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Arts: Seattle's Rap Party

Arts: Seattle’s Rap Party

The sound that is now defining Seattle

Seattle has never wanted to be cool — and that’s precisely what makes it so. When the grunge movement of the ’90s sprung to the forefront of mainstream American culture, Kurt Cobain’s ripped jeans and thrifted cardigans did so in direct opposition to perfectly over-tweezed eyebrows and super-synchronized boy bands. As Clark Humphrey writes in…

Essentials: The Meat of the Matter at Baekjeong Lynnwood

Essentials: The Meat of the Matter at Baekjeong Lynnwood

Baekjeong Lynnwood eyes rapid expansion across Seattle

Things have gone so well for popular Korean barbecue restaurant Baekjeong Lynnwood since its opening last fall that owner Michael Chon is planning several more in the Seattle area. The Los Angeles-based chain opened its first West Coast location outside Southern California to much fanfare last September. Two-hour wait times were common. While that’s died…

Book: A tribute to  Northwest Films

Book: A tribute to Northwest Films

New book details a thriving, rich film culture

David Schmader lives in El Paso, Texas, now, but he’s no stranger to Pacific Northwest culture. Schmader is a former staff writer and editor at Seattle alt publication The Stranger, where he wrote the popular column, “Last Days: The Week in Review” for 18 years. He is also a performer, and his solo plays were…

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….

What this year's Seattle-based SIFF films say about our changing city

What this year’s Seattle-based SIFF films say about our changing city

Seattle may have parted from grunge, but self-expression in spite of convention remains a local state of mind

Seattle may change, but at its core, it will always be that angsty 90’s kid. This year’s Seattle International Film Festival’s (SIFF) lineup of Northwest-centered films presents a reflection of our city from past to present. Over the years, the ongoing conversations about the changing face of Seattle have permeated all industries from tech to…

Empowering Students through Photography  | Sponsored

Empowering Students through Photography | Sponsored

The arts are an important part of youth and education. Art teaches us to look at the world beyond ourselves and at the beauty of everyday occurrences around us and within each other. Started by high school photography instructors, the Washington State High School, Photography Competition (WSHSPC), believes all children should have the opportunity to speak…

Arts: Seattle's Architect of Light

Arts: Seattle’s Architect of Light

Italian-born artist Iole Alessandrini explores the beauty and emotional impact of working with light

How many colors do you see?” Artist and architect Iole Alessandrini asks me this on a cold, windy evening in late February. We’re sitting in an attic-like nook in her apartment at West Seattle’s Cooper Artist Housing, a 36-unit former school that has been transformed into an affordable live/work space specifically for artists. I’m looking…

Decolonizing dining in Seattle

Decolonizing dining in Seattle

Hillel Echo-Hawk is at the forefront of Seattle’s Indigenous food movement

In 2022, an Indigenous-owned restaurant serving a precolonial menu — Owamni, in Minneapolis — earned a James Beard Award as the best restaurant in the country. Names like Sean Sherman and Crystal Wahpepah (respectively, a Beard award finalist for best emerging chef, and the first Native American chef to compete on the Food Network’s Chopped)…

Sea to shining snack: Seattle's seaweed syndicate

Sea to shining snack: Seattle’s seaweed syndicate

Hot superfood kelp has arrived in Seattle by way of an unexpected treat

Travis Bettinson wants people to fall in love with kelp. His organic, gluten-free, and vegan puffed kelp snacks, Seacharrones, hit the market last March with a mission to create a sustainable product that bucks the stereotype that seaweed can’t be crave-worthy. With consumers a lot less salty about the idea of sea-based snacks, thanks to…

Dining in Seattle - Back to the Table

Dining in Seattle – Back to the Table

The growth of Seattle's Indigenous food space reclaims the origins of North American cuisine

At Seattle’s newest Indigenous-owned restaurant, ʔálʔal Café (the Lushootseed word means “home” and is pronounced “all-all”), diners can enjoy dishes from tribal nations across the United States. There’s wild rice from the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota; chocolate from the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma; maple sugar and syrup from the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Maine; blue…

Seattle's Street Seen - Hair Apparent

Seattle’s Street Seen – Hair Apparent

These vibrant styles all make the cut

This month’s “Seattle Seen” puts a special focus on the most beautifully hair-endowed amongst us. If hair is 75% self-esteem, then this segment of Seattle’s population would assuredly be plenty self-possessed. These trendsetters exhibit a vibrant display of personal style, grooming, make-up, and a distinctly Pacific Northwest attitude. These are the round pegs in the…

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,…

Arts: From Screen to Stage at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Arts: From Screen to Stage at Pacific Northwest Ballet

As part of its 50th anniversary, Pacific Northwest Ballet presents work from its pandemic choreographers, including two world premieres

Three years ago — like much of the world — Pacific Northwest Ballet was forced to shut its doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Company members, choreographers, and musicians hunkered down in their homes, hoping for a short quarantine that would allow them to get back into the studio quickly. As we now know, that…

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