Seattle Sounders FC vs Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Championship

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photo credit: Seattle Sounders FC Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that our very own Seattle Sounders won the MLS Cup last year and this year they are well on their way to the MLS Cup Championship once again. Earlier this month the Sounders clutched a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, granting them a guaranteed spot in the Western Conference Championship. They will play against the Houston Dynamo who defeated the Portland Timbers just a few days after Whitecaps match. The Sounders have already faced Houston twice this year with the first match resulting in a loss and the second in a victory.  The Western Conference Championship will be a two-game aggregate-goal series, first taking place in Houston on Tuesday, November 21st and then in Seattle on Thursday, November 30th.  Sounders fans will be...
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Five of the Best Halloween Happenings in Seattle

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Halloween is just around the corner. Do you embrace this holiday with spectacular costumes and decorations or are you the kind of person who decides to be a cat for the 3rd year in a row and passes out toothbrushes to trick-or-treaters? Whether you are obsessed with Halloween or completely indifferent, these five events in Seattle featuring cocktails, Dracula, zombies and much more are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. Burke NiteLife: Creepy-Crawly Cocktails On October 20th, head to the Burke Museum for an up close and personal look at their massive collection of bugs, reptiles and more, all while chasing your fears and fascinations with delicious cocktails. Observe a variety of deceased critters preserved in jars as well as live ones that crawl and slither. Plenty of experts will be on-site to answer all your questions regarding...
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Five Fall TV Favorites

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photo credit: NBC Summer is finally coming to an end and fall is upon us. I hope you had plenty of time in the sun because it looks like the rain is finally back. Here are five fantastic returning shows you can cuddle up with during these cooler days and nights. So grab some snacks, blankets and your PSL or pumpkin beer and enjoy some quality television. This Is Us Break out your Kleenex because This Is Us is back on NBC September 26th. Last year, The Pearsons and the Big Three nestled their way into our hearts and did not let go. There are plenty of highs, lows, smiles and tears throughout the amazing story of this beautiful family. Season two is meant to pick up the morning after season one’s cliffhanger ending. I’m sure we can expect to...
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One on One with Sofi Tukker

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photo credit: Bumbershoot 2017 Sofi Tukker consists of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. They made big waves with their first single “Drinkee” and the release of their 2016 EP, Soft Animals. Their sound is a unique blend of electronic, rock and more that makes for an exciting and engaging performance making them a perfect fit to join the North American leg of ODESZA’s A Moment Apart tour. I had the opportunity to sit down with Sophie and Tucker to hear their thoughts on being part of the tour and their views of Seattle. First of all, welcome to Seattle! You two played the Crocodile earlier this year in April. Besides this show have you spent much time in Seattle? Sophie: We as a band have only done that one show but I used to live in Victoria so I’ve come...
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Bumbershoot 2017: Die Antwoord, The Roots and Solange Reign Supreme

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Since I was a child, Bumbershoot has been there for me. Whether it was George Clinton in 1995, Rise Against in 2004, Blue Scholars and Kanye West back to back in 2006 or Tame Impala in 2016, every Bumbershoot I’ve attended is special to me. This year is no different.  For 2017, Die Antwoord, The Roots and Solange have all the glory. Honorable mentions include Chicano Batman, Sofi Tukker, The New Respects, Smokey Brights and ODESZA.  Day one started with Chicano Batman at The Mural stage. This band had been on my radar since I watched their KEXP live performance a few months back. Their bright organ fueled Chicano psychedelia sound teamed with their ever positive lyrics immediately roped me in.  On stage, they exploded with spirit and charisma. They left it all at The Mural and it was great...
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10 Must See Exhibits in the Seattle Area

Must See Exhibits in the Seattle Area
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If your life seems to be lacking some creativity lately, a trip to one of Seattle’s amazing museums could be just the thing you need. Here are 10 incredible exhibits now available for viewing in the Seattle area. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors , June 30th - September 10th @ Seattle Art Museum photo credit : Seattle Art Museum (pictured above) Infinity Mirrors includes 5 Infinity Mirror Rooms, The Obliteration Room , where visitors can decorate the room’s furnishings with multi-colored stickers, and other fascinating works all by the creative genius Yayoi Kusama. The gorgeous colors and lights that encompass this exhibit will make you wish you could stay forever. On site tickets are still available on a first come, first serve basis. Electric Coffin: Future Machine , February 3rd - September 10th @ Bellevue Art Museum photo credit: Emilie Smith With...
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Metallica Rocks Seattle

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(photo credit: Kjell Redal/The Seattle Times ) Metallica arrived in Seattle this past Wednesday, August 9th to perform at Centurylink Field as part of their 2017 WorldWired tour. It's been 9 years since Metallica rocked this city and Seattle fans were drooling at the bits to experience their heavy metal hits lining up before noon in hopes to see 36 year old band members walk by.  I consider myself a true "Metallica head" being a loyal fan since their first time they began. Wednesday was my 5th time experiencing the  WorldWired  tour.  I've seen them in East Rutherford, Uniondale, Detroit, Montreal. Every show has blown me away and it was exactly the same at CenturyLink Field. The show kicked off with a played track of “Ecstasy of Gold” that transition into Lars Ulrich fast drum thrashing beats to introduce "Hardwired." Once...
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Seattle Concerts: The Hottest Names Coming In August

