, a lustful dwarf, Valkyries, a dragon and one ring to rule them all.
Tuesday, 07/30/2013 6:06 PM
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has become a whole new kind of hub—for more than 600,000 flying insects. Seattle nonprofit The Common Acre (commonacre.org) worked with local bee-hugger organization Urban Bee Company (urbanbee.org) to install 16 honeybee hives at three locations in the scrub near the runways as a way to help combat the massive wave of colony collapse that’s killing off millions of essential pollinators.
Tuesday, 07/30/2013 6:41 PM
Hooray for August, when we can finally say it’s summer without feeling the impulse to knock on wood. After spending most of the year complaining about the rain, we find ourselves seeking out precipitation—in the form of spray parks and fountains. While the International Fountain at Seattle Center wins big for, well, sheer bigness, there’s a newer spray park in town that scores high for both eco-tech savvy and screamy fun.
Friday, 07/26/2013 6:53 PM
For teens and young adults facing long, difficult battles with cancer, and their families, little things such as a private room, fridge, bathroom, shower, large flat-screen television, mood lighting and expansive views make a big difference. And they’re all in the mix at the country’s first dedicated cancer unit for teens and young adults on the eighth floor of the new building at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Friday, 07/26/2013 4:06 PM
when will bertha start seattle magazine
UPDATE: We're told that Bertha will start digging sometime tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, July 30). The exact time is still not confirmed.