If you’ve never seen the Steamroller Smackdown run by the School of Visual Concepts, you’ve been missing out. Lucky for you, though, it’s that time of year again for its annual Wayzgoose letterpress celebration (now in its 13th year), when teams use a two-ton steamroller to compete against one another and print large-scale posters that are then judged for best design. “We’re looking for the team with the coolest poster overall,” says SVC letterpress studio founder and manager Jenny Wilkson.
On Saturday August 2, rapper 50 Cent was in town to greet more than 500 people at the downtown Nordstrom flagship store for the debut of his new Studio Mastered Sound (SMS) headphones. He signed autographs and took photos with about 250 fans that snagged his new merch. As the crowd swelled in anticipation of his arrival--camera phones primed and ready--I had the incredible privilege of interviewing him to talk about his involvement with SMS Audio. Here are the highlights of our discussion:
It’s called a parklet and it’s got some people confused. Jennifer Wieland, public space program manager at SDOT, attributes the confusion to a misunderstanding of what parklets actually are. “They’re small public spaces that fit in easily with the urban landscape and are designed to have a very small impact on the streetscape.”
Is it rainy? Is it sunny? Today just can't seem to make up its mind. But this week, our dear readers weren't waffling on what stories they wanted to read. And read again. From a wildly delicious berry-laden recipe and four refreshing bevs to drink while you're out and about to one impressive 94-year-old baseball player who returned to Seattle, these are the seven top stories from the week.
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I’ve known Herb Simpson for several years now, but in general whenever I’ve seen him, it’s been at his house in the Algiers section of his hometown New Orleans. (He bought that house about 60 years ago soon after returning from World War II, and has lived in it ever since.) So I’ve never really had a chance to see him in action.
Must Get NostalgicThrowback with Vintage Seafair Photos(8/2 to 8/3, times vary) — Seattle's events-filled summer festival culminates this weekend with the Blue Angels air show, hydroplane boat races along Lake Washington, SalmonFest and plenty more to keep you busy. In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, we dove into the Seattle Municipal Archives to find some vintage snapshots from Seafairs past.
Seattle's famous weeks-long, events-filled summer festival culminates this weekend with the Blue Angels air show (yes, they're back!), hydroplane boat races along Lake Washington, SalmonFest and plenty more activities to keep you busy. With the F/A-18 Hornets roaring overhead already, and in the spirit of the ever-nostalgic Throwback Thursday, we dove into the Seattle Municipal Archives to find some very vintage and way cool snapshots from Seafairs past.
In 2012, then Seattle-based graphic designer Dave Battjes set a design challenge for himself to create a logo for every one of the more than 400 parks in the city of Seattle—at the ambitious rate of one a day. “Most of Seattle’s parks have interesting beginnings or rich histories tying them to the Olmsted brothers or trolley systems. Some even have early settler roots,” says Battjes, who has lived in Greenwood, Belltown and Capitol Hill.
You’ve seen them popping up all over Seattle: they look like elaborate birdhouses or mailboxes, but instead of housing birdseed or ads—thankfully!—they’re filled with books. Books! For free! The small-scale, outdoor book shelters (see our March 2014 roundup of these literary wonders here) are called Little Free Libraries and they’re aimed at promoting community and literacy around the city.
Herb Simpson shuffled into the gallery at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle and eyed a magnified, black-and-white photo of the 1952 Spokane Indians baseball team on the wall. The picture was taken more than 62 years ago, but Simpson remembered playing on that team in the eastern Washington city—and taking that photo—with supreme clarity.
Simpson, who will be 94 years old in August, was visiting Seattle for five days as a guest of honor at the Seattle Mariners’ annual African-American Heritage Day on Sunday, July 27.
Having given The neighborhood an extreme makeover, Paul Allen’s development company, Vulcan Real Estate, is making a concerted effort to enrich upscale South Lake Union with art. Since 2003, Vulcan has commissioned 18 public installations for the area, with more on the docket. “The Laundry Strike,” a recent addition by renowned Seattle artist Whiting Tennis, brings not just culture, but context to the mix.
When August finally arrives in Seattle, owning a boat seems like a genius idea. Imagine it: tooling around Lake Washington every weekend, sailing up to the San Juans or just buzzing over to Bainbridge. The sun shines, the water sparkles…unfortunately, for most of the year the boat sits at the dock, racking up marina fees. This reality inspired last year’s online launch of Boatbound (boatbound.co), a San Francisco–based company that applies the Airbnb model of peer-to-peer (in this case, “pier-to-pier”) rentals to watercraft.
Maxime Bilet simmers with excitement—and reveals a slight French accent—when he speaks about his love of food and his belief in its ability to bring human beings together. “Food is clearly the most important connection we have amongst generations and cultures,” he says.