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This summer has been a big one for Washington concerts. Headlining names like John Mayer, Bruno Mars, Russ, Khalid, Slightly Stoopid, and more have all headed up to the Pacific Northwest to bless the evergreen state with their presence.  If you think that you have missed out, there is some good news. Seattle summer concerts are far from over. Washington – finally – has that much anticipated blazing summer heat, and there is not a better way to spend it than enjoying live music this August. Kendrick Lamar: The DAMN. Tour with Travis Scott & D.R.A.M., August 1st @ Tacoma Dome If you listen to rap, you know Kendrick Lamar. The American rapper is stopping by Tacoma to promote his fourth album, DAMN . You may know some singles off the album like “HUMBLE,” “DNA,” and “FEAR.” Joining Lamar on...
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Keep your Cool! Best Ways to Beat the Seattle Sun

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When the temps rise and the Seattle beaches are packed, there is still plenty to do that will keep the summer cooler than ever.  Be Artsy Artists have long been a little bit cooler than everyone else. Tap into your artsy self by embracing the summer’s scene. Escape the sun by retreating to WAMU for the Seattle Art Fair , a cultural hub for Pacific Northwest art featuring large-scale outdoor sculpture at the North Plaza at CenturyLink Field by Jessica Jackson Hutchins . Hutchins incorporates stained glass frames into art inspired by the design of public rest spots, such as bus stops and park gazebos, to invoke a feeling of friction between mundane and transcendent.  Don’t miss local artists like Sean Barton featured by SEASON and Sherry Markovitz featured by Greg Kucera Gallery.  Photo: Gilley Wotan Woodside Braseth Gallery (Seattle...
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Winter Is Finally Here: Game Of Thrones Season 7 Predictions

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 Winter has arrived – in the middle of summer. On Sunday, July 16th season 7 of Game of Thrones premieres. Through the first six seasons, viewers could rely on the books, written by George R. R. Martin, as a guide to what was coming next. This season, viewers will not have this luxury. Aside from what has already happened, it is pretty much a guessing game from this point. Season six ended on an intense note. Cersei Lannister blew up the Sept of Baelor and everyone in it and around it, including the High Sparrow and Margaery Tyrell. She took her seat on the Iron Throne and named herself ruler of the seven kingdoms. Arya Stark continued on her kill list by slitting Walder Frey’s throat and turning his children into a dinner dish. Jon Snow, or the King of...
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Festival Review: Upstream Music Fest + Summit

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Photo credit: Rod Mar For three days, Pioneer Square went "Upstream." Over 25 stages featuring 300+ artists were spread out from CenturyLink Field to Occidental Park and beyond. In true Seattle fashion, we experienced some extremely questionable weather during Upstream Fest + Summit . But in between the clouds and downpours, we were blessed with a few fantastic sun breaks that made this fresh festival all the more special. Stages consisted of everything between humble street corners to elaborate set ups where loyal fans danced to the music of their favorite bands. This weekend I made the schlep to the main stage for amazing acts like Deep Sea Diver, Beat Connection, Flying Lotus and Shabazz Palaces, squeezed into clubs like the Comedy Underground for Thunderpussy and Dude York and watched Fauna Shade, Acid Tongue and Tangerine make the Buttnick Building...
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LUZIA: It Was All a Dream

LUZIA: It Was All a Dream
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The circus has finally arrived in the Seattle area – well the "Cirque" that is. The highly anticipated touring show, LUZIA, premiered this past Thursday under the Big Top inside Marymoor Park. Opening nights are always a big deal – it’s the first impression; it sets the standard on what to expect. I’ve been to three other Cirque opening nights, LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, VIVA Elvis (no longer in production), and I saw O after it had been around for about year. All the shows are on massive stages in Las Vegas so experiencing Cirque du Soleil under the Big Top was a first. Any show Cirque produces is exceptional, but LUZIA was incredibly different because it was the best Cirque show I’ve seen yet.   Once my date and I arrived, we were greeted by a Mariachi stilt walker...
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Oregon Eclipse 2017

Oregon Eclipse 2017
Cover Photo by  Zippy Lomax On August 21st, 2017, you have the tremendous chance of witnessing a natural phenomenon, a total solar eclipse. It has been nearly four decades since a total solar eclipse has been visible from the continental United States and this opportunity is not something to be squandered. If you are interested, there might be no better place to celebrate this event than Oregon Eclipse. This festival held in Antelope, Oregon will not only give you the best view of the eclipse on the west coast, but will also feature seven magical stages of music, workshops, yoga & dance classes, theatrical performances and massive art installations. Running from august 17th to the 23rd, Oregon Eclipse will be the highlight of your year. Oregon Eclipse will take place at Big Summit Prairie in the beautiful Ochocco National Forest....
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Books You Must Read in 2017

