November 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM
What could be more boring than yet another public-service announcement reminding you how to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters?
Especially one with a crudely drawn cartoon?
But Bellevue’s Office of Emergency Management is sending that familiar message in the form of a video that jumps out of the usual ho-hum genre.
The words, delivered by a Sasquatch family and band, “Liv and the Survivors,” are delivered with an infuriatingly catchy rock beat and driving vocal recorded by musically inclined city bureaucrat, Inness Pryor.
Heaven help us if we end up walking around singing:
“Gotta survive, gotta stay alive,
“Gotta have supplies and a master plan.
“Gotta know your neighbors,
“Gotta build your kits,
“Gotta lend a helping hand.”
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
November 14, 2013 at 9:07 AM
ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — A new mural in downtown Aberdeen will commemorate Kurt Cobain and his time growing up around Grays Harbor.
KBKW reports artist Erik Sandgren told the city council Wednesday night he was excited about the project.
The Cobain mural will be on the side of a building at the corner of Wishkah and Broadway.
The Nirvana front man killed himself in 1994 at his home in Seattle.
November 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM
“If you like being free like me,” says rapper Macklemore, join the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Seattle-based superstar has launched a video on his Facebook page and promoted via his Twitter feed urging people to join the ACLU to protect precious personal freedoms.
In the 50-second spot, the rapper tells people to get the ACLU membership card, in part, because it “lets my gay friends marry the hell out of each other.”
“I’ve got a lot of things to do during the day,” he says on the video. “So something like being beaten with a club, pepper-sprayed, and tased for expressing my political views would really slow me down. That’s why I carry the ACLU card.”
Macklemore and his partner Ryan Lewis this year won a YouTube Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and three MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Video with a Message for “Same Love.”
Macklemore said, ”The tireless work of the ACLU to preserve the freedoms of all people in our country inspires my music and my deepest connection to my human community.”
The video was produced by the ACLU of Washington in partnership with the Wexley School for Girls, a Seattle-based ad agency.
Kathleen Taylor, ACLU of Washington executive director, said, “Free speech, marriage for same-sex couples, and reproductive freedom – Macklemore addresses civil liberties issues that really matter to his fans and the ACLU. And he does so humorously and irreverently. That’s the beauty of it.”
According to an ACLU news release, Macklemore has 3.3 million Facebook fans and 1.7 million Twitter followers.
October 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Seattle lost one of its great cultural leaders when Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) founder Toby Saks died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 1.
To celebrate her accomplishments and her life, more than 60 top-flight musicians are gathering from around the country to pay tribute to Saks at 5 p.m. today in a free public memorial at Benaroya Hall.
SCMS artistic director James Ehnes is programming the 90-minute event, which will include many musicians of note.
More about the event can be found here.
September 24, 2013 at 5:58 PM
LOS ANGELES — Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is also the injured guy.
“Dancing With the Stars” producers say the TV personality is receiving medical attention today after he was hurt during his most recent performance. No other details were provided.
Nye and his professional dance partner performed a paso doble routine on Monday’s episode that received 17 out of 30 possible judges’ points.
Injuries have been fairly common during the show’s 17 seasons. Olympian Misty May-Treanor had to withdraw from the show after tearing her Achilles tendon during rehearsals. Melissa Gilbert gave herself whiplash and a mild concussion during a high-energy paso doble last year.
September 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Choices had been up for a public vote over the past several weeks, but the new moniker has yet to be revealed.
The new flavor is a combo of Theo chocolate, Caffe Vita, caramel, brownies, raspberries, and cookies.
September 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Author Jamie Ford grew up in Seattle, where he used our city’s history as a backdrop for his best-selling novel, 2009′s “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” Ford has once again set a work of fiction in Seattle, his just-released novel “Songs of Willow Frost,” the story of a young Chinese-American woman who must make a terrible decision in order to save her child. Set in the city during the 1920s and 1930s, “Songs” revisits some of the city’s toughest times and vividly recreates the daunting conditions of that era.
Join Ford and me at noon Tuesday for a live chat right here. If you can’t join us at noon, send questions in advance to email@example.com.
August 30, 2013 at 5:28 AM
The 2013 edition of Bumbershoot – Seattle’s annual arts and music blowout – begins Saturday at Seattle Center and continues through Labor Day. Headliners include Heart (Saturday); fun. and Death Cab for Cutie (Sunday); and MGMT and Bassnectar (Monday). For last-minute ticket updates, look here.
August 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. | The giraffe born at Woodland Park Zoo Tuesday night is a boy, zoo officials announced today.
The unnamed calf stands is 6 feet tall and weighs 144 pounds. The youngster was born August 6 at 7:03 p.m. to 6-year-old Olivia after a gestation period of just over 15 months.
The calf is nursing the way he should be and the mother is passing her antibodies on to her newborn as expected, according to Dr. Darin Collins, the zoo’s director of animal health. “The first 24 to 72 hours are critical for giraffe calves, but so far he seems to be doing well,” said Collins.
Within an hour and a half of birth, the calf was standing and nursing – good signs, animal curator Martin Ramirez said yesterday
In the wild, the bonding helps the mother and baby recognize each other by smell in a large herd..
The mother and child could be available to view as early as this weekend, but it’s up to the animals whether they exit into the public viewing area or stay in the hidden enclosures.
The calf does not yet have a name, and the zoo has not determined whether the public, a donor or a zookeeper will name it. This year, the father, Chioke, died of a stomach defect acquired early in life, and Ramirez said there has been some desire to name the baby in his honor.
Ramirez said the birth was “all mother nature” and not the result of insemination.
The zoo has welcomed the birth of numerous babies in the past six months, including a lion, a jaguar, a sloth bear and otter cubs, and one North American porcupine.
Video from Woodland Park Zoo produced by Ryan Hawk.
August 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM
Teaching circus skills to young people as a way of preparing them for many aspects of life is the goal of the five-day American Youth Circus Festival to be held in Seattle later this month.
The event, Aug. 14 to 18, is organized by the nonproft, Brooklyn-based American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) and is being hosted by a Seattle nonprofit, the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA).
The wide-ranging curriculum offers instruction on trapeze, tightrope-walking, tumbling, contortion, juggling, acrobatics and more.
“The benefits of the festival go far beyond learning how to juggle,” said Amy Cohen, AYCO executive director, “… it also promotes social skills, self-discipline, and commitment. It promotes self-esteem, provides a creative outlet, and helps kids stay fit and succeed in school.”
The event is open to the public at SANCA’s facility at 674 S. Orcas St. in the Georgetown area.
Fees range from $150 for a one-day pass to $425 to enrollment for the full festival. Details are on AYCO’s website.
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