This event has ended. Visit the official site or create your own event on Sched.
Big Issues + Bold Ideas. Join the conversation at #CrosscutFest
Please note, adding a session to your schedule does not guarantee a spot. They are first come, first serve.

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Interactive [clear filter]
Saturday, May 4


An Object Lesson: Hedreen Gallery Artist Talk
Explore a solo exhibition of Markel Uriu, whose work investigates the narratives and rhetorics surrounding “invasive species” of plants and animals. This exhibition focuses specifically on the legacy of the starling, a European bird introduced to North America in 1890 on the grounds of the bird’s mention in Shakespeare’s play Henry IV. 

Markel Uriu will host a short talk and audience Q&A about the exhibit from 1:00 -1:20pm

Read all about the Exhibit on Crosscut:

avatar for Markel Uriu

Markel Uriu

Interdisciplinary Artist, Hedreen Gallery
Markel Uriu is an interdisciplinary artist in Seattle, WA. Her work explores the quiet intimacy of inner worlds, feminine labor, impermanence, and the unseen. Drawing from mythology and rituals, in addition to her Japanese-American heritage, she explores these concepts through ephemeral... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Hedreen Gallery 901 12th Avenue, between Marion and Spring


Parsing the Poll
Join longtime Washington pollster Stuart Elway as we discuss the results (and methodology) of the latest Crosscut/Elway Poll, a quarterly survey that explores the attitudes and opinions throughout the region.

avatar for Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen

Reporter, Crosscut
Josh Cohen is a reporter at Crosscut focused on Seattle's growth and the changing region. Prior to joining the staff, he was a freelancer whose work was published in The Guardian, The Nation, Next City, Pacific Standard, CityLab, and elsewhere.
avatar for H. Stuart Elway

H. Stuart Elway

Elway Research, Inc., President
Stuart Elway has been analyzing public opinion since 1975, directing research projects across the country for large and small businesses, associations, non-profits, foundations, public agencies from federal to local, and media outlets. Since 1992 he has published The Elway Poll, the... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Pigott 202


Sustainable U: A Tour
Academic hubs can leave big impacts on their environments, but civic-minded institutions like Seattle University are finding innovative ways to operate more sustainably. Join Crosscut reporter Hannah Weinberger for a tour of the campus’s green infrastructure and learn how it is helping the university better align with its commitments to environmental stewardship.

Please meet in the designated spot in the lobby of Pigott at 12:45 PM to join this tour. 

avatar for Hannah Weinberger

Hannah Weinberger

Reporter, Crosscut
Hannah Weinberger is a reporter at Crosscut focused on science and the environment. Previously on staff at Wirecutter, Bicycling, and Outside, Hannah's coverage explores outdoor recreation, natural resources, and similar tension points between humans and the natural world. Her work... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:45pm - 1:20pm
Pigott lobby
Sunday, May 5


Alternative History Walking Tour of the Seattle Commons
When you hear the words “South Lake Union” what do you picture? Is it gleaming skyscrapers? A skyline of construction cranes? Tech workers bustling between high-end coffee shops and ultramodern research laboratories? Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood has certainly come to embody the economic boom in Seattle, being the epicenter of the technology-fueled population explosion in the Emerald City. But just over twenty years ago, the future of the South Lake Union neighborhood was up for grabs.

Join Atlas Obscura Society Seattle Field Agent Christopher Blado and Weston Brinkley of Street Sounds Ecology for a journey into Seattle’s not-so-distant past: The failed Seattle Commons project: A proposed redevelopment plan for South Lake Union that was narrowly voted down by Seattle voters in the mid-1990s. Referred to as “Seattle’s Central Park,” the plan would have created a large urban park in the center of South Lake Union, space currently occupied by blocks of skyscrapers.
We’ll tour the area, learning about the various development plans and major land transformations for this neighborhood throughout its history. You'll hear about the political and economic trends that led to the Seattle Commons plan, and its rejection by Seattle voters. And we’ll discuss the future of Seattle’s urban core in the wake of the current population boom.

Additional Details:
  • The tour meets up in Denny Park at 1:00 p.m., and ends at Lake Union Park around 2:45 p.m.
  • This is a walking tour with a total walking distance of about 1.5 miles. Please be ready to walk. Wear comfortable shoes and attire.
  • We will walk rain or shine, so watch the weather and prepare accordingly.
  • Denny Park is served by buses 8 and 62, as well as the South Lake Union Streetcar.
  • Limited street parking is available, but arrive early if you plan on using it.

Presented in Partnership with Atlas Obscura.

Requires additional ticket purchase.

avatar for Chris Blado

Chris Blado

Field Agent, Atlas Obscura
Chris Blado is a Field Agent with Atlas Obscura, an organization dedicated to inspiring wonder and curiosity about the world around us.  When Chris moved to Seattle nine years ago, he was struck by both the beauty of Seattle’s natural environment, and by the accelerating rate of... Read More →
avatar for Weston Brinkley

Weston Brinkley

Principal and Owner, Street Sounds Ecology, LLC
Weston Brinkley is an educator, author, and researcher on urban ecology and systems, environmental stewardship, citizen engagement, and the social dimensions of urban resources. He has worked extensively with resource managers, urban scientists, policy makers, planners, and a range... Read More →

Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Wicked City Walking Tour
The convergence of business, politics, and sex-work may, at first blush, seem sensationalistic but this union is inextricably part of the European colonization of the Coast Salish people’s land into present day Seattle. From Seattle’s earliest days, “crib houses,” homes broken into small, sparsely furnished rooms used only for sex transactions; “parlor houses,” woman-owned brothels; and sex trafficking of both American and foreign-born women sought to not only slake the sexual desires of the men who were clear-cutting, milling, and farming the land but also create a kind of sexual “mouse trap” able to draw men to the nascent city in order to help it grow. Fueled over the years by gold, graft, tolerance, and tech bros, Seattle’s story is only truly understood with its pants off.
During Susan Robb’s A Very Wicked City walking tour participants will inhabit some of the places and spaces that once made up Seattle’s libidinal landscape. Starting in Pioneer Square and weaving throughout downtown, sites will include former brothels, bathhouses, and gay burlesque halls. Robb will cover the influence of racism, the gold rush, women’s suffrage, graft, introduce a parade of powerful women, and connect Seattle’s current issues around sex work to those that began over 150 years ago.

Additional Details:
  • The tour meets  at 1:00 p.m. at the Pergola in Pioneer Square and ends around 3:00 p.m. 
  • Directions for Starting location: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/seattle/s26.htm
  • This is a walking tour with a total walking distance of about 1.5 miles. Please be ready to walk. Wear comfortable shoes and attire.
  • We will walk rain or shine, so watch the weather and prepare accordingly.

Presented in Partnership with Atlas Obscura.
Requires additional ticket purchase.

avatar for Susan Robb

Susan Robb

Susan Robb’s work is an ongoing, process-driven investigation of people, place, and our search for utopia. It takes its form as sculpture, photography, video, and the orchestration of temporary, site responsive, and socially engaged projects. In 2013, Robb received a Creative Capital... Read More →

Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm