Your Ultimate Guide to Where to Eat for Easter Brunch 2018 in Seattle

Dine at Eastlake staple Serafina and you might get to brunch al fresco on their patio.
Dine at Eastlake staple Serafina and you might get to brunch al fresco on their patio. Colin Bishop

Whether or not you actually celebrate the religious aspects of the holiday, Easter (which falls on Sunday, April 1) is a great excuse to go out to a fancy brunch. We've compiled all the Seattle options below for your convenience, so you can save the hunting for Easter eggs and spend more time thinking about hollandaise-smothered eggs (not to mention bottomless mimosas). If you're opting to stay in this year, we've got you covered there, too—read on to find out where to pick up hot cross buns, columba di Pasqua, and smoked ham. For more Easter events (including BunnyCon and the famous, secular Pastor Kaleb's Sunday Service), check out our complete Easter calendar.

Note: We advise you to make your reservations as soon as possible, as some of these locations may already be fully booked and deadlines are approaching for pickup orders. Call ahead to make sure.

Bennies Pop-Up
Make some "friends with benedicts" at the inaugural edition of this brunch pop-up, which features eggs benny "stacks" in variations like Chicken & Waffle and the Pablo Escobar (tortilla chips, chicken, green sauce, avocado, poached egg, cheese sauce, pico de gallo).

Heartwood Provisions
Chef Varin Keokitvon of rustic-luxe Heartwood Provisions has created a newly launched brunch menu, with choices like jamon benedict, ginger congee, and smoked pork shoulder hash. Beverage director Amanda Reed has curated drink pairings like the Soundgarden-inspired Black Hole Sun (Plantation dark rum, pineapple, coffee, and allspice).

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Co-Founder of Olympia Theater Resigns After Actors Accuse Him of Ignoring Sexual Harassment Claims

Israel Horovitz allegedly sexually harassed two actors during shows at Olympias Harlequin Productions.
Israel Horovitz allegedly sexually harassed two actors during shows at Olympia's Harlequin Productions. The company's artistic director, Scot Whitney, says he knew about Horovitz's reputation, but he kept inviting him back anyway. Alberto E. Rodriguez / GETTY

Olympia's Harlequin Productions co-founder and managing artistic director Scot Whitney resigned from his post on Wednesday, the Seattle Times reports. He also stepped down from the company's board while it investigates allegations by two actors—Caitlin Frances and Kate Parker—who say Whitney ignored their claims of sexual harassment against playwright Israel Horovitz, author of the Line, "the longest running show in New York history," as well as dozens of other plays and films.

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My Year in a Hotel Room with Rob Lowe


This story is presented as part of the spring 2018 edition of The Stranger's Art + Performance Quarterly.

The flight from Harare to Gaborone was just over an hour. After landing, an ancient man drove my mother and me from the airport to a posh hotel called the Gaborone Sun. (It has since been renamed.) I got my own room, my mother got hers, and the University of Botswana, my mother's new employer, paid for both because the city was in the middle of a housing crisis.

In the morning, I would order an English breakfast (tomatoes raw) and watch Good Morning South Africa on the TV—or as they called it, Goeie More Suid Afrika. Then I would read the newspaper and maybe a little fiction or poetry before taking a shower. After I exited the bathroom wrapped in a thick, fresh towel, I'd walk to the window and look at the late-morning light and traffic. The year was 1988.

The hotel had several movies available to watch on a loop. The best of the films turned out to be Oxford Blues. The second-best was The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. The rest were forgettable. Because the movie loop did not change during my entire stay at the Gaborone Sun, I watched Oxford Blues, which stars Rob Lowe, at least 200 times. Or, I definitely watched parts of Oxford Blues 200 times. There was enough in this film to keep me interested for a whole year. I gave up trying to understand The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th, and so only watched that one about 25 times.

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Bill Hader’s HBO Comedy Barry Isn't What You're Expecting


There are many good things to say about Barry, Bill Hader’s new half-hour show for HBO, and perhaps the best of them is this: It’s not really like anything else on TV. Barry combines pitch-black comedy with an even darker drama about a hit man trying to make a clean break from his past.

