Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors | Seattle, WA, USA – 28 September to 1 October 2017.

“I write your name. Freedom.” Autumn has descended upon Seattle and the comforting morning chill lingers slightly through the day. The trees are turning colors. The Caribbean and Texas have been bashed by unusually strong hurricanes. North Korea and American “leadership” trade insults. Trump has surmounted his eighth month as president. And Belarus Free Theatre,…

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ACTION ALERT: LGBTQ Murder in Chechnya

What’s going on? There is a large-scale campaign against the Chechen LGBTQ community happening, resulting in the torture and murder of gay Chechens. On April 1, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta broke the story that Chechen authorities have been arresting and killing gay men. Sources say over 100 men have been detained so far and…

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Pussy Riot Theatre: Revolution | The Crocodile, Seattle, WA, USA – Mar. 8, 2017

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my expectations were high. I was traveling when I found out that Pussy Riot would be in Seattle on March 8 (International Women’s Day, at that!), and I immediately booked tickets without knowing what the show would entail. A year prior, I had seen Maria (Masha) Alyokhina participate…

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What We Face

Jessie is a great friend of mine. When she told and showed me what she had witnessed – a white woman going off for 45 minutes on black employees – we agreed it would be the right thing to make the video of the incident public in order to protect the employees from unwarranted repercussions….

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Don’t Let Go

Journey back to my erstwhile home, journey back over a decade. Emily jogs toward me grinning, my hand is outstretched. Her hand slaps mine, she moves on. As we run around, the darkness lowers upon us, the stadium lights flicker on. We regard each other, smirking in our minimal underarmour despite the cold, bumping and…

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Review: Billy Lloyd – Who ( /// )

The third and final installment of Billy Lloyd’s Who trilogy begins with its defining track. Billy’s distinctive, clear voice pulls us into the EP and then guides the beats that follow. With this song, Billy explains, “I really wanted to give a sense of closure to the over-arching themes of identity that I’ve been exploring…

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Paul McCartney | KeyArena, Seattle, WA, USA – April 17, 2016

Fun fact: my first concert, at age 12, was Paul McCartney. Rough, eh? I had spent weeks begging my parents and we negotiated an extra chores regime to pay back the cost of the ticket. Not sure if I ever got there (sorry, parents!)… Anyway, after first seeing him in Atlanta in 2002, I saw…

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Looking at Travel Resources

Do you have any travel apps to recommend? Or travel sites? Or travel books? If so, why? Yes, and no! I use a bit of everything, and a smattering of what looks good at the moment, rather than rely heavily on one product or brand. This makes me feel less tech savvy than I should…

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Manic Street Preachers | Bimbo’s 365, San Francisco, CA, USA – May 4, 2015

My journey to see the Manic Street Preachers on their The Holy Bible tour in the States started some time ago. Upon announcing East Coast dates, I frantically began researching flights to Boston. And then my car broke. Adios, dinero. The Holy Bible is, at times, my favorite Manics’ album (how to choose, really?). Though…

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Song of the Day: Lapko “Date with Time”

Here is a thematically appropriate song from the catalogue of “Leah’s favorite Finnish music from her teenage days.” Lapko is still going strong many years after this 2006 release.

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