Scoop Blog Archive / October 2009

Psycho at the Psymphony

The Seattle Symphony is getting their spooky on tonight (and Friday and Saturday nights too), when they'll play the score from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho live while the film plays on the big screen. Apparently there's a way to remove the music but keep the dialogue in a film (who knew?), which is exactly what they've done. So you get the double benefit of experiencing a classic horror flick in large format while the soundtrack is played live before your very ears. So cool! Can't wait to hear those screeching violins in person.

Restaurant News: Ventana Opens in Belltown

Belltown got a new restaurant ten days ago, with creative food and huge views of Elliott Bay and Belltown’s passing parade. It’s headed by former Qube chef Joseph Conrad (he also cooked at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago and is the executive chef at Twist) and the bar is manned by Armin Moloudzadeh who made a name for himself at Bastille and Black Bottle.

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New Century Theatre Wins Big at the Gregory Awards

The 1st Annual Gregory Awards, presented by Theatre Puget Sound, took place last night in the packed and festive Intiman Theater lobby. This long overdue celebration of local theater started out modestly, with only six awards, plus a "Sustained Achievement Award" for theater photographer Chris Bennion. But the short list of awardees belied the gigantic feeling of camaraderie among this happy gathering of theater geeks. Read more »


Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith at On the Boards

Critics always struggle to describe what Reggie Watts does—at least when he's not doing straight up music (as with local band Maktub, or the recent, lovely short songs he created for the new Electric Company which you can watch here). His comedy isn't strictly improv (though he does a ton of improvising throughout) and it's not stand-up (though he is standing up, most of the time). Read more »

Seattle City of Music Awards this Wednesday

Launched by Mayor Greg Nickels late in 2008, the Seattle City of Music initiative is a now-through-2020 plan whose goal is to "create action over the next 12 years that enhances the climate for our music industry, and to propel Seattle's leadership role in music throughout the nation and the world." While I'm not sure exactly how that will play out in a tangible way, I am sure the Awards event at the Showbox this Wednesday is going to be a kick (especially with the inimitable DJ Riz as MC!). Read more »