University Village opened in 1956 and while all of its original inhabitants (save the QFC) are gone and the mall has changed considerably, Village Maternity is celebrating its 30th anniversary in September with a month full of in-store events, a new website with ecommerce and 5 percent of all sales to Children’s Hospital in honor of founder Shelley Capretto, who, daughter Anna Williams explains, passed away in January.
Must BravoThe Ring Cycle(8/4 to 8/25, times vary) — Running times for The Ring might make your blood run cold (the four mini-epic operas are Das Rheingold: 2.5 hours; Die Walküre: 4.5 hours; Siegfried: 5 hours; and Götterdämmerung: 5.25 hours), but the pros know all this tush time is worth it. There’s simply nothing that compares to Wagner’s monumental work, which features Rhine maidens, a lustful dwarf, Valkyries, a dragon and one ring to rule them all.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has become a whole new kind of hub—for more than 600,000 flying insects. Seattle nonprofit The Common Acre (commonacre.org) worked with local bee-hugger organization Urban Bee Company (urbanbee.org) to install 16 honeybee hives at three locations in the scrub near the runways as a way to help combat the massive wave of colony collapse that’s killing off millions of essential pollinators.
Hooray for August, when we can finally say it’s summer without feeling the impulse to knock on wood. After spending most of the year complaining about the rain, we find ourselves seeking out precipitation—in the form of spray parks and fountains. While the International Fountain at Seattle Center wins big for, well, sheer bigness, there’s a newer spray park in town that scores high for both eco-tech savvy and screamy fun.
For teens and young adults facing long, difficult battles with cancer, and their families, little things such as a private room, fridge, bathroom, shower, large flat-screen television, mood lighting and expansive views make a big difference. And they’re all in the mix at the country’s first dedicated cancer unit for teens and young adults on the eighth floor of the new building at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
We’re all obsessed with iPhone photography (Instagram, Hipstamatic, etc.) but how about rocking it old school and exploring the world of tintype photography this weekend at The Aviary in Ballard? San Fran-based photographer Michael Shindler is really into tintype, a style that he centers his popular Photobooth company around, and has just recently built a 14 by 17 inch camera, which will create the largest images he has ever produced.
Seattle magazine thanks the members of its Top Doctors advisory panel, who agreed to share their insights and advice on medical trends and issues as we compiled this year’s Top Doctors issue. They also helped with nominations and the review of nominees for our Community Service Awards. Panel members do not review or influence the choice of doctors on the final list, and so they are eligible to be included on the list. Our advisory members are:
The body’s blood-brain barrier is a wonderful thing, allowing essential nutrients into the brain, but keeping dangerous bacteria out. Unfortunately, it also blocks some of the drugs that have the potential to treat or cure central nervous system disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Seattle-based Impel Neuropharma is developing a noninvasive intranasal technology—a pressurized aerosol, far beyond the capabilities of a nasal spray—that delivers biologics for otherwise difficult-to-treat brain diseases.
If you’ve ever fractured a rib, you know one thing: It hurts. A lot. And with every single breath. That’s because you can’t immobilize your ribs, like you would a wrist, arm, ankle or leg, while the bones knit back together. Which also means, insult to injury, that recovery can take longer—sometimes six months. And that’s not all. Breathing with broken ribs risks puncturing lungs, spleen, liver or kidneys. • For the first time, there is an alternative to simply waiting and managing the pain; it’s called rib plating, which was recently approved by the FDA.
1. The Too-Busy-to-Talk Doc There are lots of reasons it may seem like your doctor wants to bolt: shortage of time, poor bedside manner, or the real desire to be elsewhere. But wanting a doctor to demonstrate he or she has time and interest in your well-being isn’t about your self-esteem, it’s actually a matter of good health. Studies show that patients who are satisfied with a doctor visit are more likely to follow that doctor’s advice.
When orthopedic surgeon Sean Adelman, M.D., served as a member of an Air Force surgical team in the Middle East following 9/11, he didn’t have access to high-end imaging options, such as MRIs. So he and his fellow surgeons used handheld ultrasound devices instead. Years later, this experience would be called on in a different sort of battle—the one against runaway health care costs.Overuse of expensive imaging is a key factor in the high price of health care. Some national studies estimate at least 15 percent of high-end imaging tests are unnecessary and drive costs higher.
Must RockCapitol Hill Block Party(7/26 to 7/28, times vary) — It’s the sweatiest, loudest, most rockin’ party of the summer, when local musicians and the hipsters who love them swarm Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine corridor. With more than 60 bands (including The Flaming Lips!) performing over three days, this is musical mayhem you don’t want to miss. The three-day pass has already sold out, but single-day tickets are there for the taking.
There have been oodles of ceiling references swirling about the Internets this morning ("the ceiling did hold them after all!"), due to Macklemore et al filming a video on top of Dick's Drive-In in Capitol Hill. (Underneath rock-dwellers: His song "Can't Hold Us" mentions that, in fact, a ceiling perhaps may not hold them.)