02/09/2007 07:00 PM - Tweek's Music Store
Cover: $5
Also playing: Boris Budd

03/10/2007 09:00 PM - Green Frog Acoustic Tavern
Also playing: Shawnee Kilgore

03/23/2007 08:00 PM - Fantasia Espresso & Tea
Cover: $4
Also playing: Shawnee Kilgore, Alison Priesinger

05/18/2007 08:00 PM - Three Trees Coffeehouse


01/27/2007 08:00 PM - Three Trees Coffeehouse

01/20/2007 03:00 PM - Caffe Adagio
Also playing: TBA

12/09/2006 03:00 PM - Caffe Adagio
Also playing: Tim Durlee

11/25/2006 06:00 PM - Cheri O'Brien's art studio (Everett WA)
Cover: donation
Also playing: Rachel O'Brien, Soundview

11/11/2006 08:00 PM - Three Trees Coffeehouse

10/27/2006 08:00 PM - Fantasia Espresso & Tea
Cover: $3
Also playing: Pocket Orchestra, Bloomers & Boogie Tights, Anne Pries

09/10/2006 07:00 PM - Idiom Theater
Cover: $6
Also playing: Bonfire Madigan, Casey Neill, 1985

08/25/2006 07:00 PM - Fantasia Espresso & Tea
Cover: donation
Also playing: Boy on Fire, Malarkey, Apathy Theory

07/15/2006 08:00 PM - Three Trees Coffeehouse

07/07/2006 07:00 PM - Fantasia Espresso & Tea
Also playing: The Braille Tapes, Silence Dogood

Fantasia Espresso & Tea: my art is on display for the entire month of July

06/29/2006 08:00 PM - Fantasia Espresso & Tea
Also playing: Kat the Unsinkable, Stephanie Kountouros, Anna Wolff, Jessica Lohafer

06/07/2006 09:30 PM - Acoustic Tavern (21+)
Also playing: Kat the Unsinkable, Anna Arvan

The Black Drop: my art is on display for the entire month of May

05/18/2006 08:00 PM - Fantasia Espresso & Tea
Also playing: Shawnee Kilgore

04/13/2006 07:00 PM - Fantasia Espresso & Tea

03/24/2006 12:00 PM - The Public Market
Also playing: Shawnee Kilgore

03/17/2006 07:00 PM - The Public Market
Also playing: Shawnee Kilgore



  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich: The Cost of Discipleship

  • Capote, Truman: In Cold Blood

  • Danielewski, Mark Z.: House of Leaves

  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby

  • Foer, Jonathan Safran: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

  • L'Engle, Madeliene: Walking on Water & The Time Quartet

  • Lewis, C.S.: The Chronicles of Narnia

  • Merton, Thomas: No Man is an Island

  • Miller, Donald: Blue Like Jazz

  • Nix, Garth: The Abhorsen Trilogy

  • Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince

  • Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye & Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction

  • Stegner, Wallace: Crossing to Safety

  • Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings

  • Vanauken, Sheldon: A Severe Mercy & Under the Mercy

  • Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One's Own

  • Zinn, Howard: A People's History of the Unites States
  • 5.22.2006

    An Incomplete List of Books I've Read

    I don't honestly expect you to read all this. If you do feel compelled to read the entire list, I really must implore you to take up knitting, or perhaps water ballet, as this is a lousy way to spend your free time--not to mention that it's terrible for your eyes.

    Mostly, I posted this list as a way to amuse myself (what does this say about how I spend my free time, eh?), and to give you, dear reader, the opportunity to place requests. See a book on here you'd like me to review? Speak up! See a book that's not on here, but that you think I ought to read? Please, tell me!

    Now, there's no way for me to compile a really thorough list of what I've read, but I've done my best with what I've got on my shelves...

    Bold = they've been reviewed, and you can get 'em off the review list!


