Culture Blogs

Friday, 04/22/2011 5:39 PM
We can't keep this news under our hats any longer! The recipient of the 2011 Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film is... Seattle-based producer Jennifer Roth. Hooray! Roth will be presented with the award at SIFF's opening night on May 19th. She's receiving the prestigious award because she has played a crucial role in getting big budget movies filmed in Seattle, and also because of her tireless dedication to local indie filmmakers.
Wednesday, 04/20/2011 4:26 PM
Good morning, sunshine! And good news for Marination fans: The mobile food mavens have put down roots on the corner of Pike and Broadway, just up the escalator from QFC, and opened Marination Station.
Monday, 04/18/2011 10:48 PM
The idea of training for a triathlon can be more intimidating than the race itself.  As overwhelming as it sounds, signing up for a race and training for one is easier than you think. Lucky for you, Seattle is an ideal place to train for your first triathlon with our long spring and summer days, clean lakes, and year-round running and cycling routes (as long as you don’t mind a little rain). A few tips for getting started:
Thursday, 04/14/2011 6:59 PM
Haiku Reviews: For arts lovers short on time! A Haiku Review of This: The playwright loves wordsNearly chokes her actors, butNick Garrison rules. Melissa James Gibson's contemporary relationship drama,This, plays at the Seattle Rep through May 15th.
Thursday, 04/14/2011 6:35 PM
Must JoinColumbia City Bakery’s CSBNeed a brioche, stat? Columbia City Bakery’s Community Supported Bakery (CSB) program delivers baked goods weekly to members at one of nine Seattle pickup sites (host your own site and get a 10 percent discount). The next six-week season begins on April 12, so sign up online for specialty loaves, biscotti, macaroons for Passover, hot cross buns for Easter and more (minimum order: $100/season). Sweet! columbiacitybakery.com/csb Must SeeEMP's Nirvana Exhibit
Thursday, 04/07/2011 5:23 PM
My love for Capitol Hill rapper Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty) is no secret--in fact I gave him a 2010 Spotlight Award last September. Since then he's only been gaining in acclaim, and tomorrow, he'll sing "My Oh My," his touching tribute to Dave Niehaus, at the Mariner's Opening Game. Go Ben! (Oh, and go Ms, too.) If you want to learn more about this local superstar before he hits the field, read my profile from last year.
Thursday, 03/10/2011 9:42 PM
Crocheted potholders, vintage tin tops, stripey wool sweaters, pipe cleaners, sequins, hooked rugs, porcelain birds, god's eyes, Beanie Babies, synthetic hair, candy wrapper chains, unfurled cassette tapes and a million white pearl buttons.
Tuesday, 02/22/2011 2:10 AM
tiger mom
Some days, I suck at being a tiger mom. It simply requires more attention to monitoring my daughter's work than I have time to devote. On those days when I let my daughter watch TV instead of practice writing letters and numbers, the self-flogging kicks in and, perhaps irrationally, I fret that the one, two or even three missed practice sessions somehow will mean the difference between another year of preschool or early entrance into kindergarten. 
Friday, 02/18/2011 9:29 PM
I wanted to write a blog entry about HB 1609, the “Great Schools” bill, which was debated in Olympia this week, but failed to move out of committee.  A similar bill in the Senate, SB 5399, was blocked from public hearing by Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, chair of the Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education. 
Friday, 02/11/2011 9:02 PM
Playboy of the Western World starring Daniel Breaker
Seattle’s beloved Intiman Theatre has announced an urgent fundraising campaign, thanks to severe financial mismanagement by former managing director Brian Colburn (who resigned suddenly in November citing personal reasons). According to Intiman Board president Kim Anderson, “Unless we are able to raise $500,000 by the end of March, an additional $250,000 by June, and $250,000 by September, we cannot continue.” The press release includes tthe following summary of the errors leading to the emergency situation:
Tuesday, 02/01/2011 1:04 AM
Teeth
The competition was fierce last night at the finale of On the Boards' AWARD show.
Thursday, 01/27/2011 8:24 PM
Must VoteA.W.A.R.D. Show1/27–1/30 (Thursday - Sunday) - Grab your tix quick for the second annual A.W.A.R.D. Show, in which 12 up-and-coming local dance companies compete for a grand prize of $10,000. (See our Spotlight story on page 46.) Just as they say on the reality shows, it’s up to you, America! A series of live Seattle audience votes will determine the winner. 8 p.m. Prices vary. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St.; 206.217.9888; ontheboards.org MUST FIGAROThe Barber of Seville
Wednesday, 01/26/2011 5:18 PM
Hsiao-Ching Chou
You may have seen my response in Red Tricycle to the excerpt of Amy Chua’s “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” that appeared in the Jan. 8 Wall Street Journal. Maybe you saw my sound bite on the news the night Chua was in Seattle.
Monday, 01/24/2011 8:35 PM
It seems that Seattle's film community may have finally arrived on the national stage with the stunningly wan production of The Off Hours, a film born and (in)bred in Washington State under the keen directorship of local veteran filmmaker Megan Griffiths.
Friday, 01/21/2011 11:50 PM
The Off Hours
It's time once again for the Sundance Film Festival, that sparkly weekend when Park City, Utah, is overrun with Hollywood hopefuls. Amid the many allegedly independent films (which nonetheless have mega-budgets and studio support) are some realio-trulio independent films that were made right here in Washington state.