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Among the Wildflowers
Heidi is a childhood favorite of mine; it’s a story synonymous with summer and with that innocent brand of hedonism that accompanies the season. For 130 years, Johanna Spyri’s chronicle of the infinitely tender little girl…

Scarecrow Picks

Life The BBC and David Attenborough follow up the incredible series Planet Earth with this eleven-part epic, which will appeal to anybody who likes watching crystal-clear HD nature photography and/or lots of different animals having sex. The…

The Curator’s Eye

Go Figurative
For its twentieth-anniversary Best of Gage show on June 18, Gage Academy, Seattle’s bastion of figurative art, will pack all three of its floors with about six hundred guests and two hundred student artworks. Guest juror Derrick R….

State of the Arts

We took to the road in search of art, armed with curiosity, a camera and a recorder.
Here is what we found.
No offense to the talent in this town, but after a winter of standing in galleries, clubs and theatres with all the same folks, I needed to…

Toast of the Town

Champagne Champagne moves toward the mainstream with one foot in the underground.
Photograph by Andrew Waits for City Arts.
How many of y’all know about Champagne Champagne?”
Grayskul emcee Onry Ozzborn is introducing one of Capitol Hill’s…

Art of Darkness

In a University of Washington basement, Kris Anderson is picking through the history of the School of Art, one unidentified work at a time.
Kris Anderson holds up an untitled piece by Christian Straub from 1973. Photography by Andrew Waits for City…

Commercial Verse

Meredith Clark will write you a poem about anything. But first you have to pay.
At least one person comes up to Meredith Clark each week and cries, “I need a poem!”
It seems an odd request to make. Poetry isn’t typically a commodity. But this…

Période de clownisme IV and III

FALLING It’s something we do in a variety of ways. Amanda Manitach’s drawings of distorted women evoke the pain – and unspoken ecstasy – of transgressions we can’t help but tumble into. So many ways to remind you to keep your feet on the…

Around Town

Awarding ArtsAt May’s First Thursday Art Walk, revelers, tipsy on cheap wine, streamed out of the galleries and made their way to the newly minted Caffé Vita near Pioneer Square, where City Arts hosted the second installment of the monthly Best Of…

Hangout: Punch Drunk

Matthew Inman went from Web developer to comic hero. Why? He has his reasons.
Photography by Andrew Waits for City Arts.
“Eight Ways to Prepare Your Pets for War.” “Ten Things that Bears Love.” “Seven Reasons to Keep Your Tyrannosaur Off of…

Cap O’ Pie

I heard that a donkey fell into a well.He slipped up on wet stonesand tumbled completely down …
But wouldn’t that be like a puppy falling into a jar?Getting all the way in –the pooch’s whole self, in the peanut butter?
Or a lady, stumbling…

The Soloist

Excerpted from the novel
He looks almost always for only the best climbers. The lost but unfound, the rare empty caskets. Of those few, more often than not, three or five or maybe ten years later, some hiker will slip off a trail and fall into a web…