Culture

Growing up Muslim in the Northwest

For Amina Al-Sadi, America is the only home she’s ever known. As a half-Iraqi, 25-year-old woman, she is dedicated to her Islamic faith, but reminded constantly how…

City Superheroes: Josh Henderson, bacon jam man

Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: chef…

Eleven great photos from Seattle Pride 2015

Beyonce and Taylor Swift ballads reverberated between buildings. Batman rollerbladed through parade traffic in a Speedo. Boy Scouts marched in full uniform, in support of…

The Fabulous Downey Brothers on aliens, band rules and those crazy costumes

I’m convinced that The Fabulous Downey Brothers are secretly the cast for an upcoming sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s title: Dr. Frankenfurter…

Faith and gay rights: An easing of the culture wars?

With the U. S. Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection mean that states cannot ban same-sex…

The Weekend List: The funkiest party of Pride Weekend. The animals of painter Gaylen Hansen. Thai Curry Simple’s after-dark Pop Up

* Events that are $15 or less The Westerlies * They’re one of the most innovative quartets — two trombones, two trumpets — producing sweeping,…

Now Showing: “Güeros”, a lovely Mexican road movie

The bracing, beautifully made Mexican film, Güeros, is the kind of unabashed ode to cinema we rarely see on our screens these days (and when…

Revive Seattle’s creative spirit by inciting cultural trouble

Knute Berger’s recent piece in Crosscut about Seattle and creativity raised several good questions, most importantly at the article’s conclusion, when he asks rhetorically whether…

EMP: Chronicler of Seattle’s pop roots

EMP is more or less Seattle’s ultimate package — a chronicler of past rock ‘n’ roll and an encyclopedia of present popular culture, all in…

Inslee wants tribal reburial for Kennewick Man

Gov. Jay Inslee wants the 8,500-year-old Kennewick Man remains returned to several Inland Northwest tribes for burial. On Tuesday, Inslee sent a letter to the…

When tragedy struck a NW baseball team

I am the shadow sinister called Fate … I am the Master Umpire, and I call the plays the way I see them. I have…

My own ethnic identity ‘fraud’

Before the scandal in Spokane over the racial identity of the now former head of the local NAACP, I was preparing to make my own…

Viral Video: Ebullient promo for classic Beach Boys’ tune

One of the many delights in the new film Love & Mercy, about the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, is the lighthearted recreation of a promo…

Washington’s hard cider boom

A self-described beer man, Alan Shapiro had his cider "wow moment” on a beautiful spring day in Suffolk, England, in 2003. He was staying at…

Now Showing: “Love & Mercy” sending out very good vibrations

The musical biopic is the Trojan Horse of the movies. It arrives bearing the gift of song only to empty its belly of clichés. Upon…

Mystery of the 8,500-year-old Washington bones solved?

Native American tribes and Western scientists often have had a contentious relationship, but a new article in the journal Nature has brought tribal members and…

Book City: Exploring David Brewster’s reading habits

David Brewster has been a teacher, journalist and publisher. He remains a civic starter-upper. Since moving to Seattle in 1965 to teach English at the…

Guest Opinion: “No future in frontin'” for Dolezal

Are you African American?  If you are, you understand. When Rachael Dolezal was asked about her race she replied, "I don't understand the question." This…

The Weekend List: Fremont Solstice. Honk! Fest West. Threesome at ACT. Television at the Moore.

* Events that are $15 or less  Threesome A man and a woman invite another man into bed and what starts out as a comedy…

Why Puget Sounders likely have more boats than air conditioners

I grew up in North Tacoma, in a neighborhood of pre-war Craftsman houses. No one, regardless of their economic station, had air conditioning. In the…

Does Seattle understand how to nurture its own creativity?

Just how creative is Seattle? We’re known as a city that has a burgeoning “creative class,” defined largely by people in the business research sector…

City Superheroes: Waxie Moon’s powers of flight and light

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

Now Showing: Nothing to care about in “Heaven Knows What”

The mangy hell of heroin addiction is explored in the new film Heaven Knows What, from moviemaking brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie. Set within the…

Viral Video: Louis C.K.’s “most offensive SNL monologue ever”

One tweet called it the "unfunniest, most offensive SNL monologue ever.” Another monologue viewer tweeted that her "heart aches for humanity" after watching it. Deadline.com said…

The Weekend List: International Dance Festival. Surfer Blood. Pike/Pine walking tours.

* Denotes events that are $15 or less  Seattle International Dance Festival The always wonderfully curated Seattle International Festival returns bigger than ever this year with…

The Weekend List: The funkiest party of Pride Weekend. The animals of painter Gaylen Hansen. Thai Curry Simple’s after-dark Pop Up

* Events that are $15 or less The Westerlies * They’re one of the most innovative quartets — two trombones, two trumpets — producing sweeping,…

Eleven great photos from Seattle Pride 2015

Beyonce and Taylor Swift ballads reverberated between buildings. Batman rollerbladed through parade traffic in a Speedo. Boy Scouts marched in full uniform, in support of…

The Fabulous Downey Brothers on aliens, band rules and those crazy costumes

I’m convinced that The Fabulous Downey Brothers are secretly the cast for an upcoming sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s title: Dr. Frankenfurter…

Faith and gay rights: An easing of the culture wars?

With the U. S. Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection mean that states cannot ban same-sex…

Now Showing: “Güeros”, a lovely Mexican road movie

The bracing, beautifully made Mexican film, Güeros, is the kind of unabashed ode to cinema we rarely see on our screens these days (and when…

City Superheroes: Josh Henderson, bacon jam man

Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: chef…

Growing up Muslim in the Northwest

For Amina Al-Sadi, America is the only home she’s ever known. As a half-Iraqi, 25-year-old woman, she is dedicated to her Islamic faith, but reminded constantly how…