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Jason Biggs and Joel David Moore star in "Grassroots"

SIFF! Is! Here! So much indie film goodness... it's overwhelming, isn't it? One way to make the SIFFxperience more manageable is to go locavore—plan to see as many of the locally produced films as possible. Read more »

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The Stranger's Genius Awards Shortlist Announced

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Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths

Congrats to the 15 local artists on The Stranger's shortlist for the Genius Awards (released today)! I'm a big fan of this year's list—especially since in past years Seattle mag has selected several of the Genius nominees as winners of our own Spotlight Award. The Genius winners won't be announced until September 22, but meanwhile, you can read up on a few of the nominees via the previous profiles I've written... Read more »

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Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" to kick off SIFF Festival in May

This weekend Seattle filmmaker (and Seattle magazine Spotlight Award winner) Lynn Shelton presents her lovely new film, Your Sister’s Sister, at the Sundance Film Festival. Or at least, she’s trying to­—according to her Facebook page, she’s currently still stuck at SeaTac and may miss her big moment altogether, which is terrible! Read more »

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The Weekend Must List: Ice Skating, Beethoven's Ninth and Last-Minute Shopping

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Bonsoir Liliane at Teatro ZinZanni
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Weekend Must List: The Royal Room, Holiday Happenings and Pricess Bride

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An Exclusive Musical Tribute to the Viaduct

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Our offices are right next to Phase 1 of the Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition, so we've had a front row seat to all the machines pick-pick-picking away at the doomed highway. In a surge of nostalgia for the concrete disaster-waiting-to-happen, I wrote a little song about the Viaduct. My husband Daniel Spils, a music producer, added a bunch of layers to fill it out. Then our friend (and musician and animator) David Nixon added video. And "O, Viaduct" was born. Hold hands and sing along, everybody! Read more »

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"Romeo and Juliette" Gotta Lotta Love at PNB's Love Stories

Oh, ballet. It's so hard to do! So gruelingly technical! And so often... flat. At least to me. I always prefer modern and contemporary dance (which are not the same thing!) to classical ballet. And I think that's because classical ballet so often feels like all technique, no emotional connection. (Indeed, sometimes contemporary dance fails precisely because does the exact opposite: exhibits tons of emotion with no real skill.) Read more »


Behind the Scenes: We're All Wrapped Up in Shiro's New Memoir

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We've just put our December issue to bed, and one of the features we're really excited about is our exclusive excerpt from a new memoir by Seattle's iconic sushi chef, Shiro Kashiba (Shiro's in Belltown is his namesake restaurant). Read more »


Rooting for Seattle's LeRoy Bell on 'X Factor'

In regard to Bond Huberman's earlier post cheering on Phillip Lomax, the young Seattle singer who's currently a competitor on Simon Cowell's The X Factor, I must respectfully respond: oh hell no. Read more »


Seattle's SuttonBeresCuller Sources New Performance Event from Craigslist

A wise man once said, "You can find anything on Craigslist." Seattle installation artists SuttonBeresCuller took that man at his word for "To Be Determined," their current show at On the Boards.

The artists used Craigslist to source all the materials for the event, from the sculptural installations--which include an impressively huge globe made of yard-sale-style junk and an equally eye-catching model plane--to the performances. Read more »


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