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`The Waters Speak' in musical collaboration - By Sarah Haas (03-04-2005)
For months, Keith Bear had heard that he and fellow flutist Gary Stroutsos should meet. Likening his phantom presence to a storm on the horizon, he was curious to meet the man about whom he had heard so much.

Accident-prone clowns share love of fire with the whole family - By Lori Varosh (03-04-2005)
Though children shriek with laughter at its pratfalls, explosions and bodily-function sound effects, Cirkus Inferno actually began as an optical opera for adults.

`Defending the Caveman' laughs up the difference between the sexes (03-04-2005)
The question seemingly everyone asks Isaac Lamb is how he plays ``Defending the Caveman'' without making the protagonist look like a La-Z-Boy-bound, beer-swilling Neanderthal; you know, the way most American men are portrayed these days.

50 million have seen `Lord of the Dance' - -- - here's your chance - By Doug Margeson (03-04-2005)
Ronan Hardiman wrote the entire score for ``The Lord of the Dance'' -- all 90 minutes of it, 18 sequences in all, about the same amount of music you'll find in three feature film scores -- in 11 weeks flat.

Mary Shelley's `Frankenstein' still raises profound questions about the nature of science - By Doug Margeson (03-04-2005)
It is, perhaps, the best-known name in literature.

Critic thinks he can write a play; that's where the laughs set in - By Doug Margeson (03-04-2005)
There's a Web site for theater folks in these parts. It's called and you might want to look at it. Buried in its rabbit warren of files is a chat room where local actors and directors discuss local theater critics.

A tribute to Duke Ellington to whet the jazz fan's appetite - By Lori Varosh (03-04-2005)
The incomparable Duke Ellington Orchestra didn't always top the charts.


Issaquah-based Organic To Go brings healthy meals to the Eastside - By Lori Varosh (03-04-2005)
No time to save the earth?

Casual, elegant seafood restaurant opens today (02-25-2005)
Coldwater Bar and Grill, a new restaurant serving seafood and Northwest regional cuisine, opens today at the Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave.

Puget Sounds

Canadian duo Tegan & Sara back in Seattle (03-04-2005)
TEGAN & SARA with THE DITTY BOPS, 8 p.m. Thursday at the Crocodile Cafe, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle. 206-441-5611. $13 in advance, $15 day of show. All ages.

Billy Preston oblivious to his greatness (02-25-2005)
BILLY PRESTON, 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday at Jazz Alley, 2037 Sixth Ave., Seattle. 206-441-9729. $24.50-$26.50. All ages.

Rick Steves Travel

When in Budapest, don't miss a splash in the baths (03-04-2005)
Budapest is the big-city heart of Eastern Europe. This Hungarian city is one of nuance and paradox-- cosmopolitan, complicated, and challenging for the first-time visitor to grasp. But even though Prague and Krakôw have more romance (and crowds), travelers in the know find Budapest to be Eastern Europe's most fascinating and rewarding destination.

The passion of Sevilla (02-25-2005)
Like Venice, Sevilla was once a stop on the 19th-century travelers' Grand Tour of Europe. This city in southwest Spain still holds on to its elegant past. You can tour its cathedral, the third-largest church in Europe, and visit the Alcázar, a lavish palace built by Moorish workmen. But it's more fun to see a sight that will get your toes tapping, even in your seat. Make sure to make time for flamenco in Sevilla.

See art from the masters at National Gallery (02-18-2005)
Located in the center of London -- with Trafalgar Square in its front yard -- the National Gallery lets you tour Europe's art without ever crossing the Channel. And from Feb. 23 through May 22, the gallery hosts a retrospective of the paintings of the Italian artist, Caravaggio.

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