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Seattle for Connoiseurs

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A travel journal to Seattle by El Gallo

Exit the Dragon Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
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Seattle for Connoiseurs

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See 'Indian Art and Totems' Photo, Seattle, Washington
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This is a grab bag of little Seattle gems, but to start with: --visit the graves of Jimi, Bruce and Brandon (but not Curt) --feast your eyes (and palate) in the presence of Northwest and Coastal Indian art --spit on the first Starbucks in the world--and check out some of the less corporate coffee houses --stay at a Hostel that is also a ranch in Earthsea --keep watching this space --and much, much, more

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For more info, particularly on exploring some of Seattle's nicest places on city bus, please see my other journal.

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Hey, this is the Jet City....fly!

Troll o ween & Solstice Parade

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Attraction | "Troll o ween and Solstice Parade"

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Everybody thinks Seattle's biggest parties are Folklife at Memorial Day and Bumbershoot at Labor day--but the ones I always try to hit town for the Fremont Solstice Parade (closest Saturday to the Summer Solstice) and Trolloween (Halloween to you). Fremont is getting yuppified, but it still has a lot of artists and locos, and just that Fremont attitude. These people LIVE to make a bunch of costumes and campy sets and get weird for the hell of it. The Solstice Parade is the Fremont Street Fair's main event and a grander, sloppier, more user-friendly event you'll never see. Ornate floats like you've never seen (some following themes so esoteric the artists themselves don't have a clue-...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2000

Troll o ween & Solstice Parade
Fremont
Seattle, Washington

The Indian Art of Totem Poles

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Seattle totem pole Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The unique art of Northwest and Coast Indians is part of Seattle's culture. Here are some places to see totem poles and eat in NW Indian art surroundings. Also see entry on visting Indian art galleries and an Indian cultural center if this entry interests you. TOTEM POLES The 'flagship' of Seattle poles (though maybe less photographed than the one at the Seattle Center) is in the triangular Pioneer Square on lower First Avenue. This imposing 50 foot red cedar totem was originally stolen from the Tlingit tribe in 1898, but rotted away and was replaced in 1938 by a replica, carved by the obliging Tlingits. The pole depicts three myths: Raven steals the moon, Raven and Frog ...Read More

Jimi, Bruce & Curt--A ghoul's guide

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Experienced Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Seattle has a few 'pilgimage' graves, but so far it hasn't gotten out of hand like the desecrations in Jim Morrison's cemetary in Paris. These sites are not conveniently located, but not impossible for those wanting to pay respects to some great men now gone on. Before Grunge came along, 'Seattle' and 'Music' pretty much meant Jimi Hendrix. And now he lies just south of town in Renton. (Greenwood Memorial Park, 350 Monroe Ave NE, Renton, tel: (206) 255-1511). There's no great monument--though there probably should be, and although the Hendrix Museum project failed, it also mutated into the Experience Music Project that MicroMillionaire Paul Allen built at the Seattle Center--a lot of ...Read More

The Erotic Bakery

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Once called 'Marzitarts,' this place makes what it's new name suggests--cakes and pasteries with pornographic designs. Little marzipan genitalia are more cute than nasty, but lots of fun to eat. You MIGHT want to get a wedding cake built here, but how about a Divorce Cake? Or an Orgy cake? Send a birthday 'tart' to Jesse Helms.

Located at 2323 N 45th St, at the east edge of the nice, walkable Wallingford gentrification. Take the 44 bus, get off at Sunnyside. Or call the suggestive 545-6969.

Indian Art Galleries and Cultural Center

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Tillicum Village Dance Show Photo, Seattle, Washington
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GALLERIES Seattle is flush with smaller examples of Indian art. Here are a few very varied places to see and purchase Northwest Indian pieces, all conveniently located in the downtown area, near the Pike Market. A half block south of the Market on First Avenue is the tackiest of the lot, Northwest Tribal Art. Many would be put off by the frankly touristic orientation of this place, with scads of pieces ranging from magificent to shlock laid out by the Korean owners amid glass and neon. Nobody is even TRYING 'authentic' here. But it is a huge assortment of stuff, ranging from affordable and transportable plaques and knicknacks of argylite and fossil tusk ivory to major pi...Read More

Musical Instruments you never HEARD of

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Lark in the Morning Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Seattle has always been a major music town, and usually just off-kilter to the rest of the country. Before Cobain, before Heart, before Jimi, even before the Wailers and Kingsmen, there has always been a bunch of pickers and singers in this area who are talented and off-beat. People like Baby Gramps and Dwyer & Beck, and Nausea Trois and Reverend Chumleigh and Artis the Spoonman...oops, he's famous now, isn't he? But definitely off-beat in both style and choice of instruments. So it's not surprizing that Seattle turns out to be a great place to get instruments, especially bizarro instruments. You're not going to find gamelans or sitars or alpenhorns or temple gongs or steel drums or zap...Read More

Where else could you buy THIS stuff?

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Pike Place Market is as multi-leveled culturally as it is physically. There's the tourist hoopla level: THE place to see in Seattle, watch the Salmon fly, take your picture by the brass pig, see actual farmers selling actual food! And then there's a very old level at which the Market is a community, a small town in the city: several communities actually, of musicians, producers, retailers, restauranteurs, and the old people who have apartments upstairs. In between there are levels in which local people hang out at the Market because it's a fun place and shop there because it has things available nowhere else. Here are a few places where you will find the unusual, or downright rare. The main l...Read More