Discovering Fire

Campfire founder Stefan Giles unlocks the ancient art of the open flame.
When Stefan Giles was 13, he watched his father grill a pork chop over an open flame on the back deck of his childhood home in Spanaway, Wash. Not an uncommon sight in their…

Borgine by Robert Hardgrave

Like the punctuation of slick orange rain boots or a bright scarf against fall’s environmental palette, Robert Hardgrave’s paintings offer a visceral pleasure. Smudges of color beneath networked black lines create a fluid pattern in much of his…

Late-Night Mystique

13 Coins is timeless 24 hours a day.
As South Lake Union springs from the tech-money ether, 13 Coins hunkers in the shadows like a defender of history. The 45-year-old upscale diner relishes in its outdated extravagance, appealing to people across…

Hamil’s Fables

Caribou, lead guitarist and principal songwriter for the White Bryans, was home from the road. I can’t do it anymore, he thought as he hobbled down the block, squinting in the slantwise morning sun. Lumbago and Irritable Bowel Syndrome jockeyed for…

Q&A with Terry Podgorski of Cafe Nordo

Café Nordo’s latest dinner theatre invention is a murder mystery set in a small Northwest town where a corporate franchise is trying to buy the local roadhouse diner. Nordo writer and scenic designer Terry Podgorski explains how the idea took…

Q&A with Beat Connection

Over the last year, Beat Connection has transitioned from a dormroom laptop duo to a four-man, party-starting machine. Along the way, the Seattle electro-pop outfit has garnered attention from MTV and Pitchfork, landed itself on uber-hip British label…

Q&A with Jennifer Jacobs of Affordable Art Fair

Everybody can be an art collector. That’s the idea behind the Affordable Art Fair, which this month brings diverse works from 50 local, national and international galleries for a four-day art extravaganza. The event showcases original, contemporary…

Sweet and Savory

Let me begin by saying that I have a rampant, unhealthy love of pastries. Throughout most of my 20s, I treated cookies like a food group and could easily house half of a box of snickerdoodles for breakfast. A whole cake doesn’t last two days in my…

Scarecrow Suggests DVDs

By Kevin Clarke, Spenser Hoyt, Jen Koogler, Matt Lynch and Kirsten Stringham
Nov. 6 Your Sister’s Sister One year after his brother’s death, Jack (Mark Duplass) is still spiraling downward—socially, professionally, emotionally. His best friend…

Q&A with Ellen Forney

Since 1993, cartoonist Ellen Forney has illustrated everything from the cover of The Rocket to Planned Parenthood posters to Stranger personals. But this year is by far her biggest: Last month she won the Stranger Genius Award for literature and on…

Q&A with Joel RL Phelps

Over the summer a powerful new recording from Joel RL Phelps surreptitiously appeared on the Internet. The song, “Thank You and Goodnight,” harkened to the more noisy, aggressive sound of Phelps’ old band Silkworm, and it wasn’t new; Phelps…

A New and Necessary Normal

Gender equity—locally and globally—is among the most important social justice issues of our day. If art is a reflection of our society and if the artistic landscape neglects women, what does that say about society as a whole?