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October 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Northwest Wanderings | Making a leap to a hybrid sound

Posted by Alan Berner

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Stand-up bassist Ben Grim, with the psychobilly band Graveyard Shift, rehearses in a Capitol Hill practice space before a Georgetown gig. Grim says jumping onto his instrument is part of the psychobilly genre, which is a fusion of punk and rockabilly.

It's hard to make a living playing psychobilly.

That's the fusion of the music genres punk and rockabilly.

Ben Grim, with a stand-up bass and a stand-up 'do -- a hair-sprayed spike atop his head -- works two jobs because there aren't that many gigs for his band, Graveyard Shift.

Like his hybrid music, Grim's hair is the evolution "of a Mohawk and a pompadour."

He says it's a low-maintenance quiff, springy, with a hint of color, and evokes a unicorn.

As a musician, he went from playing the electric Fender bass to the upright, making the switch by fixing a wooden table leg onto the body of the guitar and extending the strings.

Though not the best of instruments, "It worked for the psychobilly image."

Now he owns a sturdy double bass that cost only $300 used and can endure his jumping up on the instrument and continuing playing without missing a beat.

Grim says it's a move that's part of the genre.

The band's first gig was at a Bainbridge Island middle school, to an audience of a dozen or so.

Playing mainly original music, Graveyard Shift has one album to date and is not to be confused with two other groups with the same name -- a metal band from Finland and a U.S. rap trio.

Grim's musical taste includes the old Tacoma bands The Sonics and The Wailers, an Austrian band called the Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space, and punk rock.

But, "I'm not a big grunge fan."



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October 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Investigating pumpkins at Woodland Park Zoo

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A laid back Asian small-clawed otter explores a pumpkin placed in its area at the annual Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo where various resident animals, including lions, hippos, meerkats, a Komodo dragon, penguins, wolves, pythons and a Burmese mountain tortoise, are given fall treats. The event for the animals continues Sunday, next weekend and on Halloween. During Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted free with a paid adult.

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October 23, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Beyond the byline: How we shot the partial solar eclipse

Posted by Heather Trimm

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The moon moves in front of the sun to create a partial solar eclipse, seen from Kerry Park in Seattle on Thursday. The eclipse began at 1:35 p.m., peaked at 3 p.m., and ended by about 4:20 p.m. it was over.

How did we photograph Thursday's partial solar eclipse? With epic rain in the forecast, we didn't initially plan for it.

But at 1:15 p.m., Photo Editor Fred Nelson sent a note to the staff:

"All eyes: Partial solar eclipse today from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Unexpectedly, the sun seems to be out right now," he wrote. "Please look..."

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October 23, 2014 at 4:33 PM

‘The common S E N S E’ exhibition

Posted by Colin Diltz

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Ann Hamilton has her photo taken behind a translucent sheet producing an effect similar to her selective focus flatbed scans hanging almost floor-to-ceiling on the walls of the Henry Art Gallery.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A visitor lifts an image on newsprint Ann Hamilton made of specimens from the Burke Museum's collection.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The pants and coat appear to be made of porcupine quills but are actually toothpicks, part of Ann Hamilton's "The common S E N S E" exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery. She wanted to evoke a suit of animal hide.

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Exhibit review: Touchy, feely: Ann Hamilton's wondrous exhibition at the Henry

October 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Postcards from the past: Fox hunting, 1978

Posted by Colin Diltz

JOSEF SCAYLEA / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Woodbrook Hunt riders took a break while their hounds were still eager to go on the trail of a non-existent fox near Tacoma in 1978.

Postcards from the past is an occasional feature, highlighting images from The Seattle Times historical archive.

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October 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Enjoying the sun while it lasts

Posted by Heather Trimm

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Bikers cast long shadows at Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle on a warm Sunday. Sunday's high at Sea-Tac of 72 degrees broke the old record of 70 degrees, set in 1995. Other records were broken with Sand Point in Seattle at a high of 73 degrees; Olympia at 73; and Bellingham at 75.

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October 19, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Halloween crowds browse Vintage Costumers

Posted by Erika Schultz

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Cheryl Sievert puts the finishing touches on her Lucille Ball costume at Vintage Costumers in Seattle Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. The rentals-only shop, located in a three-story home, offers a wide variety of vintage and historical costumes. The store has been open for around 35 years and showcases everything from classic Hollywood movie attire to Polish folk costumes to Victorian-inspired ensembles. Sievert will dress as the famous comedic actress for her office party and preferred the feel of a vintage garment over pre-packaged one. To view Vintage Costumers collections, visit: www.vintagecostumers.com.

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Owner Arnie Grossinger, left, and employee Cyd Hand, right, help Mason Thompson with his Roman Centurion costume at Vintage Costumers. Grossinger hand-made the brass-studded leather armor that includes a red wool cape, tunic and horsehair helmet.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Costume jewelry decorates the shelves around Vintage Costumers.

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October 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Joel McHale's photography pops up in Pioneer Square

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Seattleites may recognize local actor Joel McHale from his appearances on "Almost Live!," and "Community," but probably don't know he's also an avid photographer. Some of McHale's work is on display at Axis in Pioneer Square as part of Canon's PIXMA PRO City Senses Gallery. The camera manufacturer asked McHale and several other Seattle photographers to create work for a pop up exhibit in Seattle. Additional events are scheduled for Boston and Austin, TX.

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