Tis the season for itchy Christmas sweaters and tubed sock sets! Although we recommend you spice it up this time around, ya know, with actual cool stuff. End this year off right with this roundup of nifty novelties to gift to friends, family, and loved ones.
Continuing a tradition of excellence, Nebraska is Alexander Payne‘s seventh film in 22 years and has all the earmarks of a Payne project. But behind the landmarks that we’ve come to expect from an Alexander Payne film is a script boiling from the page, courtesy of Seattle native Bob Nelson. Perfectly blending melancholic drama and high comedy, Nelson writes Nebraska from his life experiences, here seen through the lens of a middle class family trying to rediscover their pride on a Midwest road trip.
Nebraska starts with the old school painted mountains of the Paramount logo, a veiled reminder of the golden days of the USA, and jumps into an austere black-and-white landscape of Montana as Bruce Dern‘s Woody Grant stumbles down the snowy strip of government manicured grass between some train tracks and a largely vacant highway. Convinced he has won a million dollar prize, Woody’s intent on claiming his winnings in Nebraska even if that means walking the entire eight hundred mile trip on foot. A reminder of how off the tracks his life has veered, Woody sees his not-too-good-to-be-true grand prize as a means to a life he never had – a golden ticket to meaningfulness and utility long lost.
In its seventh year, 20something features more than 58 Washington state wineries and 16 Pacific Northwest restaurants. 20something offers wine tasting and pairing with winemakers and winery representatives in a relaxed atmosphere. Many wineries bring their younger tasting room managers and winemakers to connect with the attendees. This year’s (more…)
Katniss Everdeen may be the girl on fire and Jennifer Lawrence may be Hollywood hot stuff (du jour), but this second installment of The Hunger Games is only slightly smoldering. In fact, the embers have already started to go cold. All the requisite franchise pieces are there to stoke the billion dollar conflagration this dystopian blockbuster is sure to light, but the overwhelming feeling that there is little spark behind the bark leaves us chilled to all this talk of fire.
If Thanksgiving is meant for quality time with the family, quit adding stress to the holiday with the who’s-gonna-bring-what, why-is-the-turkey-not-done-yet drama. Let these Puget Sound eateries take care of the prepping and cooking so you can have more minutes to spend being thankful. (more…)
Grab your food and liquor for some old school love at the Showbox.
Who: Born and raised in Chicago, IL Wasalu Muhammad, better known as Lupe Fiasco, always struggled with the tug of war he associated with the Food and Liquor marts close to home; the food symbolizing his inner peace with family and friends, and the liquor… well he’s tried to control the liquor. Lupe Fiasco is an artist through and through, never relying on anyone’s opinion to deter his (more…)