    Albert Camus, The Stranger, The Fall
    Alex Garland, The Coma
    Alice Sebald, The Lovely Bones
    Ana Castillo, So Far From God
    Anita Diamant, The Red Tent
    Anna Seghers, The Seventh Cross
    Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Lamott, Rosie, Blue Shoe, Travelling Mercies (Essays), Bird By Bird
    Ann Pearlman, Infidelity
    Anonymous, The Way of the Pilgrim
    A.S. Byatt, Possession
    Audrey Niffenegger, The Time-Traveller's Wife
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
    Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran


    Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel & Dimed, The Snarling Citizen
    Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees, Pigs in Heaven, Animal Dreams, The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, High Tide in Tuscan (Essays), Small Wonder (Essays)
    Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
    Beverly Donofrio, Riding in Cars with Boys, Looking for Mary
    Bernard Cooper, Truth Serum (Essays), Maps to Anywhere (Essays)
    Billie Letts, Where the Heart Is
    Bram Stoker, Dracula
    Brenda Miller, Season of the Body (Essays)
    Brock Cole, Celine
    Bruno Maddox, My Little Blue Dress


    Caleb Carr, The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness
    C.D. Payne, Youth in Revolt
    Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
    Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
    Christopher Paolini, Eragon
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Lullaby, Choke
    Collette, Gigi
    C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, Til We Have Faces, The Dark Tower and Other Stories, The Great Divorce, The Science Fiction Trilogy, Surprised by Joy, The Four Loves, A Grief Observed, Mere Christianity, The Weight of Glory, The Problem of Pain


    Daniel Quinn, Ishmael
    Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man, The Maltese Falcon
    Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
    David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked
    Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What, Blue Like Jazz
    Dorothy Parker, Big Blonde & Other Stories


    E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News, Accordian Crimes
    Elie Wiesel, The Oath
    Emer Martin, More Bread or I'll Appear
    Emile Zola, The Earth, Therese Raquin
    Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
    Eoin Colfer, Artmeis Fowl (Books 1,2 & 3)
    Eric Schlosser, Reefer Madness
    Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man & The Sea, A Farewell to Arms


    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
    Francesca Lia Block, Weetzie Bat, The Hanged Man
    Frank Herbert, Dune
    Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes
    Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis & Other Stories, The Trial
    Friedrich Nietzche, The Gay Science
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, Crime & Punishment


    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, In Evil Hour, Of Love & Other Demons
    Garrison Keillor, Love Me
    Garth Nix, The Abhorsen Trilogy, Shade's Children
    George MacDonald, The Princess & The Goblin, The Princess & Curdie, The Light Princess & Other Stories
    George Orwell, 1984
    Graham Greene, Travels With My Aunt, The Comedians
    Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary


    Hannah Green, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
    Haven Kimmel, A Girl Named Zippy, The Solace of Leaving Early
    Herman Hesse, Klingsor's Last Summer
    H.G. Wells, The Time Machine
    Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States


    Ian McEwan, Atonement, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, The Innocent
    Iris Murdoch, The Book & The Brotherhood
    Isabel Allende, Daughter of Fortune
    Italo Calvino, The Baron in the Trees, Cosmicomics, t zero


    James Joyce, Dubliners
    Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Franny & Zooey, Nine Stories, Raise High The Roofbeam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
    Jeffery Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex
    Jill A. Davis, Girls' Poker Night
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the...: Sorcerer's Stone (1), Chamber of Secrets (2), Prisoner of Azkaban (3), Goblet of Fire (4), Order of the Phoenix (5), Half-Blood Prince (6)
    J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace, Elizabeth Costello
    Jo Ann Beard, The Boys of My Youth (Essays)
    Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem (Essays), The White Album
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Widow for One Year, The Fourth Hand, The Cider House Rules, The Hotel New Hampshire
    John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, The Red Pony
    Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections
    Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn, Gun, With Occasional Music
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
    Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22
    Jostien Gaarder, Sophie's World
    Joy Kogawa, Obasan
    Joyce Carol Oates, Foxfire, We Were the Mulvaneys, Them
    J.R.R. Tolkien, Roverandom, The Hobbit, Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham, The Lord of the Rings
    Judith Hermann, Summerhouse Later (Stories)
    Jurek Becker, Jakob the Liar


    Karl Marx & Frederick Engels, The Communist Manifesto
    Kathleen Norris, The Virgin of Bennington, Amazing Grace, The Cloister Walk
    Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-5, Galapagos, Breakfast of Champions, Bagombo Snuff Box


    Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove, Streets of Laredo
    Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
    Laurie Notaro, I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies), An Idiot Girl's Christmas
    Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning (Book 1), The Reptile Room (Book 2), The Wide Window (Book 3)
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, Confession
    Lily Burana, Strip City
    Lois Lowry, The Giver, Gathering Blue
    Lorrie Moore, Who Will Run The Frog Hospital?, Like Life (Stories)
    Louis Sachar, Holes
    Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy
    Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves

    Madeline L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, Walking on Water
    Maile Meloy, Liars & Saints
    Marilyn Robinson, Housekeeping
    Mark Doty, Still Life With Oysters & Lemon
    Mark Twain, The Adventures of Hucklberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
    Mary Karr, The Liars' Club
    Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
    Mary Swander, Out of This World
    Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior, Tripmaster Monkey
    Michael Collins, The Keepers of Truth, The Resurrectionists, Lost Souls
    Michael Cunningham, The Hours
    Mil Millington, Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About
    Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
    Monica Furlong, Wise Child, Juniper


    Nuala O'Faolian, Are You Somebody?, My Dream of You
    Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation of Christ, Report to Greco, The Greek Passion
    Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth


    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


    Par Lagerkvist, Barrabas, The Sibyl
    Penelope Fitzgerald, Offshore


    Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
    Richard Adams, Watership Down
    Richard Russo, Empire Falls
    Roald Dahl, The BFG, Matilda, James & The Giant Peach
    Robert Graves, I, Claudius, Claudius the God
    Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyl & Mister Hyde, and Other Stories
    Roddy Doyle, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
    Rosemary Mahoney, The Singular Pilgrim


    Sara Nomberg-Prytyk, Auschwitz
    Sarah Vowell, Take the Cannoli
    Shelden Vanauken, A Severe Mercy
    Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
    Stephen King, The Shining
    Susan Minot, Evening, Monkeys
    Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interupted
    Sylvia Plath, Johnny Panic & The Bible of Dreams (Stories), The Bell Jar


    Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic, Good Omens (with Niel Gaiman)
    Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native
    Tobias Wolff, The Night in Question (Stories)
    Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life With Woodpecker
    Toni Morrison, Jazz
    Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, In Cold Blood


    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Earthsea Trilogy


    Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
    Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
    Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, Speak, Memory
    Voltaire, Candide


    Wallace Stegner, The Big Rock Candy Mountain
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride


    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


    Zoe Trope, Please Don't Kill The Freshman
    Zoe Valdes, I Gave You All I Had

    The R.A.B./Crookshanks Theory

    If you've reached this page, you've read the Half-Blood Prince, right? If you haven't, I'm sorry, but I'm gonna have to ask you to leave. You're welcome to come back only after you've read the book--I'd hate to ruin anything for you, anything at all.

    So, I'm still on this Harry Potter thing. We've been listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks at work, and on Wednesday, we finished The Prisoner of Azkaban. Certain events in this book got me thinking about Crookshanks, Hermione's eerily intelligent cat--remember him?

    Well, he's just too smart to be a regular cat, and Rowling's too clever to let anything like that slide. Examples: Crookshanks indentifies Pettigrew immediately--the first time we meet Crookshanks is in the Diagon Alley pet shop, when he attacks Scabbers for the first (and definately not the last) time (p. 59); he steals the Gryffindor passwords off Neville's bedside table and takes them back to Sirius (p. 364); he pushes the knot on the whomping willow to freeze the tree (p. 336). Sirius admits to being able to communicate with Crookshanks, and says that Crookshanks recognized right away that Sirius was no ordinary dog, but did not immediately trust him (p. 364).

    Interesting, too, is the fierce loyalty that Crookshanks displays toward Sirius--when Harry, Ron and Hermione tussle with Sirius in the Shrieking Shack, Crookshanks attacks Harry to prevent him from reaching his wand (p. 341), and later, when Harry corners Sirius and threatens to kill him, Crookshanks jumps onto Sirius's chest, settles himself "directly above Sirius' heart" and doesn't budge when Sirius tries to shove him off (p. 342).

    If Crookshanks is an Animagus, Sirius doesn't know that (or who) he is--Sirius allows that Crookshanks is "the most intelligent of his kind" he's ever met, but makes no sign that he thinks Crookshanks to be anything more than a clever cat (p. 364).


    Bet you a six-pack that Crookshanks is Regulus Black.

