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Where to Drink with Relatives This Holiday Season

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A.J. Rathbun
Vessel in downtown Seattle
Downtown Seattle's new Vessel

Alongside presents, mistletoe, getting a few days off work, and the bottles Santa might put in your stocking, the finest part of the holidays is getting to catch up with family. And, of course, the best place to catch up is a great bar. However, it can be a challenge to pick a suitable watering hole for the right vacationing relativewhich is why I’ve put together a little tailored guide to help smooth out your holiday season, matching specific relative types with specific bars. Read more »

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Candlelight Vigil for Sandy Hook Victims at Alki

A candlelight vigil will be held in West Seattle this weekend to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, CT, according to the West Seattle Herald.

Speakers will include violence survivors, including Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe, board members of Families & Friends of Violent Crime Victims organization and executive director of Families & Friends of Violent Crime Victims, Marge Martin. Read more »

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It’s Good to Be Bad: Best Villains in Seattle Theater This Year

Ryan Higgins in Strawshop's The Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Trending in Seattle theater in 2012: “Bad guys” played so well, we had to love them.

But just how “bad” were they?
A totally subjective rating system
:
1 star
= Trickster. Buries your keys to teach you a lesson.
2 stars
= Morally questionable. You hide their Facebook posts.
3 stars
= Despicable. Deplorable. Below-par hygiene.
4 stars
= Haunts your dreams and days ever after.

In no particular order... Read more »

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Drink Eggnog, Root for the Seahawks and Other Weekend Musts

eggnog from Sun liquor in Seattle

MUST TASTE
Homemade eggnog
Monday (12/24–12/25) — It’s become a holiday ritual for Sun Liquor bartender Erik Chapman, who mixes up a batch of irresistible homemade eggnog to serve to customers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It makes for a perfect family bonding strategy...or a way to escape the relatives. Either way, Cheers! Read more »

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The People Have Spoken: Locals' Favorite Bars and Cocktails

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A.J. Rathbun

It’s that time of year, when pundits of all disciplines, from movies to books to boozes, are making their picks for those "Best" and "Most" end-of-year lists. I thought it’d be a good balance to let the people have their own say. So I asked five folks about their favorite cocktails and watering holes. Here's what they had to say:

Emi Matsumoto
Ballard

What's your all-time favorite cocktail?
A rye Manhattan. Read more »

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Neighborhood Heroes: Readers' Choice 2012

Cafe Racer

For the first time, we asked readers to answer our annual Readers' Choice poll with their neighborhoods in minds.

Of the many questions we pose every year (What's your favorite restaurant, bar, takeout, etc.), "Who is your neighborhood hero," was a new addition to the mix.

Here are the results in that category.

Sorry, neighborhoods yielding an insufficient number of votes not included in the results. Want to see your 'hood represented better in our magazine? Vote in our current Best Restaurants poll. Read more »


Seattle's Lundgren Monuments in the News

Lundgren Monuments Greg Lundgren
Greg Lundgren, founder of Lundgren Monuments, photographed for Seattle magazine

Seattle's own Lundgren Monuments is in The New York Times this week, spotlighted for a collaboration with local architect Tom Kundig on a sleek and stylish urn. Yes, urn. Read more »

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Gift Ideas for Kids: Toys on Parade

Christmas toys and gifts for kids

Reusable Kids’ Placemats at The Bookstore at Chihuly Garden and Glass Read more »


Watch End of the World Movies, Shake Your Tiki and Other Weekend Musts

2012 john cusack
Catch John Cusack in SIFF Cinema's current festival End of the World As We Know It

MUST SEE
SIFF’s Apocalypse Film Festival Read more »

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New Music from Seattle's Own Shelby Earl

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New from local singer/songwriter Shelby Earl: a remastered Christmas tune, "This Christmas is for Us," which you can preview and download for $1 here.

Or, watch this video of her performing her gorgeous new song "Swift Arrows" live for a web series at Fretboard Journal: Read more »

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