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Chef Showdown

Celebrity chefs and unlikely friends Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert will dish about the restaurant industry in their one-night stand at the Paramount. It’s being billed as “good versus evil,” but how do they really stack up? Feb 11, Paramount Theatre,



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Anthony Bourdain

Eric Ripert




Day Job

Executive chef of Les Halles in NYC

"Chef and co-owner of French restaurant Le Bernardin in NYC"

Claim to Fame

Eating bugs and bone marrow on No Reservations. Host of new Travel Channel show The Layover.

Host of PBS’s Avec Eric; guest judge on Top Chef.

Career High-light

Receiving James Beard nomination, then dissing the ceremony, saying he’d rather attend a “Renaissance fair in hell.”

Michelin three-star rating for Le Bernardin. Top Zagat rating. Emmys. James Beard Award. Legion d’Honneur recipient… can we stop now?

Career Low-light

"Calling vegans the “Hezbollah-like splinter faction” of vegetarians."

Being confused for Kelly Ripa.

Good or Evil?

Evil genius.

Good. Kills lobsters humanely.



Pickin’ & Strummin’

Break out the banjo: Nearly 30 bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and old-timey bands descend on Bellevue for the annual Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival. Feb 23–26, Hyatt Regency Bellevue,

Books & Talks


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 “Time is a goon…a cartoonish enforcer. You know, the muscle you can’t get past.”

—Jennifer Egan, author of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, talks about Father Time and his enforcers at Benaroya Hall. Feb 1, Seattle Arts and Lectures,

Books & Talks

Revolution 2.0

Young Google exec Wael Ghonim became an inadvertent revolutionary with a simple Facebook protest. In a Town Hall conversation with Dorothy Parvaz, a former Seattle P-I reporter detained in Syria last year, Ghonim goes inside the 2011 Egyptian uprising he helped spark. Feb 8, Town Hall,


Visual Art

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Paradise Lost

Despite the lushness of his Tahitian paintings, Paul Gauguin never found that idyllic paradise he sought in 19th-century Polynesia. Examine 50 of the master’s works—and 60 by Polynesian artists—at Seattle Art Museum. Feb 9–Apr 29, Seattle Art Museum,


WEB EXCLUSIVE: Read our full interview with Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad.

This article appeared in the February 2012 issue of Seattle Met Magazine.

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