In 2003, Seattle author Brent Hartinger published Geography Club, the first book in his young adult series that follows gay high school sophomore Russel Middlebrook and his quest to interact with other gay teens at his school. The novel earned praise from reviewers--USA Today called it an "honest, emotional and funny story," and The Seattle Times said it was a "breath of fresh air." In 2013, Geography Club was adapted into a feature film starring Scott Bakula and Ana Gasteyer.
For the last 25 years, Seattle performer Randy Minkler has been taking the stage in the guise of a clown named Godfrey Daniels, and even he agrees with the general consensus: “Clowns can be scary.” But Minkler has a strategy for getting beyond that hard truth. “I don’t think of him as a clown,” he says of Godfrey, “he’s more like an internally driven puppet.”
This article originally appeared on Avvo.On Feb. 24, 2015, Alaska became the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana and the first majority republican state to do so. Here’s what you need to know:
Essex's over-the-top-epic Sunday burger now available Wednesdays through Sundays: Delancey’s charming little sister may be the perfect place for a made-from-scratch cocktail and plate of pickles and pretzels before gorging on pizza next door, but Essex, in the east Ballard pocket neighborhood of Whittier Heights, has developed into a destination of beauty all its own. Owners Brandon Pettit and Molly Wizenberg continue to develop—and expand—the menu, which now includes a burger that you’ll want to show up for as soon as doors open at 4:30 p.m.; it’s that popular.
Must TourPompeii: The Exhibition at Pacific Science Center (Through 5/25, times vary) Travel back to the year 79 where the Mount Vesuvius eruption is re-created by way of hundreds of artifacts, body casts from the excavated dead and an immersive CGI experience that brings the eruption home (and imparts new ominousness to Mount Rainier).
Before some of Seattle's legendary bands, artists and icons were famous, they were frequenting local venues, high schools, cafes and neighborhoods; some speaking out, acting out, or otherwise causing a ruckus. These young people gained recognition as part of a forward-thinking and rebellious movement -- and yes, they had lots of hair. But behind the manes of Hendrix, Vedder, Cobain and the others so symbolic to our city, was an intention to change the system, put art on the streets, and generally leave things better, in myriad forms.
Last summer, Seattle Rep’s associate artistic director Braden Abraham became acting artistic director after the sudden death of predecessor Jerry Manning. Having already helmed many successful shows at The Rep (including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and My Name Is Rachel Corrie), this month Abraham directs his wife, actor Cheyenne Casebier, in the world premiere of a new play by Laura Schellhardt (The K of D).
Calling all Jiu-Jitsu and Kung-Fu fighters and fans alike: This week, full-contact combat is coming to the big screen in Seattle. Fists & Fury, Seattle's first Mixed Martial Arts Festival will debut at Cinerama on Friday, February 27 through Thursday, March 5.
In days named after colors news, 21-year-old college student Lucy Capron has started Teal Tuesday in support of the Mariners. Much like our Blue Fridays, in which devoted Seahawks fans wear blue to show love for the professional football team, on Tuesdays you're now to don your finest teal duds for the M's.
In personal brand news: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is trademarking his famous "I'm just here so I won't get fined" phrase he repeatedly uttered to members of the media during this year's Super Bowl. The sports star will make money off of the saying and according to ESPN's Darren Rovell, "It will appear on clothing as part of Lynch's 'Beast Mode' brand."
In our bi-monthly Seattlemag.com column, Knute Berger--who writes regularly for Seattle Magazine and Crosscut.com and is a frequent pundit on KUOW--takes an in-depth look at some of the highly topical and sometimes polarizing issues in our city. Last year saw the blossoming of the Lumbersexual, the urban hipster guy who dresses like Paul Bunyan. Seattle, Portland and Brooklyn are where the style has taken root.
Bertha Sees The Sun. Big Bertha, the world's largest tunneling machine that's been stuck under State Route 99 since 2013, has reached new depths. Yesterday, Bertha broke through the 120-foot-deep pit walls, allowing workers to finally be able to reach and repair this massive machine.