    Why Regulus Black? You remember the note left in the false locket, signed "R.A.B."? After I finished Half-Blood Prince, I started sifting through my Harry Potter memory, hunting for characters with those initials, and the only one I came across that might work was Regulus Black, Sirius' Death-Eater brother--and when I looked him up, my suspicions seemed, not only possible, but downright likely. Check out p. 111-112, in The Order of the Phoenix: Sirius says, 'I hated the whole lot of them: my parents with their pure-blood mania, convinced that to be a Black made you practically royal...my idiot brother, soft enough to believe them...that's him.'

    Sirius jabbed a finger at the very bottom of the tree, at the name REGULUS BLACK. A date of death (some fifteen years previously) followed the date of birth.

    Farther down the page, Harry asks, 'Was he killed by an Auror?'...

    'Oh no,' said Sirius. 'No, he was murdered by Voldemort. Or on Voldemort's orders, more likely, I doubt Regulus was ever important enough to be killed by Voldemort personally. From what I found out after he died, he got in so far, then panicked about what he was being asked to do and tried to back out.'

    Think about it--the fierce, protective loyalty that Crookshanks shows Sirius is a bit, ah, brotherly, yes? And Regulus, who was supposedly killed fifteen years prior by Voldemort (or his minions), couldn't very well reveal himself to Sirius, could he, when Sirius thought him to be a Death Eater and referred to him, in Book 5, as an idiot...One can only assume that there was a bit of bad blood between Sirius, a member of the Order, and his brother, the Death Eater, right?

    And it's pretty apparent that Sirius doesn't have much in the way of information regarding Regulus' death. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Regulus reappears in Book 7, in some form. And yes, Rowling's already done the "unregistered Animagus" bit, but honestly, what's one more? If anyone could pull it off, she could.

    If "R.A.B" of the false Horcrux is in fact Regulus Black, then his words "I will be dead by the time you read this, but I want you to know that it is I who discovered your secret" (Half-Blood Prince) certainly lead one to believe that he had a rather bold change of heart regarding Lord Voldemort, and that he was doing a bit of work for the other team, though apparently without the other team's knowledge.

    I don't think Regulus is the idiot Sirius claims he is, and I don't think Rowling's done with him or Crookshanks.

    Any thoughts?


    (At this point, I must make an amendment. Apparently, Crookshanks is part-kneazle, which accounts for all the odd behavior I've been trying to attribute to Regulus Black. Maybe Regulus is just dead, and Crookshanks is just a cat. Only Book 7 will tell, I suppose.)

    Here is a wonderfully revealing theory about Dumbledore & Snape. When I first read the book, I didn't take it like this, but my husband did--and I have to say, he made a believer.

    (...and this is just so wrong.)


    The Little B Gallery


    Things by me. Enjoy.

    (Click on the little image to make it big.)


    empty bottle | acrylic blue chair | acrylic convict | charcoal & watercolor frida k | pencil mitch | chalk pastel old man | pencil power lines | charcoal wedding shoes | acrylic work shoes | acrylic self-portrait | chalk pastel


    red glass earrings carnelian earrings pearl & iolite necklace freshwater pearl earrings carnelian hoop earrings green glass earrings freshwater pearl earrings chandelier earrings pink pearl earrings




  • The long overdue post about Oikos

  • Helping Dad clean out the attic

  • Evil boy twin

  • 09.2006

  • Greg Brown is coming to town

  • Trip-to-Goodwill Day

  • Listening in

  • My excuse

  • What I love about kittens

  • I might stop functioning entirely

  • By now, you'd think I'd learn

  • Awkward Turtle Moment of the Year

  • Well, what do you know

  • Crime Scene Investigation

  • 08.2006

  • Show off

  • Oh no, not another addiction...

  • Ode to Casa Que Pasa

  • I've been interviewed!

  • Down home cookin'

  • 07.2006

  • Because of course that sounds fascinating

  • Caught up

  • The Perfect Summer Day

  • Sick kitty no more

  • The first review of one of my shows...

  • Sick kitty (cont.)

  • Sick kitty

  • An evening at Nimbus

  • I feel like I know them now

  • Oo la la!

  • A lesson in patience

  • Productivity -or- Time off is grand

  • 06.2006

  • Just needed to get this off my chest:

  • Where have all the book worms gone?

