September 2014


Pioneer Square Is the New Shopping Destination

Retailers are following in the footsteps of entrepreneurial restaurateurs

Seattle’s oldest neighborhood has seen boom times and busts over its 162-year history. It’s experienced prospectors and panhandlers, full occupancy and devastating vacancies. It is home to an arts crowd and a homeless community that coexist in a tenuous relationship. And these days, with a recent influx of notable restaurants, it is one of the…


2014 Seamless in Seattle Winners

The new local designers making the most interesting, exciting, challenging and innovative fashion

WOMEN’S CLOTHING[Designer] Suk Chai[Label] SchaiTwenty years of experience in fashion (14 as a Nordstrom designer and a product director), provided Bellevue-based Suk Chai with a wealth of knowledge about the business of clothing production—as well as valuable access to the highest-quality fabric manufacturers in the world. For her fall 2014 debut collection Chai worked with…


What to See This Fall: Dance

Read all of our picks for fall arts, including music, theater, film and more here. Amy O’Neal [CONTEMPORARY] 10/23–10/26 Recently, Seattle-based choreographer Amy O’Neal has explored feminism by way of her kickass hip-hop dance performances. In Opposing Forces, she steps behind the scenes, setting a new piece on five local B-Boys from different breakdancing crews,…


What to See This Fall: Film

That Filmy Feeling’Tis the season when we’re starting to feel less guilty about heading out of the sun and into darkened movie theaters. Test the waters with the local premiere of Lynn Shelton’s new movie, Laggies, set in Seattle and starring Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell, which SIFF will screen one night only (9/18;…


Our Picks for What to See and Do This Fall

This season’s arts lineup is packed with picks that will have you applauding for more

Coming-of-age choreography, sci-fi ceramics, film noir, new memoirs, kinky boots and the great society—pick your poison in one of the categories below for this season’s most impressive arts events, plus the new arts venues that are popping up all over town. VISUAL ARTS DANCE NEW ARTS VENUES THEATER LITERATURE FILM MUSIC  


What to Do This Fall: Music Events

From opera to a jazz fest, our picks for the best musical acts in town

JAZZThe Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 performances, including an opening-night birthday tribute to Thelonious Monk, “Monk 10/10,” featuring 10 of Seattle’s best jazz pianists playing works by the jazz genius, and a 10-piece ensemble led by local jazz pioneer Wayne Horvitz. Seattle’s avant-jazz scene is well represented at the fest, with performances by…


What to Read this Fall: Literature

In new memoirs, Seattle writers battle demons— and live to tell the tale

My Fluorescent God ($14.95)Almost Live! alum Joe Guppy recounts the story of his self-described “crazy period” in 1971, when he stayed for a stint in a Seattle mental hospital, haunted by the hellfire of his Catholic faith as well as his dark determination to jump off the Aurora Bridge. Using journals and doctors’ notes from…


What to do This Fall: New Arts Venues

Fresh arts spaces are popping up all over

Read all of our picks for fall arts, including music, theater, film and more here. FILM: We first heard the glorious news back in May: SIFF is taking over the lease on the Egyptian Theatre, and will renovate and reopen the historic space as a year-round movie theater. The grand opening is set for October,…


A Creative Trio Takes Interior Design to an Arty Level

Electrifying interior spaces with hand-drawn wallpaper, intricate art installations and more

If you’ve been to the seafood joint Westward, at the foot of Wallingford on the north shore of Lake Union, you’ve likely noticed an oversize ship anchored to the wall behind its bar. But look more closely: Side-view cutaways in the vessel’s wooden hull reveal painstakingly crafted and layered dioramas (and a few are stocked…


Complete Strangers Get Close in this Photography Series

In Richard Renaldi’s photos, strangers share a fleeting moment of intimacy

They clasp hands, link arms or sometimes lay heads on each other’s shoulders. In a few cases, someone kisses another on the cheek. At first glance, New York photographer Richard Renaldi’s street portraits seem to be of oddly paired friends—people you wouldn’t expect to see hanging out together, who paused on the sidewalk for a…


Old World Home on the Bluff Even More Beautified

A 1924 Edmonds-area estate gets a landscape update worthy of its timeless prospect

Just because you’ve had the good fortune to realize that real estate mantra “location, location, location,” it still doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Such was the case for a 1924 Tudor-style manse in Woodway (an exclusive enclave south of Edmonds harboring a coterie of grand old estates). Situated on a beautiful bluff overlooking…


The Unparalleled Cobb Salad at Matt’s In The Market

Matt (of MITM) turns the expected Cobb salad exceptional

There’s a rather famous item on the lunch menu at Matt’s In The Market (MITM), and it’s not the fried catfish sandwich. The Cobb Salad ($15) has been an afternoon delight at this Pike Place Market perch since 2010. What makes it so special are equal parts flavor and flair. It’s a pile of crispy…

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The Pursuit of Nobility: Interview with Lenny Wilkens

One of Seattle’s greatest sports icons eyes return of NBA

On a recent edition of three-time Emmy-award winning sports TV talk show “Pardon The Interruption,” cohost Michael Wilbon heaped lavish praise on NBA legend and Seattle icon Lenny Wilkens in celebration of his 85th birthday.  Wilbon noted that he’s a “basketball Hall of Famer three times over” [as a player, coach and assistant coach of…

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New auditorium, better BMX track and a greener Seattle

Casket Case Bellevue company’s product featured in Taylor Swift video Social media absolutely lost it after a casket manufactured by Bellevue-based Titan Casket was featured in American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s recent “Anti-Hero” music video. Tweets and Instagram posts from Swift’s fans about the casket have generated tens of thousands of likes and retweets, resulting in…