With your schedule jam-packed and your calendar exploding, we don’t blame you for missing the deadline to sign your kid up for summer camp. Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of summer programs around Seattle to keep your little munchkins busy, despite your procrastination.EXPLORATIONS IN MATH
Last year, at age 50, Grace* was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in three years. She was scheduled for a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, and would likely be in surgery for about 13 hours. “It was scary,” Grace says. “Especially the anesthesia consult several weeks prior, where they tell you that there is always a chance, with a long, complicated surgery, that you won’t wake up. At that point, I was more worried about [not waking up from] the surgery than the cancer.” Grace is not alone in her concerns. Dr.
Emergency medical care in Washington is getting a radical makeover: Freestanding, “no wait” emergency centers are cropping up in fast-growing suburbs, providing closer-to-home options to those often dreaded, crowded ER waiting rooms in urban hospitals.
Brain surgery via the eye socketAs both Harborview Medical Center’s chief of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and a University of Washington professor of head and neck surgery, Dr. Kris Moe blends some rather unique skills. That combination of training got him thinking about a new way to operate on patients with some types of traumatic injury, advanced brain disease or certain tumors.
In this town, we spend a lot of time fretting (and arguing and voting) about what the Seattle of the future will look like. Meanwhile, physical evidence of our city’s forgotten past looms all around us. The Underground Tour is an obvious example, but while historically fascinating, it’s perhaps not where you want to be once summer finally arrives (not to mention, this time of year it tends to be overrun with tourists).
Clockwise from top Left: Funk Royal Optics mustard yellow round retro-style frames with teal inlay, $399, from the Pulp Lab pop-up shop at Deli (Downtown, 1307 1st Ave.; 206.682.2446; deliseattle.com; also available at pulplab.com);
Like migratory birds making a stop on their way to warmer climes, flocks of visitors crowd the sidewalks of Pioneer Square this time of year, waiting their turn to step into the belly of Seattle on the Underground Tour and explore the cavernous, below-sea-level depths where relics of our city’s past lie.
WATERWAYSOur sunny summer days are precious—and so are the moments we spend cooling off from the heat. Sure, you can hit a lake or a pool, but why not mix it up? Consider these five “spraygrounds” for an afternoon of free fun.
NAME: George Mount OCCUPATION: Actor and founding artistic director of Wooden O Theatre FAVORITE ROLE: “Hamlet. It really is the single character that taught me the most about my craft.” FAVORITE PLAY TO PERFORM: A Comedy of Errors. “Because it’s just so damn silly.” PARK MUST-BRINGS: A picnic and a blanket or a low-backed chair.SCHEDULE: seattleshakespeare.org/woodeno
Originally planted by the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in 1911, the Medicinal Herb Garden has survived budget cuts and campus expansion, as well as a post–World War II shift in national preference from herbal to synthetic medicines. Now maintained by the UW Department of Biology, under the care of curator and gardener Keith Possee, the century-old garden spans 2.5 acres and boasts more than 1,000 species of medicinal herbs and plants (none of which are ever harvested; the garden is for educational and display purposes only).
ARTIST: Adam Stern, seattle symphony guest conductor
SPECIALTY: Conducting for the “symphonic cinema” program, in which the music is removed from a famous film (the dialogue remains) and the live orchestra plays the score as the movie screens overhead.
PERFORMANCES: Stern is conducting live scores for Casablanca (7/6 & 7/8) and The Wizard of Oz (7/7 & 7/9). Times and prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747; seattlesymphony.org
Believe it or not, we have the weather to thank for luring acclaimed playwright Yussef El Guindi to Seattle. In the early 1990s, El Guindi was a playwright-in-residence and lecturer at Duke University. As his term was coming to an end, he wanted to move to a city with a strong theater scene—beyond the obvious one. (“At the time,” he says, “my nerves were too raw” to deal with New York City.) His new home also had to be a “livable city” with good public transportation, since El Guindi doesn’t drive. That left Chicago, Minneapolis and Seattle.
Judging by the 400 archival photographs on display at the Wing Luke Museum, bridal portraits were a steady source of income for Japantown’s Takano Studio. Founded in 1910, the Japanese-American photography studio was a thriving business until 1942, when Japanese citizens were sent to internment camps. But before that, Takano captured Seattle’s vibrant Japanese community on film—and the Wing Luke Museum now holds the collection of negatives.