Sheila Daniels 
For the Intiman summer festival, the respected director takes on Lysistrata, the ancient Greek play about women who try to end a war with a sex strike. The power of the “not tonight, honey” headache is timeless. (July 10–Sept 12)

Neil Gaiman 
In the world of fantasy, this writer—here to sign his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane—is big. Like Sauron big. Or Morpheus big. Trust us, that’s really big. (Town Hall, July 2) 

Alan Kirk
Since taking over in March, the Filson CEO has launched a UK store and overseen expansion of the outfitter’s Seattle headquarters, all while wearing impeccable hand-brushed vintage-style hip waders. Probably.

Ray LaHood 
Thanks to the transportation secretary and the FAA, air traffic control towers will stay open in Olympia, Renton, Tacoma, Spokane, and Yakima during sequestration. If only he oversaw the Blue Angels, too.

Rachel Marshall 
After turning Montana into the hottest dive bar on Capitol Hill, the lady in dreads has now turned the old Seattle’s Best Coffee space in Pike Place Market into her eponymous ginger beer emporium.

Jinkx Monsoon 
Born Jerick Hoffer, she won RuPaul’s Drag Race—and our hearts—as “Seattle’s premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen.” (Freedom Fantasia at the Triple Door, July 3–6)

Published: July 2013