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Music, All Shook Down Love, Death and Los Angeles: La Luz Flies Its Surf Rock South

Love, Death and Los Angeles: La Luz Flies Its Surf Rock South

Shana Cleveland doesn’t want to tell you her life story. As the frontwoman and primary lyricist of surf-rock foursome La Luz, she’s out to tap into something much simpler, more poignant, and thoroughly universal. So while she’s certainly drawing…
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Dining, SFoodie Tuesday Eight: 3 Potato 4 Expands , Elixir Closed Til Friday

Tuesday Eight: 3 Potato 4 Expands , Elixir Closed Til Friday

Italian-Beer-Paired Menu at Barbacco Next Week From Monday, March 28 through Saturday, April…
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Music, All Shook Down Singer/Songwriter Briana Marela on Why Female Musicians Get Judged More Harshly Than Men and Missing Her Chance to Meet Bjork

Singer/Songwriter Briana Marela on Why Female Musicians Get Judged More Harshly Than Men and Missing Her Chance to Meet Bjork

Seattle-born Briana Marela has a knack for crafting charming, whimsical ditties that remind one of retro British singer Vashti Bunyan mixed with a hint of Canadian electronic producer/crooner Jessy Lanza. The singer/songwriter, who now resides in Mount Olympia, Washington…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The NFL Crossbow Killing

Yesterday's Crimes: The NFL Crossbow Killing

NFL teams are modern day medieval fiefdoms where ruthless barons, such as Mark Davis and Dan Snyder, preside over helmeted armies culled from the underclass. No team was more of a game of thrones than the Seattle Seahawks in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Joy and Memory

Joy and Memory

Happiness is volatile: Its nature elusive, its pursuit interminable. To acquire it is to assume the affliction of its loss, yet its possibility fuels the sacrifices we make for love. Seattle-based mathematician and choreographer Maureen Whiting explores love and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Peachy

Peachy

Wikipedia doesn't always get it right, but in the case of Tom Robbins, "often wildly poetic stories with a strong social and philosophical undercurrent, an irreverent bent, and scenes extrapolated from carefully researched bizarre facts" is pretty accurate. Author…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Those Conservative Hardcore Kids

Those Conservative Hardcore Kids

Hardcore listeners tend to laud bands for updating the genre's traditional formula or adding a distinct touch. But lately, that sort of praise seems undeserved. Recent hardcore records haven't expanded the tradition, but many of them operate within the narrow…
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Calendar, Night&Day Remembrances

Remembrances

Now in its ninth year of circulating dance companies through American metropolises, SCUBA brings together Elia Mrak from Seattle, Nichole Canuso Dance Company from Philadelphia, Supergroup from Minneapolis, and the city's own NAKA Dance Theater to show off their…
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Music, Hear This TheeSatisfaction: Show Preview

TheeSatisfaction: Show Preview

For several years, Seattle duo TheeSatisfaction has been performing music that's rooted in a love of Chaka Khan vocals and a fascination with Miles Davis trumpet riffs. Not surprisingly, these spacey, spare sounds — a blend of Afrofuturism, soul, R&B,…
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Music, Hear This Bottomless Pit: Show Preview

Bottomless Pit: Show Preview

Chicago quartet Bottomless Pit is the beautiful unsmiling creature that grew itself out of the ashes of the exemplary American indie-rock band Silkworm. The Pit is an agile and fitful beast, all ruminative gloom one moment and, well, anthemic gloom…
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News, The Snitch The Weed Bowl: NFL Playoff Games Are in Marijuana Legalization Country

The Weed Bowl: NFL Playoff Games Are in Marijuana Legalization Country

The NFL loves booze. It's no coincidence that 10 Super Bowls have been played in New Orleans, the football-loving birthplace of the Mannings and notorious drinking town, where discarded go-cups line the festive path to the Superdome. Alcohol is without…
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Dining, Eat Microdistilling: The Next Big Thing?

Microdistilling: The Next Big Thing?

I recently spent a week in my hometown Seattle, where I was surprised to find that a whole microdistilling scene had sprung up. The city is now home to nearly a dozen craft distilleries making creative versions of whiskey, gin,…
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Culture, Art Highwire Act: Mural by Day, Light Show by Night

Highwire Act: Mural by Day, Light Show by Night

It's one of the Bayview District's biggest structures — ­as tall as the Statue of Liberty and as long as a football field. Located at Pier 92, the former industrial complex — comprised of two connected grain silos — has…
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Music, Disclosure Talks Songwriting, Exhaustion, Skeptics

Disclosure Talks Songwriting, Exhaustion, Skeptics

Every year, a few albums manage to seep out of whatever genre they ostensibly belong to and attain far broader appeal. One of those successes in 2013 has been the thrilling synthesis of house, pop, and U.K. Garage wrought by…
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News, Sucka Free City Reheated Debate: The Launch of  a Food-Sharing App Opens the Door for Lawsuits

Reheated Debate: The Launch of a Food-Sharing App Opens the Door for Lawsuits

Weeks after creating a veritable explosion in the blogosphere, Seattle-based food-sharing start-up LeftoverSwap launched in earnest, releasing a free iPhone app that allows enterprising users to sell their leftover dinner to their neighbors. The first documented swap happened last week,…
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The Snatch: News That's Been Used

Seattle Is Pouring With Gay Couples Perhaps incessant rain is a better backdrop for long-term romance. More likely, though, it's cheaper rents that help keep a family together. Whatever the reason, gay couples are loving Seattle. The Seattle Times claims…
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News, Lust's Labors Lost: The Downfall of Progressive Strip Club the Lusty Lady

Lust's Labors Lost: The Downfall of Progressive Strip Club the Lusty Lady

To an outsider, Scott "BIGRED" Farrell might seem an unlikely savior for the Lusty Lady strip club in North Beach. Yet the 41-year-old, erstwhile management consultant enjoys rattling off his credentials. He's a motorcycle aficionado, wannabe cop, and celebrated member…
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News, Sucka Free City

One Pizza, Slightly Used: An App Lets You Sell Half-Eaten Food. What Could Go Wrong?

Seattle entrepreneur Dan Newman says he and a few friends conceived the idea for LeftoverSwap a few years ago, on a night they ordered way too much pizza and couldn't fit the rest in the fridge. "We were like, 'We…
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Music, Give Up: On fighting Your Affection for the Postal Service

Give Up: On fighting Your Affection for the Postal Service

The window of time when music can deeply affect someone's life is usually pretty short. Most people will forever cherish songs that reached them somewhere between their freshman year of high school and their junior year of whatever came after,…
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Arthouse Movie Listings July 17-23, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: Reality Check: Come see what happens when the local queer film & video art series stops being polite ... and starts getting real. Wed., July 17, 8 p.m. $7. The Space Invaders: In Search of…
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