And while that premise—man unravels as he reckons with the violence he’s caused—is familiar, Hader and his team of writers and directors (including Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Alec Berg, Atlanta’s Hiro Murai, and stand-up comedian Emily Heller) have tapped into a subtly funny vein of melancholy. The result is something promising and challenging.

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Additional artists announced for the BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru lineup!

BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru returns with another exciting summer of concerts. Adding to the previously announced shows, the 2018 ZooTunes lineup now includes: June 13 - Ziggy Marley, June 17 - Violent Femmes with special guest Ava Mendoza, August 22 & 23 - Pink Martini. Tickets for these shows on sale now! Information and tickets for the previously announced concerts are available online at

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Here's What You Need to Know About Saturday's March for Our Lives

Saturday morning, high school students across the country will march for gun reform.
Saturday morning, high school students across the country will march for gun reform. SB

March for Our Lives, the movement for gun reform spearheaded by Parkland, Florida, high school students after 17 people were shot to death at their school last month, will hold rallies across the country Saturday morning. Seattle's march, which was organized by local high school students, will begin with sign-making and voter registration at Cal Anderson Park before kids and families march to KeyArena. (Check out the march route below.)

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Donald Trump Settles the Free Speech on Campus Debate Once and For All

On Thursday afternoon at the White House's White House's Generation Next forum, Donald "The Kids All Love Me" Trump was asked about the "free speech crisis" on college campuses, something libtards like Rich and myself have been fighting about all year.

The question came from Charlie Kirk, the founder of a conservative student organization, who asked if Trump had advice for “young patriots and conservatives on campus that support your agenda that are being ridiculed and silenced because of administrators that are clamping down on free speech." Trump, it seems, isn't buying it, and replied that the much-reported no-platforming movement on college campuses is "highly overblown," he said. “Highly overblown.”

You win this one, Rich! If Trump says the free speech debate is overblown, it must be. I concede.

Slog AM: Tacoma Teen Wins $500k In Police Brutality Suit, Seattle Cop Sentenced For Smuggling Pot

The fuzz is feeling the heat these days.
The fuzz is feeling the heat these days. THINKSTOCK

Teenager wins $500k in police brutality case: In 2014, 15-year-old Monique Tillman and her brother were confronted by an off-duty police officer for riding their bikes in a Tacoma mall parking lot. The officer threw Tillman to the ground, tased, and arrested her. A judge dismissed the charges filed against Tillman and her brother after watching the shocking surveillance footage of the incident; there was no evidence the officer was investigating a crime when they stopped the kids. Tillman filed a suit in the height of the Black Lives Matter movement; she believes she was targeted because of the color of her skin. She was awarded $500,000 in federal court on Thursday.

Seattle cop in the weeds: After getting busted for smuggling hundreds of pounds of weed from Washington state to Baltimore. Alex Chapackdee is a 16-year department veteran. He was supposedly just helping out his brother-in-law with the drug smuggling operation. We all know how hard it is to please the in-laws. Chapackdee admitted to carrying his Seattle police badge and firearm during these smuggling trips. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Bring Forgotten but Genius African Film Director to the Mainstream

Touki Bouki and Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Touki Bouki and Beyoncé and Jay-Z

The defining image for the Beyoncé and Jay-Z's fall tour broke my mind-heart into a thousand pieces. I did not expect it. The skull of an ox fixed on the handle of a motorbike. It was like someone reading your inner most thoughts. How in the world did they know what you were dreaming? That image is from an almost unknown Senegalese film called Touki Bouki. Maybe a thousand souls in a world of seven billion humans know about it. Maybe even less. It was made in 1973, and was one of only two feature films made by the genius director Djibril Diop Mambéty. His second film, Hyènes, which was completed in 1992, I rate as the greatest African film ever made, and is in my list of the top five films of all time. (It's also the cornerstone of my essays into the anthropology of human morality published by e-flux.)

