Westside Stories: May 2019

There’s more than enough to explore on the Eastside, but you might consider crossing Lake Washington for these Seattle specialties.

Purple Rain in Seattle

Grab a raspberry beret, and head to Seattle’s MoPOP to see the Prince from Minneapolis exhibit, where you will learn more about Prince Rogers Nelson, who was born in 1958 in Minnesota, and his journey to becoming music icon Prince. 

Learn more about his life through the lenses of four photographers. At the start of his career, he reached out to photographers in his area who helped him create his image. Their work is highlighted in the exhibit, along with about 50 artifacts, which include a guitar, clothing from the Purple Rain Tour, art, and more. The exhibit not only showcases his spectacular rise to fame, but also highlights his fanbase and the impact he had on fans and other artists.

I Would Die 4 U 2017
Photo by: Rick Martinez

New Restaurant Driven by Nostalgia

Executive chef Derek Simcik and executive pastry chef Kate Sigel want you to join the Conversation — that’s the name of their new all-day restaurant at Thompson Seattle, and the menu will be as interesting as the name of their restaurant. According to sources, Conversation will provide “a sensory experience through culinary offerings in a setting that fosters conversation and human interaction” and will be inspired by Simcik’s travels as a kid and the food he savored with his family while abroad. Conversation is the fresh new kid on the block following the closure of Scout in January.

Executive Chef Derek Simcik
Courtesy of: Conversation

A Study of Seattle Style at MOHAI

uendolen Carkeek Plestcheeff, owner. Gift of Mrs. Theodore (Guendolen) Plestcheeff © MOHAI Collection

When you think about Seattle style, what pops into your mind? Perhaps it is the grungy flannels of the ’90s paired with Doc Martens, athleisure wear everywhere, or The North Face jackets. Seattle Style: Fashion/Function opens at MOHAI on May 4 and will explore the topic. “Seattle Style will highlight how elegance and practicality co-existed and converged in Seattle wardrobes, providing new insights into local history, and exploring the range of personal and collective identities present in our diverse region,” according to the MOHAI description. “Rarely seen garments and accessories from MOHAI’s collection will showcase the complex history of clothing in Seattle, including its innovations, its influence, and its connections to the broader fashion world, as well as the continuing impact of local stores, companies, and designers.” 

If fashion interests you, keep your eye on more at MOHAI from curator talks, a student designer fashion show, demos, and more. The exhibit runs through Oct. 14. mohai.org

Seattle Bacon and Beer Classic 2019

Quentin Dr via Unsplash

Bacon. Beer. This might be the closest thing to heaven on Earth for so many people. The sixth annual Seattle Bacon and Beer Classic promises to be bigger — with more beer and bacon than ever before. Head to T-Mobile Park on May 4 to choose from more than 100 craft beer samples, more than 30 bacon-focused bites made by local chefs, lawn games, music, and more. And if you really wanna be a pig, enter the Hormel bacon-eating contest. Tickets are $69-$125 each on Eventbrite. Oink!

Meet Fashion Bloggers and Influencers 

photo by vivan hsu

Mark your calendar for the 2019 Gossip & Glamour Style Summit on May 14 at MOHAI. This is an annual gathering of Seattle style bloggers and influencers that will feature panel discussions, networking opportunities, and a behind-the-scenes look at the MOHAI Seattle Style exhibit. This year’s speakers include Liz Kang Yates of K Banana, April Pride (formerly of Van der Pop), Lestraundra Alfred of The Balanced Black Girl, Moorea Seal, and more. Buy tickets at gossip-glamour.com.

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