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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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

Book City: Developer Liz Dunn’s reading for excellent cities

Liz Dunn is the woman behind many successful real estate rehab projects on Capitol Hill, including Melrose Market and the Piston & Ring building. She’s…

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…

Why Marshawn Lynch’s silences make sense

Super Bowl Week is not exactly renowned as a holiday tied by longstanding family tradition to moments of quiet reflection.  No, holidays such as Thanksgiving…

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…

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…

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…

The end of everything: The Harvard Exit takes its final bow

The Harvard Exit marquee read: “The Theory of Everything.  Last Day January 8.” Above it, film spooled through the V of its familiar logo. On…

Now Showing: “Inherent Vice”

One of the many earthy delights of Inherent Vice is the fact that it was shot on 35mm film, the celluloid looking like it was…

‘Selma': Not just another bloated, sanctimonious biopic

Selma could have gone wrong in so many ways. It could have been a bloated, sanctimonious biopic. It could have been an earnest, low-budget weeper. It…

Viral Video: A forest of six-second Vines

Hacking through the dense digital forest of online vines is a task even Sisyphus would have avoided. Vines are those looping six second videos one…

Chris Rock reaches new level as director of ‘Top Five’

Chris Rock takes a good hard look in the mirror with his new film Top Five and sees a superstar celebrity comedian trapped by his own success.…

Now Showing: “The Interview”

In September 1997 I was a freelance cameraman on a three-person CBS news crew invited into North Korea to report on a nationwide famine. This…

2014’s #6 Most Read: Steve Scher’s KUOW disappearing act

When the longtime and popular KUOW radio host Steve Scher up and quit suddenly last week, the rapidity and surprise of the event naturally raised eyebrows.…

Now Showing: Not that wild about “Wild”

Wild is the lukewarm and fitfully engaging movie version of author Cheryl Strayed’s radiant and absorbing memoir. The movie would like to be loved like the…

Viral Video: “This Won

The Boschian hellscape of our health care system gets the satirical once-over in this sharply written and star-studded short film, part of a 20-part series…

Now Playing: Amir Bar-Lev

Happy Valley is filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev’s dissection of the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State scandal. Arriving on the scene after Sandusky, an assistant football coach…

Viral Video: Walking Dead Bad Lip Reading

AMC’s The Walking Dead is television’s number one rated show among 18-49 year olds, regularly sacking its top time slot rival, Sunday Night Football. The…

Now playing (or drying): Frederick Wiseman’s portrait of London’s National Gallery

The easy joke to make with National Gallery, Frederick Wiseman’s latest documentary set inside the venerable London art museum, is that it’s about as exciting as…