Arts

Now Showing: ‘Backcountry’, another way to lose your lover

Backcountry expresses a novel way of getting rid of a partner who has become a drag in your relationship. Go on a backpacking trip together…

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…

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…

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…

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:…

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…

Now Showing: Hard to Be a God

If you have the stomach for it, sitting through the three-hour, black-and-white Russian film, Hard to Be a God, may rank as one of your…

Viral Video: The federal government’s war on “leaker” Stephen Kim

Stephen Kim’s troubles started in June 2009 after he exchanged a series of emails with Fox news reporter James Rosen. Kim, a State Department analyst,…

The Weekend List: Donald Byrd does Rogers & Hammerstein. NYC men in tutus. Cirque’s jaw-dropping acrobatics.

* Denotes events that are $15 or less Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel There are myriad reasons to go see this production. They include the tremendous…

The West Seattle jewelry artist too bold for his own hometown

Three years ago, Seth Damm fell in love with 200 yards of raw cotton rope. The softness and beauty of the glowing-white material instantly enticed…

Viral Video: Pete Carroll’s blind faith in the miracle that never was

Confident or cocky? After watching this SoundFX breakdown of the Seahawks’ final heartbreaking drive in the Super Bowl, there is an argument to be made…

Now Showing: The cruel world of “Two Days, One Night”

Jean-Pierre and Luc, known together as the Dardenne Brothers, have crafted another sneak attack on our sense of social justice with their latest picture, Two…

The Weekend List: SAM’s Native American art cache, Cat Stevens sing-a-long & a 6-hr Moore music marathon

* Denotes items that are $15 or less Seattle Asian American Film Festival * I’ve been a fan of this festival for years. Back then,…

The Weekend List: Artist Rodrigo Valenzuela’s picks for your weekend


All-ages Ballard venue, The Josephine, shut down

If you’ve ever been to, or played a show at, The Josephine, the charming run-down performance space in north Ballard, you know its magic. About…

The tyranny of safety

In the era of school shootings and terrorism it is understandable that safety has become a priority. But has it also become an obsession? Are…

My interviews with the Marshawn Lynch of writers

Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawk’s star running back, is famous for his desire to avoid sitting and answering the media’s questions. Hostility to the media is…

The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle’s good life

* Denotes events that are $15 or less Mwindo This is a world premiere for Seattle Children's Theatre and it’s a charmer, the story of…

KEXP groundbreaking the beginning of a radio metamorphosis

Prolific and world-famous, Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready has flipped his fair amount of amplifier switches: from Fenders to Dr. Z’s. But Wednesday he…

Viral Video: ‘The Twilight Zone’ meets the Internet age in ‘Black Mirror’

The terrific and terrifying British series, Black Mirror, might be the perfect show for our viral video age. Available only through Netflix, the program’s six…

What Steve Scher is reading

Steve Scher is a native Chicagoan who headed west to attend the University of Oregon, and discovered he wanted to stay in the Pacific Northwest.…

The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle’s good life

* Denotes events that are $15 or less The Ballad of Ishtar * Some of the most out-of-the-box creatives in town — Heather Bentley, Beth…

No computers need apply? Legislators look at opening up event tickets to real people

Want to buy tickets for a major show at one of Seattle's prime theaters or one of the state's big concert venues? Lurking computers software…

Some lucky Northwest schools have a case of the blues

Of all the time Annette Taborn has spent conducting the Northwest Blues in Schools program, there is one particular afternoon that stands out in her…

Viral Video: Thomas Pynchon explains “Inherent Vice”

Thomas Pynchon himself narrated this promotional video (from Penguin Press) upon the release of his novel, Inherent Vice, in 2009. Now a movie (check out…