From Fourth of July fireworks shows to outdoor concerts and movies, your summer calendar is swelling with social engagements. Herewith, your go-to guide for what to do during the warm-weather months.
When the sun comes out in Seattle, so does the music. Heating up in June and powering through September are a number of outdoor music experiences that will knock your shades off.
Capitol Hill Block Party
Brangien Davis; with research by Meghan Gelbach // Portrait by Hayley Young
Are you ready for a reishi-tini? The healthy mocktail—made from reishi mushroom and lemon balm extracts, lemon juice and limeade with a lime twist—is one of several made to order at the new offshoot of Tierney Salter’s popular natural health store, The Herbalist.
Must SeePacific Northwest Ballet Closes the Season with Giselle(5/30 to 6/8, times vary) — Giselle—everyone’s favorite jilted-bride ghost—returns to Pacific Northwest Ballet, this time with all new sets and costumes created by acclaimed French designer Jerome Kaplan. Principal dancer Kaori Nakamura takes lead in this season ender, which also happens to be her last run before retirement.
Crosscut.com is launching its first-ever Community Idea Lab, a project that focuses on a new way of doing journalism through community problem solving. The first thing it's tackling? The San Francisco tech boom and the polarization it has created between the tech and social services communities.
One of the many cool things about the Seattle Symphony’s groundbreaking Sonic Evolution program, according to maestro Ludovic Morlot, is that it brings people to Benaroya Hall who’ve never been there before. People such as, say, Sir Mix-A-Lot, who, before the photo shoot for this magazine, had never set foot inside the phenomenal concert hall (he was visibly wowed by the acoustics), but who will take the stage there this month—with the symphony playing backup on a new orchestration of his songs “Posse on Broadway” and “Baby Got Back.”
You know it. You do it. It’s safe, predictable, even comforting, like that pair of broken-in jeans that give in all the right places (thank goodness). A routine is one of the most powerfully subconscious habits that dominate our lives. Which is why it’s so thrilling to veer off the path and break the pattern with a vacation. But even if you’ve banked weeks of paid leave at a job, it is hard to get away more than once or twice a year.
Drew Atkins, a Seattle magazine collaboration with Crosscut.com
Strolling around Blanchard and Seventh in Seattle’s Denny Triangle, I’m taking in the last days of a forgettable block. It’s an easy spot to ignore as one passes by. Nondescript mid-rises commiserate with a Budget Rent A Car, a strip club and a fenced-off dirt lot. Having passed through the area for years, it’s hard for me to believe that by 2016, this block will resemble the set of a sci-fi movie and serve as an epicenter of global retail. But the wheels are already turning, and change is on its way.
This month's issue (on newsstands now!) is devoted to some of our city's best-kept secrets: bars, restaurants, gardens and beyond. Now it's your turn to let us in on any hidden Seattle gems that we editors might not be privy to. Send us your favorite secret haunts via our social media pages (Twitter; Facebook) using the hashtag #seattlesecrets.
Must MarvelThe Olympic Sculpture Park Gets a HeadStep aside, Ferris wheel. “Echo,” the new, 46-foot-tall white head—just installed at the shoreline of the Olympic Sculpture Park—faces the Olympic Mountains and serves as a serene beacon for everyone from Puget Sound sailors to Myrtle Edwards joggers.
The Northwest climate is heaven for ferns, where their fronded glory unfurls in countless dappled rockeries and shady groves. And as the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. In 1989, a group of fervent fern fans in Seattle formed the Hardy Fern Foundation, committed to celebrating and propagating the plant via display gardens, including the primary study garden at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (rhodygarden.org) in Federal Way. That’s where you’ll also find the Fern Foundation’s pride and joy, the Stumpery.
Is Seattle’s hottest music venue SeaTac Airport? Certainly that’s where local musicians can get the widest exposure. Thanks to the Experience the City of Music initiative, since 2013 travelers have been listening to welcome announcements from the likes of Macklemore, Brandi Carlile, Quincy Jones and Ann Wilson, and hearing local music on the SeaTac speakers.
Overlake Medical Center hosted its annual Bandage Ball gala and auction at the Bellevue Hyatt on Saturday, March 29, with more than 700 guests in attendance. The ball exceeded organizers’ expectations by raising more than $1 million for the hospital’s new cancer center, which will provide expanded integrative care and enhance the hospital’s capacity to meet the growing needs of the extended Eastside community.
Through Friday, May 23, more than 40 local museums—including EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Glass and The Museum of Flight—are offering two-for-one admission deals and special events during Museum Week Northwest. Key in museumweeknw.com to pick your cultural poison.