But there is more to think about. Does this image represent the continuation of a neo-pan-Africanism launched by Black Panther? The video promoting the concert is scored by a classic work of Jamaican lovers rock, Marcia Aitken's "I'm Still In Love With You." And so we have black America, black Africa, and the black Caribbean in the mainstream mix. Are we experiencing a revival of a global blackness?

Just Announced: Seattle Repertory Theatre's Complete 2018/2019 Season

Lin-Manuel Mirandas musical, In the Heights, will come to Seattle in November.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical, In the Heights, will come to Seattle in November.

The Seattle Repertory Theatre just announced their 2018/2019 season today. The full lineup, which is listed below, includes Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights, an adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Nina Simone: Four Women, directed by Stranger Genius Award Winner Valerie Curtis-Newton. As of now, only season subscriptions are on sale, but we recommend marking your calendars now—and stay tuned for news about single ticket sales.

OCT 5–NOV 10
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Based on Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns shows what happens when two women, Laila and Mariam, join in unbreakable friendship in wartime Kabul.

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Buy Your Tickets to These 16 Newly Announced Seattle Events Before They Sell Out

Set your alarms for Monday morning: Tickets for Beyoncé and Jay-Zs October show go on sale at 10 a.m.
Set your alarms for Monday morning: Tickets for Beyoncé and Jay-Z's October show go on sale at 10 a.m. Courtesy of Live Nation

We all know that many of the biggest Seattle events often sell out well in advance. But it's not a lost cause—if you plan ahead, you can still score tickets for the most popular concerts, comedy sets, and lectures. To help you with that, we've rounded up all of the major events that are going on sale in the next couple of days, like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Courtney Barnett, and the Violent Femmes. Follow the links below for more details and ticket links. Plus, we've included events that went on sale earlier this week that might still have tickets available, but we recommend you act fast. Can't get tickets? Check out our complete Things To Do calendar for more events.

On sale at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted
Animal Collective, Lonnie Holley
Sun July 29 at Moore Theatre

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Talking Facebook (and My Dinner with Andre) on KUOW

I mean, if I were planning to go on a trip on an airplane and the fortune cookie said dont go, I mean, I admit I might feel a bit nervous for about one second, but in fact I would go...
"I mean, if I were planning to go on a trip on an airplane and the fortune cookie said "don't go," I mean, I admit I might feel a bit nervous for about one second, but in fact I would go..."

I was a guest on KUOW's The Record this afternoon, talking with Bill Radke and U of Maryland computer science professor Jennifer Golbeck about l'affaire de Facebook. I mention it because I've had a lot of responses to the piece I published yesterday, "We Now Return You to the Age of Facebook Anxiety, Already in Progress," and also because toward the end of the segment, I manage to crowbar in a reference to one of my favorite movies, My Dinner with Andre, which I think kind of works.

I can't embed the show, but you can stream it HERE.

Sound Transit Spared in Federal Budget, but Lynnwood Light Rail Costs Rise Again

Sound Transit says it will cost $2.9 billion to get light rail to Lynnwood. The feds say itll cost more.
Sound Transit says it will cost $2.9 billion to get light rail to Lynnwood. The feds say it'll cost more. Sound Transit

The federal omnibus spending bill the House passed today will spare Sound Transit deep budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump.

Last month, Trump proposed cutting a federal transit grant program that will be key for expanding light rail to Lynnwood and Federal Way. Sound Transit is counting on that program for about $1.17 billion toward the Lynnwood project (40 percent of that project's cost) and $500 million for Federal Way (less than 20 percent of that project's cost).

Congress's final spending bill does not adopt Trump's preferred cuts, so Sound Transit still expects those federal dollars for Lynnwood and Federal Way, Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff told the agency's board today. In fact, the spending bill will increase the Federal Transit Administration's budget. It will include $2.65 billion in grants for transit projects, which is higher than in the past.

Rogoff also brought less rosy news about the Lynnwood project.

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33 Movies Worth Watching in Seattle This Weekend: March 22–25, 2018

Dont miss the 10th anniversary screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo on Sunday.
Don't miss the 10th anniversary screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo on Sunday.

