Culture

Tuesday, 11/25/2014 7:47 PM
“There’s sometimes a misconception that this is an uplifting show,” Ahamefule “Aham” Oluo says. A smile curls at the edges of his deadpan voice, but it comes from a place of sincerity, not scorn. His tall frame folded into a café chair at a coffee shop in his neighborhood, Columbia City, he is discussing his new show, Now I’m Fine. It’s a sort of jazz performance memoir, a dark and funny pop opera that shrinks and swells from intimate portrait to sweeping emotion. “I would say it’s neutral,” Oluo continues.
Tuesday, 11/25/2014 5:58 PM
Work has finally begun on the stalled Fifth + Columbia tower. The building will soar to 44 stories--one of the tallest in Seattle--and will house a four-star luxury hotel on the third through the 15th floors. The rest will be office space. Look for Fifth + Columbia to open sometime in 2016.
Monday, 11/24/2014 9:32 PM
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a joyous occasion wherein relatives young and old gather 'round for an epic feast, convivial conversation, sports (if you're into that), parades with accident-prone balloons, and general family togetherness. Some of the time, however, it's a completely dysfunctional event from which you'd like to escape. (Lest my family read this and assume I'm referring to them: I'm not. I swear. Really.)
Monday, 11/24/2014 6:26 PM
This article originally appeared on Avvo. Last month, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, passed a law restricting how and where people may feed the homeless. A week after it passed, the law was put into use when two pastors and a senior citizen were arrested for feeding the homeless on a beach. Helping the homeless just got harder
Monday, 11/24/2014 6:39 PM
Nordstrom has announced some big changes with its semi-annual sales: The luxury department store is abandoning those four semi-annual sales and instead plans to hold six clearance sales each year. According to The Puget Sound Business Journal, "the six clearance sales will be storewide, rather than broken up by specific department, as the half-yearly sales were. The big July Anniversary Sale will remain unchanged."
Friday, 11/21/2014 5:09 PM
It's Friday. It's raining. Potentially violent protesters could be mere steps from our offices. Leading off:
Thursday, 11/20/2014 10:13 PM
Looking into my crystal ball—and yes, I have one, an old green Japanese fishing float—I foresee that the year 2015 promises to be the year of either Big Headaches or Big Solutions.
Thursday, 11/20/2014 9:36 PM
Must Make Reservations10 Restaurants Serving Up Thanksgiving DinnerRestaurants around Seattle are preparing Thanksgiving feasts for dine in and take out. Prix-fixe menus, buffets and smoked turkeys to-go give us plenty to be thankful for this year, but make your reservations, like, now.
Thursday, 11/20/2014 7:06 PM
Cornish College of the Arts—one of three colleges in the country that specializes in both the visual and performing arts—has turned 100 years old. Founder Nellie Cornish opened Cornish on Capitol Hill originally as a music school, and then expanded it to become an integrative arts campus. Cornish wanted her college to create “artists, citizens and innovators,” which Rosemary Jones, Cornish’s director of communications, feels it still does today.
Thursday, 11/20/2014 6:24 PM
Leading off on this rather warm Thursday morning: Councilwoman Kshama Sawant was arrested yesterday at a protest at Alaska Airlines' Seattle headquarters. The protest was in support of $15 wages for Alaska Airlines workers at Sea-Tac. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that three other people were also arrested, including two airport workers and a reverend.
Wednesday, 11/19/2014 5:53 PM
Today I learned that liquor delivery in Seattle is a thing. Glorious. Read on:
Tuesday, 11/18/2014 10:25 PM
Seattleite Lynn Caldeiro can only remember fragments of her first hospitalization four years ago—a nurse standing over her, her husband crying by her side, her own high-pitched scream above the din of the Overlake emergency room. She was sedated, her wrist and ankle strapped to a gurney. When a bed became available six hours later, she was transferred to the psychiatric unit at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland.
Tuesday, 11/18/2014 6:36 PM
This article originally appeared on Avvo.
Tuesday, 11/18/2014 5:18 PM
Happy everyone-is-mad-at-Uber Day! Delete your app (you rebel!) and then let's dig into what's happening in Seattle:
Monday, 11/17/2014 7:38 PM
There's a new breed of men, from Ballard to Brooklyn.  It's the bearded, flanneled hipster, otherwise known as the "Lumbersexual."   Those are two words you rarely hear together. My dad used to work in logging camps in the 1930s and I heard his incredible stories at the dinner table, including ones I won’t repeat here dealing with the sex lives of the lonely, brutal men who worked with him. Let's just say that no one really wants to be on the business end of a horny lumberjack. Really, truly. No one.