Join the informed writers of The Times' editorial board in lively discussions at our blog, Opinion Northwest.
You are viewing the most recent posts on this topic.
August 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Talk about an explosion of Seattle pride. One word comes to mind: zeitgeist.
Just consider what we’ve seen in the last 24 hours:
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis rocked the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Here is a replay of the show.) Seattle’s golden boys won two Moonman trophies for best video with a social message and best hip hop video. Local singer Mary Lambert joined the duo on stage for a stirring performance of “Same Love,” which was released during last year’s Referendum 74 campaign to affirm same-sex marriage in Washington. Macklemore called it his most important song because “it’s a testament to what is happening right now in America, on the forefront of equality. Gay rights are human rights. There is no separation.” Beautifully said.
Here in Seattle, soccer star Clint Dempsey debuted with the Sounders and became the city’s newest hero. (Here is the news side’s story.) Since the kick-off, I’ve watched my Facebook and Twitter feeds blow up with proud fans wondering whether we live in Seattle or Europe. Soccer fans rejoice. The Sounders beat the Portland Timbers, 1-0. It takes a team to win a game, but Dempsey’s presence certainly added some momentum. Now is the time for our city to show America how to appreciate this truly global sport. (Yeah, I’m biased. I play a little recreational soccer on the side.)
Over the weekend, The New York Times highlighted Amazon.com’s role in reshaping downtown Seattle. The rest of the nation is catching on to what we’ve been watching happen right in our backyard. (The Seattle Times is located next to the Amazon compound in South Lake Union.)
Amazon is both local and global. By encouraging its employees to live within walking distance, it could help Seattle meet its goals for energy efficiency and conservation, city officials said. As part of its development agreement, Amazon also plans to buy a new streetcar for the light rail line that runs past its properties, and pay for a stretch of dedicated bicycle lane.
Indeed, hugely successful companies have an obligation to help their communities gain improved access to transit, innovative public art (I’d place Amazon’s interesting biodome concept in this category) and Tom Douglas-caliber restaurants. We could talk about the trade-offs, but I still tip my hat to Jeff Bezos and company for redefining the modern workplace in an urban city. (more…)
February 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM
Sasquatch 2013 is going to be epic.
As if being treated Monday night to a free set from Built to Spill and a surprise performance by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis wasn’t enough, the crowd at the Sasquatch launch party whooped and squealed like teenagers as the festival’s full lineup was announced on a jumbo screen. (I know this because I was in the audience. )
Here’s the trailer that played at The Neptune:
I bought my early-bird ticket to Sasquatch the day after last Thanksgiving. I’ve never been to a music festival that required camping. Nor have I heard a band play at the fabled Gorge Amphiteater in Quincy, Wash. To say I’m “excited” about the whole thing is an understatement. My friends and I are ready to devise a plan of action. Got any advice to share? Feel free to post in the comments.
Bravo to Sasquatch organizers for assembling a stellar group of artists. I mean, they’re getting The Postal Service back together! It’s also great to see other Seattle acts in the line-up, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Reignwolf. (Here’s two more northwest favorites: Youth Lagoon of Boise and Menomena of Portland)
I’ve been lucky enough to experience the South by Southwest and Austin City Limits festivals. These large-scale showcases are high-energy and overwhelming. Curating a list of “must-see” bands is essential. That’s my homework from now till Memorial Day weekend.
Music heaven awaits.
Here’s the official festival poster: