Scarecrow Suggests DVDs

Dec. 4 Beasts of the Southern Wild Bursting at the seams with life, energy and humanity, this contemporary fairy-tale about a little girl named Hushpuppy, her father and their ramshackle community on the outskirts of New Orleans is more like a…

‘Skylight’ by Kid Smpl

Before we get to Kid Smpl’s music, let’s first debunk the idea of empty space.
Humans know nothing of nothingness. What we perceive as nothing is the lack of things, but even lack is a thing.
So when we talk about empty space, we’re referring…

Q&A with David Bazan

David Bazan has a complicated relationship with the past. As the primary force behind the now-defunct band Pedro the Lion, Bazan spent a decade documenting personal struggles with his Western culture and his Christian faith through dynamic indie rock…

Vesuvius

The Romans believed that if your ears are burning, someone is talking about you. According to Pliny the Elder, who commanded ships and died in the fumes of Vesuvius, the left ear burns with malice, the right ear with praise. But he never mentioned…

Taste Test with TJ Cowgill

Artist, musician and impresario TJ Cowgill founded Actual Pain, his Capitol Hill-based clothing company, in 2006 and now counts Kanye West as a fan. He’s a longtime member of metal band Book of Black Earth and in October released his first record,…

Pierogi Like Family

Keep your friends close and your dumplings closer.
For most of the week, Dom Polski is a clubhouse, the spacious Capitol Hill headquarters of Seattle’s Polish Home Association. On Friday nights, however, the city’s Polish populace opens its doors…

Opulessence

Dixie Darling designs elegant jewelry with a hint of excess.
Who Laura King—better known as Dixie Darling, a 35-year-old jewelry designer originally from Alabama. Darling crafts opulent statement pieces: necklaces that cluster like sparkling caviar…

First Snow

“Always work your con in your mark’s blind spot.”
Sam Foster, an adolescent delinquent from down the street, was doling out advice on how to pinch wallets at my Aunt Rosalie’s annual Christmas Eve party in 1990. The crowd was a hodgepodge of…

The Satori Group Gets a New Home

When theatre company the Satori Group opened the doors to its new space on a Wednesday evening in late November, it left a lot to the imagination. The floors had dried only hours before and blue painter’s tape still hung on the walls. Aside from a…

D. Black Returns as Nissim

Three years ago, Damian Black declared that he was done with music. His faith was at fault.
“I had to step away from music to surround myself with things that would allow for spiritual growth,” says the 25-year-old MC. “Anything that didn’t…

John Langs Joins ACT

John Langs has been helping shape Seattle theatre since 2004, so it’s about time he moved here.
Following his direction of two plays in the Pinter Festival last summer and a recent production of Antony and Cleopatra at the Seattle Shakespeare…

Spreading Equality

“The battle for same-sex marriage rights still needs to be fought on a number of different frontiers in our country. But I think that we laid some pretty great groundwork. The beauty of a program like Music for Marriage Equality is that we were able…