October 2015

Seattle’s Holocaust Center for Humanity Opens October 18

The museum, 25 years in the making, contains more than 3,000 books and videos

Two months ago, there were only two dozen handwritten notes, scattered like colorful Post-its, on a concrete pillar inside Seattle’s new Holocaust Center for Humanity. Written by students, the notes answer the question “How does change begin with you?” By this time next year, executive director Dee Simon hopes there will be 15,000 responses. Part…

Patrick Knowles

Lisa Nakamura’s Casual, Crowd-Pleasing Gnocchi Bar on Capitol Hill

The perfect potato dumpling comes to Capitol Hill

  Gnocchi is a very personal thing. Whether you like it oval and dense or square and feather-light, what makes a proper potato dumpling can be debated as much as—or even more than—proper pizza. In some ways, Lisa Nakamura’s high-concept Gnocchi Bar on Capitol Hill is like the Switzerland of this controversial starch: The tasty…

Seattle Mag

Paul Constant’s New Book Review Website

Former The Stranger editor launches new online source for book reviews

  Those of us who truly love reading books usually harbor a subset of love for reading thoughtful book reviews. But tidy blurbs are largely replacing “sink-into-able” reviews, which is precisely why Paul Constant launched the Seattle Review of Books (seattlereviewofbooks.com) in July. The former books editor for The Stranger joined forces with local novelist…

Seattle Mag

The Best Beer and Food Pairings Around Town

Kendall Jones presents his dream picks for the humbler side of beer and food pairings

As craft beer enjoys a full embrace by the mainstream, beer menus at Seattle’s best restaurants are becoming as widespread and sophisticated as wine lists, with the pairing of beer and food now a more common part of the fine dining experience. But beer is a humble beverage and does not renounce its modest past,…

Kendall Jones

Women in Seattle’s City Council Race

The general election could yield the first ever female majority

Much has been made of Seattle’s first-ever council race featuring seven of nine positions selected by geographic district. With 45 candidates, it certainly yielded a clamorous primary. But the general election holds the potential for another first: a female majority. Of the 18 candidates on the ballot, 10 are women, and five led in the…

Seattle Mag

Why You Should Take a Road Trip to La Conner

Specialty shops, museums and art galleries abound in this small, but historic town

  Where: La Conner, about 70 miles north of Seattle. Bordered by the Swinomish Channel, the historic town is small in size but big in character, with no shortage of specialty shops, museums and art galleries.  WHY: The fourth annual Fall Boneshaker bicycle festival on 10/31  (boneshakerbikefest.com) for a spooky, scenic tour of Skagit Valley…

Lyra Fontaine