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The 50 Bands Rocking Seattle Music Right Now

Are you up on Seattle's music scene? Test your knowledge with these local bands

What’s your favorite current Seattle band? If you have trouble answering (or if you draw a blank after Macklemore), we’re not going to judge. But we are going to suggest it’s time to check in with the city’s thriving indie music scene. New local bands are exploring sounds, blurring genre boundaries (though we’ve wrestled them…

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‘Angels in America’ to Feature Mark Mitchell’s Costume Design, No Feathers Allowed

Seattle artist Mark Mitchell creates garments fit for an angel—and the dearly departed

The messenger angel in Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America makes a famously big entrance when she first appears—crashing through the roof of an apartment building to convey her prophecy to a gay man struggling with AIDS in 1980s Manhattan. In the original 1993 Broadway production, which won a Tony Award for Best Play and…

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Writer Adrianne Harun on Her New Novel ‘A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain’

Adrianne Harun’s haunting new novel portrays a hard-luck town along a Pacific Northwest highway

For the past 45 years, young women—mostly First Nations—have disappeared along Highway 16 in British Columbia. Some were found murdered, others were never seen again. This tragic road, called the Highway of Tears, is the inspiration for Port Townsend writer Adrianne Harun’s hypnotic new novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain…

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Writer Kim Fu Discusses Her Debut Novel ‘For Today I Am A Boy’

Belltown-based writer Kim Fu makes her debut with a gripping, insightful novel

Kim Fu, 26, grew up in Canada as the only writer in a family of scientists and engineers. Perhaps that experience is what enabled her to so vividly capture the feeling of being an outsider in one’s own family in her powerful, timely debut novel, For Today I Am a Boy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $23)….

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Seattle’s Lindy West Brings Women’s Issues to Light Online

Writer, performer and activist Lindy West keeps her wit about her

“Jane Fonda hugged me.” Columbia City–based writer, performer and activist Lindy West still can’t quite believe she got a squeeze from one of her idols, but there is video evidence from the Women’s Media Awards, held in October in New York City. West, a Seattle native, former writer for The Stranger and now full-time writer…

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Therapeutic Arts

It may seem counterintuitive: Ask movement-challenged people to not only move, but dance; or those with memory issues to observe the details of paintings. But that is exactly what a collaboration between some Seattle arts groups and health care organizations is off ering to patients, and their caregivers, with Parkinson’s and dementia. Dance for Parkinson’s…

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Photographer Holly Andres’ The Homecoming at Photo Center NW

Unsolved mysteries at Photo Center NW

Portland photographer Holly Andres creates scenes that are eerily familiar yet just out of reach. With elaborate sets, vintage props, costumes and staging reminiscent of Nancy Drew book covers, her cinematic tableaux resemble stills from a long-forgotten movie that still haunts your subconscious. Her new show, The Homecoming, reveals Andres’ early training as a painter,…

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Homemade in Seattle: A Book of Wonders

If you already have tickets to SAM Remix, you can get a FREE copy (1 of 50 limited editions) of a beautiful hand-bound, two-sided book fresh “off the presses” from Folio 2011. The book represents a lovely-sounding combination (I haven’t gotten my copy yet) of several “homemade” works by local artists, including musings and graphics…

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The Weekend Must List: Walk on the Viaduct and Get Hip to City Arts

MUST ART UPCity Arts Festival For the second year in a row, the City Arts Festival is bringing arts of all genres to venues across Seattle. If it all feels too gloriously overwhelming, just focus on our must-see picks, including music from Long Winters and Campfire OK, words from great Northwest poets, dance from Amy…

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Hey Marseilles Cleans Up Nice

Last year, our photographer Hayley Young photographed local band Hey Marseilles for a story in Performer magazine. Hayley approached Jane Parsen, general manager at the Seattle Brooks Brothers store, to help style the band for that shoot. Thanks to Jane and Brooks Brothers (and Hayley’s great creative direction, of course), the boys looked very dapper…

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Homemade in Seattle: A Fungus Lover’s Cookbook

Seattle-based photographer Stephanie Joy Billmayer, 29, shared these photos of her recent homemade project, a book of mushroom recipes called ‘Fungiculture.’ Because the book seems to celebrate both craftiness and cooking with fresh produce, I figured it might be of interest to Seattle mag readers. To make the book, first, Stephanie bought a vintage Good…

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Seattle’s SuttonBeresCuller Sources New Performance Event from Craigslist

A wise man once said, “You can find anything on Craigslist.” Seattle installation artists SuttonBeresCuller took that man at his word for “To Be Determined,” their current show at On the Boards. The artists used Craigslist to source all the materials for the event, from the sculptural installations–which include an impressively huge globe made of…

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Publisher’s Note: The True Seattle Influencers

Forget social media. These are the real heroes.

In-flu-ence /ˈinflo͝oəns/. The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. An emanation of spiritual or moral force. An ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans. With all the attention on “influencers” on social media, I think we’ve lost the true meaning of…

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Every Car Has a Story: ‘I don’t own cars. They own me.’

Blake Siebe takes a most unusual approach to car collecting

There are two kinds of car collectors. The vast majority fit into a sort of “check box” mentality of acquiring cars anointed by others as collector worthy. In contrast, a rare category of car collectors, I might venture to say, are the true cognoscenti who discover vehicles that no one is yet appreciating. They relish in…