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 By James Spangler    A&E    October 25, 2017

Territorial Hues: The color print and Washington State, 1920-1960

Cascadia Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Territorial Hues: The Color Print and Washington State, 1920-1960,” continues through Jan. 7. The exhibition and catalog is the first study of color printmaking in Washington state during the period...

 

Cascadia Art Museum launches ambitious exhibit | Art & Appetite

I've always considered printmaking to be an almost magical process. I’ve watched artists painstakingly carving away at wood blocks or scratching away on copper plates, carefully considering the choice of inks or dyes to use. It's a process... Full story

 

An elementary deduction: Classic meets comedy | Arts & Appetite

From my teenage years to today, I have always loved all things Sherlock Holmes. In the Driftwood Players’ most recent production, it takes the iconic character and applies just the right measure of “Young Frankenstein” to it, creating an...

 

Ganache: Panache in Edmonds | Art & Appetitie

Nikolai “Nick” Kulakevich came by his love of baking early. "It's crazy. As a little kid, I remember visiting my grandfather's bakery and taking in all the wonderful smells.... Full story

 

Good books: Some recommendations | Art & Appetite

This time of year, perhaps more than at any other, people are gallivanting across the country and beyond. Some folks camp and some hike or boat, some have staycations. Regardless of how we spend our summer breaks, a good book is a critical...

 

‘Dreamgirls’: Keeps you hanging on | Arts & Appetite

“Dreamgirls” Rating: 5 out of 5 Where: Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett When: Through July Tickets $35-$70 Information: www.villagetheatre.org, 425-257-8600 It's a...

 
 By James Spangler    General    July 7, 2017

No frites: Hill’s keeps it simple in Richmond Beach | Art & Appetite

Hill’s Restaurant and Bar Rating: 4.6 out of 5 Where: 1843 NW 195th St., Shoreline Entrees: $11-$28 Info: www.hillsshoreline.com, 206-542-6353 Maybe it was just me, but for a long time it seemed like there was a sort of culinary wasteland from the...

 

Weep no more. It’s the Weepies | Art & Appetite

Some people like to hold onto the preposterous notion that they make everything happen for themselves by themselves. When my marriage of 25 years ended, I found myself adrift. I gathered close friends...

 
 By James Spangler    A&E    June 22, 2017

Lunchtime goodness at 190 Sunset in Edmonds

190 Sunset Rating 4.8 out of 5 Where: 190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds Hours: Lunch 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday-Friday; dinner 4-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; brunch 9 a.m.-3 p.m....

 

Festival of Shorts: Intriguing | Art & Appetite

The doctrine of unintended consequences is a funny thing. Sixteen years ago, when local psychologist Diane Jamieson responded to a request for volunteers for her daughter’s play at Madrona Children's Theatre, she could not have anticipated...

 
 By James Spangler    General    June 2, 2017

Salish Sea Brewing Co: Pippin knows best

Salish Sea Brewing Co. Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Where: 518 Dayton St., Edmonds Entrees: $11-$15. Information: 425-582-8474, www.salishbrewing.com One of the most interesting things about working at...

 
 By James Spangler    General    May 26, 2017

Casa Oaxaca: Getting the bugs out | Art & Appetite

It seems extremely improbable to Americans who have not studied much Spanish, but “Oaxaca” is pronounced "wah-hah-kah." I only mention it because a new restaurant by the name of Casa...

 
 By James Spangler    General    May 5, 2017

At least there’s the booze | Art & Appetite

I recently attended a musical that, in part, explored the British class structure. An unlikely romance blossoms between members of upper and lower classes, which challenges the notion of a natural superiority of the aristocracy. “My Fair Lady,...

 

Who’s Frank? We’ll never tell | Art & Appetite

“Female of the Species” Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Where: Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds When: Through April 30 Tickets: $12-$19 Information: www.tptedmonds.org, 206-533-2000 Spoiler alert: If you like to go into the theater without any...

 

Smitten by the curator | Art & Appetite

This weekend, I had the good fortune to tag along with a crowd of about 20 art lovers for Cascadia Art Museum’s sold-out Sunday morning "Coffee With the Curator." My first thought after...

 

Coffee & cakes in Perrinville | Art & Appetite

When William Pennington graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York in 1991, chefs weren't the rock stars they have come to be. At Bill’s first gig at Club 21 in...

 

‘Leaving Iowa’: Better than a root canal

“Leaving Iowa” Where: Driftwood Players at Wade James Theater, 950 Main St., Edmonds When: March 23-April 2. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays Tickets: $18-$20 Information: 425-774-9600,...

 

Going without – a car, that is | Art & Appetite

201,708 miles – that's a long way to drive a car. It's equivalent to driving eight times around the world. But unless I'm very much mistaken this is the end of the road for Blanche, my old Chevy Tahoe. Saying goodbye is bittersweet.... Full story

 

The best poke this side of Oahu | Art & Appetite

For weeks now, people have been remarking about the activity in the vacant space that was Starbucks at Edmonds' Westgate Village shopping center. "Do you know what's going in there?"...

 

Feeding the hungry and homeless | Art & Appetite

How do you feed the hungry and provide for the homeless in a modern society where we’re told such people really shouldn't exist? I don't disagree. There shouldn't be 600 homeless children in the Edmonds School District whose food...

 

The botany of desire | Art & Appetite

Running a bookstore has its vocational drawbacks. I'm especially prone to a kind of intellectual attention deficit disorder. Putting books away, I recently stumbled upon Jonathan Silvertown’s “An Orchard Invisible – A Natural History of...

 
 By James Spangler    A&E    February 4, 2017

Rila: A classy and relaxed cafe | Art & Appetite

Rila Bakery and Cafe Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Where: 7600 196th St. SW, Lynnwood Lunch special: $12 ?Information: 425-967-6094? Every eighth Tuesday evening, my brother, my father and I were...

 

Noodle Hut: Deliciousness at Five Corners | Art & Appetite

Noodle Hut Rating: 4.7 out 5. Entrées: $7.95-$8.95 Where: 8418 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds Information: 425-423-7718 On my way home from Portland last week, I found myself reminiscing about my mom's old typewriter. Each character was attached to a sepa... Full story

 

This ‘Rain’ can cure the blahs | Art & Appetite

It's that time of year when many of our retired neighbors have fled to warmer, sunnier environs for a few months. Things can get a little dreary around here if we let them. The sun, which has actually been present more this winter than I remember...

 

This 'Rain' can cure the winter blues | Art & Appetite

‘Singin’ in the Rain’ Rating 4.8 out of 5 Where: Village Theatre at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett Tickets: $53-$68 Information: www.villagetheatre.org, 425-257-8600...

 

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