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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.…

Mariners, 2015. We like this team.

Upon baseball's Opening Day, a day filled with nearly as many empty promises as a national political convention, it is worth recalling a forecast made…

Scenes from a soul-wrangling at the J & M Hotel

All photos courtesy of Alex Garland. It is Thursday afternoon in Pioneer Square and an odd entourage is gathered in a gutted, thrashed room on…

Evan Flory-Barnes is Crosscut’s first City Superhero

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

Now Showing: Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York”

On its surface, Welcome to New York is a thinly disguised version of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case. But in reality, it’s just another…

Former Woodland Park head sees sad future for elephants in OK

At a recent art show in Magnuson Park Gallery, children presented paintings in support of Zoo elephants Chai and Bamboo going to a sanctuary instead…

Excerpt: Exploring futuristic wildlife parks in ‘Edge of Dark’

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Crosscut writer Brenda Cooper's latest science fiction novel, Edge of Dark, in stores now from Pyr Books. …

The Weekend List: Instagram choreography, Southern grub & a celebration of prohibition

* Denotes items that are $15 or less Kate Wallich and The YC  Seattle’s Kate Wallich brings her physical, fast-and-twitchy and always-inventive choreography to On…

Viral Video: Seattle Minute Movies

Think of these video vignettes as creative energy shots. Brief blasts of sonic and visual adrenaline or ephemeral alterations of mood. Made by amateurs and…

Poisoned food: Eaters beware

The modern world is filled with people who gratefully and ravenously eat anything. In fact, much of history is fundamentally a search for secure sources…

Seattle’s facadism fetish makes fools of history & progress

Is Seattle history becoming skin-deep? You could be excused for thinking so. Efforts to preserve local “character” while accommodating massive development have seen a revival…

Vancouver sending heritage homes to the wood chipper

The Vancouver Sun calls spring the “demolition season” in Vancouver, BC. Growth and development in the city are booming, driven in part by demand from…

Panic attacks, day jobs & other aspects of recording an album in your apartment

Together, singer/guitarist Peter Hanks and multi instrumentalist/producer Jordan Evans are Murder Vibes. They agreed to an interview at the Summit Avenue Sun Liquor, the dimly…

Now Showing: ‘Backcountry’, another way to lose your lover

Backcountry expresses a novel way of getting rid of a partner who has become a drag in your relationship. Go on a backpacking trip together…

The Weekend List: Native art weekend. Plate of Nations. Shaprece. Caspar Babypants.

* Denotes items that are $15 or less  Native Art Weekend * The Burke is hosting a weekend-long celebration of Northwest Native art, in conjunction…

Legislature considers protecting bars from songwriters’ reps

You go to a bar or outdoor concert, and listen to a cover band. Or you sing karaoke at a tavern. In any of those…

Viral Video: John Oliver’s March Madness

John Oliver’s masterful, 360-degree, in-your-face jam of the NCAA and their money-making machine, March Madness, is an absolute must-watch. It’s a cross between a deeply…

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…

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…

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: 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…

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…