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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Roger Downey

Born in Canada moved to Peru's altiplano at the age of six; came to the U.S. at 10 to discover that you don't use your feet to dribble the ball. Learned from the git-go that "America" is an idea, not a place.

Review: “Evgenyi Onegin” – Pain! Passion! Poetry! (hold the irony . . .)

I suddenly realized how lucky we are to have it at all. If the poet who created the story and the composer who set it to music 40 years later had ever actually met, they would probably have disliked each other enough to make collaboration impossible.

Review: Seattle Opera’s Cinderella – Dickens Meets Rossini Meets Tim Burton

Seattle Opera’s current staging of Cenerentola is mostly fun to watch. It is also a great example of how much work having fun can be, on both sides of the imaginary footlights.

Scootergeddon? Ready or Not, Here They Come

The rush to electric scooters as a solution to urban congestion and traffic woes is hitting town in a very Seattle way: cautiously, processed-to-death—and maybe too late.

6.1 QUAKE OFF THE OREGON COAST!!!

Permission of University of Idaho Shhhh . . . there, there . . .it's all right. Breathe deeply . . .now tell me: what kind...

Two Writers: One Bernadette

If ever a film was sure to raise cries of “It’s not like the book,” Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is that film.

August 8th: Time to bite “The ‘Burger”?

The first fast food  promoted like a summer blockbuster is coming to drive-ins country wide . . . Or is it? Burger King started teasing...

Whole lotta shakin an’ a little exp’lanatin’

When Apple News forwarded a reported on a 2.3 magnitude earthquake near Moores Mill, Alabama, it was clear the cycle of online...

Transition Without Tears At Benaroya Hall

Ludovic Morlot Photo:  Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Sunday afternoon, Ludovic Morlot concluded eight seasons of imaginative programming and fine music-making with the Seattle...

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Advice to Democrats: Vive Les Cafes!

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All Jumbled Up: The Shifting Politics Of Trade In The China And NAFTA 2.0 Deals

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Two Jeers for ‘The Two Popes’

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