Treat for Pearl Jam fans at Sea-Tac Airport

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Pearl Jam poster – Ames Bros., Chicago, 7/19/2013, Classic Show at Wrigley Field. Sold out. 2 hour and 40 minute rain delay. Courtesy EMP

There’s a treat in store for fans of the Seattle-born band Pearl Jam at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

An exhibit of Pearl Jam’s classic and now-historical poster art opens today at SEA, with 85 posters made over the years by more 30 artists including the Ames Bros., Brad Klausen, Munk One, Ward Sutton, and others.

PUSH ME, PULL ME: Pearl Jam and the Art of the Screen Printed Poster shows off the work of some great artists, of course, but also illustrates how, when the band formed way back in 1990, posters were the best way to communicate with their audience.

Here are few more samples, all courtesy of Seattle’s EMP Museum, which helped put the show together at SEA on Concourse A, near Gate A.

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Brad Klausen, Seattle, 4/29/2005, Easy Street Records 10th Anniversary of CIMs. Secret, private show for indie record store owners. Courtesy EMP

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Don Pendleton, Brooklyn, 10/19/2013, Don created the art for Lightning Bolt that eventually won a Grammy for album package design. 1 of 2 sold out shows at Barclay’s Center. Courtesy EMP

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Tom Tomorrow, Philadelphia, 10/28/2009, 4-night stand at The Spectrum to close down the fabled arena. Courtesy EMP

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Bike to the airport?


Bike to or from the airport? In many cities you can do that and an increasing number of airports are making it easier to park, store, assemble, disassemble or make needed repairs to your bike.

Earlier this month Seattle-Tacoma International Airport marked National Bike Month with a new bicycle assembly/disassembly station, along with updated bike amenities that include tools, a bike pump, new bike racks, storage options (both short- and long-term), improved signage, and an updated bicycle resources webpage.

Other airports with bike stations and support include San Francisco International Airport, Portland International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, and Victoria International Airport on Canada’s Vancouver Island.

(Photo courtesy Seattle-Tacoma International Airport)

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KLM’s new game: JETS

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Like playing games on your smartphone when you travel?

Seems like everyone does.

Which is why KLM has a game – called Jets – that puts the two activities together.

Available free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store the game is filled with familiar Amsterdam sights (canals, bicycles, drawbridges) and awards in-game currency – Wings – for accomplishing various tasks.

I’ve downloaded the app and am working on the first level – collecting 100 stamps in the city with my paper airplane – but I’ll certainly fall behind any player who’s also a KLM passenger taking a flight out of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Thanks to beacon technology installed at the airport, KLM passengers can earn extra Wings when they show up on time for their flight.

KLM has another game you can download and play: Aviation Empire lets you own and manage your own airline.

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Free meals at airports for military

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The Paradies shops at airports are offering free meals to the country’s military personnel through its Food and Beverage Division’s Treat Our Troops program.

Between Memorial Day and Independence Day, active or retired military need only show their military identification when ordering or checking out and Paradies will donate one menu item – such as an entrée, sandwich, appetizer or salad, and a non-alcoholic beverage – from May 25 to July 4.

Participating restaurants and airports include:

· Sweet Auburn Market – Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

· Blue Ridge Tavern – Asheville (NC) Regional Airport

· 4th Street Vine, McKenna’s on the Fly and the Long Beach Marche – Long Beach (CA) Airport

· Bar Symon – Pittsburgh International Airport

· Big Bowl, Magic Pan and Say Si Bon! – Denver International Airport

· Jammin’ Java, Smokewood American Grill, Say Si Bon! – all at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport

· Say Si Bon! – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

In addition through July 4 the Hudson Group is offering free coffee to all active military from the US and Canada.

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Denver Airport saves Princess Kitty

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An almost-too-cute story about how the Lost & Found department at Denver International Airport rescued a stuffed animal named Princess Kitty is making the rounds.

Both Sonja Wieck and her 9-year-old daughter, Annie, were devasted when they realized Annie had left the beloved and well-traveled Princess Kitty on a DEN Airport tram.

Wieck sent a tweet to the airport asking for help and the airport staff not only found the stuffed animal but gave it a tour of the airport and the attention that a princess deserves.

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(All photos courtesy Denver International Airport)

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