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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…

The best Northwest nonfiction of 2016

Here’s my mossy list of the year’s best reads in Northwest nonfiction, with an emphasis on, surprise, history. Looking for Betty MacDonald by Paula Becker…

The best local music of 2016: KEXP’s DJs give us their lists

As we close out 2016, Crosscut has asked members of the local community to present their thoughts on the year. Below, the team at KEXP…

Seattle’s only last-minute gift guide

So you still haven’t bought presents for your friends or family or the person who’s blackmailing you. Fret not, for I’m here to pretend to…

Courts rule on future of Pioneer Square, Olympic National Park

Two recent legal decisions have notched significant wins for heritage and historic preservation in both wild and urban settings in the Pacific Northwest. One will…

Gender and justice in a gentrifying city

When I saw Ela Barton for the first time, she was performing at the Seattle Grand Poetry Slam in 2012 at Town Hall. I was…

Saving the birthplace of Seattle karaoke

Bush Garden, the Japanese restaurant and karaoke lounge located in the International District, is one of Seattle’s most venerable watering holes. Its doors have been…

The strange case of the Northwest’s Native American Nazi

He was a Native American from Oregon who called himself “Chief Red Cloud,” and he cut an impressive figure. In the late 1930s, he appeared…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

SAM Lights Yes, it’s cold. But with the Seattle cold come gorgeous clear days and crisp nights that are perfect for drinking hot beverages and…

‘Michelle Obama ain’t the only fantastic woman of color’

Alice Metropolis is throwing a conniption fit. A disembodied yell of “No! No! No!” rings out from the gallery. I enter timidly, thinking I might…

Seattle media may be a ‘dumpster fire,’ but it can be saved

With the constant news of layoffs, buy-outs, and publications closing shop, it can sometimes seem like the Seattle news media is our own local contribution…

Where the robots of Seattle roam free

You've probably heard of the Living Computer Museum, but chances are you haven't been there, since attendance totaled merely 14,000 last year. Long a home…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker The Land of the Sweets never looked as sumptuous as it does in this production with what has to be the…

$18 million GMO fine: A victory too late

Three years ago, corporate interests intent on defeating a state initiative to require labeling of GMO grocery products resorted to tactics that recently brought the…

Can Huskies football shake its scandal-plagued past?

SANTA CLARA, CA. – The toughest part of coach Chris Petersen’s task is not devising a plan for his fourth-ranked Washington Huskies to beat eighth-ranked…

Underfoot at Pike Place: Big names and oddball history

Pike Place Market is familiar to us all, yet full of surprises. According to the Market’s last annual report, the Market Foundation served 59,000 meals…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Mike Rizzo on Washington Beer History For beer lovers and history nuts out there, gone are the days of forced reconciliation — making only beers…

Portland has what Seattle lost

For a Seattleite, entering Oregon is like visiting a foreign country. It’s familiar, but an alternate reality. Here we pump our own gas, in Oregon…

A new hub for native arts at Pike Place

This story originally appeared in Ampersand magazine, a product of Forterra. A wooden Sasquatch sculpture, 7-feet-tall, stands guard in the Pike Place Market atrium where…

Hunting school offers lessons on life, death and the dinner table

Lying prone on the grass, I shuffle my elbows forward to position the rifle butt against my right shoulder. I close my left eye and…

Everyday magic in a neighborhood grocery store

This story originally appeared in Ampersand magazine, a product of Forterra. It happens at least once a month. I’m standing in line at my neighborhood…

How animals have shaped Seattle. And still do.

Animals have played enormous roles in shaping of modern cities, though few of us stop to think about it. Take Boston, which was developed around…

6 things to do this holiday weekend

Native Holiday Gift Fair This weekend, the Duwamish tribe (who’ve been in this area for over 10,000 years!) invites the public to their longhouse in…

A welcome break from Seattle’s architectural horror show

Pioneer Square has seen an influx of new people this fall, as 800 Weyerhaeuser employees move into the company's sparkling new headquarters. Almost immediately, the impact was…