The weekend’s been a strange one. As you’ve probably seen, yesterday morning someone shot and killed six people at a party in Seattle, where I was born and lived for nearly 30 years. The shooting took place at the house of a friend of mine; thankfully he’s in the list of survivors. At least one of the people who died was a man who was a close friend of several of my friends. I only met him once, but from what I’ve read about him, it sounds like he was a truly great guy. Interesting, warm and welcoming. Those people … Continue reading Seattle

Trader Vic’s Update — Lightning Round!

Courtesy of Martiki: 1. Bellevue, WA- Opening date is set for March 3rd! 2. Scottsdale, AZ- Opening date is set for May 21st! (as you can imagine, those dates are subject to change without notice) 3. Las Vegas, NV- Still no opening date set, or management team in place. Should open by the end of 2006. 4. Chicago, IL- The Harry Caray people are scouting locations now, and they hope to open in 2006 if possible. Could move to 2007, but it’s definitely coming back sooner rather than later. 5. Amman, Jordan- to open in 2006 6. Shanghai, China- to … Continue reading Trader Vic’s Update — Lightning Round!

I Am Cuba Screening in Seattle

One of my favorite movies, I Am Cuba, is currently being shown at the Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill in Seattle. I Am Cuba was produced by Russia during the height of U.S./Russia/Cuba tensions in the early sixties. It is a fascinating look at pre-revolution Cuba through the eyes of the Russian government, from a post-revolution point of view (complete with the requisite Ugly Americans). Aside from the very interesting social commentary, cinematically is is breathtaking. The black & white film uses special filters that give the palm trees an eerie, silvery appearance that is quite striking. Near the … Continue reading I Am Cuba Screening in Seattle