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Critic’s Corner: ‘The Best Man Holiday’

November 20, 2013

Malcolm D. Lee’s “The Best Man Holiday” has all the trappings of a good film. The film achieves a satisfying balance between...

Alex Calderwood, Creator of Rudy’s Passes at 47

Sheldon Costa, Author

November 18, 2013

Seattle lost of one its most influential and vibrant business men as of last Thursday, Nov. 14, . Alex Calderwood, one of the three original owners who gave birth to Rudy’s Barbershop, as well as the successful chain of Ace hotels, passed away at 47. His death was announced on the Ace hotel blog and he was reportedly in London visiting one of his...

Seattle’s Backyard Winter-Wonderland

Sheldon Costa, Author

November 13, 2013

Snowboarding and Skiing: Skiing and snowboarding are the top Washington winter pastimes. For Seattleites, the plethora of places surrounding the city offers a huge number of opportunities to hit the slopes. Mount Baker reigns supreme — if you’re willing to make the three hour drive and pay for a $780 season pass. Stevens Pass, on the othe...

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Critic’s Corner: ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

November 13, 2013

Remember when Matthew McConaughey was only famous for his abs and terrible romantic comedies? I don’t know if he suddenly...

Sex, Drugs and Rudy Giuliani Now at Re-Bar

Sheldon Costa, Author

November 6, 2013

When I think of the ‘90s, a few things come to mind: Saturday morning cartoons. Pop Rocks. The Spice Girls. Acid-washed jeans. The standard list of novelties. What I usually don’t think of are drug-fueled murders, Rudy Giuliani in drag, club owners in eye patches, and a jar of testicles located “somewhere in New Jersey." All of these and...

I Don’t Like Playing Sports, But I Probably Should

Sheldon Costa, Author

November 4, 2013

Growing up, I never really liked sports. I don’t know if it was because I was the third son and was kind of chubby and really liked Nintendo, or my brothers were both football players and I—like most younger siblings—wanted to do everything in my power to distinguish myself from them. Either way, I played a few sports that I didn’t like...

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Critic’s Corner: ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’

October 30, 2013

The theatre was packed last Thursday at SIFF Cinema Uptown for the premiere of “Blue is the Warmest Color.” The new film from...

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‘Bo-Nita’: Four Personas, One Perspective

October 30, 2013

Growing up in the Midwest is hard enough. Add in an alcoholic mother struggling with a cocaine addiction, a stepfather who’s...

Rock and Roll Legend Lou Reed Dies at 71

Sheldon Costa, Author

October 28, 2013

As of Sunday, music has lost yet another great hero. Lou Reed, the pivotal figure in The Velvet Underground and arguably one of the most influential figures in rock and role history, passed away in Long Island this past Sunday. So far the details haven’t been released as to how he died, but Reed received a liver transplant back in May, and had cancelled...

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Critic’s Corner: ‘The Fifth Estate’

October 23, 2013

Once again, Hollywood has found a way to reduce a complex and serious historical moment—one still affecting those involved—to...

Lit Crawl 2013: Get Drunk on Good Writing

Sheldon Costa, Author

October 23, 2013

If you like drinking while reading, then Seattle is going to look a whole lot like paradise this Thursday. Starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24, the city will be blanketed by Seattle “literati” as they explore the wonders of this year’s second-annual Lit Crawl. The evening will be packed with literary events and offers Seattle residents a chance...

Not the Black Plague, but the Rats are Back

Sheldon Costa, Author

October 23, 2013

It was the year 1340, and things were looking up for humanity. Then, the rats came. In a feat of ingenious organization, the rodent legion systematically spread a virulent plague that ultimately killed over a third of the human population. The good news is that humans eventually won the larger war and maintained dominion over the Earth. The bad news?...

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