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$15 or Less: Meteors, music, movies and more

Outdoor movies continue, street food returns, and there is another free KEXP Concert at the Mural (hopefully, without rain). I’m most excited to go see…

A Tom Douglas clubhouse

Until June 2013, Tom Douglas has been willing to change the world one restaurant — or bakery, or pizzeria — at a time. But in…

$15 or Less: “Visible Man,” Sculpture Park yoga, Mural concerts, hip-hopera with R. Kelly

Lots of truly great events this week, starting with The Stranger's Night of Genius Film awards and continuing through the opening night of KEXP’s Concerts…

$15 or Less: Genius party, literary mixer, outdoor beer & movies

Five Nights of Genius at the Frye Frye Art Museum, Wed. 7/24 at 5:30- 8 p.m., $10 The Stranger Genius Awards (an annual event that…

$15 or Less: Women Artisans at the Burke, outdoor cinema everywhere, Shelby Earl, Skakespeare’s Star Wars

Low Movie SIFF Uptown, Wed. 7/17 at 7 p.m., $11 Right on the heels of the Sub Pop Jubilee is this one-night-only screening of the…

Farmers market food stamps: More beet for your buck

Like many mothers, Tammy Nguyen doesn’t like saying no to her children, especially when they ask for something healthy. (Editor's Note: Nguyen is of no…

Digital Prospector: Cookus Interruptus, “Cookie Thumper,” Hoffman on “Tootsie”

Cookus Interruptus This classy Seattle-based cooking show (now in its 5th year) features a slightly batty Every Mom whipping up healthy dinners, desserts and salads…

$15 or Less: Summer at SAM, Al Green, bike history, Sub Pop turns 25

With this week, I feel like summer in Seattle has finally started. And it's packed with events that exploit so many of my weaknesses: my…

15 or Less: Coyle’s pop-up bakery, BOAT plays the Comet, Stephen King’s kid reads at SPL

It’s the Fourth of July weekend and events around Seattle are sparser than usual. Enjoy the sunshine (as I will most definitely be doing), but…

$15 or Less: How to celebrate Pride weekend on the cheap

Lots of revelry ahead, fueled by the first Pride Weekend since the Supreme Court confirmed marriage equality. The rainbow flag will be flying atop the…

All patio, all the time: A Seattle summer for $15 or less

A few months ago, I shared my favorite recurring Seattle events — such as the Moth, Bingo Karaoke, Salon of Shame — all of which…

Bookstore owner & author Peter Miller: It is not a time of great books

Peter Miller has run an architecture and design bookshop in Seattle for 35 years. Recently, he moved Peter Miller Books three blocks north, into the…

Seattle spirits: Local booze to savor – and avoid

No one knew just what would happen when Washington closed its 233 state-owned liquor stores a year ago this week. Some fans of the free…

Cafe Nordo: Some spaghetti with that western?

Restaurants fall into broad categories, but once you get past the stuff-your-face-quickly places, they all have an element of the theatrical. What could be more…

What’s really ‘mai’ (new): An authentic Thai restaurant in Seattle

The Thai New Year holiday, called Songkran, ended last week without much notice in Seattle unless you happened to eat at the Mai Thaiku on…

Third-wave coffee: Hold the wi-fi. Extra flavor.

The best cup of coffee, possibly, in the world is served in Bellingham, at the edge of town on a rehabilitated lot adjacent to derelict…

$15 or less: Weekend listings for the budget-conscious culture lover

There are times when I make note of some distant event that I definitely want to attend only to miss it because I forget or…

Yakima’s push to become Washington’s wine capital

Enophiles touring south on I-82 encounter a tall sign on the outskirts Yakima: “Welcome to Washington Wine Country.”  Many drive nonstop through the Union Gap…

$15 or less: Weekend listings for the budget-conscious culture lover

Welcome to $15 or Less, our eclectic, weekly events calendar for cash-strapped devotees of arts and culture. Demetri Martin Elliott Bay Book Company, Wednesday, 3/27…

How to get sick! And sue Costco!

Calling all ambulance chasers — are you looking for a case against a $99 billion corporation? Here’s a hot tip. I recently accompanied my favorite…

$15 or less: Weekend listings for the budget-conscious culture lover

$15 or Less is our eclectic, weekly events calendar for cash-strapped devotees of arts and culture. Look for it every Thursday. Thursday Pie Day Pie…

What? Seattle’s restaurants are loud by design

The other night I took a lady friend to Cuoco, Tom Douglas’s year-old restaurant in SLU. As I’d heard, the food was marvelous, the décor…

Rooms with a view: Does Seattle have any great waterfront restaurants?

In 1985, Gerry Kingen bought a tumbledown waterfront building in West Seattle called the Beach Broiler and added it to his portfolio of seafood restaurants…

iPad bars and Bocce Ball courts: Seattle’s new restaurant scene

Two ambitious new restaurants opened this week, developed by industry veterans with an old-fashioned focus on ambiance and guest-centered hospitality. Not just the fussy preparation…

Food Boom: Finally, a pairing for Woodinville’s wine scene

Perhaps it was during an event at Woodinville’s Chateau Ste. Michelle winery — where Skillet’s food truck has been known to make appearances — that…