September 2015

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Hit the Town: Best Places for a Great Night Out in Seattle

Plan your best night ever with our evening playbook--there's something for everyone

Calling all first-date flirters, karaoke kings and queens and tranquility seekers—the sun has set and this is your invitation to a whole new side of the city. From classic soul jams and comedy clubs to trivia nights and bingo, there are countless ways to celebrate staying up as the lights go down. 1. Music AppreciationThe…

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Interesting New Dome Structure at Westlake Park

A 40-foot igloo-like structure will be unveiled at Westlake Park this month, but what exactly is it?

You never know what you’ll find at Westlake Park—a protest, a preacher, a person you wish would stop playing bagpipes. Even with recent splashy improvements, it’s a two-block petri dish swabbed with disparate strains of human culture. This month, add to the urban science experiment a 40-foot-tall geodesic-dome theater, courtesy of Portland’s Umpqua Bank. Called…

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Our Picks for What to See and Do This Fall

The local visual arts, performance and music scene is revved up and ready to rock your world

From dance about Carl Sagan to photography about the black experience to theater about The Simpsons, this season’s lineup isn’t afraid to go there. Step out of your comfort zone and explore something you’ve never considered. We’ve divided up the best of the best this season into six categories for your arts-enjoying pleasure. Click on…

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Capitol Hill Goes Green with New Eco-Friendly Town Houses

To see how these Capitol Hill homes are cleaning the city—just look up!

With iron gray siding and ultramodern facades, the three town houses on 18th Avenue and E Spring Street, designed by architect couple Tiffany Bowie and Joe Malboeuf (Malboeuf Bowie Architecture; mb-architecture.com), initially read more contempo condo than eco-friendly. But ascend the glulam beam staircases within each one, and you’ll see how the roof decks of…

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New Jazz Album Inspired by Richard Hugo’s Poems

The jazz composer pays tribute to the Northwest poet

Wayne Horvitz turns 60 this month, and he’s celebrating the way any jazz musician worth his salt would—by playing an epic ton of gigs. The venerated composer, pianist and local jazz booster released a new album in July, called Some Places Are Forever Afternoon. The 12 cleanly modern compositions for septet alternately lilt like a…

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Methow Valley’s Lynx Vilden Finds Solace in Prehistoric Practices

Going beyond digital-detox camps and foraged-food cookbooks

Lynx Vilden walks down a dusty trail through a field of shrub and balsamroot. She wears a vest and shorts made of buckskin. A tangle of short dreadlocks frames her tan and weathered face. An arrowhead and a medicine pouch hang from leather thongs around her neck. Her belt buckle is fashioned from an antler,…

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A Local Artist’s Drawings are the Face of Bellevue Fashion Week

A local illustrator’s art hits the runway for Bellevue Fashion Week

Growing up on Mercer Island, fashion illustrator Blair Breitenstein was inspired by artist Ruben Toledo’s campaigns for Nordstrom. “I remember looking at his Christmas shopping bags, and wishing my drawings could someday be printed like that,” Breitenstein says. That someday came a few years ago when, thanks to her Tumblr and Instagram feeds, the 26-year-old’s…

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Finally! A Theo Chocolate Cookbook

A new book from Theo Chocolate goes all the way with cocoa.

  a visit to the Theo Chocolate factory in Fremont always ends with a serious need to take those heady, cacao-cloaked aromas and flavors home with you. Now, after nearly a decade, local bean-to-bar organic-chocolate pioneers Debra Music and Joe Whinney have released their first cookbook to help home chefs re-create everything from fig fennel…

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Fall Fashion Forecasts Show Lots of Gray

From charcoal knits to sterling silver, these are the 50 shades you really need to see

Above: Lafayette 148 New York jersey stitch turtleneck in “rock,” $268, shop.nordstrom.com. Schai “Vita” snood in “granite,” $280, Baby & Company (Belltown, 1936 First Ave.; 206.448.4077; schaischai.com). Rings, left to right: Jules Smith solid hammered ring, $39, shopbop.com. Miansai screw cuff ring in sterling silver, $150, Moorea Seal (Belltown, 2523 Third Ave.; 206.728.2523; mooreaseal.com). Jules…

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What to See This Fall: Film

The Seattle indie filmmaking scene is currently thriving, thanks to locally based filmmakers such as Lynn Shelton, Megan Griffiths, Mel Eslyn and Lacey Leavitt, who make it a priority to film in Washington state. (Follow the Keep Film in WA campaign at washingtonfilmworks.org.) Stay abreast of new work from local up-and-comers at the Northwest Film…

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What to Do This Fall: Music Events

OPERA THE PEARL FISHERSMore than 10 years before penning his masterpiece Carmen, 19th-century French composer Georges Bizet wrote this Sri Lankan love story that puts the unsavory “bros before hos” maxim to the test. Two pearl fishers vow that their friendship is more important than winning the beautiful priestess they both adore…until it isn’t. 10/17–10/31. Times…

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What to See This Fall: Theater

YOU THINK YOUR LIFE IS COMPLICATED? If you find that your every hangnail has become cause for a meltdown, may we gently suggest attending one of these productions—talk about drama!—all of which offer a sense of perspective. THE CHILDREN’S HOUR Originally banned in Boston, Chicago and London, this 1934 play by Lillian Hellman concerns two…

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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…