September 2010

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…

Datebook: Andy Reynolds

Don't miss the work of Andy Reynolds, known for his hyper-real, alternately funny and disturbing por

9/3–10/3 Local photographer Andy Reynolds, who shot Spotlight Award winners Jody Kuehner, Ricki Mason and Debra Baxter for this issue (Fall Arts Preview article) has become known for his hyper-real, alternately funny and disturbing portraits of people caught in the act of something odd (a woman being consumed by a vacuum cleaner; a staged family…

Hot Button: Spirited Debate

Although previous attempts have failed, in November Washington voters will have a double shot at get

Two measures that would allow Washingtonians to buy bourbon and bacon in the same establishment—and take the state government out of the $849 million–per-year business of selling and distributing hard liquor altogether—are headed for the November ballot. Depending on your persuasion, the initiatives, if passed, will either end the state’s Prohibition-era monopoly, thus giving consumers…

Datebook: 40th Bumbershoot–Bob Dylan and More

The 40th Bumbershoot gives Seattle the gift of an American legend

When rumors started swirling that this year’s Bumbershoot headliner was Bob Dylan, many Seattleites were disbelieving. The Bob Dylan? At our little Bumbershoot? But then it turned out to be true. (And people are still in disbelief.) Perhaps not since the ’60s, when Elvis visited the World’s Fair and the Beatles played the old Coliseum,…

Health: Gym Dandy

For patients seeking to get well and for athletes seeking personal bests, a new local fitness center

For years, debilitating arthritis kept Leanne Stevens from doing much in the way of exercise. But on her 60th birthday, she gave herself two knee replacements. In 2008, after taking two years to recover from myriad complications, the former hiker and martial arts enthusiast was ready—or so she thought—to start working out. “I felt like…

Editor’s Note: Seattle Style

2010--the year Seattle truly developed a sense of style

Creativity and innovation tend to rise when a down economy forces people to make do with less. That creativity has certainly been evident in the way we dress in Seattle. People are hanging on to their clothes a little longer, making investments in timeless, higher-quality pieces, and hitting consignment stores and vintage shops with the…

Grey Matters: Life After the Jetsons

Grey Matters: Life After the Jetsons

Seattle Center was born in the Space Age, but as it approaches its 50th anniversary, the issues are

There’s nothing so antique as the future. Seattle Center embodies that. The site of the Century 21 Exposition in 1962, it remains a Space Age fly caught in amber. There are few old world’s fair sites as intact as ours. The Space Needle, the monorail, the “space gothic” arches of the Science Center, all now…

Scoop: Sweet Beauty

Scoop: Sweet Beauty

Seattle’s Sweet Beauty skin care adds white chocolate to the mix

It’s no secret that chocolate is balm for the soul, but it turns out it also boasts moisturizing superpowers for your skin. SoDo-based organic skin care purveyor Sweet Beauty has added Theo Chocolate’s white chocolate to its new line of zesty body lotions and scrubs. Our favorite scents? Fragrant tangerine truffle and mojito ($22/8 oz.)….

The Gates Foundation: Portal to Opportunities

More than a visual reminder of its altruism, the Gates Foundation’s new campus may do for Seattle w

Bright copper skin shines along the sweeping arm of a building on the new Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation campus at the edge of Seattle Center. The brilliant surface seems to reflect the weight of world hopes and of distinctly regional ambitions. For as the largest charitable foundation in the world gives away about $3…