Neighborhoods are like family members. They all have distinct personalities. Some may evince a casually cool charm, while others have a decidedly dynamic vibe. The best offer up their own compelling mix of restaurants and retail, sundries and services, daytime and nighttime diversion options.
Four hundred and fifty people cheered as Seattle businessman Steven Goldfarb, president of Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler, swiveled, spun and salsa-ed across the floor at Fremont Studios. Dressed in a form-fitting, sequined costume, Goldfarb was competing in Seattle Dances!, Plymouth Housing Group’s March 2010 fundraiser patterned after television’s popular Dancing with the Stars. More rock concert than traditional charity auction, the event had family and friends waving Go, Steve! signs and women tossing onto the stage lace panties distributed for the occasion.
The Alaskan Way Viaduct has suffered a great many accusations during its hulking life: It’s an eyesore, it blocks views of the sound, it drops large cement chunks of itself onto sidewalks without notice and, most chillingly, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. But like it or not, the Viaduct has also become integral to the city’s landscape—especially for those working close by, such as the more than 100 artists who work in Pioneer Square’s 619 Western Building, which has served as a creative enclave since 1979.
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.