Thursday, 11/17/2011 12:22 AM
Here's something fun you can try at your holiday gatherings: As you're handing your brother-in-law a beer, hand him a chunk of chocolate to go with it. Strange but true: When chosen carefully, chocolate and beer taste great together, as I found out firsthand the other night in Fremont.
Tuesday, 11/15/2011 10:41 PM
Local arts provocateur Greg Lundgren just posted a video that, as far as I'm concerned, should shift the way we think about artist proposals from now on. Using the viral video generator Xtranormal (parent to this NSFW "I want an iPhone" video), Lundgren made an animated video about landing a meeting at the Gates Foundation to pitch his latest project Walden Three, in hopes of getting funding.
Tuesday, 11/15/2011 1:06 AM
Today Intiman Theater announced big plans to relaunch its 40th season. Actually, the theater just launched a pledge-drive in disguise. The Intiman still has an unclear amount of debt to pay off (the Seattle Times reports it’s around a million). So the board has decided not to spend nor budget anything for future productions without raising those funds in advance. (Good call, dudes.)
Monday, 11/14/2011 7:44 PM
Cupcake Royale is offering a sweet deal for Twilight fans. They’re giving away 25 pairs of tickets for a Breaking Dawn, Part 1 preview, playing on November 16 at Pacific Place—two days before the movie officially opens. Each Twilight prize pack includes a pair of tickets, plus two hats and two T-shirts. The contest ends November 15. To enter, just purchase a cupcake from one of Cupcake Royale’s five locations.
Friday, 11/11/2011 7:43 PM
It’s 11/11/11 and several shops are celebrating tonight with killer sales and swanky parties: Vian Hunter in Madison Valley is hosting Issaquah-based Lizzie Parker’s newest collection tonight from6-8 p.m. at their 11/11 party, where guests can model the casual wear in the shop while enjoying cocktails.  
Friday, 11/11/2011 7:20 AM
By: Cody Bay
Farmstead Meatsmith
Apples, pork, booze with character and baked goods with substance... I love the autumn calm before the holiday storm, when food is comforting and uber-seasonal without being too over the top. Here are a few of my favorite November eating events that tread the perfect line between reasonable human behavior and coming wonderfully unhinged.  Will Bake for Food Bake Sale Saturday, November 12; 11am-2pm
Friday, 11/11/2011 12:32 AM
Acclaimed indie artist Laura Veirs is back with a much-lauded album Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children (released November 8). Recorded by Grammy-nominated producer (and husband) Tucker Martine in their home in Portland, Oregon, it covers a wide range of American folk songs and features amazing guest artists, many of who are parents and who live in Portland.
Thursday, 11/10/2011 6:05 PM
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Thursday, 11/10/2011 4:30 PM
[Editor's note: a touching tribute to local veterans, plus a great visual complement to our September coverage of the iFly Vertical Wind Tunnel.]    
Tuesday, 11/08/2011 11:48 PM
It’s not easy being a clown. Not the kind with frizzy hair and embarrassingly big feet. I mean that certain breed of performer that doesn’t hold as much clout in the world as it used to—the kind you may remember from Sylvain Chomet’s heartbreaking animated film The Illusionist.
Tuesday, 11/08/2011 9:36 PM
I’ve been covering Seattle magazine’s society page, Flash+Talk, for over twelve years and clearly this distinction offers me some sweet perks. Still, when publisher, John Kueber, and editorial director, Rachel Hart, recently asked if I was available to attend An Intimate Evening with Mario Batali, organized by the Seattle Art Museum Supporters (SAMS), they had my absolute attention. I wasn’t just being tossed a bone, this was a $1000 a-person, Fred Flintstone-sized stegosaurus rib.
Tuesday, 11/08/2011 7:48 PM
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.)
Monday, 11/07/2011 5:09 PM
Truth is, I loved Restaurant Zoe from the get-go. When it opened in Belltown 10-plus years ago I was writing for Citysearch and I remember that, during my two review dinners, I tasted some of the best salmon I've ever had in a restaurant. (I'm convinced that, like Dungeness crab, salmon is almost always better enjoyed at home straight off the Weber, which is what made Zoe's salmon such a standout in my memory.)
Monday, 11/07/2011 4:05 PM
[Editor's note: Another positive activity for local veterans and soldiers to add to the list of those we covered in our November feature story on alternative coping methods for PTSD.]
Friday, 11/04/2011 8:59 PM
Feeling a little cocky of late, now that everything's totally back to normal down here in SoDo (the new "slow normal," that is), so today I actually took a meeting in the office, inviting an uninitated reporter to drive southbound through the SoDo Coaster to our Viaduct-adjacent office. That was mean. Right about meeting time, I got an email, subject line: "Got Messed Up on the Viaduct." By which she meant "Am now being funnelled helplessly to West Seattle."
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