News broke yesterday that beloved Mariners player Ichiro Suzuki has been traded to the New York Yankees. The announcement spurred a mix of bitterness and speculation in our offices yesterday—and, of course, nostalgia. From food writer Leslie Kelly: "As a longtime, diehard M's fan, my heart breaks at this revolting development. I know it's a major league baseball is a business, but, darn it, would the Yankees ever even consider trading Jeter? No!
The most innovative, high-tech musician playing the Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend is named Stanley, and he only does covers. Invented by the artful geniuses at Digital Kitchen, Stanley is a souped up, interactive player piano that takes requests via text message (@stanleypiano).
In case you haven't seen it, check out this short film that won the critic's choice award at Capitol Hill Block Party's Totally Stacked short film competition. Composed as an open letter that sticks it to Clay Bennett - former owner of the Seattle Supersonics - the film is really a love letter to the landscape of Seattle, composed of beautiful noir imagery of the city (who knew the Monorail was so sexy?).
If you've always wondered how the Space Needle came to be—or if you'd like to know why Seattle Center was almost named "Pleasure Island," grab a seat at a special Elliott Bay Books event this Saturday.
The eminent local experts on Seattle history (not to mention monopolizers of the most entertaining World's Fair trivia) are assembling to talk about the impact of—and the intriguing characters behind—Century 21.
This press release from Taylor Shellfish Farms about the upcoming Shellfish-tival inspired a couple Friday afternoon thoughts...
1. I think if you're going to call something a Shellfishtival you should fully embrace it and drop the hyphen.
2. The lineup seems a little heavy on feces-related fun. What's with the poop party?
MUST GO OUTSIDEOlympic Sculpture Park Summer KickoffThursday (7/12) - Beginning this week and continuing every Thursday evening through the summer, Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park features a rotating lineup of fun, including food trucks, live music, wine tastings and other special events. This evening, Eduardo Mendonça’s Show Brazil! and the VamoLá Drum & Dance Ensemble bring a Brazilian carnival to the park, accompanied by the sun’s dramatic drop behind the Olympic Mountains.
1. If there are only two people in your party, you will probably have to share a pod with strangers. Hopefully you will get paired with a nice, socially competent couple from Mukilteo (like I did). Otherwise, congratulations! You just paid to join a cruel social experiment: Seattle strangers trapped in a glass bubble and forced to make small talk. Don’t bother trying to escape, they lock the doors from the outside.
2. The air conditioning inside those pods is more powerful than any currently offered in Seattle. Bring a sweater.
Seattle has lost a dear and wonderful man, someone to whom all Seattle-area seafood lovers owe a debt of gratitude. Dick Yoshimura, patriarch of the iconic Mutual Fish in south Seattle, passed away Thursday at the age of 98. His passing will be mourned across the local food community. But his impact on the city—on the quality of our culinary life here—will be felt for years to come.