Whether you're more inclined toward excellently acted B-movies like Unsane, thoughtful romance like After Louie, classic Hitchcock thrillers, or musicals like The Wizard of Oz, we've got your back. Find all of this weekend's noteworthy movies below, follow the links to see complete showtimes, tickets, and trailers, and, if you're looking for even more options, check out our complete movie times listings or our film events calendar.

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Alfred Hitchcock's Britain: The Man Who Knew Too Much
Sure, with the exception of the modestly budgeted, black-and-white Psycho, Hitchcock is known for his lavishly Freudian Technicolor thrillers from the ‘50s and ‘60s. But the films he made in his native Britain are just as worthy of note—taut, intricate, their perversity more elaborately disguised. The first screening is The Man Who Knew Too Much—not the glossy American version with Doris Day, but the much sharper 1934 version with Peter Lorre. It's the only one of his films Hitchcock remade, and the earlier film is more fun. (Click through to see a classic chair fight scene.)
Seattle Art Museum

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An Awesome Collection of Klaus Schulze's Early Cosmic Synth Works Has Been Reissued

Weltraum ist der Ort.
Weltraum ist der Ort. One Way Static

Klaus Schulze
La Vie Electronique Volume 1.0
(One Way Static)

In the realm of European kosmische-synth music, few figures stand mightier than Klaus Schulze. A member of mind-expanding krautrock legends Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, and the Cosmic Jokers, Schulze has maintained a prodigious work rate on his own, too, releasing more than 60 albums over the last 50 years.

Whether you're a novice to Schulze or a serious fan with a groaning shelf full of his music, you should check out La Vie Electronique Volume 1.0, which One Way Static reissued last month (Seattle/LA record company Light in the Attic distributes it).

La Vie Electronique Volume 1.0 collects rarities that Schulze cut from 1968 to 1971. Appearing for the first time on vinyl (on two LPs, 78-plus minutes, limited to 1,000 copies, 300 of which are on white wax), this compilation previously surfaced on CD in 2009. It's worth owning on all formats.

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Maintenance Request: Our City Light Bill is Outrageous and Our Landlord Won’t Do Anything About It

A reader writes: Were trying everything we can to reduce our energy use - I walk around my house like Im getting ready to go skiing - but nothing seems to make a sizable dent.
A reader writes: "We're trying everything we can to reduce our energy use - I walk around my house like I'm getting ready to go skiing - but nothing seems to make a sizable dent." LSOphoto/getty

Welcome back to Maintenance Request, a regular column where you email me with your questions about renting in Seattle/King County and I try to get you answers. If you have a question, send it to me at Ask me anything about bad landlords, finding a roommate, dealing with noisy neighbors, pets in apartments, etc. Anything about renting in the region. Please specify whether you’re in Seattle or elsewhere in Washington since the answer may vary based on your city’s laws. Remember, I’m not a lawyer. It’s always best to talk your situation over with a tenant advocate or a lawyer. You can find one using one of the services listed here. On to this week's questions:

I recently moved into a single family home with three other people and we quickly found out that the home is terribly inefficient when it comes to the electric bill. The electric bill has cost us over $1,000 in just one 4-month stretch of this winter. We're trying everything we can to reduce our energy use - I walk around my house like I'm getting ready to go skiing - but nothing seems to make a sizable dent. I've spent tons of time on the phone with Seattle City Light trying to confirm that it isn't an error on their end, and they claim it isn't. At one point a rep for city light said, and I quote, "I don't think it's possible for your home to be using that much energy." Meanwhile, our landlord refuses to lend a hand in anyway. The wiring in this house is clearly old as fuck and may be the cause, or the baseboard heaters might be the culprit. Or something else, but the landlord refuses to help out trying to troubleshoot the problem. And it will cost between $300 and $400 to bring a professional energy auditor out, and the problems they find are likely to cost even more to remedy. So here's my question - is it the landlord's responsibility to provide a reasonably efficient home? Is there any threshold where they must spend some money making the home more efficient?
Cold And Angry In Lake City

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