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Next up for this award-winning choreographer: Police brutality

At a moment in time when so many fear a possible rolling back of progress on social issues, Donald Byrd, nationally respected choreographer and artistic director…

4 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Dolly Parton Birthday Tribute For months, it has felt like a dark cloud was looming above this week, and now the weather has shifted to…

The story behind KeyArena, and how it could be reborn

Basketball, hockey fans and taxpayers, should be rejoicing that the effort to get a viable arena in Seattle is back to square one. Namely, that…

As African Americans leave Seattle, black churches hang on by a thread

If you’d told Pastor Reggie Witherspoon in 1987, back when he first heard the call of God to start a place of worship, that one…

A win for local media: The Seattle Globalist lives on

At a time when the news about the news is often discouraging, with buy-outs and layoffs continuing at local media outlets, there have been a…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Writers Resist: A Celebration of Free Speech This special night is one in a series of readings happening across the country, where writers will be…

Artists ponder how to avoid Seattle’s own ‘Ghost Ship’

In the aftermath of the tragic “Ghost Ship” fire, which swept through a warehouse-turned-underground-arts-space in Oakland, California, killing 36 people, Seattle’s arts community is wondering if…

8 great ideas for Seattle in 2017

Our city politics might have a nasty streak, and our national political scene feels very, well, un-Seattle, to say the least. But Trump or no…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival The start of the year is always a good time for anything that pushes the limit because we’re all…

Belles of the wrecking ball: Meet 2016’s Heritage Turkeys

For 2016, here’s a “basket of deplorables": our annual collection of failures, crimes and bad behavior when it comes to protecting — or rather, not…

Best of 2016: Seattle’s all-female football team — This isn’t the lingerie league

On Aug. 22, 2013, Toakase Tukutau was about to hit the rugby field at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, where she was awaiting acceptance.…

Best of 2016: The roots of Seattle’s homeless crisis

This is the first in a three-part series about the region’s homelessness crisis. In the middle of the night on March 20, 1970, an arsonist…

Best of 2016: The making of a burlesque dancer

I’m standing on a darkened stage in fishnets and heels with a rainbow fish windsock strapped to my ass, thinking that in 3 minutes and…

Mossback mania: Knute Berger’s best columns of 2016

As a newcomer to Seattle not very long ago, I asked around for suggestions on what I should read that would help me get my head…

5 things to do this holiday weekend

The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project This has been an especially crappy, crappy year. So how about getting your laugh on with Seattle’s favorite comedian Hari…

An astoundingly dark recap of 2016’s animal news and videos

Like many people, we here at Crosscut tempered the year’s barrage of bad news by turning to animal videos and stories on occasion. We published several…

Seattle’s best new building of 2016 is a total dump

We will soon have a couple of spectacular new additions to Seattle’s skyline. One is The Mark, a quirky, angular tower being built by the…

Best of 2016: An eviction in Ballard

“I would never sell this place,” my landlord assured me last summer. “Even though I get calls from developers every week.” His wife agreed, shaking…

The best local art and film of 2016

As we close out 2016, Crosscut has asked members of the local community to present their thoughts on the year. Below, Seattle Art Museum CEO Kimerly Rorschach…

Best of 2016: Visiting the quietest place in the U.S.

I’m sitting with my back against a rotting, red log, my chin resting on my knees as I hug them in toward my chest. I…

5 creative works that offered hope in 2016

As we close out 2016, Crosscut has asked members of the local community to present their thoughts on the year. Below, artist, poet, attorney, and…

Best of 2016: 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,…

‘Happy Holidays’ vs. ‘Merry Christmas’ — a Hindu’s view

Growing up in Singapore, I always thought Christmas was a special time of year. Our humid, 90-degree “winters” meant Santa would be sweating into his…

Best of 2016: Born a slave, Emma Ray was the saint of Seattle’s slums

It was the 1890s, and a series of underground tunnels and cellars existed beneath Gold Rush-era Seattle, a result of the city’s relentless leveling of…

The most memorable meals of 2016

Part of my job as the Zagat editor for Seattle is tracking restaurant openings, which also involves attending media events and eating at many of…