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Colder Than Ice, Hotter Than A Flying Bullet

Colder Than Ice, Hotter Than A Flying Bullet

Yayoi Lena Winfrey March 7, 2012 0

Whether you like your movies hot or cold, one of two recently released films can accommodate your tastes. In “On the Ice,” a small Inupiat community in Barrow Alaska (“Ukpeagvik” in the Inupiaq language)

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A Children’s Book Comes Alive

A Children’s Book Comes Alive

Roxanne Ray March 7, 2012 0

Seattle Children’s Theatre is bringing literature and performance together. In a new adaptation of Linda Sue Park’s children’s book “A Single Shard,” playwright Robert Schenkkan works with SCT’s Artistic Director Linda Hartzell, who will

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Takeshi Kitano’s “Outrage” Profiles the Yakuza

Takeshi Kitano’s “Outrage” Profiles the Yakuza

Yayoi Lena Winfrey December 21, 2011 0

  The western idiom that “there is no honor among thieves”* crosses cultures to infiltrate this English-subtitled Japanese film about modern-day “yakuza.” Although they’re supposed to live by a code of honor, the professional

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The Epic Tale of a Powerful Family is Revealed in “Empire of Silver”

The Epic Tale of a Powerful Family is Revealed in “Empire of Silver”

Yayoi Lena Winfrey December 7, 2011 0

Despite its detailed coverage of a tumultuous China at the turn of the century, “Empire of Silver” is really a love story. While epic events like the Boxer Rebellion unfolded during the last days

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Monique Truong’s “Bitter in the Mouth”

Monique Truong’s “Bitter in the Mouth”

Tamiko Nimura October 19, 2011 Comments Off on Monique Truong’s “Bitter in the Mouth”

  To be honest, Monique Truong’s long-awaited second novel “Bitter In The Mouth” is so full of surprises that it’s difficult to review without spoilers. This novel of a young girl growing up in

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Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

Na Young Kwon October 19, 2011 Comments Off on Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

“Not many people know about ‘ikebana,’” said Megumi Schacher as I enter her home studio in the verdant Brier neighborhood. One of her two cats languishes in a chair near an arrangement of tall

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Performing Arts: Susie Lee’s “Swimming the List”

Performing Arts: Susie Lee’s “Swimming the List”

Roxanne Ray September 21, 2011 Comments Off on Performing Arts: Susie Lee’s “Swimming the List”

How can we ever find the time to pursue our creativity? This is a common question in a society busy with work and family, but the Susie Lee Ensemble hopes to provide an answer.

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For Film Nuts:  Chop-Socky Goes Cerebral

For Film Nuts: Chop-Socky Goes Cerebral

Yayoi Lena Winfrey September 21, 2011 Comments Off on For Film Nuts: Chop-Socky Goes Cerebral

Martial arts releases in the U.S. have come a long way since Bruce Lee first graced our silver screens in the early 1970’s. Back then, Hong Kong-made action movies were mostly about tournaments involving

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Talking to Ghosts:  Korean Adoptees Search for Answers

Talking to Ghosts: Korean Adoptees Search for Answers

Paul Kim September 7, 2011 Comments Off on Talking to Ghosts: Korean Adoptees Search for Answers

For Nari Baker, the process of putting together her exhibit “Talking to Ghosts: Waiting in River Between Worlds” was as much a journey of discovery as it was for the participants she interviewed. Featured

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Globe-Trotting Musician Emi Meyer Returns to Seattle

Globe-Trotting Musician Emi Meyer Returns to Seattle

Nagisa Leonard August 17, 2011 Comments Off on Globe-Trotting Musician Emi Meyer Returns to Seattle

   Sitting in a small café in Seattle’s University district, singer-songwriter Emi Meyer spoke with me about her recent tour of Japan, her experiences growing up playing music and the process of culturally coming

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