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Portlandia Coming to Seattle

Fans of “Put a Bird On It!” and the adult hide-and-seek league, brace yourselves. “Portlandia: The Tour" is coming to Seattle.

In case you live under a big unfunny rock, this popular TV series, set in Portland, distills the stereotypical Northwest mindset in over-the-top comic sketches like this one about "Dumpster Divers": Read more »


Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet, Part 4: Mushroom Pate

When we're hosting out-of-towners days before the big holiday dinner, I like to cook other things ahead of time, so that I'm not exhausted from entertaining before Thanksgiving even happens.

A day or two ahead of time, I'll throw together my favorite mushroom pate (recipe here).

I use crimini mushrooms, since otherwise, as my father-in-law likes to say, "this pate would cost $100 to make." Read more »


Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet, Part 3: Sage Butter

One of the easiest but most delicious things you can do to your turkey: make sage butter to rub under and over the skin of the bird.

“Compound butter” sounds fancy, but in this case it is made by pulling the leaves off of the stems of the sage (we have it growing in our yard, but it's easy to find in every supermarket – except the day before Thanksgiving) and putting it into the food processor with a 3 or 4 sticks of butter and a good amount of salt and pepper (feel free to add fresh thyme, too, if you want).

That’s it. Read more »


Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet, Part 2: Fresh Cranberry Sauce

One of the easiest things to make from scratch is cranberry sauce, and it can be made days (as in, you can make it this weekend!) in advance.

Use the recipe on the back of the bag, which usually involves sugar and orange juice and possibly orange zest. It takes about 10 minutes and it is sooo much better than the canned stuff. (It’s so good that I eat spoonfuls of it right out of the pot while it boils away.) If you're feeling inventive you can spruce it up by tossing a cinnamon stick into the pot while it boils. Read more »


7 Justifications for an Unjustifiable Love of Twilight

Holy splintering headboards! There's less than 48 hours before I get to see Breaking Dawn: Part 1, the latest installment of the Twilight movies.

I won’t be fighting my way through hoards of shrieking tweens (the tickets for opening night sold out too fast). I’ll be up north with the refined 21+ crowd, enjoying overpriced beer and fried cheese sticks with our matinee showing at Cinebarre. Read more »


Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet, Part 1: Why It's Okay to Potluck It

Thanksgiving is about tradition. Everyone has expectations about the day, the food, what time the dinner should happen, whether there should be copious amounts of drinking...

The fastest way to find out what your expectations are is to go to someone else's house for thanksgiving and experience all the things they do wrong. Read more »


The Must List: Celebrate the Art of Butchery, the Geology of Seattle Center and Vintage Apparel

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Temporary Distortion: Newyorkland
New York City–based performance company Temporary Distortion throws projected video, confining sets and minimalist live acting into a blender—and the resulting smoothie makes for a mesmerizing evening of film, visual art and theater. For this new piece, Newyorkland, the group takes 1970s cop dramas as atmospheric inspiration for a tale of four NYPD police officers trying to stay alive on the mean streets. Read more »


Greg Lundgren's Latest Art Manifesto (It's Animated!)

Local arts provocateur Greg Lundgren just posted a video that, as far as I'm concerned, should shift the way we think about artist proposals from now on.

Using the viral video generator Xtranormal (parent to this NSFW "I want an iPhone" video), Lundgren made an animated video about landing a meeting at the Gates Foundation to pitch his latest project Walden Three, in hopes of getting funding. Read more »


Brace Your Checkbooks: Intiman Announces New Summer Festival

Today Intiman Theater announced big plans to relaunch its 40th season.

Actually, the theater just launched a pledge-drive in disguise.

The Intiman still has an unclear amount of debt to pay off (the Seattle Times reports it’s around a million). So the board has decided not to spend nor budget anything for future productions without raising those funds in advance. (Good call, dudes.) Read more »


Cupcake Royale Giving Away Tickets to 'Twilight'

Cupcake Royale is offering a sweet deal for Twilight fans.

They’re giving away 25 pairs of tickets for a Breaking Dawn, Part 1 preview, playing on November 16 at Pacific Place—two days before the movie officially opens.

Each Twilight prize pack includes a pair of tickets, plus two hats and two T-shirts.

The contest ends November 15. To enter, just purchase a cupcake from one of Cupcake Royale’s five locations. Read more »


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