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Saturday, April 4, 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.

Put your TrumpBux to work

Just between us: do you really need your $1,200 share of the federal largess?

CoronaNumbers: Turning in our Favor?

“What we need to control is the panic. In the long term, we’re going to be fine”.

Panhandling Dialed Up To 10: It Can’t Fix The Arts Crisis

"The arts” must cease lobbying just for themselves but for their just share of support alongside other “non-profit” instruments of a just society; essentials like universal public heath, public education, basic income.

How A Tex-afied Retelling Of Wagner’s “Ring” Became An American Theatre Staple

The original, gen-yew-ine original was not at all operatic: that was part of its charm. And it probably couldn't have come into being in any other American city of the time. Informal smash-and-grab performances were a distinctive aspect of the Seattle theater scene from the 1970s onward, starting with the Empty Space theater's summer shows in Volunteer Park and Norman Langill's flatbed truck borne One Reel Vaudeville Show.

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...

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The View From 2023: How Seattle Changed

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A Bridge Too High? How Warren Magnuson Overbuilt The West Seattle Bridge

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