Culture

Seattle’s love-hate relationship with tourists

Seattle is a great city in the summer. The scenery is at its finest, and downtown is abuzz with visitors from around the world. Much…

Coming soon to Seattle: Ugly produce

This story originally appeared on EarthFix.  A California-based company that sells blemished and misshapen produce is expanding into the Northwest. Imperfect Produce buys so-called ‘ugly’ fruits and…

Hey hey, ho ho, has that Lenin statue got to go?

In the wake of Charlottesville and President Donald Trump's coddling of white supremacists, there is renewed controversy over Fremont’s second worst piece of public art…

Ferguson movie rings true (even if you were there)

Years before white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, I was moving from Los Angeles to St. Louis. The year was 2014 and I had a somewhat less pessimistic view…

Can the Ethiopian community hang on in Seattle?

While the Rainier Beach neighborhood has long been a thriving center for Ethiopian Americans in Seattle, many community members are worried about preserving connections amid…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Rebirth Brass Band In their home city of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band has been playing the Maple Leaf every Tuesday night since 1983. And,…

Shakeup among Seahawks over Charlottesville

This story previously appeared on Sportspress NW. Add two more to the long list of people anguished over the grim, non-sports news of the weekend:…

National parks’ future could be in Pioneer Square

It's a time of year when many of us are off in Washington's biggest national parks: Rainier, Olympic, North Cascades. But a small park unit…

Raising a glass to a beloved Ballard dive bar

The People’s Pub in Ballard is closing down this weekend, 17 years after opening. That opening seems like a long time ago now, and for…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

KEXP & Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural: Telekinesis, SISTERS, Hayley Heynderickx The Concerts at the Mural series is perhaps the culmination of everything great…

New York gets Seattle’s director

The news:  After six years at the helm, Andrew Russell is stepping down as artistic director of Intiman Theatre. He’ll be moving to New York…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Summer at SAM Dog Night You don't need a reason to take the pooch to the Olympic Sculpture Park since it's always dog-friendly. But it is First…

What to see at Seattle Art Fair? Some insiders’ picks

This is The Year of the Round Number at the Seattle Art Fair. Exactly 100 art galleries are taking part this year, up from 62…

The Tacoma artist who is reframing how we see Black bodies

Tacoma artist Christopher Paul Jordan is inverting the world, one artwork at a time. He merges digital art with photography and paint. He uses iPhone…

A road trip across Washington State comes to an end

Anyone expecting a sea change in state politics is bound to be disappointed, even if, in the wake of last year’s divisive presidential election, some…

Day 5: Hunting for an outlaw, finding fire!

Davenport — Fire! We’d just been talking about it that morning. But it wasn’t really on our minds as we turned down on a long gravel…

Day 4: Soul-searching in plateau country

  Waterville — Coming out of the Wenatchee Valley, you wind up rock hills along the Columbia River and suddenly emerge on top of the Waterville…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time It’s hard to describe the set design of this production but I’ll try: it’s like being…

Day 3: A tale of two Wenatchee farmers

  Wenatchee — The fruit growers’ world is both big and small. Their markets are national and global, yet their concerns and survival often hinge…

Day 2: In Cashmere, Aplets, Cotlets and a housing crisis

Cashmere — You enter the dry side of the Cascades at Leavenworth, the Bavarian-themed tourist village in a stunning alpine setting, and follow Highway 2…

Day 1: Hippie liberals leave a mark along Highway 2

Gold Bar — Highway 2 was a working highway. It was cobbled together from wagon roads, rail beds and horse trails. Westside towns in the…

Black, female and making theater. And she’s damn good at it

A college campus building. A late summer evening so a soft light fills the space: a rehearsal studio. There’s a bed, bookcase, a bench. A…

Could a new flag bring divided America back together?

The morning after Donald Trump was elected as president, Seattle artist Margaret Chodos-Irvine got to work. Creating art was her way of coping with the…

Road Trip: Seattle Travels Highway 2

Seattle Meets Highway 2 Highway 2 was the first highway to link Washington east to west and along it lies a cross-section of the state's…

Why a road trip across Washington?

Since last November’s election, it’s seemed more important than ever to get outside Puget Sound’s blue bubble. Political divisions have made it harder to connect…