September 2010

Datebook: Burn the Floor

Skip Dancing with the Stars and experience the real deal

BURN THE FLOOR9/14–9/19 Skip Dancing with the Stars and experience the real deal. This explosive two-hour show of international ballroom dance consists of 10 dances—five Latin American and five traditional ballroom. The show unites top dancers from all over the globe who have spent a lifetime honing their craft. You’ll feel the heat when the…

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…

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…