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A tribute to the rock guitarists, jazz stylists, banjo-picking folkies, smooth crooners, world-class cellists, avant-garde innovators, and one didgeridoo pioneer who’ve made Seattle one of the best music cities in the country. Kyla Fairchild finds a home for the roots-music zine No Depression online, and another for herself on Camano Island. Will Seattle’s American Idol Sanjaya Malakar make a successful leap from notoriety to stardom? Also in this issue: When one of the worst storms in a generation hit Lewis County, Dil and Sue Griffiths lost everything in the churning floodwaters of the Chehalis—but they found a reason to stay. Plus, tips to stay healthy: Seattle doctors and specialists answer 30 of the biggest questions you’ll have at every stage of your life.

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Kumquat-glazed Duck Breast

Recipe courtesy Chef Kerry Sear of Art Restaurant and Lounge


Top of the Pops

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His and Hers

John Kelly makes his own kind of music, Joni Mitchell’s way.

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Watering Hole

Bin Vivant

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Neighborhood Hot Spot

Bistro Turkuaz

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Anita’s Crêpes

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Italian Soul Food

Handmade Piedmontese pasta is heaven on 14th Avenue.

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Just Ducky

The dining world’s favorite fowl comes home.

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Shaken, Not Sipped

Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Lillet.

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This Is Your Life

Who doesn’t know that taking care of your body early on will pay off in the end? How to do that is another story. Seattle doctors answer 30 of the biggest questions you’ll have at every stage of your life.

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Second Life

Kyla Fairchild finds a home for No Depression online, and another for herself on Camano Island.

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Things They Lost in the Flood

Dil and Sue Griffiths were still recovering from one life-altering tragedy last December when the worst storm in a generation sent Lewis County through a wash cycle of swelling rivers and mudslides, inflicting millions of dollars worth of damage and killi

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American Idolatry

With his mile-wide smile, unreliable voice, and parade of hairdos, Sanjaya Malakar became a star—and a pop culture punch line—on American Idol. Now, with his sister Shyamali always at his side, he’s made a TV commercial and written a book, and waits for

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Don't Get It Twisted

Competitive yoga may seem like a sport based on contradictions, but its fans call it physical enlightenment.

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50 Most Influential Musicians

Rock guitarists, jazz singers, folk pioneers, world-class cellists and more—these are the people who changed the sound of our lives.

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Site of the Living Dead

How a logging town turned vampire lit into tourism lifeblood.

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Heart Song

Once upon a time in the Cloud Room.

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In a Meinert Key

Rock promoter, hip-hop impresario, political powerhouse—activist and entrepreneur David Meinert has shaped Seattle’s music scene.

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Down-Market Marketing

Cash reward: Know anyone who wants to buy my house?

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What a Hoot!

How Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie caught the hootenanny spirit in Seattle.

Special Ed Ghetto (or) a Seat in the Class?

Distressed parents complain that Seattle Public Schools isolates disabled children in failing schools. Officials insist they’re doing the best they can—and maybe those kids don’t belong with other students.

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Life of the Party

She’s got a stack of invitations and nothing to wear, but these shops can fix that.

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Style Counsel

Body Electric

A conversation with political pop duo Team Gina.

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Lost in Transit

Sea-Tac’s sleuths reunite harried travelers with their treasures.

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The Sound of Windows

Microsoft’s tuneful team showers your yuletide with geek-love cheer.

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Green and Blues Brother

Rocking out with Seattle’s singing Seahawk.

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A Note from the Editor

Listen Up

Mail from the Metro

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Santas Behaving Badly

He used to shimmy down chimneys with a wriggle of his nose and drink Coca-Cola, but lately that nose has been looking awfully red.

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Imaginative Bank Robbing

This fall the Pacific Northwest was home to a rash of bank heists—and at least one conviction—in which the thugs used more mind than muscle. A tour of the season’s smartest felonious withdrawals.

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Sounds of the City

To those who want to rock, roll, swing, or jam: We salute you.