Culture

George Washington owned slaves. Should we rename the state?

Our American legacy of slavery and racism is being wrestled with everywhere. We’ve gone from demanding removal of the Confederate flag to rethinking the Star…

Playing with fire: Inside Seattle’s fire-dancing scene

Real estate agents, circus performers, teachers, and software engineers — while the groups might not have much in common in their day-to-day lives, every other Wednesday…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Bridge Over Mud The performers here include a train — yes, an actual train — on 195-feet of elevated tracks outfitted with mirrors and cameras…

Meet the artist who let a deer loose in a California gangland

Brent Watanabe will be presenting at Crosscut's third Arts Salon, discussing the intersection of art and tech, on Tues., September 20. If you happened to…

A fire-breathing ‘beast’ takes over the EMP Museum

At seven tons, 11 feet tall, and with twin flame cannons that shoot massive fireballs, the eight-legged Walking Beast looks like something the bad guy…

4 things to do in Seattle this weekend

PKN SEA vol. 68: Region of Boom So what does it mean for this region to be living amidst so much growth and change? The…

Ginny Ruffner’s modern alchemy — from glass art to virtual reality

Ginny Ruffner will be presenting at Crosscut's third Arts Salon, discussing the intersection of art and tech, on Tues., September 20. In the mid-1980s, glass was…

How one actually “makes it” in Seattle arts

Relatively speaking, the theatre business is small potatoes in King County. Ticket revenues clocked in at $211 million for 2014 county-wide, while areas much smaller…

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From 12th Man to rookie: Meet the Seahawks’ new squad

Taniela Tupou was a dazzled seventh grader in Everett when the Seahawks made their first Super Bowl in 2006. When they made the Super Bowl…

Remembering a legend in Northwest media, Phil Sturholm

  Thanks to Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, discussions have been underway about creating a standing exhibit on the rich history of Northwest TV…

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Korean BBQ Cook-Off It doesn’t take much to make me hungry. (All that Trump-related talk last week about taco trucks on every corner got me…

True grit: Alice Lord demanded respect for working women — and won

When Alice Lord arrived to Seattle from New York around 1892, she and her husband were joining the flood of newcomers drawn to the western…

4 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Bumbershoot Is it worth spending more than $100 for just one day of this three-day festival? With more than 180 performers including local favorites (Death…

A city slicker finds the ultimate place to unplug

I grew up on Puget Sound, where islands meant a chance of solitude and escape. I’ve long assumed such experiences required water, but I recently…

One woman’s quest to see all 59 national parks

Could this really be it? Going to work, staring into a computer screen for hours every day so I could have health insurance and pay…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

CID Block Party Six Asian Pacific Islander musicians headline this inaugural block party in Seattle’s Chinatown International District: Awkwafina, Shawn Wasabi, kero uno, Tele Fresco,…

Unearthing the T-Rex of Hell Creek

Luke Tufts and Jason Love have been digging up bones together for more than 15 years. Each spring they stuff boots, ski poles, rain coats,…

Amazon’s spheres are out of a dystopian nightmare

Every time I pass by the Amazon spheres at Seventh and Lenora, my mind wants to go to Buckminster Fuller. Instead, it goes to Bruce…

The key to beating the Seattle Freeze: Rock ’n’ roll, baby

For most of my adult life, music has been the most reliable KrazyGlue to my most important friendships — listening to it, loving it, hating…

The best under-the-radar food trucks in Seattle

Remember when food trucks were a rarity in Seattle? Back before roving restaurants became ubiquitous, it was big news when a newcomer popped up. Food…

Songs and sacrifices: A transgender singer’s story

There’s an old video of Julian Morris when he’s maybe 6 or 7 years old, singing “Sweet Baby James” with his father. He’s sitting cross-legged,…

Can ghosts save Colfax?

Editor's note: Crosscut columnist Knute Berger has been examining the challenges facing Washington's rural communities, even in the middle of a boom for urban areas.…

Seattle’s $20 million gaming showdown is still underground

It’s draft day inside KeyArena. The young male competitors peck at PC keyboards in soundproof glass booths, selecting their screen avatars for virtual combat. With…

From the mean streets to the national parks

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Shelton Johnson is the Michael Jordan among people of color engaged in the outdoors. He is the…

Goodbye, art: Seattle is a tech town now

Crosscut's third Arts Salon will focus on the intersection of technology and art, with an emphasis on the democratization of art. The event will take…