When the Seattle Storefronts program took its first steps in 2010, the city was still climbing back from the economic downturn. Papered windows and empty storefronts with dusty For Lease signs were a common sight in retail areas. Shunpike, a local nonprofit devoted to helping artists with the business side of art, saw a win-win in putting temporary art installations in these empty spaces: Artists get a free, public place to display their work, and businesses get a cleaned-up, compelling storefront, one that attracts pedestrians and might even entice a full-time renter.
In the black, wanting cosmos of the music world, talented musicians generally see each other only in passing. They rarely have time for more than just a brief nod one to the other–perhaps a tandem song or two played out of mutual respect and appreciation. So when the rare chance of whole-hearted and prodigious players banding together arises, the result is worthy of attention.
Known for witty performance art—as a roving retro secretary/improv poet in The Typing Explosion and a fake scientist/real poet in The Vis-à-Vis Society—Rachel Kessler is currently at work on a funny memoir, Christian Charm Workbook, about her religious upbringing and its impact on her understanding of womanhood. See her perform a slideshow from her book-in-progress at Hugo House (10/7, 7 p.m. Free. hugohouse.org).LOCATION: The trampoline in Kessler’s Central District backyard, a sunny day in August
Must SeePNB’s Revival of Balanchine’s Jewels(9/26 to 10/5, times vary) — Now in his 10th season as artistic director, Peter Boal has invited original participants to collaborate on PNB’s revival of George Balanchine’s beloved Jewels. Expect each section—Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds—of this full-length ballet to have an updated look, but retain the streamlined, leggy style that Balanchine fans know and love.
Chi Krneta, a local bride and architect is an inspiration to those of us who think we have no time to do the things we want. With five months to go until her wedding, Krneta crocheted her bridal gown out of simple, white cotton thread while riding the bus on her daily 50-minute commute to work.
With a campaign that began on July 1, Seattle has extended its arms to engaged LGBTQ couples from across the nation by hosting four all-inclusive weddings, each honorably officiated by Seattle's first openly gay mayor Ed Murray (You may recall our inital post on the Marry Me In Seattle sweepstakes.). We're beyond ecstatic to announce the first wedding was hosted on September 3, 2014 when Zachary Baker and Samuel Busch of St.
One thing I never expected to show off to family and friends who visited when I first moved to Seattle was the city's library. Of course, now I find myself countering their 'are-you-joking?' looks with a "but it's the coolest library in the world!" I'm sure Seattleites, readers and non-readers alike, who have seen this gorgeous, 11-story, glass and steel building would agree with my superlative.