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STAGE Directed by Steve Tomkins, Les Miserables at the Village Theatre is

STAGE Directed by Steve Tomkins, Les Miserables at the Village Theatre is

STAGEDirected by Steve Tomkins, Les Miserables at the Village Theatre is to the musical what a bonsai tree or a miniature pony is to nature… Continue reading

 

The 10 Best Films of 2012

The 10 Best Films of 2012

Critics for Seattle Weekly and the Village Voice have submitted their votes in this year's film poll. Here are the results.Best Film1. The Master (333… Continue reading

 

Pure Crowley, pure theater at Hugo House.

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WEDNESDAY 10/31Pets/Halloween: Paws & PintsFall is a tough time for dogs. Weeks ago they were frolicking outside in the sun, tongues lolling; now we're stuffing… Continue reading

 

Sherry Markovitz's Coral Bear, at BAM.

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THURSDAY 10/25Visual Arts: Weaving for DollarsThe theme for this year's BAM Biennial is "High Fiber Diet," meaning all manner of yarn, fabrics, upholstery, embroidery, and sewing.… Continue reading

Sherry Markovitz's Coral Bear, at BAM.
Burns' hero Doug tries hard to remember in The Hive.

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WEDNESDAY 10/17Books/Food: Eating on the CheapTracie McMillan's exposé of our food system has been repeatedly compared to Barbara Ehrenreich's 2001 Nickel and Dimed, another book reported… Continue reading

Burns' hero Doug tries hard to remember in The Hive.
Maar makes a return of sorts to SAM.

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WEDNESDAY 10/10Books: 9 Against 1If you've already read his Supreme Court dispatches in The New Yorker, from John Roberts' bungled presidential oath-giving to Citizens United to… Continue reading

Maar makes a return of sorts to SAM.
Members of Taylor's company dance Brandenburgs.

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WEDNESDAY 10/3Film: One-Way StreetPart of the "Next 50" Wednesday-night screening series at Seattle Center, Charles Ferguson's Oscar-winning doc Inside Job remains the most infuriating movie… Continue reading

Members of Taylor's company dance Brandenburgs.
Musselman's Spruce in the Trees, at Photolust.

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THURSDAY 9/27Film: She Done Him WrongThis fall's noir series at SAM is called Women in the Shadows, and that category certainly includes Barbara Stanwyck in tonight's… Continue reading

Musselman's Spruce in the Trees, at Photolust.
A scene from last year's Oktoberfest.

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WEDNESDAY 9/19Stage: Walking Between StagesAs Intiman has shown us, theater companies and festivals are not fixed, permanent things. And suddenly the Seattle Fringe Festival, last seen… Continue reading

A scene from last year's Oktoberfest.
Freiman knows all the faces on Sgt. Pepper.

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THURSDAY 9/13Film/Music: The Hendersons Will All Be ThereFor a certain kind of baby boomer, identifying all the faces on a certain 1967 Beatles album was an… Continue reading

Freiman knows all the faces on Sgt. Pepper.
Pendergast's Red Jumper Orphanage, at City Hall Lobby Gallery.

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THURSDAY 9/6First Thursday: Art for a CauseAfter the doldrums of August, when galleries trim their hours and many artists are out of town, the new fall… Continue reading

Pendergast's Red Jumper Orphanage, at City Hall Lobby Gallery.
Nicholson follows a dry lead in Chinatown.

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WEDNESDAY 8/29Books: On the RoadBainbridge novelist Jonathan Evison owns an old RV which he uses as a mobile writing den, so it should be no surprise… Continue reading

Nicholson follows a dry lead in Chinatown.
Radiolab hosts Abumrad (left) and Krulwich.

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THURSDAY 8/23Film: Open WideAs summer draws to an end, let us revisit the greatest summer movie ever made: Jaws, which became the top-grossing film of all… Continue reading

Radiolab hosts Abumrad (left) and Krulwich.
Viking swordplay at last year’s Viking Days.

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thurs/8/16GamingGame Show"My number-one goal in life is to see a game designer nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. I've forecast that this will happen by… Continue reading

Viking swordplay at last year’s Viking Days.
Contestants at a past Tomato Battle.

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WEDNESDAY 8/8Stage: In the SpiritsBurlesque producers Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann excel at excess, and their newest cabaret show, Burlesco DiVino: Wine in Rome, continues… Continue reading

Contestants at a past Tomato Battle.
Dancer Kaoru Okumura is a member of Laage's butoh troupe.

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WEDNESDAY 8/1Comedy: In With a BangAnything but an ordinary TV chat show, IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! has built on the podcast success and eccentric questioning of… Continue reading

Dancer Kaoru Okumura is a member of Laage's butoh troupe.
Children's activities (pictured last year) are part of ARTSfair.

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THURSDAY 7/26Film: Reel RisksWhen Christian Bale's Batman leaps off a parapet in The Dark Knight Rises, he's "doing his own stunts" in the sense that… Continue reading

Children's activities (pictured last year) are part of ARTSfair.
Saget embraces his inner grump.

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WEDNESDAY 7/18Film: Travels With CaryAlfred Hitchcock's wonderful 1959 chase movie North by Northwest is one of his absolute best, an espionage romp for the ages.… Continue reading

Saget embraces his inner grump.
Summer belatedly begins at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

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THURSDAY 7/12Arts: Bees & BikesNow that warm, sunny weather has finally arrived, SAM's first summer Get Out! event seems particularly well-timed. Appropriate to the new Encontro… Continue reading

Summer belatedly begins at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
The Freedom crew in their patriotic regalia.

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TUESDAY 7/3Sports/TV: Ride to the SeaTour de France viewing parties typically mean you, a party of one, sitting before the TV or computer screen. It's a… Continue reading

The Freedom crew in their patriotic regalia.