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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…

Funeral for a piece of Seattle’s atomic past

How do you lay a landmark to rest? Holding a wake is one idea. Advocates of the saving More Hall Annex, aka the Nuclear Reactor Building,…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Sculptured Dance In a first-of-its-kind event, some of the most creative local choreographers take to the Olympic Sculpture Park to unveil new dance works.  Donald…

At AileyCamp: Dance, drumming and lessons on life

It’s the middle of a late-July afternoon at the Tukwila Community Center. Though she’s already been in class for hours, Faith Capers, 13, appears full…

As Seattle booms, we’re trashing our history

A version of this column appeared in the July issue of Seattle Magazine. It has been updated. The annual list of “most endangered” historic properties…

Hillman City club will riff on jazz history

Its walls are covered in four shades of fading pink paint. Huge pink letters across the façade spell out “Maxim’s.” Sitting on Rainier Avenue in…

4 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Placiness A whole host of events are scheduled on this art fair weekend including this show, about life in the city through the eyes of…

Bicycling style check: Are you a Fred?

Every summer they return to the Burke-Gilman Trail, like the swallows to Capistrano, only their plumage is much brighter — unnatural day-glo colors intended for…

Data dive: Fake Twitter followers abound in local politics, media

Like so much about Twitter, the prevalence of fake accounts on the service is a strange and mostly pointless thing to think about. But because I gravitate…

Is there ancient treasure to be found on our coasts?

The Oregon coast is encrusted with vacationers this time of year, many of them beach combing for items ranging from Japanese fishing floats and tsunami…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Barbara Earl Thomas She’s been deemed both “genius” (by The Stranger) and “treasure.” I’d say she’s a force because the span and breadth and power…

How much money will it take to make King County arts better?

Gloria Plenkina, 14, is a student at Chinook Middle School in Bellevue. In her spare time, she’s a Russian gypsy. Plenkina, who moved with her…

True story: Trump’s family roots in Seattle

America is the land of opportunity for all, immigrant or native born. Work hard, get a little lucky, and even a simple barber can lay…

Wildlife refuge renamed for Native American leader

This story originally appeared on KCTS9/EarthFix. Top Northwest officials and a member of President Obama’s cabinet will gather Tuesday for the renaming of a wildlife…

Are these burgers worthy of the Pope?

You know when there's a popular movie and everyone tells you that you have to see it, but you never get a chance? That's what…