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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…

Politically correct maps: Damn right.

Changing place names is frequently cited by opponents of a new name as being a trivial pursuit, unworthy of the effort. But the debate that…

Rose Cano uses theater to bridge Seattle’s cultural divides

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

A Northwest outdoorsman, a Nazi sympathizer

Sixth in a series Pearl Harbor changed everything for America’s Nazi sympathizers. German diplomats had been expelled from the U.S. earlier in 1941. In the…

Can we believe in the Mariners again?

The worst thing to happen to the Seattle Mariners last year has a shot to be the best thing. With the advancement of the Toronto…

Seattle’s own: Draze captures the spirit of the South Side

(This article was originally published on The Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission) My relationship to hip hop has always been complicated by…

7 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Puzzle Break: Escape the Midnight Carnival I decided to try something I've never done before: lock myself in a room with strangers, and then work…

Halfway through #SaveKPLU, big hurdles still loom

It was impossible to ignore the irony of last Thursday. On one side of town, a panel of local media giants – including Caryn Mathes of KUOW and Mara…

Could South Park murder have been averted?

Seattle has been home to some of the country’s ablest writers of true crime; the late Ann Rule, whose book about Ted Bundy, The Stranger Beside…

Huskies in the Final Four: This was not supposed to happen

Kelsey Plum smolders. That's what most top-shelf competitive athletes do. Whether it's Michael Jordan bringing the ball up, or Randy Johnson throwing the ball chin-high…

4 things to do in Seattle this weekend. And 1 that your dog can do.

Now I’m Fine Local performing wizard Ahamefule Oluo unpacks all his gifts — comedy, trumpet playing, conducting, storytelling, MCing and more — in this uniquely…

UW flips city the bird over historic preservation

The showdown between the University of Washington and the City of Seattle over the city’s landmarks ordinance, and whether it applies to the UW campus,…

FDR’s mixed legacy for NW environment

“There is no such thing as an ex-conservationist,” Franklin Roosevelt said. Conservation was the through-line of FDR’s public legacy, a narrative given new life in…

At KeyArena, Bruce Springsteen revives an old American Dream

“The River was my coming of age record,” Bruce Springsteen told the crowd at Seattle’s Key Arena, just before the 66-year-old man joyfully crowd-surfed, shimmied…

Seattle’s working women of World War II: An oral history

How the future of women in the workplace was shaped in Puget Sound

Visiting the quietest place in the U.S.

Gordon Hempton and the three decade search for pure silence.

The Nazis’ last days in the Northwest

This is the fifth in a special series about the forgotten history of Nazis in the Northwest. The series starts here. Fritz Wiedemann is “probably the…