Seattle Center

urban growth
9:59 pm
Mon May 30, 2011

Gates Foundation big campus opens across from Seattle Center

NBBJ Architects

Everything about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is looking big these days.

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Festivals
11:36 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Fortieth Folklife ushers in summer (unofficially, of course)

Cody Olesen hula hoops during the Northwest Folklife Festival. The festival began on Friday and runs through the Memorial Day weekend ending on Monday.
File photo AP

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit the Seattle Center over the Memorial Day Weekend for the 40th annual Folklife Festival.

About 1,000 music, dance and other events are scheduled over four days, starting Friday, at indoor and outdoor sites. The festival also includes food and craft booths.

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Festivals
1:11 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Giant Magnet attracts Chinese troupes for final year of fest

Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre is one of three Chinese companies appearing at the 2011 Giant Magnet festival.
Giant Magnet

The final Giant Magnet Children’s Festival is underway in Seattle. It’s the 25th year of the event which aims to introduce young audiences to the world - it's people, customs and cultures.  

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PUBLIC SPACES
10:30 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Chihuly glass exhibit for Seattle Center gets OK'd by city council

Rendering of the Chihuly art-glass gallery planned for Seattle Center. The exhibit was given the green light by the Seattle City Council Tuesday night.
Studio 216 Owen Richards Architects

[UPDATE/CORRECTION: Bumbershoot's Visual Arts Exhibits will move from the Northwest Rooms to Seattle Center Pavilion and the adjacent courtyard.]

The Space Needle’s owners get a Chihuly museum, a community radio station gets a new home and Bumbershoot’s visual art space gets, well, nobody seems to be sure.

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Seattle Pillow Fight 2011
3:43 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Feathers and fluff beneath the Space Needle on Saturday

Get out your angst, frustration, or joyful inner child. Seattle is ready to stage its third Pillow Fight.

The 2008 event at the Pike Place Market was the first-ever held in Seattle, a worldwide event with 'fights' now staged in 115 cities, called International Pillow Fight Day. 

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Japanese Culture
8:00 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival strives for balance of celebration and solace

The organizers of Seattle's Cherry Blossom Festival say this year's festival will inform attendees about recent events in Japan while still celebrating spring.
Gray Davis KPLU

The Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival starts today. This year, the annual event isn’t just a celebration of spring. Organizers say it’s also an opportunity to work through feelings about the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan last month.

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Arts & Entertainment
2:32 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Bumbershoot aims for improved 2011, hopes for better weather

Reggae artist Jimmy Cliff is shown here performing at Bumbershoot in 1999.
AP

Seattle's venerable end of summer music festival is making changes to avoid a repeat of last year's event: disappointing ticket sales. Festival organizers cited heavy rains for keeping people away, but the changes suggest last year's tickeing schemes may have played a role.

Bumbershoot producer One Reel announced it will drop a discount ticket plan that excluded main stage shows. Instead, it will return to tickets good for all shows, according to The Seattle Times.

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Remembering John T. Williams
5:20 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Century-old cedar totems to honor native woodcarver at Seattle Center "carve-in"

Late carver John T. Williams' brother, Rick, beams with joy as he and another carver, Dan Martin, make the first cuts on a 120-year-old cedar. Their carve-in will go on for at least 6 months.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

An ancient cedar tree was delivered earlier today (Tuesday) to the Seattle Center. Several totem poles carved from it in public will commemorate the life and art of native carver John T. Williams.

His shooting by a Seattle police officer last August has escalated tensions between law enforcement and people of color. But Williams' family says the "carve-in" that has just begun is about remembering his cultural legacy. 

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Seattle Center Master Plan
5:25 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Improvements planned for Seattle Center Food Court

The Seattle Center Food Court, inside the Center House, February 28, 2011. It will close close July 1st for demolition. New food services are to be in place in time for the anniversary celebrations of the 1962 World's Fair.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

It looks like the Seattle Center Food Court will soon be run by a concessionaire that has current contracts with Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo. 

The Seattle Center has announced a letter-of-intent with Lancer Hospitality. 

The space was built originally as an armory, completed in 1939.  Located at the base of the Space Needle, it was famous in the 1970s for the Bubbleator amusement ride (now in Burien) and for at that time newfangled food attractions, such as Orange Julius smoothies. 

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Seattle Center
4:14 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Mayor calls for Chihuly, KEXP, and a playground at Seattle Center

Rendering of the proposed KEXP building. The radio station would relocate to the Seattle Center under Mayor Mike McGinn's proposal.
Office of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has given his approval for a Dale Chihuly glass-art exhibit to replace the Fun Forest at the Seattle Center, plus a new home for radio station KEXP and a children’s playground.  

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News Roundup
8:29 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Governor to announce $5 billion budget cut plan, war claims a soldier from Yelm, and Seattle Center's big announcement today.

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Seattle World's Fair Anniversary
5:15 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Fun Forest future undecided

The Fun Forest at the Seattle Center.
Flickr/Life As Art

The decision about what will replace the Fun Forest at Seattle Center is still up in the air. This fall, a review panel recommended converting it into an exhibition space celebrating local glass artist Dale Chihuly.

That proposal promises millions in much-needed revenue. But the backers of several other ideas haven’t given up hope.

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Seattle World's Fair Anniversary
8:43 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Ferris wheel plans pit Seattle Center against Pier 57

A modern-style 200-foot Ferris wheel, reminiscent of Britain's London Eye (shown here), is coming to Seattle Center in April for the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair.
AP

A futuristic Ferris Wheel is causing a flap in Seattle. 

The Seattle Center has announced  it is planning to install an extra-tall "observation wheel" reminiscent of the British capital's London Eye.  It will go up in April and remain for 18 months on the site of the Fun Forest for the Center's 50th anniversary, commemorating the 1962 World's Fair. 

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