From dance about Carl Sagan to photography about the black experience to theater about The Simpsons, this season’s lineup isn’t afraid to go there. Step out of your comfort zone and explore something you've never considered. We've divided up the best of the best this season into six categories for your arts-enjoying pleasure. Click on any one of the links below to begin your journey.
Must DesignGood Ideas Galore at the Seattle Design Festival (9/12 to 9/25, times vary) Good design, it has been said, starts with a question, and this year's city-wide Seattle Design Festival asks how can we best approach equality in a modern-day metropolis? Topics will include design for elders, and indigenous land rights and decolonization.
Must RockJam Out at Bumbershoot (9/5 to 9/7, times vary) It's time once again to rock out with big famous folks (Ben Harper, Built to Spill, The Weeknd) and stellar local bands (Smokey Brights, Grace Love and the True Loves, The Cave Singers and Chimurenga Renaissance among them). Good news: it looks like the weather will clear long enough that you don't have to lug an actual bumbershoot around the grounds.
When Marshawn Lynch broke eight tackles on his way to a 67-yard touchdown run against the defending Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints, in the 2011 NFC Wild Card game—literally causing the earth to shake beneath him and forever stamping Beast Mode in Seattle sports fans’ lexicon—I was at a bar in Moscow, Idaho.
Back in February, Engaget reported that Activision would be rebooting its beloved, fake-guitar-strumming franchise Guitar Hero this year after halting development in 2011 "following the underwhelming release of Guitar Hero 5."
Lynx Vilden walks down a dusty trail through a field of shrub and balsamroot. She wears a vest and shorts made of buckskin. A tangle of short dreadlocks frames her tan and weathered face. An arrowhead and a medicine pouch hang from leather thongs around her neck. Her belt buckle is fashioned from an antler, and tiny bone earrings pierce her earlobes. She is barefoot, and pads gracefully toward me undeterred by fear of thorns or sharp rocks.
Gamer Gathering: PAX Prime starts tomorrow at several venues in downtown Seattle. PAX is one of the largest gaming conventions in North America, so be prepared for lots of costumed gaming fans to be out and about this weekend.
Must SeePortraits of Seattle Rockers at Union Stables Building(8/27 to 9/11, times vary) In his new solo show, Musician: A Portrait Project, Ernie Sapiro exhibits intimate photographs of a diverse range of local musicians, including Mike McCready, Trimpin and Star Anna. Here, he chats with co-producer Nancy Guppy about the show.
On my way home from work this week, I walked by some kids playing in a park near my house. Four of them had set up a soccer game in the grass with a pair of shoes acting as the goalposts. Another girl, maybe 3 or 4 years old, flew past me on a plastic tricycle. She grinned ecstatically and pedaled recklessly fast. The look on her face said “THIS IS SO FUN.” She had no fear of crashing and no reason to slow down.