The fireworks may be over, but summer’s just beginning. This week, trade in hot dogs and other all-American eats for some international cuisine at Bastille Bash and the Polish Festival, or time-travel from the comfort of a theater seat by taking in a stage production of Kavalier & Clay or a concert featuring three Motown greats. Oh, and did we mention Lauryn Hill’s in town? If you need more, check out even more things to do in Seattle. Lauryn Hill Downtown | Tuesday, July 8, 8 p.m. True, Lauryn Hill hasn’t released a solo studio album since 1998’s Grammy-record-breaking The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. But since then, the rapper and soul singer has still managed to make headlines both good (a 2011 Coachella performance and 2012 tour with Nas) and bad (a three-month prison stint for tax evasion). The latter, it seems, had a silver lining—a subsequent single, “Consumerism,” penned during her incarceration. (Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St.; $35–$65; buy tickets here) The Temptations, The Four Tops, Mary Wilson Marysville | Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m. Yeah, it’s a bit of a trek. Yeah, it’s in a casino amphitheater. But we’re guessing there won’t be too many more opportunities to hear “My Girl” or “Stop! In the Name of Love” by the legendary artists who originated them. And, on the plus side, the distance means plenty of time to sing “Bernadette” in the car. (Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Marysville; $30+; buy tickets here) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Lower Queen Anne | Through Sunday, July 13 Many a screenwriter has tried (and failed) to adapt Michael Chabon’s epic 2000 novel about two comic-book-crazed cousins and their superhero creation, the Escapist. That makes Jeff Schwager’s stage adaptation all the more impressive. The five-hour run time is a daring feat in and of itself, and the plot is kept lively by what the Seattle Times describes as a set design that is “clever in its use of comiclike frames,” an ensemble that has the “breezy flexibility of a crew of '40s MGM studio players,” and, above all, “a captivating, pulsating stage magic.” The show also includes a 40-minute break for dinner, during which audience members can purchase sustenance from vendors such as Skillet Counter, Pie, and Blue Water Taco Grill. (Center House Theatre at the Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.; $23–$48; buy tickets here) Bastille Bash Madison Valley | Saturday, July 12, 3 p.m.–8 p.m. For the third year in a row, East Madison Street celebrates Bastille Day by welcoming more than three blocks worth of French-inspired food, wine tastings, live music, and performances by mimes, burlesque troops, and stilt walkers. Participating vendors include Cafe Flora, Voila! Bistrot, and Luc, and proceeds from the event will benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and Art with Heart. (Free admission; food and drink tickets available in advance) Polish Festival Lower Queen Anne | Saturday, July 12, noon to 8 p.m. Those that prefer pierogi and sausages to pâte and soufflés can head to Seattle Center for this festival (also in its third year) devoted to Polish culture and food. Highlights will include demonstrations of sausage making, honey cultivating, and mushroom picking. Between bites, crowds can peruse authentic wares for sale, such as amber jewelry, folk costumes, and pottery. (Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.; free) Kavalier & Clay photo courtesy of Jason Wesley UptonRead More
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Seattleites who love gorgeous natural scenery, delicious food, and unique products can basically find everything they need right here in our fair city. But sometimes the open road calls, and it’s time to go exploring. The Bow-Edison area is an excellent destination for a delicious and beautiful day trip. Under 90 minutes from Seattle, it’s a small area that packs a lot of potential. Consider bringing a cooler full of ice for some of the haul, as it’s not humanly possible to eat everything tasty on offer in the area in just one day. Before we get to the Bow-Edison area proper, there are a few strategic destinations in the surrounding areas. On the way up, consider stopping at Rexville Grocery in Mt. Vernon for their delicious sandwiches. They offer a “picnic to-go” option that can be ordered in advance. For a pretty picnic destination – and a quick hike to work up an appetite for future eating – head north from Mt. Vernon to Squires Lake Park (pictured above). The trail from the parking lot features a brief, easy hike up to the lake area, where benches and clearings offer ideal spots for that Rexville picnic. To work up more of an appetite, one can continue on the South Ridge Trail/Pacific Northwest Trail for a longer but still manageable hike to the top of Alger Alp and its rewarding view. After the exercise, take a jaunt on the winding and scenic Chuckanut Drive to Taylor Shellfish for live oysters, smoked and pickled seafood, crab, geoduck and more. Already hungry again? They offer a picnic area that overlooks the water. From there, head to Cains Court in Edison, where several stores, cafes, and galleries are centrally located, so one can park and stroll. Stop at Slough Foods for wine, cheese, cured meats and other specialties. They offer both popular Puget Sound producers like Salumi Artisan Cured Meats and Mount Townsend Creamery and selected products from beyond the region like Spanish chorizo and Vermont cheddar. Stock up for home, or enjoy a snack and drink on their back patio overlooking the slough. The baked goods at Breadfarm are foodie favorites, made with care in small batches, often with local ingredients. (Take note Breadfarm is a cash/check only operation.) For a break from the food, stop in Shop Curator for unusual collectibles, often including bones and art. Across the street is the Lucky Dumpster, which also offers gifts and collectibles, often made with reclaimed and upcycled materials. Head north around the corner from the Lucky Dumpster (there’s a photo opportunity with the giant “Anyone who isn't confused doesn't understand the situation” Edward R. Murrow quote on the side of the Lucky Dumpster building) up the dead end street to the Smith and Vallee Gallery. Located in a restored schoolhouse, the gallery