April 2013

Gabe Johnson’s Ramshackle Chic Style

Gabe Johnson, curator of Horses Cut Shop, explains his Americana garb.

Influences: Having grown up in a booming Aberdeen of the 1970s, when “every day was sunny” and all his girlfriends “tasted like bubble gum and vodka,” Gabe Johnson holds an almost religious reverence for “oil cans, muscle cars and slingshots,” and other blue-collar Americana from the 1940s-’70s, an era when things were made with pride….

Seattle Mag

SideCar App Simplifies Ride-Sharing

Hitchhiking goes high tech with the new SideCar app.

Did you know there are countless people—right now, in your very own neighborhood—waiting to take you for a ride? What might sound sinister is actually quite the opposite, thanks to the new smartphone app SideCar (side.cr). Based in San Francisco and launched in Seattle last winter, SideCar uses GPS technology to help subscribers coordinate car…

Michelle Tolfa

ZappBug, an Eco-Friendly Bedbug Exterminator

A Wazzu grad cooks up a natural way to kill bedbugs.

In just one year, Seattle has crawled up 14 notches to become the nation’s 13th most bedbug-ridden city. Perhaps misnamed, bedbugs live not only between the sheets, but also in clothes, furniture, books and luggage (often their preferred method for expanding the insect empire), lying in wait until seizing the chance to chomp. They can…

Melissa Gillies

Quantum Leap: The Bullitt Center Opens

The Bullitt Center opens to the public on Earth Day, April 22.

Just when you think the 43-year-old Earth Day is sputtering on the fumes of its hippie origins, something entirely new springs forth. Case in point: the new Bullitt Center, headquarters for the environmentally focused Bullitt Foundation, which opens to the public on Capitol Hill this month. Built to the most stringent green-building standards in the…

Seattle Mag

Flight of Fantasy: EMP’s Pop Culture Exhibit

Local artists are creating a new world of myth and magic at EMP.

How do you convey the wide-open, magical world of fantasy stories such as The Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride and Harry Potter in an indoor, cave-like museum space? Such was the puzzle EMP faced when planning its new long-term exhibit, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, which showcases pop culture artifacts (costumes, models,…

Seattle Mag

Road Trip to Whidbey Island’s Welcome the Whales Day Festival

Join the annual celebration to welcome the whales back to the Bering Sea.

WHERE: Langley, Whidbey Island. WHY: The annual Welcome the Whales Day festival (4/21. Free. Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 301 Anthes Ave.; 360.678.3451; orcanetwork.org), which celebrates the return of eastern North Pacific gray whales to Saratoga Passage during their 10,000-mile migration from Mexico to the Bering Sea. BRING YOUR OCTOPUS CAP: Join the critter parade (starts…

Erin Bosetti