We love it when Internet trends encourage people to desert their computers, head out into the city and do something—even if that something is pretty inane.
Last summer, “planking” (getting your photo taken while lying stiffly face down in public places) became an online sensation and led to a wave of imitator trends.
For example, “owling,” in which you perch on an object like an owl, and “batting,” which is essentially upside-down owling. And now, Seattle has joined the fray with “Needling” (dotheneedle.com).
Ski bunnies and snowboarders, prepare to be totally stoked: This month marks the opening of Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, where the new Mt. Rainier gondola awaits.
Built at a cost of $8 million and open since January, it’s the first such high-wire act at any ski resort in Washington—and by all accounts, it provides unbelievably cool views of Mount Rainier. Stat junkies will be thrilled to know that the vertical rise is 2,456 feet (to a top elevation of 6,856 feet), and the trip takes 9 minutes, 39 seconds at a speed of 800 feet per minute.
BD: Why did you start the Seattle Jewish Theater Company?
AF: I felt the need to create something personally meaningful and significant. Being Jewish is important to me. While I’m not religious, I do very much appreciate the rich Jewish cultural heritage, especially in theater. I would like to introduce the great plays—provocative dramas, warm comedies, delightful musicals—that have grown out of the Jewish heritage and continue to reflect and interpret that heritage today.
BD: What is a Jewish play?
We’re all familiar with the mutual benefits of community supported agriculture (CSA): Farmers get a guaranteed customer base, and subscribers get a box of fresh, locally grown produce delivered on a regular basis (and along with it, the satisfaction of eating sustainably). It’s a win-win.
So what if the A in CSA stood for art?
November’s gloomy weather can bring out couch-potato tendencies in kids. Not yours, though, because you, smart parent, have signed your child up to run the Seattle Marathon.
You don’t need $250 running shoes and a CamelBak; this is a marathon your kids do a little at a time, at a place near home.
When civic disputes get down to arguments over numbers, the point has usually been lost. Debates this year over building heights near the planned Roosevelt light rail station and in Pioneer Square heated up because the numbers symbolize an approach: density versus single-family homes, sustainability versus sprawl, high-rises versus history.
These debates, legitimate as they are, are indicative of the ways in which a city is often reduced to numbers.
Everybody loves a good line-in-the-sand scene.
That is, the classic, dramatic moment at the center of the mythic Alamo story, in which a ragtag group of wild men and outcasts occupy a mission in the middle of Mexico, er, Texas, and decide to stay and “defend” it against the encroaching Mexican army. It’s a loaded story. But then what American tale isn’t?
So the scene is envisioned by American icon and director of this movie, John Wayne:
The boys of Seattle band My Goodness are currently sitting in our office lobby, posing for pictures shot by our staff photographer Hayley Young. She's making them do all sorts of funny screaming and heavy breathing for the pictures. It's quite amusing - but they are great sports about it.
Don't know who My Goodness is? Take a moment to rock out with them here:
Last night's X Factor episode was bumped to a delayed baseball game (woe!), so we have to wait until tonight to really deliberate over which Seattle contestant is the best.
In the meantime, to respond to Brangien Davis' challenge of my preferred X Factor candidate, I submit new evidence: a video diary of Phillip Lomax, filmed as he was leaving Seattle to attend the next round of auditions.
Saxon! How can you not fall in love with such a goofy, blissful redhead (shown above and below)?
In case you missed it: we asked readers to share pictures of their own dogs to complement our October story about "Seattle's Dog Obsession."
We then decided to choose the cutest dog from those submissions.
Settling on this totally biased and arbitrary decision was very difficult. Seattle mag readers posted so many wonderful pictures of adorable pups on our Facebook wall, we could barely breathe, let alone make a rational decision.
Thanks to all who played along and submitted your lovely pictures. They certainly helped brighten up a grey day.
Scroll down to enjoy a small selection of the "runners up." Or visit our Facebook wall for a raw and uncut cuteness overload.
Seattle mag editorial assistant Patrick Hutchison and local musician Matt Badger, of Ravenna Woods, team up to explore Seattle's street music scene, recording the stories and songs that help compose our city’s soundtrack. The last in a five-part series:
*While you read, listen to this live performance of “Lena and the Lake”, by Finn Juhl. Recording taken at the University District Farmer’s Market on October 1, 2011.