Culture

Monday, 08/17/2015 4:39 PM
I have no intention of ever entering the political arena as more than an observer. Still, I sometimes fantasize, “If I were dictator of Seattle, what would I do?”In reality, it’s a terrible idea. I believe human nature is flawed, good intentions often go awry, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. I can imagine my well-meaning dictatorial Mossback regime at City Hall devolving over time—perhaps rapidly—into a circus worthy of Pyongyang or Game of Thrones. Mimes and clowns would come to fear me, the Dear Leader, or flee the city for safe haven.
Friday, 08/14/2015 4:32 AM
Heavy Art: According to The Seattle Times, several sculptural pieces of Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist and activist, will be featured in Walla Walla starting next month. Eight of Weiwei’s sculptures will go up at the Foundry Vineyards.
Thursday, 08/13/2015 9:29 PM
If you lend me a book, chances are I will finish it and return it to you within about four years. I'm great at starting books and terrible at finishing them. It’s a problem I’m working on. And as the summer draws nearer to the end, it seems like a perfect weekend to spend lazing on the couch with a particularly absorbing volume. Or in my case, to finish one I’ve already started. These five are oldies but goodies, and are all worth reading straight through to the end.
Thursday, 08/13/2015 7:15 PM
Thunder rolls. Seattle got a break from its record-setting hot summer Wednesday when thunder and lightning storms struck much of Western Washington, knocking out power in nearly 5,000 homes in Rainier Valley, says KOMO News. The storm even forced an early end to outdoor practice for the Seahawks at their facility in Renton.
Thursday, 08/13/2015 4:42 PM
Must Laugh
Wednesday, 08/12/2015 10:12 PM
Self-taught illustrator Kyler Martz started selling screen prints in local coffee shops just three years ago when one of his pieces was purchased as a holiday gift for Whale Wins’ chef-owner Renee Erickson. She liked Martz’s work so much, she commissioned him to create the 13-by-20 foot mural that decorates the exterior of the Ballard restaurant. The only problem was, he didn’t know how to make a mural. “I freaked out,” the 29-year-old says. “I have a friend whose dad is a sign painter in Boise, where I’m originally from. I drove out there, and he gave me a one-day crash course.
Tuesday, 08/11/2015 5:37 PM
free things to do in Seattle, free seattle events, free things to do this summer
Nothing in life worth having comes cheaply, right? Well, except for a whole page worth of gratis things to do in Seattle for the rest of this month and many, many more. Explore a new museum, watch a drive-in movie or enjoy a taste of soothing Japanese tea—all while leaving your wallet on your nightstand.  Free Museum Days: 
Tuesday, 08/11/2015 3:41 PM
Look up: You might be able to sneak a peek at The Perseids meteor shower Tuesday and Wednesday night until dawn thanks to potentially positive weather conditions. Earth will be passing through Comet Swift-Tuttle’s trail, which means skywatchers have a chance of seeing quite a few fireballs should the sky be clear.
Monday, 08/10/2015 11:16 PM
Take it to the Next Level
Monday, 08/10/2015 10:24 PM
Just as a potential partner needs to be vetted, a good bit of thought should go into where and how you decide to spend an evening with someone you just met. These spots offer the benefits of immediate discussion topics, a “shared experience” kick-start and, if you are not necessarily feeling it, the opportunity to sit back and let a few other complete strangers entertain.
Monday, 08/10/2015 10:44 PM
Seattle photographer Ernie Sapiro has a remarkable ability to capture the essence of local dancers, athletes and musicians—the last of which have been his special focus over the past two years. In his new solo show, Musician: A Portrait Project (coproduced by Nancy Guppy), Sapiro exhibits revealing portraits of a diverse range of local musicians, including Mike McCready, Overton Berry, Rachel Flotard, Trimpin and Star Anna. See it at the newly remodeled Union Stables building (8/27–9/11; 2200 Western Ave., just north of Pike Place Market).
Monday, 08/10/2015 9:29 PM
Seattle activists often serve up unwelcome surprises for Democrats who arrive expecting to feel some liberal love on the Left Coast. Hubert Humphrey was shouted down at the Coliseum (now KeyArena) by anti-war protesters in 1968. Bill Clinton’s international free trade photo-op was sacked by the WTO demonstrators in 1999.
Friday, 08/07/2015 4:14 PM
Standing in a pretty park on the west bank of the Duwamish River on an unseasonably warm day in June, it’s impossible to ignore a tremendous crashing sound coming from the abutting industrial area. It’s as if iron chains are being tossed into an empty shipping container, or maybe tons of rocks are being poured onto sheet metal. The river glistens patiently, and in the distance, Mount Rainier observes its massive silence.
Friday, 08/07/2015 1:07 PM
Co-op Beer: What the Seattle P.I. is calling Washington’s first cooperatively-owned brewery is set to open its tasting room on August 15 at 12 p.m. Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery is owned by over 1,500 members.
Thursday, 08/06/2015 10:38 PM
Photographer Matt Satell launched a new website last month devoted to aerial pictures of Seattle. The site, Seattle by Air, features a map of the city with a pin where each photograph was taken. Satell shoots them all himself via drone. Have a look at these gorgeous, mostly blue-sky vistas throughout the city.