Mark Baumgarten

SPJ Honors Seattle Weekly Staff With Three Firsts and Best New Journalist Award

The field was bigger, so the wins feel better.

David Bazan Learns to Let Go

How the Seattle songwriter got out of his rut, slimmed down his sound, and learned to love music again.

Meet the Tony-Nominated Orchestrator Giving 5th Ave’s ‘Paint Your Wagon’ a Fresh Coat

The first step, he says, was to ignore the original orchestration for the 1951 Broadway musical.

With ‘Stick Fly,’ Intiman Stages a Powerful Start to a Festival Devoted to Black Women

In Lydia R. Diamond’s comedic drama about one well-to-do family in crisis, neither wealth nor education can stave off the devastating effects of racism.

With His Big KEXP Donation, Paul Allen Completes the Station’s Transformation

Fifteen years ago, the tech billionaire helped chart a new course for the college radio station. Now he’s helping to bring it home.

A Hilarious Spoof, ‘To Savor Tomorrow’ Takes a Knowing Look at Our Naive Past

Cafe Nordo adds another week to the run of its popular new play.

Carlos Lopez Wins Grand Jury Prize for Sync 2016

The Seattle filmmaker’s 3-D turn distinguishes him in an excellent field.

Karl Blau Takes a Nashville Turn With Producer Tucker Martine as His Guide

The indie mainstay finds new life in songs from another place and another time.

Washington Ensemble Theatre Invites Experts in for Its Latest, Spooky Tale

The world premiere of The Things Are Against Us is a haunted house of a play. But does it get its ghosts right?

After the Death of Prince, KEXP Gives Fans a Place to Come Together

The Seattle nonprofit radio station has long celebrated the musicians who defined a particular kind of pop music. Now it is getting used to mourning them.

Exploring the Secret Lives of Bus Drivers

Stokley Towles takes a long look at the people who see us every day.

Aaron Posner’s So Popular, Two Theaters Are Staging His Adaptations at the Same Time

Aaron Posner loves his authors. He has since he was a kid in Eugene, Oregon, consuming every work by those writers who spoke to his particular understanding of the world.

A Lesson in the Economics of the Ballpark Frank

On the eve of the Mariners’ opening day, Joe’s Grilled Gourmet Dogs owner Joe Bernstein has high hopes and a lot of hot dogs.

Fueled by Curry, Four Eclectic Artists Hit the Road in Search of Indigenous Stories

Building on the success of their “Curry NA Hurry” video, Jamil Suleman and his co-conspirators are attempting to build an indie media empire.

The Painful Reality of Playing Janis Joplin

How the actor taking on the role for 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of A Night With Janis Joplin preserves her vocal chords and gets closer to the late, great singer.

With His Latest, Damien Jurado Returns to Form a Changed Man

For the final chapter in his Maraqopa Trilogy, the Seattle songwriter returns from the furthest reaches of faith with a new old sound.

How the Cheap, Creepy Robotic Hand from UW Will Change the Way We Work

Researcher Emo Todorov talks about the $1,000 breakthrough he helped create.