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Today’s Forecast

48º | Occasional showers | 56% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:57 a.m. | Sunset 4:31 p.m. | High tides 10:32 a.m. and 12:16 a.m. | Low tides 4:31 a.m. and 6:31 p.m.

🕸️ Spidey senses tingling
Daddy long-legs spotted on a window above a building casting the shadow of the Space Needle roof
Gah, they’re attacking the Space Needle — oh, wait. | Photo via @walkaboutjoewilly
In case you couldn’t tell by all the eight-legged creepy crawlies around the neighborhood, we’re smack dab in the middle of Seattle spider season. The goth-sounding time period is part of our wacko local calendar — right after Summer, the Sequel.

Early fall is when we can see certain Western Washington arachnids more prominently, but there are a few misconceptions around our web-slinging friends. Let’s detangle some of the spin.

Be-weave it or not

Note these spiders didn’t just arrive. They’ve been here in similar quantities throughout the whole year, if that makes you feel better (or worse).

Around this time, two local species reach maturity and look for mates: the European orb weaver and the giant house spider. Both sound a little scary, but don’t freak out — neither are harmful to humans.

They’re more visible these days because the males from both species are actively on the prowl as they reach the end of their lifespans. Awwww. Don’t you feel bad about washing them down the drain, now?

A spider weaves a web at night outside a Pacific Northwest home

Outdoor spiders can be good for gardens.


Photo via @araltma

More local spider facts:

How to deal

Experts say that the best thing to do is just leave indoor spiders alone. But if you feel you absolutely must get rid of them, don’t just carry the little critters outside in a cup since that’s actually harmful to them.

Instead, you can relocate house spiders to a garage, shed, or crawl space. That way, they can be away from your couch but still snack on tasty pests like flies or mosquitoes — and you can all sleep in peace.
Which of these other spider species can be found commonly in the Seattle area?

