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posted Friday, December 16, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 50
All Arts and Entertainment Stories
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
SGN A&E Writers


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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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

13
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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Scorsese's Hugo pure cinematic magic
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Contributing Writer

Hugo
Now Playing


Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives in the walls of the Paris train station. The 12-year-old, much like his late clock-making father (Jude Law), is something of a mechanical genius, and with his drunken uncle Claude (Ray Winstone) my
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Muppets still make a rainbow connection
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Contributing Writer

The Muppets
Now Playing


Gary (Jason Segel) lives in Smalltown with his younger brother, Walter. He's in love with beautiful schoolteacher Mary (Amy Adams). Together, the trio is heading to Hollywood to visit the fabled Muppet Studios, the legendary h
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Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
ARIES (March 20 - April 19): Sudden outbursts that leave you wondering who you really are reveal hidden depths and secret strengths. When in doubt, open up to some of your more insightful friends. Working too hard can upset the apple cart. Pace yourself to be effective with your colleagues.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Sassy, dari
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Northwest News
BORN THIS WAY KAFE FOR URBAN QUEER TEENS AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Fridays, 5-9 p.m., at Cal Anderson Shelterhouse (1635 11th Ave., one block north of E. Pine St.), Seattle Parks & Recreation hosts Born This Way Kafe, a welcoming place where LGBTQ youth, friends and allies (ages 13-19) can gather, be themselves, and have fun. Meets ev
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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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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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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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