Must FestBumbershootThe city’s best summer fest is back, featuring stellar big names (Elvis Costello! Mavis Staples! The Afghan Whigs!), killer local bands (The Head and the Heart! Pickwick! La Luz!) and cool “words and ideas,” from The Failure Variety Show (artists celebrating major fails) to Stephin Merritt (of the Magnetic Fields) talking to arts editor Brangien Davis about Scrabble tactics.
The Red Bull Soapbox Race, a decidedly zany event held all over the world, came to Seattle last weekend. Around 46,000 spectators lined both sides of Yesler Way in Pioneer Square to watch 36 teams--strapped into homemade, gravity-powered vehicles that looked just as crazy as their drivers are--brave the steepest course in Red Bull Soapbox history.
Aah, mustard. Not just the goopy, yellow stuff your mom used to squirt on your hot dogs. Maille, an award-winning French mustard brand, brings its artisinal mustard (it actually has mustard boutiques in Dijon, France!) and cornichons to Seattle to sample and purchase. Feel fancy yet? Well, not only will you be sampling and composing your own palette of Dijon flavors, but the mustard is served out of a sleek and stylish electrical vehicle (how very Seattle-y).
When a bunch of winemakers travel from their vineyards so close to crush, they must have good reason. For more than five dozen Oregon winemakers traveling to Seattle on September 11, that reason is to spread the Burgundian-grape gospel at Pinot in the City.
Back-to-school time was one of my most favorite times of the year. There were new outfits to show off (tip from junior high me: wear your best outfit the second day, not the first when everyone is distracted with their unfamiliar schedules and locker combos), new pastel color-encased mechanical pencils to use, new books to cover, potential new crops of cute boys to ogle. Sheer glory.
The most recognized symbol of Seattle has gotten an experience overhaul, and locals may want to consider scheduling another visit. Last month, the Space Needle introduced a new interactive element that lets you view Seattle and the iconic building itself in a whole new light.
Hope you enjoy the last five days of summer because according to the masses, fall starts when Pumpkin Spice Lattes return. Starbucks has officially announced that the "PSL," as the delicious sweet and spicy drink has been lovingly nicknamed, will be made available on August 26 this year. That's earlier than its usual first-week-of-September appearance.
Must CheerRed Bull Soapbox RaceSunday (8/24, 1 p.m.) — Seattle's creative and adventurous makers will compete in this infamous race, in which 41 teams will careen down Yesler Way in homemade non-motorized vehicles. Expect crowds (the last race drew 40,000), hilarity (each team must perform a skit before shoving off) and cars themed around popular Seattle icons like Jimi Hendrix, Bertha, the Fremont Troll and yes, Macklemore.
Star architect Tom Kundig of Seattle-based biz Olson Kundig Architects talks to Crosscut about the books and authors that inspire him. He notes that he "[doesn't] read design or architecture magazines very often, and rarely [reads] blogs." Well, then.