15 Best Neighborhoods in Seattle
The best places to live in Seattle for playing, eating, shopping, drinking and finding your bliss.
In a city celebrated for its distinct enclaves steeped in neighborhood pride, it’s a tricky proposition selecting The Best. After all, choosing a place to live is an exercise in juggling priorities—affordability, schools, safety, housing, yards, amenities, walkability, views, accessibility—that change over an individual’s lifetime. A 20-something looking for a starter condo and a family…
Seattle’s Ugly Past: Segregation in Our Neighborhoods
Tracing the history of organized intolerance in Seattle.
Newcomers to Seattle love the variety of neighborhoods. We’re a counterpane of livable places with modest and grand homes often tucked together in a green and pleasant landscape. It’s a residential smorgasbord of cultures, home styles and enclaves, from houseboats to high-rises, bungalows to classic boxes. But that excitement of choice wasn’t always there for…
Spring Arts Preview 2013
The must-see shows in Seattle this season.
Arts and culture editor Brangien Davis picks the top shows coming to Seattle this spring. Get recommendations for shows, performances, readings and more, featuring rebooted classics, empowered leading ladies and inventive new takes on old favorites. Follow the links for detailed listings in each of the following categories: Editor’s PicksAbsolute must-sees in a variety of…
Karen Bit Vejle: Scissor Sister
A Nordic artist transforms paper into astounding panoramas.
It’s rumored that Danish poet and paper-cutting artist Hans Christian Andersen always kept a small pair of scissors on his person, just in case he was suddenly struck by the urge to snip out a scene. Called psaligraphy, the art of paper cutting has long been a tradition in Denmark, where every spring, sweethearts exchange…
Spring Arts Preview 2013: Books
Some of the country’s best writers are reading in Seattle this season.
Saying Joyce Carol Oates has a new novel out (Daddy Love, a riveting story of child abduction) is like saying a Kardashian made the cover of People magazine. She’s phenomenally prolific, but Oates also happens to be tremendously skilled at crafting compelling stories. Ask her how she excels at both quantity and quality during this…
Spring Arts Preview 2013: Three New Venues Rethink Arts Space
New local arts venues are being built on expansive thinking and creative workarounds.
Walden Three If you build it, they will come, right? What if you get a schematic of the place drawn up, build a website for it and write blog posts reporting on (fictional) arts events that (never) took place at the (imagined) space? Then will they come? Seattle’s Greg Lundgren aims to find out with…
Spring Arts Preview 2013: Film Festivals
Film fans have a busy spring ahead, as the city blooms with exciting festivals and series.
LA Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema Starting in the late 1960s, amid tremendous social unrest, black Americans entered the UCLA film program in unprecedented numbers and began developing a new “black cinema.” These unheralded films—experimental, narrative, documentary—reveal uniquely artful attention to issues of class, history and culture. 3/1–3/24. Times and prices vary. Northwest Film…
Spring Arts Preview: Seattle Sees Itself on the Big Screen
Two new gigantic outdoor video screens are coming to Seattle for two very different purposes.
You could say Seattle is heading into a season of self-reflection. Come this spring, two new gigantic outdoor video screens positioned in prominent locations will project likenesses of our city—its weather, its landscape, its people and culture—via a stream of moving images. The first is Mirror, Seattle Art Museum’s new permanent installation (kickoff viewing party,…
Spring Arts Preview 2013: Classical Music
Celebrate Stravinsky as The Rite of Spring turns 100
Dateline: Paris, 1913. Russian composer Igor Stravinsky debuts his orchestral ballet The Rite of Spring (with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky) to a packed and eagerly awaiting house at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. But the audience is reportedly so confused and infuriated by the dissonant chords, unusual time signatures and freaky tonal structures that it begins…
Spring Arts Preview 2013: New Local Music
A few of our favorite local bands are birthing new albums this season.
Hey MarseillesLines We TraceSound: Charming alt-folk chamber popOf note: Album release party at Showbox at the Market (3/1)Online: heymarseilles.com BoatPretend to Be BraveSound: Irresistible indie-pop rockOf note: Album release party at Barboza (3/2)Online: boat.ohnodisaster.com PickwickCan’t Talk MedicineSound: Sway-inducing neo-soulOf note: A much-anticipated debut by the guys who’ve been selling out shows since 2011Online: pickwickmusic.com MudhoneyVanishing…
Unusual Local Spirits
Exploring the new crop of singular local spirits and liqueurs made in Washington.
A growing distilling scene like ours in Washington goes through a series of stages. First, everyone’s excited about what might become available. Next, the clear spirits show up, the gins and vodkas, followed by the darker numbers, the brandies, liqueurs and whiskeys. After that, though, the individual distilleries personalities really begin to shine. This is…
Frances McCue Lives Inside Her Art
Behind the scenes of the local writer's art collection.
“I’ve never thought of myself as an art collector before,” Frances McCue says, with excitement. A poet, McCue considers herself more of the literary type, having served as founding director (1996–2006) of the Richard Hugo House writing center and currently teaching writing and literature to undergraduates as writer-in-residence at University of Washington. But step inside…
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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
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,…