If the Seattle Art Museum had sat in psychotherapy five years ago, its diagnosis would have been simple: Patient suffered from severe identity crisis. With a collection that was neither encyclopedic nor specialized–and trapped in an outdated building–SAM was best defined by a sense of fragmentation. To quote Gertrude Stein out of context, there was no “there, there."
I'll be making my second appearance on New Day Northwest tomorrow (11 a.m. on King 5), filling in for ArtZone arts maven Nancy Guppy, and giving viewers a to-do list of arty events this weekend. It's supposed to be sunny (yeah, I'll believe it when I see it), so most of them are outdoors. Tune in to hear what I think is especially wonderful about these artful opportunities. Links to more info are below.
Thinking about taking the plunge? Here’s a look at what kind of cash you’ll sink into boat ownership—first the purchase price, then the combined annual expenses of insurance, maintenance and moorage. Illustrations by Vidhya Nagarajan
Intex Excursion 5 Boat: $450 + $0/year
In the beginning, there was yoga. Next, hot yoga caught fire. But for Seattleites, even that wasn’t enough of a mind-body challenge.
Now, behold WASUP: Washington Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga. At last we can execute warrior poses while balancing atop a paddleboard in the middle of Shilshole Bay. Part of the Washington Surf Academy (wasurfacademy.com), which offers a variety of waterborne classes out of Surf Ballard, WASUP is the Northwest’s first and only (but probably not for long!) paddleboard yoga series.
Keep your fingers and toes (and children) close—for the 10th year in a row, the talented kooks at the School of Visual Concepts (SVC) are putting on a letterpress wayzgoose, and that means the 2-ton steamroller will be back in action. A letterpress tradition since the 17th century, a wayzgoose was originally a feast to thank the lowly typesetters as fall approached and the days drew shorter, requiring arduous typesetting by candlelight.
Rumors of a giant squid dwelling beneath the Tacoma Narrows Bridge are probably bunk. Probably.
Lake Washington is reportedly home to a monstrous white sturgeon, which, according to various witness accounts, measures 20 feet in length.
Though they’re rarely hot and sunny, Washington’s coastal beaches really bring the drama: wild, ever-changing weather, vast stretches of windswept, solitary beaches and fantastic, eerie sea stacks. Sure, shivering in layered fleece isn’t the typical beach dream, but spend a day strolling the rugged, rocky shores, listening to the thunderous surf and watching tattered seagulls straining into the wind, and we’re betting you’ll leave refreshed and invigorated (and with some pretty fierce hair).
Lake Washington: Recreation HeavenThe very existence of Lake Washington, a recreational haven and scenic backdrop par excellence, may be the perfect tonic for the rigors of city life. How many a sweet summer day was created or capped off with a swim, sail or paddle in the lake, or simply a stroll along its shoreline?
West Seattleite Ralph Naess, 48, drinks water straight from the faucet. As manager of the public and cultural programs at the Cedar River Watershed—the more than 90,000 acres of natural habitat and protected water near North Bend that is the source of Seattle’s tap water—Naess has been quenching the public’s thirst for knowledge about local water for more than 18 years.
You might have noticed a bit of an obsession with iconic Northwest landscapes in our travel and outdoors issues this year. In May, we celebrated the craggy mountains that frame our horizons. This month, we turn to our love affair with those other defining natural landmarks: our vast and varied bodies of water.
Top o' my list of things I love about Seattle: Two (two!) Shakespeare companies putting on free plays in parks all over town every summer. I gorge myself on a total of four plays—for free!—usually accompanied by five or six friends, blankets and multiple baskets of food and beverages. Soaking up the weird, convoluted brilliance of Shakespeare while decanting Cabernet from a Nalgene bottle? Summer's here!
Seattleites tend to approach yoga with an intense earnestness, so how refreshing to find two practitioners who bring a critical, humorous eye to the practice.
In December, local writer Claire Dederer published her funny and insightful Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses, a memoir of Seattle marriage and motherhood, in which she both skewers and owns up to the Northwest liberal demographic.
Dederer approaches the yoga culture with skepticism, but can’t help acknowledging how it has made a difference in her life.
Seattle-based cartoonists Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub decided last year that they wanted their own reality Web-TV show. They had already proven that their style of “bro-mance” banter attracts a following, and they received the green light from Penny Arcade TV (an online entertainment video channel). The catch: They needed to fund the production themselves.