Culture

Saving the language that brought us ‘Seattle’

For several hours each day, Amber Hayward slips out of English, her first language, and into Lushootseed, the Native American language that gave Seattle, Tacoma,…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Oh, You Pretty Things: Glam Rock Party Dance like it’s the 70s for the night as STG and SIFF take the Neptune back to the…

What Seattle’s art scene needs most: A little more color


‘Jim Crow’ no more in Washington

All of the "Jim Crow" names on Washington state’s map could be erased before the end of this year. On May 19, the state’s Committee…

After time in the wilderness, urban news media is finding its way

San Franciscans have had it with homelessness. The tents and trash in the city’s green spaces. The panhandling and harassment on the sidewalks. The jobless,…

7 things to do in Seattle this weekend

“Catio” Tour Seattle Portlandia is real. A company called Catio Spaces makes Catios — outdoor enclosures for cats — in homes across Seattle. This weekend,…

Hanford’s diverse human history deserves to be told

In late April, the Seattle city council unanimously supported the designation of the Stonewall Inn in New York City as a national monument commemorating the gay…

Rainier beer is coming back to Washington

If it rained beer in Seattle it would be Rainier, right? Some brands just seem part of the local fabric. I grew up near a stadium on…

6 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Bernie’s Apt. Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, about six women under one roof in Spain, is reimagined in a contemporary household. This…

In Seattle’s media landscape, everyone’s a startup

Seattle media is being significantly reshaped, undergoing the impacts of technological disruption every bit as significant as climate change. How people get, digest and disseminate…

Think you’re not a racist? Think again

Lola Peters' most recent book jumps into my mind almost every day. I’m trying to figure out or practice her provocative lessons about skin color,…

For white hires, OK is good enough.

Editor’s note: This is a slightly revised excerpt from the author’s 2015 book, The Truth About White People. Let’s start a discussion of racism in…

Sorry Sonics fans, the council made the right call

When the Seattle City Council rejected a proposal to sell off a section of Occidental Avenue to make way for a new sports arena, no one seemed more…

Whitman College ditches Missionaries mascot — part of a fresh look at the West

I recently returned from a 3,500-mile road trip through the American West. By western standards, that’s a jaunt: seven states, multiple national parks, Indian reservations…

Your official GiveBIG cheatsheet

A guide to your ideal day to support Crosscut(nudge nudge) and the other non-profits you know and love.

Following council vote, is Sonics arena dead?

Seattle City Council votes are very rarely a surprise. But coming into Monday’s meeting, councilmembers Lorena Gonzalez, Debora Juarez and Kshama Sawant had hardly murmured…

40,000 miles of open ocean — and a boat full of rookies

The biennial Clipper Round the World Yacht Race puts total novices aboard some of the fastest sailboats on the sea. Two have died this year…

Alvin Ailey tells the African American story through dance

For 58 years, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) has been reflecting and preserving the African American experience by telling and re-telling its stories through theatrical dance. The company’s namesake, Alvin Ailey, who died…

Tracy Rector wants you to know exactly where you stand

Seattle filmmaker and arts advocate Tracy Rector is a force of nature. In her more than 14 years of working with film, she says she…

6 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Cephalopod Appreciation Society A 16-year tradition, the Cephalopod Appreciation Society was created by group of friends who discovered their fascination with the multi limbed sea-creatures…

Davida Ingram practices art in the 5th dimension

This is the second in a series of profiles of artists who will be performing at the sold out Crosscut Arts Salon: The color of…

The Nooksack 306 fight to stay in their tribe

This story originally appeared in High Country News. In February 2013, Michelle Roberts, along with around 300 other Nooksack Indians, received a letter informing her that…

How Amazon’s ‘Man in the High Castle’ launched me into a dark Seattle chapter

Many readers have asked me what my inspiration was for digging into Seattle’s Nazi past. Most seemed to assume it had to do with Donald…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Behind the Wheel Stokley Towles, who I’m certain I’ve previously described as Seattle’s own Spaulding Gray because there is no better descriptor, takes on the…

Seattle’s all-female football team: This isn’t the lingerie league

In a time when headlines shout about the damage football does to players' brains and bodies, the women of the Seattle Majestics say the game has the…