Pacific Northwest casts a long shadow over Frank Herbert's "Dune" series

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🌳🌿 Waterfront project will restore native plants & Salish stories

Historic photo of Seattle waterfront near Belltown

More than 150 years ago, when Seattle was known as Dzidzilalich by local tribes, the shoreline boasted abundant native plants like ocean spray, shore pine, and salmonberry. Today, these plants are scarce in the city's urban core, but the waterfront transformation promises to change that, and will soon feature a "living memorial through the stories of plants" and the people that depended on them.


Painter Liz Tran uses color to activate her 'brain & heart'

Liz Tran

Dive into the captivating world of Liz Tran's artistry! 🎨 The Seattle-based multidisciplinary artist mesmerizes with her vibrant colors and captivating shapes, inviting viewers on a kaleidoscopic exploration of the human psyche and imagination through her Rorschach-inspired inkblots.


How the Pacific Northwest shaped the environmental messages in "Dune" series

Frank Herbert signs books of "Dune"

How did the Pacific Northwest wield such a significant influence on author Frank Herbert's "Dune" series? Born in Tacoma amidst industrial pollution and later residing in Seattle, Herbert drew inspiration from the environmental warnings of local Indigenous tribes, shaping the ecological themes of his iconic 1965 novel, which later became blockbuster films.


Iconic downtown movie theater makes cinematic return

SIFF Cinema Downtown from above

Speaking of films, have you visited the Cinerama, the iconic downtown movie theater, lately? Previously shuttered due to the pandemic, the beloved cinema has reopened its doors under a new name, SIFF Cinema Downtown. Join us as we go behind the curtain—chocolate popcorn in hand—to explore the theater's 60-year history.


Film spotlights Black women's mental health challenges through empowering conversation

A group of panelists talking about mental health

Dive into a discussion on Black women's mental health in Washington State. In collaboration with the Washington State Women's Commission, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, and the KD Hall Foundation, the thought-provoking film highlights the unique challenges Black women face.