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posted Friday, December 16, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 50

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BEST OF MUSIC 2011:
Albums and singles

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

BEST ALBUMS OF 2011

1) El Camino - The Black Keys
Aside from the fact Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are unusually sexy - they are, trust me - the two-piece act managed to push this equally potent follow-up to 2010's Brothers out at the last possible minute. Every song is a great song, and together with Dang
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BEST OF MUSIC: Hottest artists of 2011
by Albert Rodriguez, Jessica Price, Shaun Knittel, and Jerry L. Peerson - SGN A&E Writers

Who had an unbelievable 2011? These 10 artists, who were selected collectively by our music team.

Hottest Artists of the Year (in order)

1) Adele

Nobody really came close to matching Adele's
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BEST OF MUSIC 2011: LIVE PERFORMANCES by Albert Rodriguez and Jessica Price
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By: Albert Rodriguez, Jessica Price and Jerry L. Peerson SGN A&E Writers

Collectively, we went to every possible music venue in this city in search of great shows. Individually, we were each blown away and only mildly disappointed at what we saw and heard. Here's our lists of the best concerts we attended in 2011.

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BEST OF MUSIC 2011:
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Young the Giant's Francois Comtois

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Already big, Young the Giant is growing. The SoCal rock band, who played at three major festivals in 2011 - Sasquatch, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits - and performed on the MTV VMAs telecast in September will end the year with two hi
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BEST OF MUSIC: Worst of music 2011
by Albert Rodriguez, Jessica Price, Shaun Knittel, and Jerry L. Peerson - SGN A&E Writers

The year's low points in music were at the expense of these performers, who beat out some tough competition.

Worst of Music 2011 (in random order)
1) Beyoncé - 4 album, diva derailment, burnout

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Lashes Christmas Show - R Place's holiday must-see
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Lashes Cabaret Christmas Show
December 16-17
R Place


Lashes Cabaret, with host Lady Chablis, is a Gay Seattle staple. Every Friday and Saturday, the drag queens and occasional dancers put on a solid show. Lashes Cabaret is a constant - always ther
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A Dyke About Town: Cris Williamson glows
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Ham for the Holidays: A Lard Day's Night
Mercy and Reality saw Ham for the Holidays: A Lard Day's Night together December 9 at Theatre Off Jackson because Cuteness had a conflict. Reality pointed out the initial image was a good imitation of The Beatles' album Hard
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Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
 
MUSIC LOUNGE

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MOVIE REVIEWS

Scorsese's Hugo pure cinematic magic
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Muppets still make a rainbow connection
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Homo for the Holidays a one-of-a-kind holiday smash
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Homo for the Holidays
Oddfellows Building, West Hall
Through December 24


Seattle - especially Gay Seattle - has more holiday shows than you could shake a snow-covered Christmas tree branch at. That said, only a handful of them are actually worth th
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The genius of Jason Robert Brown
by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

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ACT Theatre
Through December 18


Jason Robert Brown is one of the most talented up-and-coming Broadway composers America has produced in a long while. His style is as versatile as the subjects he chooses, and there seems to be no restriction on what
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Owen Meany's Christmas an enjoyable night
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Owen Meany's Christmas Pageant
Book-It Repertory
Through December 23


Owen Meany is a character from a novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. The novel contains a long history of a friendship between two boys, Owen and John. A portion of the novel
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Blu-ray enhances great Mahler
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

Did you ever feel that Mahler, while obviously a brilliant orchestrator, was only a very good, second-rate composer? That's how I felt, even with my treasured old performances with Leonard Bernstein and the NY Phil, until I encountered these videos from the Lucerne Festival under Claudio Abbado
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Dramatic and poignant, Tori Amos stills the Paramount
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Tori Amos
December 14
Paramount Theatre


Completely in her element, Tori Amos silenced a nearly full Paramount Theatre on Wednesday night with a performance that was arguably the best yet she's given in Seattle.

As the house lights dimm
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Wacky Wisemen skewers the holidays
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Wisemen
ACT Theatre
Through December 22


Rapid-fire puns, song parodies, original wacky rap artistry, and more are included in an original holiday-oriented musical, Wisemen. David Bestock and Eli Rosenblatt have teamed up (Rosenstock Productions) and co-pro
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