“I’m sitting here with a busted ankle thanks to a karaoke injury last night,” says Mel Eslyn. The Seattle-based filmmaker is in LA, keeping her foot elevated and speaking via a spotty Skype connection. She’s mid-shoot for a film she’s producing called MF, the directorial debut of Robert Schwartzman, brother of Jason (Rushmore) and cousin to various Coppolas. Eslyn explains that it’s a comedy grounded by some heavy drama, then summarizes it Hollywood style: “It’s like The Graduate meets Loverboy—both the 1980s Patrick Dempsey movie and the ’80s band.”
Three cheers for Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, who nabbed his 2,000th strikeout during Sunday's game against the Oakland A's. King Felix is the fourth-youngest player to reach the exciting milestone, according to the Associated Press.
Brady Olson, the North Thurston High School teacher who tackled a student gunman last week, will throw out the first pitch at the Mariner’s game tonight. MyNorthwest.com reports, “the 16-year old shooter is believed to have been trying to commit suicide by cop when Olson saved his life by tackling him, as well as the lives of other students.” Olson will be honored at the game tonight for his bravery.
Must RunThe Color Run Takes Over the Seattle CenterSunday (5/10, 8 a.m.) Pop on a white shirt and prepare to be pelted with puffs of color (aka dyed cornstarch) during this popular 5K, which is less about speed and more about turning Technicolor. Starts and ends at Seattle Center.
Hold on to your mess kits: Seattle magazine is going to summer camp. In early June, I'll pack up my sleeping bag and bug spray and head into the wilderness to spend three days at Camp Rahh!, an all-inclusive camp experience for grown-ups (if the website photos are to be believed, these are grown-ups of the millennial persuasion). The catch? I must surrender any electronics, alcohol, credit cards, methods of time-telling or illegal substances and be one with my fellow humans.
Living with volcanoes in your backyard breeds a certain nonchalance; our prominent peaks make for inspiring vistas and weather gauges, sure, but unless they’re actively rumbling, we rarely think about their explosive potential.
Someone set fire to a Little Free Library on 53rd Street and 8th Avenue NE and the preschool kids who used the library were angry, King 5 News reports. After drawing pictures to express their anger and sadness and posting them to the mini book holder's charred remains, the children are now working with the school to design a new one.
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.
Must JediMay the 4th Be With You at EMPMonday (5/4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Don your finest Luke or Leia costume for a family-friendly intergalactic bash in honor of Star Wars Day, which (naturally) happens on May 4th. Expect Star Wars-themed arts and crafts, a roaming R2-D2, trivia, photo ops and Darth Vader masks. While you're there, stroll the museum's Star Wars and the Power of the Costume exhibit.
Chanteuse, comedienne and cabaret star Lady Rizo recently told alma mater Cornish College that she’ll know she’s truly successful when drag queens start doing impressions of her. But as a major force on the NYC singing scene and with a Grammy under her belt, Ms. Rizo (aka Amelia Zirin-Brown) has already arrived. She struts her stuff locally in The Hot Spot, Teatro ZinZanni’s new show (through 6/7; zinzanni.com). Location: El Diablo Coffee Co. on Queen Anne
On a Thursday evening one year ago this May, I walked into my kitchen wearing flannel pajamas. I had just driven back to my apartment in Seattle after guiding a three-day summit bid on Mount Rainier, and I could still feel the raw bite of the wind on my face. A light flashed on my phone’s glowing screen. I assumed it would be a cheerful emoticon from a friend, but on the screen was a text from one of my fellow guides:“FYI: there’s an Alpine Ascents team two days overdue on Liberty Ridge.”