This year’s mayor’s race has attracted a large group of challengers; at least eight candidates want to replace Mayor Mike McGinn, who is running for reelection. That number reflects a sense that McGinn is vulnerable, and that should come as no surprise. He began the campaign with low approval ratings. And, historically, Seattleites have shown they are not in the least bit afraid to toss out an incumbent. That’s how Mike McGinn got his job. In 2009, voters defeated incumbent Greg Nickels in the summer primary.
Get up early, hit the cash machine and drive north to this puny but picturesque rural arts haven. Once there, gird yourself for the two-block walk through town at Tweets Cafe (5800 Cains Ct.; 360.820.9912; tweetscafe.com) where everything is delicious, then walk about a block down the, er, main drag to Shop Curator (14010 Mactaggart Ave.; 360.820.9912), a decidedly funky gallery/treasure trove of natural curiosities, found objects, handmade jewelry and visual art by area artists.
One of the key challenges in debating gun safety is a lack of concrete information on the impacts and causes of gun violence, driven, in large part, by a nearly two-decades-long ban on funding Centers for Disease Control research into the topic. As a result, the conversation often turns anecdotal and ideological, and leads to serious misconceptions including scapegoating mentally ill people as more likely to be violent than the rest of the population, a belief Stacey Schultz
Holding the chicken by its wings, Riley Starks lifts the Rhode Island Red from its crate, confidently inverts the hen, places it between his thighs and slits its jugular with a thin blade. Not a feather ruffles; the bird never makes a peep.
Back in January, we wrote a story about Dr. Mary-Claire King, the pioneering Seattle geneticist who discovered the breast cancer gene, a groundbreaking finding that garnered some serious Hollywood attention. King is the subject of the new movie, Decoding Annie Parker, a Steven Bernstein film starring actress Helen Hunt as King and Samantha Morton as cancer-stricken Annie Parker.
Must DrinkRevelry on Red MountainHead east for a wine-drinking adventure at the Col Solare Winery atop Red Mountain. This fifth annual tasting event will feature the latest wine releases from 24 Washington winemakers, plus bites and spectacular panoramic views of the valley below the winery.
If you've always dreamed of starring in a reality TV show, you’ll be in good company at the city’s first-ever Vlogger Fair. Hosted by local digital media geek Chris Pirillo, the conference brings together established vloggers to discuss how and why they vlog, and to reveal how video diaries can earn hundreds of thousands of YouTube subscribers and views. “It’s storytelling,” Pirillo says. “A random ‘slice of life’ video is a one-off; a vlog potentially never ends” (which, depending on the vlog, can be a good or bad thing).
By the time this magazine makes its way into your hands, we still may be slogging through the last of the rainy season (although as I write this, we are experiencing one of those hope-inspiring strings of sunny days in April). But sooner or later, summer will arrive and with it all the warm-weather rituals that are so personal yet universal. For some, it’s opening the cabin or taking out the boat for the first time; I’m more of a simple-pleasure type of gal.
Seattle Sketch Comedy Month 5/31–6/29Founded in 1999 under the direction of monologue master Mike Daisey, the SketchFest comedy festival each fall is packed with local performers and laughs aplenty. This new, summer showcase of short-form scripted comedy bits (think: Saturday Night Live but, hopefully, better) includes local groups Charles, Ubiquitous They, and Drop the Root Beer and Run. Times vary. $10. The Ballard Underground, 2220 NW Market St.; sketchfest.org
March 27 was a big day for Seattle. Not only did 15,000 middle and high school students pack KeyArena but the red carpet was rolled out for a lineup of stars, including Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson, Mia Farrow, Demi Lovato (via Skype), former Sonics player Gary Payton and a surprise performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. This star-studded event was in support of the first-ever We Day in Seattle, an initiative of Canada’s Free the Children, a nonprofit youth empowerment organization that encourages young people to become active citizens of the world.
COFFEE DATE: Award winning cartoonist Jim Woodring, whose new graphic novel, Fran (a “bizarre romance”), comes out from Fantagraphics this month.SCENE: Café Racer, a Wednesday morning in March.JIM’S ORDER: Coffee, black.Nancy Guppy: Describe the world through Jim Woodring’s eyes.Jim Woodring: Hmm. Well, the world has never quite jelled for me. It’s an endlessly strange, endlessly confusing place, and I think it’s worth exploring, especially in art.
When you think about it, Western fashion, with its focus on conforming to the predictable curves of the human body, designs itself into a box, as it were. With the exception of the audacious Alexander McQueen, most designers base their work on a woman’s hourglass shape (or often, a stick-straight version of it) and the body’s bilateral symmetry. But Japanese fashion, particularly since the 1970s, blows the lid off that box by embracing an orchestrated cacophony of pleating, asymmetry, deconstruction, peculiar shapes and unexpected textiles.