Culture

Podcast: 3 Seattle students compete in national August Wilson monologue contest

Seattle has a very special relationship with the late August Wilson. Pittsburgh may claim him as its native son but the playwright, who lived here…

Kids and the American dream denied. A conversation with author Robert Putnam

Robert Putnam is the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His 2000 book Bowling Alone argued that social…

Viral Video: “About a Son” peers into Kurt Cobain’s troubled soul

This is the other Kurt Cobain documentary, the one released in 2007 and now being ignored in the wake of the so-called “authorized” doc, Kurt…

Bowing to backlash, Taylor Shellfish decides against using pesticide

In 1895, lawmakers in Olympia reaffirmed a unique provision of state law that had been enacted by the Territorial Legislature. Known as the Bush and…

Poet as Superhero: Maged Zaher

Welcome to City Superheroes, a regular column that highlights the powerful figures walking among us with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s…

The Weekend List: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at ACT – and more

*Denotes items that are $15 or less Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ACT, in case you haven’t heard, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. So…

Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Tech and SIFF

How is technology reshaping — hopefully, improving — civic life? A panel of local experts will explore that question at next Wednesday's Civic Cocktail. It's a question…

The Restless Critic: Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is named for a mix tape the musician made in his misfit years, when he was spending days on end…

Rapper Gifted Gab on music, the Central District and that elusive work-life balance

Seattle’s rap scene has a kind of Yin and Yang complex. On one side are the shining intellectual Paladins, “message” rappers like (duh) Macklemore, The…

Viral Video: World’s Worst Mom

“Helicopter parents” is the term used to describe hovering, hyper-success focused moms and dads, but the parents featured on the Discovery Life channel program, World’s…

An odd rhythm but memorable images in ‘The Salt of the Earth’

The casualties of war, oppression, poverty and religious zealotry confront all of us in the photographs of Sebastião Salgado, whose remarkable career is the subject…

The Weekend List: Artist Mary Ann Peters, Cobain documentary at SIFF, Complex Movements at OTB

Featuring picks from artist C. Davida Ingram Earlier this year at the wonderful Genre Bender event, conceptual artist C. Davida Ingram blew audiences away with…

Danny Westneat: a book club guy

Danny Westneat is a Metro columnist for the Seattle Times, and an avid fiction reader who has spent 21 years in the same book group.…

National Film Festival for Talented Youth spotlights female directors

The largest youth film festival in the world is happening this week in Seattle. The 2015 National Film Festival for Talented Youth, which opens on…

Viral Video: Best TV title sequences

The opening title sequence of Mad Men, with a Don Draper-esque black-on-white cutout tumbling perilously to his doom, may be remembered much longer than anything…

The new Seattle, where everything looks the same

This is the first in a 2-part series on changes in Seattle's built environment. You can read Part 2 here. Tucked into a side street…

The many faces of Seattle Superhero Celene Queeno Ramadan

Welcome to City Superheroes, the second installment of a regular column that highlights the powerful figures walking among us with the help of a (usually…

The Weekend List: Allen Stone croons around town. Swan Lake at PNB. Reptar does the Tractor. Seattle architecture explained.

* Denotes events that are $15 or less Allen Stone: Evolution of an Artist There’s something unique about singers that grew up in church. Aretha…

Why force works better than persuasion when it comes to doing the right thing

On January 1, the garbage cops started patrolling Seattle for banana peels and pizza boxes along with cans, bottles and grass clippings. That was the…

Seattle’s name: Ripe for a change that you can make.

A little more than a year ago, in my monthly column for Seattle magazine, I put forward the idea that Seattle needs a new nickname. We’ve been…

Cook This: A salad for spring in Seattle

Last June, after almost five years, I left my post as Canlis' office manager/media and public relations coordinator for the world of corporate PR. I'd…

The Weekend List: Questlove, The Rep’s latest hit, Ira Glass & his dancing girls & more!

* Denotes items that are $15 or less Lizard Boy Seattle Rep has a bona fide hit on its hands and the has surely hugged…

The real story behind Ballard’s ‘anti-development icon’

Driving across the Ballard Bridge last week, I noticed the door to the boarded-up Macefield House was open. Intrigued, I took the first exit off…

As Seattle changes, remember ghosts like the old Orpheum Theater

In Seattle, last week, I looked across the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Olive Way, into McGraw Square and towards the Westin Hotel, noting a Seattle urbanism trifecta…

Under the Heatlamp: Fair ferry fare

There are pros and cons to traveling on the Washington State Ferries. Pros: Stunning scenery. Camaraderie among riders. Native American art emblazoned on the tables.…

Bowing to backlash, Taylor Shellfish decides against using pesticide

In 1895, lawmakers in Olympia reaffirmed a unique provision of state law that had been enacted by the Territorial Legislature. Known as the Bush and…

The Weekend List: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at ACT – and more

*Denotes items that are $15 or less Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ACT, in case you haven’t heard, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. So…

Poet as Superhero: Maged Zaher

Welcome to City Superheroes, a regular column that highlights the powerful figures walking among us with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s…

Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Tech and SIFF

How is technology reshaping — hopefully, improving — civic life? A panel of local experts will explore that question at next Wednesday's Civic Cocktail. It's a question…

The Restless Critic: Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is named for a mix tape the musician made in his misfit years, when he was spending days on end…

Kids and the American dream denied. A conversation with author Robert Putnam

Robert Putnam is the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His 2000 book Bowling Alone argued that social…

Podcast: 3 Seattle students compete in national August Wilson monologue contest

Seattle has a very special relationship with the late August Wilson. Pittsburgh may claim him as its native son but the playwright, who lived here…

Viral Video: “About a Son” peers into Kurt Cobain’s troubled soul

This is the other Kurt Cobain documentary, the one released in 2007 and now being ignored in the wake of the so-called “authorized” doc, Kurt…