City Life

Artifacts: Reliving Almost Live!

Artifacts: Reliving Almost Live!

On the air with John Keister

Once upon a time, during the halcyon days of network television, a Saturday night staple for many area residents was a Seattle sketch comedy show that aired on KING-5. Taped in front of a live audience, each episode began with the host delivering his opening monologue. As he walked out onstage, an “On Air” sign…

Essentials: Brinnon teacher chosen for Scholastic project

Essentials: Brinnon teacher chosen for Scholastic project

Kindergarten teacher chosen to participate in national project

A kindergarten teacher at Jefferson County’s Brinnon School will help shape the professional development of teachers across the United States. Lisa A. Johnston is among 12 teachers from around the country chosen to participate in the inaugural Teacher Fellows Cohort from children’s publishing, education, and media company Scholastic. The effort will help inform product development,…

Why Now is the Right Time to Buy

Why Now is the Right Time to Buy

Realogics Sotheby’s report takes note of promising trends throughout the region

Seattle magazine has a strategic partnership with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty.   On one hand, the greater Seattle area is experiencing a housing crisis because of lopsided supply and demand and a lack of affordable housing. On the other, now is a “once-upon-a-cycle” time to buy. Patient buyers have unprecedented negotiation power as pent-up demand…

Seattle Police Chief Diaz: A different kind of cop

Seattle Police Chief Diaz: A different kind of cop

Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz is the right person in the right place at the right time as the department rebuilds after years of unrest

Name a job in the Seattle Police Department, and Adrian Diaz has probably done it. Major Bruce Harrell officially named Adrian Diaz as chief of police last fall after he had served as interim chief since the summer of 2020, replacing Carmen Best. Diaz had been deputy chief for only a month when he found…

Essentials: Seattle's Queer/Pride Fest Returns

Essentials: Seattle’s Queer/Pride Fest Returns

Standalone three-day festival begins June 23

Tickets are on sale for the Pacific Northwest’s largest 21 and over music and arts Pride Festival. The Queer/Pride Festival, held from June 23-25 in the heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, features national and local artists, musicians, drag queens and burlesque dancers. Tier 1 tickets sold out quickly, but single-day tickets are still available….

Reclaiming Seattle's Central District

Reclaiming Seattle’s Central District

Ambitious moves aim to bring the Black population back to an historic neighborhood

When Ms. Helen’s Soul Bistro owner Jessi Henton brings her family’s Southern cooking back to Seattle’s Central District this fall, she’ll be dishing up liver and onions, gumbo, catfish, black-eyed peas, and all the other dishes that her mama Helen was known for. To Henton, the restaurant will stand for good home cooking, community, and…

Fave Five: Sail, Stream,  Donate, Create

Fave Five: Sail, Stream, Donate, Create

Enjoy the sun and find a new hobby

1 DON’T WAIT to sail off into the Puget Sound horizon on a 70-foot yacht. You don’t need your own boat. Just buy a ticket or two online and head down to Pier 56 off Alaskan Way and join a Sailing Seattle Cruise, a company family owned and operated here for 40 years. Bring a…

Publisher's Note: ACAB?! Not so fast

Publisher’s Note: ACAB?! Not so fast

The truth is often more complicated than it appears

It’s powerful how simple slogans, mottos, and memes capture the zeitgeist of a particular moment. They express a necessary and biting emotion to provoke the establishment and cause us all to think a little, or a lot, about what’s broken.  But an oddly circular thing can happen. An acute series of tragic instances of police brutality…

The birth of pre-funk

The birth of pre-funk

a look at Seattle’s first real citywide Mardi Gras

According to the online slang compendium Urban Dictionary, the term “pre-funk” is defined as “an informal social gathering that takes place prior to the official ceremony, or social gathering, usually involving intoxicating activities and generally resulting in inebriation.” Further research shows that it’s actually a regional phrase, specific to the Pacific Northwest, and is a…

Seattle's BLOCK Project is expanding

Seattle’s BLOCK Project is expanding


Editor’s note: The homeowners requested that their last name or neighborhood not be used. In the early days of the pandemic, Sarah and her husband, Robbie, looked around at their safe and comfortable home and couldn’t stop thinking about how people experiencing homelessness were faring during those tense weeks and months of social distancing. Years…

An Intervention: Seattle architects weigh in on the city's style

An Intervention: Seattle architects weigh in on the city’s style

How buildings can bring famously guarded Seattleites together

The elevator door opens. You step aboard and join a few others on the 30-second ride down to the ground floor. If you’re a Seattleite, you know instinctively to stare ahead, up, down — anywhere but into the eyes of a stranger. When the noiseless descent ends, you escape the forced close quarters to get…

Fave Five: Eggs, Gin, Books, Clothes

Fave Five: Eggs, Gin, Books, Clothes

Discover, or reintroduce yourself, to these noteworthy Seattle treasures

1 BRUNCH is practically a competitive sport for restaurants in Seattle and one of the top contenders is Single Shot. This Capitol Hill dinner spot offers a sophisticated twist on familiar late morning fare: avocado toast, bacon hash, and a tight selection of things made with eggs. Plan for tricky parking, and the entrance discreet,…

'Blandmarks,' not 'Landmarks:' Why Seattle architecture falls short

‘Blandmarks,’ not ‘Landmarks:’ Why Seattle architecture falls short


I’m not an architect. I’m not an urban planner. I’m not a developer. I am just a guy who has chosen to live most of his life in Seattle, and I’m disappointed. I fell in love with the Emerald City while visiting in the early 1990s, so much so that I moved my family from…

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