There was a ton of creative, clever (not to mention painstaking!) work on view at the NW Film Forum's showcase of short film animation, but my overall fave was The Sinking of the Huntley, by Seattleite Drew Christie, who told me after the screening that he painted and drew this whole story on the pages of 12 vintage books—mostly Civil-War themed, until he ran out of those:
Local bakeries and restaurants are celebrating Elvis Presley's 75th birthday by giving nod to the King's favorite sweets (bacon maple doughnuts!) and eats (peanut butter and banana sandwiches!). Celebrate a rock-n-roll icon with a hunka food from one of these local spots:
Bacon and Maple Raised Doughnut, Top Pot DoughnutsHead to the downtown location (2124 5th Ave.) for a sweet and salty Elvis-inspired sweet available today only! Or swing by the our Mobile Chowdown this Saturday's and get a deep-fried goodie at the Top Pot trailer.
Come along over the next two Saturdays (December 9 and 16) from 9 AM to 1 PM to help the Parks Department restore one of the largest natural wildlife habitats in Seattle's urban corridor, the wetlands of Magnuson Park. Be a part of the solution and get some exercise and fresh air while you're at it. Look for Parks staffer Miriam Preus at Bldg. #308 off of NE 65th St at 9 AM. Parking available in the lot adjacent to Bldg. #308 to the left upon entering the park.
If you’re one of the few who missed the first Mobile Chowdown last fall, here’s your chance to mend your mistake (full disclosure, Seattle magazine is a proud co-sponsor, along with Suzuki+Chou Communimedia and The Freehold Group).
MUST CELEBRATENew Year's Eve Celebration at the Century BallroomGiven the lineups of years past (live salsa, Afro-Cuban and swing dance music) and 2,000 square feet awaiting your best moves, we’re pretty sure this is exactly where you want to ring in the new year. 7 p.m. dinner; 9:30 p.m. dance. $40–$120 (reservations required; formal attire encouraged). Century Ballroom, 915 E Pine St.; 206.324.7263
Although I make my own fresh pasta mounds for a total cost of about a buck, in January I’ll be the first in line to buy Ethan Stowell’s fresh noodles, from his new company Lagana Foods, created with his food associate Kaela Farrington. My flat noodles are easy to do with my old hand-cranked pasta machine, but shaped, extruded noodles are another beast entirely. I don’t have an extruder or the the pasta dies and I don’t have the know-how.
The Forest Service is leading a series of snowshoe walks at Snoqualmie Pass this winter. Participants will drink in all of nature's "off-season" beauty while learning about snowshoeing and winter ecology. Group size is limited to the first 20 who sign up; advance reservations required (call 509.852.1062). Ninety minute walks leave every Saturday and Sunday from January 3 through March 29 at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m from the Visitor Information Center.
We’re counting down the Christmas shopping days with an editors’ gift guide. Check back daily to find out our must-have items this holidayFrom hops to Hoosier pie, these new books by local authors celebrate the intersection of food, drink and family in heartwarming and sometimes unexpected ways. Cameron Psiaki