Culture

How much money will it take to make King County arts better?

Gloria Plenkina, 14, is a student at Chinook Middle School in Bellevue. In her spare time, she’s a Russian gypsy. Plenkina, who moved with her…

True story: Trump’s family roots in Seattle

America is the land of opportunity for all, immigrant or native born. Work hard, get a little lucky, and even a simple barber can lay…

Wildlife refuge renamed for Native American leader

This story originally appeared on KCTS9/EarthFix. Top Northwest officials and a member of President Obama’s cabinet will gather Tuesday for the renaming of a wildlife…

Are these burgers worthy of the Pope?

You know when there's a popular movie and everyone tells you that you have to see it, but you never get a chance? That's what…

He stole $200K and leapt from a plane. Where is D. B. Cooper?

One way to kill a mystery is to stop trying to solve it. If we stopped looking for Bigfoot, the Northwest wilds would lose some…

Unfreezing Seattle: Gutter balls at the ‘new friends’ meetup

Only a few days into my attempt to meet and make friends in the Emerald City, I stumbled into an unsettling idea: Am I the…

In remote North Cascades, bigotry gets beaten back

On a day in early July, Howard Lake in the Stehekin Valley of the North Cascades was the picture of placid. Its blue waters, surrounded…

Time for a ‘tectonic shift’ in policing, says former Seattle chief

Imagine a peaceful day in Ferguson, Missouri, two years ago this summer. Officer Darren Wilson stops 18-year-old Michael Brown and politely points out that walking…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Summer at SAM One of the best outdoor cultural offerings is the annual lineup of free programming at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Birth a creation…

New owner could mean quick changes for Seattle Mariners

The G-forces in mood swings among Mariners fans at midseason are increasing. You can spot a Mariners fan from a distance: flattened features and peeled-back…

Asia McClain, alibi in ‘Serial’ case, tells her story

In January 1999, when Asia McClain Chapman was waiting in the library of her high school in Baltimore County, she remembers talking briefly with popular…

A writer’s retreat at ‘the center of the universe’

With not much more than a well-worn city surplus wooden desk and a standard-issue chair on wheels, Seattle writer Elissa Washuta may not have the…

Wine bars to dive bars: Catering to Seattle’s millennials

The growth rate of Seattle's young adult population is skyrocketing compared to that of the rest of the nation. According to research conducted at Canada's…

Unfreezing Seattle: One man’s quest to buck our town’s bad rap

This summer, I’ve indulged in a late-evening ritual that gives me a chance to bask in the brittle, self-satisfied form of loneliness that seems to…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Red, White & Zoo Even while looking at the website for this event, I can’t be sure that it’s not just a dream. Just the…

Independence Day: KPLU playing its own song

In a stunning feat, a community group has successfully purchased local NPR affiliate KPLU from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The deal was announced Tuesday…

Mysterious seafloor relic stumps scientists

On a clear day in June 1792, the first tendrils of empire were working their way through the channels and islands of Puget Sound. The…

Tech-soaked Seattle needs its artists

Seattle, a city of engineers going back a century to the founding of Boeing, seems in overdrive, growing big bright shiny buildings to house ever more tech services,…

Bottomless mimosas: your guide to Seattle’s drunkest brunches

It’s not hard to find a great brunch in Seattle, but few restaurants specialize in the holy grail of weekend day-drinking: the bottomless mimosa. Craving…

Orlando shootings were part of a dark American tradition

In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, the topic of massacres is having (another) 15 minutes of fame. When news outlets billed the shooting…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Northwest Herring Week While eaten by our ancestors from Scandinavia to Japan long ago, herring is no longer the staple of our diet, or belle…

Star Trek at EMP: Not quite set to stun

There’s usually a part in every Star Trek-related review where the writer says something like, "But Star Trek was about more than spaceships and phasers," and…

A historian’s take on the new ‘Paint Your Wagon’

In its revisionist production of the musical Paint Your Wagon, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater has put new western wine in an old and gnarled bottle.…

LGBTQ Muslims feel ‘sliced in two’ by Orlando slaughter

Inside the doors of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), a large mosque in Redmond, streamers with paper stars and crescent moons in pink…

Another frequency: The visions of Beyonce, Flying Lotus director Kahlil Joseph