Thora Bjorg Helga in 'Metalhead'

Metalhead: Icelandic film teases black metal

Metalhead (Málmhaus) (watch on Amazon) is an Icelandic film from 2013 that played in Seattle as part of the 2015 Nordic Lights Film Festival. Directed by Ragnar Bragason, Metalhead was very successful in the Icelandic 2014 Edda Awards, winning for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Sound,…

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Cruising to St. Petersburg: a visa primer

Navigating the visa hurdles of your Baltic cruise vacation The crown jewel of any Baltic cruise itinerary is the port of call in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with most cruise lines offering 2 days (1 overnight) and some even offering 3 days (2 overnights). St. Petersburg has an incredible amount to offer, from a rich and complicated history…

Cover image for N3VOA 'Wasted Memories'.

CD Review: N3VOA – Wasted Memories

N3VOA is the work of Diego Bittencourt, an EBM/ Synth Pop artist from New York City. After a childhood spent in São Paoul, Brazil, Diego moved to the United States at age 12. He became interested in music, initially drumming for death metal act DEATHRUNE. But his interests over time veered toward electronic music, with…

Mendenhall Glacier and Lake with Nugget Falls on the far right

6 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

Time flies, but with New Year’s reflections and a recent career change, I realize I’ve been writing for newspapers, magazines and online venues for over 15 years now. Some of those years were non-productive but the “writing bug” has been insistent, something constantly at the back of my mind, even more so today now that…

Cover of 'Pop!: Create the Perfect Pitch, Title and Tagline For Anything' by Sam Horn

Review of POP! by Sam Horn

  POP! Create the Perfect Pitch, Title and Tagline for Anything by Sam Horn (Perigree, 2009) offers an easy-to-follow road map on how you can sell your idea or brand in 60 seconds or less. The basic idea of POP! is that by completing a series of mental exercises you will be able to better market your idea in…

Rane Stone, singer for Jar Of Flies (the ultimate AIC experience).

Jar Of Flies (Alice In Chains tribute) live in Lynnwood, WA

On July 11, 2015 Jar Of Flies (the ultimate AIC experience), a Seattle-based Alice In Chains tribute, performed at Sound Check Bar & Grill in Lynnwood, WA. Also performing that evening were Outshined (Tribute To Soundgarden & Temple Of The Dog) and Scarecrow Messiah. Jar Of Flies is actually a “sister band” of sorts with Outshined, as the bands share the…

Sihanoukville, Cambodia - view of the city. Photo by Dmitry Makeev.

Sihanoukville, Cambodia: Seattle sister city

Sihanoukville, Cambodia – Seattle sister city since 1999 Seattle’s most recent sister city is Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The relationship has been active since 1999 when Sihanoukville became Seattle’s 21st sister city. The Seattle-Sihanoukville Sister City Association provides a central source of communication between the two sister cities. Projects in the past have included: raising funds to build…

Layne Staley Last 3 Recorded Songs

The final recorded output of Layne Staley of Alice In Chains For me personally, Alice In Chains has always been my favorite among the various grunge bands. Yet there are some holes in my Alice In Chains knowledge, which I realized during a recent tribute show of Jar Of Flies (the ultimate AIC experience) that I attended. Yesterday I…