Associate Editor

Darren Davis is the arts and culture editor at Seattle Met. He also edits Habitat, the design and architecture department.

A Southern California native, Darren received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. His essays on technology and video game culture appear online and in print across various journals and magazines. His tweets can be found @_davisdarren

100 Best Shops

5 Only-in-Seattle Stores for Gags and Gifts

In need of an extremely creepy horse mask? Or maybe it’s an imported tea set you seek. These Seattle stores carry the neat and the novelty.

10/23/2017 By Darren Davis and Rosin Saez

Best of the City

Seattle's 100 Best Little Shops

A road map to Seattle’s retail scene: the old, the new, the hip, and the hidden.

10/22/2017 By Rosin Saez and Darren Davis

Explainer

The Fine Print on Jenny Durkan's Free Community College Plan

Jenny Durkan wants to offer free community college tuition for Seattle public high school students. What does the Seattle Promise plan mean—and what would it cost?

10/20/2017 By Darren Davis

The Weekend Starts...Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: October 19–22

Seattle Art Museum's new Andrew Wyeth exhibit opens, 'Evil Dead' gets the musical treatment, and Depeche Mode graces KeyArena.

10/19/2017 By Darren Davis

Get Lit

A User-Friendly Guide to Lit Crawl Seattle 2017

There's no earthly way to see every reading at this year's bookworm bar hop. So pick one of these four themed routes to get the most out of your crawl.

10/18/2017 By Darren Davis

The Weekend Starts...Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: October 12–15

Cherdonna Shinatra at On the Boards, Seattle author Richard Chiem's book release party, and 5th Avenue Theatre's new (and timely) production of 'Ragtime.'

10/12/2017 By Darren Davis

Fiendish Conversation

Marc Kenison (aka Waxie Moon) Won't Shut Up About Opera

The celebrated drag and burlesque performer chats about his (non-singing) opera debut in 'The Barber of Seville,' and why he's now totally obsessed with the artform.

10/11/2017 By Darren Davis

The Weekend Starts...Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: October 5–8

The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival arrives, Nick Offerman brings both beard and wisdom to the Moore, and Bandaloop defies gravity at Meany Hall.

10/05/2017 By Darren Davis

Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: October 2017

A new solo show from Shawn Huckins, Soil Gallery celebrates the stories and people of Yesler Terrace, and a big party at Party Hat.

10/05/2017 By Darren Davis

The Weekend Starts...Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: September 28–October 1

Celebrate spooky film and television at MoPop, drink for a good cause at the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, and revisit Jane Austen with Seattle Repertory Theatre.

09/28/2017 By Darren Davis

Fiendish Conversation

Molly Sides on 'Danger Diva,' Being Covered in Fake Blood, and How She's Not Always an Extrovert

The voice of Thunderpussy pulls back the curtain on the Seattle-filmed sci-fi musical, which screens at the Northwest Film Forum this weekend.

09/27/2017 By Darren Davis

Met Picks

The Top Things to See or Do in Seattle: October 2017

Seattle Art Museum’s Andrew Wyeth retrospective, a vertical dance performance, and ‘Nosferatu’ comes back to life.

09/22/2017 By Darren Davis

The Weekend Starts...Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: September 21–24

A new season of Pacific Northwest Ballet kicks off with 'Jewels,' an unmissable exhibition from Humaira Abid opens at the Bellevue Arts Museum, and sea otters take over the Seattle Aquarium.

09/21/2017 By Darren Davis

Habitat

How to Make Your Home Smarter

Save time, energy, and your bank account with a few tech purchases—or go big and automate everything.

09/21/2017 By Darren Davis

Iambic Ambassadorships

Seattle, Say Hello to Your New Civic Poet

Anastacia-Reneé caps off a big year with a literary arts ambassadorship.

09/19/2017 By Darren Davis

Scene

Pie and Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Booze and Butter

Pie and Whiskey distills the rowdiest literary event in Spokane into a book—just in time for its first iteration in Seattle.

09/18/2017 By Darren Davis

The Weekend Starts...Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: September 14–17

Hacktivists take over Washington Ensemble Theatre's new production, Zaria Forman stuns with her large-scale drawings of frozen landscapes, and Velocity Dance Center kicks off a new season.

09/14/2017 By Darren Davis

Theater Review

A Song of Satire and Real Life Pain in Sara Porkalob's 'Dragon Lady'

In her musical one-actor show, Sara Porkalob channels multiple generations of family history with charisma and brute force.

09/14/2017 By Darren Davis

Fiendish Conversation

Jen Kirkman Talks Trump, Mental Health, and Overthinking Comedy

The comedian, writer, and podcast host stops by Seattle this week on her All New Material Girl tour.

09/06/2017 By Darren Davis

The Weekend Starts...Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: August 31–September 3

PAX West weekend means a flood of nerd-centric activities in the city, from an independent video game showcase to a boozy cosplay contest. Also, Bumbershoot.

08/31/2017 By Darren Davis