Sunday Stew: America! America!

by Celia Y. Weisman (Painting by Pat Matthews)

Whenever one of us kids sassed him at the dinner table, my father would say “America!” with that bemused yet humorous smile lingering on his lips, right below that bushy signature mustache. He’d say it twice, and we always waited for the second pronouncement, because it was delivered with such perfection of timing and intonation: “America!” Though he held the entire family captive as audience, this moment of theater was directed specifically to his father, the Austrian-born Jew Sam Weisman, former rag peddler of Manhattan’s lower East side, who watched his son grow up to become a big-time NYC doctor. Continue reading Sunday Stew: America! America!

This Weekend In South Seattle: Crafts for Mom, Yoga for Nepal and a Dance Party for All

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, May 8th

Movies: Opening of Ex MachinaDetails: Caleb Smith, a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman. Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava, a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated–and more deceptive–than the two men could have imagined.- Showings: 2:10pm, 4:40pm, 7:20pm, 8:00pm, 9:45pm –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Crafts for Mom, Yoga for Nepal and a Dance Party for All

Washington Legislature: The Special Session Is Where the Action Is

by John Stafford

One would hope that during the 3½ month Regular Session of the Washington State Legislature (January 12 to April 24), most major issues would be addressed, leaving either no remaining work (i.e., adjournment), or a few items to be addressed during the one month Special Session (April 29 to May 28).  This year, that pattern has been inverted. Continue reading Washington Legislature: The Special Session Is Where the Action Is

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