  • Mrs. Crunch sings at the top of her lungs

  • Jolie Holland at the Nightlight Lounge

  • Minding my own business

  • The things you find on a Thursday night

  • 05.2006

  • "We need a more permanent solution to our PROBlemmmmmm..."

  • I can't wait. I'm gonna wear a pink shirt.

  • I'm not boring, really. Just quiet.

  • Walter Rinder would be proud

  • 04.2006

  • New laptop!

  • Heave a sigh of relief and stomp your feet

  • Heck yes

  • The Pacific Northwest Strikes again

  • It's been a long time (but not that long)

  • 03.2006

  • There really should be more of this:

  • There's nothing like a little self-promotion

  • Sure, Canada's not perfect, but...

  • What the hell is this?

  • 02.2006

  • A day of conquest! and joy! (and open mic)

  • I have princess feet

  • Hearts & chocolate, cha cha cha!

  • One cat goes missing but, to the relief of everyone, is quickly found

  • Books I reread often

  • "Winning is a wonderful deoderant"

  • She returns to her guitar, and finds it likes her well enough

  • 01.2006

  • Oh, what a little daylight can do

  • Who gives a crap about football?

  • Strange Fruit -or- Look Out! She's on a Rampage

  • I am not smiling

  • Seven verses, stacks of lyrics

  • Won't you be mine? Won't you be miiiine?

  • Fixin' to get fixed

  • Pound your chest and roar (King Kong reviewed)

  • Whenever somebody asks you for a story, you tell them this story

  • All's quiet on the home front, sir

  • 12.2005

  • It's possible I might start purring

  • So long, 2005!

  • The Cute Maneuver

  • Stitch 'N' Bitch: The Frat Boy Edition

  • Oh my, aren't we festive?

  • The Birth of Santa

  • An excellent point

  • Narnia (The Review)

  • The Cookie Strikes Back

  • 11.2005

  • Today, I am thankful for:

  • Cue trumpets and theme music!

  • The Goblet of Fire Reviewed

  • Draco Malfoy is a total hottie

  • Right up there with watching paint dry

  • In Which She Procrastinates Further and Feels a Bit Guilty

  • 49,399 words to go, and I'm home free!

  • 10.2005

  • And what are you gonna be?

  • All cattle, nevermind the hat

  • Happy Thanksgiving, eh?

  • Happy unBirthday (to me)

  • Nerdzilla!

  • I smell revolution

  • Ornithological dejecta

  • Tell a story, tell a lie

  • Promoted! (But still working for free)

  • What, another new template?

  • "Is you is or is you ain't my baby?"

  • Mourning

  • A template adventure

  • We're all sheep here

  • She of the repeating stories

  • She encounters a church circus, and hears Don Miller speak

  • 09.2005

  • Yes, but do they dress themselves?

  • God is my DJ (Part II)

  • You can find anything on the Internet, if you look hard enough...

  • I like to play

  • God is my DJ (Part I)

  • Oh no, they didn't (but yes, they did)

  • Mitch caught this fish...

  • Baton twirlers are hot

  • All right, Freud: tell me what I wished for

  • My (very) minor mischief

  • America, let's step it up a notch

  • Forget Big Brother, I'm watching you

  • Jobs I always wanted (I haven't lost hope yet)

  • I am a Mean Girl

  • The Temple Bar

  • What I say when I'm sick of talking about feelings

  • The Birthday Cake Chronicles

  • An excerpt from Webster's

  • My brother-in-law built this bike

  • 08.2005

  • Did somebody say somethin' 'bout a hurricane?

  • Winged hearts & bands of skulls & stars

  • Puppy hunting

  • Why I am not a vegetarian

  • Bring on autumn and cider, and soggy shoes

  • But my friends call me "Thor"

  • Stephen King didn't say

  • We've got issues

  • If my life was a movie...

  • My chariot awaits, my dancers entertain

  • The train is our oyster

  • A word from Holden Caulfield

  • It's a lovely idea, but it won't work

  • Googlisms

  • A plague of old ladies

  • Just thought I'd share

  • The internet is a strange place

  • Having an art show

  • Crafty Coyotes

  • 1-800-HERO

  • God bless garage sales

  • Go on, say it: Starbucks