focuses on Northwest artists. Heading back to the main drag, those who skipped the trip to Taylor Shellfish can still grab some local oysters and a beer at Longhorn Saloon near the gallery. There is often a phalanx of Harleys in front of the Longhorn - it’s popular with bikers taking a breather after the twists and turns of Chuckanut Drive - but like most places in the Bow-Edison area, it’s a welcoming spot. The historic Edison Inn, at the opposite end of Cains Court, is another spot for beer and local oysters. Or, if a little caffeine is more in order after all the walking and eating, Tweets Cafe in between the two can meet your coffee needs. After checking out Edison on foot, head back to the car – or bring a bike – to visit the surrounding area and producers like Samish Bay Cheese, Bow Hill Blueberries, Golden Distillery, or the periodically open farm stand at Gothberg Farms. The local food community has even put together a “food trail” map with more destination possibilities to consider before heading back – full and happy – to Seattle.Read More
The Seattle area is certainly not unique in being a great home for the fiber arts (knitting, crochet, sewing, and more), but there are elements to the city that make it especially suited to these hobbies. As a tech centric city, many Seattleites spend their workdays in front of a computer, and a hands-on activity that produces an actual physical result can be a welcome tonic to too much screen time. Learning to make one’s own clothes and gifts is also a natural extension of the urban homesteading activities like canning, cheese-making and edible gardening that are also popular in Seattle. And of course, drippy Seattle weather certainly encourages one to find engaging and cozy indoor activities. (Find more things to do in Seattle, rain or shine) For those who have never knit, crocheted or sewn before, or need a refresher on long-forgotten skills, there are many options for getting started on a successful path to a new (and possibly addictive) hobby. Knitting, Crochet, Felting, Cross Stich Nearly every yarn store in Seattle offers classes, so checking a nearby neighborhood shop will probably be a safe bet for at least beginner classes. Once up to speed on basics, some shops offer more specialized classes to help target particular projects or techniques. The Weaving Works in North Seattle is one such shop that offers the basics, but also goes deeper into knitting and crochet skills with classes in fixing mistakes, yarn substitutions, binding off techniques, reading crochet charts and Tunisian crochet (a method that uses elements of both knitting and crochet). Weaving Works and another North Seattle shop - The Fiber Gallery - also offer classes in spinning, needle felting, and weaving for those interested in a wider array of fiber hobbies. For learning opportunities beyond the yarn store, Makers’ Mercantile in Kent, Pacific Fabric and Crafts and even the North Seattle Community College all offer knitting and other fiber arts classes. The Seattle Parks Department schedules classes as well, primarily for children, teens and those over 50 years. For a fun half- or full-day Puget Sound yarn excursion, there’s Churchmouse Yarns and Teas a ferry ride away on Bainbridge Island and Tolt Yarn and Wool in the pretty farming community of Carnation. Churchmouse offers some great specialized topics like Victorian cross stitch, Continental method knitting and a Feldenkrais-inspired class on “Healthy Handiwork Habits” to help hobbyists avoid the possible pain of repetitive motions. Tolt Yarn and Wool offers locally-made yarns, including Sleepy Hollow Fiber Farms, a small local producer that labels each skein with the name of the sheep the wool came from. Hobby groups are not true classes, but a welcoming group of fellow knitters, crocheters, or weavers can help keep a beginner encouraged when encountering challenges with new projects. And, usually, they’re free! Check the neighborhood shop schedule and most likely they offer group knitting or other craft circles that are open to the public. The Bellevue Parks Department organizes a knitting circle that works together to knit items for local hospitals and Eastside Baby Corner. It’s free to attend and they provide the patterns and material. The first Sunday of the month is also a good time for fiber art groups with a Scandinavian angle. Most months, the Nordic Heritage Museum offers a Nordic knitting circle, and the Swedish Club has a weaving group. They are both free and open to the public. For periodic special events throughout the year, keep an eye out for the Madrona Fiber Arts fest, Vogue Knitting Live, the Knit Fit marketplace, and the LYS (Local Yarn Shop) Tour. And for those who get truly serious about it, there’s even CraftCruises, which has scheduled Alaskan cruises focused on knitting, crochet, handspinning, needlework and more, departing right here from Seattle or north in Vancouver! Sewing and Quilting There are several options for sewing classes around Seattle. Drygoods Design is currently a popular spot for its stylish fabric selection and the “make*do*mend” studio that offers classes in basic sewing and quilting. They also offer classes focused on particularly useful patterns like the Washi dress or an “everyday” skirt. Pacific Fabrics and Crafts, Makers’ Mercantile, and the North Seattle Community College, mentioned above as venues for knitting and crochet classes, also offer sewing classes. The South Seattle Community College location does as well (although their selection is more limited than North Seattle). University of Washington’s continuing education department (aka the Experimental College), Stitches, and Quality Sewing and Vacuum are a few other spots with solid schedules of sewing instruction. For those on a budget, check out Sew Up Seattle. This is a free community group that gets together monthly on the 4th Saturday from 11am to 1pm at the Denny Park Lutheran Church. They have sewing machines, tools, and scraps, and beginners are welcome to come to learn and practice for free. The Lynnwood Library periodically schedules a “Make Friends with Your Serger” class. Frequency can be erratic, but for those struggling with the serger, occasionally checking the Sno-Isle Library system’s event calendar might yield a free learning opportunity.Read More
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