Sony shuts down online games

Reuters reports that Sony Online Entertainment has temporarily shut down its online games service after finding that its system was damaged by the April break-in that led to the theft of an astonishing 77 million user accounts.

Per the PlayStation Blog: “One report indicated that a group tried to sell millions of credit card numbers back to Sony. To my knowledge there is no truth to this report of a list, or that Sony was offered an opportunity to purchase the list.”

Sony reminds users to follow standard security precautions which include not giving out your credit card number, social security number, or password to anyone who solicits it.

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May 2nd

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tech

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Tour the city by foot with City Running Tours

City Running Tours may be one of the more unique tour operators out there – instead of loading tourists into buses or vans or amphibious vehicles, they give a city’s visitors (or even curious residents) a chance for a special look at the city on fleet foot. CRT offers guided and personalized individual tours of a city led by a knowledgeable local runner. For those of you who like to keep fit while you vacation, it’s an ideal opportunity.

CRT’s been in business for a while now in Boston, Charleston, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, and now they’ve come to Seattle. Pre-selected routes for Seattle include a Pike Place Waterfront route, the Space Needle Experience run, and a park to park run that starts and ends in Volunteer Park and along the way includes Louisa Boren, Interurban, and Washington parks.

City Running Tours Seattle will kick off with a complimentary group run on Saturday May 7th. For more information on the run, including time and meeting place, and to register, go to www.cityrunningtours.com/seattle.html

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May 2nd

seattle

travel

Noise for the Needy announces 2011 lineup

Noise for the Needy is a musical festival that rocks out to support people who could really use a helping hand. From June 7 through June 12 at a variety of Seattle venues, this year’s festival helps raise funds for Real Change.

The full line up can be found on the NFTN website but highlights include: Detroit Cobras, The Fucking Eagles, Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance, The Golden Blondes, The Builders and the Butchers, Akimbo, Honeybear, The Pharmacy, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band and many, many more. Be sure to get your tickets early.

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April 26th

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seattle

Eat Real Food, feed the hungry

On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, Meals Partnership Coalition (MPC) will host a happy hour fundraiser to support the work of King County programs that prepare and serve free and low-cost meals to homeless and poverty-level children, youth, families, and individuals. The fundraiser, “Eat Real Food: Food for Life” will be held at FareSart in downtown Seattle from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and will feature a multicultural hors d’oeuvres menu made from organic ingredients, a silent auction, and live music performed by award-winning virtuoso guitarist, Andre Feriante.

MPC is a collaborative organization with more than 68 non-profit meal provider members who serve in excess of 3 million free or low-cost meals annually, and works to ensure that non-profit meal programs have the resources necessary to meet the hunger needs of people who would otherwise go hungry.

Food for the event will be prepared by a team of celebrated chefs from 7 local human service organizations: Asian Counseling and Referral Services, Recovery Cafe, Union Gospel Mission, Pike Market Senior Center, OPERATION:Sack Lunch, Seattle Children’s Home, and Angeline’s Center.

FareStart is a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals, and the event will take place at the FareStart Restaurant. The FareStart restaurant is located at 700 Virginia Street, 98121 (on the corner of 7th and Virginia). Tickets for the event are $25.00 and are available online at Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/159442) or www.mealspartnership.org. For additional information please contact Shayne Kraemer at (206) 957-3857, or via e-mail at shayne@mealspartnership.org

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April 26th

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“The First Grader” opens 2011 SIFF festival May 19

The true story of an 84-year old Kenyan man determined to get the education he never could afford, The First Grader has played to acclaim at the London Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, and the Toronto Film Festival where it came in second to The King’s Speech. This remarkable story makes its way to the screen at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall where it opens SIFF 2011. Written by Emmy-winning Ann Peacock (The Chronicles of Narnia), the film stars Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris and is directed by Justin Chadwick who will be an Opening Night special guest.

The Opening Night Gala will immediately follow the film next door at the Exhibition Hall with drinks provided by Don Q Rums, Stella Artois and Barefoot Wines and Bubbly. Appetizers and desserts will be provided by the Festival’s catering partners @ The Peak Café, Blue Moon Burgers, Buca di Beppo, Cupcake Royale, Dilettante, Ivar’s Seafood, Joey Restaurants, Plum Bistro, Salumi, Sweet Iron Waffles, Tidbit Bistro and Zatz a Better Bagel with Red Carpet Experience catering provided by Savor.

Tickets for the gala are available now – tickets are $50 (SIFF Members $45), with premium tickets available for $100 (SIFF Members $90) and a Red Carpet Opening Night Experience package – including valet parking, a private pre-screening reception, access to the post-screening VIP Lounge and a gift bag – available for $200. Purchase tickets online at SIFF.

SIFF has also announced this year’s festival venues: SIFF Cinema, IMAX at Pacific Science Center, Pacific Place Cinemas, Benaroya Hall, Admiral Theater, Neptune Theatre, Harvard Exit Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, SIFF Lounge at Boom Noodle, Triple Door, with the Closing Gala and Reception to be held at Cinerama. Metro area venues outside of downtown Seattle are Everett Performing Arts Center, Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, and Kirkland Performance Center.

