Scoop Blog Archive / February 2012

7 Reasons You Need to See Oklahoma! at 5th Avenue Theatre

1. Actually, Reason #1 shouldn’t be spelled out too clearly. Over-explaining it diminishes the palpable explosion of tension that happens in Act I (way to be a killjoy, other media!). A hint: this version of Oklahoma! has more notes from To Kill a Mockingbird  and Shane than it does Howdy Doody and the effect is complicated, confusing and truly compelling. They don’t go “full Deadwood” on the old chestnut. Read more »


10 Best Karaoke Songs for a Broken Heart

Valentine's Day isn't always about enjoying an expensive dinner with the love of your life. Sometimes it's about cursing relationships with the best single friends in your life. Read more »


Spa Report: What’s New at Willows, Hydrotherapy Bliss at Yuan Spa

Everyone at the office hates me this week, and not because I mutter to myself at my desk (though they have a legitimate reason there), but because I got to check out not one, but two local spas this week. Yes, I have a rough life.

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Catching up with Drew Christie After His Sundance Success

The last time Seattle magazine spoke with Drew Christie, local animator/illustrator and one of our 2010 Spotlight Award Winners, he was screening a short film at Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings Film Festival in Seattle – and fantasizing about doing the “most time-consuming kind of animation…maybe scrimshaw or embroidery animation.”

He still hasn’t accomplished the latter. “And for that I am bummed,” he says in perfect deadpan pitch. Read more »


Le Gourmand to Close, Gracefully, This Spring

Ballard's sweet corner destination for special dinners, Le Gourmand, has just announced that it will shutter June 2nd after 27 years.

I feel a bit of sadness that our city is losing such a beacon of dining; I'm even just a bit more wistful about tiny, oh-so-perfect Sambar nextdoor closing, as it's where some of the finest drinks in the city can be sipped (and the prices are much more user-friendly). And what will become of that marvelous little summertime garden oasis? I have warm, delicious memories of Le Gourmand; I feel lucky to have enjoyed dinners there. Read more »