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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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The Must List, featuring Gauguin, Vintage Fashion and Men in Kilts

MUST GAWK
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When the Space Needle was America's Covergirl and a Symbol of Hope

50 years ago today, in a major coup, a picture of the Space Needle under construction was featured on the cover of Life magazine, complemented by a seven-page, praise-filled article titled: "How to Pull Off a Fair." Jay Rockey (shown below) is the man who made it happen. He sold Seattle and Century 21 to the world, as public relations director for the 1962 World’s Fair.

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Happy 60th Birthday Frye Art Museum!

Loving the archival images that Frye Art Museum posted on its Facebook page today.

They were taken on February 8, 1952 at the museum's grand opening celebration.  Sixty years later, the museum is still bringing us great classical and contemporary art at the best ticket price: free.
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Fashion+ Style: The Hill’s new vintage clothing boutique and early bird blowouts at Mane

I was truly, truly sad when Atlas Clothing shuttered it’s Capitol Hill location last year (although they have re-emerged on Etsy and at the Fremont Vintage Mall, thank heavens). But it seems the 10th Ave space is destined to remain a vintage-lover’s hub: Kaleidoscope Vision is opening in the space this week. Read more »

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Could the NBA Make a Comeback in Seattle?

A San Francisco investor is interested in bringing the NBA back to Seattle, just a stone's throw away from Safeco and Century Link fields and immediately behind the Showbox SoDo and Seattle mag headquarters. Great news for diehard basketball fans. But  for those of us who have to function down here on a daily basis, well, could this make SoDo life even worse? Except for a few outposts of life, the neighborhood is a glorified parking lot on game days--and otherwise, just a bleak, urban desert commuters have to cross for the sake of getting somewhere else, fast. Read more »

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