Culture

Tuesday, 01/06/2015 6:45 PM
In a small, private Belltown event space, members of Seattle band St. Paul de Vence begin tuning a trumpet and strumming a banjo. As the audience settles in on this winter evening, there’s electricity in the air—a sense that something exciting is afoot, and the people here are lucky witnesses. Everyone is on “the list,” an open-to-all email sign-up for Seattle Living Room Shows (seattlelivingroomshows.com), the live music series that takes place in small venues and private homes once or twice each month.
Tuesday, 01/06/2015 5:49 PM
Need a good cuddle from a complete stranger? Make your way down to Portland, where a woman has turned the up-close-and-personal behavior into a profession. According to King 5's Evening Magazine, professional cuddler Samantha Hess charges $35 for a 30-minute snuggle session and $60 for a full hour. And should you book her services, don't get any funny ideas. She doesn't allow any naughty behavior.
Monday, 01/05/2015 11:46 PM
On New Year's Eve, my husband and I each downed a dirty martini and shared two bottles of brut Champagne. Though he was kicking my tail at a rousing game of Monopoly (damn him for always snagging Marvin Gardens), our low-key bubbly- and vodka-fueled evening was a splendid way to ring in 2015.
Monday, 01/05/2015 7:21 PM
It's back to the grind and those heartfelt resolutions of yesterweek are already starting to waver. Going for more calm, balance, joyfulness and efficiency this year? Learning to sit still may be what will put it all in motion. Check out this range of local meditation drop-in and series classes, some with dharma talks included, and for those wanting more, a ten-day silent intensive course two hours south. 1. Kadampa Meditation Center (KMC) Washington
Monday, 01/05/2015 6:26 PM
Known for her wisteria-colored hair, cat-eye spectacles, regal composure and biting wit, Australian comedy goddess Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) has been entertaining audiences for nearly a half-century. But sadly, the empress of satire is calling it quits; this year, she embarks on Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye: The Farewell Tour (1/15–1/18. The Moore Theatre; stgpresents.org). Her final traipse through America starts in Seattle—don your sparkliest gown and don’t miss it.
Monday, 01/05/2015 5:05 PM
It’s a new year—time to engage in the annual tradition of shaking yourself out of a holiday food coma and putting down the pecan pie in favor of an exercise plan. But first you must ask yourself: When it comes to working out, are you a loner or a joiner? Do you prefer to exert yourself in the privacy of your own home or in the company of sweating strangers? Either way, two new local fitness startups have you covered.
Monday, 01/05/2015 5:39 PM
It's 2015. You're back in the office. Here's what's happening now around town. Weather: Severe windy and rainy conditions have done a number on the Puget Sound region last night and this morning, including causing school closings, mud slides and power outages. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for parts of Western Washington. For live updates on the storm, check Kiro 7 News.
Tuesday, 12/30/2014 6:57 PM
This article originally appeared on Avvo.com.This is a great time of the year to make charitable contributions. Not only will you help out a great cause, but you may also be able to deduct the amount you contributed from your tax return in April. Here’s what you need to know about making tax-deductible charitable contributions this season.
Tuesday, 12/30/2014 6:09 PM
The holidays are over—baking, white elephant exchanges and all—and your social schedule has opened up again. There are various local ski options to level your January blues, but if snow sports evoke torture for you, here are some mostly indoor activities to pry you away from Netflix this winter. From board game stores that invite you to try games free in their stores to bowling leagues to literature readings, this city has something for any cold-weather-hating mood, so fire up that sun lamp and go to town. 1. Games
Monday, 12/29/2014 7:54 PM
Must Take the PlungeThe Annual Polar Bear Plunge is Here!Thursday (1/1, 12 p.m.) It’s an age-old tradition that requires a steely resolve—and a warm robe to step into as you emerge from the wintry water. Psych yourself up and jump into Lake Washington at Matthews Beach Park (at noon) or at another favorite splashy spot.Must HearSeattle Symphony Performs Beethoven’s Ninth  
Monday, 12/29/2014 5:36 PM
The Washington State Department of Transportation says that the deep-bore tunnel project in Seattle is 70 percent done. The basis of that claim, apparently, is that they’ve spent 70 percent of the money they intended to spend, even though the tunnel machine Bertha is broken, at least a year behind schedule, and has only tunneled 11 percent of the distance she is expected to go.
Tuesday, 12/23/2014 5:44 PM
Happy day before the day before Christmas! Leading off:
Monday, 12/22/2014 7:26 PM
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Monday, 12/22/2014 7:20 PM
he aim of making cities more bike friendly has traditionally focused on the streets—striping, signals and barriers, that sort of thing. But this year The Bike Design Project (oregonmanifest.com), a nonprofit innovation platform in Portland, took aim at the velocipedes themselves with a national competition to inspire bike designs that strive to do no less than “reshape urban mobility.”
Monday, 12/22/2014 7:09 PM
Improvements in the human condition often begin with a single person endowed with an extra dose of courage, determined to do the right thing in the face of obstacles and naysayers for the benefit of the many. Seattle magazine is proud to partner with Crosscut to present the second annual Crosscut Courage Awards. Meet the local business, public service and cultural leaders whose personal and professional dedication is making our region more vital, equitable and inclusive.BUSINESS COURAGE WINNER