When Seattlites say the weather is for the birds, they may mean it more than they know. To wit, the profusion of avian life that takes over the Skagit Valley each and every winter. The fallow farm fields leading into the shallows where river meets sea makes for a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet for both passing and resident birds.
Matt Dillon's not exactly leaving Eastlake.
Not entirely anyways. He's part-owner of Nettletown, which is opening in the Eastlake stripmall location where his beloved Sitka & Spruce (which closed at the end of the year, to reopen on Capitol Hill in the next couple of months) once lived.
If you're kicking yourself for missing recent killer performances at On the Boards, such as Reggie Watts & Tommy Smith's Transition (laugh-out-loud funny and true), or Diana Szeinblum's Alaska (stunning athleticism and emotion), or Allen Johnson's Another You (oh-my-god brutally good), well, you should still kick yourself, actu
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If you are into tilling your backyard flower or vegetable patch, you definitely don't want to miss the Northwest Flower & Garden Show at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle beginning Wednesday February 3 and running through the weekend.
The bad news: We must bid Elliot Bay's Pioneer Square location farewell. The good news: With their move comes a screaming deal. From elliotbaybook.com:
USED BOOK LIQUIDATION SALE ON NOW! 40% Off All Used Books!
The 5th Avenue Theatre started the year in style with the touring production of South Pacific, which sailed into Seattle last Friday and will be playing thru February 21. Bartlett Sher, former Artistic Director for Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, directed the Broadway revival of the classic 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical—and won a 2008 Tony for doing so.
Even without the swimming, boating, hiking and sunshine, San Juan Island is a pretty darn nice place to be in the wintertime. Cozying up to the gas fireplace in a lakeside log cabin at Lakedale Resort, doing a puzzle and reading a book, sipping on a glass of locally crafted San Juan Vineyards wine. Who could mind a little rain? Maybe later I'll go for a hike. Or not. If only I could stay here forever...
Seattle actress and writer Marya Sea Kaminsky steals the show with her moving (and rocking, roiling, spitting, moaning, shaking) portrayal of Electra, a woman imprisoned by her own mourning and hunger for vengeance. She is riveting. But there's lots more to like in this production--notably Sheila Daniels' clever directorial touches, including her nods to modernity...which I think falls under the category of spoilers.
Cupcake Royale's lovingly lethal Valentine's Day treat, the Deathcake Royale ($6.65) returns tomorrow. Made with Theo Chocolate, Stumptown espresso ganache and sinfully good chocolate cake, this deadly concoction (which weighs about a thousand pounds) is the perfect sinful gift for your sweetie (or yourself!).