Culture

Vancouver sending heritage homes to the wood chipper

The Vancouver Sun calls spring the “demolition season” in Vancouver, BC. Growth and development in the city are booming, driven in part by demand from…

Panic attacks, day jobs & other aspects of recording an album in your apartment

Together, singer/guitarist Peter Hanks and multi instrumentalist/producer Jordan Evans are Murder Vibes. They agreed to an interview at the Summit Avenue Sun Liquor, the dimly…

Now Showing: ‘Backcountry’, another way to lose your lover

Backcountry expresses a novel way of getting rid of a partner who has become a drag in your relationship. Go on a backpacking trip together…

The Weekend List: Native art weekend. Plate of Nations. Shaprece. Caspar Babypants.

* Denotes items that are $15 or less  Native Art Weekend * The Burke is hosting a weekend-long celebration of Northwest Native art, in conjunction…

Legislature considers protecting bars from songwriters’ reps

You go to a bar or outdoor concert, and listen to a cover band. Or you sing karaoke at a tavern. In any of those…

Viral Video: John Oliver’s March Madness

John Oliver’s masterful, 360-degree, in-your-face jam of the NCAA and their money-making machine, March Madness, is an absolute must-watch. It’s a cross between a deeply…

The benefits of clowning around at the hospital

Hospitals, with their metallic, sterile aesthetics, aren’t known for their humor. But in Seattle, there’s a group of clowns working to change that. Room Circus…

Book City: Publisher Tim Colman’s poetic must-reads

Poetry-loving publisher Timothy Colman has been turning his passion for the environment into educative art ever since he founded Good Nature Publishing Company in 1995.…

The Weekend List: Movie theater theater. A Forsythe dance revival. Argentineans gone wild. And more.

* Denotes events that are $15 or less The Flick It’s been 10 days since I saw this production (yes, I’m counting) and thinking of…

Nancy Pearl’s lesser-known passion

Seattle’s Nancy Pearl is best known as a librarian and as a passionate advocate of reading and books. She shares her enthusiasm for books and…

Zombies lobby in Olympia

Fear stalked the Capitol Dome. The zombie apocalypse had come to Olympia Tuesday: Mindless hunger. Relentless. A horde of lobbyists. A plague of panic, or at…

Managing Editor Berit Anderson leaving to launch new media venture

I'm equally excited and saddened to announce today that I have decided to leave my role as Crosscut's managing editor. Over the next month or…

Viral Video: Meet Tom Cotton

He has a beanpole body and a good ‘ol boy manner. He speaks in a light drawl, smiles warmly and looks like everybody’s friend. He…

Now Showing: “Buzzard.” An eerie, queasy indie that ultimately eats you up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpiaeI1Eez0 When we first meet Marty, the impudent slacker in director Joel Potrykus’ film Buzzard, the impression he makes suggests we’re about to see a…

The Weekend List: What The Hoot Hoots’ Adam Prairie would do if he were you

Their publicist brands the Seattle band as fuzzy power pop. I like to think of The Hoot Hoots as playing the kind of music you…

Seattle zoo elephants might be worse off in Oklahoma

It was a lawsuit foretold, but it surprised even those filing it. On Friday the Elephant Justice Project, the newly-incorporated nonprofit incarnation of the long-time…

Question of the Day: Is the city discriminating against restaurant franchises?

Should fast food franchises like Subway and McDonalds, owned by individuals, be considered big business? Or are they really just a network of small businesses…

The best single malt in Seattle? Check Westland Distillery

Change happens fast. It's been less than a decade since Dry Fly opened a distillery in Spokane to take advantage of eastern Washington's vast supply…

Viral Video: Brandi and Brandy

Brandi Carlile was born in Ravensdale, a former coal mining town in South King County. Brandy Clark was born in Morton, a former logging town…

‘Map to the Stars’

David Cronenberg may have discovered the perfect setting in which to conduct another of his emotionally refrigerated examinations into perversion. Hollywood is a petri dish…

Viral Video: What the dead deserve from the Oscars

The great thing about skipping the Oscar broadcast this year was all the reading I got done during the program’s 3 hour and 40 minute…

The Weekend List: Kyle Abraham, mixed martial arts, Ladysmith Black Mambazo & more

 * Denotes events that are $15 or less Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion Kyle Abraham, a MacArthur Genius winner, unveils three new dance works rooted in poignant historical milestones:…

Great music, period, at Bellevue’s Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival

When you think of a Bluegrass festival, maybe you think of summertime in the great outdoors, the deep south, the Smoky Mountains, self-taught musicians jamming…

Thanks to Amazon, Seattle is awash in fortune-seeking men again

Seattle is booming. Newcomers are swarming to town. A largely male workforce is spending big, driving up rents and real estate prices, but no one…

Will Woodland Park’s elephants be OK in Oklahoma?

There’s one good reason to send a press release on a Friday: to escape the news cycle and get as little coverage as possible for…