Battle of the Nerds

Seattle design firm Killer Infographics has mastered the art of epic face-offs. (See also: “Men vs. Women.” “Ninja vs. Zombie.” “Geek vs. Nerd.”) But more importantly, they’re leading the charge in infographics, a relatively new way to say a lot with a little. See the latest designs at FYI Is a Poster Show, a block party and poster exhibit that’s part of the second annual Seattle Design Festival. Sept 21–23, Design Block, seattledesignfestival.org





Define “Fringe”

It’s been nine years since the last Seattle Fringe Festival—which bowed out by filing for bankruptcy—and we’re ready to welcome it back. But what counts as “fringe” in 2012? Sept 19–23, Capitol Hill, seattlefringefestival.org




“Love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever.” 

Junot Díaz covers romance, infidelity, and loving thy neighbor a little too literally in his new collection of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her, his first book since the Pulitzer-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Sept 17, Town Hall, townhallseattle.org


Amount Joshua Bell paid for his 1713 Stradivarius.

Amount Bell made while busking in a DC Metro station for a 2007 Washington Post story. 

Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell joins the Seattle Symphony for its opening night concert, an all-American lineup with Bell soloing on Bernstein’s Serenade. Sept 15, Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org


Kick in the Shins

The Shins have rotated through more members than American Idol has judges, but lead singer James Mercer has always been the constant. (We hear the band was initially forged from one of his ribs.) After a five-year hiatus, the indie rockers returned in March with a new album, Port of Morrow, and a new look. The Albuquerque-to-Portland band now has some Seattle blood: Deep Sea Diver’s Jessica Dobson (lead guitar), Crystal Skulls’ Yuuki Matthews (bass), and Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer (drums). It’s practically a local act—for today, at least. Sept 22, Paramount Theatre, stgpresents.org

This article appeared in the September 2012 issue of Seattle Met.
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