I know lots of folks like to head to the theaters to stay cool during extreme heat. But for me, nothing beats a museum. So yesterday, I headed down to the cool oasis of Seattle Art Museum. If you drive, you can duck right into their cool parking garage and not even get a blast of heat. The Chase Center parking garage is now only $6 (for 5 hours, plenty of time to see the museum) for SAM visitors if you enter after noon (or any time on Sat/Sun). You do have to get your ticket validated at the museum.
SAM has some AMAZING shows up right now. I went specifically for Target Practice, which completely lives up to all the hype! Lynda Benglis, I love you for many reasons, but yesterday it was mostly for your poured paint piece, Baby Planet.
When you're done looking at all the amazing art (check out Dan Webb's Shroud for sure!), head down to TASTE where you can revive yourself with food and drink while looking at Jeffry Mitchell's decorations. Added bonus, through the end of the month, if you say, "Beat the Heat" you can get a free iced-tea (with any purchase).
Another reason to love SAM, it's pay-what-you-can.