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Flatstock + Seattle eats + Bumbershoot: Weekly Love

I’m refusing to acknowledge that fall is on its way. Vive la summer!

This week:

-Bumbershoot! My third year since since I first crossed it off my list: #50 Go to Bumbershoot in Seattle in 2009. The line-up wasn’t too great this year, but the weather was fantastic. Loved: Little Dragon (as usual), staying at the Heathman (snagged it on Jetsetter in May), the Trey McIntyre Project (modern dance set to The Shins’ Oh, Inverted World), Best of SIFF 2011 short films (North Atlantic was the most memorable for me), orchestra-ish music in the Experience Music Project, the SBUX Insider Lounge (ie. free coffee drinks all weekend), and playing tourist going up the Space Needle, which I hadn’t done since I was a 5-year-old.

-Seattle food. Seattle, land of my birth, you have excellent food. [ahem, Portland is still better] :)  I could have eaten two of the Margherita pizzas at Serious Pie. Also enjoyed the huevos a la Mexicana at Hi Spot Cafe, and the delicious Puerto Rican food at La Isla in Ballard.

-Flatstock I always try to reserve day 1 of Bumbershoot for taking pics and considering my options, and buy something day 2. This year, I bought the Weapons of Mass Creation poster for my kitchen.

-Movies in the Park – One of the final Movies in the Park this year was North by Northwest in Elizabeth Caruthers Park in South Waterfront. Banh mi takeout from Bambuza + a bottle of rosé + a pile of pillows and blankets + Cary Grant on the big screen = perfect summer evening.

-Musicfest NW – After spending three days at Bumbershoot, I wasn’t too excited for Musicfest NW. We did end up catching one show on Friday night — Glass Candy. There were giant balloons. I took of video of said balloons.

Listening: Little Dragon.

#59: Watch All 5 Best Picture Nominees Before the Oscars 2010


Brad Pitt - such a bad assOscar 2010 time! So I almost completed #59 (Watch all 5 10 Best Picture Nominees before the Oscars) in 2008, and then last year around this time I was in Costa Rica, so 2010 it is!

I’m starting with 2 for 10 this year, but seriously why are there ten Best Picture nominations? Usually there are only five. I need more time! At least the plan is logistically possible this year, but there are two movies on the list that I don’t think I can bring myself to watch (how are Sandra Bullock and Mariah Carey in Oscar nominated movies anyway?).

2010 Best Picture Nominations:

  1. Avatar (James Cameron and Jon Landau) – in theaters
  2. The Blind Side – in theaters
  3. District 9 (Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham – DVD
  4. An Education (Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey) – in theaters (DVD in March)
  5. The Hurt Locker – DVD
  6. Inglourious Basterds (Lawrence Bender) – DVD
  7. Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness) – in theaters (DVD in March)
  8. A Serious Man (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) DVD on February 9
  9. Up (Jonas Rivera) – DVD
  10. Up in the Air (Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman) – in theaters

What movie gets your vote?

#52: See the All-Time Top 100 Grossing Films


around-the-world-in-80-daysTwo years later, and I’ve finally finished watching the Top 100 Grossing Films of All-Time! I had already seen 68 of the 100, so I averaged about one movie every three weeks. While I’ve enjoyed more of the movies from Ebert’s 102 Movies You Must See list, watching the top 100 grossing gives you an interesting snapshot of American culture through the past 100 years. Some of the movies are hardly classics, but it was fun to consider why they were so popular in the specific decades.

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I didn’t watch 3 horror movies that were on the list, because I hate horror movies — and it’s my list, so I can do what I want!

#59: Watch all 5 Best Picture Nominees before the Oscars

  • Atonement – in theaters
  • Juno – in theaters
  • Michael Clayton – on DVD February 19
  • No Country for Old Men – in theaters
  • There Will Be Blood – in theaters

Well, it looks like I’m starting from scratch this year. 4 out of 5 are in theaters and the 5th comes out on DVD 5 days before the Oscars, so at least it’s doable. :)

#53: Ebert’s ‘102 Movies You Must See’ List – A Star Is Born


A Star Is BornI’m not prone to falling asleep during movies, but this one sure did the trick. Maybe it’s a musical thing, anyway, A Star Is Born was not my kind of movie. The plot seemed very tired (no pun intended). I was bored with the movie before I fell asleep, but I assumed it would get more interesting.

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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