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Free Cooking Classes at Pike Place Market on Thursday Mornings

July 17, 2014

I realize word of a free cooking class at Pike Place Market at 11 today may be a little late if you’re not already in the neighborhood, but there will be another one at noon and every Thursday from now until Sept. 26.

It’s a free cooking series called “From Farmers to Families and Friends” and there will be one at 11 a.m. and another at noon every Thursday through the end of the summer. The classes are designed to take the mystery out of cooking using local ingredients. Each class lasts 45 minutes, leaving time for questions.

The classes are held in the Market’s Atrium Kitchen. Reservations aren’t required, but you’ll want to get there early because there’s only room for 20 in each class.

Thursday Funny: Word Crimes

July 17, 2014

I learned a lot in college. How to write a gripping lead on a news story. How to get along with a roommate. Why you shouldn’t use boiling water to melt the ice on your windshield.

One of the biggest lessons I learned, however, is that a Weird Al Yankovic album/CD is not an investment in sound. Oh sure, the songs are funny and all and they make you laugh the first three or four times you hear them, but honestly, how many times can you listen to “Nature Trail to Hell in 3-D,” “Another One Rides the Bus,” “My Bologna” and “Polka Face” before you’ve had enough.

Ah, but a Weird Al video, now there’s a thing of beauty…and this is one of his latest. You don’t have to be an English major to love this one, but it helps…..

And, if you haven’t heard the song he’s parodying, here’s the original, “Blurred Lines.”

Wednesday Funny: They’re Just Faking It

July 16, 2014

The Cheap Bastard says goodbye to the World Cup soccer tournament with this little video that shows what real life would be like if it were more like soccer.

I probably watched only 10 minutes of the entire tournament, but still found this video funny and you will, too, even if you’re not a soccer fan. And if you aren’t a soccer fan, but need a little bit of context, you can watch this handy round up of injuries and see that today’s video is spot on.

Not only that, but longtime Seattle Seahawks fans will recognize one of the team’s old strategies for getting time outs at the end of a game during the Chuck Knox years.

Chocolopolis Teaches How to Host a Chocolate Tasting Party Tonight (7/15)

July 15, 2014

imgres-1It’s the second day of a long, hot week and you’re just not ready to return home to your hot home/apartment/condo/abode/residence/what-have-you, but what to do instead?

Why not attend a free class on how to hold a chocolate tasting? The event runs from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight (7/15) at Chocolopolis on Queen Anne and is one of many events the confectioner is holding this month to celebrate its birthday. In fact, there’s a free happy hour Thursday night to celebrate the store’s launch of its single origin chocolate bars.

For a full list of free events, check out the store’s site.

Tuesday Funny: Holy Head Scratcher, Batman

July 15, 2014

I can’t say it’s necessarily funny, ha-ha, but it is funny in an odd sort of way and it was too weird not to pass on.

So, here you go, Batman fans, people who like to have their heads messed with for no particular reason, fans of “The Annoying Music Show” and people who enjoy the “Golden Throat” CDs.

Thanks or brickbats to Ted Pickett, depending on your point of view.

See 9 Plays All in One Place Free This Weekend

July 12, 2014

Grunge Blue-burst Background TextureConcerts aren’t the only things that head out doors once the weather turns nice. So do plays. And there are lots of places you can see outdoor shows all over town, but there’s only one place where you can see nine plays on the same weekend and that’s the Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival, which runs today through Sunday at Volunteer Park.

The shows are being performed at two stages, one at the Amphitheater, the other at the Museum Lawn and a few will be performed twice over the weekend.

The list includes Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, Love’s Labours Lost, Teatro Minestrone’s Around the World in 8 Stories, Richard III, The Lost Folio (by Jet City Improv) and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

The first show starts at noon on Saturday and 11 on Sunday. All performances are free, but you may want to bring your own seats and some sunscreen as well as a big hat and some sunglasses to protect you from the sun.

Krispy Kreme: Buy 1 Dozen Donuts, Get Dozen Glazed for 77 Cents

July 11, 2014

7b2552e9-0d4d-4edd-82a8-473c1561aee3Krispy Kreme is celebrating its 77th birthday and, depending on your view, either giving you the gift or sending you down the road to ruin, with today’s offering of 1 dozen donuts at a regular price and a dozen Original Glazed Donuts for just 77 cents.

If it were up to me, I’d just buy the second dozen at 77 cents and skip the first one, but, hey, that’s just me.

Happy eating.

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