Give the Gift of the Ultimate Culinary Experience This Holiday

All You’ll Really Want for Christmas is Food and Wine

Still looking for a unique, affordable and delicious gift idea this holiday? Give the gift of the ultimate Seattle culinary experience with tickets to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) weekend of events on February 24 – 26, 2017. The newly-expanded weekend features three events: POP! Bubbles & Seafood, Comfort (NEW) and the Grand Tasting. A total indulgence for foodies, thedownload weekend includes more than 300 of Seattle’s best chefs from gastro pubs to fine dining establishments, distillers, local cider and brew masters with more than 600 wines making this Experience the perfect holiday gift for the food and wine lover in your life.

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience, presented by Seattle magazine, brings the city’s vibrant culinary and beverage scene to life. The Weekend Pass ($220) is the best deal for that special foodie on your holiday shopping list. Need more convincing? Here are the top 5 reasons to attend each event:

POP! Bubbles & Seafood: Friday, February 24, 2017 at McCaw Halloysters-833x630-768x581

  • Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Cava, Cremant and more than 40 kinds of bubbles to sample
  • World-class seafood, including oyster bars, from 20 of Seattle’s best chefs
  • Saber-Off Competition featuring local celebrities and incredible tunes by DJ Dubreezy
  • The Callebaut Belgium Chocolate Lounge featuring bites from Seattle’s top pastry chefs
  • Dozens of Reserve Red wines from the region’s top wineries

Comfort: Seattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews: Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Fremont Foundryburgers-833x630-768x581

  • Comfort is the newest and coziest addition to the Experience
  • Mac & cheese, burgers, doughnut wall, fried chicken and many more comfort foods
  • More than 50 craft beers, ciders, bubbly and more to quench your thirst between tasty bites
  • Do-It-Yourself Bars: Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary, S’mores, Fry Bar and more
  • Rock out with your friends to tunes by DJ Branden Landon and take photos in the Shutterbus

The Grand Tasting: Sunday, February 26, 2017 at McCaw Exhibition Hallswfe_featured_std2

  • More than 500 wines, plus tastes from distilleries, beer and cider, Oh My!
  • Fare from 25 local chefs and 25 specialty food makers
  • Explore the Celebrity Modern Luxury Lounge for a chance to win a cruise!
  • Yakima Valley Craft Food and Beverage Exhibit
  • The Savor Experience from San Luis Obispo County
  • The Sweet Suite–Indulge to your heart’s content
  • The “Pearls” of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates with wines from Canon 13, Intrinsic, Mamma Mia and more
  • Taste from Nicky Farms exotic meats, Heritage Meats Butchery Block and Sustainable Alaska Seafood
  • Buy your favorite wine, beer, cider and spirits from the QFC product store benefiting Les Dames d’Escoffier, Seattle****

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2017 Inductees For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Announced

rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-logoThe names of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2017 Inductees have been released. They are:

  • Joan Baez
  • Electric Light Orchestra
  • Journey
  • Pearl Jam
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Yes

Award for Musical Excellence: Nile Rodgers

The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the third time. Ticket on-sale dates will be announced in January. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony will again have its television premiere on HBO, and a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Broadcast details will be announced in early 2017.


Rock Hall with Hall Of Fame Wing

A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members in advance of the public sale date. To be eligible for the member pre-sale, you must be an active Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member by December 31, 2016. Additional public ticket details and presale offers will be announced in the future.

The special exhibition on the 2017 Inductees will open at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on March 30.


The Elvis Presley Exhibition at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


The Beatles Exhibition at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording. The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 900 voters of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, as well as the aggregate results of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s online fan vote. The top five artists from the fan vote comprised the fans’ ballot that was tallied along with the other ballots to determine the 2017 Inductees. Four of the groups from fans’ ballot (Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, and YES) will be inducted as performers in 2017.

Klipsch Audio, a leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer, is a strategic partner and presenting sponsor of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, its Induction Ceremony events and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Main Stage. Klipsch’s renowned products deliver the power, detail and emotion of the live music experience throughout the iconic museum.

All images courtesy of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Sensational Rediscovery of Lost Footage from the Historic 1924 Austrian Silent Film, The City Without Jews (die stadt ohne juden)

Austrian Silent Movie From 1924 Anticipates Holocaust

Last year, sequences believed to be permanently lost from what is arguably the most important Austrian silent movie, The City Without Jews (die stadt ohne juden), were discovered by a coincidence at a Paris flea market and subsequently acquired by the Film Archive Austria.


Lost Footage from the Historic 1924 Austrian Silent Film, The City Without Jews (die stadt ohne juden).

The film, based on a novel by Jewish writer and journalist Hugo Bettauer and shot in Vienna in 1924, is eerily prescient in its portrayal of a society that is both intellectually and economically impoverished due to the expulsion of its Jewish population.


Lost Footage from the Historic 1924 Austrian Silent Film, The City Without Jews (die stadt ohne juden).

The newly discovered sequences not only allow us for the first time to see the movie in its entirety, but also cast fresh light on it. Hitherto unknown scenes show Jewish life in a society in which hatred of Jews is being stoked. These scenes bring into much sharper focus the political message of the movie with its depiction of the vituperative antisemitism of interwar Vienna.

Owing to its advanced age, the highly inflammable nitrate material of the film rolls formerly thought to be lost evinces the beginnings of decomposition. Saving the film by transferring it to safety film must be given top priority. The film will then have to be restored and integrated into the already existing version.


Lost Footage from the Historic 1924 Austrian Silent Film, The City Without Jews (die stadt ohne juden).

Since the financial support from the public sector was insufficient to accomplish the urgent task of preserving the material, the Film Archive Austria launched the largest cultural crowdfunding initiative in Austrian history in order to save The City Without Jews (die stadt ohne juden) from perdition. The campaign, which ended December 10, was a success. More than 700 supporters made it possible to rescue the film by contributing more than 86.000 Euro.


Lost Footage from the Historic 1924 Austrian Silent Film, The City Without Jews (die stadt ohne juden).

This is not only a wonderful support for the work of the Filmarchiv but also a clear signal of the civil society to contribute decisively to the salvation of cultivated animals with extraordinary private commitment“, summarizes Filmarchiv director Ernst Kieninger.

More than just the significance of rescuing the film The City Without Jews (die stadt ohne juden) is the overwhelming international press response to the test. There were detailed reports in international mainstream media such as the time, the FAZ , the Agence France-Presse , the Guardian, the Libération or The Washington Post and in more than 50 international media throughout Europe, in Russia, Israel, the Arab world and the United States on The film archive project.

After completing the restoration, the movie will be screened in late autumn 2017 in the original version last seen more than 90 years ago. In addition, The City Without Jews will be given center stage in an exhibition organized by the Film Archive Austria. The opulent show at the Metro Kinokulturhaus will open in late autumn 2017 and explore the relations between cinema and Jewish culture in the period 1918-1938.

7 Features Advance In Race For Makeup And Hairstyling Oscar®

86thOscars_LogoThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 89th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Deadpool”
  • The Dressmaker”
  • Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Hail, Caesar!”
  • A Man Called Ove”
  • Star Trek Beyond”
  • Suicide Squad”

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

336 Feature Films In Contention For 2016 Best Picture Oscar®

86thOscars_LogoThree hundred thirty-six feature films are eligible for the 2016 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 89th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 89th Academy Awards” is available at

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars with host Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Celebrating 10 Years, The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) Announces This Year’s 2016 EDA Award Winners

Moonlight” Leads With Seven EDAs Including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay And Best Supporting Actor

Ava Duvernay Takes Three Awards In The 10th Annual AWFJ Year End Awards

The women have voted! The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual AWFJ EDA Awards. This year AWFJ presents the EDA Awards in 25 categories, divided into three sections: the standard ‘Best Of’ section, the Female Focus Awards and the irreverent EDA Special Mention awards—including Actress Most in Need of a New Agent and the AWFJ Hall of Shame Award.awfjlogo2014

The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ), a not-for-profit corporation, is an international association of professional female movie critics, reporters and feature writers working in print, broadcast and online media, dedicated to raising the volume on women’s voices in the film community by broadening opportunities for women who write about film and supporting films by and about women – both in front of and behind the cameras – through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting the EDA awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies.

The AWFJ presents the EDA Awards to honor women’s achievements in front of and behind the cameras. In addition to the annual end of the year awards, AWFJ presents EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Films at select film festivals, including IDFA, Whistler Film Festival, DOXA. Edinburgh Film Festival. St. Louis International Film Festival and others. The EDAs are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merins mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and screen actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda Reiss Merin was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long standing member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).moonlight_ver2

In the ‘Best Of’ section, this year’s big winner is “Moonlight“, garnering EDA Awards in seven categories, including Best Film, Best Director for Barry Jenkins, Best Screenplay (Adapted) for Jenkins, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Mahershala Ali, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.fences

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay won three EDAs for Best Documentary for “13th,” Best Female Director for “13th” and Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry for 13th and for raising awareness about the need for diversity and gender equality in Hollywoodmanchester_by_the_sea_ver2

Manchester By the Sea” won two EDA Awards for Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Screenplay (Original) for Kenneth Longergan.


In the EDA Special Mention Categories, Annette Bening and Isabelle Huppert tied for the Actress Defying Age and Ageism Award, while Huppert was honored the Bravest Performance Award for “Elle.” Jennifer Aniston won the Actress Most in [Dire] Need of a New Agent for “Mother’s Day” and “Office Christmas Party.”

This year has brought heightened awareness of the impact movies and cinema culture have on setting our social norms,” states EDA AWARDS and AWFJ founder and film critic Jennifer Merin. “The need for gender parity and greater diversity in the movie industry is patently clear. These goals are fundamental to AWFJ’s mission and core values. I’m thrilled that in our 10th anniversary awards season AWFJ members voted to honor such a diverse array of talent representing such a broad spectrum of perspectives, making the 2016 EDA Awards particularly relevant at a time when art — and film, in particular — must be the vanguard of social progress.”

Here’s The Entire List Of This Year’s Winners:


These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.loving_xlg

  • Best Film: Moonlight
  • Best Director: Barry Jenkins Moonlight
  • Best Screenplay, Original: Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  • Best Screenplay, Adapted: MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  • Best Documentary: 13thAva DuVernay
  • Best Animated Film: Zootopia Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
  • Best Actress: Ruth NeggaLoving
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola DavisFences
  • Best Actor: Casey AffleckManchester By The Sea
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala AliMoonlight
  • Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director: MoonlightYesi Ramirez
  • Best Cinematography: MoonlightJames Laxton
  • Best Editing: MoonlightJoi McMillon and Nat Sanders
  • Best Non-English-Language Film: The HandmaidenPark Chan-Wook

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