‘Welcome to Doe Bay’

In a relatively short time, Doe Bay Fest—the grass-roots music festival held yearly on Orcas Island—has become one of the central points of the Northwest music scene.
The Fest started out as a humble showcase for some of this region’s key…

Nervous Laughter and Local Beauty in “Your Sister’s Sister”

Real life is messy—a series of jerky rhythms and fits and starts that throw speed-bumps and hairpin turns at our inherent need for order and normalcy. And the characters in Your Sister’s Sister stumble through those messy bits of existence with an…

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SIFF 2012’s Embarrassment of Cinema Riches

The Seattle International Film Festival officially announced its 2012 line-up last week, and as in years past, the roster includes plenty of local flavor. Here are a few of the standouts you won’t want to miss.
For the first time in its history,…

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Budding Filmmakers Descend on Seattle for NFFTY

For the fifth year in a row, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) will present a vast array of short films from all over the world, all crafted by filmmakers age 22 and younger (in quite a few cases, much younger). Things kick off…

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The Ass Man Goeth

The Comedy Underground bids farewell to its favorite uncle.
A good-sized crowd is holed up in the bunker that is the Seattle Comedy Underground on a chilly March night. People huddle around dimly lit tables to hear almost two dozen local comics pay…

City Arts Fest: Hedwig Sing-Along

The relatively recent spate of Sing-Along Cinema fascinates me. On the plus side, it enables true-blue fans to connect with a favorite film on a deeper level, in a communal experience that feels way more inclusive (and likely less embarassing) to most…

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At the Movies: Student Becomes Master

The head of Bellevue College’s film department teaches his students how to succeed.
Film director Michael Korolenko is no stranger to acclaim. The Jersey-born, New York–bred moviemaker’s documentary (and Vassar College graduate thesis project)…

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On the heels of big-time press, the Seattle jazz scene wears the crown of next big thing. But is this emperor wearing any clothes?
Every inch of asphalt along University Way rippled with rainwater on the evening of November 6, the perfect visual…