Artscape
4:58 am
Mon March 19, 2012

In Victoria B.C. artist Bill Blair creates whimsical, kitschy art

Artist Bill Blair with one of his one-of-a-kind paint-by-numbers guitar shrines at home in Victoria, B.C.
Photo by Florangela Davila

There's the type of art that hangs in museums, roped off to the public and well-guarded.

Then there's the kind of art that someone like Bill Blair of Victoria, B.C. creates. Art that's whimsical, kitschy, and suitable for places as distinguished as your home Tiki bar.

Exhibit A: His series of photomontages about fish, created after he became fixated with salmon puns.

"There was everything like 'Salmon-40-salmon,' a giant salmon with a nose cone of a Boeing 747.

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Artscape
4:46 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

'A Salesman' lives on in Philip Seymour Hoffman

Bridgette Lacombe

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 1:54 pm

When Philip Seymour Hoffman took the stage on March 15 in the new revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, he became the fifth actor in 63 years to walk the boards of Broadway in the shoes of the blustery, beleaguered salesman, Willy Loman. In the last six decades, each incarnation of the play has resonated with a new generation of theatergoers.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Jay Thomas Quartet featured in concert on Jazz Northwest

Seattle multi-instrumentalist Jay Thomas leads his quartet in highlights from an Art of Jazz concert at The Seattle Art Museum on KPLU's Jazz Northwest this Sunday at 1 PM.  Jay Thomas is a long-time fixture on the Seattle Jazz scene, having performed with a preceding generation of musicians and now teaching a new generation as he continues to perform.  Leading his own quartet in this concert, the music includes some rare pieces from the Sixties, a Swedish folk song, and one more recent piece.

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Music Interviews
9:02 am
Sun March 18, 2012

Esperanza Spalding: Jazz As 'Radio Music'

Esperanza Spalding's new album, Radio Music Society, comes out March 20.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 11:03 am

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Festivals and events
12:02 pm
Sat March 17, 2012

Photos from the St. Patrick's Day Dash in Seattle - share yours

Masked elf at Dash
Erin Hennessey KPLU

According to the Website for the St. Patrick's Day Dash in Seattle, the event began 27 years ago as a race between bars and as a training event for an Irish Olympian. Now it’s Seattle’s largest single-distance run/walk, jog or crawl where the winners cross the finish before the last person starts.  The Dash covers nearly 4 miles of city streets with a 15,000 person ribbon of green. 

We'd love to see your photos – please post them in the comments section below. Cheers!

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st. patrick's day
12:00 pm
Sat March 17, 2012

A St. Patrick's poem on shamrocks and stereotypes

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 7:07 am

Ireland has launched some of the greatest writers in English literature, from William Butler Yeats to Oscar Wilde to George Bernard Shaw.

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War in Afghanistan
8:25 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Why? Few clues from Afghan attack suspect's home south of Seattle

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (left), the U.S. soldier who allegedly shot and killed 16 civilians in Afghanistan, at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., on Aug. 23.
Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 17, 2012 9:59 pm

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier alleged to have killed 16 Afghan civilians, was described by a former platoon leader Saturday as an "awesome" soldier.

"He always got the job done," said Cpt. Christopher Alexander, who led Bales on his second tour in Iraq. "You give this guy a task — it could be menial, it could be dangerous — either way, you never had to worry about whether he'd get it done and get it done well."

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Humanosphere
11:05 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Protesters call upon Gates Foundation to sever ties with Monsanto

Anti-GMO protest at the Gates Foundation in Seattle.
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

As part of a somewhat spotty call for a worldwide protest against the practices of the multinational agricultural company Monsanto, about 40 protesters in Seattle descended upon the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Friday to demand that the philanthropy sever all its ties with the firm.

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Geekwire Tech news
5:26 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

How much would you rent your driveway for?

Michael Goodin Flickr

By John Cook of Geekwire

A new online service that allows home owners near airports, sports stadiums and movie theaters to rent out parking spots in their driveways is coming to Seattle. ParkatmyHouse, a matchmaking service for drivers and property owners that’s popular in Europe and recently expanded to New York, Boston and D.C., plans to launch its service in Seattle later this month.

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Kony video
4:16 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Co-founder of 'Kony' video group detained after exhibiting bizarre behavior

A box full to the brim with KONY 2012 campaign posters are shown Thursday March 8, 2012 at the Invisible Children Movement offices in San Diego.
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — A co-founder of the Invisible Children charity behind the "Kony 2012" video was detained by San Diego police and hospitalized after running through streets in his underwear and acting irrationally.

Police Lt. Andra Brown tells NBC San Diego that Jason Russell was behaving strangely Thursday, screaming, yelling and interfering with traffic while in various states of undress.

Brown says police decided he needed medical attention.

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