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The Weekend List: Native art weekend. Plate of Nations. Shaprece. Caspar Babypants.

* Denotes items that are $15 or less  Native Art Weekend * The Burke is hosting a weekend-long celebration of Northwest Native art, in conjunction…

Legislature considers protecting bars from songwriters’ reps

You go to a bar or outdoor concert, and listen to a cover band. Or you sing karaoke at a tavern. In any of those…

Viral Video: John Oliver’s March Madness

John Oliver’s masterful, 360-degree, in-your-face jam of the NCAA and their money-making machine, March Madness, is an absolute must-watch. It’s a cross between a deeply…

The benefits of clowning around at the hospital

Hospitals, with their metallic, sterile aesthetics, aren’t known for their humor. But in Seattle, there’s a group of clowns working to change that. Room Circus…

Book City: Publisher Tim Colman’s poetic must-reads

Poetry-loving publisher Timothy Colman has been turning his passion for the environment into educative art ever since he founded Good Nature Publishing Company in 1995.…

The Weekend List: Movie theater theater. A Forsythe dance revival. Argentineans gone wild. And more.

* Denotes events that are $15 or less The Flick It’s been 10 days since I saw this production (yes, I’m counting) and thinking of…

Nancy Pearl’s lesser-known passion

Seattle’s Nancy Pearl is best known as a librarian and as a passionate advocate of reading and books. She shares her enthusiasm for books and…

Zombies lobby in Olympia

Fear stalked the Capitol Dome. The zombie apocalypse had come to Olympia Tuesday: Mindless hunger. Relentless. A horde of lobbyists. A plague of panic, or at…

Managing Editor Berit Anderson leaving to launch new media venture

I'm equally excited and saddened to announce today that I have decided to leave my role as Crosscut's managing editor. Over the next month or…

Viral Video: Meet Tom Cotton

He has a beanpole body and a good ‘ol boy manner. He speaks in a light drawl, smiles warmly and looks like everybody’s friend. He…

Now Showing: “Buzzard.” An eerie, queasy indie that ultimately eats you up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpiaeI1Eez0 When we first meet Marty, the impudent slacker in director Joel Potrykus’ film Buzzard, the impression he makes suggests we’re about to see a…

The Weekend List: What The Hoot Hoots’ Adam Prairie would do if he were you

Their publicist brands the Seattle band as fuzzy power pop. I like to think of The Hoot Hoots as playing the kind of music you…

Seattle zoo elephants might be worse off in Oklahoma

It was a lawsuit foretold, but it surprised even those filing it. On Friday the Elephant Justice Project, the newly-incorporated nonprofit incarnation of the long-time…

Question of the Day: Is the city discriminating against restaurant franchises?

Should fast food franchises like Subway and McDonalds, owned by individuals, be considered big business? Or are they really just a network of small businesses…

The best single malt in Seattle? Check Westland Distillery

Change happens fast. It's been less than a decade since Dry Fly opened a distillery in Spokane to take advantage of eastern Washington's vast supply…

Viral Video: Brandi and Brandy

Brandi Carlile was born in Ravensdale, a former coal mining town in South King County. Brandy Clark was born in Morton, a former logging town…

‘Map to the Stars’

David Cronenberg may have discovered the perfect setting in which to conduct another of his emotionally refrigerated examinations into perversion. Hollywood is a petri dish…

Viral Video: What the dead deserve from the Oscars

The great thing about skipping the Oscar broadcast this year was all the reading I got done during the program’s 3 hour and 40 minute…

The Weekend List: Kyle Abraham, mixed martial arts, Ladysmith Black Mambazo & more

 * Denotes events that are $15 or less Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion Kyle Abraham, a MacArthur Genius winner, unveils three new dance works rooted in poignant historical milestones:…

Great music, period, at Bellevue’s Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival

When you think of a Bluegrass festival, maybe you think of summertime in the great outdoors, the deep south, the Smoky Mountains, self-taught musicians jamming…

Thanks to Amazon, Seattle is awash in fortune-seeking men again

Seattle is booming. Newcomers are swarming to town. A largely male workforce is spending big, driving up rents and real estate prices, but no one…

Will Woodland Park’s elephants be OK in Oklahoma?

There’s one good reason to send a press release on a Friday: to escape the news cycle and get as little coverage as possible for…

How neighbors are replacing blight with thriving local businesses

Editor's Note: This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with…

The Weekend List: Luscious opera, THEESatisfaction’s latest, free entry at SAM

* Denotes events that are $15 or less Semele The music is Handel. The story is kind of a classic: girl falls in love with…

Reinhold Messner: towering achievements and ego

When my father was a small boy, his father, a Norwegian engineer, took him to see Roald Amundsen and his ship, the Maud, when it…