September 2010

2010 Spotlight Award: Macklemore

2010 Spotlight Award: Macklemore

Mr. Clean: Hip-hop artist Macklemore makes the personal lyrical.

If traditional hip-hop lyrics are to be taken at their word, a rapper’s true nature is embodied in his car. So what does Macklemore drive? A Prius. Though the 28-year-old Seattle native, whose legal name is Ben Haggerty, jokingly worries it’ll ruin his street cred, the eco status symbol on wheels is an apt reflection…

Bar Hop: The Noble Fir

Bar Hop: The Noble Fir

Rick Weersing and Ellen Kelly wanted to celebrate their passion for the outdoors with a space where

Married couple Rick Weersing (late of REI) and Ellen Kelly (a recently retired attorney) wanted to celebrate their passion for the outdoors with a space where avid hikers and nature enthusiasts could share their experiences—with a favorite beverage in hand. So in May they opened The Noble Fir (5316 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.420.7425; thenoblefir.com). The…

Cravings: Tacos

Cravings: Tacos

Here are five authentic taco purveyors that will have you demanding, “¡Uno más, por favor!”

Tacos have taken the spotlight, with tortillas providing the perfect blank canvas for playing with bright colors and bold flavors. Here are five authentic taco purveyors that will have you demanding, “¡Uno más, por favor!” Taco Gringos For those late-night munchies, check out this happening spot for tiny corn-tortilla-wrapped tacos that pack in serious flavor,…

Fall Arts Preview 2010

Fall Arts Preview 2010

Our indispensable guide to autumn arts tells you what to see--and how to do it yourself

About five years ago, the advent of several new media websites brought with it much anxiety about the impact of technology on the arts. Would YouTube kill cinema? Would literature by replaced by Twitterature? Would Facebook deaden us to live, in-person encounters? We’re happy to report that in 2010, the arts are alive and well—especially…

Fashion: Seamless in Seattle 2010

Fashion: Seamless in Seattle 2010

2010’s hottest local up-and-coming fashion designers

Seattle has long struggled as a challenger in the fashion ring, but this year we finally upgraded to contender status. Our fleeced and frumpy reputation was KO’d by a growing number of fashion-focused events (Seattle Art Museum’s Remix runway shows, we’re talking about you), a brand-new citywide shopping week out (see page 103) and countless…

Seattle Style Guide 2010

Seattle Style Guide 2010

From the uptown urbanite to the Northwest fleecester, from the retro glam-bot to the chic-y geek-ste

Seattle Signature Styles The 20 Seattleites on the following pages represent the epitome of local style, with day-to-day looks packing creative, personality-infused details. These style emblems embrace a larger trend: The “rules” of fashion need not apply.The Best Local Fashion Bloggers Snapping street style and talking eco-chic, our favorite local fashion bloggers are on the…

Restaurant Review: Blueacre Seafood

Chef Kevin Davis has come full circle, with off balance results.

Before Blueacre opened in March at the corner of Seventh and Olive, Oceanaire, a similarly swank seafood restaurant, occupied the space (until closing last year). Before chef Kevin Davis opened Steelhead Diner, he was the chef at Oceanaire. So, in essence, Davis has come full circle. Here in spacious interiors dressed up in white with…

Datebook: The Puyallup Fair

Sure, there’s the rodeo and all manner of sticky fair food, but the fair is serving up an impressive

REASONS TO ‘DO THE PUYALLUP’Sure, there’s the rodeo and all manner of sticky fair food, but the fair is serving up an impressive scoop of classic American music, too. First, catch one of country’s greatest renaissance men, Kenny Rogers (9/13, 7:30 p.m.) who, after six decades in the business, still knows when to hold ’em…

Datebook: Recess Monkey

This popular trio of Seattle elementary schoolteachers write and perform wacky, Beatles-influenced s

9/18 This popular trio of Seattle elementary schoolteachers write and perform wacky, Beatles-influenced sing-along songs about subjects such as moon boots and a “Ukulalien” (a ukulele-playing alien, of course). But the best part about these 6-year-olds-at-heart is that their music is good enough that parents actually enjoy it too. Join in for foot-stomping, hand-clapping, chicken-dancing romps…

Trend: Green Education

Local schools are bringing green education out of the books and onto the campus

Last spring, students at Ballard’s Adams Elementary School toted some of their science lessons outdoors. On the lawn beside the building’s front steps, landscape architect David Minnery involved first-, second- and fifth-graders in the design process—including model building, site analysis and mapping techniques—for the school’s new rain garden. The resulting landscape feature (which helps manage…

Datebook: Pavement

Pavement--One of the first bands in America to embody the term “alternative rock”

9/5 One of the first bands in America to embody the term “alternative rock,” Pavement came onto the scene in the early ’90s. Playing together for the first time in 10 years, their “one time only” reunion tour will feature the California–based band’s biggest songs (also celebrated on their album Quarantine: The Best of Pavement,…

Local Authority: Nancy Pearl

Local Authority: Nancy Pearl

Local librarian and literary critic Nancy Pearl goes global with her new book

NAME: Nancy PearlOCCUPATION: Author; National Public Radio commentatorTV PRESENCE: Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, a monthly show on the Seattle ChannelLOCAL LITERARY STRENGTHS: “You really get a palpable sense of place from Northwest writers.”ON SETTING BOOKS IN THE NORTHWEST: “You have to live through a Seattle winter to really capture the place.” Does anyone know…