Leslie Stoner is holding a blowtorch in one hand while we chat in her Green Lake studio. She's spraying the torch across the surface of one of her paintings and explaining her process: how the flame heats the wax and fuses it, pushes it down or smooths it out in different ways.
As an encaustic painter—encaustic being an art form whose main medium is heated wax—Stoner utilizes a unique set of tools. In addition to her several blowtorches (which come in a few different sizes), she also uses razor blades, various palette knives, pottery tools and an assortment of baking tins.
Football is a manic mistress; a torrid relationship full of swelling highs and crippling lows.
Just ask anyone who watched the Seahawks on Sunday, from the guy at the bar to hold out safety, Kam Chancellor, who watched backup Dion Bailey give up a crucial end-of-game touchdown to drag a win away from the 'Hawks.
The sound at the core of The Honorable Chief Ahamefule J. Oluo’s new self-titled punk-rock record is the trumpeter’s signature guttural growl. It’s the sonic equivalent of someone who’s been pushed from routine and forced to snarl, putting the whole world around him on notice.
But at the same time, the record is celebratory, sympathetic, even divine. Like so many great artists, The Honorable Chief, who also plays in Seattle’s neo-jazz band Industrial Revelation, contains multitudes.
Ahh, More Amazon: Amazon is everywhere lately. They recently launched their one-hour delivery system through the app called Prime Now. USA Today reports that this week, through the same app, they are starting a restaurant delivery program. Similar to Postmates, customers will be able to browse menus from nearby restaurants, place an order, and Amazon will pick it up and deliver it to your door.
Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) used a drone to capture amazing aerial images of a baby orca born to an endangered group of killer whales off the San Juan Islands, KOMO News reports. The new calf, named L122, was swimming with its mother—a 20-year-old named L91—in Haro Strait, just west of San Juan Island.
Although National Dog Day has passed, I still spend a decent amount of time every day looking at pictures of puppies (some might say too much time). Since the only pet I currently own is an enormous lazy tomcat who howls late into the night, I have to get my puppy love via the internet. The pups featured on these five local Instagram accounts will, without fail, make your day a little happier. Just try to look at any one of these pictures without smiling.
Drumming, chanting and tears punctuated festivities at Seattle’s City Hall on October 13, 2014, when Mayor Ed Murray signed Indigenous Peoples’ Day into the historical fabric of Seattle on Columbus Day. The declaration provided some relief to wounds that have been packed with salt for centuries; among the celebrants were members of the Tulalip, Puyallup, Suquamish and Muckleshoot tribes, as well as Ken Workman, the great-great-great-great-grandson of Chief Seattle.
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.
When you step inside the Admiral Theatre, it's as if you're stepping back in time. That's because the West Seattle movie house, which sits along California Avenue SW, has gone largely untouched—save for a few tweaks in the '60s and '70s—since opening in 1942. (The theater first opened in 1919 as the Portola. You can read more about its extensive history here.)
Munchies & Minecraft: Geekwire reports that a new burger shop is opening next month near the University of Washington that not only sells burgers but also lets you play Minecraft while you eat. The restaurant is called CaliBurger and its website suggests that it will sell In-N-Out-type products, with “some tweaks to the In-N-Out for
From dance about Carl Sagan to photography about the black experience to theater about The Simpsons, this season’s lineup isn’t afraid to go there. Step out of your comfort zone and explore something you've never considered. We've divided up the best of the best this season into six categories for your arts-enjoying pleasure. Click on any one of the links below to begin your journey.
Must DesignGood Ideas Galore at the Seattle Design Festival (9/12 to 9/25, times vary) Good design, it has been said, starts with a question, and this year's city-wide Seattle Design Festival asks how can we best approach equality in a modern-day metropolis? Topics will include design for elders, and indigenous land rights and decolonization.
Must RockJam Out at Bumbershoot (9/5 to 9/7, times vary) It's time once again to rock out with big famous folks (Ben Harper, Built to Spill, The Weeknd) and stellar local bands (Smokey Brights, Grace Love and the True Loves, The Cave Singers and Chimurenga Renaissance among them). Good news: it looks like the weather will clear long enough that you don't have to lug an actual bumbershoot around the grounds.