Gotta Get Out

Vampire Lezbos’ van caught on fire on their first-ever foray beyond Spokane.
In the early ’80s, a group of young punks living in Spokane moved into a handful of apartments perched on top of the Smith Funeral Home—a partially defunct old…

Ye Merry Olde Gift Guide

With the season of giving quickly approaching, we wandered the nearby enchanted forest, communing with magical animals and summoning holiday spirits to present a sleighful of hip holiday gifts. Browse them here!

This is Not (Only) an Umbrella

Every time an umbrella opens, a parachute deploys, a jellyfish is born, a flower blooms. At once mechanical and magical, the umbrella’s metaphoric potential renders it as capricious as the weather it protects us from.
Umbrellas transform Seattle…

Bespoke Outerwear

Every morning, Katrina Hess rides her bike to work, but she doesn’t do it wearing Gore-Tex. For her 20-minute commute from her apartment in SoDo to her office in Pioneer Square, the 34-year-old designer wants to look good, on her bike and off.“My…

Editor’s Note: Review, Refresh, Resolve

This year at City Arts was full of inspiring stories: Mike Daisey, Shabazz Palaces, the community surrounding Doe Bay Fest, the kids from School of Rock. It was also full of firsts— like a star-studded interview issue and a food issue dedicated to…

In Great Swarms

My thoughts thronged a long wrong roadMy lost lover lolled an old toothpickThe cells of the body harbor something dire – a secretthey express through slow secretionWill you pleasequicken my breath, the turn, the door, oh goodbyeand 1, 2, 3 …

Q&A with Isaac Layman

This month, the Frye presents Whidbey Island-raised photographer Isaac Layman in his first solo museum exhibition. A recipient of Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award in 2008 and one of the final exhibitors at the visionary Lawrimore Project,…

Golden Age

Brandon Ivie talks about directing Seattle royalty in Cinderella
This production isn’t set in a specific time period, so we’ve done away with the Camelot version of Cinderella where everyone is in triangular hats. But we want to pay homage to the…

Boarded Window

How does a brain choose which memories to keep? Why do people retain thirty-year-old movie quotes but forget life-changing epiphanies? You can order yourself to treasure a moment, to cling tight to a feeling and never let it fade, but it’s your…

A Christmas Miracle

The downsides to growing up in a Very Evangelical Home were many. (Typical day: my dad finding Madonna’s Immaculate Collection in my room and snapping the CD in half, me explaining this to my buddy’s sister, its rightful owner.) So you’d think…

There Will Be Ham

When you’re the son of a Southern preacher and you move to the other side of the country and end up marrying a Jew who has never celebrated Christmas, you get to make the holiday into an occasion specifically crafted to your liking. There’s no…