Month: March 2016

Ticket Season – Part One, Seattle Opera

Ticket Season – Part One, Seattle Opera

“I love tickets!” squeals Cameron Diaz’s character in the first Charlie’s Angels movie. (And why has no one ever made a gif of that?) It’s supposed to illustrate what an eccentric character she is, but I understand completely. I love tickets. And spring is ticket season. Season-ticket season, to be precise. All of the arts…

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Omakase at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Omakase at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Omakase, written with the character for trust, is the word you use when you order chef’s choice at a sushi restaurant. It shows that you trust the skill of the chef to know better than you what is in season and what will taste best together. When you say omakase, instead of giving an order,…

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Martial Artists Use The Back Door

Martial Artists Use The Back Door

It reminds me of this sign from Fists of Fury. It’s not the same thing, of course. It’s actually stage direction for a local Aki Matsuri (Autumn Festival). Even fake discrimination is not really funny, but I got a kick out of the idea of martial artists as the socially unacceptable group that has to…

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Susan Orlean’s Writerly Autopsy at Hugo House

Susan Orlean’s Writerly Autopsy at Hugo House

  “Your first impulse shouldn’t be ‘I’m going to tape it,’ your first impulse should be to listen.” – @susanorlean pic.twitter.com/XL0NoHV9RM — Hugo House (@HugoHouse) March 11, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Leaving the house always takes a bit of courage. It’s so much easier to stay home and read a book. But on this night I didn’t…

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Maria Stuarda and other Powerful Women

Maria Stuarda and other Powerful Women

I always feel a little sorry for Donizetti. He’s like a low-ranking player in the NBA – easily better at his game than anyone you’ve ever met, but forever overshadowed by his more talented peers. Donizetti worked in the first half of the 19th century and a handful of his operas are still performed today.…

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