Seattle Culture

Reaching New Heights 

Reaching New Heights 

Scaling walls and overcoming fears of indoor climbing 

As I walk into the Momentum Climbing Gym in SoDo, I’m nervous. I look around and think to myself, “Where are the ropes and harnesses?”

Echoes & Sounds

Echoes & Sounds

Seattle institution KEXP has recently launched ambitious new programs highlighting unique Indigenous and Asian music…

Most Influential, Arts: Christina Scheppelmann

Most Influential, Arts: Christina Scheppelmann

General director, Seattle Opera

On November 22, 1981, a teenage Christina Scheppelmann saw Don Carlo in Hamburg, Germany. The five-act opera, which Scheppelmann called an “incredibly monumental, relevant piece of music,” displayed the life and conflicts of a fictional 16th-century European prince. From then on, she was in love. “(Opera) is incredibly emotional. It’s exciting,” she says. “If you…

Whale Watching is Extremely Popular

Whale Watching is Extremely Popular

New study pinpoints visitors, dollars in Washington state

A study for the Pacific Whale Watch Association by Martin Associates finds that whale watching expeditions in Washington state create $119.1 million in economic value and support 1,125 jobs…

Most Influential, Business: Marques Warren

Most Influential, Business: Marques Warren

Entrepreneur

The solution-minded Warren founded Cougar Mountain Financial, a lender specializing in loans to women and minority-owned businesses at airports. So far, he has financed restaurants at a food court at Los Angeles International Airport, and several retailers at San Francisco International Airport…

Photo by Danielle Barnum

Most Influential, Education: Sheila Edwards Lange

Most Influential, Education: Sheila Edwards Lange

Educator

When Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange was appointed chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma in the fall of 2021, she became the highest-ranking Black administrator in the UW system.

Photo by Ryan Moriarty/UW Tacoma

A Celebration of Inclusivity

A Celebration of Inclusivity

Events around town promote a better future

Washington state hosts a diverse range of cultural events that celebrate its inclusive spirit. These include the inaugural Seattle Kraken Gala, Latino Legislative Day, and the opening night of Seattle Rep Theatre’s “Quixote Nuevo.”

Must List: Feb. 15-21

Must List: Feb. 15-21

Feist, Dr. Doretha Williams, or Winter Beer Festival

As Valentine’s Day fades, get ready for the week ahead. Explore our guide to Black History Month, catch up with Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe in our Most Influential series, and discover the buzz around Washington’s first non-alcoholic bottle shop, Cheeky and Dry. Grab tickets to see Feist at Showbox SoDo, lift your spirits at…

Most Influential, Sports, Equity, Activism: Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe

Most Influential, Sports, Equity, Activism: Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe

Athletes, activists

Though Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird both retired last year, chances are you’ll hear from them more often than ever…

Photo by Beau Grealy / Trunk Archive

Most Influential, Equity: Cynthia Brothers

Most Influential, Equity: Cynthia Brothers

Preservationist, activist

“I had been back in Seattle for a while,” says Brothers, who grew up in Seattle and went to graduate school at New York University. “There were a lot of changes happening fast. The tech boom, people getting pushed out, gentrification. It was something I didn’t like witnessing.”

Photo by Tom Butcher

Most Influential, Hospitality: Keiji Tsukasaki

Most Influential, Hospitality: Keiji Tsukasaki

Chef, restaurateur

Volume in music is like seasoning food. Raise the volume too high and it warps the sound. Overseason the perfect bowl of crispy, warm, golden french fries with too much salt and you might as well be choking down a full salt shaker. The right balance of rhythm and harmony is akin to the balance of salt, fat, and acid in food.

Photo by Jesse Rivera

Puppies, Pizza, and Parlays

Puppies, Pizza, and Parlays

Lots to take in this Super Bowl weekend

A study by pet nutrition experts at PetLab analyzed Google data on more than 200 American Kennel Club dog breeds and also found that 38 states overall favor the Golden Retriever.

The Must List: Feb. 8-14

The Must List: Feb. 8-14

Smooth R&B vibes, a race for two, or a romantic stroll

With the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it’s shaping up to be an eventful week. Here are five recommended events worth checking out…

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