Books You Must Read in 2017
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We have entered a turbulent and troubling time in America. It’s becoming harder to separate the lies from the truth. It’s becoming easier to fear or even hate someone based on their race, religion or political views. You might feel upset, scared or maybe you don’t even know how to feel. In a world of alternative facts and fake news, these powerful works of literature might help you gain some perspective and open your mind. A little knowledge never hurt anybody. 1984 George Orwell’s 1984 tells the tale of Winston Smith. He lives in a time encompassed by perpetual war, intense government surveillance and public manipulation. His job in the Ministry of Truth is quite simple. He rewrites news articles to always reflect the all-powerful Inner Party’s interests. In this age even a thought against the leader, Big Brother, is...
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The Record's Revolution

The Record's Revolution
We live in the digital age. Anything we want to know, see and listen to is just a click or finger swipe away. With everything so accessible, we are losing our patience as well as our ability to slow down, analyze and appreciate. But, as we strive for the future and push the envelope we commonly feel the need to revisit the old. This is especially true with music. In the past few years there has been a massive spike in record sales as well as the overall popularity of records. You could chalk it up to flannel wearing, granola eating hipsters cashing into a new fad but I believe it runs much deeper than that. This growing appreciation boils down to a new generation of music lovers understanding the ritual of listening to records, the respect every record requires...
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Gazing into Black Mirror

Gazing into Black Mirror
Do you ever feel something unsettling about our technological advances or our growing dependence on technology? Do you like TV shows where every episode is roller coaster of eerie and mend bending situations? Then you will love Black Mirror . Every episode of Black Mirror stars an entirely different cast in a different setting. You could essentially put all three seasons on shuffle and not skip a beat. Besides technology, the only common themes shared in episodes are the feelings they invoke in viewers. Each episode is as beautifully horrific as the last, like a train wreck you can’t tear your eyes away from. The first episode of season 3 couldn’t be more relevant in this day and age. In this world, everything is controlled by your social media rating. If you get a lot of 5 star ratings then...
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The Darkness in HBO’s Bright Lights

The Darkness in HBO’s Bright Lights
In the fourth and last feature of HBO’s documentary series at SIFF, we stepped into the lives of two massive stars, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. In the beginning, Bright Lights is lighthearted and pleasant. We meet Carrie Fisher at her Hollywood home and accompany her on a short walk to her mother’s. The two of them are best friends and yet couldn’t be more different. Carrie is almost always nursing a cigarette and cursing like a sailor while Debbie is this radiant older woman who is always dressed in her best. As the documentary progresses, we learn what growing up was like for Carrie and her brother, Todd. It is an experience that I think can be best described as empty. The two of them had everything they needed except for a regular childhood. And when your father runs...
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A Month of Seattle Concerts

A Month of Seattle Concerts
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There is always a great concert happening in Seattle. We should consider ourselves lucky that we don’t live in a tiny town where once every ten years a Guns & Roses cover band performs. Every month we have the chance to absorb some great music and this month is no different. Here are December's upcoming concerts any music lover shouldn’t miss. Deck the Hall Ball: Tuesday, December 6th @ Key Arena Once again, 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball returns to the Key Arena. Last year, we were graced with bands like Twenty One Pilots, Alabama Shakes and Cage the Elephant and this year is looking just as fine with headliners like Empire of the Sun, The Head and The Heart, Jimmy Eat World, Phantogram, Band of Horses and more. This holiday themed concert is the perfect way to...
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Inside HBO's Westworld

Inside HBO's Westworld
In a time where virtual reality has truly become our reality, HBO takes it a few steps further with a reboot of the 1973 classic, Westworld . When you enter the new Westworld as a newcomer, anything is possible. You may gamble, visit a brothel, hunt outlaws, rob a bank, kill and do anything else your heart desires. And best of all, you can’t be harmed. You are God. For the androids or “hosts” who inhabit Westworld, it is an entirely different story. You are merely a brush stroke upon a canvas, a sentence in a book that can be enjoyed or destroyed depending entirely on the actions of the newcomers. You might be pampered one day then beaten the next or even worse, murdered. You are simply there to satisfy the customers in any way possible. But no matter...
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Festival Review: Magnifique 2016

Festival Review: Magnifique 2016
There is really nothing quite like the Gorge Amphitheatre. Time and time again I am blown away by the incredible views as well as the crazy, happy and free people here. I think for this trip especially, my friends and I might have been among the craziest. It couldn’t have been a better day, which was nice because driving blind in a rainstorm for nearly two hours before we arrived had been extremely nerve racking. The sun shined down on us as we set up our tents, cracked some beers and settled into our campsite. After a while, we ate and began to plan our departure time. Word slowly got to us that a wind delay had pushed back the times and put a pause on entry for now. We could see the massive line of anxiously waiting guests from...
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