Back in February, Engaget reported that Activision would be rebooting its beloved, fake-guitar-strumming franchise Guitar Hero this year after halting development in 2011 "following the underwhelming release of Guitar Hero 5."
Gamer Gathering: PAX Prime starts tomorrow at several venues in downtown Seattle. PAX is one of the largest gaming conventions in North America, so be prepared for lots of costumed gaming fans to be out and about this weekend.
Must SeePortraits of Seattle Rockers at Union Stables Building(8/27 to 9/11, times vary) In his new solo show, Musician: A Portrait Project, Ernie Sapiro exhibits intimate photographs of a diverse range of local musicians, including Mike McCready, Trimpin and Star Anna. Here, he chats with co-producer Nancy Guppy about the show.
On my way home from work this week, I walked by some kids playing in a park near my house. Four of them had set up a soccer game in the grass with a pair of shoes acting as the goalposts. Another girl, maybe 3 or 4 years old, flew past me on a plastic tricycle. She grinned ecstatically and pedaled recklessly fast. The look on her face said “THIS IS SO FUN.” She had no fear of crashing and no reason to slow down.
Uniqlo has announced that the opening date for its Bellevue Square location will be Friday, October 16. The nearly 16,000-square-foot store will be the Japanese apparel retailer's first Pacific Northwest location and will house the brand's full assortment of men's, women's and children's collections. “Opening in [the Seattle region] gives UNIQLO a greater opportunity to expand the reach of the brand to quality-conscious customers, as well as better serve the growing needs of our customers on the west coast,” Larry Meyer, ceo, Uniqlo USA said in a press release.
On January 30, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready teamed up with the Seattle Symphony and an all-star cast of rock musicians – from bassist Duff McKagan to singers Chris Cornell and Kim Virant – at Benaroya Hall to perform original compositions as well as songs from the band, Mad Season. The night of music, part of SSO’s fifth annual Sonic Evolution Series, where well-known musicians write original works tailored specifically for the symphony, was laid to tape and will be released August 28 on vinyl.
As the city transforms around us, one of the most noticeable impacts is the visibility of affluence. I remember a time when Seattle’s rich flaunted their wealth with an understated Volvo station wagon or a modest mid-century home tucked into the trees. Wealthy neighborhoods were discreet: Broadmoor lay behind walls (and even barbed wire), The Highlands invisible in the forest. Conspicuous consumption was frowned upon.
For the Veruca Salts of the world, online retailer Amazon has at last expanded its one-hour delivery Prime Now service to Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland and will expand to other zip codes soon.
If you need a break from Seattle’s unfailing earnestness, let your irreverent side fly free at Laugh Riot, the monthly alternative comedy showcase that takes place at Capitol Hill’s Chop Suey (9/2. 9 p.m. $5. 1325 E Madison St.; Facebook, “Laugh Riot”). You’ll be in good hump-day hands the first Wednesday of every month, thanks to cohosts and funnymen-about-town Derek Sheen and Ryan Casey.LOCATION: Green Bean Coffeehouse in Greenwood
Washington Wildfires: As the wildfires in our state rage on, easterly winds blew smoke from those fires into our area this weekend, prompting the National Weather Service to issue Air Quality Alerts, according to KING 5 News. The hazy skies should improve today, as winds are slated to shift to the west.
Forest Fires: According to The Seattle Times, more than 18 wildfires are currently burning throughout Washington state. The fires in North Central Washington are especially alarming, and are continuing to spread.
Working at the airport just became an even better gig. The Washington Supreme Court ruled that a voter-approved initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 in the city of SeaTac should apply to workers at the airport, reports KOMO News.
My family is hosting its 28th Annual Triathlon this weekend. It’s a triathlon for people who would rather relax than do sprints, which is the best kind of triathlon, and for most of us, the only kind. My dad started it with some of his college friends back in the day, which makes sense considering all three events could potentially be played with a beer in one hand.
The fierce competition is made up of three games: Frisbee golf, ping pong, and horseshoes. Sometimes there’s a non-credit dance round that inevitably includes both “The Electric Slide” and “The Cha Cha Slide.”
Do a Mock Draft (or seven)
Mock drafting lets you try out strategies without the risk of getting stuck with a horrible team. For example, here’s the result of one ESPN mock draft I did where I tried to pick as many Seahawks players as possible.