Owners of Wallingford’s longstanding “poem emporium,” Open Books (openpoetrybooks.com), romantic and business partners J.W. Marshall and Christine Deavel are also acclaimed poets. This month they’ll read together for Seattle Arts & Lectures (3/19, 7:30 p.m.; lectures.org).LOCATION: A Muddy Cup in Wallingford, on a mild January dayDRINKS: John, a latte (and cheese Danish); Christine, tea (and bran muffin)
When I tell people I live in Madison Park, I frequently have the urge to qualify it by saying something like, “I’m doing my best to bring down the demographics.” There’s no doubt about it, I live in a part of town that is white, rich and a shade more conservative than Seattle political norms. This is a neighborhood where George W. Bush bumper stickers remain undefaced and Broadmoor, its gated residential community, is the only precinct in the city that went for Mitt Romney.
Last October, the morning rituals of stay-at-home parents, telecommuters, taxi drivers, students and everyone who regularly relied on KUOW-FM 94.9 to anchor the day were disrupted. The extended caller-driven confabs on gardening and home maintenance were gone. No more long-form, meandering conversations with public officials or winding interviews with poets, authors, artists and historians. No more tangents from 9 to 11 a.m. Instead, two national programs, The Takeaway and Here & Now, started filling the midmorning window with crisp, modular news of the world.
Remembered for his declared intent to “assassinate” established painting methods—and recognized by the playful, primary-colored paintings that resulted—influential Barcelona-born artist Joan Miró believed he could be truly radical by way of sculpture. The Picasso contemporary and compatriot began experimenting with the medium in 1941. “It is in sculpture that I will create a truly phantasmagoric world of living monsters,” he said. Monstrous or mischievous?
Brandishing a riot-grrrls-meet-The-Go-Go’s sound, Tacocat charms fans with funny songs about waiting for the No. 8 Metro bus, fear of toxic shock syndrome and a psychic cat that predicts nursing-home deaths. Band members Emily Nokes, Lelah Maupin, Bree McKenna and Eric Randall—who have described their vibe as “feminist sci-fi” and “equal parts Kurt and Courtney”—have been cranking out clever lyrics and infectious pop punk tunes since 2007. This month (2/25), Tacocat releases its second full-length record, NVM (as in “never mind”), on local label Hardly Art.
The Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games have technically already happened, but NBC will air them tonight at 7:30 EST. Our Washington State athletes have been busy tweeting photos and adorable musings about their visits thus far in Sochi. Herewith, a roundup of a few of our faves:
Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games begin tomorrow, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. EST (on tape delay). And while NBC will be live-streaming all sporting events on its website, take note that it is not streaming tomorrow's fanfare, so hole up in your living room or find a sports bar to catch all the Sochi opening festivities.
Must WatchCatch a Flick at the Asian American Film Festival(2/2 to 2/9, times vary) — This annual festival screens shorts, features and documentaries by and about Asian Americans, including basketball phenom Jeremy Lin (Linsanity) and a young Cambodian struggling to get out of a Seattle gang and become a break dancer (Raskal Love).
The Seattle mag crew is lucking out tomorrow with front row seats for the biggest happening in a long time: the Seahawks victory parade.
The parade starts at 11 a.m., with a route that takes the celebration from Seattle Center at Denny Way, south through downtown on Fourth Ave (smack dab in front of our new digs), and ends at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field.
Since 1994, homeless and low-income vendors have been selling Real Change newspapers on Seattle streets as a more secure alternative to panhandling. Over two decades, the local publisher has proved adaptable to the needs of both purveyors and customers, and now Real Change is addressing a new reality—our increasingly cashless economy.
Must SeeThe Long History of African-American Baseball in WA(2/1 to 11/9, times vary) — Washington state didn’t have a professional Negro League team until 1946, which means much of the state’s black baseball history has gone undocumented. But the Northwest African American Museum’s new exhibit “Pitch Black” aims to rectify that, with artifacts, photographs and oral histories from this unheralded community.
Must MarvelChildren’s Film Festival at the Northwest Film Forum(1/23 to 2/2, times vary) — A popular event for film-o-philes of all ages, the ninth installment of Children’s Film Festival Seattle boasts its biggest program yet. This year’s event features more than 130 films from 32 countries—including Azerbaijan, Mozambique, Morocco, Indonesia and Iran—which means kids in attendance will gain instant film cred.
One of Seattle magazine’s 2013 Spotlight Award winners, dancer/choreographer Kate Wallich and her company, The YC, are swiftly rising stars in the contemporary dance scene. Known for creating intense, highly atmospheric works that shift from super slo-mo to fast-paced popping, Wallich builds visual worlds that resemble haute couture fashion spreads come alive. February brings the world premiere of her first evening-length piece, Super Eagle.
Whether you’re actively boycotting the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi (2/7–2/23) because of Putin’s anti-gay policies or you just can’t afford the trip, never fear, there are plenty of ways to experience the best parts of Russian culture right here in Seattle.