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Featured Feathers: Chris Maynard’s ‘Featherfolio’ exhibition gives plumage a second life

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00

When Chris Maynard talks about birds, his ardent fascination wraps around every word he uses to describe the winged creatures. His affection dates back to his childhood. He recalled fond memories of going to the zoo with his grandfather and watching the birds. Maynard said the bird keeper would let them pick up feathers that had fallen to the ground, a practice he acknowledges would likely not be allowed today.

Flora and Fauna: 'Revering Nature' art exhibition opens at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00

You might expect an art show with nature in the title to reflect the luminous signs that signify warmer days to come: colorful fields of blooming tulips in Skagit Valley or cherry blossoms transforming the University of Washington’s quad into a pink paradise. But that’s not quite the case at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s (BIMA) show “Revering Nature.” Instead, Chief Curator Greg Robinson chose to focus on the force of nature — the power of its beauty.

Vendor Profile: Sheila White

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00

Street Sense vendor Sheila White is many things: an artist, a mother, a grandmother and an activist in her community. After her apartment was flooded last year, she was forced to leave her home and her belongings behind. When she moved onto the streets, she was robbed, twice, losing everything from her dentures to her personal identification. She got back on her feet and joined Street Sense, a new creative community on her road to regaining housing, and is working to tell her story and improve the stories of others.

I want to be like Steve. Steve was cool. He was learning to play the guitar

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00

I’ve been thinking about the nature of society a bit. I think it’s mostly fake.

A day in my life may include making up my own Facebook games. Ones like, “What classic Star Trek character are you?” I’m Spock/Scotty. Or, “Which famous actress are you?” I’m Audrey Hepburn.

Yesterday I played “What famous mathematician am I?”

Let’s see, Kurt Gödel did math in bed staring at the ceiling. Check. Gödel was paranoid and probably died of starvation fearing his food was poisoned. Am I that paranoid? Hmm, moving on.

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 4/26/17

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00

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Black women face barriers accessing HIV prevention and treatment

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00

It can be in a doctor’s tone when asking a routine medical question, or in the way a nurse raises an eyebrow. The stigma surrounding HIV can be exhausting.

For Angela Hodges, a 51-year-old resident of Washington, D.C., stigma initially led her to deny her HIV-positive diagnosis.

Donating their legs to science

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00

Thousands of people gather on a rainy Saturday morning at Cal Anderson Park to join the March for Science.

The peaceful protest geared toward the Trump administration’s funding cuts to scientific programs such as the Environmental Protection Agency — which is losing 31 percent of its funding —  traveled through downtown to Westlake Park, then onto Seattle Center.

Many marchers dressed in lab coats; others carried signs with scientific or political quips, such as “Make America Logical Again.”

Bellevue (sorta) approves men’s shelter

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00

The Bellevue City Council narrowly voted April 17 to move forward with a low-barrier men’s shelter at the urging of nonprofit partners who warned that they would lose funding if the project was delayed any further. Nearby residents opposed the location.

Seattle mayoral hunger games begin

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00

So you wanna be the mayor?

Six declared candidates put themselves in the crosshairs April 20 at a legislative forum where they were asked to reveal their positions on salient topics including homelessness, income taxes and development in Seattle.

Seattle funds immigration defense

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00

The Seattle City Council voted April 17 to establish a $1 million fund to help immigrants pay for legal representation if they are targeted by the federal government for deportation.

Unlike other areas of the U.S. legal system, people brought into immigration court are not guaranteed representation, leaving some of the most vulnerable people to fight for their lives and livelihoods on their own.

Vendor Profile: Nathanial Trotter

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 06:00

Nathanial Trotter is an artist, inventor and entrepreneur. A warm, friendly person, he loves the Broncos, Denver and the people who live there. He believes he has been blessed by God with “a personality to get along with people,” an attribute he uses daily to sell papers.

Artistic Transformation: The Paramount Theatre reshapes its lobby bar into an art gallery

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 06:00

You are on the land of indigenous people. That’s the message Tracy Rector wants visitors to the Paramount Theatre to keep in mind as they walk through its doors. Rector is the curator of the art exhibition “Indigenous Centered Perspectives.” The show is located in the lobby bar at the Paramount, which now doubles as an art gallery called Re:definition. Works from Native photographers Kalen Goodluck and Adam Sings In The Timber reinforce Rector’s message and the show provides a venue for their self-expression.

Nonprofit agency helps fill the gaps in services for Native American women

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 06:00

Before she started on her path to recovery, Morgan Black Crow was struggling. She’d been homeless for four years, was living in a shelter and was caught in an abusive relationship.

Things started to change when she met Norine Hill, founder and CEO of Native Women in Need. Hill’s organization helped Black Crow with little things: bus tickets, clothing vouchers and gas cards — “anything to help me get spiritually and financially able to move forward,” Black Crow recalls.

Book Review: “All the Birds in the Sky”

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 06:00
A bird in hand may save the world in this Charlie Jane Anders magical fantasy

When Patricia Delfine was 6 years old, she found a wounded bird. As a 6-year-old might, she started to take it home. The bird started talking to her and persuaded her instead to take it to the Parliament of Birds to be healed. There she was given a riddle: “Is a tree red?” That riddle would haunt her into her adult life and lead to her saving the world.

Homelessness increasing in almost all areas of Europe

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 06:00

European countries are facing a homelessness and housing exclusion crisis, according to a new report from EU housing organization FEANTSA.

Launched in the European Parliament in Brussels on March 21, the Second Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe reveals alarming trends in homelessness in the majority of European Union countries.

Who is Chris Anderson?

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 06:00

If you ask Erika Badu, she’d say Chris Anderson is a skilled producer who she couldn’t pass up to collaborate on her critically acclaimed song “Honey.” If you ask the Seattle nightlife and entertainment scene, they’d say, “The launch night DJ.” If you ask an up-and-coming artist like Porter Ray, he’d say, “He’s in artist development.”

But truth is, Chris Anderson is a community and entertainment renaissance man.

I’m just trying to fly home to buy some bacon, beer and jalapeño peanuts

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 06:00

All United Airlines wanted was to just go about its business. Unbelievably, Vietnam immigrant and doctor of taking-up-space David Dao could not accept that.

When you’re an airline you do what airlines do. You make planes go. People pay you to ride in them, but, so what? That’s their business. Your business, as an airline, is making the planes go. Up and down and over and back.

Planes need crews. This particular plane, the one that David Dao paid for a seat in, happened to need two crews. One crew to fly the plane and another crew to fly some other plane in the future.

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 4/19/17

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 06:00

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Homeless man fights Seattle over impound

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 06:00

Seattle Municipal Court is considering a case over an impounded vehicle and a parking ticket that could change how the city responds to car campers in Seattle.

Steven Long is fighting a parking ticket and the fines he received when his truck was located in South Seattle in a location his attorneys described as out-of-the-way.

Long received a ticket and a $900 fine to get his truck back from impound. His attorneys argue that losing his home and the monetary fines amount to excessive fines disporportionate to the civil parking infraction he received.

Residents hold empty-seat town hall to protest U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 06:00

In a gymnasium at Cedar Park Middle School in Covington on April 12, local activists and community members held a seat for U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, who chose not to attend the town hall.