Shin Yu Pai: The Power of Place and Name

Shin Yu Pai

Aux Arcs is a historical French reference to the Ozarks mountain region. Shin Yu Pai’s eighth poetry collection takes its name from this area, where she spent time while working in the Arkansas Bible belt and Texas Hill Country.

Fred Armisen: Nothing Is Bullshit

Fred Armisen is best known as the co-creator, along with Carrie Brownstein, of the sketch comedy show Portlandia. Launched in 2011, the Comedy Central hit fell alongside Armisen’s long-running stint as a writer and cast-member on Saturday Night Live….

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Brisket Dreams

Jack Timmons is pursuing perfection. In barbecue.
Monday morning, 9 a.m., unknown number calling my cell. I pick up and a dulcet male voice begins a mouthwatering conversation: “Hi, Jonathan. It’s Jack, the barbecue guy.”
The title might be…

SOAP Fest: one weekend, four one-acts

There will be no talking animals in local playwright Scot Augustson’s new one-act, Milwaukee, one of the four new local works that make up this weekend’s first-ever Sandbox One-Act Play Festival. SOAP Fest is the second big creative project to…

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Kyle MacLachlan on bears, wine and Seattle-landia

Actor Kyle MacLachlan’s current imaginary home is Portlandia—the endearing, quirky TV sendup of Portland, Ore. MacLachlan plays Portland’s kooky mayor, his latest offbeat character in a career that spans more than 30 years and includes Twin…

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SIFF Interview: ‘The Otherside’

Director Daniel Torok is facing the world premiere of his debut feature with a mix of joy and trepidation. The Otherside, his documentary about Seattle’s hip-hop scene, plays at SIFF Uptown on Friday, May 31, and he’s feeling pre-opening night jitters…

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Christopher Wheeldon Choreographs PNB

This Friday, Seattle dance history will be made when the curtain rises on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s final program of its 40th anniversary season. One of three works on the program is a long-awaited world premiere by choreographer Christopher…

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Stories vs Jokes: Q&A with Moth StorySLAM winner Doug Gale

Doug Gale has been kicking around the local comedy scene for over ten years. He was Derek Sheen’s affable sidekick on one of Seattle’s only listenable comedy gabfests, the dearly departed Delicious Mediocrity. He makes hilarious and…

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Producer Jennessa West on Variety and Controlled Chaos

This month’s film issue included sound bites from several local filmmakers, including producer Jennessa West, who recently formed a new local production company called Pressing Pictures. This is the extended interview.
How and why did Pressing…

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Llysa Holland on Gun Control Theatre

Tonight at West of Lenin in Fremont, Theater Simple is hosting a staged reading and discussion of 12 works from the new collection 24 Gun Control Plays. The evening is a preliminary action leading up to the first-ever Gun Control Theatre Action Week…

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