Charlie and Benita Staadecker should come with a warning label: Contact with contents may result in channeling all your discretionary income into funding artistic projects. As endearing as they are enthusiastic, the Seattle couple is out to prove that commissioning art isn’t just for Vanderbilts and Guggenheims—it’s actually within reach for “ordinary people”—and it may be the single most satisfying and lasting way to spend money. As Charlie puts it, “You can choose to buy a new car, or throw a big anniversary party, or pay for a legacy work of art.
We take pride in it: Our state regularly earns top honors as one of the most livable in the country, thanks to our old-growth forests, vast waterways, and our literary and recreational lifestyles. But Washington state also tops a few not-so-pleasant lists: We outpace the nation in debilitating, and sometimes deadly, diseases. Washington is a hot spot for multiple sclerosis, has the sixth-highest rate of melanoma skin cancer and is number 15 nationwide in tuberculosis.
It wasn’t a native tree. It wasn’t what most would call pretty. And it was so big it dwarfed the little cottage it had grown beside for the past 60 or more years. But the spiky, Seussian monkey puzzle tree that was cut down last January in Ballard by the home’s new owners had been like a fellow neighbor to many local residents. Some cried, and others got angry. Still others backed the new owners, saying that individual property rights should trump sentiment.
Since May is Bike Month around the world, I am devoting my Outdoors blog posts for the next few weeks to urban bicycle commuting around Seattle. I will be virtually following two urban bike commuters as they make their way to and from work every day on two wheels under their own power, and I will personally be doing all the grocery shopping for myself and family members by bicycle (since I work from home). Stay tuned throughout the month for trip reports, helmet-cam video snippets, gear reviews and other goodies for cyclists of all kinds.
Just when you thought cyclocross was the most badass recreational sport to take root in the Northwest, along comes an entire new category of events for the endurance-obsessed, adrenaline-junkie mud lovers among us: obstacle courses. If you’re a distance runner, iron man/woman, triathlete or weekend athlete who loves a challenge (and doesn’t mind getting dirty), these races might be just what the doctor ordered.
The year 1985 was a big one for music: USA for Africa’s “We Are the World” raised $70 million, David Lee Roth left Van Halen for a solo career, and Madonna embarked on her first tour—The Virgin Tour, which kicked off in Seattle. But of much greater import locally, Gerard Schwarz took the position of music director for the Seattle Symphony. Since then, he’s raised the symphony’s global profile, earned 12 Grammy nominations and countless other awards, and was instrumental in bringing a state-of-the-art symphony hall to our city.
If you listen to people like Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, “Left Coast” cities like Seattle are so far out of the mainstream that we’re on the outer banks of reality. It’s true that we’re an antiwar kind of place, having been at the forefront of opposition to nuclear submarines, and wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Central America and Vietnam. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Department of Peace.
We haven't heard the entire story quite yet but it looks like SAM's director is leaving his post to pursue other projects. Check out the press release sent by Cara Egan, following a post by Cartwright on the SAM blog:
Subject: Derrick Cartwright Resigns as Director of the Seattle Art Museum
Derrick Cartwright Resigns as Director of the Seattle Art Museum
Contamination-related shutdowns at two beloved local cheese makers sparked outrage last year—but maybe not for the reasons you’d think. The most vocal protests weren’t about the reports of contamination—listeria at the Estrella Family Creamery and E. coli at Sally Jackson Cheeses—but about what some see as a draconian federal crackdown on small, local businesses.
Master monologist, former Seattleite, and top contender for funniest man on the planet Mike Daisey has a new show, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, in which he chronicles his total geek love for Mac products, and his horrifying discovery of how they are made. Here's my haiku review:
So flippin' funny.Powerpoint slam is priceless.End gets preachy. Rats.
If you've seen fabric sculptor/performance artist/dancer Nick Cave’s otherworldy soundsuits (on display now at the Seattle Art Museum), you've probably also imagined what it would feel like to wear a soundsuit of your own. Tomorrow, the public will have the chance to do just that at SAM's soundsuit parade.
It's time once again for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth! Started by Seattle's Jesse Harris (a highly talented youth himself), NFTTY has swiftly become the largest youth film festival in the world. This year, NFFTY will showcase 200 films (culled from a record-breaking 700 submissions) from 20 countries, all directed by auteurs 22 and younger. The lineup includes work by more than 30 local filmmakers, including 14-year-old Ben Kadie, a film fanatic from Bellevue who has competed annually in NFFTY since he was 9 years-old.
Good morning! For those of you who slumbered through the Royal Wedding last night (or maybe, like us, you haven’t been to bed yet!), here’s a quick update of the play-by-play reactions and the insane, fun and funny comments from our virtual Royal Watching party with Seattle Bride magazine.