Seattle Opera 2018/19 Season Preview

Seattle Opera 2018/19 Season Preview

Today I am sad. Berlioz’ opera Beatrice & Benedict opens at Seattle Opera tomorrow, and I don’t have tickets. I could not go on the day press tickets were offered, and I haven’t figured out how or if I will buy tickets for this production I really want to see. For today, I am consoling…

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Punishment of Counterfeiting – Constitution Article 1 §8.6

Punishment of Counterfeiting – Constitution Article 1 §8.6

This week I’m studying Article 1 §8.6 of the Constitution. It’s about the Congress’ power to punish counterfeiters. I’m not particularly interested in counterfeiting, but I am interested in living in a country that works. In the wonderful anime series Kino’s Journey, a character who’s looking to settle down wanders into a nice, boring country…

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Constitution Article 1 §8.5 – Coinage, Weights, and Measures

Constitution Article 1 §8.5 – Coinage, Weights, and Measures

This week I’m studying Article 1 §8.5 of the Constitution. It’s about the Congress’ power over coinage, weights, and measures. When I hear “coinage, weights, and measures” I think about how much stress I have related to my finances, my weight, and the shape of my body. I wish I could just leave it to…

The Evolution of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Swan Lake

The Evolution of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Swan Lake

Swan Lake is almost the definition of “canon” for classical ballet. What could be more rigid and tradition-bound than the most famous ballet? It turns out, a lot of things can. Swan Lake has changed a lot from its premiere in 1877, and even today, every performance is a little different. Since it’s also performed…

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Constitution Article 1 §8.4 – Bankruptcy

Constitution Article 1 §8.4 – Bankruptcy

In the wonderful anime series Kino’s Journey, a character who wanders the world in search of a place to settle down finds a country where people live in relative peace and freedom and are welcoming to newcomers. His companion comments that it seems like a perfectly normal place, to which he replies, “A lot of…

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