At the warm, brine-scented Northwest Fisheries Science Laboratory (NFSL) in Montlake, soft-spoken biologist Paul McElhany and a team of scientists immerse geoduck larvae in a multitude of saltwater baths. The water, trucked in from Elliott Bay and another fisheries lab in Mukilteo, starts as the usual toe-numbing Puget Sound soup.
Must VoteA.W.A.R.D. Show1/27–1/30 (Thursday - Sunday) - Grab your tix quick for the second annual A.W.A.R.D. Show, in which 12 up-and-coming local dance companies compete for a grand prize of $10,000. (See our Spotlight story on page 46.) Just as they say on the reality shows, it’s up to you, America! A series of live Seattle audience votes will determine the winner. 8 p.m. Prices vary. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St.; 206.217.9888; ontheboards.org
MUST FIGAROThe Barber of Seville
You may have seen my response in Red Tricycle to the excerpt of Amy Chua’s “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” that appeared in the Jan. 8 Wall Street Journal. Maybe you saw my sound bite on the news the night Chua was in Seattle.
It seems that Seattle's film community may have finally arrived on the national stage with the stunningly wan production of The Off Hours, a film born and (in)bred in Washington State under the keen directorship of local veteran filmmaker Megan Griffiths.
It's time once again for the Sundance Film Festival, that sparkly weekend when Park City, Utah, is overrun with Hollywood hopefuls.
Amid the many allegedly independent films (which nonetheless have mega-budgets and studio support) are some realio-trulio independent films that were made right here in Washington state.
Got a question about the weather? Then Sunday may be your day, rain or shine.
About 3,900 weather geeks will descend on Seattle Sunday through Thursday (January 23–27) for the annual meting of the American Meteorological Society. As part of the gathering, the AMS is hosting its 10th annual WeatherFest from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center.
There's something enormously satisfying about "14/48," also known as the world's quickest theater festival. It's certainly creative and energetc. But that can be said about many arts endeavors around town. What makes "14/48" so wonderfully distinctive is its unbridled sense of urgency. Unlike most theater, which requires the gestation period of a small glacier, "14/18" creates 14 plays -- many of them quite good -- and some kickass music (with a live band) in the span of 48 hours.
I have a list of great sales going on this weekend, but first up, I wanted to introduce you to a couple of very lovely ladies to join the local blogging scene.
Ali Brownrigg, whom I adore sitting with at fashions shows, has started her own ode to Portland and Seattle over at Porttle. Covering both local fashion scenes, as well as can’t miss restaurants and hotels in each city, pop by for Brownrigg’s savvy sale advice, jewelry finds and all-around good eye for style!
The Kirkland Arts Center just launched a spooky-cool show by two up-and-coming East Coast artists. Alison Brady, from Washington, DC, is known for her hyper-real (and hyper-creepy) photographs. Sarah Knobel, from NYC, has made a splash with her surreal self-portraits (via photos and videos).
Let me ask you if this sounds familiar: You were president of the chess club (or your sister was). You lived for concert band practice or saw Star Wars 50 times (or have a brother who did). Or maybe you logged in 5,000 hours of Atari or wore that Michael Jackson glove to school every day, even after it was cool. You survived middle school, escaped high school, arrived at college and, finally, it came: validation. You found your tribe and realized you were not alone. For all you folks out there who at one point in your life were called a nerd or a geek, this issue is for you.
(Blow) Try to keep the giggles to a minimum as you learn how to gather glass on your rod, shape your punty and blow it during Seattle Glassblowing Studio’s six-week beginning glassblowing class. $645 for six classes. Seattle Glassblowing Studio, 2227 Fifth Ave.; 206.448.2181; seattleglassblowing.com
Despite the renown of its members, you probably haven’t heard of the Seattle Camera Club. Here’s why: Founded in 1924 by 37 talented Japanese photographers, the club thrived until World War II, when many of its members were sent to internment camps. The group disbanded and much of its work was lost, but the UW Libraries acquired some surviving collections, which are being exhibited at the Henry Gallery as Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club.