Leaving tech out of the toy bag
Thursday, 15 December 2011 11:43

Vintage Top(Edited from AP) In Christmas Past, children would find all sorts of simple games under the tree: Tiddlywinks, pickup sticks and board games could amuse young minds for hours.

Batteries and computer chips have made much of kid's play an electronic spectator sport today, but there are signs of some pushback.

Retailers are offering a variety of vintage-style games, and many baby boomers are seeking out the toys they remember fondly, puzzles, board games and the like.

Holiday home decor emphasizes the natural
Thursday, 15 December 2011 11:38

Pine Cone(Edited from AP) There's nothing quite like a winter walk through snowy woods. This holiday season, trend watchers are encouraging us to bring some of those evocative, forest-y elements home to decorate our outdoor and indoor spaces.

Exclusive interview with Christina Yao, Director of Empire of Silver
Written by Jocelyn Chui   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 15:04

AaronKwok and LeiHaoSet in late 19th century in China, Empire of Silver is a historical movie directed by Christina Yao. The story is about how the son of a powerful wealthy merchant must inherit the family business and the challenges he has to face. The following is the transcript of an interview with Yao via e-mail.

Q: EMPIRE OF SILVER focuses on a specific period in history. What inspired you to make a film on this difficult subject matter?

A: Ten years ago, I stumbled upon an article that I sparked my interest in Shanxi merchants, a group of people who brought so much by way of business ethics to the world that no one really knows about.

Focal on Seattle: Local Happenings Dec. 8 2011
Thursday, 08 December 2011 11:55

Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K and Century Ballroom Indoor Flea MarketJingle Bell Run/Walk 5K - Lace up your bell-adorned Nikes and jingle all the way down Fifth Avenue to Columbia Street and up I-5 for a cure for arthritis Charity Events.

Century Ballroom Indoor Flea Market - a wide range of independent vendors offering locally designed goods, as well as all manner of vintage clothing, house wares, baubles, and fine finds.

Diverse cast of Cinderella at 5th Ave gives hope to everyone during holiday seasons
Written by Jocelyn Chui   
Thursday, 08 December 2011 11:37

Cinderella at 5th AveWe all know the story of Cinderella by heart, but watching it on stage definitely places you into the fairytale where your childhood dream comes true.

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” playing at the 5th Avenue Theatre brings out the best from this story of an unwanted child. Better yet, the diversity of the cast and the cultural elements included in the musical makes the performance inclusive for everyone.

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