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These murals will change the way you look at Tacoma

On a recent Sunday afternoon, Eli Tail paints a wall in Tacoma’s historic Brewery District. An enormous swathe of blue and gold, the wall on…

New rainbow flag irks LGBTQ community

Earlier this month, the city of Philadelphia unveiled an updated Pride flag for this year’s celebration. In addition to the usual six colors, this one…

Interned in 1942, 92-year-old woman finally gets her diploma

Vashon High School graduated its Class of 2017 on a cold and drizzly evening last Saturday. Included among the exuberant and emerald-robed graduates was Mary…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Seu Jorge Not all outdoor concerts are a drive away or a wild festival kind of affair. Hang out on the green at the Woodland…

Got camel milk? Local Somali shops say ‘yes’

Nuria Osman sits a strainer of cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves and dried ginger in a steaming cup of milk shaah tea at her shop,…

Hard truths about class and race from those who do the work

It’s quiet in the Greg Kucera Gallery but the silence is thick with stories. Laundry women fed up with brutal plantation owners. Slaves endlessly hoeing…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Barbecue A play about race and class with a story twist so clever -- no spoilers here -- you'll be talking about it all through…

The Race to Alaska is a ‘call to the heart’

This story originally appeared in The Port Townsend Leader. There is something Northwest boaters need to understand about the Race to Alaska, says Daniel Evans:…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

HONK! Fest West One of my favorite events of the year kicks off this Friday in Georgetown, carrying on in Pioneer Square, downtown’s Waterfront Park…

Jim Henson was more than a puppetmaster

The moment you enter The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited at MoPOP, you’re greeted by urUtt the Weaver Mystic, characteristically poised in the familiar crouch…

Seattle’s Filipino community grapples with ‘My Family’s Slave’

On Wednesday evening, some 15 people filtered into the archives room of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) located in the basement of a…

No one ever knew Chris Cornell, but he knew us

Soundgarden was my first favorite band ever. I know I’m not alone, especially in this city, especially right now. But when I discovered them while…

Gen X, millennial, boomer: Crossing generational lines

Generational warfare has always struck me as nuts. What healthy society, or family, pits old and young against one another? But millennials hate boomers, Gen…

The history and people behind Seattle’s oldest sushi restaurant

This story was originally published on KCTS9. Perched atop a barstool, feet dangling off the ground, Fusae Yokoyama recalls memories of Maneki Restaurant with a…

In a rapidly-changing city, can KeyArena save its charm?

Historic preservation is unpredictable in Seattle, and it’s never been a sure thing with sports facilities. The site of classic Sicks’ Stadium is a Lowe’s…

SCOTUS blesses rock band’s controversial name

Update: On June 19, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Slants, finding that the government cannot discriminate against groups based on their…

5 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017 One-part music festival, one-part music conference, I’d say this event is worth a “two things.” In addition to the…

Want to fight Islamophobia? Talk to a Muslim

Maleeha Choudhry’s idea of America comes from the Woody Guthrie song that she grew up listening to, which proclaims, “This land was made for you…

Ballard museum will make you want to move to Norway

Can Ballard save America? That’s a lot to ask. But Seattle’s old Scandinavian neighborhood could offer a cultural and political lifeline to the kind of…

Pike Place Market gets a front porch for the future

The last piece of Pike Place Market is starting to fall into place. The new development, the MarketFront, will eventually connect to the waterfront, touching down…

A Filipina’s take on Here Lies Love

It was with great trepidation that I went to see Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Here Lies Love, the musical about the rise and fall of Imelda…

At UW, empowerment can come in the form of a hijab

Step one — place scarf over your head, one side longer than the other. Step two — wrap longer side around your neck. Step three…

6 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor If you’ve ever wanted to see China’s Terracotta Warriors, now is your chance. Head to the Pacific Science Center…

‘Come From Away’ comes from Seattle and nabs 7 Tony nominations

Three years ago, Seattle’s Kenny Alhadeff saw a workshop production of a show about airline passengers stranded in Newfoundland in the wake of 9/11. It…

Talented, brilliant and NFFTY filmmakers

Young filmmakers from across the globe are making their way to Seattle this week for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). The film…