The Doing and The Teaching

Those who can’t do, teach.
This adage has haunted me for as long as I can remember. The same way a mean girl making fun of my haircut used to haunt me in middle school. A slap of subjective criticism with a malicious swing. It stings. That idea….

Cocaine Blues

When I look out over the perpetually shifting, shame- and secret-filled landscape of drug use in the Northwest rock ’n’ roll community, I often think about Raymond Carver’s short story collection, What We Talk About When We Talk about Love. Its…

In Store: The Odd Ball

Nestled amidst the brick edifices of old Ballard, in an old champagne cave, is Space Oddity Vintage Furniture Gallery, just the place to discover that item you didn’t know you wanted to discover in the first place.
Stumbling through a mishmash of…

How to Write Right: Might Makes Right

“I wish they may, and I wish they might,” sings Marian the librarian in The Music Man. Marian is using two words, “may” and “might,” in the same way, but they are not always interchangeable. Here’s a sentence that highlights a problem with…

Your Crooked Neighbor: Part 3

Don’t Tell Me How It Ends
I showed up a few minutes early at Victrola, the hipster coffee shop on 15th Ave., ordered a drink, and flipped through The Stranger. I always went immediately to the “I Saw U” section of the personals. Is there…

F-Bombs Away!

“Girls with Accents,” the first single on Fences’ self-titled debut full-length, features an undeniable, buoyant pop hook, as well as breathy, heartfelt admissions from dreamy front man Chris Mansfield. It also features the F-word – and lots…

Unplugging the Machine

Harry Shearer has been disillusioned longer than you. The comic and social commentator is best known for his voice-over work on The Simpsons and his role as drummer Derek Smalls on the cult classic film Spinal Tap. But he has also done something with…

Handmade, without the Making

Ten local crafters on Etsy with gifts that click.What better way to show someone you care than with a homemade gift? This might be a no-brainer for the craft-inclined, but if the thought of a glue stick or knitting needles makes you cringe, fear not;…

Anatomy of a Booooooo!

Photography by Andrew Waits for City Arts.
Parsing that rarest of Seattle exclamations with Mad Rad emcee Buffalo Madonna
It filled the hall like smoke.
For three and a half hours, poets and hiphop emcees had taken the stage at Washington Hall as…

The Art of Gifting

Gimme! Gimme!We artsy types are the toughest to shop for. Ultimately we drive our loved ones to mega shopping centers thronged by swarms of panicked last-minute gift seekers, knowing that they are likely to make numerous gifting mistakes in an attempt…