There is no escaping the modern-day state of South Lake Union. Cars fill every lane, cranes hover high and construction wraps around street corners. When construction is complete, the once low-lying industrial neighborhood will be replaced by skyscrapers en masse, according to a recent Crosscut article. Two 25- and 26-story residential buildings are already approved for construction, with another 11 on the way -- six of which will stand more than 40 stories tall.
Must ListenEarshot Jazz Festival Takes Over the Town(10/9 to 11/18, times vary) This year’s citywide jazz-aganza boasts more than 50 concerts, including the Wayne Shorter Quartet (above) (10/11), starring the Grammy-gobbling saxophonist; Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda (10/16), who plays the instrument in ways you’ve never seen; the Memphis-born, globally influenced Charles Lloyd Quartet (10/17); and Afro-Cuban ensemble Pedrito Martinez Group (10/22).
The Grateful Dead have a way of blending pre-composed songs with improvisation – frontman Jerry Garcia, after all, came to the band with a bluegrass background and bassist Phil Lesh came from a classical and jazz background. And it’s a style that has earned them hundreds of thousands of fans and has spawned almost as many hours of recorded music.
Wayne Horvitz turned 60 this fall, and he’s celebrating the way any jazz musician worth his salt would—by playing an epic ton of gigs. The illustrious composer, pianist, and local jazz booster (he opened The Royal Room in 2011) released a new album in July, called Some Places Are Forever Afternoon.
No team in the NFL is perfect and that includes the Seattle Seahawks. Some teams are weak at quarterback, some have no depth at wide receiver. Some teams have no pass rush and others wasted top draft picks on players that haven’t panned out. The Seahawks, who stand at 2-2 after two recent wins against the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, haven’t intercepted a pass all season and look semi-lost in the passing game. They can fix these things as the season progresses with good coaching.
Nearly 4,000 people turned out for last Saturday’s Pawsitive Alliance’s 4th Annual Statewide Shelter Open House, an effort that helped find homes for 417 homeless cats and dogs in Washington. It was the largest turnout to date, with 32 animal shelters—including Auburn Valley Humane Society, Benton County Animal Control and Blue Mountain Humane Society—in attendance. “We are thrilled with how much this event has grown each year,” Yolanda Morris, board president and co-founder, said.
Aesthetically, painter Chandler Woodfin and sculptor Todd Jannausch couldn’t be any more different. Woodfin creates colorful, sprawling pieces on pristine white backgrounds while Jannausch is often sanding down hunks of metal, his weathered face shielded from flying sparks. But process-wise, the two are joined at the hip.
It’s been in the air, the trees and the wind—also the news. Twin Peaks, the surreal crime drama about a small-town murder, is back for a new season and is again filming here in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps I don’t have the right to write this article. After all, die-hard fans of the ‘90’s cult television show have had to wait 25 years for this new season, and I haven’t even lived that long. I can’t imagine the pain of such anticipation.
There are points in a season where everything can turn. Monday night, Detroit Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson (a.k.a. "Megatron") provided one of those moments when he fumbled what would have been a sure touchdown, thanks to former holdout Kam Chancellor's defense.
As Johnson was about to score, Chancellor punched the ball from his hands and K.J. Wright knocked it out the back of the end zone (a borderline illegal move but no penalty was called) with just over a minute remaining in the game. What a gift of a play.
Bipartisanship in Seattle usually means a Democrat and a Socialist posing for a selfie, but it used to be different. Seattle used to have Republicans, not only Republicans, but progressive urban reformers—think of city council members like Tim Hill who rode his bike on the campaign trail, Bruce Chapman and John Miller, who launched the city’s neighborhood P-Patch system, Chris Bayley who cleaned-up corruption in the prosecutor’s office.
When she was 7 years old, Meagan Grandall, lead singer and songwriter for the Seattle-based dream pop band Lemolo, would wade into the ocean and push little boats out into the waves. They say what you did when you were young is what you’re meant to do when you’re older, and while it’s true that Grandall doesn’t work with actual boats per se, this adage remains true for the silky-voiced singer who frequently finds herself treading in musical depths and letting her compositions float away.
Tickets for this thing will likely go quick.
Seattle comedian Brett Hamil, who writes for City Arts magazine and hosts a regular politically charged YouTube video series, has amassed a star-studded lineup for the inaugural episode of his new monthly talk show, The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil, debuting October 21 at 8 p.m. at the Northwest Film Forum.
Seattle Superheroes is a regular series on seattlemag.com wherein artists depict standout people in our community as superheroes. While we've taken some artistic license with the narratives, the sentiment behind them is very real.
Lego is NOT just for kids: The 14th Annual BrickCon is this weekend at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday, October 4 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.). It’s a convention put on by passionate Lego hobbyists featuring hundreds and maybe even thousands of models made of Lego. Still not convinced? Look at this Lego model of the Titanic—it’s incredible.