Bastyr University is hosting four days of free public activities April 26-29 as part of the fifth annual National HerbDay celebration. HerbDay, celebrated across the country at universities, botanical gardens and parks is highlighted by a series of independently produced educational events designed to raise public awareness about the significance of herbs in our daily lives.
Walking into Momo (located in the International District) is like embarking on an global treasure hunt. Dressers and cabinets welcome shoppers with open drawers overflowing with fashion accessories, cards, candles and goodies from near and afar. The walls are lined with men’s and women’s clothing lines from around the world such as France’s Cop Copine for women (très chic sport-to-street styles) and the classic French St. James sailor shirts for men ($88).
April 22 is the official date of Earth Day but local Seattle groups are kick starting their commune with nature this weekend. Here are five ways you can get involved.
Get Down and Dirty with Seattle TilthWhat to Expect: A down and dirty of edible gardening (tours, classes, a work party and expert q&a) hosted by the expert green thumbs of Seattle Tilth.
Most mere mortals will never have the chance to experience Olympic greatness, but when local Team USA Olympic Speed Skater J.R. Celski (who calls Federal Way home) visits Niketown this Saturday, we can experience the next best thing—seeing the 2010 Bronze medalist up close. The Vancouver Games champ will be on hand to participate in a Q&A and sign autographs.
Local book lovers, breathe a collective sigh of relief: Elliott Bay Book Company has safely relocated to its cozy, new Capitol Hill location. You can swing into the new shop today or show your love for the 36-year-old bibliophile haunt and cruise down to their opening day block party (co-hosted by Everyday Music) this Thursday. In addition to the food, libations and live music, rumor has it the city even plans to block Tenth Avenue (between Pike and Pine) just for the festivities.
Capitol Hill’s the War Room will reopen tonight with a fresh look and a new name. Dubbed HG Lodge, the new space—complete with lots of rock, taxidermy, wood floors and surfaces and a live ivy wall—looks like a hip ski lodge. Like any Capitol Hill bar worth its weight in trendy Northwestern iconography, HG is loaded with outdoorsy Americana decor, including-- yes--taxidermy.
I swung by The Atomic Bombshells Wednesday night performance of their new show, The Atomic Bombshells Are... Lost in Outer Space. From a sultry version of the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman to a playfully sexy take on Barbarella, the show was filled with fun references to sci-fi and horror classics. Too bad for Seattleites, tonight's show--the show's final scheduled performance in Seattle--is completely sold out.
We've known for a long time that the latest incarnation of Showgirls was moving in next door to the Seattle mag offices in SoDo. We've joked about it (conference room full? let's all go next door!) and complained about it (especially when it looked like h(o.o)ters was going to move in right below us... though now that business seems to have taken their "amazing wings" elsewhere). But today Showgirls turned on their gigantic digital signs—and the hilarity has turned to nausea and vague dread.
Normally orchestra and Grand Tier tickets to The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s classic stage musical On the Town, about a group of sailors who spend a night painting The Big Apple red, would run upwards of $80. Not today. Groupon—which offers one-day online deals for various local goods, services and activities—is offering half-off tickets to The 5th Ave show. The deal lasts until midnight tonight for select evening shows.
Must SeeSaturday (4/10) - Alice in Wonderbread. S’more and Peace. Huckleberry Flan. No pun is too painful at the fifth annual Edible Book Festival, where bookworms and food geeks unite to reinterpret great literature through gastronomy. As always, the fest asks the public to craft edible takes on books—and then eat them. Got a punny plan? Register online by April 8 to get your entrée on the table!
If the recession is still raging, it wasn’t apparent at Taste Washington Sunday, March 27 at Qwest Field. Of the 200+ wineries there, there were dozens that have just released their first wines—jumping into the wine business fray with vigor. A few of my new favorites are miniscule, but just as passionate about producing excellent wine with Washington’s premium fruit, as larger and more well-known favorites.
Here are a few:
I became acquainted with Portland artist Anna Peters after seeing her work in a Seattle show last year. I love her work—pieces of found wood that she festoons with old photos, cartoon images, lots and lots of tiny nails, bits of maps, old linoleum, and the shiny name plates from retro cars (think: Impala, Pinto, New Yorker). Since buying one of her pieces, I've gotten to know her a bit (we hung out with a bunch of kids and dogs on a windy Manzanita beach last summer), which of course makes me love her work even more.