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Monday, 02/13/2012 5:49 PM
Valentine's Day isn't always about enjoying an expensive dinner with the love of your life. Sometimes it's about cursing relationships with the best single friends in your life.
Friday, 02/10/2012 7:22 PM
Everyone at the office hates me this week, and not because I mutter to myself at my desk (though they have a legitimate reason there), but because I got to check out not one, but two local spas this week. Yes, I have a rough life.
Friday, 02/10/2012 8:10 AM
The last time Seattle magazine spoke with Drew Christie, local animator/illustrator and one of our 2010 Spotlight Award Winners, he was screening a short film at Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings Film Festival in Seattle – and fantasizing about doing the “most time-consuming kind of animation…maybe scrimshaw or embroidery animation.” He still hasn’t accomplished the latter. “And for that I am bummed,” he says in perfect deadpan pitch.
Thursday, 02/09/2012 9:17 PM
Ballard's sweet corner destination for special dinners, Le Gourmand, has just announced that it will shutter June 2nd after 27 years. I feel a bit of sadness that our city is losing such a beacon of dining; I'm even just a bit more wistful about tiny, oh-so-perfect Sambar nextdoor closing, as it's where some of the finest drinks in the city can be sipped (and the prices are much more user-friendly). And what will become of that marvelous little summertime garden oasis? I have warm, delicious memories of Le Gourmand; I feel lucky to have enjoyed dinners there.
Thursday, 02/09/2012 6:00 PM
MUST GAWKGauguin & Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise
Thursday, 02/09/2012 5:08 PM
50 years ago today, in a major coup, a picture of the Space Needle under construction was featured on the cover of Life magazine, complemented by a seven-page, praise-filled article titled: "How to Pull Off a Fair." Jay Rockey (shown below) is the man who made it happen. He sold Seattle and Century 21 to the world, as public relations director for the 1962 World’s Fair.
Wednesday, 02/08/2012 9:02 PM
Loving the archival images that Frye Art Museum posted on its Facebook page today. They were taken on February 8, 1952 at the museum's grand opening celebration.  Sixty years later, the museum is still bringing us great classical and contemporary art at the best ticket price: free.
Tuesday, 02/07/2012 7:33 PM
I was truly, truly sad when Atlas Clothing shuttered it’s Capitol Hill location last year (although they have re-emerged on Etsy and at the Fremont Vintage Mall, thank heavens). But it seems the 10th Ave space is destined to remain a vintage-lover’s hub: Kaleidoscope Vision is opening in the space this week.
Tuesday, 02/07/2012 4:42 PM
A San Francisco investor is interested in bringing the NBA back to Seattle, just a stone's throw away from Safeco and Century Link fields and immediately behind the Showbox SoDo and Seattle mag headquarters. Great news for diehard basketball fans. But  for those of us who have to function down here on a daily basis, well, could this make SoDo life even worse? Except for a few outposts of life, the neighborhood is a glorified parking lot on game days--and otherwise, just a bleak, urban desert commuters have to cross for the sake of getting somewhere else, fast.
Monday, 02/06/2012 5:33 PM
By: Cody Bay
You may have heard the news that Danielle Custer, director of TASTE Restaurant, has left her post at SAM's culinary work of art to take her talents on the road in the form of (swoon!) a gourmet grilled cheese truck. In a chat I had with Custer the other day, the chef-turned-manager-turned-consultant-turned-chef-again told me a bit more about what she envisions for her new truck, Monte Cristo, which has really been seven years in the making.
Friday, 02/03/2012 1:10 AM
This Saturday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation opens its public visitor center at its swish new headquarters across the street from Seattle Center (440 Fifth Ave. N). Seattle mag editors got to tour the beautiful space on Wednesday with chief admin officer Martha Choe.
Thursday, 02/02/2012 10:21 PM
MUST SHOPHouse of Fashion
Thursday, 02/02/2012 7:34 PM
Twelve emerging fashion designers will descend on the Fairmont Olympic Hotel tomorrow evening February 3 for the 2012 Project Red Dress Fashion Show.
Thursday, 02/02/2012 7:16 PM
snowshoeing
With snow in the mountains and sun in the forecast, we're poised on the brink of a perfect snowshoeing weekend. No slam on skiing, but sometimes I tire of the schlep of it. Lift lines, snarled parking lots, car packed to the hilt with thousands of dollars worth of gear...every now and then, I want a winter sport that doesn’t require a strategy.
Thursday, 02/02/2012 3:37 PM
At the Space Needle’s beer tasting event Tuesday night, 10 local breweries offered up free tastings of beer, brewed just for the evening’s competition. Attendees, a diverse crowd described as “foodies”, were asked to vote on each beer, judging on overall impact, appearance, aroma, “surprising flavors” and innovation. The votes would be tallied and a winner selected by the end of the evening.
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