Steve Ballmer
Microsoft’s CEO is riding high after unveiling a new tablet computer, buying social-networking site Yammer, and promising to invest in a SoDo sports arena. iPhone 5? What iPhone 5?

Kerri Harrop
The local band manager rallied everyone from Mudhoney to rapper Macklemore to form a new coalition in Washington state, Music for Marriage Equality. Up next: Morticians Against Universal Health Care.

Purple Reign 
Why should her husband have all the fun? The wife of masked vigilante Phoenix Jones joins the ranks of the Rain City Superhero Movement to stick up for victims of domestic abuse. (Aug 11 & 12, GeekGirlCon)

Weird Al Yankovic
Pop stars haven’t truly made it until they’ve been hazed by Weird Al. Kurt Cobain allegedly loved “Smells Like Nirvana”; no word on Lady Gaga’s reaction to “Polka Face.” (Aug 16, Benaroya Hall)

Corino Bonjrada 
Asked about his role in busting hackers who stole 44,000 credit card numbers, the owner of Magnolia’s Mondello Ristorante Italiano said, “This is a safe place protected by me”—almost as good as “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

Queen Underwood 
Seattle’s wild card in the Olympics is a 28-year-old lightweight boxer who was born Quanitta but swings like Sugar Ray. In boxing as in chess: Don’t mess with the Queen. (Aug 5–9, London Olympics)

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