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April 15th

film

seattle

SIFF

Some Days Are Better Than Others – Seattle premiere

Portland native Matt McCormick’s debut feature film, Some Days Are Better Than Others, makes its Seattle premiere on Friday, April 15 at NW Film Forum. Starring Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney) and James Mercer (The Shins, Broken Bells), Some Days Are Better Than Others is “a sad valentine to the forgotten discards of a throwaway society, and a story about knowing when to hold on, and when to let go.”

McCormick will be in attendance Friday night with his film and with actor Renee Roman Nose; the movie screens continues through April 21.

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April 15th

film

seattle

Celebrate cinema with Charlie Chaplin at SIFF Cinema

SIFF Cinema honors the enduring legacy of one of the best known and most loved icons in film history with a selection of the films of Charlie Chaplin screening April 15 – 21.

At one time considered the most famous man in the world, Chaplin continues to be a star even long after his death. His films were funny, fearless, and inventive, always well crafted and filled with life. Chaplin was a master storyteller and a hilarious comedian with a sophisticated taste in humor that still left room for some slapstick hijinks.

The series begins Friday night, April 15 at 7:30 pm with a presentation of City Lights, a nearly silent (it has music and sound effects) film in which Chaplin’s famed character, The Tramp, serves time as a street sweeper, a boxer, a rich poseur, and a rescuer of a suicidal millionaire, all for the sake of getting money to restore sight to the blind flower girl he adores.

Saturday afternoon catch a double feature of The Gold Rush at 2:00 pm and The Kid at 4:00 pm. Saturday evening see Chaplin skewer fascism in the sensitive comedy The Dictator at 7:30 pm.

Sunday’s double feature pairs a series of shorts with The Circus. Modern Times screen at 6:30.

The series continues on Monday with Limelight, on Tuesday with A King in New York, on Wednesday with Monsieur Verdoux (described by Chaplin himself as: “the cleverest, most brilliant film of my career”), and concludes Thursday with a drama directed by Chaplin and starring Edna Purviance and Adolphe Menjou, A Woman of Paris.

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April 14th

film

seattle

SIFF

Can’t make it to Coachella? Moe Bar has you covered

Ah, Coachella. Three days of music and other arts in the company of a hot, sweaty, jam-packed crowd with a blazing sun beating down on you all day long…who would want to miss out on that experience?

In all seriousness, despite the inconveniences that a desert festival presents, Coachella is popular because the organizers always manage to put together an amazing collection of performers. This year’s lineup includes more acts that you could a dozen fists at, with headliners like Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, and the Strokes, and a whole heaping ton of other performers, from Duran Duran to the Black Keys, Cee Lo Green, Broken Social Scene, Gogol Bordello, The Aquabats…and the list just goes on and on.

There’s good reason to be sorry you’re not able to make it, but don’t worry. Just because you can’t be there doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Moe Bar, right next to Neumo’s, will be screening all three days (April 15, 16, and 17) of the festival on two flat screens and a large drop projection screen at the back of the bar. The stream should start around 5 pm on Friday and not only is Moe kicking it all off with their usual Happy Hour specials of $3 wells and microdrafts, $2 domestics, there is absolutely no cover charge for the streaming event. When you get hungry, be sure to slip over to the Pike St. Fish Fry.

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April 14th

music

seattle

Celebrate arts and letters at Wayzgoose, April 17

King’s Books in Tacoma celebrates their seventh annual Wayzgoose on Sunday, April 17 from 11 am to 4 pm and if you’re at all interested in letterpress and books arts you won’t want to miss it.

At the festival you’ll get to meet local printers and view their wares, print your own keepsake, make paper and paper creations, create letter magnetic poetry, and experience the thrill of steamroller printing. Bring a t-shirt or other fabric to screenprint on and students from the University of Puget Sound will print one of three designs on it for you.

Artists on hand include: Springtide Press, Beautiful Angle, Notta Pixie Press, ilfant press, L’Arche Tahoma Hope Farm & Gardens, Seattle Center for Book Arts, Anagram Press, and many, many more.

King’s Books is located in Tacoma’s Stadium District at 218 St. Helens Ave.

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April 14th

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seattle

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Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon – tickets going fast

The fourth annual Seattle Chocolate Luxury Salon celebrates the best chocolates of the Northwest on Saturday, May 14.

Always a popular event for fans of fine confections, the show is currently at least 80 percent sold out. Tickets will not be available at the door and must be ordered in advance. If you love chocolate you don’t want miss this show – get your tickets online now before they’re gone.

This year’s salon will feature chef and author talks, demonstrations, and a keynote speech by Karen Brown, the Seattle-based Frantic Foodie, who will be talking about her upcoming new book, Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle.

And, of course, the highlight of the show is tasting of fine chocolates from participants like mano Artisan Chocolate, Theo Chocolate, Forte Chocolates, Intrigue Chocolates, Posh Chocolat, Chocolopolis, Carters Chocolates, Divine Chocolate, La Chatelaine Chocolat Co., Jade Chocolates, Alter Eco Fair Trade Chocolate, Sweet Decadence, The Madison Chocolatiers West, Redrim Chocolates, Taza Chocolate, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, George Paul Chocolates, Kathryn Taylor Chocolates, Eat Chocolates, Goat Milk Candy Company, See’s Candies, Suess Chocolates, Missionary Chocolates, Quady Winery, Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka and Van Gogh Amsterdam Chocolate Liqueur.

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April 13th

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