Oscar shorts 2015: a look at animated, live-action nominees

Two packages of short films — one a gathering of 2015 Oscar-nominated animated works supplemented by some extra titles, and the other this year’s collection of live-action nominees — make for interesting, sometimes fun, sporadically exciting viewing. Animated Oscar nominees “A Single Life”: A three-minute record has been known to change some people’s lives, but […]

Brad’s Swingside bids farewell with jazz blowout

Former Seattle bassist Michael Bisio, now in New York, makes a special return visit next week to join the chorus saying farewell to Brad’s Swingside Cafe, the beloved Italian bistro in Fremont where Bisio frequently played when he lived here. The tiny restaurant is closing in February, after 25 years. Bisio will play five nights […]

Sam Smith: Is he a champion crooner?

On Monday, Feb. 2, singer Sam Smith will bring his croon to KeyArena, where a throng of adoring fans will reward him with much applause. Smith’s debut album, “In the Lonely Hour,” was released in May and became one of the best-selling records of 2014. Smith’s Seattle show is much anticipated — he sold out […]

White House seeks to limit health law’s tax surprises

WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act say they worry that the tax-filing season will generate new anger as uninsured consumers learn that they must pay tax penalties and as many people struggle with complex forms needed to justify tax credits they received in 2014 to pay for health […]

Romney donors are being wooed to switch sides

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida plunged into all-out battle this weekend for the biggest unclaimed prize in American politics and the decisive advantage that could go with it: the billion-dollar donor network once harnessed by Mitt Romney. In hundreds of phone calls that began even before Romney […]

Atlanta Hawks extend winning streak to 18 games

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Hawks keep finding new ways to extend the longest winning streak in franchise history. This time, Kent Bazemore was the surprise star off the bench. Atlanta overcame 37 points by Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge to win its 18th straight game by overpowering the Trail Blazers in the final period for a 105-99 […]