The Northwest climate is heaven for ferns, where their fronded glory unfurls in countless dappled rockeries and shady groves. And as the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. In 1989, a group of fervent fern fans in Seattle formed the Hardy Fern Foundation, committed to celebrating and propagating the plant via display gardens, including the primary study garden at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (rhodygarden.org) in Federal Way. That’s where you’ll also find the Fern Foundation’s pride and joy, the Stumpery.
Is Seattle’s hottest music venue SeaTac Airport? Certainly that’s where local musicians can get the widest exposure. Thanks to the Experience the City of Music initiative, since 2013 travelers have been listening to welcome announcements from the likes of Macklemore, Brandi Carlile, Quincy Jones and Ann Wilson, and hearing local music on the SeaTac speakers.
Overlake Medical Center hosted its annual Bandage Ball gala and auction at the Bellevue Hyatt on Saturday, March 29, with more than 700 guests in attendance. The ball exceeded organizers’ expectations by raising more than $1 million for the hospital’s new cancer center, which will provide expanded integrative care and enhance the hospital’s capacity to meet the growing needs of the extended Eastside community.
Through Friday, May 23, more than 40 local museums—including EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Glass and The Museum of Flight—are offering two-for-one admission deals and special events during Museum Week Northwest. Key in museumweeknw.com to pick your cultural poison.
Tamesha Means was 18 weeks pregnant in 2010 when her water broke. The Michigan woman visited a nearby Catholic hospital twice, and was sent home, each time in severe pain, according to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU in December of last year. Doctors at the hospital, directed by Catholic guidelines that forbid abortion, did not tell her that her fetus had virtually no chance of survival or that the safest treatment was to terminate the pregnancy, which was the case, according to the suit.
Must SIFFThe Seattle International Film Festival Opens(5/15 to 6/8, times vary) — Seattle’s most famous film festival celebrates its 40th birthday with a sprightly commitment to fresh filmmaking from all over the globe. Put a local twist in your lineup by checking out films such as Lucky Them, Big in Japan and The Breach by Seattle filmmakers.
Every year, the Mariners go old school, rolling back the clock to a bygone era for Turn Back the Clock Night at Safeco Field. This year’s time travel happens on Saturday, May 24, and the vintage inspiration is Starsky & Hutch, a quintessential television show of the late 1970s. For the game against the Houston Astros, teams will don retro 1979 uniforms, which for the M’s means a return of the classic trident logo.
Best known for her powerful pipes (which she’s employed playing a wicked stepsister in the musical Cinderella, singing the national anthem before Seahawks games and in many other roles), Sarah Rudinoff also possesses major acting chops and an electrifying stage presence (Torso at Theater Off Jackson; The Clay Duke at On the Boards). This month, she goes it alone with a funny new solo show, Is This Real Life?, which she’ll premiere as part of the NW New Works Festival. 6/6–6/8. ontheboards.org
She’s channeled a sleepy princess, a star-crossed lover and a human cursed to live as a swan—all while strapped into toe shoes. And now Kaori Nakamura is taking on an entirely new role. After 17 years with Pacific Northwest Ballet (16 as a principal dancer), she’s retiring from the stage at the end of this season, but will stay on with PNB as a faculty member at the ballet school. Dance fans will miss the precise, weightless grace she radiated on stage, playing pivotal characters in Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Merry Widow, Coppélia and other ballets.
The Bumbershoot lineup is here! The Bumbershoot lineup is here! And it looks especially awesome this year! Personally, I'm stoked about Elvis Costello, The Dismemberment Plan, The Replacements, Nada Surf, The Afghan Whigs, and locally based goodness including The Lonely Forest, Shelby Earl, Evan Flory-Barnes and La Luz. See the full list at bumbershoot.org and plan accordingly.
The Madrona home that Alex Landes shares with her partner, Chris Koehler, boasts a stunning view of Lake Washington, with Mount Baker and Mount Rainier visible in the distance. But equally eye-catching is the art collection, which Landes has been amassing for the past 15 years.
Must BrunchMother’s Day is Coming! Best Brunch Spots in SeattleSunday (5/11, times vary) — Belly up to these favorite eateries for Mom’s big day. Still need to come up with a present? Visit seattlemag.com to find myriad gift ideas that are perfect for mum.
On the day I was born in December 1956, my father, Lew Wallick, was doing what he did for a living, what he loved best: testing airplanes for The Boeing Company. I admit I find it very cool that my birth certificate lists my father’s “Usual Occupation” as Test Pilot. On that day, Dad was copilot with pilot Ray McPherson on the first flight of the number-two KC-135, the military version of the 707.
Over on our sister site, Seattle Health, editor Niki Stojnic reported on a rather difficult, serious-sounding subject: death. And more importantly the efforts of Bastyr University to make that subject a little less difficult and serious-sounding. Stojnic writes: