Head to the islands to unplug, chill out and get your art on.

Happen to be free October 11 through 14? Feeling the need to get away, relax and tune into your inner artist? Great, then we’ve got an idea for you. Sail away to Doe Bay Resort on gorgeous Orcas Island for a long weekend with new friends at the Art Camp for Big Kids. Seattleite caught up with camp founder Lori Stone of The Joy Guild to get the scoop on the upcoming island retreat.

Cozying up for good eats and drinks at the Alexis Hotel’s Bookstore Bar (plus the chance to go glam for a good cause).

Sometimes downtown hotels prove happenin’ spots (and not just for tourists). On a recent 50-degree June day, the Bookstore Bar in the Alexis Hotel became the perfect spot to cozy up for the afternoon. (However, while there I did eye the neglected patio tables out front and vowed to return as soon as the sun makes a consistent appearance!)

Local musicians team up to rock out for a good cause.

This past Saturday morning was not a typical one for me. By 9:30 a.m., I found myself in Rainier Valley, gloved up and making new friends over crates of cabbage, tins of coffee beans and supersize bags of dog food. The motivation for the early weekend wake-up call? To work alongside local musicians,  nonprofit do-gooders and regular Rainier Valley Food Bank volunteers in support of the upcoming Gigs4Good concert. 

Celebrating marginalized communities at SAM and SIFF.

Some days carry a unifying theme that we don’t register until after the fact. Last Wednesday was one of those for me–a delightfully arts-rich day that began downtown at the Seattle Art Museum and continued at Queen Anne’s SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. The common thread binding these culture pit stops? The celebration and exploration of indigenous communities.