Issue

March 2015

Best Affordable Neighborhoods

Boom! Zing! Pow! The knock-out success of Emerald City Comicon
Plus, Best Restaurants in the 'Burbs

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Prepare for a bit of time travel this month: Sunday, March 8, was the day we sprang forward one hour in the name of longer, lighter evenings. But it’s not all kayaking after work and eating picnic dinners.

Among the many signs that spring has arrived are the wealth of excellent performances, exhibits and concerts suddenly competing for space in our calendars. Will you get to know a Lizard Boy, indulge in Splurge Land or buckle up with Chastity Belt? We recommend all three—and 42 more arts events—in our guide to the best things to see, hear and experience this season. 

Black River by S.M. Hulse (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24)

Scenes from the workshop of cosplayer Eric Jones, of Coregeek

One of the many pleasures of beachcombing along the shores of Puget Sound is the immense variation in the colors of the stones—deep purple, jade green, burgundy, caramel, speckled or striped black and white. To wanderers, it looks like a beautiful carpet but to marine scientists the diversity tells an exciting story about the geological evolution of our region.

If you find yourself approaching the Washington State Convention Center later this month and Thor, Wonder Woman or Geordi La Forge hold the door open for you, just smile, nod a “thank you” and step right in like you belong. You’ve arrived at Emerald City Comicon (ECCC)—ground zero for Seattle’s superhero fandom.

With a name like The Barrel Thief (3417 Evanston Ave. N, No.

For Marcus Rempel and Sandi Everlove, the expression “too many cooks in the kitchen” felt literal in the 250-square-foot kitchen of their nearly 100-year-old Mount Baker home. When the couple entertained, the space was overcrowded, suffered from limited counter space and bottlenecked at a cramped access point to the patio during the inevitable clustering around the sink during meal prep.

For the last 25 years, Seattle performer Randy Minkler has been taking the stage in the guise of a clown named Godfrey Daniels, and even he agrees with the general consensus: “Clowns can be scary.” But Minkler has a strategy for getting beyond that hard truth. “I don’t think of him as a clown,” he says of Godfrey, “he’s more like an internally driven puppet.”

With its rich gleam and sculptural quality, brass gets top marks for lending polish to home decor.

There’s an old French saying, “Jamais deux sans trois,” an adage that falls roughly between “Things come in threes” and “Third time’s a charm.” It points to fate and inevitability, or, as is sometimes said of avalanches cascading down the French Alps, doom.

In this age of food obsession and social media, would-be best-kept food secrets are shared via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Last summer, Seattle Rep’s associate artistic director Braden Abraham became acting artistic director after the sudden death of predecessor Jerry Manning.

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Preservation Kitchen and Main Street AleHouse  

Like so many real estate love affairs, Sally Julien and Peter Loforte’s began by accident. “The funny thing was that we weren’t even looking for a house,” says Julien. Built in 1963 and inspired by a modernist dream house in California, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home sits in a secluded spot on the shore of Lake Sammamish.

An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling to make ends meet, and just before Christmas, they became homeless. He set up a PayPal account to receive donations.

You’ve heard the horror stories: Seattle-area home prices are rising out of control, with multiple offers, sometimes at thousands of dollars over the asking price.

1 1/2 cups razor clams, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
10 ounces linguine
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup onion, diced
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup white wine
2 cups tomatoes, diced
1 Tbsp. oregano, chopped (optional)
1 cup parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp. basil, chopped (optional)
saffron or red pepper flakes (optional)

Luck was in the air. It was a day to double down, to let it ride, to put it all on the long shot. Rarely in the month of March is the mercurial Washington coast so beneficent, and I was feeling good about my prospects. Above, the sun warmed my face while brightening a cloudless blue sky; below, the Pacific Ocean lapped gently at my feet, its reputation for rogue waves a distant memory.

It was the most highly anticipated local brewery launch in recent memory, generating the kind of buzz that often leads to bitter disappointment and the inevitable aftertaste of unrealistic expectations.

Jen Harwood describes herself as an “extreme planner,” a personality trait that parents the city over can be thankful for.

Where: Historic Coupeville, Washington, on Whidbey Island.

Why: For the 29th annual Penn Cove MusselFest (3/6–3/8; Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St.; thepenncovemusselsfestival.com).