Seattle Center recently unveiled plans for Phase II of its redevelopment, featuring, most significantly, a redesign of the Flag Pavilion area. Current plans call for groundbreaking on a new "Festival Pavilion" Building to replace the current Flag Pavilion Building (home of the ice rink) immediately following next year's Bumbershoot.
The design wisely sinks the bulk of the building into the ground on the footprint of the current building. The reinforced roof, level with and accessed via the lawn to the south, will act as a terrace overlooking the lawn, flagpoles, and International Fountain to the north.
It is a vast improvement over the current barrier-like eyesore, and even sounds like a great place for a BEER GARDEN, right? Well, in classic Seattle Neo-Victorian oversight, the roof is strong enough to hold FOOD STANDS, but not strong enough for BEER KEGS--at least that's what Seattle Center is saying. JAMIE HOOK
The Washington Coalition of Citizens with disAbilities has created a website rating every movie theater in town on its handicap accessibility, providing detailed descriptions of entrances, seating, and restrooms. For example, describing the Harvard Exit's entrance: "A 2% ramp leads to the main door. A 42-inch handrail is on the right side of the ramp. The door is double leaf, and each side of the door measures 26 inches." Or the Egyptian Theater's facilities: "The men's restroom vestibule doorknob requires grasping. The outside door is moderately heavy. An accessible stall measures 65 inches by 50 inches. The women's restroom was not reviewed." One wonders if there's a correlation between film content and cinema structure; arthouse extraordinaire the Grand Illusion, sadly, is one of the least accessible theaters in town. This useful site is located at www.wccd.org/lights/lightscamera.htm. BRET FETZER
Ass' Ass Deemed Lewd
Outpatient Radio had hoped to raise money for the Humane Society of King County with a "pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey" game at Bumbershoot-- instead, they found themselves the butt of stupid censorship. Bumbershoot officials banned the game--which features blindfolded participants pinning Outpatient Radio employees' faces on a cartoon donkey's ass--calling it "lewd," despite having approved the game a week before. In response, Outpatient employee Scotty Crane said, "The whole idea is preposterous. Are you telling me a cartoon donkey butt is more obscene than the average rap lyric?" The fundraiser is set to recur at an unspecified date at another venue. TRACI VOGEL