Culture

How neighbors are replacing blight with thriving local businesses

Editor's Note: This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with…

The Weekend List: Luscious opera, THEESatisfaction’s latest, free entry at SAM

* Denotes events that are $15 or less Semele The music is Handel. The story is kind of a classic: girl falls in love with…

Reinhold Messner: towering achievements and ego

When my father was a small boy, his father, a Norwegian engineer, took him to see Roald Amundsen and his ship, the Maud, when it…

Mariners’ spring training: Will hopes be fulfilled?

"Did you hear that Pete Carroll has been named ambassador to the Vatican?" "What?" "After Carroll's goal-line call in the Super Bowl, President Obama figured Pete is the…

At UW, computer science & nuclear history spar

Back in 2008, a group of University of Washington students and preservationists rose up to oppose the demolition of the More Hall Annex on the…

Orcas vegan-turned-butcher ‘blown on his ass’ by James Beard nomination

Chef Jay Blackinton, 26, of Orcas Island taught himself to cook by preparing large meals for his punk friends in Seattle. Now, he’s nominated for…

Now Showing: Hard to Be a God

If you have the stomach for it, sitting through the three-hour, black-and-white Russian film, Hard to Be a God, may rank as one of your…

Viral Video: The federal government’s war on “leaker” Stephen Kim

Stephen Kim’s troubles started in June 2009 after he exchanged a series of emails with Fox news reporter James Rosen. Kim, a State Department analyst,…

The Weekend List: Donald Byrd does Rogers & Hammerstein. NYC men in tutus. Cirque’s jaw-dropping acrobatics.

* Denotes events that are $15 or less Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel There are myriad reasons to go see this production. They include the tremendous…

Book City: Developer Liz Dunn’s reading for excellent cities

Liz Dunn is the woman behind many successful real estate rehab projects on Capitol Hill, including Melrose Market and the Piston & Ring building. She’s…

Wrecking balls gone wild: Biggest heritage losses of the year

Every year, I collect some of the worst failures in heritage and historic preservation on the Pacific Northwest. This edition focuses on some disturbing trends…

The West Seattle jewelry artist too bold for his own hometown

Three years ago, Seth Damm fell in love with 200 yards of raw cotton rope. The softness and beauty of the glowing-white material instantly enticed…

Viral Video: Pete Carroll’s blind faith in the miracle that never was

Confident or cocky? After watching this SoundFX breakdown of the Seahawks’ final heartbreaking drive in the Super Bowl, there is an argument to be made…

Our song: ‘Tunisia’ by way of New Delhi

I was driving my black Hyundai Elantra down a back road with my granddaughter Josephine strapped into her carseat, listening to jazz on KPLU, when…

Now Showing: The cruel world of “Two Days, One Night”

Jean-Pierre and Luc, known together as the Dardenne Brothers, have crafted another sneak attack on our sense of social justice with their latest picture, Two…