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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.…