Tuesday, 06/02/2009 2:00 PM
In your twenties, you are the master of being cool (if only in your mind!). Then you look in the mirror one day and there is a full-fledged adult staring back at you! You have a career, 2.5 kids, furniture and even a few gray hairs. You can’t help but wonder whether your coolness went the way of legwarmers and hacky sacks. No need to worry and create more gray hairs. After seeing local celebrity author Tom Robbins, there is no doubt that coolness is a state of mind without an expiration date!
Monday, 06/01/2009 6:00 PM
Phew! After watching 1163 minutes of short films over the course of 7 evenings last week, I am happy to report that my fellow jurors and I were able to choose three winners (and two runners up) for SIFF's ShortsFest... without too much fist fighting. We began our deliberations last night at 9pm, after the final short film showcase. By that point we had all watched alllllll the films and had our personal Top 10 lists in each of the three categories (Documentary, Animation, Narrative) at the ready.
Friday, 05/29/2009 5:00 PM
After the recent grueling set of experimental shorts, the batch of short films I watched last night was refreshingly okay! Nothing during the 3 hours of films either sucked outright or made me feel like I was going to have a stroke. Several were quite good, actually.
Thursday, 05/28/2009 6:00 PM
I like to think of myself as an open minded person. In fact I usually prefer outsider and edgy art to mainstream, traditionally "pretty" things. But "Short in the Dark," the collection of short films I watched last night (as part of the 100+ I am watching as a SIFF short film juror) caused me to throw all that into question and just beg for something pretty.
Wednesday, 05/27/2009 6:00 PM
I felt like I made some solid progress in my shorts-film-aganza last night.
Tuesday, 05/26/2009 5:00 PM
Yesterday afternoon, at the end of the gloriously sunny three-day weekend, I stepped out of SIFF's Fly Filmmaking Challenge (at which local filmmaker Bao Tran was a standout) and bumped into SIFF artisic director Carl Spence.
Tuesday, 05/26/2009 4:00 PM
The penguins are on the march!
Friday, 05/22/2009 5:00 PM
I attended SIFF's jam-packed opening at the Paramount last night, which featured a pretty funny British mockumentary (In the Loop), a Mayor's Award for Lynn Shelton (and her soaring success), and a lot of thankful speeches (perhaps too many...then again, SIFF has a lot of people to thank). I'm told the post-screening party food was fabu but the crowd was so thick I couldn't get to it (and I was starving, so I slipped out to forage for a meal elsewhere).
Friday, 05/22/2009 10:00 AM
In our February issue, we gave readers "Five Reasons NOT to Move to Portland" (apparently ruffling a few feathers in the process). Always looking for a good debate, we were flattered by the ensuing response from Portland Monthly, which recently published its own retaliatory list with five reasons why Portland "kicks ass&qu
Thursday, 05/21/2009 3:00 PM
There are three reasons I love the recently opened Occhio coffee shop in SoDo. First, they serve Stumptown Coffee, which is, simply, nectar of the gods. Second--actually, maybe this is first--they are located really close to our office, so where we were previously limited to office coffee or Krispy Kreme's $.05/cup joe (not sure which is the lesser of the two evils there) we suddenly find ourselves blessed with easy access to Stumptown.
Tuesday, 05/19/2009 3:00 PM
Local caterer and Pomegranate Bistro owner, Lisa Dupar, received a national nod this month in Modern Bride magazine which called out her culinary talents in its 25 Trendsetters of the Year Awards. Dupar--a quintessential Seattle caterer who has received many accolades from Seattle mag and Seattle Bride--is known for working with couples to create signature menus ripe with individual flair.
Tuesday, 05/19/2009 1:00 PM
Not to toot our own horns, but why shouldn’t we? Last month, we wrote about the fierce Garfield/Roosevelt high school jazz band rivalry continued at this month’s Essentially Ellington competition.
Tuesday, 05/19/2009 10:00 AM
The Seattle area's roving black bear is still eluding Fish & wildlife officials, The Seattle Times reports today. After snaking it's way through Ballard, Magnolia and north to Shoreline, the 2-year-old (a mere teenager in bear years) has been dubbed "Urban Phantom" by officials. 
Monday, 05/18/2009 11:00 AM
If you were worried about the safety of your local Starbucks over the weekend, worry no more! Mike Doughty (formerly of the band Soul Coughing) was in town last Friday for an acoustic show at the Triple Door.  Rabid caffeine addicts may know him best for his song, “Busting up a Starbuxxx” (we assume the triple x spelling is due to legal reasons and not the orgasmic power of coffee).  
Friday, 05/15/2009 10:00 AM
Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! You have two performances left to catch Seattle Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro before it ends this Saturday. Mozart’s Figaro remains one of the most performed operas in America and is a great choice for opera newbies. The music is gorgeous and it’s the type of enchanting romantic comedy that would be perfect for Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts!
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