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SGN PICKS - Hottest artists of the year, 2009
by Albert Rodriguez, Jessica Price and Shaun Knittel - SGN Writers

They won awards, played on big stages, became overnight sensations, reached critical highs, or just outshone their competition. Of the many artists that broke through or made a name for themselves in 2009, the following (in order) outdistanced the rest.

1) Lady GaGa
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Voices Rising, a Queer spoken-word extravaganza
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Voices Rising
December 11
Richard Hugo House


On December 11, Voices Rising returned to the Richard Hugo House with their sixth powerful and passionate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Queers of color spoken-word extravaganza. Nearl
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SGN PICKS - Best live performances of the year, 2009
by Albert Rodriguez, Jessica Price and Shaun Knittel - SGN Writers

Albert Rodriguez's picks
Whether it's 90 degrees and I'm enjoying a cool breeze under a tree at Woodland Park Zoo or it's a freezing 30 degrees and I'm waiting for the doors to open at the Moore Theatre to be the first inside, the best place to find
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SGN PICKS - Best albums of the year, 2009
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

In order, these are my choices for the best albums from the past 12 months.

1) Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
The perfect pop record from France's über-hipsters. This is the album we knew they were capable of making, and the one that finally made them inte
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SGN PICKS: Worst music of the year, 2009
by Albert Rodriguez, Jessica Price and Shaun Knittel SGN Writers Oh yes, we're going there. This year produced a long list of great recordings and memorable headlines, but it also had its share of earaches, career-ending moves, over-exposures, and completely untalented annoyances. Here are our picks, in order of their ridiculously poor contri more
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NW Bears = Bearracuda
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Bearracuda
Chop Suey
December 12


Bearracuda, San Francisco's night for bears, cubs, otters, beefcakes, chubs, pups, beards, furballs and you, celebrated its one-year anniversary in Seattle at Chop Suey on December 12. The dance night raged from 9 p
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Charles Lloyd Quartet incredible and profound
by E. Joyce Glasgow - SGN A&E Writer

The Charles Lloyd New Quartet
December 6
Town Hall


Legendary jazz saxophonist and flautist Charles Lloyd returned to Seattle on December 6 for an incredible concert at Town Hall with Jason Moran on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drum
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Radio City Rockettes rock in Seattle
by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

Radio City
Christmas Spectacular
Paramount Theatre
Through January 3


New York City's Radio City Music Hall has presented many acts since opening, perhaps none so famous as The Rockettes. This line of 22 talented, high-kicking women arrived at
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Seattle Shakes settles for serviceable Twelfth Night
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Twelfth Night
Seattle Shakespeare Company
Through December 27


Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is one of his classic mistaken identities plays. It starts with a brother and sister who each think the other has been drowned at sea. The sister, Viola - played by S
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Santaland Diaries at the Bathhouse
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Santaland Diaries
Bathhouse Theatre
Through December 24


Seattle Public Theatre (SPT) is currently running David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries until December 24, at the historic Bathhouse Theatre on Greenlake. The now-classic story, recounting Sedaris
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Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
MUSIC LOUNGE
Passion Pit sums up a big year, pick their faves of '09
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BITS & BYTES

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OUTBOUND

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WHERE IT'S AT
WINDING DOWN 2009: Cake, Deck the Hall Ball
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MOVIE REVIEWS

Avatar brings Hollywood cinema into the 21st century
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Political Invictus another Eastwood victory
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Campy Transylmania too funny for words
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INSIDE HOLLYWOOD
Deep Inside Hollywood - Romeo San Vicente
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BOOK MARKS
Book Marks
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Dyketown: Sneaking into Women's Chorus rehearsal & rib
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Seattle Women's Chorus
Mercy snuck in and sat at the back of the final rehearsal of the upcoming Seattle Women's Chorus concert with a big smile on her face. Her friend, Melody Barrister, had said, "I think our holiday concert again delivers by providing something for
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SGN PICKS - Best metal/industrial/hard rock of 2009: Rammstein's Liebe Ist Für Alle Da (a highly biased recommendation)
by Maggie Bloodstone - SGN Contributing Writer

Megadeth: You're classic, you own the shit. Slayer: Love ya, don't ever change. Cannibal Corpse (air kiss): You're beautiful, I mean it. BUT ya'll are just going to have to lie down and let the ten-ton Teutonic tremblor known as Rammstein roll right over your asses this year. Why
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SGN PICKS - Best singles/tracks of the year, 2009
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

They may not have been played on a radio station near you, but these were the true standouts of 2009 and my picks for the best singles (in order).

1) 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)' - Beyoncé
We'll be dancing to this years from now. It was the bounciest hit
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Gift guides and goodbyes
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

I assure you, yes, my head is clear as I write this (though the fire department just left my building 'cause my druggie neighbors had a "batch of something" that caused the fire alarm to go off, yikes!), and yes, Virginia and Virgil, there is life after SGN. As this year comes to a c
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