Although there are no online previews or user reviews for A Tuna Christmas, ArtsWest's previous productions have been reviewed and featured in numerous Seattle publications including Seattle Weekly, the Seattle Times, and AOL's City Best Seattle. Eight Yelpers give ArtsWest an average of 4.5 stars.
Pottery Northwest promotes excellence in the ceramic arts by providing a professional facility in an educational atmosphere for the enhancement of skills in the medium of clay. This is achieved by providing studio space, classes, professional workshops, lectures, community programs, and a gallery for ceramic works.
More than 30 accordions hang from the rafters, from which spruce walls crawl the long distance to the floor. Bright green chairs and classic marmoleum floors complement this oasis of varying colors and materials, highlighted by a backlit drawing wall—which showcases 36 of artist Dale Chihuly's drawings in oversize, vividly colorful splendor. Amid all of this, chef Ivan Szilak presents a northwest menu influenced by the flavors and twists of the Mediterranean. As a boy, Chihuly would scour the shores of Puget Sound for beach glass. Today, his extensive collection includes vintage objects such as toy soldiers, 1950's cameras and transistor radios.
Today, some of those rescued treasures live on at the aptly named Collections Café, an upscale food stop nestled inside The Exhibition Hall at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Szilak puts a northwest twist on ingredients. Chihuly's youthful collecting habits parallel the restaurant's practice of culling ingredients from local ranchers, foragers, and farmers. With these fresh foundations, the culinary team cooks up dishes such as roasted mushroom flatbread and grilled wild salmon. Diners can finish their dining experience with desserts like warm chocolate chunk cookies, Kentucky bourbon ice cream, and salted caramel.
Big cities have a wealth of entertainment, but the options can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Luckily, the founders of Festivals Inc. have established several events that gather the Seattle region’s diverse food, drink, and music all in one place. Their flagship shindig, Groupon Bite of Seattle, attracts over 400,000 people with healthy appetites to try cuisine from more than 60 eateries alongside craft beers and live bands. During the fall, Oktoberfest Northwest and Oktoberfest Monroe celebrate the German beer festival, while the Taste of Tacoma rings in the last weekend of June with culinary offerings from its titular city.
The craft masters at Seattle Glassblowing Studio & Gallery guide pupils to artistic bliss by expounding on a spectrum of steps needed to create intricate pieces. Whether joining 10–25 fellow artisans in a group workshop or forming a clique in a one- to three-person private class, students turn provided materials into bowls, cups, and decorative piles of glass shards. Professional glass wielders safely impart etiquette and basic techniques such as gathering glass on a rod and shaping it into colorful geometric forms.
The shop's instructors also offer their own artistic services, including custom commissions such as functional lighting and installation pieces. Damaged glass heirlooms undergo repairs in the cold-working shop, where artisans restore shattered pieces and polish away dullness left behind by covetous pawing.
A nationwide department store with a prominent outpost in Downtown Seattle, Macy’s is the place for one-stop shopping for the family and the home. The longtime retailer carries brand name and private label clothing and shoes, and have extensive furniture and housewares departments for any upscale homeowner looking to bring their look up a few notches. Even better, they are known for their frequently-occurring sales, which means even mid-level folks can splurge on great pieces for their home or their closet. The stately 1929 building takes up a city block and spans six floors, plus a basement, and holds an annual holiday parade with inflatable floats, marching bands and costumed characters, which ends in the lighting of the huge Macy’s star on the corner of the building.