A 100-foot-tall tree is taking root in South Lake Union. Like so many things in the recently reborn neighborhood, it’s a transplant—a piece called “Middlefork” by Seattle sculptor John Grade, who, after casting a live tree in the woods near North Bend (climbing up, applying protective foil, then plaster) is creating a new take on the original.
Must RevelSeattle Pride Parade Winds Through Downtown(6/29, 11 a.m.) — Deck yourself in rainbows or just come as you are for the 40th anniversary of the Seattle Pride Parade. The rich pageant—led by grand marshal George Takei!—parties down Fourth Avenue, from Union Street to Denny Way. Shenanigans begin at 11 a.m.
Though today may not be the sunniest day, it is officially summer. And that means there will be (I promise!) more sunny days and mellow evenings on the horizon, which means more opportunities to get out and play golf. And while golf is fun, it's the golf-related drinks that really kick up the summertime enjoyment. The Pacific Northwest is set to host the U.S.
When the Space Needle pierced the Seattle skyline in 1962, it became (at 605 feet) the tallest building on the West Coast—wresting that title from the Smith Tower, which had held the lofty designation (at 489 feet) since opening on July 4, 1914. Until that wasp-waisted whippersnapper showed up, it was the Smith Tower that beckoned tourists to Seattle, with an astonishing 42 stories, an observation deck and the exotic Chinese Room.
Seattle Pride has been celebrating its LGBTQA community and supporters for 40 years, and the convivial weekend festivities filled with drag queens, rainbows and glitter galore begin in just days. Kick Sunday's celebrations off right with a celeb-fueled Pride Brunch at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom featuring the Pride Parade’s celebrity grand marshal George Takei (6/29, 8:30 a.m., Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave., $57.50).
Seattle artist and Lake Stevens native Ryan Molenkamp was only 3 years old when Mount St. Helens erupted, but he remembers visiting the aftermath, seeing the mud lines on the trees and finding pumice on every exposed surface. As a kid, his favorite book was one featuring time-lapse photos of the eruption, the “lasting visual imprint” of which flares up in his new show of paintings, Fear of Volcanoes. “The Pacific Northwest is such a tranquil environment to grow up in, lush in wildlife and greenery, mountains, calm waters,” he says.
While we applaud the sudden wealth of delectable restaurants opening willy-nilly in Pioneer Square, it’s refreshing to learn that there are also some non-food-focused efforts entering the mix. Exhibit A: Hall Spassov Gallery (319 Third Ave. S; hallspassov.com) a contemporary gallery that has operated in Bellevue since 2006. In July, the gallery opens a second location in the building formerly occupied by Grover/Thurston Gallery.
It’s the doctor appointment I have to brace myself for every time it comes around. I make the mad dash across town, park the car in the Whale Garage (as the paperwork emphasizes), head through the sliding doors—and take a deep breath.
When it comes to summer’s local produce, surely the more-is-better philosophy wins. If you have a sweet tooth for local fruits and berries, or you get a little nerdy about specific varietals, or (like me) lack self-control when it comes to summer fruit consumption, we’ve got you in mind.
Must Salute the SunFremont Solstice Parade(6/20 to 6/22, times vary) — The Fremont Solstice Parade returns, with naked bicyclers, a food tent frenzy, crazy floats and this year, a new concert series featuring beloved indie bands Tacocat, The Young Evils, Campfire OK, The Physics, and headliners Built to Spill and Blue Scholars.
Stories by Linda Morgan, Naomi Craw and Shawna Leader with Mandolin Brassaw and Kari Lutcavich; Edited by Lisa Wogan. Research by GMA Research and Niki Stojnic with Sarai Dominguez and Sunny Parsons
More than 1 million Washingtonians have acquired health insurance or enrolled in Medicaid since last fall, making our state a national leader for getting its citizens insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that’s not the only area in which we are at the forefront—Washington, and the Seattle region in particular, are on the cutting edge of research, interventions and treatment—as well as leading the way in innovations to make health care more affordable, effective and accessible. It is in this dynamic time that we launched our 14th annual Top Doctors survey.
Michael A. Hunter, M.D., breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer; EvergreenHealth Cancer Center, 12040 NE 128th St., Kirkland; EvergreenHealth Medical Center; Yale University, 1989
Vivek Mehta, M.D., GI, cancer, lung cancer, radiosurgery; Swedish Cancer Institute, 1221 Madison St., Seattle, 206.386.2323; Swedish Medical Center; University of Washington, 1997
Oncology, Pediatric (Medical & Surgical)
Douglas Hawkins, M.D., bone and soft tissue sarcomas; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2106; Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Harvard University, 1990
Julie R. Park, M.D., neuroblastoma; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2106; Seattle Children’s; University of Vermont, 1988