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City Superheroes: KEXP’s luminous Riz Rollins

Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: DJ…

Podcast: Tony Angell’s “House of Owls”

Owls have captivated us for thousands of years, appearing in our art, informing our environmental understanding and living in our forests (even if we rarely…

Coffee in NYC: No one got the message?

It is weird, the coffee in New York. We have plenty of desultory coffee shops here in Seattle, hiply desultory, and the coffee will follow…

The Weekend List: With guest curator Mark Siano

Mark Siano has a thing for soft rock. “Phil Collins, Lionel Richie songs — they were rambling, glorious celebrations of really mellow music.” He says this…

Smartypants guide to navigating a complex world

Get ready for "Navigating a Complex World" tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. as a general, a diplomat, a development professional, an entrepreneur and a…

Mossback does Milan’s Expo 2015

The “selfie” makes a perfect metaphor for a world’s fair: an event where the nations of Earth gather to show off what they know, and…

Beacon Hill Blues: 3 local artists ponder the “G-word”

We met at the Station, a coffee house on 16th Ave. South in Beacon Hill. The small, unassuming shop feels like the epicenter of a…

Viral Video: SIFF’s bewitching, “Be Watching” trailer

The Seattle International Film Festival is in full swing right now, offering the usual overdose of features, shorts, documentaries and special events, aimed right at…

Charles Johnson: Subdue racism by ‘Taming the Ox’ of the self

In an ancient Buddhist parable, an ox runs away from a young herder. A series of ten drawings shows the boy searching everywhere for the…

Now Showing: “Blackhat” from Michael Mann, action painter

Even on his worst day Michael Mann can run circles around nearly every other director working today. His frenetic set pieces and gorgeously fluid camera…

Survival of the richest: priced out of Seattle

An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling to…

Book City: Seattle’s unlikely developer-bookstore owner Ron Sher

Ron Sher uses books to help build vital communities. As founder and CEO of Sher Partners, his work ranges from redeveloping Crossroads Shopping Center to…

The Weekend List, Festival Edition: NW Folklife, Black Box 2.0, Sasquatch! – and Bettye LaVette at Jazz Alley

* Denotes items that are $15 or less ShortsFest at SIFF * Looking at the SIFF schedule can be overwhelming but ShortsFest is always a…

Women and weight: A conversation with actress Kathy Najimy

You might recognize Kathy Najimy as the goofy brunette witch in Hocus Pocus or chipper Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act. Or perhaps you wouldn’t, given…

The singular Maiah Manser on the viola, Kurt Cobain and staying true to her art

Musician Maiah Manser is a bit of a conundrum. The Seattle-based, Oregon transplant is simultaneously serious and light-hearted. On stage she’s a dynamo with a…

Dinner and a movie: Culinary Cinema at SIFF

It’s not just about popcorn anymore, say Seattle International Film Festival programmers. This year, SIFF debuts the Culinary Cinema program, which pairs films with food…

Gulf oil disaster film: The last word belongs to …?

The invisible in Margaret Brown’s documentary The Great Invisible (available on Netflix and online on PBS’s Independent Lens until May 21) refers to both the damage…

City Superhero: Amanda Manitach, artist, writer, live wire

Welcome to City Superheroes, a regular column that highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This…

The man (and magic) behind Seattle’s 2015 film festival

Carl Spence is the type of rare individual who can talk highbrow (the nuances of Polish film poster art) and lowbrow (Rose Byrne is coupled…

The Weekend List: “Little Bee” at Book-It. Fly Moon Royalty at Neumos. Pierogi Fest!

* Events that are $15 or less Little Bee Somehow I’ve overlooked reading this 2008 bestselling novel by Chris Cleave about a Nigerian refugee girl…

Why Seattle should root for Tukwila’s arena

The plan to build a privately funded hockey and basketball arena in Tukwila is welcome and could be a big win for the region, especially…

Viral Video: Parodying Amazon’s “Life in Seattle”

Amazon’s employment division (Amazon.jobs) created a video in late 2013 called Amazon: Life in Seattle, intended to help future job applicants “learn a little bit…

Why everywhere is “The next South Lake Union”

South Lake Union is an urbanist bright spot, a soulless scourge and a popular meme. Seattleites have mixed feeling about what has been wrought there.…

Now Showing: Mountain air does little to lift film’s heaviness

The weirdly named new film from director Olivier Assayas, The Clouds of Sils Maria, refers to an actual phenomenon that occurs in a mountainous region of…

The Weekend List: Plays, beer and music in abundance

* Events that are $15 or less Outside Mullingar The Seattle Rep wraps up its season with Outside Mullingar, written by the formidable John Patrick…

Beacon Hill Blues: 3 local artists ponder the “G-word”

We met at the Station, a coffee house on 16th Ave. South in Beacon Hill. The small, unassuming shop feels like the epicenter of a…

Charles Johnson: Subdue racism by ‘Taming the Ox’ of the self

In an ancient Buddhist parable, an ox runs away from a young herder. A series of ten drawings shows the boy searching everywhere for the…

Mossback does Milan’s Expo 2015

The “selfie” makes a perfect metaphor for a world’s fair: an event where the nations of Earth gather to show off what they know, and…

Viral Video: SIFF’s bewitching, “Be Watching” trailer

The Seattle International Film Festival is in full swing right now, offering the usual overdose of features, shorts, documentaries and special events, aimed right at…

The Weekend List: With guest curator Mark Siano

Mark Siano has a thing for soft rock. “Phil Collins, Lionel Richie songs — they were rambling, glorious celebrations of really mellow music.” He says this…

Smartypants guide to navigating a complex world

Get ready for "Navigating a Complex World" tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. as a general, a diplomat, a development professional, an entrepreneur and a…

Coffee in NYC: No one got the message?

It is weird, the coffee in New York. We have plenty of desultory coffee shops here in Seattle, hiply desultory, and the coffee will follow…

Podcast: Tony Angell’s “House of Owls”

Owls have captivated us for thousands of years, appearing in our art, informing our environmental understanding and living in our forests (even if we rarely…

City Superheroes: KEXP’s luminous Riz Rollins

Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: DJ…