City Arts copy editor Rachel Shimp’s first byline was in an issue of Betty & Veronica when she was 9. As an adult, she’s been writing about music and culture for 12 years. Shimp looks forward to these summer activities: SIFF, getting her motorcycle license, drinking rose in the park, and starting a nonfiction book project about music and love. 

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Feel the Vibration

Crystal Castles prove the true rebels don’t always walk alone. Toronto’s Crystal Castles, named after She-Ra’s home (not the early-‘80s video game) have been smart, and a little lucky. Composer Ethan Kath found singer Alice glass in 2004 when...
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Creature Comforts

A new kind of store for people and pets David Bovard’s perfect room is a simple one: There’s paint on the walls, a comfortable chair to nap in and a light to read by. There are also pets. After a decade of working at Capitol Hill’s Feed Bag...
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Don’t Run

Installations and performances along a five-kilometer path create another type of art walk. The NEPO 5K “Don’t Run” was an informal parade. On a hot, clear Saturday in September, several hundred people checked in at the starting line in...
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Bumbershoot By Night (A Sun-Mon Recap)

The view from the Fountain Lawn at Seattle Center on Monday night. I took this photo on my semi-smart phone, while holding a cup of Pel'Meni dumplings in the other hand. For gorgeous shots of the festival taken by a real photographer, don't miss...
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Hall and Oates at Bumbershoot!

Nostalgia for the '80s has gone on almost as long as the 00s' (and 10's so far), with no apparent end in sight. Hall and Oates' "Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go for That" have been karaoke staples since I started hanging 'round those joints a few years...
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Bumbershoot Rules: My Saturday

This is Andy Lilliston., 14, of Seattle. Though a vegetarian, he agreed to pose with this enormous ham hock at "Bumber by Number" in the visual arts arena of Bumbershoot. The ham is a crayon. A CRAYON! The interactive color-by-number piece designed by...
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Elements of Style

Suyama Peterson Deguchi’s elegant simplicity A massive crown of thorns hangs vertically between the upper and lower offices of Suyama Peterson Deguchi, an architecture firm known for its design artistry as well as its support of artists. The...
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Tiberio Simone’s La Figa: Visions of Food and Form: Live!

Dear Diary: Last night I went to an art show. I had an adult beverage there. I mingled with folks from the neighborhood. I ate a cucumber slice off of someone’s booty! A sampling of Simone's edible art. The art show in question took place at...
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Meet Maikoiyo

Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes at Tarboo's workshop in Pioneer Square. Artist, Father, Conversationalist, Mystery Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes is creative director of pun(c)tuation gallery, co-founder of clothing company Tarboo and an engaging presence who can...
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Steal This Summer (Look)

“Where did you get that?” I’m perpetually asking this question—of my barista, wearing zebra-striped glasses; of a fellow antiquer with dewy green nails; of the barfly with a beautiful tattoo of Magritte’s Ceci n’est pas une pipe (inked by...
Film

Damaged Good: “Spark of Being” at SIFF

It’s alive! Experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison, known in the art world for his collage film Decasia, stitches together a patchwork of old nitrate films in Spark of Being, a 2010 homage to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Each sequence in the...