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Four Seattle-made films screening at Sundance Film Festival January 20–30

The Off Hours
A still from The Off Hours, written and directed by Megan Griffiths

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. Read more »

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Fashion + Style Friday: Local beauty and fashion news, plus the winter sales continue

Suzabellecoat
Snag a luxe winter coat from Suzabelle

I don’t know if it's because I decided (yet again) to work out more, or the wet January doldrums, but late winter is always when I get the itch to change up my look. Between the ensuing spring (please?) and the gargantuan task of clearing my closet of 7-year old collegiate attire last weekend (when apparently I had a severe love affair with American Eagle and Old Navy), this week I’m obsessed with simple beauty tricks and happy-go-lucky attire: Read more »

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Balancing Act: New Year Resolution

Dipti's chai is the equivalent of a warm, spicy hug

Each December, I settle into the comforting, yet somewhat stressful ritual of sending holiday cards – choosing the photograph and the words, not too many, not too few, that will sum up my life for my far-flung family and friends. Each year the list of recipients waxes and wanes, but I try to hang on to old friends, the ones who aren’t part of my day-to-day life anymore. Read more »

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From Cheap Beer and Prose to a Seward Park Owl Prowl, Our Top To-dos for the Week

Bite into Ballard's Take 5 Urban Market Meatloaf Burger

MUST IMBIBE
Cheap Beer and Prose

Thursday (1/20) - Cheap Beer and Prose (an offshoot of the popular Cheap Wine and Poetry Series), this time featuring local writers David Schmader, Emily White, Jeremy Richards and Suzanne Morrison. 7 p.m. Free. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. cheapwineandpoetry.com

MUST GIVE A HOOT
Seward Park Owl Prowl Read more »

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American Meteorological Society hosts free WeatherFest at the convention center

American Meteorological Society's Annual Meeting

Got a question about the weather? Then Sunday may be your day, rain or shine.

About 3,900 weather geeks will descend on Seattle Sunday through Thursday (January 23–27) for the annual meting of the American Meteorological Society. As part of the gathering, the AMS is hosting its 10th annual WeatherFest from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center. Read more »

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Fashion News: Luly Yang Couture introduces two new bridal lines

A bridal design by Luly Yang

Prospective brides and fashion fans: Local couture gown designer Luly Yang is amping up her bridal selection, offering two new lines at the end of the month.

Ranging from full-on couture wedding gown options, to the very affordable and sophisticated Luly Blue Collection, this noteworthy addition will introduce more lucky brides to Yang’s impeccable couture detailing. Prices for gowns start at $1,500 and brides can select from a range of styles, then tack on couture elements like appliques and custom-fit. Read more »

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Eric Banh to Open Ba Bar Noodle Shop. Plus: Piecycle?

Oxtail pho at Monsoon

Eric Banh's delicious take on Vietnamese-inspired food has made him a favorite since he first opened Monsoon thirteen whopping years ago (feel old reading that?). He's since expanded with an Eastside Monsoon and with a couple of Baguette Box sandwich shops. Read more »

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Cookus Interruptus Video: Cynthia Lair Cooks a Healthful Chicken Tikka Masala

Indian heaven

You have to try this sassy saucy Indian dish.  The tikka sauce is a pure heaven combo of tomato sauce, heavy cream and spices.  Our recipe also offers a vegetarian version made with chickpeas.  Everybody's happy! For printable recipe click here. Read more »

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Food News: Local 360 Opens, Lunchbox Laboratory Relocates, More

Lunchbox Laboratory

This week I'm hoping to get a peek inside of Local 360, the new Belltown market and restaurant which is open for breakfast (chicken fried steak & eggs), lunch (corned beef Reuben with beef tongue, anyone?) and dinner (pork belly & beans, short rib pot roast) in the old Flying Fish space on 1st and Bell. Marcus Charles, part-owner of the Crocodile and owner of the Juju Lounge, is the brains behind the place, and early word has been very good. Read more »

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A theater festival with a sense of urgency

Hana Lass in a scene from "14/48," summer 2009

There's something enormously satisfying about "14/48," also known as the world's quickest theater festival. It's certainly creative and energetc. But that can be said about many arts endeavors around town. What makes "14/48" so wonderfully distinctive is its unbridled sense of urgency. Unlike most theater, which requires the gestation period of a small glacier, "14/18" creates 14 plays -- many of them quite good -- and some kickass music (with a live band) in the span of 48 hours. Read more »

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