A. Brown recluse
B. Black widow
C. Zebra jumping spider
D. Tarantula
Tuesday, Sept. 12
  • Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels | Tuesday, Sept. 12-Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 6:40 p.m. | T-Mobile Park, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle | $10-$600 | The Mariners continue to make a playoff run as megastar Shohei Ohtani rolls into town with the Angels.
  • “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” | Tuesday, Sept. 12-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle | $40-$135 | “Simply the best” — enjoy the touring edition of this jukebox musical exploring the life and times of a true rock icon.
Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • Update on the I-5 Lid | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 6 p.m. | The Mehdi Reading Room, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle | Free | City councilmember Andrew Lewis gives a progress report on the potential future project in this open forum.
  • Murderino Craft Night | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Monster, 1716 NW Market St., Seattle | $5 | Stay sexy, don’t get murdered, and do some crafts while you meet other fans of the true crime podcast “My Favorite Murder.”
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Fall Boats Afloat Show | Thursday, Sept. 14-Saturday, Sept. 16 | Times vary | Chandler’s Cove, 901 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle | $5-$35 | Gawk at 100+ yachts and other fancy vessels at this waterside exhibit.
  • Bey-Hive Bash | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 3 p.m.-2 a.m. | The Press Box, 1518 First Ave. S., Seattle | $10 | Enjoy Beyoncé-themed cocktails + snacks before heading out to the big show — there’s also a prize for best dressed.
  • “Ancient Aliens” Live | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle | $49-$99 | The live show based on the History Channel program about intelligent life includes an investigative mythologist and aerospace engineer.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • The Unsung Story of Harry Smith | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | The Wyncote NW Forum, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle | $5-$25 | Author John Szwed discusses his new book about a counterculture icon and mystic who influenced many famous folks in the 1960s.
  • Game ON! | Friday, Sept. 15-Saturday, Sept. 16 | 8 p.m. | Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle | $37-$102 | The Seattle Symphony plays epic renditions of video game theme music from titles like “World of Warcraft,” “Assassin’s Creed,” “Diablo,” and more.
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Discover 4 new art exhibitions at Henry Art Gallery
a screen showing a picture of a woman removing sunglasses
Sophia Al-Maria: Not My Bag [Installation view, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. 2023] | Photo by Jueqian Fang
Henry Art Gallery is set to unveil four new exhibitions this fall, and you’re invited to the opening. Head to the museum on Friday, Sept. 29 from 7-9 p.m. to meet the artists, enjoy drinks and live music + see the art:
  • Raúl de Nieves: “A window to the see, a spirit star chiming in the wind of wonder…” features “stained glass” installations that transform the museum’s largest gallery space into a gorgeous container of colored light.
  • Encounters” by Kelly Akashi, an artist known for her sculptures and installations that transform the way materials are used and perceived.
  • Not My Bag” by Sophia Al-Maria, a site-specific installation created for the Henry which synthesizes film production, photography, and various reference texts to interrogate colonialism.
  • A/Political Rocks,” an exhibition drawn from the Henry’s collection that explores the role landscape photography has played in shaping experiences of the American West.
The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged.
News Notes
  • Read it and sweep. The Seattle Department of Transportation is launching a pilot program for a new electric-powered bike lane sweeper. Look for the little eBroomer vehicles on the streets as SDOT plans to conducts four to six tests in 2023 and 2024 with the goal of creating an entire zero-emission fleet.
Real Estate
  • Looking for a new pad with artsy history? The former Alki Beach home of late opera tenor Melvyn Poll is on the market for $3.9 million. Among the amenities in the 5,000-sqft house is a spa bath, waterside deck, and wine room with a chandelier. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • Due to road work, Ninth Avenue from Denny Way to Westlake Avenue will be closed for six weeks. The South Lake Union streetcar service is also currently on pause for a week. Crews are making upgrades to public transit stops + sidewalks in that corridor to make them wheelchair accessible. (Seattle Times)
  • Seattle Storm star Jewell Lloyd is shining as bright as ever. During the last game of the Storm’s season on Sunday, she set the WNBA single-season scoring record for most points. Lloyd also recently signed a two-year contract extension with the team. (ESPN)
  • Washington state officials are using artificial intelligence to fight wildfires. So far, there have been 11 AI lookout stations set up which could detect smoke within a 15-mile radius, helping to put out fires like the one at Crater Creek. The state hopes to nearly double that number next summer. (KUOW)
  • After a cooler start to the week, temperatures are expected to rise into the low 80s by the weekend, ~10° hotter than the typical average for this time of year. We’ll also get a bit more sunshine by Thursday, so keep that SPF handy. (Seattle Times)
Coming Soon
  • Popular Georgetown bakery Deep Sea Sugar and Salt is putting the final touches on its new, larger location at 6235 Airport Way S. The shop’s current location on Carlton Avenue will close on Sunday, Oct. 8, with an announcement on an opening date for the Airport Way spot to come soon.
  • West Seattle’s Hiawatha Playfield is now open to the public after the completion of a renovation project. There’s brand new turf on its ball field, a resurfaced running track, and an upgraded batting cage.
  • Sip on this, 12s. Star wide receiver DK Metcalf has launched a new coffee blend with Volcanica called FullCaf Metcalf — a sly wink from the moment when an announcer mispronounced his name as “Decaf Metcalf” during a game. The player created the decaf version four years ago with the company.
🎬 Annnnnd ... action
Seattle rapper Fantasy A poses in front of the Smith Tower wearing a Seahawks No. 3 jersey
In addition to his songs, Fantasy A wrote an autobiography and sci-fi novels. | Photo via Local Sightings Film Festival
Prep those projectors. This week, Northwest Film Forum is hosting its 26th annual Local Sightings Film Festival, which gives lots of love to creators from the area.

The festival runs from Friday, Sept. 15, to Sunday, Sept. 24, with a bunch of screenings, workshops, and other events held in-person + virtually. Festival passes are $90-150 for non-members, but you can also buy tickets to individual screenings and activities. Here are a few highlights.
  • “Fantasy A Gets a Mattress” | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7 p.m. | The flick about the famed local rapper kicks off the fest — Fantasy A will perform live at the screening.
  • Free Doc Mixer | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 3 p.m. | Mingle with local documentarians and grab a complimentary beer from Georgetown Brewing.
  • Open Table Read for “Reckless Spirits” | Sunday, Sept. 24 | 12-3 p.m. | Writer-director Vee Hua previews his metaphysical and multilingual buddy comedy.
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It’s not only spider season in Seattle — it’s pumpkin beer season and I’m seeing taps flowing with that sweet nectar of the gods everywhere.

With the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival coming up in a couple of weeks, I’m just curious: What are some of your favorites?
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